Saturday, July 13, 2013

2013 MegaDock - Day Two Fishing

Kirkley Russell and 71.8-pound WAHOO
John Crislip and a 9.6-pound blackfin tuna
Only eight boats went fishing Friday at the 2013 MegaDock Governor's Cup. Tourney leader Chasin' failed to build on their lead during their second day of fishing, and are now 'fished out.' This sets the stage for some drama at the end of the final day on Saturday, with 25 boats fishing. The last boat to the weigh station on Friday had the biggest meatfish so far. Russellhatt is based out of Little River, N.C. but they come to the MegaDock every year to support their friend, Marina manager Robbie Freeman. Owner Kirkley Russell snagged the big 71.8-pound HOO at 9:30 in the morning and finally weighed it in at 6:45, leapfrogging the Day One wahoo leader. Russellhatt is also 'fished out' now and will have to wait and see if their BIG wahoo holds the lead after Saturday fishing. Another change on the leaderboard saw angler Bennett Wyatt claim the top spot for youth with his 26.8-pound mahi caught from Sportsmann. Only three billfish releases were recorded on Friday with J and B releasing a blue marlin and a sailfish, although they are now 'fished out.' Artemis released a blue marlin on Friday, the only other billfish release recorded on July 12. Other notable meatfish included Mike Bennett on Rodeo with a 30.8-pound mahi that was in the daily lead early before being bumped out by the 32.2-pound mahi weighed by Fred Hardwick from Showtime. Showtime's John Crislip released a blue marlin on Thursday and brought a tuna to the scales on Friday - so Showtime is now fished out. Rodeo is also fished out and Dallas-based family member Jennifer Judkins weighed in a 12.0-pound mahi during her maiden voyage for offshore fishing, and she was quoted as saying, This WAS my first Rodeo!! Finally another salute to another first-timer Sarah Dudash for weighing in a 13.8-pound mahi caught from Artemis.
New youth mahi leader

To view past blog entries from the 2013 MegaDock tourney click here.

Mike Bennett with a 30-pound dinner fish

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