Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Glittering Sea Awaits Anglers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Glittering Sea Awaits Anglers

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Byline: W.D. Rodeffer

A new kingfish season is under way, and my coverage of local anglers and tournaments is about to begin a new chapter.

Last season, I gave firsthand accounts of the roller-coaster ride that is tournament fishing. This year, I have made a few changes and limited my fishing schedule. My brother Ryan, however, is still fishing the pros with a new team. Many of the local anglers I covered last year are back in action for the 2007 season, and I plan on picking up where I left off last year, hopefully following one of these teams to an "Angler of the Year" title. I also am hoping for more of the great e-mails I received last year. Although I responded to many of them personally, my goal this year is to discuss more of them here.

For the third year in a row, I participated in the Key West Hog's Breath tournament. I was invited to fish with a local charter captain, Rob Hammer, and a past Angler of the Year, David Van Lent. Hammer is a big part of the reason I am fishing fewer tournaments. About a year ago, he revealed to Ryan and me that he was about to start his own boat company. His boat, the Invincible 36, is one of the several new boats that captains have to choose from.

Besides fishing in a tournament, I also worked the Miami International Boat Show. The boat show is a must for anyone that is in the market for a boat of any kind. This show is touted as the world's largest and is also an unveiling for several new products available to anglers this year. From engines right down to sunglasses, this show has it all. Next year, Rob, Ryan and I plan to fish the pro tournament in his new boat. For this reason I am limiting my 2007 season to re-energize myself. I will still fish several of the local tournaments, so save your Calcutta money. (Calcuttas are side bets that teams can make at tournaments.)

There has also been one pro tournament in Key West. Several local boats made the 560-mile trip down to the southernmost point in the U.S. I also traveled down to celebrate with a lot of my friends without the stress of finding fish. Ryan's team, the Outrageous -captained by Paul Massey and Joe Bruce - had a great day: one fish. …

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