Dalu and Collins Complete Tarpon Tournament Hat Trick

We got word last night that for the first time in history, an angler and guide team have won all three major Keys tarpon fly fishing tournaments in a single season. David Dalu, fishing with guide Scott Collins won the Gold Cup Tournament, which was held from June 16 to June 20 in Islamorada, Florida. Dalu and Collins won by a substantial number of points, and did so only two weeks after winning the Don Hawley tournament and less than a month after winning the Golden Fly.
I spoke to both Dalu and Collins last night, and besides giving credit to several other guides and anglers for their role in helping develop the techniques they have been using, they both were ready for some good, old-fashioned fun fishing for a change. “The pressure in the tournaments was intense,” Dalu said. “Scott and I need to go out and just jump some fish for a change.” Collins echoed Dalu’s sentiments in regard to their amazing success: “I just feel plain lucky.”

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