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Utah and Georgia Anglers Earn Cuda Bowl Championships in Florida Keys

Scott Christian of Milton, Georgia, earned 719 points for released barracuda to win the fly division of the 2024 Cuda Bowl Tournament that ended Feb. 10 in the Lower Florida Keys. Guided by Captain Chad Huff of Marathon, Florida, he was named the divisional grand champion.

Among Christian’s releases was a huge 133-centimeter barracuda that set a new tournament record for the fly division.

Russell Campbell of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the Cuda Bowl’s spin division championship, releasing barracuda that earned him 692 points. Guided by Captain Scott Collins of Marathon, he also caught the largest barracuda in the spin division at 130 centimeters.

Tournament rules mandate that anglers receive one point for each centimeter of barracuda released. Scoring in each division is based on the largest three fish per day per angler.  

John Chinuntdet of Mooresville, North Carolina, took the first runner-up title in the Cuda Bowl’s fly division with 640 points for his releases. He was guided by Captain Justin Rea of Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

First runner-up honors in the spin division went to Michael Snoeck of Cape Coral, Florida, also with 640 points. Snoeck’s guide was Captain Luke Kelly of Cudjoe Key, Florida.

Eleven-year-old Brody Skrumbellos earned the title of top junior angler, tallying 579 points while guided by his father, Captain Joe Skrumbellos. Father and son live in Davie, Florida.

The tournament’s top female angler was Erica Poole of Big Pine Key, Florida, who scored 537 points for her barracuda releases. Her guide was Captain Bo Sellers of Florida’s Summerland Key.

Jacob Gravett of Nashville, Tennessee, and Ty Gravett of Warrenton, Virginia, earned the tournament’s prestigious Ben Gravett Team Trophy named for their late grandfather. Guided by Captain Doug Kilpatrick of Sugarloaf Key, the duo posted a team total of 1,266 points for the win.

The flats challenge drew 65 anglers on 42 boats to compete over two fishing days.