Berkley Pros Named Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Team Of The Year
The 2009 Miller High Life Professional Tarpon Tournament Series ended June 14 much the same as it did in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Miller's Ale House team led by Berkley Pro Staffer Captain Artie Price was once again named "Team of the Year."Price and team relied on Berkley for line and baits for their tarpon success. For clear water conditions the team spooled 40–pound Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon as their main line combined with 80–pound Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon leaders. In cloudy situations or when stained water was experienced the team switched to heavier line, 50–pound Vanish main line and 100–pound Vanish leaders.A proven smallmouth and redfish bait, the watermelon red Berkley Gulp! Goby, was used to lure the tarpon. "Vanish is the absolute best line solution for catching tarpon from May through August in the Boca Grande Pass," proclaimed Price. "The water is very clear and the current is exceptionally strong. Monofilament is too visible and braid does not work because it gives off too much noise (harmonics), when fished in the current."The Miller's Ale House team includes Capt. Price, Frank Massaro, Greg DeVault and John Turner.The Championship Competition, the culminating event after a five–tournament qualifying series, was at Boca Grande Pass on the west coast of Florida, arguably the tarpon fishing capital of the world. The 25 qualifying teams were allowed only five hours on the water beginning at 7 am and each team was allowed to record two tarpons. Points are allocated for each tournament and total points at the end of the year denotes the Team of the Year. Price and team collected 1904 points during the season, over 300 points more than the second place team, and were awarded a $35,000 inshore boat with engine and trailer.