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Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout Day One

Friday January 09th 2009 - 15:00 AM EST
Added by: Jake Hiles

01/08/09 - Today we were fishing the shootout. The mid atlantic rockfish shootout is hosted by Mike Standing of Waterman's Restaurant, run out of our home port of Rudee Inlet, and is one of, if not the, largest and richest rockfish tournament in the world. I was lucky enough to get sponsored for this tournament by Virginia Beach Contender and I would like to thank them for the opportunity to take part in this tournament. They offer a great product in their Contender boats and I am very happy to be working with them. Today was day one of the three day tournament. We are fishing this tournament with eels and we are very well prepared. Our crew for today was just myself and our two mates, Ben and Mike. These guys are top notch fishermen and an asset to have on any tournament team. We knew today was gonna be rough and yucky out so we hunkered down and were mentally prepared for what today had in store for us. The wind was 30 miles per hour out of the south all day. It was choppy and the water looked like coffee. Not ideal conditions by any stretch. We still managed to get some bites over there today and our three fish for the tournament ended up weighing in at 105.8 pounds, which is enough to hold onto second place for day one. We only had a few bites and luckily our bites came all came from decent fish. Our largest fish today weighed in just a shade over 40 pounds. The first place holder is the other boat on the Virginia Beach Contender team captained by Max King, so if I am getting beat by anyone, I am glad it is him. I dont think 105 pounds is going to hold up for the next two days of the tournament though. 105 is not a bad weight, but I dont think it is good enough. Each day is a new day and hopefully, the conditions will improve a bit and we will be able to get up a larger weight on the board sometime in the next two days.



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