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Anglers rock Roundup

Fenton scores offshore prize; Williams named bay/surf champ


Above: Five masked men, the Saltwater Bandits, show kingfish they nabbed from the Gulf during the Deep Sea Roundup. One was San Antonio resident Justin Castro (far left), whose 47.5-pound specimen took first place for kingfish in the offshore division. 
Staff photo by Murray Judson Above: Five masked men, the Saltwater Bandits, show kingfish they nabbed from the Gulf during the Deep Sea Roundup. One was San Antonio resident Justin Castro (far left), whose 47.5-pound specimen took first place for kingfish in the offshore division. Staff photo by Murray Judson Beautiful weather, near-perfect seas and a lot of fish marked the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup, held Thursday through Sunday, July 6-9.

The roundup featured one new tournament record catch, a repeat by the bay/surf champion and a repeat for the junior bay/surf runner-up.

Registration of 560 individual anglers was up from 400 last year, which was down by about 150 from the previous year, but still down from the 680 who registered in 2014.

The roundup includes bay and offshore divisions for adults and juniors as well as the Piggy Perch Contest for the small fry.

Roundup co-chairman Kim Zahn Winton (with Josh Garcia) said the tournament was dedicated to the memory of three long-time anglers and members of the Port Aransas Boatmen’s Association, which sponsors the tournament, as well as Junior Boatman Hunter Snyder. The Boatmen honored were Barbara Furlow, a past offshore grand champion; Doyle Marek, a long-time boat captain; and John Scott, a three-time bay/surf grand champion.


Left: Sydney Pearson of San Antonio displays a black drum she caught, helping make her the Bay/ Surf Grand Champion in the junior division. The 11.6-pound fish was a Roundup record. 
Staff photo by Leslie Willey Jr. Left: Sydney Pearson of San Antonio displays a black drum she caught, helping make her the Bay/ Surf Grand Champion in the junior division. The 11.6-pound fish was a Roundup record. Staff photo by Leslie Willey Jr. Port Aransas angler Cherith Fenton snagged the Offshore Grand Championship with the first-place blue marlin and second-place dolphin fish while fishing aboard the Wicked Felina. She also was named Top Woman Angler. Runner-up for Top Woman Angler was Chelsea Prudhomme of San Antonio who caught the first-place barracuda while fishing aboard the Cathy Gaye.

Grand Champion Runner up was Mike Hagee of Boerne who fished from the Scat Cat and reeled in the first place blackfin tuna and second place bonito.

The Billfish Catch and Release Boat Champions were, in first place, Bandit with three blue marlin, one white marlin and six sailfish; and in second place, Wicked Felina with three blue marlin.

Winton said the tournament recorded 57 billfish, including 45 sailfish, seven blue marlin and five white marlin, all caught and released and confirmed by video.

Buster Williams, who earned the Bay/Surf Championship in 2008, took back the trophy with a 23.90-pound stringer of five fish, including the first-place redfish. Runner-up was Rene Lopez of Port Aransas whose six fish weighed in at 23.70 pounds and included the first- place pompano.

A new tournament record for black drum was set by junior angler Sydney Pearson of San Antonio with an 11.60-pound fish. It broke the old record of 10.85 pounds set in 2012 by Stacey Jill Tarbet. The state record is 81 pounds set in 1988.


Kolby Scott of Aransas Pass has a reason to smile, he caught this 38.8 pound, first-place winning dolphin in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. He also caught the second-place yellowfin tuna, weighing in at 34.6 pounds. Pictured with Kolby is his dad, Kevin Scott. Kolby fished aboard the Bandit. Kolby Scott of Aransas Pass has a reason to smile, he caught this 38.8 pound, first-place winning dolphin in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. He also caught the second-place yellowfin tuna, weighing in at 34.6 pounds. Pictured with Kolby is his dad, Kevin Scott. Kolby fished aboard the Bandit. Reece Rockett of Flower Mound parlayed her ride aboard the Badfish into the Junior Offshore Championship. Runner-up was Peyton Foster of Padre Island (Corpus Christi) who fished on the Iced Down.

In the junior bay/surf division, Sydney Pearson of San Antonio won the championship and Adair Bates of Corpus Christi earned her second trophy as runner-up in that division.

Co-chairman Winton said all aspects of the tournament went well, including the Piggy Perch Contest, which saw a larger than usual turn-out on Friday, and an even bigger turn-out on Saturday.


Dustin Ford of West Lake Hills caught this 15.6-pound red snapper to win first place in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup offshore division. He fished aboard the Iced Down. For the first time in several years, red snapper was a trophy fish in the tournament thanks to a recent change by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Dustin Ford of West Lake Hills caught this 15.6-pound red snapper to win first place in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup offshore division. He fished aboard the Iced Down. For the first time in several years, red snapper was a trophy fish in the tournament thanks to a recent change by the National Marine Fisheries Service. She said the Boatmen retained long-time sponsors and added some new ones, and that the silent auction netted an unofficial $5,000 compared to last year’s take of $3,300 thanks to more items being donated.

