The 20th Anniversary Winner’s Circle Charities Invitational was a nail biter down to the end. Last year’s champ, the Viking 70 Mr. LTD, barreled out of the gate on day one. At the scales, the crew weighed in a 13.6 pound dolphin and a beast of a 114.8-pound yellow fin which was just shy of their tuna record of 115 pounds last year. With this bounty, Mr. LTD easily took the lead.
Day Two saw the Noble family fishing on the Viking 62 Reel Captivating take over the lead with 126.9 meat points. Although Mr. LTD had almost five more points, they had yet to catch the final of the three mandatory species, a wahoo.
The scales were buzzing with excitement as lines out was called on the end of day three. The boats rolled in and finally Mr. LTD arrived at the weight station with a 40.1-pound fish, a wahoo! The qualifying fish made Mr. LTD a back-to-back victor at the Winner’s Circle.
Reel Captivating claimed a solid 2nd Place finish while Susan Noble was the Top Lady Angler in the Tuna Division and Shari Noble claimed the Top Lady spot for Dolphin. Reel Captivating also released three billfish.
Hannah Grey, fishing on the Viking 70 Hooked up, claimed Top Lady Angler for wahoo. Cookie Monster, a Viking 82, weighed a record breaking 62.7-pound mahi.
To date, the Winner’s Circle Charities, founded by Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt, has raised over $2.5 million distributed to various charities.