John's Journal... Entry 248, Day 4
ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA RED SNAPPER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Why I Stay In The Customer's Ear
Editor's Note: In the cockpit of the boat is where the rubber meets the road as far as catching big snapper goes. The commander of the cockpit of the "Shady Lady" based at the port of Orange Beach, Alabama, is First Mate, Dennis Treigle. With 17 years of experience, Treigle is a master at helping anglers catch really big snapper.
Question: Dennis, how do you coach the anglers?
If I have a 40-pound red snapper on the end of that line, what will you
tell me to do?
Next I'll tell you to get as much line back as quickly as you can. If you can grab the line with your left hand and reel with your right hand, then grab the line and pull it into the reel. This action puts more pressure on the red snapper faster and helps you to gain more line quicker. After you get a few turns on the reel to get the snapper away from the bottom, then lift the rod and reel down, lift the rod and reel down. There is a difference between pumping a fish up and working a fish up. When you work a fish up, you feel the pressure of the fish as you lift the rod, and you continue to feel the pressure as you reel down the line and take up slack. You have to gain line every single chance that you get, or the snapper will swim back into the wreck.
To learn more about fishing and the other sites to see at Orange Beach, contact the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 745-7263 or visit www.orangebeach.com. For charter information, contact Zeke's Marina (800) 793-4044 or visit www.zekescharters.com. To fish with Captain Butch Tucker and first mate, Dennis Treigle on the "Shady Lady," call Captain Tucker at (850) 492-9675 or (850) 380-3321. For more information about the World Red Snapper Championship, check out www.gulffishing.net/Red%20Snapper%20Championship.htm or www.orangebeachsnapper.com/. For places to stay, contact Kaiser Realty at (251) 968-6868 or go to www.kaiserrealty.com.
TOMORROW: WHY AND HOW MANY PEOPLE LOSE BIG SNAPPER RIGHT AT THE BOAT
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Day 1 - Orange Beach Red
Snapper World Championship