Team Nasty Hooker won the 2017 Southern Kingfish Association’s National Championship on Saturday at Point Cadet Marina.
The Georgia team caught a 57.93-pound King Mackerel on Saturday, the tournament’s biggest fish, to win the event.
Nasty Hooker team members are Steven Monroe, Jefferey Sikes, Harry Eason and junior angler, Jacob Sikes of Claxton, Ga. Their two-day weight was 93.71, including a 35.7-pound King Mackerel that was weighed Friday.
“It was rough, bad, bad, rough,” Nasty Hookers captain Harry Eason said. “We had to run about 92 miles. We had to go to a heavier leader. We had to go to a 60-pound leader, instead of a 30-pound leader. We got the big one. It was nerve-racking because we didn’t want him to break off because we knew it was big. We fought him for about fifteen to twenty minutes.”
In the Small Boat category, Bug in a Rug of Wilmington, N.C. captured first place, weighing in at 61.20 pounds (37.59 Friday, 23.66 Saturday)
Southbound of Pensacola Beach won the Single Engine category, weighing in at 72.22 pounds (40.52 Friday, 31.70 Saturday).
Following behind Nasty Hooker in the Open Class were the Lil John/Reelem, weighing in at 91.04 pounds (48.45 Friday, 42.58 Saturday) and Kwazar, weighing in at 88.59 pounds (41.65 Friday, 46.94 Saturday).
Second and third places in the Small Boat category were Little Man, weighing in at 65.51 (29.97 Friday, 35.54 Saturday) and The Black Pearl, weighing in at 62.21 pounds (43.55 Friday, 18.66 Saturday).
Salty Intentions finished second in the Single Engine category, weighing in at 59.46 pounds (26.26 Friday, 33.20 Saturday). Double D finished third, weighing in at 52.78 pounds (21.337 Friday, 31.41 Saturday).
“This has been an incredible year,” said David Worsham, SKA Director of Operations and partial tournament director for the national championship.
“It’s great to be back in Biloxi for the first time since 2014. I’ve seen nothing but happy anglers and really excited friends and family who’ve come to support their teams. The Golden Nugget is such a great venue for us to host this event with all of the teams in one place,” said Worsham.
Golden Nugget Director of Community Development Bobby Carter feels Biloxi is a special stop on the three-year, three-location SKA National Championship.
“They’re weighing fish in at 50-something pounds,” said Carter. “Back home a thirty-five pound fish would win an event.”