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Are You Man Enough Shark Challenge - 2010
We are the Champions!!



The 4th annual Are you man enough shark challenge was held June 18-20, 2010 and team Bigsnook.com won the whole thing! My team consisted of longtime friend and high school classmate Mark Woodruff who flew in for the event from Wyalusing, PA and a local friend of mine Adam Rynsburger, who has fished with me several times. Both guys were excellent at battelling the 10 sharks that we landed over two days of fishing and the fish totalled over 60' in length.

Day one, Saturday, was qualifying from 10AM until 10PM with the top 5 teams advancing to a shootout on Sunday. We were the top qualifying team on Saturday with 7 sharks landed in just over 3 hours. Our first shark caught was by Mark and it was a good one measuring 7'. It turned out to be the biggest Bull sharks of the tournament winning us an additional cash prize. After 6 more hard fought battles and a few shark bites to my boat, we called it quits and were headed back to the dock by 3 o'clock. By the time all the teams were back in, team Bigsnook.com had checked into our room, showered, and ate dinner. It was a good feeling to find out that we were top qualifyer with our 7 sharks caught.

The rules for Sunday were the first team to send proof of 15' total length back to the tournament committee via cell phone pictures and videos was deemed the winner. My team and I kept our game plan the same for Sunday since we knew it was working and went right back after the sharks with the same enthusiasm as the day before. Our plan worked out. We caught our first fish at 11:44AM that was over 6' long and it gave us quite a battle. It was the first time in two days that we had to pull anchor and chase the fish for fear of running out of the 350 yards of line on the reel. Once we boated and sent pictures of this Lemon shark back to the committee, we were told that we were in the lead. Our next fish came at 12:15PM and it was another 6' plus Lemon. Once landed we were again told that we were still in the lead now with 12 of the required 15' to win the tournament. At just after 1PM one of the rods bent hard and the drag screamed and we all got excited thinking we will win if we could land this fish. The battle was short lived as the shark wrapped up in some unknown structure at about 150 yards from the boat and broke off. We sat waiting for what seemed like forever for the winning fish to find our bait. It happened at 2PM and I battled him in quickly as my team thought it appropriate for the Captain to catch the winning fish. I was ok with that! We had our confirmation that we were the winners at 2:07 PM and the celebration began! I could not have done this without a great team and I am very proud of Mark and Adam for helping to make team Bigsnook.com.

Let's do it again next year!
























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