13 October 2017
ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — Frank Delucas of Plantation, Florida, was named grand champion among the dozen elite anglers who competed at the Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship that ended Oct. 11.
Fishing with Islamorada’s Captain Jared Raskob, Delucas released 27 bonefish and four permit on bait, winning that division, as well as scoring the most releases in the tournament.
Roger Fernandez of Pinecrest, Florida, fishing with Captain Steve Tejera of Homestead, Florida, won both the fly division with one bonefish and one permit, and the artificial division with a single bone and two permit.
Combined with their six bonefish and one permit caught on bait, the duo’s totals over all three divisions earned them the tournament’s All-Tackle Award, marking only the fourth time in 47 years that has been achieved, according to organizer Betsy Bullard.
Andrew Yaffa of Weston, Florida, a tournament newcomer, won the largest bonefish award with a 27-inch fish. He paired with Homestead’s Captain Eric Herstedt.
Delray Beach, Florida, resident Dean Morris fished with Islamorada’s Bou Bosso, and his 33.25-inch permit earned that species’ award for size.
Over the tournament’s three days, a total of 97 bonefish and 21 permit were released.
The 2018 All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship is set for Oct. 7-10.

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