After a 14 mile run, they settled in near a spot called the 1700 rock and began to put out baits. The area was already covered with about 20 boats so the team stopped short of the fleet and began to fish. The first lines went out and within 15 minutes, the downrigger ripped off. Capt. Al grabbed the rod and handed it to Andy as he and Brent cleared the deck. After a short battle, a mid 20’s pound fish was onboard. Nice point fish, but the team was in hopes of a better fish. Capt. AL and Brent began to put the lines back out. Capt. AL put a jumbo pogey on the long line and deployed it in the wayback position. Before everyone could get relaxed, Brent yelled “Thirty or Forty just skied on the long line!!”.
Capt AL shouted for Brent to get the long gaff and after two more big cranks on the reel, the big girl was in striking distance. Brent reached down as far as he could and stuck the monster in the back of the head. Capt AL reached over and grabbed the gaff as Brent struggled to get the big girl over the side. She hit the deck with a big thump and never moved. The Team high fived and celebrated what they hoped would be another good finish in the tournament given the size of the slab on board. The fished measured over 59” in length and they all felt she was well over 50 lbs. The team packed her in ice and began a slow journey to the scales at Sneads Ferry. They arrived early and anchored down in front of the weigh in site waiting for the scales to open at 3 pm. The big girl pulled down the scales at 52.69 lbs and was good enough for the team to capture another 1st place win at the Sneads Ferry Tournament.