Choosing to fish the second day, along with another 153 teams, because of a small craft advisory issued on Saturday, we began our quest for a slob at 6:00 a.m. After deploying our six-line spread of pogies, blue fish and mullet, we pounded an area out of Bogue Inlet known for big king mackerel this time of year. Unfortunately, the consistency of this year’s bite matched exactly with our chosen location… NOTHING! Two hours into our day, we decided to make a move and then… make a move and then… make a move… well, you get the picture.
Finally, after we began setting our spread at the seventh location of the day, the long line, featuring a juicy blue fish, began the high pitched scream that gives chills to any king mackerel tournament fisherman! The 2:52 p.m. strike immediately made Joshua, Crockett and me forget about the previous nine hours of shear boredom.
After a seemingly endless 13-minute tussle between Crockett and our prized kingfish, Joshua planted the gaff perfectly behind the dorsal fin and hoisted the 24.90-pound king into the fish box at 3:05 p.m. Forty-five miles from the weigh-in at the Carolina Beach Municipal Docks, we made the run hoping to be “in the money.”
Once the weigh-in closed at 5:00 p.m., 54 of the 161 teams had weighed a king. Our nearly last-minute target placed us sixth (6th) overall. The East Coast Got-Em-On is always a well run tournament and has been one of our favorite event for several years.
Our next event will be the Raleigh Saltwater KMT in Morehead City, NC, on July 30. This tournament is another popular outing in Division 1. We’ll keep you updated.
CHARLIE WALKER OF GOOSE CREEK MARINE PRESENTS DANNY COMPTON WITH A ROD & REEL COMBO DONATED BY GOOSE CREEK MARINE DURING WEST MARINE SHOW.
As promised, our Liquid Fire Fishing Team held a random drawing from a total of 19 respondents to an email request that asked to verify their email. Danny Compton of Cape Carteret was chosen from the following email participants:
Troy Ellis, Mitch Mitchell, Danny Compton, Dave Compton, David Seaton, George Venuto, Ann Venuto, Curtis Morris, Greg Carr, Carlis Hardin, Tim Turner, Skip Greene, Jesse Vaughan, Millard West, Ray Taylor, Chuck Bryant, Phil Stallings, Mike Harry, Chris Edwards and John Walston
We would again like thank everyone for attending the event. There were a n estimated 300 attendees.
Additionally, we appreciate all of our sponsors for their support of the show; especially GOOSE CREEK MARINE for the rod and reel donation.
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