Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 James Island King Mackerel Tourney

John Barnwell, Teddy Gilbreth and Parks Smith : 2012 champs

Patriotic Tourney T-shirt

Jessica Britt from Yard Boy 

 JIYC member Bobby Watkins and son Robbie
Something in the neighborhood of 30 boats fished for king mackerel on Saturday June 23 out of the James Island Yacht Club, which debuted their brand new dock/pier! It should be noted that lots of the 'heavy-hitters' of competition king fishing were out of town fishing the Little River tourney. That being said, first place went to the crew of the Storm Along, a 20-foot Sea Hunt, when angler Parks Smith reeled in a nice 31.8-pound king. Their smoker king was first to the scales at 3 p.m. and held up to win the competition that pays out for the first five places. Lady angler Jessica Britt weighed in a fine 26.95-pound king while fishing from Yard Boy, and she reports that was the only bite they had all day. Other boats reported a slow kingfish bite as well, but Sheldon Peeples aboard Local Talent managed to reel in a respectable 22.8-pounder. With a new inshore division added in 2011 consisting of trout, flounder and sheepshead, a few anglers brought those fish to the scales, with lots of James island yacht club members participating in smaller boats, which always adds to the fun.

To view a photo of the winning king from 2011 JIYC tourney click here.

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