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Date Posted: 01/13/05 10:31pm
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's message, "Cut and Pasted from the Mobile Register" on 07/24/03 5:00pm
I know this message is really old, but I am wondering if anyone who reads this might have an email where I can reach Jim Cox. I played for the Mysticks for two seasons from 1997-1999. I would love to know if he could help me get my hands on some old game tapes. If anyone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
>Jim Cox's yellowfin tuna tips scale at 172.2 pounds,
>breaking old mark
>By DAVID RAINER
>DAUPHIN ISLAND -- The 71st annual Alabama Deep Sea
>Fishing Rodeo's final day started with a bang and
>ended the same way.
>When the weigh station opened Sunday, Capt. Brian
>Swindle's Hard Time was waiting to weigh in a
>156-pound swordfish, not a rodeo category, but an
>unusual sight at the rodeo.
>About an hour before the cannon fired at 5 p.m., the
>second rodeo-record fish came to the docks.
>Jim Cox, who did the radio broadcasts for the defunct
>Mobile Mysticks hockey team, brought a 172.2-pound
>yellowfin tuna to the scales, bumping the 171.4-pound
>fish caught last year by Daniel Robinson.
>"I'm telling you Capt. Mike Rogers is hot," said Cox,
>who was fishing on the Amante. "He tagged a blue
>(marlin) in the Memorial Day tournament, and we tagged
>a blue Friday. We were trolling a big rip this morning
>with an Islander with a ballyhoo. There was a huge
>The tuna hit the lure that was a 30W reel with
>"We were afraid he was going to spool me, but he just
>sounded," Cox said. "While I was fighting the fish, a
>huge waterspout was barreling straight for us. So we
>had to move the boat.
>"Then when I got him to the boat, two guys couldn't
>hoist the fish over the side. It took four of us to
>the get the fish in the boat."
>But back to the swordfish, Matthew Johnson tagged a
>blue marlin at the Ram-Powell before Swindle moved the
>boat to the Marlin rig and caught the swordfish on a
>hardtail about 400 feet down with a glow stick.
>"We bill-hooked him so he didn't put up a fight,"
>Swindle said. "We just kind of reeled him up. Then I
>shined a light over there and saw it was a swordfish.
>There weren't but three of us up at the time, so I
>started waking people up.
>"We gaffed him and threw it in the back of the boat
>green, and he started tearing stuff up. I've got a
>knot on the back of my head from trying to get out of
>Of course, during a fishing tournament, there has to
>be a tale about the one that got away.
>Wesley Williams III, on the Deliverance, fought a huge
>yellowfin tuna for four hours before the line finally
>"We were chumming with pogeys and this huge yellowfin
>came right up to the back of the boat," said Jonathan
>Dunnam, captain of the Deliverance. "We fed him about
>15 pogeys before we got him to eat one with a hook.
>And we had to do on a suicide rig. He wouldn't take
>anything with a leader. It was 60-pound test line and
>it just wore through."
>Williams had to fight the tuna in stand-up gear.
>"I thought for a while I had a permanent back
>problem," Williams said.
>The Deliverance still managed to take second place in
>tuna with Allen Andrews' 126.41-pounder, which also
>won the tuna jackpot.
>Although the number of large tuna was down from last
>year, there were big dolphin everywhere offshore.
>Bancroft McMurphy led the way with a 47.47-pound
>dolphin, caught trolling around the deep-water rigs.
>"We were letting dolphin go because we didn't have
>enough cooler space," McMurphy said.
>Capt. Mike Thierry on the Lady Ann said the same thing
>after Mark Goncalves won the dolphin jackpot with a
>33.81-pounder on his boat. Goncalves also won the
>wahoo jackpot at 43.8.
>"We were throwing back 15- to 20-pound dolphin,"
>Thierry said. "It was a great trip."
>The first tarpon of the rodeo were weighed in Sunday.
>Greg Zieman caught a 90.5-pounder, while Justin Toomey
>weighed in an 81.6-pounder.
>Joseph DeGeer was the master angler with a first place
>in gafftopsail catfish at 7.74 and triggerfish at
>8.34. He also had second in flounder at 5.69.
>In the jackpots, Sheree Dees on Top Producer claimed
>the king jackpot at 62.27 and the Polar boat package.
>Twelve-year-old Dillon Winstanley of Irvington was the
>lucky angler whose name was drawn for the 21-foot
>Contender boat package, while Edward Anderson of
>Gautier, Miss., won the Sea Chaser boat package in the
>speckled trout drawing.
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