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Team Tuppens Dominates SKA National Championship
November 16, 2016
Emotions ran high last weekend for members of Team Tuppens. There were highs, and there were lows; but at the end of the weekend, it was all smiles and celebration with family and friends.
Team Tuppens kicked off SKA National Championship week with the Mercury Pre-Game Bash for Cash on Wednesday. This event gave teams in the field a chance to see what was biting and where. It was a great start to the week and a solid day for Team Tuppens. They ended up finishing in 16th place out of nearly 100 boats by catching a 27.20-pound king mackerel.
The following day, it was time for them to retie their rigs and mentally prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.
On Friday, November 11, over 100 teams in the Open Class set out for day one of the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship, hosted in Fort Pierce, Florida. Captain Steve Sprague of Team Tuppens used his Garmin electronics with SiriusXM® Marine weather to help him make a last-minute change to his game plan. “This time of year, the big kingfish should be north of Fort Pierce off Cape Canaveral, so our original plan was to head there,” said Sprague. “I saw on my Garmin chartplotter that cold water had moved in all the way down south near Jupiter, so we decided to head down there until the water temperature came up a little. That’s when we caught that big 62.33-pound kingfish.”
It was quite the adrenaline rush for the entire team when they hooked into that king, which held on to be the largest fish of the tournament. “That big kingfish ate a live blue runner that we had out. Angler Ryan Rowe was on the reel and the fight ensued. The fish came to the boat very quickly and we could see exactly why! There was a big shark after him, and we knew that if the shark took one bite, the fish wouldn’t count. Luckily, the king ran to the other side of the boat and Billy Brodbeck somehow managed to gaff the fish before the shark ate him. We were all screaming with excitement!”
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