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2014 Trail Articles

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Team Intense Battles Heat and Sharks to Take the Kajun Sportsman Title

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Once again Mother Nature only got it half right in the Upper Gulf. The ocean was slick calm, but the heat was oppressive. Still, the bite was on for most of the teams who fished the 4th Annual Orange Beach Kajun King Tour in Alabama. Neal Foster and his crew on Intense—Mark and Josh Collier, Doug Mallonee, and Jason Hebert—fished the same spot both days about 60 miles from the pass and had no trouble finding kings. They just had to maneuver around umpteen sharks, the smallest of which was about 250 pounds.

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Crisis Wins in Biloxi with First Tournament 50-pounder

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The Upper Gulf gave up two more 50-pounders this season at the 4th Annual Palace Casino Resort/Gorenflo’s King Mackerel Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi. The ocean cooperated with clear and calm waters but the air was hot and motionless. Still, it was way better than last year when seas ran four to six feet and torrential rains followed teams on the water and back to the scales.

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West Delta Invitational Falls to Intense

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Without a doubt the Mississippi Delta region is home to some of the world’s best fishing for king mackerel, both in terms of size and numbers. What would be considered a trophy king on the East Coast barely raises an eyebrow in the upper Gulf, so it was no surprise that outstanding fishing was a highlight of the West Delta Kingfish Invitational. The event was hosted by Bill and Mike Butler at Venice Marina in Venice, Louisiana. For those who have never visited this part of the Delta, it’s pretty easy: first, hit

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Reelentless Sets Records at 81st Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

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The Alabama state record is still pending, but a new ADSFR tournament record was set by Capt. Bennie Goldman and his team of Jeremy and Pam Goldman and John Wallington on their Yamaha powered Contender aptly named Reelentless. The official weight was called out as 69.99 pounds! That’s a smoker even in the upper Gulf. This is the third kingfish Rodeo title for Reelentless in five years with a 64.50 in 2009 and a 48.84 in 2012.

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Hot King’s 55.99 Takes First Win in Division 7’s Fourchon Event!

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''I'm new to kingfish tournaments," said Shawn Ryan as he approached the SKA registration desk. "What do I need to do to join the SKA?” I, of course, fixed him up with the paperwork. The Yamaha powered Contender team then went out on day one amid stormy weather and very rough conditions. The weather forecast was once again not even close. "We were fishing a little over 40 miles from the ports pass," said a very excited Shawn Ryan. "The fight only lasted five minutes but when she felt the

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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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