Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Boat Nabs 'The Man' Kingfish Weighing 44.8 Pounds Wins King Buster Tourney

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Boat Nabs 'The Man' Kingfish Weighing 44.8 Pounds Wins King Buster Tourney

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ST. AUGUSTINE -- Keith Segars, one-third of the River Marine Fishing Team of Jacksonville, had to work yesterday. So when his partners called him from the boat and said they had a jumbo kingfish on board, he figured they were pulling his leg.

"They said they had 'The Man' in the fish bag," Segars said. "I thought they were just messing with me because I couldn't fish."

Indeed, 'The Man' was in the bag, and when he came out. he weighed 44.8 pounds, enough to capture the two-day, 400-boat King Buster Classic 400 tournament out of St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

River Marine boat skipper Charlie Lyons, Roy Henderson and Segars, who fished with the team Friday, won the first-place prize of a 23-foot Donzi boat, Mercury outboard and Loadmaster trailer, a package valued at $59,000.

The second-place prize, a 16-foot Donzi, went to St. Augustine's David Ward and crew on the First Shot with a 41.6-pound king caught yesterday.

First-day leader Danny McClain of Jacksonville on the Pure Heat, with a 38.6-pounder, was bumped to third and won a 200-horse Mercury.

The fourth-place finisher was Ricky Raleigh on Victoria's Secret out of Blackshear, Ga., with a 38.1-pound king, and Frank Strickland of Valdosta, Ga., on the Rebecca Ann was fifth at 37.10.

The 65-mph River Marine boat, a 31-foot Fountain with twin 300-horse Mercs, needed all the speed and fuel it could muster yesterday. Lyons and Henderson fished about 75 miles south of St. Augustine, near Cape Canaveral, the same area they had worked the day before.

It was also the same area that produced the winning fish and winning aggregate catch in last year's BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.

"We were down there Friday and never had a bite," Lyons said. "Roy said, 'Let's go back,' so we did. Real lucky. That's all it is."

The River Marine team left St. Augustine at 6:30 a.m. yesterday, ran the Intracoastal Waterway, crawled through an idle zone near Daytona Beach, and put lines in the water about 8:30.

At around 10 o'clock, trolling along the beach in 20 feet of water, they decided to reel in the lines and try to catch some live bait. …

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