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The TAMCO Grand Slam tournament was last week and Captain Steven had the pleasure of being invited along with a great group of Captains. West Shore Yacht Club was Tournament headquarters and the launch site for 50 boats.

The day started looking for bait on the Skyway Bridge, upon arrival I was greeted by winds blowing 15 and swells 2-3’ making conditions poor at best. It took over an hour to gather bait and make the long bumpy run to Tampa.

I decided to take my anglers to the eastern shore as this is a Snook Redfish Trout Grand Slam event. Within moments the day looked promising as my anglers were good. These guys could cast live baits into any spot I pointed which is half the battle. Now it was up to Capt. Steven to get them on the fish.

Our first stop garnered a Ladyfish and a pinfish and a wild boar on the shoreline watching us. I made a small move and bingo our first sign of life as we had several small snook blow up on our baits. Joe was first to get feisty 18” snook to the boat. Joe followed that with a small redfish then the bite stopped as quickly as it started. I moved to a series of docks where once again Joe got into the action. Joe’s rod bent double and line screamed from his reel. The fish presumably a big snook got into the pilings and that was the end of that. We did catch a very nice flounder, check out this picture.

Overall it was the slowest day I can recall since turning professional 3 years ago. Great guys, fantastic cause, overall a nice win for the TAMCO Foundation.

Captain Steven Markovich





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