The Old Fisherman by WaltMurphy Aug. 15, 1967
Rookie year said a scrap and the for a McRae and BY WALT MURPHY The and a a Atlanta 7-12 Texas the Lay, with a came right If I were to find a bottle on tie shore, open it and a genie, like in the fables of old, should uddenly appear to grant me Hie wish, I would ask only that he late Leonard Patrick Hutchinson, Hutchinson, whom I succeeded as fishing editor of this paper, could stand by me side and see he results of what he helped o start. The port of Destin has indeed riade billfishing history in the past week. As we tallied the core in the record book on August August 6th, we showed the impres- ive total of 110 game recorded or this year. As we closed the book on Sunday Sunday night August 13. 1967, that ;core had mounted to an unbe- ievable 214 game fish. If you ake a second to analyze these igures you arrive at the stag- jering total of 104 billfish caught, released or brought to :he docks in the past week. To further break down this newsworthy development, in one week there were only six ess caught than the entire total or the year up to this point. These figures are fantastic, but )ear in mind that as this is written, we feel sure that there are some catches, on private Doats or otherwise, that have not been reported to us as yet. We had hoped to have enough erified catches to equal or bet- er the years' total in the week past. My father used to say that igures as such, were dull and uninteresting, unless they were eminine. I think that these fig- ires are far from uninteresting o any fisherman or publicist. As of this date in 1966 our records show a total of 52 game ish for the year as against 214 or this season. This breaks down o 28 sails. . .12 whites and Avelvc blues, compared to 81 ?ails. . .115 while and 18 blues. \\ are leading last year's score by 53 sail fish. . .103 white marlin marlin and ( blue marlin. Thus we are 162 game fish ahead of last year. In ]965 wo ended the season with a total of 138. In 19S6 the final result was 240 and with the best, months for sail fish ahead of us we are already over the 200 mark. I can only repeat again what "Hutch" had believed and preached for years that Hie offshore offshore waters of the port of Destin Destin can and will in time, prove to he equal, and we hope even bettor 1han some of the highly publicized and praised game fishing waters of other pnrts of 1ho world. Tho biggest of the battlers Ilia! w;is taken this week rjoes lo (lie ville II w 7 hen he hung into a handful of blue marlin. One and forty two minutes later it was in the boat and ready for the tape ii:?asure. It was an even 11 feet overall and tipped the beam scales at the dock at a husky 346 pounds. Congratulations Congratulations Bob, this is fine fishing. The only other blues this were a 150 pounder boated by David Tutt, Butler, Ala. fishing on Capt. Buddy Gentry's Marli- ner and a small one that in Sunday on Gen. Pritchard's boat the Billie Kyle. BIG ONES OX TlfE SNAPPER BANKS The snapper banks have been producing some big warsaw that sound as though we were already into the big October Deep sea fishing rodeo. On Friday that old salty snapper snapper grabber, Jim Wright gave us some indication of the type of competition we can expect from him this fall. Fishing on Capt. Bennie Al-j len's Early Bird, he broke the board rushing do or I I t he Kelly Jubilee with a warsaw at 189 pounds. Not content with this assault on the contest board, he took his son along and like a chip off the old block, the younger the team landed a 60 pound saw. At last word I had on king mackerel d i v i s i Shooting Star. Capt. Chubby Destin was tops with a 25 pounder. Friday saw Cast. Tom Marler arrive "with Her Majesty and a beautiful hanging catch that included plenty of fine snapper and grouper as well as several king mackerel. Then there is the story that. was relayed to us by the rna- rina manager at Eglin AFB about about the fellow who caught, this one was witnessed by several several other boats, a whopper of mackerel that was so long he couldn't hold it up and clear its tail from the deck. It: seems that his buddy wishing wishing to oblige agreed to step on the gunwale of the boat to better display the fish to folks in Ihe other boats fishing close by. That was when the stroke of doom struck. He slipped and dropped the fish overboard. We will never know just how big that king really was. This much we have been told, it. was big enough that they won't have to stretch its size as they retell the tale. Several boats have been tear- ins up the Spanish mackerel especially Cpt. Jack Cason's Tiki Too II. H c had one catch of 35 in tlio channel and double that amount out in the bay. Why credit of R o b e r t Folgcman,: not givo it a try Memphis. Tonn. Ho was onjUsr a silver spoon for good re- Capt. Jimmie Trammels' Re-j suits.