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Homestead woman wins tarpon event

4/30/2010

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — Homestead, Fla., angler Linda Hunt caught and released two tarpon to earn the title of grand champion angler in the La Siesta Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament that ended April 25.

Guided by her husband, Captain Paul Hunt, Linda Hunt also won the team grand champion award with fellow angler Sue Cocking of Miami. Together the duo released four tarpon.

Cocking, a sports columnist with the "Miami Herald," captured the celebrity angler title with her two tarpon.

"The tarpon were acting kind of squirrelly but there were plenty around, and it was a really fun tournament," said Cocking.

Runner-up team award went to Tony Difuria of Succasunna, N.J., and Neil Hedrick, from Selinsgrove, Pa. They were led by Islamorada's Captain Bill Wert.

Clarence the "Big Man" Clemons, the larger-than-life saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, served as the celebrity host for the event.

A field of 22 anglers released 10 tarpon over the course of the tournament. The event is part of the Redbone at Large celebrity tournament series that raises funds to "catch the cure" for cystic fibrosis.