With a boat name like “Carterican” you know they are from Carteret County! Congratulations to the owners Jamie & Lee Smith of Morehead City for capturing the title. They fished on Friday and had two releases out of the total of 5 for the day putting them in 1st place Friday night. Saturday, with calm seas they headed out and released another two fish for a total of 4 releases in just two days. Hooking up with their last Sailfish at 1:52 pm just minutes before the 2pm “Lines Out”. Congratulations on a great win.
2nd Place went to Sensation, Capt. Dale Britt and his grandchildren. They released 3 billfish to secure 2nd place. And 3rd place went to Floar Plan with two releases.
Overall Dolphin winner was Paige Hite on Bluewater with a 27.18lb Dolphin, Wahoo Pashal Shook on the Run-Off with a huge 48.84lb fish and the Tuna Division winner with a 4.56lb fish was Tanner Mazzocchi on the Carolina Pirate.
The tournament hosted 58 boats this up and over 200 fish were weighed in and a total of 24 billfish released, all but one, by Jr. Anglers.
The Live Auction for the Napa Walker Auto Parts Stores/Ft. Macon Marina 4×4 and trailer was extremely exciting with $12,750 bid on the vehicle and trailer.
While the offshore division was exciting the Inshore tournament was very competitive. King Mackerel winner was Annie Wokasch fishing on Red Stripe with a 9.6lb King, Spanish was a very tough category with Julia Grady on Hot Gritts weighing in a citation big 7.5lb fish. The Grady Bunch took the top 4 positions in the Blue Fish Division with the largest one 1.5lbs weighed in by Hunter Rice. The coveted Pin Fish Division was won by Season Ticket angler Caden Cox at 0.44lbs.
“It was a very fun weekend, we were blessed with fantastic weather and raised great money for our local Boys & Girls Clubs”, said Cynthia Barber, Tournament Director. The Tournament has donated over $800,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs in the past 11 years and is shooting for an additional $40,000 for this year. “We greatly appreciate all of the sponsors, participants, volunteers and guests who participated and helped us towards reaching our ultimate goal of $1,000,000 donation”, said Barber.