Local ringer Capt. Richard Martinuek was my guide during the first day of this annual event, which is hosted by DOA Lures and River Palm Cottages. Richard and I were fishing the Roosevelt and 10-Cent bridges in Stuart with Gerry Benedicto of Seagur Leader when I landed this 32-inch snook, taken on a Golden Bream Terroreyz on a 3/8-ounce jig head. Richard added another 31-incher and lost a couple monsters to the rubble below. We also had shots at rolling tarpon and Gerry caught his first ever jack crevalle.
The next morning I joined long-time friends Capt. Rick Grassett of Sarasota and Rusty Chinnis of Longboat Key for more action. We caught a couple 24-inch snook around the inlet, had more shots at tarpon and finished up with this brace of trout on the grass flats. They were both fooled by DOA 1/2-ounce holographic shrimp.
It was a great event once again, bringing together writers, photographers, guides and sponsors from all over the country to beautiful Jensen Beach. A special thanks to Capt. Mark Nichols and Jerry McBride of DOA Lures for their hospitality and to the sponsors who help make this such a fun time every year.