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I had the opportunity to fish on Surf City Pier yesterday in the Annual Mike Martin Memorial Tournament and attend the awards ceremony today (not as recipient but for the newspaper).

The morning bite was definitely the best overall yesterday although the winning flounder (4.23 pounds) was caught about 8pm. The morning started out very calm with a steady bite of flounder, black drum, blues, spots, some nice pound plus pompano and a Va. Mullet. Then the wind started to blow out of the NE and then east and the bite just shut off until the wind died in the evening. A few nice Spanish were caught late in the day.

Here's a run down of the winners:

Spanish: 1st - Beverly Vause with a 4.76 pound fish caught on a yellowtail. 2nd - Jim Burke 3.34

Flounder: Andy Spoon with a 4.23 pound flattie caught on a Carolina rigged finger mullet. Margaret Ingram finished 2nd with a 2.86 fish

Pompano: 1st - Beverly Vause with a 1.41 pounder that swallowed cut shrimp on a bottom rig. 2nd place was captured with a 1.32 fish caught by Shirely Miles.

Va. Mullet: Cathy Allen finished in 1st Place with a 1.30 pound fish caught on cut shrimp. Second went to Augustine Hernandez with a 1.24 pounder.

Spot: Cody Hairr finished first with a .47 pound fish with Bryan Glassnap right behind him with a .33 pounder.

Blue: James Helms landed in first place with a 2.27 pound fish and Russ Becker brought a 1.32 pounder over the rail for second place.

In the children's division, Shoal Sullivan finished first with a .76 pound Angel fish. Dalton Williams took second and third with .67 & .62 pounders.

No Red Drum, Kings, Sheepshead, or Speckled Trout were caught during the tournament but 2 slot sized red drum were caught an hour after the tournament ended!

Photo's from the awards ceremony can be viewed here
 

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I wish I had known about the event. I would have given it a shot!
 

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Thanks for the report Mike. Looks like the fish catching was a whole lot better than I thought it was going to be, with the hot weather. I really wish I could fish the tournament, but, working as usual. Mike was a good friend, and a great guy, and I sure do miss his wicked sense of humor in the pierhouse.
 

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I ran a feature about it in my Blog three weeks ago and then a nice mention of it again in the blog on Tuesday of this week - sorry you missed it.
I need to start reading the Blogs!:eek:
 
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