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Third Leg of the Southern Kingfish Association’s 2015 Mercury Marine Professional Tour

CHARLESTON, SC – The Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) held the third leg of its Mercury Marine Professional Tour at Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament on August 13-15, 2015.


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Twenty-six of the most competitive, head-to-head king mackerel tournament fishing teams ventured to the Southern city this past weekend for the third tournament in a five-event schedule of the 2015 Mercury Marine Professional Tour.

Beginning on Friday, the professional teams fished a two day event, coinciding with a two day tournament, Fishing for Miracles, having the opportunity to weigh one fish each day for a total aggregate. This was the 22nd Annual Fishing for Miracles with proceeds benefiting the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina and the MUSC Children’s Hospital, guaranteeing first place prize was $25,000. SKA Pro Events usually occur alongside another SKA sanctioned King Mackerel tournament.

It was a rough couple of days of fishing, with only a small fraction of the teams weighing two fish. Coming in fourth place with an aggregate weight of 40.11 was That’s My Dog, from Ocean Isle, North Carolina. Garmin Professional Team Tuppen’s from West Palm Beach, FL took third place this past weekend with a 52.57 aggregate. Captain Steve Sprague mentioned that this was his team’s first time fishing in South Carolina and it wasn’t easy but they fished hard and it paid off! Catching a 20.53 and a 32.91 pound kingfish, team Bandit took home the second place prize. New comers to the Professional Tour, Don Ray Gear Fishing team, captained by Zach Railey, weighed in a 61.91 winning aggregate. It was impressive work for a team coming all the way from Southwest Florida!

“It was tough conditions both days with the wind and waves. We were able to locate an area of hard bottom that was holding fish and both days got a two hour window of action,” said Captain Zach Railey. “We figured if we could have two fish around 30 lbs. each that would give us a good shot. The team did a great job in some challenging conditions. Fun and successful week for our team!”

Standings for each Pro event are updated here.


About SKA:

Founded in 1991, the Southern Kingfish Association is the largest saltwater fishing tournament trail in the world. With thousands of members across the Southeast, the SKA’s purpose is to promote and responsibly grow the family sport of fishing. They are passionately committed to fostering rewarding experiences amongst King Mackerel anglers, tournament directors and their industry partners. Visit for more details.

Erin Henshaw, Director of Communications
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