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Stephen Wann, right, and his son Peter, had a six sailfish day in January 2009 off Islamorada, FL, and averaged one-three daily on other trips in December-January. Their Express 330, "Wannderer", is docked in St. Michaels, MD, from April through year-end, then spends sailfish season in Florida.
Mary Gillman and husband, Mike, caught this 12.8-pound steelhead trout in Lake Erie. The Gillmans and their Voyager 258 summer in Michigan and winter in Florida.
Wildest Dream - Capt. T. J. Pekin earned 2008 Bay Captain of the Year with a total of 1098.60 points in Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association competition. Here's a photo of the captain, helmswoman and navigator Leona Pekin, and first mate Brian Lowery after a November foray out of Solomon's Island about the Pekin's Marlin 300.
George Lang caught an 81-lb. wahoo aboard Capt. Ron Cox's Marlin 300, "Hot Lick", out of Ocean City Fishing Center, MD. It was George's first offshore trip, and the wahoo was the largest caught in Maryland and Delaware for the 2008 season.
Chuck Kahlert landed this beauty near Kiptopeke, lower Chesapeake Bay, aboard Brian and Cathy Hodson's Islander 270, "C-Time". The citation striped bass was 47", and weighed 45 lb., 6 oz. the next morning. The Hodsons are president and secretary, respectively, of the Tidewater Grady-White Club.
Carol Miller and her husband Joe from Glen Allen, VA, upgraded to an Express 305 from their Gulfstream 232 and have headed offshore more frequently. Carol's catch from the new Grady included her first citation striped bass weighing 43.5 lb. at 49 inches. Now they're on the lookout for even larger fish (and a larger shopping cart).
Tom Mooney's fishing team Murphy's Irish Pub placed second overall and son Luke came in first in the junior division during an American Striper Association National Tournament. "Our Express 330 performed great and beat up on the Fountains!" The fish weighed 42 lb. and 52 lb. The Mooneys hale from Virginia Beach.
Proud Girls - Isabelle and Carlie Kennealy show off their catch after a fall afternoon trolling and jigging for rockfish near Breezy Point, Chesapeake Bay. The Sean and Nicolette Kennealy family own Tournament 190, "SeaNic".
Richard Moffett is one satisfied fisherman with a very nice rainbow trout caught and released from his Adventure 208, "Joyful, Joyful", based on Keuka Lake, one of New York's Finger Lakes.
Barry Bailey shares this photo from Down Under where the black marlin were in for Christmas 2008. "Eight kilo line, three for three!" Released, of course, from an Express 305.
Reel Nice One - Barry Turner, Reisterstown, MD, caught a 44" striped bass trolling near Solomons Island aboard his 2007 Gulfstream 232, "Reel Y Late".
Tanner Gray reports that gag grouper (and the reds) have been solid off of Topsail, NC. He fishes a 1985 Fisherman 20, "Kwite Outta Line". "She's almost 25 years old and I fish her hard."