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Old 05-13-2015, 02:07 PM
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Default Trev Gowdy Monster Fish TV called me today

Going into the outrigger business with the large help of THT and crowd. gets me in the thick of things. He wants to use my 20 ft black outriggers on his new being delivered tomorrow 35 contender. for mostly trolling for Big Monster Bluefin Tuna.

Small world.

I told him a story about his father I learned 25 years ago that happened in the 50s or before in hatteras NC. Since I build and sell outriggers now. The truth seems stranger then fiction.

I was mating for a famous off shore captain in the early 90s. We used to spend a lot of time in the dock in the Hatteras Marlin club because of wind. Not much to do back then in Hatteras village in the non summer months.

One day I walked the docks to the Albatross fleet and got in a listening conversation with Capt Er nal Foster who told me story after story about his early days.

He told me a story about when he received a phone call from Curt Gowdy from American Sportsman TV show. Trevs father. I grew up watching American sportsman.
Mr Foster told me he was asked by the guy chartering his boat if he could bring a new fishing Innovation to Hatteras and mount it on one of the boats. He said fine.
Curt Gowdy brought a set of Bamboo outriggers to Hatteras Village. Never before were outriggers used on any boats in the 40s or maybe even the early 50s? in Hatteras.

Pretty neat. Huh? The boats still have bamboo outriggers.
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Paint some of yours that candy cane red and white and get those Albatross boats up to date

Cool story
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I used to love watching American Sportsman.
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Originally Posted by CAP1 View Post
I used to love watching American Sportsman.
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The Trev Gowdy Monster Fish show isn't that bad either... it one of the ones where they at least are always catching fish!
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ya Fred does a descent job while Trev narrates..
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
Paint some of yours that candy cane red and white and get those Albatross boats up to date

Cool story
Great idea, a commemorative set. I think people would buy them.
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Great story, Bly. Have you read the book, "Hatteras Blues", by Tom Carlson? Tells about the Fosters and the Albatross fleet.
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My first charter boat had Calcutta (bamboo) poles for outriggers, that was in New Jersey early 70's
Old 05-16-2015, 07:20 PM
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Default I am trying to read it now at your suggestion. Only a few pages in and not good.

Originally Posted by Striperk9 View Post
Great story, Bly. Have you read the book, "Hatteras Blues", by Tom Carlson? Tells about the Fosters and the Albatross fleet.
He jumped right to after the war ??

I will tell it the way I learned it from Mr Foster. Why Do I call him Mr Foster? Because he would not let me call him Capt Foster. His Words. Capt Ron Jones is your capt and you can only have one capt at a time.

He was very sincere and even still seemed up set about the Military taking his boat from him during WW2. They confiscated it as a war necessity. He said they practically destroyed the boat. He told me they used it to lay communications cables across the sound from the Different spotting stations on the Outer banks to the main land. Yes there were many tales of GermanU boats coming to shore and being seen by the spotters. I guess radios were not wanted or used? He told me they mounted a giant cable reel on the back to lay the cable across the sound. After the war. He tried to get his half destroyed Albatross back from the Military. They did not want to return it back to him. He told me it took a lot of pestering and bitching to different people in Govt to get it back. So far reading the book. Nothing about that?
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My boat "Brigand" was built by Feadship in 1952, she fished off Montauk in the Summer and Bimini in the winter. When I found her she no longer had the outriggers fitted but from the original delivery photos it seems that they were bamboo and striped like the ones in the photos posted above. I have identified the mounts as "Tournament" outrigger mounts but haven't been able to find a set to restore. Can anyone tell me anything about these? Or tell me where I might find a set of the outrigger mounts as pictured?

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Another shot from 1952 you can see the signature "Tournament" outrigger arched mounts...

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Cool pics.
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Default Tournament like most others were chrome on Brass or bronze.

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My boat "Brigand" was built by Feadship in 1952, she fished off Montauk in the Summer and Bimini in the winter. When I found her she no longer had the outriggers fitted but from the original delivery photos it seems that they were bamboo and striped like the ones in the photos posted above. I have identified the mounts as "Tournament" outrigger mounts but haven't been able to find a set to restore. Can anyone tell me anything about these? Or tell me where I might find a set of the outrigger mounts as pictured?

Beautiful project you have there. Good luck on your project.

On the mounts.
They may have been bought out by Rupp many years ago since Rupp uses Tournament name in many of their products. I am around the corner from Rupp in Manatee pocket Stuart. I would walk around and ask Micky the father but I hear he is up north now. I remember seeing some of those tournament holders years ago. Probably lucky to find one in a museum piece if possible? Like on Earnest Hemingways Pilar in Islamorada in the keys, World Wide Tackle shop. tackle shop.

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He jumped right to after the war ??

I will tell it the way I learned it from Mr Foster. Why Do I call him Mr Foster? Because he would not let me call him Capt Foster. His Words. Capt Ron Jones is your capt and you can only have one capt at a time.

He was very sincere and even still seemed up set about the Military taking his boat from him during WW2. They confiscated it as a war necessity. He said they practically destroyed the boat. He told me they used it to lay communications cables across the sound from the Different spotting stations on the Outer banks to the main land. Yes there were many tales of GermanU boats coming to shore and being seen by the spotters. I guess radios were not wanted or used? He told me they mounted a giant cable reel on the back to lay the cable across the sound. After the war. He tried to get his half destroyed Albatross back from the Military. They did not want to return it back to him. He told me it took a lot of pestering and bitching to different people in Govt to get it back. So far reading the book. Nothing about that?
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Speaking of the Albatross Fleet.........There's a nice article on these three boats in the most recent issue of WoodenBoat magizine.

Bly, perhaps offering your poles in a red/white stripe or similar will expand your market share?
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