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THE REAL THING AT ISLAMORADA
Clive Gammon
June 23, 1975
A big man in Coca-Cola, Carl Navarre won some bets with his competing friends by bottling up the Islamorada Invitational Tarpon Fly Championship for the second time with a record-breaking catch
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June 23, 1975

The Real Thing At Islamorada

A big man in Coca-Cola, Carl Navarre won some bets with his competing friends by bottling up the Islamorada Invitational Tarpon Fly Championship for the second time with a record-breaking catch

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But there was no last-minute drama when Pate finally eased around the jetty into the basin. "Just one release," he said. He didn't seem unhappy. Among the last stragglers was Lopez, and for the first time in the tournament he had a weight fish in his boat. Barely a weight fish: just 72 pounds. He went straight up to Navarre on the jetty and congratulated him. "Lopez money," Navarre said. "It's hard to get your hands on Lopez money." He was grand champion for the second time and captor of the biggest fish. Perhaps that small moment, though, was equal to either achievement.

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