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La Mensagera Wins Best Boat at Golden Hook Dolphin Tourney

It was just before sunrise when Capt. Alberto Sanchez, mate Kevin Moran and two fellow anglers, Melinda Moran and Patty Johnson, headed out from St. Croix’s south shore aboard La Mensagera, a 25-foot center console. They worked their way west, staying about 8 miles offshore. “We were trolling with high speed lures, but didn’t catch anything until we came to a few birds and caught one to two dolphin, including a big bull, at about 7-7:30 a.m.,” says Kevin Moran.

As La Mensagera worked east, the scene repeated itself twice more as the team of anglers saw birds, ran into dolphin schools and hooked a fish or two before reeling in the bull. “The last bull was the one Patty caught,” Moran says. “My wife, Melinda had the gaff in her hand, but handed it to me when she saw the size of the fish.”

Back at the Christiansted boardwalk weigh station, the bull dolphin weighed in at 47 pounds and earned Johnson the Biggest Dolphin award.

Meanwhile, the catch of five dolphin weighing a total of 168 pounds earned La Mensagera the First Place Best Boat Award.

In other prizes, Joseph Dorazio aboard Capt. Mike Fennesey’s Sunflower caught the Second Largest Dolphin, a 42.2-pounder. Eric Hering, fishing from Capt. Erik Rasmussen’s Miss Becky, landed a 35.6-pound dolphin for Third Largest Dolphin.

Sunflower, with 5 fish weighing a total of 136.8 pounds, earned the Second Place Best Boat award, while Mocko Jumbie, with 5 fish weighing a collective 125.8 pounds, landed Third Place Best Boat.

In special prizes, Antonio Gomez won the youngest angler prize for his 29.6-pound dolphin catch.

For more information about Golden Hook Fishing Club tournaments, call 340-778-5738.

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