Boats Incorporated’s 25th Annual One Tide Challenge
NIANTIC, CT – Saturday August 10th, 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of Boats Incorporated’s Annual King of the Dock Tournament and Dock Party! Over 50 boats had registered for this year’s event that awarded prizes and cash worth over $27,000 in 15 categories including ladies’ championships in bluefish and striped bass and the junior angler’s bluefish division for juniors 13 and under. 52 Captains and crew, 44 Ladies, and 23 Junior Anglers departed the docks at Boats Incorporated just prior to 8:00AM in hopes of catching one bluefish and one striper and be back at the scales by 4:00PM that afternoon to be in the running for this year’s King of the Dock. The captains are allowed to weigh in one bluefish and one striper each having a different point value per pound hoping that total would place them near or at the top of the leaderboard.
It did go down to the wire but in the end our 2005 Champion David Lybass (142.367 Points) reclaimed the throne nipping out last year’s king, Andy Chertoff with (128.965 Points). Rounding out the top 5 finishers were Tom Clapsadle (114.760), David Miko (112.931), and David Warwick with (106.308) points.
Our new “King” did not have the largest bluefish or the largest striped bass but his two big fish garnered enough points to return him to the throne! OK, no throne but his finger pier gets “Red Carpeted” and as you pass his slip, there will be no doubt that the “King Resides Here” The largest bluefish was actually caught by Andy Chertoff and the largest Striped Bass of the tournament was captured by Dave Miko. King David’s Bluefish (14.313LBS) and his striper (29.563) still were enough to push the larger individual fish down to 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Although Mr. Lybass won the King of the Dock, the lady’s striped bass division created the biggest buzz as the tent exploded when it was announced Bobbette Clapsadle was our new lady’s champion. Bobbette took home top honors with the largest striped bass (16.375 LBS) followed closely by Laura Paulekas (13.00 LBS) and rounding out the top 3, Michele Migliore (12.313 LBS). If you don’t know Bobbette’s story, we will leave that up to her to share. Just know, there is no one more deserving.
Our Lady’s Bluefish division welcomed a new champion Lori Lavallee fishing with Capt. Kenny Mike landing a fish weighing in 11.750 LBS. Laura Knutson, no stranger to the Top 5 captured 2nd place (10.313 LBS) and once again Bobbette Clapsadle was called to the stage for 3rd Place in the Bluefish Division (10.063 LBS). In the men’s Bluefish Division, Andy Chertoff weighed on the largest blue of the day followed by our new King, Dave “Big Bass” Lybass and in 3rd Place, David Warwick.
The category providing the most fun was for our future captains as 23 juniors took the stage for their individual and Top 3 awards. Our new Junior Champion took home a prize package worth just under $2,000 as not only did our winner get a trophy as big as himself, but COMCAST Cable presented him with the use of their Executive Suite and 17 of his friends to an upcoming Hartford Whale game at the XL Center. Our new champion is another “Feel Good” story as Capt. Joey LaPierre brought a long a first time angler Nicholas Bourdulous so there shouldn’t be much of a doubt as to what his “What I Did This Summer” report will read like on return to school in September. Nicholas’ bluefish weighed in at 5.688LBS just nipping junior veteran Gus Mike’s 2nd place bluefish by only .13LBS! Maya Rudd returned to the podium and rounded out the Top Three but she too crowded the top of the pack as her fish was only .12 LBS behind Gus Mike’s.
It was a perfect day from beginning to end and as earlier posted on Facebook, the results of all that transpired the entire weekend are stuff movies are made of. Visit www.boatsinc.com to enjoy the complete day in pictures!
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS BELOW
|DUKE OF FLUKE||1ST||DEMETRIOUS MANTHOUS|
|CASTING CHAMPIONSHIP||3RD||KEN MIKE|
|NEATEST DISH||3RD||LAURA RUDD|
|BEST THEME AWARD||1ST||ERIC & GRETCHEN SISK|
|CONSERVATION AWARD||ANDY CHAMPAGNE (68 RELEASES)|
|LADY’S STRIPED BASS||1ST||BOBBETTE CLAPSADLE|
|MEN’S STRIPED BASS||3RD||TOM CLAPSADLE|
|LADY’S BLUEFISH||3RD||BOBBETTE CLAPSADLE|
|MEN’S BLUEFISH||3RD||DAVE WARWICK|
|GRADY WHITE CHAMP||ANDY CHERTOFF|
|PARKER BOATS CHAMP||WADE THOMAS|
|JUINOR CHAMPIONSHIP||3RD||MAYA RUDD|
|KING OF THE DOCK||5TH||DAVE WARWICK|
CAPTAINS LOG BELOW
One of the conditions required to accept the responsibilities in becoming our “King of the Dock” is to share some very important information regarding his day on the water as inquiring minds want to know. Following up with our new King, this is his story and he is sticking to it.
In case you already weren’t aware, Dave flies under the radar, seldom draws attention to himself (except on tournament day) and has always chosen to operate in “stealth” mode. He comes in, loads his boat, heads out and almost always returns with something that causes a buzz along the dock. No drama, he cleans his boat and heads home. In short, there are no “Fish Stories” with Dave Lybass.
On tournament day, Dave and crew (James Davenport & Don Gilbert) departed at 7:45AM and pointed the boat in one direction, towards the Southwest Ledge at Block Island. It’s just about an hour run putting them on their spot at 8:45AM. The plan was to start the day with the slow tide by trolling for a big blue and then using the live bait caught the night before for our striper. That plan went right out the window as the “Hawg” striper was in the boat in the first 15 minutes of lines being in the water at their favorite bluefish spot. They continued to work the same spot for our blue and before noon we were done feet up enjoying a couple of cold ones knowing we were now in the running but still a bit perplexed on that first hook-up.
Dave could not have enough kind words to say about his crew (James & Don) stating they operated like a well-oiled machine and they are indeed the best crew on the water. While many on the dock feel they have the best crew, there is no arguing as to who were Top Dogs on this one Saturday in August.
So, now we know where he was fishing, we know when he caught, now…what did he use? Dave admits he does not use wire often as he feels he is really not that good at it but, his first slow troll was with wire and a plug and the rest is history. Dave typically is one of the best live bait fishermen on the dock and even went out early Friday night bypassing the casting and beer drinking competition to bring in some live bait for the next day.
In closing Dave made sure to give Peter and the Service Department a Tip of the Cap for keeping him on the water all summer without issue and also would like to thank Captains Dave Miko and Dave Warwick for the friendly competition and extra motivation to that helped him prevail and become our 2013 King of the Dock.