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April 25, 2013

TC-based fishing team 5th at world championships

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City-based fishing team tested its prowess against the best anglers in the world last weekend.

The Wet Dream Fishing Team didn't disappoint either, finishing fifth out of 68 teams in the Offshore World Championships in Costa Rica. Some 31 countries were represented.

The team — comprised of Sam Worden, Kevin Clark and Sherry White, as well as Philadelphia residents Michelle Di Matta and Mike Slocum — hauled in 20 fish over the four-day tournament, exceeding the number they caught when they won the same tournament in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico two years ago and coming within one catch from finishing third.

"It's the Olympics of sport fishing," said Clark, who returned to Traverse City on Wednesday after two weeks in Costa Rica. "It's the most prestigious tournament in the world and it was the largest field they've ever had."

Worden was the most prolific fisherman, catching 10 of the team's fish to end as the No. 4 angler overall out of 324. For two days of the tournament, Worden was No. 1.

Each day teams drew a number and were assigned a different charter boat and captain before they went out on the water. The idea was to level the playing field and avoid giving any sort of advantage to any specific team. From there, teams were out on the water from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. for extremely long days of trolling bait.

The Traverse City-based team battled the ups and downs of the four days to claim a top-five finish. In 19th place after the first day of competition, Wet Dream climbed into eighth after catching six fish the second day, then used a great start to the third day to move into first for a period of time. It took a 12-fish haul in the afternoon by the team from Papua New Guinea to push Wet Dream into second heading into the final day.

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