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         Veracruz Yacht Club, A.C.

tournament program

A Sabalo is a Tarpon
(Megalops Atlanticus),

they can be 2 or 3 meters long and can weight over 90 kilos... and could fight you for hours!

The Veracruz Yacht Club holds this year its XXXV annual Tarpon Tournament...

check also the nearby Tecolutla Annual Tarpon Tournament !
Every year, a Tournament Queen is elected and crowned just before the event starts.

Below, there is a list of past Tournament Queens, some of them might even be grandmothers by now.

In this same list you will find past Champions and weights of Tarpon they hooked to win the Tournament.

Club record is a Tarpon of 91.000 kilos (abt 200 pounds) set during 1994 Tournament.
 
YEAR
Queen
CHAMPION
TARPON wt. in Kilos
1966
Rosalia Malpica Mancera Manuel Beltrani Nájera
61.600
1967
Virginia Ruíz Ortíz Camilo Requejo Alvarez
70.000
1968
Ma. Emma Lambreton Santiago Schleske Sánchez
72.000
1969
Ma. Eugenia Bracamontes Hugo Mabarak Palacios
71.000
1970
Lourdes Malpica Luis Requejo Alvarez
52.200
1971
Maribel Barquin Francisco Mantecón Alvarez
56.800
1972
Marina Mabarak Palacios Santiago Schleske Sánchez
52.100
1973
Martha Schleske Felipe Fernández Ceballos
58.000
1974
Alicia Urgueola Graham Abelardo Coello de Jesús
27.200
1975
Nelly Fernández Ceballos Camilo Requejo Alvarez
67.600
1976
Ma. Eugenia Mabarak Palacios Raúl González Jiménez
45.000
1977
Guadalupe Pazos de la Torre Valentín Ruiz Ortiz
48.000
1978
Ma. del Pilar Mabarak Palacios Luis Requejo Alvarez
68.000
1979
Elvira Lucia Ruiz Ortiz José Barquín Sáinz
47.600
1980
Margarita Rementeria del P. Abelardo Coello de Jesús
71.200
1981
Ma. del Carmen González de M. Jorge Sempé Minvielle
63.800
1982
n/a Aurora Alvarez de Sempé
75.900
1983
n/a void
1984
Marisol Aja Otegui Iván Gutiérrez Zamora
50.000
1985
n/a Máximo Velázquez
86.000
1986
n/a void
1987
Georgina Malpica Ortiz Eugenio Collado
88.400
1988
Martha Requejo Rodríguez Ramón Abascal Zamora
88.200
1989
Lilia Rodríguez Melgarejo José Lezama Torres
82.200
1990
Mercedes Martinez Schleske Manuel Rodríguez Pignol
71.000
1991
Ma. de Lourdes Requejo Pereda void
1992
Ma. Verónica González Díaz Mirón Luis Requejo Alvarez
64.400
1993
Mariana Pazos Gómez José Martínez Gómez
74.000
1994
Elda Schleske Shepard Luis Requejo Rodríguez
91.000
1995
Ivonne Pazos Navarrete José Raúl Delgadillo Vázquez
80.000
1996
Mariola Gil Lastra Manuel Rodríguez Pignol
85.000
1997
Ma. Eugenia Deschamps Santillan Gerardo Gil Lastra
79.100
1998
Mariola González Núñez Carlos Maroño Acosta
79.000
1999
Perla Celeste Sánchez Machin  
2000
?
José Diaz vega
88.300

Miss Perla Celeste Sánchez Machin
1999 Tarpon Tournament Queen

Excerpts from Capt. Robert McCue's:

"Research of the tarpon fish has been minimal compared to some other species of fish. This is because tarpon has no food value. In Florida for instance, most of the tarpon research has been funded by private funds and via the state's revenue generated by the sale of Florida tarpon tags.

Tarpon are prehistoric animals, traveling the warm seas back as far as 125 million years ago. They are one of the few fish known to possess an air bladder. This unique organ allows them to actually breath from the atmosphere. They obtain this air by "rolling" on the surface and taking a gulp. Tarpon use this exclusive feature to survive in fresh water and oxygen depleted, stagnant waters.

The air bladder plays a key roll in the survival in juvenile tarpon life, permitting them to exist and mature in places where only they can survive, thus preventing their natural enemies from reaching them. The air bladder is a gift to tarpon anglers from the fish gods. Tarpon rolling makes finding and fishing a wee bit easier.

Shortly after the first moon in spring, adult tarpon begin to show up along our coast. Some speculate tarpon migrate north from the Keys. I too believe some fish do make this migration. However, I theorize they also migrate from the continental shelf 125 miles offshore, where they winter in the warm waters of the Gulf Loop, or perhaps they come straight from the Yucatan, Mexico due west.

During this early spring show, tarpon most often enter the large bays of Tampa and Charlotte Harbor,  and the first grass flats inside major passes. These waters are most often a few degrees warmer than the still chilly gulf and supply the food source for these hungry fish. The migration continues all through April, May and June all along our beaches, passes and flats. This migration to the shoreline is related to some sort of pre spawn ritual.

Tarpon often display a courtship in which they "mill" or "daisy chain." Often they are very much preoccupied in the show of affection, and can be very temperamental, particularly around the major moon phases. During these moon phases many of these tarpon break off and head offshore to spawn near the continental shelf. I believe they make the journey quickly, all the while more tarpon are moving in. The spawned out tarpon will return inshore a few days later after completing their business. Tarpon are true lunar fish"...

. ..... well.... if you are a Tarpon fan you'd better pay a visit to Capt. Robert McCue's site by clicking his logo image above right.

But then again back in Veracruz, you could also get hold of some of these big fish.

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