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Wisconsin's Langohr wins eight-month Key West Fishing Tournament with permit

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A Wisconsin man was named the men's master angler in the Key West Fishing Tournament after scoring multiple divisional wins in the long-running challenge that spans eight months.

Veteran angler Larry Langohr of Neenah took top honors for permit releases with 15 and also caught the tournament's heaviest permit on 30-pound line, weighing in at 24.8 pounds. His other accomplishments included scoring a division-leading 19-pound permit and 6-pound cero mackerel.

Langohr fished offshore on the Super Grouper with Captain Chip Veach of Key West and on The Outcast on the flats with Captain Tim Carlile of Sugarloaf Key, Fla.

The women's master angler was Sara Grimes of Germantown, Md., whose achievements included setting a tournament record for catching a 28.12-pound blackfin tuna on fly. Fishing on the Freelancer with Captain Ted Lund of Key West, she also scored 25 releases, earned top honors in the fly division with catches including a 16.8-pound bonito and caught a 25.8-pound blackfin on plug.

Thirteen-year-old junior angler Roger Baker III of Key West scored the tournament's most overall releases with 103 fish including 26 tarpon, and the most barracuda releases with 18. He fished on a private boat with his father, Key West resident Ross Baker, who himself has won multiple tournament titles.

Longtime participant Skyler Robinson of Ocean Beach, N.Y., was named junior master angler for the fourth consecutive year. The 15-year-old's achievements included catching a division-leading 13-pound barracuda on plug tackle and a 12-pound permit and an 8-pound jack crevalle on 20-pound line.

He fished on the Big Kahuna guided by his father, Captain Chris Robinson of Cudjoe Key, Fla.

In the peewee division, 8-year-old Caleb Schroeder of Carlsbad, Calif., was named the winner. Fishing on the Almost There with Captain Garreth Heath, he scored catches including a 3-pound red grouper, 3.1-pound yellowtail and 2.8-pound hogfish, all on 12-pound line.

Bruce Boise of Key West caught the tournament's heaviest fish, a 70-pound swordfish. Walt Moss of Vinton, Va., scored the most sailfish releases with seven and the most tarpon releases with 63.

Key West's Captain Bill Wickers III of the Linda D V earned overall guide honors in the general division. Captain Rob Harris of the Got Ta Go, also of Key West, was named top guide in the light general division and led his anglers to score a division-topping 182 releases.

Captain Tim Carlile earned the overall guide achievement award in the flats division, and guided his anglers to the most flats releases with 123.
The 2013 Key West Fishing Tournament drew more than 1,000 entries from 567 participating anglers.

The 2014 tournament begins with a kick-off challenge April 4-6 and continues through November 30, with anglers competing to catch nearly 40 species of fish.

See www.fla-keys.com for more info.

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