MBARA Kingfish Tournament scores big


1st place Kingfish - Bluewater Predator; Creighton Rollins, Miss Kingfish Morgan Guilford, Jack Hittinger (caught fish), Capt. Michael Lodge, Phillip Cochran, Mike Chavez, Jr.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM.

Despite a brutal rain storm on Friday afternoon at the Captains’ Party that destroyed five tents, loyal anglers came to the party and registered for the 18th Annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament.

The Captains’ Party and registration brought in 141 boats to register for the big tournament on Saturday.

“We were all hunkering down when the storm came through on Friday afternoon, and it was scary for a while,” said Ron Childs, tournament director. “After it quit raining and blowing, volunteers moved the torn up tents, wiped off the chairs and tables, and we kept on going. 

“The food was great and we got everybody registered for the tournament.” 

A big 31.92 pound king mackerel was the winner in the recreational division on the boat Bluewater Predator with Michael Lodge acting as the Captain.

The winning fish in the professional division was caught by Jud Alexander on the boat Congo. The fish weighed 38.85 pounds. 

The second-place fish in the recreational division was caught by Bill Connally on the boat Reel Natural. The fish weighed in at 31.87 pounds. Third place went to Stephen Price on the Cape Horn at 30.03 pounds.

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