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2008 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour

HENDERSON’S LIQUID FIRE IS THE 2008 “ANGLER OF THE YEAR” TEAM!

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I got a phone call from Rob Ferris last January. Sea Craft had just built a new Class of 23 boat and the person who was supposed to run the boat (an SKA member) couldn't get it together. He had found someone new to showcase the boat in the Pro Tour event in Key West and would it be all right.

 

I checked the standings from '07 for Mark Henderson's Liquid Fire team. He had qualified out of Division One where he finished 16th and also from Division Two where he qualified ninth.

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POSSE’S 63.54 AGGREGATE WINS FINAL YAMAHA PRO TOUR EVENT FOR ‘08 IN LITTLE RIVER!

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Daniel Crowley, Lewis Rogers, B.J. Pearson, Travis Crowley, and Muller Otto caught two great fish, for this weekend, and won the $40,000 top prize plus an armload of Raymarine Electronics.

Weather was the big factor this weekend. Low pressure moved from the center of the country and settled just offshore. Northeast winds settled in and brought lots of rain. It's one thing when fish don't bite but quite another when you battle heavy seas and pounding rain also.

The Posse team weighed a nice 34.36 on the first day and found themselves in second place but everyone was talking about Jeff and Greg Weathers' 49.47 they caught while fishing 80 miles to the south on the Yamaha powered Contender, Triple Gobble.

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RATLEY’S RAT PAK ON TOP AT FOURTH LEG OF THE YAMAHA PRO TOUR IN ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA!

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St. Simons Island, Georgia - Darren Ratley has been fishing the Pro Tour since it's inception and is held in the highest esteem by his peers. He proved once again he can fish with the best of them by winning the fourth leg of the 2008 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour in St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Darren, fishing with John Mott, Bret Hayes, and Sonny Mills on the Mercury powered Yellowfin, Rat Pak, fished an area by "D" Buoy both days. "I had obtained some information from a friend that there were pods of Spanish Mackerel and other bait fish in the area," Darren informed me.

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SURREEL’S 105.88 AGGREGATE TAMES THE THIRD LEG OF THE YAMAHA KINGFISH TOUR IN FOURCHON, LA

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Steve Hays and Perry Warner were always regarded among the top of the fishing elite in Division 6 (Florida's West Coast). Now they have to be taken seriously in professional competition.

Fishing the Mercury powered Fountain named Surreel, the Steve and Perry show wowed the Pro field by scaling a great 48.31 on day one, then coming to the dock on day two with the biggest king of the event, a 57.57. Their 105.88 two fish aggregate was over nine pounds better than the second place team. Add this up: $40,000 in cash, $5,000 in Raymarine Electronics, plus a 23' Yamaha powered Contender boat for winning the Kajun Sportsman event held in co-junction with the Pro event. That's close to $100,000!

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LIQUID FIRE WINS THE $40,000 FIRST PLACE PRIZE IN THE YAMAHA PRO TOUR STOP IN JENSEN BEACH, FLORIDA!

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Jensen Beach, FL—To say Mark Henderson was a happy camper is an understatement. His Liquid Fire team of Chris Waters, Joshua Henderson and Crockett Henderson weighed a fourth place 39.55 on the first day of the second stop of the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour in Jensen Beach, Florida, then caught the biggest king of his life, a 50.56 on day two, for a 90.11 first place aggregate. Let’s digress for just a moment. Thanks to Rob Ferris, Henderson was offered an opportunity to fish the new 23’ tournament edition Sea Craft a week before the tours kickoff event in Key West. He agreed but wasn’t sure if he could compete for the rest of the year. His team finished 11th so he made the commitment to continue and Sea Craft, who was excited with their efforts, once again asked if he would fish another event with the boat. He agreed. It may be one of the best decisions he and the company ever made.

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NATIVE WINS FIRST LEG OF YAMAHA PRO TOUR IN KEY WEST!

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Key West, FL—If you have a desire to catch trophy kings, Key West is the ticket in the winter months. These big kings can be found off the Carolina coast later in the year and the upper Gulf all summer. While we didn’t see a large number of these bruisers, the Catch Ya Later scaled a 55 pound king on day one of the first leg of the ‘08 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour and the Native picked up a 57 on day two.

Most believed they would have seen more big fish but winds blew and seas remained four to six foot both days and the further west you went the bigger they got. Many paid the price for long runs.

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