Miami Dolphins Fins Weekend is a success

FineAwards.com employees with crew members during weigh-ins. From left to right: Ernie Martinez, Barbie Nieves, Derek Reynolds, Eric Reynolds, and the angler Lyndsay Woske.By: Tucker Harrington

The 16th annual Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament recently went off without a hitch. Event goers had the privilege of hanging out with Miami Dolphins players past and present as well as team personnel and cheerleaders. As a whole there were 90 boats and more than 400 anglers who participated in the Fins Weekend fishing tournament. Some players took to the water better than others.

Punter Brandon Fields headed out for a day of fishing, but only reeled in one, 5-pound dolphin and, surprisingly, a baseball cap. His crew and fellow fishermen aboard the boat, the Four Seas Sun II, did not walk away with any custom crystal awards donated by FineAwards.com.

"Let's just say it's a good thing I don't get paid to go fish because today was not a good day fishing wise," said Fields after the fishing tournament ended. "Usually when I go out there we catch a few dolphin but today we almost got skunked. We had a few that got away from us and only got one onboard, but we all had a good time and of course it's for a good cause so that's what counts."

The big winners of the tournament were the crew of the O-Sea-D who turned in an astounding 195.4 pounds of fish, making them the winners and the recipients of the prized custom crystal awards. Bouncers Dusky 33 took home second place with 147.6 pounds of fish, while Billin Office rounded out the top 3, bringing in an even 100 pounds.

Jeff Peck, the chairman of the annual fishing tournament, was pleased with his decision to move the weekend-long event up three weeks, as it resulted in better fishing.

"The fishing was obviously much better and this was our biggest tournament ever so hopefully we'll raise a lot of money for the foundation," Peck said. "It's great to see all the smiles up and down the dock and everyone having a great time and at the end of the day knowing they're having a great time while raising money to help out the community."

FineAwards.com, a company who has sponsored the tournament for over 5 years by supplying all of the custom trophies given out to the winners, also participated in the fishing. Members of the company went fishing and although they didn't win any of their own crystal awards, they did make a few catches.

FineAwards.com representatives caught a total of 4 Blackfin between 20 and 28 pounds each, many schoolie Dolphin and one African Pompano.