The 6th Annual
Mad Dog Mandich Florida Keys Classic was a
Huge Success with Over $16,000 in Prize Money
and $6,000 Donated to Mariners Hospital!
Growing year after year, the 6th Annual Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic in Islamorada proved to be the most successful Mad Dog tournament to date. With 163 anglers on 36 boats, and another 150 guests that converged from all over South Florida, everyone enjoyed a weekend filled with fishing, fantastic food, drinks, gifts and prizes.
It all began Friday evening with the Caribee Kick-off Party and Captain's Meeting at Ziggie and Mad Dog’s Restaurant. Anglers and guests enjoyed appetizers from Ziggie's, along with cold Heineken Beer, Papa’s Pilar Rum and Tito's vodka cocktails. Each registered angler received a beautiful Hook & Tackle solar shirt and tournament hat, along with angler bags stuffed with goodies from sponsors and donors.
On Saturday morning, the teams headed out and the competition was strong, as this year’s tournament had more fish weighed in than ever.
When the scales closed the top boat was Silent Hunter, with 81.8 points. Their points were the result of the aggregate weight of the top 3 fish they weighed for each species. The team’s total winnings were $7,167.50 as a result of the $5,000 Top Boat cash prize, along with another $2,167.50 for winning the 1st Place “Funfish Fortune” added value category.
Second Place and $4,713.00 went to the team aboard Contagious with a total weight of 62.6 pounds. This was a result of winning $1,000 for second place, $1,300.50 for the 2nd place “Funfish Fortune” added value and $1,912.50 for the Winner-Take-All “Mega Mahi” added value category.
Third Place boat went to Show Time with 55.5 pounds. The Top Angler title went to Dan Naumoff aboard Contagious with a total of 50.2 pounds. Dan also brought in the top dolphin at 34.2 pounds and top grouper at 8 pounds.
Jamie Blomquist aboard, Miller Time captured the Top Lady Trophy, which was a result of the heaviest Wahoo in the tournament at 28.3 pounds. O-Sea-D brought in the Top Tuna at 14.4 pounds, caught by Joe Petrucco. The top Kingfish was caught by Russell Firtil aboard Bow Down at 34.7 pounds. This helped the team on Bow Down win the Winner-Take-All “Double Decker” added value category and $1,785.00.
After the dock party, with appetizers from Mangrove Mike's Cafe, anglers, sponsors and guests enjoyed a beach side dinner, catered by Ziggie and Mad Dog's Restaurant, at the beautiful Chesapeake Beach Resort. The awards ceremony concluded the weekend as the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic awarded $16,032.50 in prize money and was proud to donate $6,000 to Mariners Hospital Oncology Services.
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us!