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SKA 2013 Results

This year was filled with big wins in the Southern Kingfish Association

December 2, 2013
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The Southern Kingfish Association brought in some big news this past year. From the McMullan family taking a third SKA national title to Bad Company winning the SKA’s Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour Championship to Marcus Kennedy and the Kwazar team_ _bringing in the whole gamut as the 2013 Pro Team of the Year.

The McMullan family earned an unprecedented third SKA national title. In Biloxi, Mississippi, this win was even more special then the last two for the Ocean Isles Fishing Center team as three generations of McMullan’s were on board their Yamaha powered Yellowfin during the 2013 event. Captain Brant fished with his Dad; Rube, his wife and children; Amy, Caroline and Brayden and his brother Barrett McMullan. They weighed the second heaviest king caught at this year’s tournament, a 56.28 along with a 48.82 for a 105.1 two fish aggregate to beat the second place team by over ten pounds and win the National’s top prize, a 21’ Contender Boat, Mercury Outboard & Loadmaster Trailer package valued at over $60,000.

In addition to their three championship titles, Brant, Barrett and Rube hold the SKA’s and the Mississippi state record for their 74.10 pound smoker they caught during the 2009 championship.

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The final standings of the 2013 Mercury Tournament Trail National Championship:

  1. TEAM OIFC ……………………………………………… 56.28 … 48.82 ……105.10

    Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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    Yellowfin … Yamaha

    Brant McMullan

    Barrett McMullan

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    Rube McMullan

    Amy McMullan

    Stephanie McMullan

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    Caroline McMullan

    Brayden McMullan

  2. CHOICE OF TWO / OIFC ……………………………. 58.44 … 36.38 …… 94.82

    Sunset Beach, North Carolina

    Cape Horn … Yamaha

    Corey Bellamy

    Eddy Jones

    Ryan Stevens

    Trask Cunningham

  3. WINDY CONDITIONS ………………………………… 47.19 … 44.67 …… 91.86

    Beaufort, North Carolina

    Contender … Yamaha

    Henry Tillett

    Wendy Tillett

    Steele Park

    Chip Nifong

    Brian Schoenwiesner

Bad Company earned the top slot in SKA’s Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour Championship. Saint Augustine, Florida’s Lewis Rogers, fishing with B.J. and Carolyn Williams on Lewis’s Yamaha powered Contender, the Bad Company, weighed a 48.34lb and a 43.25lb kingfish for a 91.59 pound two fish aggregate to edge out Mobile, Alabama’s Marcus Kennedy who fished with Max Williams, Mike Ward, Brett Rutledge and Robert Young on the Kwazar by twelve hundredths of a pound to take home the Pro Tour Championship’s top prize of $40,000 plus the $5,000 bounty for the top team fishing with Yamaha Outboards.

Kennedy and his team didn’t leave empty handed — they were crowned the 2013 Pro Team of the Year. The team earned $20,000 for the title and $20,000 for second place in the Yamaha championship event and another $5,000 of Yamaha’s bonus money for their Pro Tour title. Aboard their Yamaha powered Yellowfin, Marcus Kennedy and his teammates, Max Williams, Tyler Kennedy, Robert Young, Jonathan Graham, Mike Ward, and Brett Rutledge, brought home the 2013 Professional Tour Showcase with 1180 points. Second place went to Intense with 900 points. Over the past year Kennedy and the Kwazar boys stacked up other top spots like the 80th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (1st, 51.90-pounder), came in 2nd at the Kajun Sportsman and Suncoast Classic.

FINAL STANDINGS:

2013 YAMAHA PRO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT:

  1. BAD COMPANY ……………….…… 48.34 … 43.25 …………….. 91.59

    Contender … Yamaha

    St. Augustine, Florida

    Lewis Rogers

    B.J. Pearson

    Carolyn Pearson

  2. KWAZAR …………………………….. 46.50 … 44.97 ………………. 91.47

    Yellowfin … Yamaha

    Mobile, Alabama

    Marcus Kennedy

    Max Williams

    Mike Ward

    Brett Rutledge

    Robert Young

  3. SWEET CAROLINE III ………….. 51.37 … 22.48 ………………… 73.85

    Donzi … Mercury

    Green Cove Springs. Florida

    Ronald Hildum

    Mike Syrakis

    Brad Patterson

The 2013 SKA Small Boat Championship Title warranted quite the weight for the first place team.

Jacksonville Beach, Florida’s Ron Roberson and Sean McCarter fishing on Oceanview, Ron’s 23′ Mercury powered Fountain, have qualified in Division 5 and fished the Championship for the past several years. They have caught a lot of fish at the Nationals, but nothing that they carried up the steps to the championship’s scales. This year was a different story as Ron hoisted a 54.15 and a 45.71 pound kingfish up the steps to the Golden Nugget’s stage. Their 99.86 pound two fish aggregate earned them the 2013 Small Boat Championship title and the Mercury outboard powered Onslow Bay boat riding on a Loadmaster trailer valued at over $45,000 that was awarded to the Small Boat Champions.

FINAL STANDINGS

2013 SKA SMALL BOAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

1. OCEANVIEW 54.15……45.71……99.86

 Fountain / Mercury

 Ron Roberson

 Sean McCarter

2. STRIKE TWO 47.75……34.92……82.67

 Onslow Bay / Mercury

 Rob Lupola

 Ken Odom

 Ray Martinez

 Jeff Hall

 Bobby Schoenfeld

3. A SALT WEAPON 48.24……32.61……80.85

 Contender / Yamaha

 David Futch

 Jay Swindell

 Michael Godbee

 Blake McMillan

About The Southern Kingfish Association:

The Southern Kingfish Association, LLC (SKA) was founded in 1991 and has emerged as the world’s largest saltwater tournament organization. The SKA produces or sanctions fifty events in 10 regional divisions each year. The king mackerel is relatively easy to catch, especially in school size, while the larger kings require skill and patience. Equally beneficial is their abundance, due to sound fisheries management and strong conservation practices among the anglers. King mackerel migrate along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Louisiana. The SKA tournament trail annually follows this pattern. For more information, visit www.fishska.com or give us a call in Saint Augustine at 904-819-0360

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Open Class Champions – The McMullan Family: Rube, Barrett, Caroline, Brayden, Amy & Brant
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2013 Yamaha Pro Tour Championship Tournament – Bad Company: Caroline Williams, B.J. Pierson and Lewis Rogers
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SKA Small Boat Championship Title – Oceanview: Ron Roberson and Sean McCarter
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