The Cuda Bowl celebrated it’s 5th anniversary the last three days in January of this year. A tournament born for the reason to create awareness of how much fun the barracuda can be when targeted (and released) in shallow water. There explosive takes of both spin and fly are like nothing you have ever seen. Nearly every person who fishes the Cuda Bowl has fun and catches fish. It can be anyone’s tournament right from the start – novice to expert.
This year I had a couple of great anglers in the boat. We fished spin the first day and did okay – lost a few big cudas but so did some of the other boats. The second day my angler John Chinuntdet of Mooresville, NC make three consecutive casts with a fly rod and caught each barracuda. He racked up a total of 110.25 inches and it was enough to win us a Runner-Up award in the fly division. Thank you John and Rich for a fun couple of days.
The tournament was dedicated to the late Ben Gravett who has fished in the Cuda Bowl since the beginning. He was a great guy and loved to fish down here in the Keys with his sons. We have a perpetual trophy that will have a home in The Angling Company and will be a team trophy awarded each year for the two angler team with the most inches reported for their six fish each.
Here are the final results:
Grand Champion Spin Division
Steven Brown of Warrenton, VA had a total of 268 inches recorded for the two day event. Brown’s largest fish was 53 inches and also helped him to win the title for Largest Barracuda on spin tackle. Brown was guided by Capt. Pat Bracher of Overtime Charters in Cudjoe Key.
Grand Champion Fly Division
Nathaniel Linville of Key West, owner of The Angling Company, took the fly division again this year with 187 inches recorded for the two day tournament. Linville was fishing with Capt. John Benvenuto of Key West.
First Runner-Up Spin Division
Matt Gravett of Warrenton, VA took second place in the Spin Division with 250.74 inches recorded. Gravett was fishing with Capt. Bob Paulson of Sugarloaf Key.
First Runner-Up Fly Division
Jim Knowles of Round Hill, VA took second place in the Fly Division. Knowles recorded 132.75 inches of barracuda caught on a fly rod. He was guided by Capt. Peter Heydon of Key West.
Second Runner Up Spin Division
Jon Penning of Middleboro, MA took third place in the Spin Division and only by 1/2 inch over Bear Davidson of Catlett, VA. Penning recorded a total number of 249.75 inches of barracuda. Penning was guided by Capt. Bob Beighley of Double Haul Charters in Cudjoe Key.
Second Runner-Up Fly Division
John Chinuntdet of Mooresville, NC took third place in the Fly Division fishing with Capt. Justin Rea. Chinuntdet recorded 110.25 inches of barracuda all on the second day of fishing.
Top Lady Angler
Lacey Kelly of Ft. Myers, FL was our top lady angler. Kelly recorded 242 inches of barracuda and maintained the lead over our other women anglers for the duration of the two day event. Kelly was fishing with Capt. Jared Cyr of Key West.
First Runner-Up Lady Angler
Lynn Bell of Summerland Key was a very close second with 230.25 reported inches of barracuda. Bell was fishing with Capt. Rob Kramarz of Chaos Theory Charters.
Largest Barracuda – Fly Division
Ted Margo of Ft. Worth, TX not only had the largest recorded fly caught barracuda of the 2015 Cuda Bowl, but the largest on fly in the history of the tournament. His largest was 47 inches. Margo noted that the two barracuda he caught on fly during the second day were his first ever. Margo was fishing with Capt. Drew Delashmit of Cudjoe Key, FL.
Largest Barracuda – Spin Division
Steven Brown – 53 inches
Ben Gravett Memorial Team Trophy
Steven Brown and Jamie Gravett of Warrenton, VA fishing with Capt. Pat Bracher.
The Perpetual Team Trophy was donated by the Gravett Family in memory of their Dad, Ben Gravett. The Gravett family has been fishing the Cuda Bowl since it’s inception in 2011. The trophy will be on display at The Angling Company.