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MarineMax team signs up for Long Island fishing tourney

MarineMax Long Island said its fishing team will compete in the White Water Sportfish Challenge, which will be held Sept. 4-7 at the Star Island Yacht Club in Montauk on the east end of New York’s Long Island.

The team will fish the tournament on a new Sailfish 320 Center Console with a special graphic wrap.

“The White Water Sportfish Challenge is an event we look forward to every year,” MarineMax fishing team captain Kevin Graffagnino said in a statement. “The unique format of the tournament makes it really engaging and competitive.”

Each boat can weigh one striped bass, one bluefish, two tuna and one shark (thresher or mako). Striped bass and shark receive one point per pound. Striped bass must be a minimum of 36 inches and sharks have a minimum of 125 pounds. Bluefish receive three points per pound and must be a minimum of 5 pounds. Tuna are worth two points per pound, with a minimum of 30 pounds, up to 300 pounds. Over 300 pounds, tuna receive one point.

“In this tournament it is the captain’s strategy that will make or break the team’s success. Whether it is better to focus on offshore or inshore, or will some combination of both be best,” Graffagnino said. “The best part is getting to fish on a new Sailfish 320 CC. The boat is an awesome fishing platform, and the Sailfish VDS-designed hull makes for the ultimate smooth, dry ride.”

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