Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Solo Act Fares Well at Tourney; One-Man Crew Pulls in Large Catch and Rides the Seas in Best of Company

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Solo Act Fares Well at Tourney; One-Man Crew Pulls in Large Catch and Rides the Seas in Best of Company

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Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER and DAVID JOHNSON

Roy Reddish doesn't need anybody's help, and quite frankly, sometimes doesn't want anyone's help.

Reddish was the captain, first mate and the crew of his 18-foot Sea Chaser.

He weighed in with a 22.4-pound kingfish during the first day of the BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, a feat in itself.

After hooking the king, Reddish reeled it in while steering the boat with his knee, hip and occasionally a free hand. Because he didn't want to waste time reeling in his other line -- he fished with just two lines -- he just cut it with a pair of scissors.

When Reddish brought the fish in to be weighed, he was allowed to tie up his boat and walk up the fish. Normally, rules permit just one person to bring the fish to be weighed while the boat waits nearby.

Reddish plans on fishing today, but he still won't bring any company.

"I don't have to listen to people complaining that it's hot, that they're tired, that they want to go home," Reddish said. "It's all fishing, no [whining]."

GO NORTH, ANGLERS

Nearly all of the 838 registered boats for the kingfish tournament launched Thursday morning.

Tournament officials said 529 boats left out of Jacksonville, 186 out of St. Augustine and 102 out of Fernandina Beach for a total of 817 boats launched.

Bob Gipson, a longtime member of the GJKT Board of Directors, knew where the boats were making their first stop Thursday morning.

"The pogies were north. Did they stay north? I don't know," Gipson said. "I do know the winning VIP fish came from the north. That's going to be stop No. 1."

TOUGH CONDITIONS

When spending a day on the water, it's not unusual to lose a hat to the occasional gust of wind. But Thursday, a persistent breeze made docking boats hazardous to the boat and those on the dock.

GJKT rules stipulate that boats may not tie up when weighing in a fish. …

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