The Rim country might be best known for producing topnotch bass anglers, but it was an ocean fishing team that captured the championship of the San Carlos, Mexico Yacht Club Marlin Tournament.
The Horse'n Around squad of Danny Haught, Hooter Haught, Larry Gay, Mike Burket, Cub Connolly and Ken Boyes fished their way to the title of the tournament May 31 and June 1 in the Gulf of Mexico.
In winning, the team posted 817 tournament points for their catch that included three sailfish, two marlins and several durados.
In the tournament scoring format, each marlin caught is worth 200 points. Sailfish are worth 100 points. Both fish must be released after being caught.
Durado and tuna, which may be kept, are worth one point per pound.
According to Boyes, one of the keys to the Rim country team's victory was a knowledgeable Mexican boat captain who helped locate schools of fish. "Jesus was our captain, he took us to a place about 25 to 30 miles off shore," Boyes said. "Also, we had a little bit of good luck."
The team's boat is owned and sponsored by local excavating contractor D.D. Haught.
More than 30 boats competed in the tournament.
Last year, the Rim team competed in the tournament but did not place.
In the women's division of the tournament May 24 and 25, the Horse'n Around team of Bobbi Jo Haught, Tandi Burket, Erin Connolly, Brooke McRae and Lori Boyes did not meet their weigh-in time of 5 p.m. on the final day. Because the crew did not reach the scales until 5:14, their day's catch was not allowed. If they had made the deadline, their catch was enough to win first place in the division.
"They were late because Brooke hooked a marlin just before the deadline and they were trying to get it (aboard)," Ken Boyes said.
In the team's tournament bounty were three marlins, one sailfish and several durados.