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Old 07-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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Fished the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at the Wharf in OB this past weekend with my family. This time I even had my 79 yr old father on board!

Let me start by saying what a fantastic job everyone associated with the event did, from Art Farve, Rocky, Chris Miller, Beverly, Jim Cox as well at the guys working the dock. This was absolutely the best run and nicest tournament that I have ever been fortunate enough to fish!

Long story short virtually everyone to my knowledge went SW, way SW! We fished WhoDat, Amos Runner and Medusa on Friday and Thunderhorse, Thunderhawk, Blind Faith etc… on Saturday. We fished hard, very hard, so hard that we needed to make the run Friday night up to Venice to refuel. We are very thankful for Cypress Cove making arrangements for us to fuel up at 2 AM! Running up and back down the MS river from midnight to 3 AM is an interesting experience!!

We lost a monster YF (150+) at the gaff after an hour long fight on an 80W. That was heartbreaking! Later in the day my sister caught a nice sailfish. We came across an abandoned pontoon boat that gave up a few nice mahi with the largest being 42 lbs, which was good enough for first place dolphin in the tournament. We also caught a few smallish tuna and other dolphin.

Sunday was a wet day as it rained all day, fishing was slow.

The weigh in was awesome! The tournament did an outstanding job bringing everyone and the fish to the “stage”, really really fun!

We won a little money, could have won many tens of thousands of more, but we are not big Calcutta betters, more glory hunters. Made lots of new friends and had an absolute blast!



The dock was a constant party!!




pontoon boat that gave up the mahi


mid fight on the YF we lost


Hard core fishing sister!


sister's sailfish





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Looks like a successful trip to me!! Congrats!!
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I can only dream of fishing in something like that! That was a nice fish.
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Saw you there with your fish. Great job and not many done as well as this one. Reminds me of Bay Pointe in the early days
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Nice work out there. Did yall see more life friday or saturday?
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Good job Robert! Nice dolphin!
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Great report and congrats on the dolphin. Enjoyed your descriptive interview of the trip at the weigh-in.
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Sounds like a great trip!! Congrats on the Dolphin!!
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Great report, nice fish too bad about the tuna. You guys were moored across from the Work of Art for the festivities. They were partying Sat night. I guess 248k ight be a good reason to have a good time.
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Well done Robert, too bad on the tuna.
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