VALLARTA REPEAT WINNERS--Clarke Smith's (standing, left of fish) 382-pound blue marlin was big enough to win Puerto Vallarta's Club de Pesca Internacional Pez Vela & Marlin Tournament for the second year in a row on the charter boat Prime Time with Capt. Josh Temple (standing, right of fish).
382-POUND BLUE MARLIN WINS PUERTO VALLARTA FISHING TOURNAMENT
Nov. 21, 2005, Clarke Smith, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Sailfish and Marlin Fishing Tournament Report:
For the second consecutive year Team Prime Time took first place in the marlin division of the Club de Pesca Internacional Pez Vela & Marlin Tournament, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this year Nov. 17-20, 2005.
The winning blue marlin of 382 pounds was caught by Clarke Smith of Newport Beach, Calif., using an Avet EX50W-2 reel on a Rogue Rod.
The winning marlin was caught in the last minutes of the final day of fishing and the team had to race to the scales to meet the weigh-in deadline. At the scales the drama continued as the team's fish narrowly edged another blue marlin caught the same day by less than 2 pounds.
The Puerto Vallarta charter fishing boat "Prime Time" was captained by Josh Temple with a crew of Trevor Needham and Aldo Vasquez. David Connel was the other angler and captured sixth place in the tournament with a 320 pound blue marlin.
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