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Shultz and Linville win 2014 Cuda Bowl tournament Feb. 1 in Key West

Shultz and Linville win 2014 Cuda Bowl tournament in Key West.
Shultz and Linville win 2014 Cuda Bowl tournament in Key West.
Jill Zima Borski

Paul Shultz of Salem, N.H., released six barracuda to score a total of 271.25 inches and win the spin division of the 2014 Cuda Bowl Tournament that ended Feb. 1 in Key West.

Shultz earned the title of divisional grand champion fishing with Captain Connan Lehmkuhl of Key West. He actually released 19 barracuda during the two-day event including one that measured 47.75 inches, but tournament rules mandate that only three fish per day can be counted toward an angler's point score.

Nathaniel Linville of Key West won the Cuda Bowl's fly division for the second consecutive year, releasing five barracuda that totaled 199.75 inches. He was guided by Captain John Benvenuto, also of Key West.

As well as taking the division's grand champion angler title, Linville caught the single largest barracuda on fly tackle, a fish measuring 46 inches.

Runner-up in the spin division was Matt Gravett of Warrenton, Va., fishing with Captain Bob Paulson of Sugarloaf Key, Fla. The duo released six barracuda totaling 258.5 inches.

Jim Knowles of Round Hill, Va., took the runner-up title in the fly division for the second consecutive year, releasing five barracuda that totaled 186 inches. His guide was Captain Peter Heydon of Key West.

Dave Moloney of Summerland Key, Fla., released the tournament's largest barracuda on spin tackle at 51.5 inches while fishing with Captain Shane Smith of Key West.

Top female angler was Jenn Hurst of Sugarloaf Key, who released four barracuda totaling 136 inches. She fished with Captain Bryan "Bear" Holeman, also of Sugarloaf Key.

The flats challenge drew 41 anglers fishing on 27 boats.

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