My good friend and owner of Bluewater Candy Lures here in Hampstead is beaming from ear to ear today. He and his team members Rick Croson and Russell Weaver, won first place in the SKA National Championship for their division (class of 23’). Quiet a feat considering the level of competition at this event.
The SKA National Championship tournament uses a two fish aggregate and is fished over a two day period. The BWC weighed in a 46.75 pound fish and a 44.54 pounder! The team took second place in 2007 but did not make the leader board last year, so that made this victory even sweeter.
NC and Hamstead was well represented in the nationals this year as they are in most years. Another team from Hampstead, Randell Eden’s team (East Coast Sports) took 3rd place in that division. They took first place last year. Both the Bluewater Candy team and Randall’s team fish out of Onslow Bay 23T boats which are made right here in Hampstead, NC by Brad Knight. Way to go guys!
The BIG news of the tournament was Brant McMullen’s team from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center (Ocean Isle, NC) catching a 74.10 pound king. You read that right, a 75 pounder! That set a new record for an SKA sanctioned tournament and also set a new Mississippi state record. That propelled them into first place and they secured the general division championship with a second fish weighing 44.03 pounds. That also gave them the SKA record for a two fish aggregate. Congratulations to Brandt and his team.
A lot of other NC teams finished on the leader board as well. Way to go guys!