Great work to team "All-in" and all the other teams who competed this year.
Now, for the fishing.....or the attempt.
Generally, the tournament is an offshore affair, with the gulf stream the destination and pelagic species the target, however this year was different. The weather turned foul on us and the seas weren't in our favor. Being that 8-10ft seas were expected, as well as the potential for thunderstorms, the committee bent the rules a bit and offshore became inshore. Colder than usual water temperatures also didn't help the bite as many species such as albacore and
amberjack were still tough to locate. No matter, bluefish are always a back up, so we hammered the bluefish schools up and down the shoreline. To weigh in, each team needs 3 weighable fish at the end of the day to qualify. Finding fish wasn't our problem at all; once we got into the bluefish schools the bite was on, rather, finding fish that were actually worth weighing was the issue. We caught so many blues in the 1-2lb range it was absurd. Luckily Jimmy caught an albie that was about 8lbs, so at least we were on the board. Although the fishing and weather weren't the best, it was an awesome day partying on the boat with our team, Jimmy Philbin, Hunter Boykin, Robert Paschal, and myself. It was especially entertaining watching all the 60ft offshore yachts clumsily try and avoid each other as they trolled their way up and down the shore for 12 inch bluefish. Until that day I had never seen a captain gaff a 1lb fish before...
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After some great times on the water, ample beer consumption and much deck dancing, team Tetons on the Fly headed in for the weigh in. I don't know what our total weight was and even if I stayed to find out I probably wouldn't publicly disclose it.
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The Reeling for Research staff did an unbelievable job coordinating and putting the tournament together this year. It was such a great time and for a great cause and I would strongly encourage anyone, from anywhere, to consider forming a team or getting involved for next year.
Also, thanks to Richard Montana for putting this successful tourney on and growing it year after year.
For more info on Reeling for Research or the UNC Children's Hospital please visit: http://www.reelinforresearch.org/index.htm