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2014 Trail Articles

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Small Boat, Big Fish: Hook Um Up wins King of the Cape

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It’s one of the oldest sayings in a sport full of sayings: that the fish can’t tell what size boat you’re fishing from. If the weather’s halfway decent, the smaller boats can and do fish just as well as the big boys. That was definitely the case at the recent Bojangles King of the Cape tournament, hosted by Town Creek Marina in Beaufort, NC. While the anticipated forecast proved to be rougher than the actual tournament weather, a fleet of 66 boats still showed up in this first-year tournament, an great turnout for director David Lucas and his

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Second Chanze is First SKA Boat at Sneads Ferry

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The number two was a charm at this year’s 23rd Annual Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry King Mackerel Tournament. The two-man team of John Lewis and Chad Barnes took second place on Second Chanze, a 23’ Contender powered by Yamaha. The duo caught the fish at a spot known as Middletown. They had fished several spots that day, only boating small fish, when they got a call from a friend who had found some bigger kings. Second Chanze left Fat Belly Reef about 1:00 and headed to Middletown.

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Triple Trouble’s Triton Takes Onslow Bay Tournament

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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.

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Windy Conditions Hooks Top Prize at Raleigh

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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.”

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MERCURY JUNIOR ANGLER COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Mercury Trail Tournaments

Jan 24-26, 2014
Division 10 - Key West, Florida
18th ANNUAL STOCK ISLAND MARINA VILLAGE KMT

May 08-11, 2014
Division 10 - Pompano Beach, Florida
POMPANO BEACH SALTWATER SHOOTOUT

May 16-17, 2014
Division 6 - Sarasota, Florida
NBOA GULF COAST OPEN

May 29-31, 2014
Division 6 - Treasure Island, Florida
23rd ANNUAL SUNCOAST KINGFISH CLASSIC

Jun 05-08, 2014
Division 10 - Pompano Beach, Florida
POMPANO BEACH SALTWATER SLAM

Jun 12-14, 2014
Division 7 - Port Fourchon, Louisiana
18th ANNUAL KAJUN SPORTSMAN KING CLASSIC

Jun 20-22, 2014
Division 9 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
YELLOWFIN/YAMAHA JOLLY MON KING CLASSIC

Jul 11-13, 2014
Division 5 - St. Augustine, Florida
ANCIENT CITY GAMEFISH CHALLENGE

Jul 11-13, 2014
Division 9 - Carolina Beach, North Carolina
EAST COAST GOT-EM-ON CLASSIC

Jul 11-12, 2014
Division 10 - Palm Beach Shores, Florida
SAILFISH MARINA BIG DOG & FAT CAT KDW SHOOTOUT

Jul 17-20, 2014
Division 7 - Dauphin Island, Alabama
81st ANNUAL ALABAMA DEEP SEA RODEO

Jul 18-19, 2014
Division 4 - Shellman Bluff, Georgia
34th ANNUAL SAPELO OPEN KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Jul 18-20, 2014
Division 9 - Wilmington, North Carolina
S.H.A.R.E. KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Jul 21-26, 2014
Division 5 - Jacksonville, Florida
34th ANNUAL GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Jul 25-26, 2014
Division 1 - Morehead City, North Carolina
RALEIGH SALTWATER SPORTFISHING CLUB'S 30th ANNUAL KMT

Jul 25-26, 2014
Division 3 - James Island, South Carolina
JAMES ISLAND YACHT CLUB KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Aug 01-02, 2014
Division 5 - Fernandina Beach, Florida
33rd ANNUAL NSFA FISHING RODEO & KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Aug 01-03, 2014
Division 7 - Venice, Louisiana
WEST DELTA KINGFISH INVITATIONAL

Aug 07-09, 2014
Division 3 - Charleston, South Carolina
21st ANNUAL FISHING FOR MIRACLES KMT

Aug 08-09, 2014
Division 1 - Swansboro, North Carolina
14th ANNUAL ONSLOW BAY OPEN KMT

Aug 08-09, 2014
Division 4 - Brunswick, Georgia
28th ANNUAL TWO WAY SPORTFISHING CLUB'S KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Aug 15-16, 2014
Division 1 - Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
23rd ANNUAL ROTARY CLUB OF SNEADS FERRY KMT

Aug 15-16, 2014
Division 4 - Darien, Georgia
CAPTAIN HAP'S KINGFISH BASH ON THE BLUFF

Aug 22-23, 2014
Division 7 - Biloxi, Mississippi
4th ANNUAL PALACE HOTEL & CASINO/GORENFLO'S KMT

Aug 22-23, 2014
Division 8 - Fort Pierce, Florida
FORT PIERCE SUMMER SLAM

Sep 05-06, 2014
Division 4 - Richmond Hill, Georgia
3rd ANNUAL COASTAL EMPIRE KINGFISH CLASSIC

Sep 05-07, 2014
Division 7 - Orange Beach, Alabama
4th ANNUAL ORANGE BEACH KAJUN SPORTSMAN KING CLASSIC

Sep 12-13, 2014
Division 1 - Beaufort, North Carolina
KING OF THE CAPE OPEN KMT

Sep 12-13, 2014
Division 10 - Hypoluxo, Florida
X GENERATION 440 KDW CHALLENGE

Sep 26-27, 2014
Division 3 - Little River, South Carolina
12th ANNUAL RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE KMT

Sep 26-27, 2014
Division 9 - Little River, South Carolina
12th ANNUAL RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE KMT

Oct 09-11, 2014
Division 6 - Treasure Island, Florida
YAMAHA/CENTRAL MARINE 23rd ANNUAL FALL SUNCOAST KINGFISH CLASSIC

Oct 10-11, 2014
Division 3 - Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
4th ANNUAL KINGS FOR VETS

Oct 10-12, 2014
Division 9 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
FALL BRAWL KING CLASSIC

Oct 24-26, 2014
Division 1 - Morehead City, North Carolina
4th NC TROOPERS INSHORE/OFFSHORE SALTWATER CHALLENGE

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