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Old 05-23-2020, 03:41 PM
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Default Swansboro Memorial Day Bluewater Tournament

Kind of a slow start for the 27 boats showing registered, five releases, but still it's good to see the first offshore tournament of the season get going.

My son just called, somewhat bummed with no catch/release reports. He did watch the Post Call release one of a doubleheader so they were in the right area.

They were one of four boats that responded to a fellow charter boat in distress and flooding. The Pelagic, Bragging Rights, Capt. Stacy VII and an unnamed outboard all quickly surrounded the.Long Break and were able to safely transfer all passengers and crew to the Bragging Rights.

Kudos to all that participated in bringing home our fellow fishermen!


Edited to correct initial incorrect reports from a lying son.

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Hopefully this tournament isn't run/judged by the same crowd that allowed rule-breaking at the Swansboro Rotary tournament last fall. 😡
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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Hopefully this tournament isn't run/judged by the same crowd that allowed rule-breaking at the Swansboro Rotary tournament last fall. 😡
First I've heard about that, care to elaborate? The Bluewater side split off years ago and is meat on the dock (well, there are points for releases but no one cares about them do they? ). The peak times for offshore and kang's were never aligned anyway.
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Kind of a slow start for the 27 boats showing registered, five releases, but still it's good to see the first offshore tournament of the season get going.

My son just called, somewhat bummed with no catch/release reports. He's fishing on the Pelagic and they came upon a boat sinking first thing and took the crew on board and brought them home, then ran back out to fish the afternoon. He said he had to go overboard to assist non -swimmers in the transfer and the captain of the wet boat was the first off!

He did watch the Post Call release one of a doubleheader so they were in the right area. I told him that he just earned a lot of karma points and sharpen the flying gaff for tomorrow! Kudo's to the Pelagic and Mike and Wes for helping out our fellow boaters in need!
I was wondering if you got the name of the vessel in destress?
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wrong information

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Old 05-23-2020, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Ellagrey View Post
I was wondering if you got the name of the vessel in destress?
She was the "Long Break", ex Loon when Capt. Squid ran her, charter boat out of Morehead. He just sent me a video of her with just the bridge above water. Said she turtled and was still floating when the CG released them and there was a sputterboat keeping an eye on her till they (CG) got there. Be some dolphin around her by morning for sure!
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The vessel was the longbreak.i am the captain of that vessel.your sons story is completely wrong.all passengers on the boat were rescued by the vessel bragging rights.i made sure everyone was safe aboard the bragging rights before I went overboard.and if anyone has any question about what really happened they can ask captain John Foss
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What happened, did you hit something, a hose come off and how far offshore were you? I'm glad everyone is alright.
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Think we may have struck a submerged object.
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Ellagrey View Post
The vessel was the longbreak.i am the captain of that vessel.your sons story is completely wrong.all passengers on the boat were rescued by the vessel bragging rights.i made sure everyone was safe aboard the bragging rights before I went overboard.and if anyone has any question about what really happened they can ask captain John Foss
I just got the full story Jeremy, sounds like he added a little embellishment. One son I won't be talking to for a long time, that karma is a bitch too! Didn't bother to mention they were further away when you went in and that John wasn't in the tournament and volunteered to bring you in. Glad everyone is ok and you had such a quick response from the four boats that got there quick! My humblest apologies!
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Thank you sir I really appreciate it.its been a really bad day.
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Glad you and your group are safe Ellagray. Regardless of how bad it stinks at the end you all got to hug your families and count your blessing this evening. I hope you are a believer in prayer and thanked your Lord and Savior for watching over you today?


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Thank you and I have been praying all day.
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From my buddy on the Genetic Disorder today. Would be seeing a flying gaff in a month!
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Originally Posted by Ellagrey View Post
Thank you and I have been praying all day.
We're all happy you and everyone aboard are back home safe and sound! I edited the first post to fix the lies I was fooled into repeating. I'm sorry for being an idiot!

​Welcome home!
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Originally Posted by bills106 View Post
First I've heard about that, care to elaborate? The Bluewater side split off years ago and is meat on the dock (well, there are points for releases but no one cares about them do they? ). The peak times for offshore and kang's were never aligned anyway.
Kings Ransom was in the lead after day 1 with a totally legit fish of just under 54#. On day 2, a fish was weighed that was just a little bigger by a different team, Currentsea, that had ended up buying bait from a bait boat after the 7am start of competition. The rules clearly stated that no boats in the tournament were to congregate with other boats after the start of competition. A proper protest was filed but the team that bought bait after the start of competition was not dq'ed, however the protest fee was returned as would be done in the case of a protest being upheld. I don't remember the exact numbers but the difference in 1st and 2nd was something like $80k.
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Kings Ransom did get the last laugh at least, as they are well versed in running tournaments and well liked and respected in general and started a new one, The Morehead City Open, for the same weekend this coming fall. Even at $5k per entry, it basically filled up in one night during the informational meeting back in February with many of the teams that normally would have fished the 50. Swansboro ended up rescheduling their tournament to try to keep from not having a full field, time will tell though if they still end up losing some, or hopefully many, of their competitors out of principle.
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Holy hell, $5K to enter a mackerel tournament!!!! I miss the days of the good ol $300 big ass tournaments, wow. $700,000 catamarans, $275,000 33’ boats, and $150,000 bay boats. Fishing straight gone nuts
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Originally Posted by kicker30 View Post
Kings Ransom was in the lead after day 1 with a totally legit fish of just under 54#. On day 2, a fish was weighed that was just a little bigger by a different team, Currentsea, that had ended up buying bait from a bait boat after the 7am start of competition. The rules clearly stated that no boats in the tournament were to congregate with other boats after the start of competition. A proper protest was filed but the team that bought bait after the start of competition was not dq'ed, however the protest fee was returned as would be done in the case of a protest being upheld. I don't remember the exact numbers but the difference in 1st and 2nd was something like $80k.
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Kings Ransom did get the last laugh at least, as they are well versed in running tournaments and well liked and respected in general and started a new one, The Morehead City Open, for the same weekend this coming fall. Even at $5k per entry, it basically filled up in one night during the informational meeting back in February with many of the teams that normally would have fished the 50. Swansboro ended up rescheduling their tournament to try to keep from not having a full field, time will tell though if they still end up losing some, or hopefully many, of their competitors out of principle.
Yes, this story is exactly what I was referring to. King's Ransom is my next door neighbor. No finer folks will you find anywhere!
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Not taking sides but IMO The wording of the that rule isn't definite i.e. "a boat MAY be disqualified...." - it's not definite i.e. black and white. The wording should be more exact. The word "may" is ambiguous.

Glad the tournament had a good turnout !
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Originally Posted by weed.line View Post
Not taking sides but IMO The wording of the that rule isn't definite i.e. "a boat MAY be disqualified...." - it's not definite i.e. black and white. The wording should be more exact. The word "may" is ambiguous.

Glad the tournament had a good turnout !
yeah, whatever. That wording is in almost every tournament and it is there to specifically avoid people getting bait from someone else after the start time, which is exactly what happened.

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