Panama City Beach, FL---To do something for the first time is never easy. Organizing a whole event, picking a date, finding people to sign up, making sure it's all run smoothly with no real precedent to follow is no cake walk.
But swinging by Treasure Island Marina Saturday, it would be hard to assume it was just the inaugural Wahoo-Amberjack Round-Up tournament.
20 boats took to the water, where anglers could cast starting at 12:01 am, but most waited till sunrise. They bring back some big hauls.
The largest amberjack caught weighed 69 pounds, reeled in by Mark Kelly. The biggest fish of the tourney was a 71.9 pound wahoo caught by Matt Ratfield.
Huge hauls plus a nice turnout equals a huge success.
"It exceeded what we expected," said tournament organizer Tom Putnam. "Everything was great. We couldn't ask for anything better. Participation, weather, nice big fish, so we just look forward to making it bigger and better next year."