BOCA GRANDE, Fla.—The Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series presented by Century Boats held Week Five of its five-week regular series events this past weekend in Boca Grande Pass, Fla. A sold-out field of fifty, four person teams competed in the three-hour event.
Week Five marked the end of the regular series and the 2008 Yamaha Team of the Year Race. It was the last chance for teams that were on the bubble to qualify for the Tarpon Cup Championship and the final event in the Team of the Year competition.
At the end of the event, which saw 35 Tarpon released and 12 reaching the Winghouse Weighboat, Team TarponCharters.com led by Captain Andy Boyette weighed in a fish that tipped the Tires Plus scale at 187 pounds, giving them victory for Week Five and a brand new Century 2102 Inshore, Yamaha F150 and Continental Aluminum trailer.
"We hooked the fish off that backside of the ledge," said Boyette. "That's usually where the big females lay to break the current."
Team Salt Rock Grille/Pro Marine caught nine Tarpon in the five regular series events taking first place during Week One and second place during Week Three. They capped off an incredible season by winning the 2008 Team of the Year competition. Salt Rock Grille/Pro Marine, the second youngest team fishing the Miller High Life PTTS, took the crown from three-time champion Artie Price and Team Miller's Ale House.
"We couldn't be happier," said Chivas, a college student at the University of Central Florida. "Our team worked hard this year. We pre-fished more, tried new baits, and it all paid off!"
With the victory, the team won a Yamaha four-stroke V8 F350 outboard motor and each team member received a limited edition, 2 karat diamond Reactor watch valued at $5,000. In total the team won $88,000 in cash and prizes during the 2008 series.
The drama in the Team of the Year competition came in the race for second place. Team Century/Odyssey Batteries, who had held the runners-up position the entire season, was overtaken by Captain Ron Scott's Team Fish It this week. Fish It, which finished second during Week Five, earned 25 bonus points for holding the first place position during the event. Those points were enough to edge out Hagaman and crew and take second place in the Team of the Year race. With their finish, the team won a trip to Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica, valued at $10,000.
PTTS action from Boca Grande continues next week with the Tarpon Cup Championship. The two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday and features the Top 25 teams. Teams are allowed to weigh two fish during Day One with the top five teams advancing to Day Two based on the combined weight of their fish.
The Miller High Life PTTS presented by Century Boats is the largest and richest live-release tarpon tournament in the world, featuring five regular season events and one championship event all held in Boca Grande Pass, Fla. Teams may weigh one fish daily and obtain points towards the Yamaha Team of the Year Race by releasing placing, weighing and releasing fish. Camera crews are on hand during the PTTS to capture the action for a 13-week television series that airs on Sun Sports Network and World Fishing Network. This year the show will be available in over 37 million households nationwide and in Canada.
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