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Division: 1 Swansboro, NC 14th ANNUAL ONSLOW BAY OPEN KMT August 8-9, 2014

Triple Trouble’s Triton Takes Onslow Bay Tournament

By Patrick Farrell

Swansboro, North Carolina — Sometimes good guys really do place first. “We’re just a family fishing team,” Capt Philip Mitchell said when asked how many sponsors he’d like to thank for winning the 14th annual Onslow Bay Open with a 43.94lb king. “”My two sons grew up through the SKA and really enjoy being a part of the Association.” The second installment of North Carloinal’s Divisoin 1 tournament trail, the one-day Onslow Bay Open event fell on a sloppy and rough summer day, but that didn’t stop SKA anglers from getting on some good fish. Capt. Mitchell’s Triple Trouble, along with sons Phillip Jr and Brandon, as well as Heath and Seth King, headed out to the East side of the Capt Lookout to about 80ft of water. Around 1030am, she hit a pogie with a Bluewater Candy skirt on the 20ft downrigger and the fight was on. Seth fought the king for around 20 minutes until Phillip Jr. could land the gaff. “It was very rough fishing, but was fairly good for us,” said Phillip of the day. “We just got lucky.”

Triple Trouble also landed a few kings in the mid-20s and a 60lb Wahoo during the rough day.

When asked about Nationals this year, Capt. Mitchell replied, “We’re thinking about it real serious.” After this win we seriously hope to see you there compete!

No stranger to the SKA, David Lucas and the Amanda Gail squad had yet another strong showing with a second place finish with a 37.53lb king, with Capt. Lucas also picking up the Top Senior Angler prize at the event. Along with Thomas Evans and sponsor John Lucas, team Amanda Gail on their Evinrude-powered C-Hawk said they had a little trouble getting bait out of Drum Inlet, but made it to the tide line outside the inlet in 31ft of water and got started. After one strike missed, at 11am the another king hit the top medium short line with the Mr. trigger-rigged menhaden with the Bluewater Candy skirt and they were hooked up. Thomas grabbed the reel and after a 15-minute fight, David was able to stick the gaff. 

Amanda Gail, despite the rough seas, also managed to catch a few more smaller kings but were cut loose. 

The boys of Sea-Dub showed up with in impressive third-place finish, weighing in a 35.22lb smoker. Led by Capt Chris Wilkins, Sea-Dub and it’s crew of Joseph Starling, Robbie Evans, and Ben Moyr (Senior Angler Winner) took off with their Yamaha-powered 35’ Triton at 430am out of Beaufort Inlet and headed Northwest to about 90ft of water. “I figured it was a good spot…I’d caught a 30lber in that area years ago and everywhere else the water looked pretty bad we were looking at 4-5ft seas to we tried our luck there in better water,” Chris said of choice to fish the spot. At 10am, the Sea-Dub boys caught a cool sight. “ We had bluefish on a downrigger about 50 feet, and we were watching the radar. We saw the fish take a look at that bait then shot up and took the long line…all caught on radar!,” Capt. Wilkins said of the bite. Robbie took the line and after 20minutes and a few circles under the boat, Chris stuck the gaff. 

Along with the 35.2 king, Sea-Dub also snagged a few Amberjack and sharks during the day.

Sea-Dub would like to thank Buckhorn Doe, Yeti Coolers, Eagleclaw Hooks, and Costa Del Mar Sunglasses.

When asked about Nationals, Capt. Wilkins said, “We’re definitively going, especially now that everyone’s invited this year.” Alright Sea-Dub! See you there! Remember everyone, fish two tournaments this year and you got your ticket to the big show in Biloxi!

Taking the fourth position in the tournament was Mike Williams’s Yamaha-powered 36 Yellowfin Release, weighing in a 32.67lb king. Capt Williams, along with teammates Quinn Moris and Gordon Dunn, set out at 7am headed for the East side of the shoals to about 70 ft of water. “Two weeks about we won a tournament at that exact spot, so we thought why not try again,” said Williams of the fishing spot. With a very bad, hard North East wind, she finally hit the medium line top pogie and the hook sank in. Gordon fought the line for a short 5-10 minutes before Mike could gaff the fish and bring her in. “It was a pretty slow day other than that king,” said Capt Williams said of the say. At least they finished in the money! Release would like to thank Yamaha and Burleson Marine for their support.

As usual, the Onslow Bay Open KMT is always an outstanding tournament with plenty of particicipation from both sponsors and anglers. I would be remiss if we didn’t give Stan Jarunskinski and the Onslow Bay team a lot of credit for yet again hosting one of Division 1’s marquee event. And special thanks to Domino’s Pizza for feeding the event! Great job Division 1 and we’ll see you on the trail!

14th Annual Onslow Bay Open KMT

Open Class

Triton / Mercury
Phil Mitchell
Phillip Mitchell Jr.
Heath King
Seth King
C-Hawk / Evinrude
David Lucas
Thomas Evans
John Lucas
35.223. SEA-DUB
Triton / Yamaha
Chris Wilkins
Joseph Starling
Robbie Evans
Ben Moye
32.674. RELEASE
Yellowfin / Yamaha
Mike Williams
Quinn Moris
Gordon Dunn
Yellowfin / Yamaha
Jeff Morris
Dak Millis
Onslow Bay / Yamaha
Thomas Justice
Derrick Hansley
David Hansley
24.517. IN 2 DEEP
Contender / Yamaha
Victor Tompkins
Ronald Mabee
Charles Bely
Zachary Mabee
Onslow Bay / Yamaha
Jodie Gay
Scott Pelletier
Timmy Parker
Steve Marshburn
Wellcraft / Yamaha
John Parks
Matt Henderson
Charlie Neele
Yellowfin / Mercury
Robbie Hall
Phillip Croom Jr.

Top Lady Anglers
14.961. Deanne Moore

Top Senior Angler
37.53David Lucas

Top Junior Angler
14.96Carter Moore

SKA Top Junior Anglers
14.961. Carter Moore
11.642. Will Taylor

Mercury Marine Junior Angler Scholarship Winner
Carter Moore

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