Vertical Leap

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June 27, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

LeBron James and the Cavaliers brought an NBA Championship home to Cleveland earlier this month. This past weekend, Rise Up, a Destin-based Viking 54, made a vertical leap of its own by scaling the largest blue marlin of the 14th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, earning the Grand Champion title and the biggest chunk of the record $1.95 million in overall prize money. Rusty Skalla of Savannah, Georgia, is the boat’s owner.

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Seesaw Standings

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June 25, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

It was bound to happen and ECBC Tournament Director Adam Alfonso and Weigh Master Jack Teschel knew it. Favorable conditions, beautiful weather and some of the best teams in the sport meant a gigantic pile of fish would be coming to the scales Saturday night once fishing for the 2016 contest ended. By the time the last boat officially weighed in, the leaderboard had flip-flopped faster than a politician on the stump. Dozens of heavyweights checked ...

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Teamwork

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June 25, 2016; Sandestin, Florida:

Big-game fishing is a team sport. The angler on the rod is important, without question. But he or she cannot catch a big marlin or tuna weighing hundreds of pounds on their own. The captain drives to the prime spots and then skillfully maneuvers the boat during the fight, knowing when to back down and how to turn to keep the line tight. The mates rig baits, clear lines, wire the fish and handle the gaff ...

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