Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sat. 11/18 Trout and Reds!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sat. 11/10 Swansboro Speckled Trout Toury.. Two 1st Place Wins and New Tournament Record!
What a day! After pre-fishing on Thursday and locating some 3 to 5lb fish holding in a couple of holes, I had a pretty good idea on where Mike and I needed to fish to do well in this years Swansboro Speckled Trout Tourny. When we got to our hole the tide was still wrong for the bite but we managed to pick up a 5lb trout on 2nd cast. We caught a couple more 3 to 5lbers before the tide slowed and turned around 11am. By this time we already had a good jump on the competition for the top positions as we now had over 15lbs for a 3 fish aggregate and had over 4hrs left to fish. We watched several other boats in the location put a couple of 5 to 6lb fish in the boat and received a couple of calls from other who had similar fish so, we were'nt confident in the weight of our fish. As soon as the tide began moving well the bite picked up for us. We put up some 4 to 5lb fish with a 6.75lber which brought our aggregate up to just over 16lbs for 3fish. Soon after, Mike fought two fish to the boat in two casts. Their weights were 6.96lbs and 7.4lbs. We were totally stoked as we now had a 3fish aggregate of just over 18lbs! The bite slowed down and for some reason we felt that others might have been catching fish just as large or larger. It's rare here in NC to bring a 3fish aggregate weight of 18lbs to the scales in a trout tournament. But, with the doubt still in our minds, we kept on looking for bigger fish. About 1:45pm I hooked up with a monster and for a moment I thought it was a big sheepshead. But, the fish surfaced quickly which left no doubt it was a big trout! In fact, it turned out the be the largest trout I've caught to date. This fish was 8.76lbs, bringing our 3fish aggregate to 23.12lbs! We only caught three more fish before heading toward the weigh-in around 3:30. We got to weigh-in and culled through our fish to find that we had landed fish with the following weights: 8.76lbs, 7.4lbs, 6.96lbs, 6.75lbs, 6.6lbs, 4 more just over 5lbs, 4 more just over 4lbs, and the last 7 fish weighed between 2.5 and 3.75lbs.
WHAT A DAY! I've never experienced such a great trout bite (for size) in my life. Our catch earned us 1st Place Aggregate of 23.12lbs (3fish), 1st Place Big Fish 8.76lbs, and we set a new aggregate record for the Swansboro Trout Tournament which is in its 16th year. Great Job to my other team members(Mike Taylor and Ryan Taylor).
Congratulations to all the other participants that placed. The rest of the top 5 positions went to 2nd Place- Buddy and Jake Gainey, 3rd Place- John Gainey/RD Benedict, 4th Place- David Moore/Mike Phillips, 5th Place- Ricky Kellum. Thanks to all who helped put on the tournament again this year. The last 3 warm Winters have definately helped produce some large trout and hopefully it continues.
CAPT. JEFF CRONK
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday 11/8 Trout are Chewing!
Capt. jeff Cronk
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday November 4th- ED SEWELL TROUT TOURNY RESULTS
The 2007 5th Annual Ed Sewell Speckled Trout Tournament, held on Sunday, October 4th, was a success. Chris Sewell and his family organized this annual event 5 years ago in honor of their beloved grandfather because of his love and dedication to trout fishing. As a local business owner in Swansboro for years, the Sewell name is very recognized and respected for their hardwork. The Sewell Trout Tournament has become one of the most popular local events over the past few years. Chris and his family put the tournament in the hands of the newest inshore fishing club in the Swansboro Area this year. The Crystal Coast Fishing Association, presided over by John Hislop, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of recreational fishing, researching the development of a local fish hatchery, and keeping the Crystal Coast informed about Marine Environmental Concerns. The club's website address is www.crystalcoastfishing.net and should be operational before the end of the 2007 season. Thanks to all the tournament participants, local businesses, and other sponsors the Ed Sewell Tournament was able to pay out over $6000 in cash prizes, over $1000 in food and other prizes, and raise over $1500 to help the CCFA accomplish their mission. The tournament awarded prizes for the following positions this year:
MAIN TOURNAMENT: 1ST THROUGH 10TH PLACE AGGREGATE FOR 5 TROUT,
TWT BIG FISH: 1ST AND 2ND PLACE FOR BIGGEST TROUT
TWT 1ST THROUGH 3RD PLACE FOR LADY ANGLER WITH THE BIGGEST TROUT
TWT 1ST PLACE SENIOR ANGLER
EVERY JUNIOR ANGLER THAT WEIGHED IN A FISH!!!!
TWT 1ST PLACE BIGGEST LIZARD FISH
BELOW ARE PICTURES OF THE WINNERS!
5THPLACEJUNIORANGLER Graham Guthrie
3RDPLACEJUNIORANGLER Jake Gainey
2NDPLACEJUNIORANGLER Meagan Russell
1ST PLACE JUNIOR ANGLER 2.99LBS David Behan
2ND PLACE LADY ANGLER 3.86LBS Krystyn Hall
1ST PLACE LADY ANGLER 4.82LBS Chrissy Taylor
1st PLACE BIG TROUT 4.4LBS Buddy and Jake Gainey
2nd PLACE BIG TROUT 4.2LBS Brent Banks
10TH PLACE AGGREGATE 9.78LBS Mike and Ryan Taylor
9TH PLACE AGGREGATE 10.07LBS Doug Bucher
7TH PLACE AGGREGATE 10.67LBS David Moore and Mike Phillips
6TH PLACE AGGREGATE 11.3LBS Jerry Johnson
5TH PLACE AGGREGATE 12.18LBS Jeff Cronk and Jason Guthrie
4TH PLACE AGGREGATE 12.99LBS Ashley Melton and Charles
3RD PLACE AGGREGATE 13.68LBS Brent Banks
2ND PLACE AGGREGATE 14.39LBS Buddy and Jake Gainey
1ST PLACE AGGREGATE 14.42LBS John Gainey and RD Benedict