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Fishing on the appropriately named Knot Kiddin’ in the Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic Saturday, David Mason’s crew landed the winning catch: a 48.70-pound king mackerel.
“That is a big king mackerel,” said Hampstead resident Bill Collins, upon whose fishing line the fish struck.
The catch also paid dividends in prize money. The Knot Kiddin’ crew of Collins, Mason, Matthew Collins and Zachary Mason earned $28,260.
Finishing second with a 39.97-pound king mackerel was the Winnabow crew of Simply Storage. In third with a 36.40-pound catch was the Summerville, S.C., crew of Eren’s Addiction Too.
The contest was based from Holden Beach Marina.
“We went about 43 miles offshore and didn’t do anything out there,” Bill Collins said. “We had one that jumped the bait, cut our wire.”
They next fished in the area named Cabbage Patch. Thirty minutes later, Collins felt a tug on his line.
“He ran one time,” Collins said. “He came back to the boat and ran again. We got on top of him. He came up. We stuck him.”
The biggest king mackerel Collins has ever caught weighed 49 pounds, so he knew this catch was special.
“I knew it was a big fish the way he ran,” Collins said. “I didn’t know he was that big. He took out a lot of line the first time, probably 200 yards.”
After the king mackerel approached the boat for the first time, “it ran out probably another 100 yards,” Collins said.
“Then we got on top of him. He started doing the circle. We he came in gaff range, we popped him.”
This was the biggest king mackerel he has ever caught in a tournament.
“I’ve caught several 43-pounders in tournaments,” he said.
This was the first time Collins has fished in this tournament, but he and the Knot Kiddin’ crew are familiar faces at tournaments this year.
“We have fished five already this year,” he said.
Among local competitors, Chris Pardue, of Oak Island, aboard Liquid Asset was fifth (32.67), missing fourth place by 0.16 pounds.
The sixth- through 10th-place finishers were separated by 0.55 pounds.
Michael L. Sellers Jr., of Bolivia, aboard Squeeze Play was 10th (29.15).
Al Fulford, of Supply, aboard King Creecher was 11th (28.50).
Phillip Hooks, of Ocean Isle Beach, was 14th (26.73).
Some local entries also finished in the top three in other categories.
Mike O’Neal of Supply aboard the Bossca II was fourth in the 23-foot or smaller boats (24.48).
Anne Arno of Supply aboard Priceless caught the third-heaviest dolphin (8.60).
Brian Aycock, of Ocean Isle Beach, aboard Double Trouble caught the second-heaviest Spanish mackerel (6.12).
Adkins, of Blue Water Promotions Inc., said the tourney attracted 127 paid entries and 140 total, virtually the same number as last year. Given the downturn in the economy, Adkins said he was impressed with the turnout.
MICHAEL PAUL is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.