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The seventh annual Rumble In the Jungle king mackerel fishing tournament took place Saturday at the Harborgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament is put on by the Little River Inlet Saltwater Fishing Club and attracted 151 boats this year.
The winner, taking the $10,000 first prize, was James H. Roberts II, of Shallotte. He caught a 35.60-pound king mackerel taken from the rough and choppy waters that plagued the fishermen all day.
In addition to the largest fish, James and his team won the prize for the biggest fish from his single-engine boat, King Hunter, and a bonus for beating the SKA Yamaha Pro Tour Pros, who were fishing the final stop of their tour in conjunction with this tournament. Forrest Taylor, of Shallotte, fishing from his boat That’s My Dog, won the SKA portion of the event.
Second in the Rumble in the Jungle was Howard Poe, of Darien, Ga., fishing from Kill-N-Me. He caught a 31.51-pound king mackerel. Third was Derek Savage, who caught a 27.84-king mackerel. Savage, of Holden Beach, was fishing aboard the Twister. Fourth was W. Randall Edens, of Hampstead, who was fishing aboard East Coast Sports. He caught a 26.93-pound king mackerel.
Fifth was Eric Kopka of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., who was fishing aboard Kan’t Git Rite. He caught a 26.37-pound king mackerel.
Lady angler awards: 1. Michele Stroud, Charleston, S.C., 26.13 pounds, IN 2 Deep; 2. Eren Bracewell, Summerville, S.C., 24.99 pounds, Eren’s Addiction Too; 3. Lori Seawell, Winston-Salem, 22.13 pounds, Tide Line.
Junior angler awards: 1. Alex Todd, Placida, Fla., 21.29 pounds, The Reel Won; 2. Richard J Boles, Laurinburg, 14.27 pounds, Toes Up.
Senior angler award went to George Edens, of Hampstead, 26.93 pounds, East Coast Sports.