On the way to the awards banquet......
In short, today we zigged when we should have zagged, but having to do it again, we probably would have made the same wrong move. On day 1 we saw hundreds of sailfish on the surface, but they were not hungry and we only raised about 35 to the bait missing way too many of them. The best part of it was that we were all by ourselves. We just knew that if these fish fired off and if we were by ourselves when they did it, we had the opportunity to gain a lot of ground.
On Day 2 We were back in the same area, saw lots of fish that were very lazy. Our hook up ratio still sucked, but we had enough bites to stay in the hunt, only 5 fish out of 2nd place.
Today, we got back to the same area hoping to find all of those fish and hoping that today they were hungry, but everything had evaporated. We hunted all over that area only catching a single or pair here and there. Then it happened, just not for us.
The Jaruco charged out of the western fleet looking for another wave of sailfish coming over the horizon and they found them. After calling in a quadruple header, then 5 at one time followed by more doubles and triples the fleet picked up and found them. We were just too far out of position, nearly 70 miles away in the opposite direction. We couldn't here the boat call in catches, only tournament control replying with confirmations.
All in all, we had a competitive season, beating many of the world's best boats on a lot of days, on other days finding out how much we still have to learn. When it was all said and done, we dropped down to 18th place for this tournament and down to 10th place for the overall series.
Congrats to the Aggitator for winning this tournament and the series. For this tournament our friend Mark on the Pelese came in second and our friends the Angel family appear to have locked in third place.