In a effort to expand my horizons and fish different areas on the eastern seaboard, I made up my mind to fish the Hook, Line, and Paddle, TJM Kayak Fishing Tournament. After some discussion with friends, Wayne Bradby and I decided to split the expenses and carpool down. I would be meeting up with my buddy Seth and his girlfriend Kam as well. Wayne and I decided to Leave on the 28th, get checked in and run over to the store. We went in to drop some stuff off and helped them set up the raffle prizes. Meeting the guys at HLP was a treat in itself, and they are definitely super knowledgeable about the sport. When in SE North Carolina, make the trip to Wilmington and stop in the store. After we left HLP, we checked out a flounder hole that one of the owners (Chris) told us about. It was fishy looking water and a beautiful location.
I call over to Wayne, who found his flounder. He was looking for a red to complete the slam. He said that Seth and Kam were on some smaller fish, but noting of a winning size. He decided to stay and fish. My nerves were crazy, so I took a smoke break and made a phone call. During that call, Wayne comes over the radio and says.
“William, I know that you’re going to hate me, but I just hooked up with a 26” er.”
Speckled Trout: second place – Wayne Bradbyfirst palce – William Ragulsky