The full team competed on Saturday during the Onslow Bay Open KMT. Lauren, Dad, and Brent pulled into Atlantic Beach on Friday night. After some boat repairs and rig tying the crew fell out for a few hours of sleep.
Up and going by 4 am, we headed the bow of the Sea Drag’n toward the bait waters of Core Sound. Two throws of the Calusa’s and the boat floor was slimmed over with menhaden. Dad putting them in the tank as quick as possible and Lauren jumping around trying to keep the slim off her boots. Tanks full, we headed the Sea Drag’n to the fertile waters of the east side. One quick stop near shore and then to the offshore spots.
Fishing was a little slow early on. One small King and two reef donkeys(aka Sharks). At 11:00 am the dinner bell sounded for our fourth place fish. The port downrigger ripped out just as I got ready to check the bait. The line ripped off and drags were squealing. I grabbed the rod and gave it to Lauren and the rest of us went to work clearly the deck.
Lauren was on the bow yelling for us to hurry up because the line was still ripping off. The fish made a good 200-yard run then settled down deep. Fifteen minutes later Lauren had the slab to the surface. Brent reached out into the 4-5 foot seas breaking the surface and sinking the steel in the side of her head. He pulled her over the side and she hit the deck with a thud. Not extra long, but Fat Fat.
We continued fishing for the 40 and 50 lber but it never happened. At 3 pm we packed in it and headed south to Casper’s Marina for the 6 pm weigh in. We unloaded the girl and watched as she pulled the scales to 32.23 lbs and a 4th place finish in our 2nd King Mackerel tournament of the year.
Next up, the Sneads Ferry KMT and hopefully the KingGods will have one waiting for us. Good luck to everyone fishing and be safe.