Local crew wins Spanish Mackerel Derby in Murrells Inlet
Stay in one place and keep paddling live. That was the key to winning the Spanish Mackerel Derby last Saturday over Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, said Englis “Capt. E” Glover.
That’s exactly what Glover and his crew did and, at the last minute, won the 5.81-pound-winning Spaniard in the 11th annual tournament.
Glover, who is part of the team that airs the local Southern Anglers radio show on Gator 107.9 FM every Saturday, chose to fish in the Myrtle Beach Rocks area about 12 miles northeast of Murrells Inlet , on the advice of Captain Jason Burton of Murrells Inlet Fishing Charters. and Captain Jay Baisch of Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle.
At the end of the day, Glover and his crew prepared for the weigh-in and threw overboard the sheer number of red mullet they had in the tank.
Tony “The Bassmaster” Carter, another personality on the Southern Anglers radio show, left a cane deployed while the rest of the mule – estimated by Glover to be 3,000 forts to start the day – was released from the living pits in the ‘ocean.
“We decided we had to leave at 1:45 pm to give ourselves an hour to come back,” Glover recalls. “At 1:45 am we started emptying the tanks and we reeled in all but one of the lines. The rod exploded just as I was about to pick up the trolling motor.
“Tony said ‘Woah, woah, woah, wait, we’ve got a fish on.'”
Glover, along with the other two crew members – Jimmy Feuger, regional manager of I-Heart Media, and Adam Dellinger, of Gator 107.9 FM – went to the back of the boat to watch Carter battle the last fish in the day.
“So we all go to the back and we notice (the line is) all the way to the bottom of the spool,” Glover recalled. “I said ‘Tony is he a king?’ He said ‘No he’s a Spaniard, I’ve seen him before.’
“About 10 minutes later, the fish arrived beside the boat. I could look and see how wide the back was, and I said “he’s a monster”.
Glover said the net on board was broken so they had to use a combination of broken net and a boat hook to get the fish into the boat.
“You really don’t want to goof, it’s an ounce game (at the weigh-in) anyway,” Glover said.
With the support of the net, wielded by Dellinger, Glover managed to gaff the fish into the gill plate and pull it into the boat.
I said, “Boys, there’s a winner, there’s no question about it,” Glover recalls.
Just over an hour later, the crew of the new Key West 230 Bay Reef were indeed the first prize winner of the tournament with the biggest Spanish mackerel, a 5.81 pounds.
Noah McKenzie was second at 5.40 pounds, Jimmy Kidd was third at 5.37 pounds and Michael Hull and Michael Gasper tied for fourth with the Spaniard weighing 5.33 pounds.
Will Sanchelli weighed in the heaviest Tri-Spanish aggregate at 15.17 pounds, followed by McKenzie at 14.83 pounds.
Keepin It Reel weighed in the biggest king mackerel, weighing 39.18 pounds, followed by Double Diamond with a king of 32.26 pounds.
While Glover and his team were tempted to take a step earlier in the day when the bite slowed down a bit, they decided to stay put in Myrtle Beach Rocks, a hard-bottomed area about five miles off the coast. south end of Myrtle Beach. Sticking to the spot caught the winning fish at the last possible minute.
“The old me five years ago would have ridden this Yamaha and taken off, but I saw two bust fish that I knew weren’t kings and I knew they were big,” said Glover. “I said, ‘Boys, we have (room) to ourselves now. Let’s just keep chatting.
Glover doesn’t take the tournament victory lightly after dominating a field of 64 boats, including many professional guides.
“Every time you beat all these guys who fish everyday it means more to me than anything,” Glover said. “Anytime you get the chance to beat them it’s just great and to have people on the boat who have never experienced anything like it is even better.”