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Division: 1 Morehead City, North Carolina Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club's 30th Annual KMT Jul 25-26, 2014

Windy Conditions Hooks Top Prize at Raleigh

By Patrick Farrell

Raleigh, NC — On a calm and sunny Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, , NC a dad, mom, and son combination aboard the Windy Conditions fought hard and brought the winning fish to the scales, on the one day Raleigh Saltwater tournament. Henry Tillet captained the Yamaha powered Contender and around 2pm his wife, Wendy, hooked the 35.54lb winning fish, while Henry gaffed and their son, Henry II, took the helm. “It was pretty awesome,” said Henry afterof winning the tournament with his family. “It was pretty nice to win with my wife and young son.” Windy Conditions stayed pretty close to the inlet to Beaufort, then ran ten miles south to an area named the Watermelon Patch – a place the Henry’s had luck previously. In about 60 feet of water, the winning king hammered the naked shad on the long line and the battle was on. “They were biting when we got there, then it cooled off a bit,” said Henry about the spot. All in all, Windy Conditions landed some sharks and six kings, but only one over 30 pounds. That proved to be enough! Wendy and Henry II also picked up top Lady and Junior anglers, respectively. An SKA member since 2003, Capt. Tillet and family are looking forward to Nationals in Biloxi this year. When asked if his team will be attending, Henry answered with a very certain “I am!” Henry would like to thank Henry’s Mufflers Shops, Angler’s Envy Custom Rods, and Fish Hard Gear for their support.

A good friend to the Tillet Family, Capt. Jodi Gay with Team Bluewater Candy / Knot Right picked up second place with a 33.30 pound king on the Yamaha-powered 23ft Onslow Bay. The team ran to the same area as Windy Conditions – the Watermelon Patch – and landed the fish early in the day. “We placed well last tournament with a fish from that area so we thought we’d go back,” said Jodie. Around 8am the king nailed a pogy on Bluewater Candy’s cotton candy featherweight rig and team member Kent Rayner grabbed the reel. Ten minutes later, teammate Scott PelletierPelliter gaffed the fish and Tim Parker landed the second gaff. “We missed three fish in the first hour, then got hooked up with the winner a little later,” said Jodie. Overall, the team had a great day with five kings over 28 pounds. “No one catches these fish by themselves. I have a great team,” mentioned Jodie. “It was a special day on the water and it was great to see family and good friends take the top prize and we were right up there.” Jodie would like to thank Onslow Bay for their great equipment, AFW/Hi-SeasAFT Highseas, and of course, Bluewater Candy. Way to go Jodie and team, see you at Nationals!

Capt. Jeff Morris’ Triggermack picked up a 31.72 king 30 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach around 8am as well. Off the long line of their Yamaha powered 32 Yellowfin, the fish hit a naked pogy on the topwater and the game was on. “It was pretty calm out there. After we caught the fish we kept at it for a couple hours then decided to head back around 11:00,” said Jeff. When asked if he’s attending Nationals this year, he said he’s “anxious to get back.” See you there!

Reel Blessed also came in with a fish in the lower thirties with a 32.24-pounder. Capt. Kevin Norris, along with David Jones, Jordan Norris, and Curtis Trexel started out of Morehead on their Yamaha powered Onslow Bay around 9:30am to the East Side and caught one small king before lunch, along with three cobia and a few missed fish. Around 2:30pm, the keeper hit a naked menhaden in about 75 feet of water. Jordan fought the fish for about 20 minutes, and just as the fish was in gaff range the fish broke the leader. David, in a last ditch effort to save the keeper, threw a “one-handed gaff shot” (as Kevin called it) and barely caught the tail before the fish was gone. “It was definitely an unusual day,” Kevin said. “The king we weighed hit the smallest bait we had.” Kevin would like to thank Gary’s Auto Sales for their support. An SKA member since ’99, Kevin and the gang are trying to get their schedules in order for Nationals. Good job, guys!

Overall, the 30th Annual RSWSC King Mackerel Tournament was a tremendous success. The Division 9 and 1 guys came out in droves…nine of the top ten entries were SKA members! It was great to meet Barry and all the good people at the Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club. We’ll definitely be back, as long as they keep cooking up all those delicious burgers and hotdogs…see you on the trail!

Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club's 30th Annual KMT

Open Class

Contender / Yamaha
Henry Tillett
Wendy Tillett
Henry Tillett II
Yellowfin / Yamaha
Jeff Morris
Dak Millis
Fountain / Mercury
Cecil Holcomb
Calvin Holcomb
29.744. RUGMAN
Onslow Bay / Yamaha
Jamie Wallace
Greg Maready
Renee Wallace
27.205. SEA FOX
Contender / Yamaha
Billy Sherwood
Bert Ferebee
Sheila Honeycutt
26.826. RED STRIPE
Seafox / Suzuki
Bryan Wokasch
26.327. Lady C

Small Boat Class

Onslow Bay / Yamaha
Jodie Gay
Scott Pelletier
Kent Raynor
Timmy Parker
Onslow Bay / Yamaha
Kevin Norris
David Jones
Jordan Norris
Curtis Trevel
28.063. HOOK EM UP
Island Runner / Isuzu
Wayne Howard
Chris Howard
Kayla Howard
William Travis Wiley

Top Lady Anglers
35.541. Wendy Tillett

Top Senior Angler
33.30Jodie Gay

Top Junior Angler
35.54Henry Tillett

SKA Top Junior Anglers
35.541. Henry Tillett
28.062. Kayla Howard
20.323. Carter Moore

Mercury Marine Junior Angler Scholarship Winner
Carter Moore

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