WOW! That’s all that can be said about the weather last week during our annual King Mackerel Tournament out of Harker’s Island. Our arrival teased us with gorgeous sunny 80 degree weather, with light winds and calm seas. As they say, “What a difference a day makes”. Monday started out with beautiful blue Carolina skies, but 20-30 mile per hour winds left the fleet stuck in the harbor only to dream of a screaming reel with a huge king attached. It was all down hill from there until Friday when the seas calmed and fishing was tolerable. It was by far the worse weather we have had in many years during this tournament and it allowed our members only three fishable days. Many of us had the opportunity to catch up on our sleep on the really miserable days that we couldn’t fish.
I will say this, we have some hard core fishermen in our chapter and I commend all of you on your boating skills (even though a couple landed on shoals).
Although the weather was less than miserable most days, it seems that a good time was had by most. The two catered pig pickin’s were packed with great food which left everyone with a full belly and weary eyes. The chapter raffled off well over $1500 in prizes and many lucky winners walked away with some really nice gear or cash. Thursday night saw most all of us get together around the grill, cook up some chicken along with fries and spend some time sharing stories. It was a great evening of camaraderie amongst fellow fisherman and chapter members to say the least.
Congratulations to all the winners. I’d also like to say a special thanks to Rob Pellicot for all his efforts to make this tournament so much fun and a huge success. Sure wish he had some influence on the weather though. I’d also like to say thanks to everyone else who offered their time to setup, cleanup, unload/load the trailer and pitching in whenever needed. Even though the weather didn’t co-operate, I believe a good time was had by all and I can’t wait until next year. Thanks Everyone!
Remember our meeting is this Wednesday the 16th. We will be having the tournament awards presentation, along with sharing a few stories of our adventures. We have some great upcoming meetings and hope to see you all there.