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May 24, 2008

Team Salty Marine leads Day 1 of FishStock

Team Salty Marine leads Day 1 of FishStock

Despite rough seas and intermittent rain, angling teams caught some impressive fish on the first day of FishStock 2008, held out of Riverside Park in New Smyrna Beach Friday.

Hosted by Sport Fishing and Marlin magazines, FishStock 2008 includes two tournaments, an inshore and an offshore event in one total saltwater experience. Fishing aboard the Bring Two, one of the youngest anglers David Yovaish Jr., impressed the crowed with a 56-pound dolphin, the biggest fish weighed in on the first day. He also leads the junior angler competition. Aboard the Great White, Valerie Walker leads the women with a 43.7-pound dolphin.

The Salty Marine team landed two kingfish, one weighing 33.5 pounds, to take the overall unofficial first place in points. Each pound equals one point. The Yellow Dog team also landed two kings for 58.6 pounds and second overall, followed by Bring Two with 56 points and All-In with 2 tuna weighing 53.4 pounds. The top tuna weighed 29.9 pounds.

Team Tuna Time took the lead in the wahoo category with a 32-pounder, followed by U Know with a 30.9-pounder. For the optional heaviest bottomfish category, Heavy Hitter boated a 22.5-pound red snapper. Double Trouble holds grouper lead with a 39-pound fish.

 "We got off to a good start with 93 boats entering the offshore event Friday," Jacobs said. "Some people caught some really big fish. We're looking for good things in the inshore event, which begins Saturday. We'll have 127 teams entered in that event."

The Striker tournament ends Saturday, but the 6th annual New Smyrna Beach Redfish and Trout Challenge begins Saturday and ends Sunday. This inshore event will give away more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.

FishStock 2008 also includes a free boat show at the park. While perusing the boats, fishing fans might also sample some of the food and refreshments offered by various vendors in FishStock Village. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, people may also view exhibits of art, fishing tackle, marine accessories and much more. Sportsmen and women can also participate in any of several seminars conducted by several fishing experts.

Young anglers, those between the ages of 6 and 16, may enjoy the KidStock activities. In a series of fishing clinics, they will learn such skills as basic knot tying, bait and tackle selection and other fishing techniques. Clinics begin at various times from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Sunday. Each day, young anglers will receive 150 free fishing rods among other prizes.

FishStock 2008 continues through Sunday, May 25. For complete results and more information, see www.fishstock.com.


FishStock 2008 Results
Day 1

Overall Leader
1.      Salty Marine, 2 kingfish, 65 points
2.      Yellow Dog, 2 kingfish, 58.6 points
3.      Bring Two, 1 dolphin, 56 points
4.      All-In, 2 tuna, 53.4 pounds

Dolphin
1.      Bring Two, 56 pounds,
2.      Great White, 43.7
3.      Perfect Drift, 36.6
4.      Chasin Tail, 35.5

Kingfish
1.      Salty Marine, 33.5 pounds
2.      Yellow Dog, 31.7
3.      Salty Marine, 31.7
4.      Yellow Dog, 26.9

Tuna
1.      All-In, 29.9 pounds
2.      All-In, 23.5
3.      Captain America, 18
4.      Unleashed, 16.4

Wahoo
1.      Tuna Time, 32 pounds
2.      U Know, 30.9
3.      Haywire, 22
4.      Cardiac Rest, 19.3

Optional Overall Leader Competition

1. Salty Marine, 2 kingfish, 65 points
2.      Yellow Dog, 2 kingfish, 58.6 points
3.      Bring Two, 1 dolphin, 56 points

Optional Heaviest Offshore Fish Competition

Dolphin, Great White, 43.7
Kingfish, Salty Marine, 33.5
Tuna, All-In, 29.9 pounds
Wahoo, Tuna Time, 32 pounds

Optional Heaviest Bottomfish Competition
Red Snapper, Heavy Hitter, 22.5
Grouper, Double Trouble, 39

Lady Angler
Valerie Walker, Great White, 43.7-pound dolphin

Junior Angler
David Yovaish Jr., Bring Two, 56-pound dolphin