Anglers Ben Zdan, Kevin McKeon, Alex Bell and BJ Meyer, all of Marathon, Fla., captured the $5,000 cash-and-trophy first-place boat prize. The Silent Hunter team brought in a combined 81.8-pound weight of kingfish and snapper.
Dan Naumoff of Tavernier, Fla., who fished aboard Contagious, was named the tournament's top individual angler with a winning combined total of 50.2 pounds. Naumoff also earned the top dolphin title with a 34.2-pound fish and caught the event's heaviest grouper at 8 pounds.
Russell Firtil, fishing on the Bow Down, caught the tournament's top kingfish at 34.7 pounds.
Jamie Blomquist of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was named the top lady angler for her 28.3-pound wahoo also the tournament's heaviest caught while she fished on the Miller Time. The top tuna award went to Joe Petrucco for a 14.4-pounder.
A field of 163 anglers on 36 boats participated in the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic, a fun-fish tournament that targets dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo as well as snapper and grouper.
According to tournament organizers, more than $16,000 was awarded in prize money and $6,000 was donated to the Florida Keys' Mariner's Hospital.
The tournament is named after the late Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich, a tight end for the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1977 who was subsequently the color commentator on Miami Dolphins radio broadcasts.
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