KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- For the third time, the Second Chance team took first place in the annual Yamaha Dolphin Masters Invitational.
Captain Jeff DiStefano of Key West teamed with Chris Wilkins and Arnold Brye of Inverness, Fla., to earn top honors and $11,500 for three weight fish caught during the dolphin challenge.
The 2006 tournament, held May 27, was the third win for the teammates and a repeat of their 2005 victory.
The Second Chance team's fish tipped the scales at 38.2 pounds, 25.7 pounds and 14.8 pounds for a total weight of 78.7 pounds.
The 38.2-pounder, caught by DiStefano, was the largest single fish boated during the tournament.
DiStefano credited the team's repeat win to their style of fishing.
"A lot of guys like to run and gun, but I trolled the entire time we were out there," he said. "If baits are in the water, you have a better chance of catching fish."
Second-place honors and $5,000 were awarded to the team aboard Over Dunn, consisting of owner/angler Stuart Dunn of Deerfield, Ill., anglers Chris Trosset and Rollie Mendez of Key West, and Captain R.T. Trosset, also of Key West. Over Dunn's three weight fish totaled 76.3 pounds, beating the third-place team by just three-tenths of a pound.
Hard on their heels was the team aboard Showtime, weighing in three dolphin totaling 76.0 pounds to take the third-place prize of a four-night tropical vacation. The team consisted of Captain Alex Canalejo, Chris Garcia and Damon Santelli, all of Key West.
Tournament winners were determined based on the total combined weight of three dolphin caught during the day's fishing. Approximately 90 anglers fished on 21 boats during the 2006 challenge.