Jeff and Caroline Ilardi, of Eastpoint, have won the Men’s and Women’s Divisions of the 2021 Key West Fishing Tournament.
Jeff landed a 28-pound jack crevalle to win the Men’s and Caroline caught a 27-pound jack crevalle to win the Women’s Division. They fished aboard the 18-foot Outcast with Capt. Tim Carlile, at left, with whom they have fished for years including their first date when Caroline caught and released a 100-pound tarpon. “It was love at first fish,” said Jeff.
The winners were caught in late May out of Sugarloaf Key. The couple also caught and released eight bonefish, and got some mangrove snapper for dinner.