Richard Barnett of Savannah, Ga., cut his teeth winning the Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship that ended Oct. 16, earning multiple awards amid a small but competitive field of new and veteran anglers. Known locally as the "Fall All-Tackle," the challenge has historically paired one angler with a licensed captain to vie for division winners' trophies. This year, permit was added to the challenge, embraced by the nearly 20 ambitious contenders.
Barnett, guided by Captain Mark Krowka of Islamorada, handily earned top honors with six released bonefish and six released permit. Tournament rules dictated that anglers' three largest bonefish and three largest permit were to be scored by length, not weight.
Barnett and Krowka racked up an impressive 4,110 points for the overall win. They also captured the trophy for the largest permit, at 33 inches, and awards for the bait division and high-point first-time angler.
Gary Parsons of Naples, Fla., guided by Captain Chris Jones, logged a 26.3-inch bonefish, the tournament's largest.
Another Fall All-Tackle newcomer, Tyler Shealey of Rockledge, Fla., partnered with Captain Steven Tejera and earned a trophy for the tournament's most releases.
The 2014 All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship is set for Oct. 13-15.
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