Halibut Tournament Report
For us, The 2016 Port San Luis Halibut Tournament really started the week before… the conditions were right to start searching our local waters for signs of white sea bass and halibut. The time of the year we all look forward to around here. We loaded up the kids and went for a boat ride to scout some spots that produced for us last year. Not long after dropping lines in the water I was hooked up to what ended up being my new personal best halibut weighing in at 46lbs.. A couple more drifts in the same area and we were on again. This time with my buddy CJ on the rod and reel bringing in another nice fish in the 30lb range. It was an awesome day on the water and a real treat for the kiddos to be around.
As we got ready for the tournament the following weekend the weather report was not looking good, calling for 7-9ft swell and 20-30kt gusts of wind, but we prepped for the conditions and headed out, this time with the A team on board. Jess Spencer, Forrest Ponds, Paul Sandoval, and myself headed down to the spot early Saturday morning. After hours of braving the elements, Forrest, who had spent the day up on the bow all by himself was hooked up on a nice fish. After a nice battle we boated a chunky 35lb halibut. score!!! we were in the game…
A few more hours with no bites and we headed back to port to make weigh ins at 3pm. We had heard that a couple other fish were caught but With 68 contestants in the tournament we had no idea what we were up against… about 10 fish total were brought in and at the end of the day, we were on top of the podium with the first place fish. Beating out the second place fish by less than a pound. But, this was only day 1 of a 2 day tournament.
Day 2, the weather was a little nicer and we thought we would stick to the same game plan and load up on some fish. Not the case….. Fished hard all day long for nada… not even a bite… Heading back into port, tired and hungry, we figured everyone else was catching and our chances of staying on the podium were very slim, but at least we would get some free BBQ…
“We were stoked just to get a fish”
As we got to the dock for final weigh ins we saw a few friends with smiling faces, Tammy who runs the tournament walked up to us and whispered “I think you guys got this”. Our attitudes changed real quick and we were eager to hear the final results. There was a hand full of nice fish brought in on Sunday but at the end of the day we held our first place title with the overall biggest fish of the tournament, claiming over $2200. We were absolutely blown away. We were stoked just to get a fish. This was a tough competition with a lot of well respected local fisherman in the mix.
After a couple cold ones, some top notch BBQ, a raffle, and some good times with family and friends, we headed home to get some much needed rest..
Fishing on my boat is a team effort, and this time we made it happen. Proud of the crew for getting the job done. Thanks boys… And Big thanks to our family, friends, wives, and people like the folks here at Liquid Militia that support us out here doing what we love. Until next time…