Sunday’s Bill and Bo Horn Fish Fry served more than 300 people, Winton said.

The tournament’s evening meals, with the exception of the shrimp boil put on by the Boatmen on Thursday night, were catered by MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen in an effort to “keep it local and give back to the community,” Winton said.


Matthew Walker of Fort Worth caught the first-place mackerel in the Junior Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fished weighed in at 3.8 pounds. Walker was fishing aboard the Gameface 2. Matthew Walker of Fort Worth caught the first-place mackerel in the Junior Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fished weighed in at 3.8 pounds. Walker was fishing aboard the Gameface 2. She said the tournament “was very blessed” by the clear, sunny weather and calm seas that resulted in a lot of fish caught, including 73 billfish that were released.

The roundup is a family affair, Winton said. “It’s good to see the same faces every year and to see new faces. It’s nice watching the kids (fishing aboard) the Bandit grow up,” she said.

“We’re keeping it a family tradition,” Winton said.



Bringing in the first-place bonito in the Junior Offshore Division at the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup was Wyatt McGinnis of Spring Branch. The fish weighed 6.6 pounds. McGinnis fished aboard the Bahia Breeze. Bringing in the first-place bonito in the Junior Offshore Division at the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup was Wyatt McGinnis of Spring Branch. The fish weighed 6.6 pounds. McGinnis fished aboard the Bahia Breeze.

Suzanne Bridgeman of Portland caught this 10.1-pound bonito to win first-place in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She fished aboard the Wetn Ready Too. Suzanne Bridgeman of Portland caught this 10.1-pound bonito to win first-place in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She fished aboard the Wetn Ready Too.

Boats back up to the dock to weigh their catches during the Deep Sea Roundup. Boats back up to the dock to weigh their catches during the Deep Sea Roundup.

Deep Sea Roundup dockmaster Duncan Neblett shows an admiring crowd a red snapper brought to be measured and weighed. Spectators were allowed to see the fish up close and, if they wanted, to touch them. Deep Sea Roundup dockmaster Duncan Neblett shows an admiring crowd a red snapper brought to be measured and weighed. Spectators were allowed to see the fish up close and, if they wanted, to touch them.

Bob Gross of Austin brought the first-place Spanish mackerel in the Bay/Surf Division at the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 2.3 pounds. Bob Gross of Austin brought the first-place Spanish mackerel in the Bay/Surf Division at the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 2.3 pounds.

Robert Blackwell of Adkins brought the first-place jackfish in to be weighed at the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 15.8 pounds in the offshore division. Robert Blackwell of Adkins brought the first-place jackfish in to be weighed at the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 15.8 pounds in the offshore division.

Spectators and anglers at the Deep Sea Roundup watch video of billfish being caught and released as well as video from previous tournaments. Spectators and anglers at the Deep Sea Roundup watch video of billfish being caught and released as well as video from previous tournaments.


Cherith Fenton of Port Aransas was the Offshore Grand Champion and Top Woman Angler in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She was fishing aboard the Wicked Felina and caught the first-place blue marlin for 1200 points on Saturday, June 8. Fenton also caught the second-place dolphin, which weighed 24.1 pounds. Cherith Fenton of Port Aransas was the Offshore Grand Champion and Top Woman Angler in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She was fishing aboard the Wicked Felina and caught the first-place blue marlin for 1200 points on Saturday, June 8. Fenton also caught the second-place dolphin, which weighed 24.1 pounds.

The Deep Sea Roundup is a volunteer effort that includes the chairmen (one of them is Kim Zahn Winton at far left), judges, dock masters, master of ceremonies, weighmasters, photographers and more. Most of them gathered for a photo to commemorate the 82nd installment of the tournament that benefits the community, from scholarships to funding Boy and Girl scouts, other youth programs and more. The Deep Sea Roundup is a volunteer effort that includes the chairmen (one of them is Kim Zahn Winton at far left), judges, dock masters, master of ceremonies, weighmasters, photographers and more. Most of them gathered for a photo to commemorate the 82nd installment of the tournament that benefits the community, from scholarships to funding Boy and Girl scouts, other youth programs and more.


Justin Castro of San Antonio is smiling because he brought in the first-place winning kingfish in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 47.5 pounds. Castro fished aboard the Saltwater Bandits. 
Staff photos byLeslie Willey Jr.& Murray Judson Justin Castro of San Antonio is smiling because he brought in the first-place winning kingfish in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The fish weighed in at 47.5 pounds. Castro fished aboard the Saltwater Bandits. Staff photos byLeslie Willey Jr.& Murray Judson

Rene Lopez of Port Aransas was the runner-up in the Bay Surf Division in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. His stringer included the first and second-place pompano, weighing in at 2 and 1.9 pounds respectively. He also caught the second-place Spanish mackerel, which weighed 2.2 pounds. Lopez also brought in a redfish, spotted sea trout, a black drum and a gafftop to the weigh-in. Rene Lopez of Port Aransas was the runner-up in the Bay Surf Division in the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. His stringer included the first and second-place pompano, weighing in at 2 and 1.9 pounds respectively. He also caught the second-place Spanish mackerel, which weighed 2.2 pounds. Lopez also brought in a redfish, spotted sea trout, a black drum and a gafftop to the weigh-in.



