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December 05, 2005

Cecila 'Pudge' Kleinkauf First to Strike in Sails and Tales Tourney

Cecila "Pudge" Kleinkauf, Anchorage, was the first to strike pay-dirt a scant 13 minutes into the game as Baja on the Fly's 2005 catch and release Sails and Tales flyrod sailfish tournament got underway this morning.

ZIHUATANEJO, Mex., Dec. 4, 2005 -  Cecila "Pudge" Kleinkauf, Anchorage, was the first to strike pay-dirt a scant 13 minutes into the game as Baja on the Fly's 2005 catch and release Sails and Tales flyrod sailfish tournament got underway this morning.
 
Gordon P. Henriksen, Denmark, followed behind Kleinkauf, hooking up only five minutes after the Alaskan had released her fish.
 
Picture perfect weather greeted the Sails and Tales contestants as they arrived at the Zihuatanejo Municipal pier before sun-up for the first tournament day. Contestants and guides wasted little time boarding their respective pangas and speeding out for the hot spot outside the harbor entrance.  It was teasers in the water at 7 a.m.
 
Tournament Director and host Gary Graham, Escondido, Calif., was "teasing" for Kleinkauf.  "The brilliant neon blue sail came up behind the long teaser intent on inhaling it as I reeled frantically keeping the hookless lure just out of its reach until the fish was practically in the prop-wash. Like a dance orchestrated perfectly, the teaser was snatched away, the boat came out of gear and Kleinkauf cast her Rainey fly where the teaser had been," said Graham.
 
In an instant, the sailfish had the fly in its mouth was headed toward the harbor. Twenty-nine minutes later she had her second ever sailfish on the fly and the lead for the two-day event.
 
Henricksen managed to tag and release his Pacific sail in just less than 11 minutes.   
 
Joe Dowdell, Marathon, Fla., yesterday's highliner during the practice day, had his chance, when he hooked a fish later in the day only to have it come off a few minutes into the fight.
 
The tournament concludes tomorrow (12/5.)