Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament

Fall is just around the corner. This past weekend the Sea Drag’n fishing team competed in the Atlantic Beach KMT. Bait earlier in the week was a struggle to fiind, but luckily it showed up on Tournament day. We slid over to Harkers Island and with two casts we had all the slippery shad we needed.

We hammered down to the east side through a downpour of rain and lightening. Finally after busting through the breakers, the seas calmed down offshore. The wind was light out of the NE and the ground swell was about 3 to 5 feet. Fishing conditions were good and the water temperature was perfect at 76 degrees. Bait was plentiful and things were looking positive.

We began to put out lines in 50 foot of water and after the third line went out the top line screamed off. After a short battle, a 24 pounder was lying on the deck. The day was filled with action, between the 12 sharks, 9 kings, 1 grouper and 1 spanish, we went through about 30 rigs.

At about 11:30 am our best fish of the day ripped off the downrigger and made a impressive 250 yard run. After about a 20 minute battle, Brent stuck the girl with the cold steel and laid a fat fish on the deck. She had the head of a 40 pounder with a big eye ball, but just did not have the length. It pulled down the scales at the weigh-in at 28.1 pounds and was a good 3rd fish to add to our SKA points in Division 1.

Hopefully hot fall fishing is just around the corner and up next for the team is the Swansboro King Mackerel Tournament on October 15. Then off to Biloxi for the SKA Nationals.

Tight Lines,