Allan F. Catrell, a welder at Pearl Harbor, baited his hook with tuna and squid belly and began surf casting off Kahuku Point, Oahu. Nine hours later he reeled in an 18-pound one-ounce bone-fish lo better the world record on 50-pound test line by nine ounces.
John Wilcox Jr., a 19-year-old Williams-port, Pa. bowler and the ABC's all-events champion, took the men's singles title at Miami's Tournament of the Americas by rolling sets of 650, 610, 591, 611 and 578 to beat Ramiro Mu√±oz of Mexico in the five-day competition.
Chuck Mayhew of Mesquite, Texas, won the junior world 12-gauge skeet-shooting title when he was 13. Last month, at 14, he took the Dallas Gun Club's .410 senior championship in a shootoff with Bob Embry of Dallas after both had hit 48 out of 50 birds.
Louis Nuta Jr., 34, of Miami tried unsuccessfully for nine years to win powerboating's Gold Coast Marathon. The 10th time he entered the race he won, averaging 81.09 mph on the two legs. "This is my last," he said afterward. "Next year I'll fire the starting cannon."
July 31, 1966
Elizabeth Allan, 15, a Winter Park, Fla. water skier, became the women's overall world champion last year. She set a new world jumping mark at the Masters Tournament in Pine Mountain, Ga. when she jumped 106 feet, breaking the old mark by 4.3 feet.
Jim Wiechers of Atherton, Calif., the USGA junior champion in 1962, became the first golfer in 12 years to win both medalist honors and the Trans-Mississippi amateur title when he defeated his old friend Bob Smith of Sacramento 3 and 2 in the final in Minneapolis.