Buster Williams of San Antonio was the Grand Champion in the Bay/Surf Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. He caught this first-place winning, 8.3-pound redfish. Williams also caught a spotted sea trout, the secondplace, 2.2-pound Spanish mackerel, a black drum, a gafftop and a pompano. Buster Williams of San Antonio was the Grand Champion in the Bay/Surf Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. He caught this first-place winning, 8.3-pound redfish. Williams also caught a spotted sea trout, the secondplace, 2.2-pound Spanish mackerel, a black drum, a gafftop and a pompano.

Sydney Pearson of San Antonio was the Bay/Surf Grand Champion in the junior division of the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. Her stringer included a new Deep Sea Roundup record black drum weighing in at 11.6 pounds. She also caught the first-place redfish, spotted sea trout and gafftop. Sydney Pearson of San Antonio was the Bay/Surf Grand Champion in the junior division of the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. Her stringer included a new Deep Sea Roundup record black drum weighing in at 11.6 pounds. She also caught the first-place redfish, spotted sea trout and gafftop.

Reece Rockett of Flower Mound was the Offshore Grand Champion in the junior division in the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She caught the first and second place red snapper, weighing in at 17.6 and 16.8 pounds respectively. Rockett also caught the first-place barracuda, which weighed 16.3 pounds and the second place blackfin tuna at 10 pounds. She fished aboard the Badfish. Reece Rockett of Flower Mound was the Offshore Grand Champion in the junior division in the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. She caught the first and second place red snapper, weighing in at 17.6 and 16.8 pounds respectively. Rockett also caught the first-place barracuda, which weighed 16.3 pounds and the second place blackfin tuna at 10 pounds. She fished aboard the Badfish.



Adair Bates of Corpus Christi was the runner-up in the Junior Bay/Surf Division of the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. Her stringer included the first-place flounder, weighing in at 2.1 pounds. She also caught a 3.4-pound, secondplace spotted sea trout, a redfish, a black drum and a gafftop. Adair Bates of Corpus Christi was the runner-up in the Junior Bay/Surf Division of the 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. Her stringer included the first-place flounder, weighing in at 2.1 pounds. She also caught a 3.4-pound, secondplace spotted sea trout, a redfish, a black drum and a gafftop.


Peyton Foster of Padre Island caught the first-place shark in the Junior Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The shark weighed in at 81.6 pounds. Foster was aboard the Iced Down. Peyton Foster of Padre Island caught the first-place shark in the Junior Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. The shark weighed in at 81.6 pounds. Foster was aboard the Iced Down.

The first-place shark was caught by Colin Thomas of Dallas who fished in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup aboard the Diablo 4. The shark weighed in at 105 pounds. The first-place shark was caught by Colin Thomas of Dallas who fished in the Offshore Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup aboard the Diablo 4. The shark weighed in at 105 pounds.

Chelsea Prudhomme of San Antonio caught this 30.1-pound barracuda to take firstplace in the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup offshore division as well as Top Woman Angler Runner-up. She was fishing aboard the Cathy Gaye. Chelsea Prudhomme of San Antonio caught this 30.1-pound barracuda to take firstplace in the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup offshore division as well as Top Woman Angler Runner-up. She was fishing aboard the Cathy Gaye.





Fans of Goin’ Deep are a staple at Deep Sea Roundup weigh-ins. They arrive with food (ostensibly to ‘bribe’ the judges), tambourines and lots of spirit for their fishing family. Goin’ Deep competes in the offshore division of the tournament, the longest-running saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. This photo was shot on Friday, July 7, when the fans were showing posters depicting the family tradition of fishing the Deep Sea Roundup. 
Staff photo by Dan Parker Fans of Goin’ Deep are a staple at Deep Sea Roundup weigh-ins. They arrive with food (ostensibly to ‘bribe’ the judges), tambourines and lots of spirit for their fishing family. Goin’ Deep competes in the offshore division of the tournament, the longest-running saltwater fishing tournament in Texas. This photo was shot on Friday, July 7, when the fans were showing posters depicting the family tradition of fishing the Deep Sea Roundup. Staff photo by Dan Parker


Roy Pillack of Agua Dulce caught the first and secondplace redfish and the first-place spotted sea trout in the Flyfishing Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup. Roy Pillack of Agua Dulce caught the first and secondplace redfish and the first-place spotted sea trout in the Flyfishing Division of the 82nd Deep Sea Roundup.

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