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Shealey of Rockledge, Fla. bests fishing field with four sets of bonefish & reds

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Tyler Shealey of Rockledge, Fla., took top honors at the 18th Annual Jim Bokor Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish and Redfish Shootout that ended March 15 with four "slams."

In an all-release event where point-earning rules dictate that to earn the title of grand champion the winner needs a "slam" consisting of a redfish and bonefish combination, Shealey and Captain Steven Tejera of Key Largo, Fla., clinched the win with four slams. The duo also caught and released the event's largest bonefish at 27.5 inches.

Runner-up grand champion honors went to veteran tournament angler Jim Bokor Jr., of Buffalo, N.Y., with Key Largo's Captain Jared Raskob at the helm. The team landed three slams and secured awards for the most bonefish on bait and most bonefish released, each earned for four bones.

Bob Glidden of Clarence Center, N.Y., and Islamorada's Captain Dave Denkert took trophies for the largest redfish at 31.5 inches and the most released redfish on artificial with 37.

A field of 16 boats participated in the event, with anglers coming from mainland Florida, New York, Texas, Indiana and Massachusetts. A total of 17 bonefish and 182 redfish were released over three days of fishing.

The long-running tournament is named in recognition of Jim Bokor Sr., for his flats-fishing prowess and passionate support of Keys angling.

The 2015 event is set for March 10-13.

Upcoming tournaments include the Spring Fly Bonefish in Islamorada. Email bscherb@askameritus.com for an invitation.

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