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Paul Apostolides, right, the owner of Paulie’s Tackle shop,
awarded his son, Nick, a $1,000 savings bond, the Montauk
Locals surfcasting tournament’s prize for finishing second in
the youth division. The awards ceremony took place Saturday
night at the East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk.
It was a heck of a tournament this season thanks, in large part, to the unusual bounty of sand eels that took up residence along the oceanside beaches, and thanks to the striped bass that fed upon them. At the Montauk Locals surfcasting tournament awards held at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk on Saturday night, Mike Milano stood tall. He won first and second places in the hard-fought wader division of the annual tourney, an accomplishment that earned him a total of $6,120 in prize money. Milano has won the tournament’s wetsuit division competition three times in the past.
Matt Vega won $680 for the third-place fish in this year’s wader test. The division’s first, second, and third heaviest fish weighed, 50.52, 39.44, and 39.04 pounds. Mike Coppola bested this season’s wetsuiters with a 47.02-pound striper worth $2,200 in prize money.
It was all Mary Ellen Kane in the women’s division. Kane’s 23.68, 23.42, and 22.90-pound bass earned her $700 in cash and two trophies.
Ben McCarron, Nick Apostolides, and Kevin Logie each won a savings bond for their first, second, and third-place finishes in the youth division with bass weighing 26.72, 24.52, and 21.32 pounds. Andreas Koutsogiannis caught a bass weighing 10.08 pounds that captured him first and only place and a $1,000 savings bond in the kids division.