Monday, November 7, 2011

Intrepid Boats

Ken Clinton

Experience the new Intrepid 400 Open TE first hand with a demo ride! Ken Clinton, Mark Beaver, and John Molfetto are on site with the new Intrepid 40-footer, so stop by their booth to schedule a demo ride. Appointments are filling up fast for today and tomorrow or after 4:00 on Wednesday and Thursday.

“One of a kind, one at a time” isn’t just marketing jargon at Intrepid. The 400 Open TE was built with SKA members in mind. She holds 600 gallons of fuel and has a 120-gallon in-deck livewell plus another 50-gallon under the helm seat. There’s a custom coffin box forward with actuated head rests incorporated in the top. Continue reading below...

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Continued from above... The fishboxes are served by a macerator pump so that scales and bits of fish don’t clog the drain. There’s room at the helm for big screen fishfinders and other electronics you need to finish in the money. Customize your boat with a variety of leaning posts, outriggers, rod holders, and rocket launchers. Check out the smart and unique gunwale rod and gaff stowage.

Mark Henderson’s (2008 Angler of the Year) Liquid Fire team is fishing an Intrepid at this year’s Nationals. Mark says, “...the entire Intrepid staff has been incredibly professional and easy to work with. The custom design options on the Intrepid are something that has blown me away! I had a million questions, but each one has been answered quickly and precisely.”

Stop by the Intrepid Powerboats booth located at Kingfish City in the Isle Casino Hotel’s parking garage. The Intrepid staff can answer all of your questions and schedule a demo ride.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
4-7PM: Boutique Open
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Catch a King Over 74.10 pounds and Take Home $100,000!

by Christine Rodenbaugh

Back in 2009, history was made right here in Biloxi. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center team of Brant, Barrett, and Rube McMullan broke the record with a 74.10-pound kingfish. That fish gives the North Carolina team bragging rights to the biggest king ever weighed in SKA competition and the biggest two-fish aggregate ever weighed in any SKA event including National Championships. Paired with a nice 44.03, their aggregate was 118.13 pounds.

This year, if your team weighs a fish heavier than 74.10 pounds in the Nationals tournament, you’ll be taking home $100,000! The McMullans are a very experienced fishing team and in 2009 they used their knowledge to find the tournament winner. The team went looking for bait and found “a huge school of menhaden so tightly wrapped they were forming a funnel at their center. Birds were working the school hard,” “As she came in the boat we were in awe. It was the biggest king we had ever seen” said Brant. After netting some fresh pogies, the team went to work. At first they only caught teenagers. When they finally got a good fish on, a hammerhead took half of it. Undaunted the team fished on. And their tenacity paid off. With just twenty minutes left on the clock before they had to leave to make the 5:30 deadline for check-in, Barrett sent a pogy down rigged with a Yee Haw Fish Call and set it at forty feet.

Minutes later Barrett was hooked up with Brant and Rube still tending to other lines in the water. After all, time was running out and Barrett had things under control. “That fish made one huge run then it was just winding him in, but it seemed a long time,” Barrett explained. “When she came up and I saw the head, I hollered, ‘Get the gaff!’”

“As she came in the boat we were in awe. It was the biggest king we had ever seen,” said Brant. “We put her in the bag and headed north at forty-five miles per hour knowing we had a humongous king and a deadline to meet.”

Jack Holmes believes there is another big girl out in these waters and that the record can definitely be broken. “Teams fishing the Nationals have what it takes to break this record,” says Jack. “They just have to combine their experience with instinct and a bit of Lady Luck to make it happen.”

Welcome to the 2011 SKA Mercury Tournament Trail National Championship!

Stop by the Kingfish Village Boutique located in the parking garage at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel and check out all the 2011 Nationals merchandise. We have short and long sleeve tees for adults in sizes from small to 3XL and short sleeve tees for youths in sizes from XS to L. Nationals hats and visors are also available.

The boutique is open 4:00-7:00 today and noon-7:00 on Tuesday. If you pre-ordered merchandise, you can pick it up noon-6:00 on Wednesday, 10:00am-8:00pm on Thursday and 2:00-6:00 on Friday and Saturday.

Be sure to take advantage of special members only pricing on Ocean Waves sunglasses, American Rodsmiths rods, Silverstar fishing jewelry, and a limited quantity of Accurate reels. This is a great time to do holiday shopping for your favorite angler.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
12-7PM: Boutique Open
7:00PM: Registration for BlackJack.
8:00PM: BlackJack Tournament
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