Marina. This weekend the docks were alive with interested onlookers and wannabe anglers as everyone waited anxiously for the boats to arrive with their catches to be weighed in.
I was fascinated by all the interest and excitement that a fishing tournament creates and how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement. Anticipation ran high when it was announced that the boat Done Deal had just passed under the Mid Bay Bridge in Destin and would be arriving at the Baytown docks in a matter of minutes! Everyone scrambled to get spots to stand where they would be sure to see all the action when the boat arrived and the fish were weighed. Done Deal glided into sight with flags flying in the breeze to indicate their catch. The captain and crew looked tired, but very happy, as well they should. They won over $225,000 in prize money and a lot of prestige from the tournament. Their Blue Marlin was a record breaker, weighing in at 783 pounds – the biggest fish that most attendees had ever seen.
Tropical storm Debbie created rough seas for the anglers, with waves from 6 to 8 feet high. Caleb Brown, with Wynsong, reported that he slept in the open on Thursday night and was awakened by a thunder and lightning storm. He was so tired that he simply pulled the pillow over his head and went back to sleep. We met Caleb after Wynsong pulled into dock at Destin and had a wonderful dinner at Harbor Docks overlooking the bay. He looked so tired, but he also looked like a man who enjoys what he does for a living – fishing.
I would recommend that you go to the tournament when it’s held again next year and become a part of the action and enjoy Baytown Marina and the wonderful array of boats on display!