7960587283?profile=originalTeam Nailed It caught this 71.6-pound wahoo trolling in 300 feet of water north of Boynton Inlet

to walk away with the heaviest overall fish prize in this year’s Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament.

The 21st annual Gerretson tournament, on Aug. 8, was based at Deck 84 restaurant in Delray Beach.

From left are Nailed It team members Shannon Huner, Eric Schroeder, Steve Bunch and Capt. Ed Rose.

Willie Howard/The Coastal Star

By Willie Howard

  
 A team of anglers fishing in the Mark Gerretson Memorial Fishing Tournament brought to the scales what is possibly the largest tournament fish of the season so far in Palm Beach County: a 71.6-pound wahoo.
    Team Nailed It, led by Ed Rose of Boca Raton, caught the huge wahoo by trolling a bonito strip rigged behind a purple Ilander lure in 300 feet off the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (north of Boynton Inlet).
    Team member Steve Bunch of Lantana said they caught the wahoo around 11:30 a.m. and said it was their only bite of the tournament.
The Nailed It team donated 10 percent of their $8,000 winnings ($800) back to the Gerretson tournament, which benefits youth causes in the Delray Beach area.
    The Hold Please team won the dolphin division with a 24.6-pound mahi mahi caught on a live goggle-eye fished under floating debris in about 900 feet of water south of Boynton Inlet.
    Team Emijess, led by T.J. Andrews of Delray Beach, won the “Mark’s Trifecta” prize for catching all three species of fish in the tournament — kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.
    The Emijess anglers also caught the heaviest kingfish, 25.8 pounds.
    Tucker Sheehan, 11, of Boynton Beach won the junior angler division with the 10.6-pound kingfish he caught while fishing with his dad, Capt. Chip Sheehan, on Chip’s Ahoy.
    This year’s tournament attracted 42 boats and was based at the Deck 84 restaurant in Delray Beach.

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