Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

This Is the Time of Year for Kingfish Tournaments in Area

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

This Is the Time of Year for Kingfish Tournaments in Area

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Byline: W.D. Rodeffer

The month of May is the calm before the storm of kingfish tournaments that surround Nassau County for the next two months.

With only one pro tournament and one FLW tournament, both in South Florida, the migration of large smoker kingfish is knocking on our door. A few local boats already have reported catching a few in deep water, but nothing like what can be expected in the next couple of months. Before all of the local kingfish tournaments, Amelia Island hosted its annual blue water tournament in May.

Several local anglers made the trip down to Jensen Beach on May 4 for the Jensen Beach Pro Tournament. I was fishing on the Bear Caught with two very accomplished anglers in Bear Croft and Eddie Claxton. My brother was teamed up with Paul Massey and Joe Bruce. The South Florida waters have been very good to anglers from our area. This time, however, the waters were not as giving.

With early reports of a 60-pounder being caught, mixed emotions were weighing heavy on every one I talked to on other boats. The hope that there were big fish feeding was a good one. The second-guessing, "Did we pick the right spot?" was the bad one, which go rushing through everyone's head who didn't have the big fish in their boat. The 60-pounder was caught by a boat from North Carolina, which they backed up the second day with a near 40-pounder. This was good enough to win the tournament. North Florida fisherman struggled the entire weekend.

One local team I have mistakenly overlooked, but who are great competitors and fish almost every pro and local SKA tournaments are the Dunbars. Jeff and Nancy have figured out the secret to one of the problems I have with fishing every weekend, which is being away from my wife. The Dunbars are a husband-and-wife team who have fished together, sometimes along with Terry Adkins, for the past few years. …

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