Biloxi, Mississippi—Strike Two's Rob Lupola, Ray Martinez, Ken Odom, Jason Spratley, and Mike Henke caught a 61.90, the largest king mackerel caught in this year's Nationals, then backed it up with a 42.06 for the largest two-fish aggregate, 103.96, of the overall Championship.
The team, who finished ninth in Division 7's Small Boat Division, fish a Mercury powered Onslow Bay. "This is a dream come true for the team," Rob told me. "We didn't go to the Horseshoe like the majority of the field. We worked a hard bottom area that was just fifty miles from Biloxi thanks to Bobby Schoenfeld who pre-fished the area. There was a lot of bait here. In fact it was the old CA25 area that has produced many a good fish in past Nationals."
Biloxi, Mississippi—Two trips to the Championship in Biloxi has netted the Ocean Isle Fishing Center team two Open Class National Championship titles, once in November of ’09 and now in November 2011 Barrett, Brant, and Rube McMullan went back to the area which produced the ’09 title but added Brant’s wife and daughter, Amy and Caroline, to the team. The Yamaha powered Yellowfin team arrived early at the check-in site at the Biloxi Small Boat Harbor. Being one of the first teams to check out, Brant powered up at 6:40am and headed for open water. Their destination was virtually the same as all of the other one hundred fifty teams, the Horseshoe Salt Dome eighty-four miles away. With calm seas, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center team arrived at roughly 8:00am and immediately went to work deploying baits.
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