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Romp in the swamp tournament Win

What a fun event and collection of great local captains and anglers. 63 teams went out of the port of the islands in search of three species. largest Snook, Redfish and Trout. At the end of the day the total inches will be added up and most total inches takes the win. The next part is where I caused myself unnecessary stress and drama by not educating myself properly on the rules wich were clearly stated I just read them wrong. ( mistake #1) in case of a tie the inches will be added to an exact measurement. This actually played out in the end because of another mistake I had made by not looking at all my pictures more thoroughly (this was actually mistake number one) the one thing I did do right (other than catching 3 big fish) was come in over an hour ahead of check in time because the rule is in case of a tie after exact measurement the higher place bracket goes to the person that brought their fish pictures in first to the check in table. 84" sounded like a number that would get tied so I came in early being satisfied with my total and hung out by the leader board watching very intently for hours seeing that I had $4800 riding on my number. Turns out 84 did get tied for first place as I suspected then re reviewed and I got first due to the gamble of sacrificing fishing time to come in early to get the decision in the case of a tie. In the end it all worked out but maan was it stressful for hours awaiting the decision (slamming beer after beer does not help in this situation mistake number three). The fishing was Awesome that day and should continue through the next two months. We got our fish on topwater, pilchards and DOA Shrimp. We got our trout and red on the outside and upgraded our snook in back. Topwaters n Doa' s first light and pilchards during the day. b0f0fbab4ad85f968f70a60a1441c844.jpgthis is the snook I registered but the bigger is the one I should have. My own dumb mistake and its un elligable and a non factor the day after looking through pics lol 4c2b1b88ba971b6a4a8d0b42209152eb.jpgI had a plan and It got interupted by torrential down pours in the morning and the afternoon. I was able to hit one spot I planned for reds but it was dead and didnt pan out so I just went through with a big snook and trout. readjusted trusted old spots and my instincts to sniff the biggens out and got to work. So blessed to be able to be out there and have it all work out the way it did after so many bumbles on my part. The bite is Awesome! Get out there n Tear Em Up! 9e0d83ca6136072f88d701adb5122468.jpgcelebrating with Jagermeister mistake number 4 ugh!
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  • snookerf150snookerf150 Posts: 298 Officer
    Congrats! We had 65.5". Just needed a bigger snook. Got a 28" red and 19" trout by 9am and tried to find a decent snook after that but ended up spinning the hub and idling 3 hours back to the ramp. Oh well, next time.

    Congrats again to you and the other team that tied, team take a soldier fishing. 84" is stud!
  • polepositionpoleposition Posts: 1,053 Officer
    Man...the trophies used to be SO much better than that traffic sign. Still, congrats on the win. Many great fishermen join in on that event. The new format was enough to chase me off.
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 468 Deckhand
    Congrats! We had 65.5". Just needed a bigger snook. Got a 28" red and 19" trout by 9am and tried to find a decent snook after that but ended up spinning the hub and idling 3 hours back to the ramp. Oh well, next time.

    Congrats again to you and the other team that tied, team take a soldier fishing. 84" is stud!

    Ya man unfortunately a few people fell upon unfortunate incidents thats part of why I got my butt in early. At about noon my engine didnt want to turn over but finally caught (very spooky). Absolutely, much respect and congrats to captain steve lloyd a fierce competitor and a True Gentleman. Hes my inspiration of success and professionalism. I on the other hand just ask, im a bit nutty but plan on getting used to the winner circle again and will simmer down naturally, um maybe.
    Pole, I like my road sign doesnt take up much space n gets the job done displaying the accomplishment by easily being attached to my truck as my new hood ornament. Its the cash that counts a pretty structure cant help pay my bills. The change from two redfish to a more versatile competition is what made this tourney new, unique and alot less boring in my opinion, I welcomed it and was stoked to participate. The lack of attention to important details lies on the captain(me in this case) not the structure of the event. The tournament was run very smoothly, professionaly and fairly. Major props to all who worked hard to make it happen.
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  • SRThunter87SRThunter87 Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Congrats on the win. It was pretty tough for us out there, couldnt get a red where we have been previously getting them the last couple weeks. Finished 9th and was our first tournament so overall we did alright. Had decent trout and snook but only a 21 inch red. Last weekend we were fishing down around Stop Keys and caught about 10 that ranged from 31" to a 39" so we headed down there but was way too rough out front. Had a blast though and like you said was very well put together and for a great cause. Cant wait for the next one!
  • JSTickumJSTickum Posts: 412 Deckhand
    Glad I changed my plans and went to estero bay instead , I had know Idea that a tourney was going on down there last weekend ,,,,, good score Joe inch tourneys are tough , congrats
  • nobleonenobleone Posts: 91 Deckhand
    Nice win!! Good job on all 3 species in what I thought were less than desirable conditions.

    "If it's not one thing, it's an alternator"

  • PilchardPilchard Posts: 1,373 Officer
    That is the same snook. Are you saying you used the wrong picture?
  • SnookMagnetSnookMagnet Posts: 122 Deckhand
    The second pic is after he put the mallet to it to stretch another inch out of it.
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 468 Deckhand
    Yes pilch same fish I showed the wrong pic. I got credit for a 36" snook had I used the other I woulda had a 36.5" snook for a total of 84.5" not 84 over all. I had 5 pic.s of this fish and some how the pic got lost In the shuffle I didnt see this one that showed 36.5" till the next morning.
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  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 468 Deckhand
    4d170e1364482c3bf3a1c2002dca247e.jpgBill No way would I use such a prehistoric tool such as a mallet, rubber or otherwise to stretch a fishes length. This is a pic. Of a new revolutionary tool called Fish Stretch that I have put a patent pending on and it can be yours for only 149.95. It comes with instructional video and does not harm the fish at all. But it does work just look at those pic.s IM me to be the new proud owner of the Fish Stretch only 1,000 left so order now! They're going fast!
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  • SnookMagnetSnookMagnet Posts: 122 Deckhand
    You are still short changing yourself Joe - should have used THIS pic. Look at that 46 inch hog!
  • Joe SnookJoe Snook Posts: 468 Deckhand
    Whoa! That would be a good reason not to allow camera phones to be used.
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