Author: Mike Milewski
2019 ARC KDW Tournament Recap
Two weeks ago we were back up in Stuart FL fishing the ARC KDW. We truly had an amazing day! My wife Cindy was able to accomplish one of her goals for the 2019 Tournament season, Winning Lady Angler!
The morning turned out to be perfect, we set our auto pilot and made our way to our first spot which was about 50 miles north of our dock.
7:00am was lines in and we were on top of some productive numbers that we marked in the past. We got our long line deployed and one downrigger out and then the long line starts screaming!!! Cindy grabs the reel and is ready to battle this King! We knew by its first run this was a solid fish!!!
We pulled up our downrigger and turn the Regulator to chase down this Smoker!!He made two more screaming runs before we started gaining line back. Cindy is working this fish hard! We see the leader and see this beast seven feet from the boat. We are ready to stick the gaff in him and out of nowhere a massive bull shark eats half of our Smoker!!!
We know the fish are here, so we went back to the same spot and reset. Again before we even came close to getting out the spread our long line gets crushed again!! Unfortunately, after two massive runs the hook pops.
Finally we got a full spread out and now we were fishing! Solid action continued for two hours, grinding away putting Kings in the box, released an AJ, and a few Cudas.
Around 2:00pm we decided it was time to head to weigh in! Cindy was able to hold on to 1stPlace Lady Angler and our Largest King was 4th Place overall. This was a huge accomplishment for my wife. Just three seasons ago was the first time she held a fishing rod in her life! Also I had never fished or drove a boat in South Florida waters. We have truly come a long way and keep learning and getting better every trip out!!
We truly had an amazing day out there and can’t wait for the next Tournament.
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