Monday, May 30, 2011


The Liquid Fire Fishing Team has embarked on the third stop on the SKA Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour. The 1175-mile, seven state jaunt to Fourchon LA, was a very long and tiring 22.5-hour drive.

However, upon our arrival, the area proved to be everything that's advertised... we landed a 33# cobia on #1 gold live bait hook!! Additionally, an hour and one-half of fishing produced several nice king mackerel.

We were told that the American Red Snapper were thick in the area also. While we were bait fishing on Saturday, we found it to be true. Trying to catch blue runners proved to be difficult, as the snapper were more that willing to eat anything we dropped down!! We can't wait until snapper season opens on Wednesday!!! What an exciting place to fish.

Unfortunately, Sunday and Monday were blow outs... Maybe the rest of the week will have better weather. We'll keep you posted...


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


The Liquid Fire Fishing Team comprised of Joshua, Crockett, Audrey and Mark traveled to one of our favorite destinations on the east coast during the week of May 10, Jensen Beach, FL. While it wasn't our greatest showing at this event, (we won it in 2008), Crockett still claimed his second TOP PRO JUNIOR ANGLER title of the year , and we were able to weigh a 17.35# king on day one, a 20.53#er on day two and stay in 18th place in the SKA Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour.

Unfortunately, while Friday was a very slow fishing day, we had a great opportunity to boat a huge king on Saturday morning. Crockett fought the fish for 10 minutes, after it made three long classic kingfish runs, only to come up empty after the beast either tail-whipped the mono or another fish cut the line. While it's a "fish story" to most, it was an extremely frustrating day for our team, knowing we had an opportunity to substantially increase our standings.

In addition, we caught a 22# blackfin tuna, hooked up two sailfish and caught numerous other king mackerel.

Our team travels to Fourchon, LA, on Thursday, May 26, for the third event on the pro tour. Fourchon is one of the greatest fisheries in the world, and our family is very excited about making our second trip to the area. Hopefully, we'll have some great photos and videos we can share from the trip.

We'll keep you posted during the trip if possible!


Monday, May 2, 2011


After fishing the first leg of the 2011 SKA Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour in Sarasota, FL, Audrey, Joshua, Crockett and Mark returned to Cape Carteret, NC, at midnight, 5/1/11. A 15-hour jaunt across four states gave the Liquid Fire Fishing Team plenty of time to reflect on Crockett's TOP PRO JUNIOR ANGLER honor and its 13th place overall finish.

Our first opportunity to fish the west coast of Florida was made very enjoyable by one of the most organized and well run tournaments in which we've had the pleasure to be involved. The tournament sponsor NBOA Marine Insurance staff, lead by Jim Butler, were prepared, professional and available to help the teams at all times.
A fantastic captain's party kicked off the event Wednesday night. Captains and team members from 35 registered teams shared in food, festivities and conversation throughout the evening. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones!! Thanks again NBOA!!

Once arriving at the Sara Bay Marina at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, we caught a couple hours of sleep, met up with another team to discuss our daily bait-catching excursion, and exited the pass. A couple hours later, and after fighting 20-plus knot winds and four to five-foot seas, we had a couple dozen blue runners in the baitwell.

We awoke Thursday to more high winds and steep seas. This allowed our team to get some needed relaxation before the captain's meeting, where once again, NBOA and Contender Boats provided a fine meal of fish tacos for the teams.

Friday morning again greeted the pro anglers with high winds and angry sea conditions. While some of the teams with bigger boats and large fuel capacities were willing and able to make a 185-mile run where there had been a concentration of tournament winning size fish, some teams (like us) were resided to choosing to fish more local waters to try and capture a good "points fish."

Our day one, 14.92#, king mackerel was a bit of a disappointment. However, we were able to put the much needed fish on the scale to begin the year. Day two wasn't much different, as the winds continued to howel. Even though we didn't catch big fish on the first day in Egmont Channel, there were a few teams that caught some respectable fish there. So, off we went.

Saturday began differently than the previous day, as we had a 25# king hit at 7:57 a.m. Shortly after, our 26.04# fish ate a blue runner that we got from Lee's Live Bait that morning, as Crockett was setting the spread. Fifteen minutes later, the fish was in the fishbox and awaiting the five o'clock weigh-in.

Although we would like to have scaled a couple larger fish, we accumulated enough weight for Crockett to claim Top Junior Angler Pro honors in the event (his FOURTH such individual pro event honor). In addition to resting in 13th place overall by the end of the first event.

Congratulations to Stacy Wester and his Big Bad Wolf team on their victory! Great job Stacy.

The Liquid Fire Fishing Team will be leaving for Jensen Beach, FL, next Tuesday, 5/10/11, to participate in the Frances Langford King Mackerel Tournament. This is another very well run event in a wonderful location. It is also the second of the five professional tournaments. We'll be sure to keep you updated!