Now to the tourney - the one in which we didn't weigh a fish. Chatter on the radio all day was light. We heard of a few boats going north, a couple going south, and a few going way south. All around the fishing was slow. We had two fish weighed in early that we thought would take the top spots. Team Powe came in first with a 20.8 lber that Team MVP Petey caught. Def a solid fish this year. Word is they lost two other good fish, but at least they got a money fish on the board. This crew of city slickers were on Ocean Effects charters, with awesome captains Jeff and Ernie - who helped Team Powe catch a 40 lber last year within an hour of tourney start time. Not bad.
Later, 5 time champion Team Perfect Catch on Arlie Ex with legendary captain Tom Szado came in and weighed in a respectable 20.5 lber. We thought that was it. With such a tough day finding the fish, we had 3 awesome charters the top of the board.
Then came Team Reelaxin. Local crew out of Harwich (love that some Harwichers won the Headhunt) made the strategic decision to trailer to a spot around the Elizabeth Islands. The team was a family team of Sundquists and I'm not sure who made that call, but they just might be the new head of the family - and big shout out to the young lady of the family who apparently is a fan (and one of the 7 visitors) of this blog! They came in and put an end to everything with a 33.2 lber. Great fish. Great team and hope they enjoyed the sweet reels donated by Goose Hummock that sat on my parents table for three days while I stared longingly at what I knew would not be mine. Those reels were legit.
So it ended with Team Reelaxin (non-charter) taking the prize, and Team Buffalo/Gracie J taking second and past champions Team Powe on Ocean Effects Charter taking 3rd.
We also had first time sponsor - Fishinghire.com - an awesome new site for fishing charters and information. They knew the way to the Headhunters hearts with free t-shirts and coozies and excited to watch this baby grow - definitely check them out.
For Team Jackal, we had a rough start with our captain chumming the water early after a late night at the Hot Stove, and we had a few good high seas battles with the Burnie brothers - including Ben casting a lead jig from about 200 yards within about a foot of their boat - which would have ended things badly for Ben. Love the Burnies though - tourney wouldn't be the same without those meatsticks. The only other highlight of the tourney for Team Jackal was Ben eating - and chewing - two sand eels from our bait bag. No bet and really no reason. But it's all we had. Laughs. Memories. Sadness. Despair.
Thanks again to everyone. Now it's tuna time.