SKA Anglers, young and old, new and experienced, have raved about fishing in the Gulf! Since the beginning of our tournament season in 2011, we have dreamed of qualifying for Nationals. When the Nationals information was released, we patiently waited to see if our invitation would arrive in the mail…and it did!!! It was our 1st year tournament fishing with the SKA, we run the smallest boat in the Georgia Division (#4), the smallest Contender in the fleet, and our Junior Angler walked away with 2nd Place of Georgia…what an accomplishment! Now it was game on…what do we need, how are we going to get there, how much will all of this cost? With the help of many great people and their sponsorships, we loaded up and headed to the 2011 SKA National Championship!!! We pulled out at 2am and hit the road to Biloxi, MS…not knowing what was to come, only the excitement we had! Once we arrived and settled in, it was like a huge homecoming for our fishing community! We had spent the majority of the year traveling and fishing with the same people and made some life-long friends! It had been two and a half months since we had seen them, but when we reunited at Kingfish City, it was like we’d never been apart! We spent a few days gathering bait and gearing up for the big day! The pressure was on…the fish had been located 90 miles offshore and it was going to be a tight ride for our 90 gallon tank to carry us that far. With two extra 6 1/2 gallon tanks, Captain Hugh decides to run for it! The weather turned out to be great! Needless to say, we were the last ones out and the last ones back in…but we made it and we caught fish!!! While we didn’t weigh-in, we had a blast…and that what was most important. We met some wonderful people; made new friends and spent time with the ones we’ve known! Our Junior Angler, Tyler Kesler, was awarded at Nationals for finishing 2nd place in the State of Georgia! Our first year at Nationals will be an event we cherish for a lifetime!
For the first time, Captain Hugh Kesler volunteered his boat and time to fish the 1st Annual Wounded Warriors Tournament at Ft. McAllister Marina in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Joining him were crew Brandon Howard, who’s fished some this year, and Hugh’s Father-in-Law, Archie Bauer, a Veteran of over 35 years served! The Tournament Committee matched Soldiers with Captains and most boats carried at least 2 wounded soldiers inshore and offshore fishing. Team Reel Life carried their team offshore about 20 miles for a wonderful experience on both ends…an experience they will never forget!!! As admirable and appreciative as we are for our Military and what they do, the graciousness and thanks they offered to us was a real tear-jerker! It was definitely a day to remember and a tournament we will be forever committed to, year after year!!!
In early August, we fished the Golden Isles Kingfish Classic! What an awesome two-day venture on the calmest seas we’ve ever seen! The first day was great weighing in two nice king! The second day…even better! You know it’s a great day when you arrive at your location and bam, bam, bam!!! From start to stop, we were on the fish all day long! And good fish, king and all! We never even had lunch until we were gettin’ ready to head back in! Once again, Papa’s Hole was where it was at! We returned that afternoon for the weigh-in, weighing in two more nice king! They were not the size we needed to place, but they were big enough to secure our points and advance us to Nationals! What a joy it was seeing some of our good buddies take home prize money…Double Jay took the Triple Threat Award…Speedgoat placed in their class and won in Lady Anglers….and Monster Energy placed as well! Congratulations to you all!
Team Reel Life walks away with 3 Titles at the Capt. Hap’s Kingfish Bash on the Bluff in Darien, Georgia…
There’s nothing better than knowing you’re gonna weigh in a fish, even if it’s not the ‘big one’! This past weekend we fished the Capt. Hap’s Kingfish Bash on the Bluff in Darien, Georgia and had a great day, weighing in a 20.36 lb. kingfish! After the weightless trip to St. Mary’s, Team Reel Life began studying the seas, talking to other fisherman, and making a plan…a plan that turned out good! Hugh Kesler, Jr. (father of Captain for Team Reel Life) was an avid angler in his day and having fished many tournaments his own self, he had some old numbers and they had been passed on to us! We found a U.S.C.G. conversion program (converting Loran numbers to Longitutde and Latitude) and began plotting. We decided we would go with the numbers that were noted “2nd place king tourn.”. With extra gas and a ride to about 50 miles offshore, this was where it was at…”Papa’s Hole”…Bait-Man named it! The king were hungry and so were we! We reeled in two nice ones and as the day ended, we headed back to shore. Team Reel Life place 2nd in the 23′ and under class and 3rd in the Kingfish Calcutta and Tyler Kesler placed 1st in the SKA Junior Anglers, making him 1st place in the SKA Division 4 overall seat right now and Team Reel Life 6th place in the SKA Division 4 overall seat. This was an extra special trip as the Captain’s Uncle, Greg Waters, was able to fish with us for the first time! Way to go Team Reel Life!!!
Congratulations to our Junior Angler, Tyler Kesler, who finished 3rd in the Two-Way Sportfishing Club’s 25th Annual Kingfish Tournament. This was the Team’s first SKA tournament of the year. Team Reel Life placed 10th overall in the 23′ and under class! It was a great day fishing, with good seas, good bait, and good fish! View our photo gallery for more pictures and visit the SKA website at www.fishska.com to view more photos from this tournament!
Congratulations to all of those who fished with Team Reel Life at the 2011 Ford Kingfish Shootout hosted by the Offshore Outlaws Fishing Club. It was held at Ft. McAllister Marina on May 28, 2011! Team Reel Life placed 1st in the overall division and biggest fish!!! With little bait to start the day, they were the first to return to the docks and weighed in a total of 32.8 lbs. and winning over $6,500!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON PLACING 1ST IN THE FIRST TOURNAMENT OF 2011!
Checkout the Photo Gallery for more pictures of the 2011 Ford Kingfish Shootout!!!