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FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2006





“I believe that doing activities outside of the workplace builds camaraderie, team spirit. It’s great to get to know some of your co-workers in an informal, relaxed environment.” JOHN HEARNS


A new take on corporate unity League lends added edge to workplace as well as friendships. BY KELLY LANDY


Ann Bent and her tennis partner Orly Mayron coordinated three new World Team Tennis leagues in Broward and Palm Beach counties to help grow the sport. Bent said she and Mayron were looking for a different format and stumbled upon Billie Jean King’s WTT. “World Team Tennis has just given us a lot of support,” said Bent, 43. “It’s team-oriented where tennis is typically viewed as an individual sport. We sub in and out. There is coaching. There’s cheering. It’s a total team effort.” Two recreational leagues, for levels 3.5 on Thursdays and 4.5 on Saturdays, play at the South Palm Beach County Regional Park and will continue until mid-July. The Broward Corporate League, which meets at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs, will end on Saturday with the next season to begin June 27. The Corporate League currently has four teams, the 3.5 team in South Palm Beach has six teams and the 4.5 level has five teams. “We’re pretty excited,” Bent said. “We feel it’s a great start.” Bent said there are two new summer leagues beginning: a 3.5-and-under Broward recreational league on June 21 and a 4.0-and-under South Palm Beach recreational league on June 27. A WTT match consists of five sets, including men’s and women’s doubles, men’s and women’s singles and a set of mixed doubles. Bent and Mayron, both of Boca Raton, met through a South Palm Beach women’s doubles tennis league. “We love the sport and want to bring more people to the sport,” Bent said. “I’d love to see us promoting tennis at all levels. I think the corporate is very interesting. “We’ve all seen bowling and softball teams. This is just a different team format. It still gives the company that ability to promote employees playing together and getting fit.” John Hearns, 47, of Coral

SWING SHIFT: Laser Creations’ Jorge Canizares of Miramar plays team tennis in the Broward Corporate League, composed of company teams. The top corporate team earns a spot to travel to the nationals, which this year are in Indian Wells, Calif., in November. Photos/Rebecca Barnett Springs, is a member of the Harbor Beach Marriott team. As the general manager of the Fort Lauderdale hotel, he said he is setting an example to his employees by participating in the league. “I think physical fitness is tied very much so into high performance,” Hearns said. “I believe that doing activities outside of the workplace builds camaraderie, team spirit. It’s great to get to know some of your coworkers in an informal, relaxed environment. It’s a great way to have some fun, get some exercise.” Robert Ferguson, 33, is also a member of the Harbor Beach Marriott team. “I play in other leagues,” said Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale, a sales senior account executive. “I think World Team Tennis is a little bit more relaxed. It’s not as intense as some of the other leagues. It builds camaraderie, friendships and relationships.” The top corporate team automatically earns a spot to travel to the nationals, that this year will be in Indian Wells, Calif., in November. The top recreational teams for each division go to

GIMME FIVE: Nicole Uzel, left, and Justin DiMaio, both from Fort Lauderdale and both members of the Ascent Solutions/MSI team, do a high-five after winning a match point. DiMaio, 24, has played tennis since he was 9, including for Vero Beach High School and Furman University in Greenville, S.C.



Savvy saltwater anglers know to follow the leader BY STEVE WATERS STAFF WRITER

ADVICE: Capt. Brian Sanders says the lighter the leader, the better, but cautions: “It’s not for everybody.” Staff photo/Steve Waters

Whether you’re a veteran freshwater angler just starting to fish in salt water or a fishing novice, you’ll catch a lot more fish by using a leader. Rarely needed or used by freshwater anglers, leaders are used almost all the time by savvy saltwater anglers. A leader is a piece of line heavier than the main line on your fishing reel. It can be monofilament, fluorocarbon or wire. If you’re using 8-pound line, which would break if you put more than 8 pounds of pressure on it, you might attach a 30-pound leader, which can withstand much more pressure. Why use a leader at all? “Because you never know what might eat your bait,” said Capt. Brian Sanders, who guides anglers in the Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico out of Chokoloskee Island, and is a member of the Get

“A 30-pound leader helps you pull back and know that your line’s not going to break.” CAPT. BRIAN SANDERS Sum fishing team, a dominant boat on the South Florida offshore tournament circuit. “You might be fishing for a little blue runner or a little yellowtail snapper and a nice cobia eats your bait. With 8-pound line, maybe you pull a little too hard and you break off the fish,” he said. “Maybe a little piece of 30-pound leader would’ve helped you catch that fish. And you’ll still catch anything else that’ll eat your bait.” A leader can better withstand the abrasion caused by fish with teeth or rough mouths than the lighter main line. Line also gets roughed up when it rubs against the side of a fish’s body or the fish hits the line with its tail.

Over the course of a fight, that abrasion can weaken the line so that when you pull or the fish pulls, the line breaks. “A 30-pound leader helps you pull back and know that your line’s not going to break,” said Sanders, who uses only Momoi Hi-Catch fluorocarbon leader because the fluorocarbon is invisible underwater. It’s important to match the strength of your leader to the line you’re using and the species you’re targeting. Anglers who fish for sharptoothed species such as kingfish and sharks use wire leaders to avoid getting cut off. Snook have sandpaper-like mouths that can wear through thin monofilament or fluorocarbon leaders, so many snook anglers use 50-pound or heavier leaders. With 8- or 10-pound line, Sanders uses 30- to 50-pound leader. He’ll use heavier leaders with 12-, 15- or 20-pound line, depending on the species. For tarpon and dolphin, he’ll

use 50- to 80-pound leaders. For sailfish, he uses 40- and 50-pound leaders. When Sanders fishes for permit, he uses 20-pound braided line with 20-pound leader most of the time because permit have excellent eyesight. “You can use 25-pound or 40-pound leader, but you’ll get fewer bites,” Sanders said. “I’m a firm believer in the lighter the leader, the better, but it’s not for everybody. You’ll get more bites, but you have to fight the fish carefully to avoid breakoffs. “After you catch a fish, you should always check your leader,” Sanders said. “If the leader is nicked, cut it and re-tie the hook because you never know what that next fish is going to be. It could be the fish of a lifetime.” Steve Waters can be reached at or 954-356-4648.



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