Alabama Open - June 1, 2002
Alabama Open Spearfishing Rodeo
June 1, 2002

The crew consisted of Billy LeGrone from Tuscaloosa, Gordon Morton from Birmingham, and Chad Carney from St. Petersburg. The mission was the 27th Annual Alabama Open Spearfishing Rodeo. Conditions were ideal with winds under 10 knots and seas about 1 foot or less. We headed south and didn't stop till we hit the continental shelf around the salt dome rigs. We worked a couple rigs there, then proceeded west to the horseshoe rigs. Having bagged what we could in the categories of Amberjack, Barracuda, Cobia, and Trigger Fish, we turned north to target Red Snapper, Grouper, Sheepshead, Bluefish, and Flounder. Unfortunately, a bottom layer of silt hampered our wreck fishing efforts and kept us from getting those real contenders, but we had some decent fish and had alot of fun. Chad's 59 pound AJ was enough to cinch 3rd place. Total Trip encompassed 14 hours and 172 miles. Below are the pictures.
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Eager Morning Crew

Chad's First Oil Rig Dive

Billy Gets Ready

Gordon Bags the First AJ

Cuda Still Green

Cuda Bites It

Chad Bags a Nice AJ

Everybody's Got Something

Cuda on the Prowell

AJ's in the Rig

Chad Getting Busy

Chad with a Grouper and Cobia

Gordon on the Prowell

Gordon Still Looking

Grouper at 200 Feet

Billy with an AJ

Billy and Chad Cover Both Ends

Chad on the Prowell

Billy on the Prowell

LookDowns Don't Care

Chad likes this New Rig Diving Stuff

Gordon says it's Still Fun

Neighbors Still Catching Fish

Billy Works on the Snapper

This is the Biggest I Could Find

Not Big Enough, But Nice

Gordon Checks the Cuda Dentures

Chad Bags a Grouper

Billy Bags a Trig and an AJ

Chad Ready for Another Round

Gordon gets a Nice Snapper

How About This One?

Gordon is Heck on the Snapper

Billy Gets More AJs

Hey here's 2 more!

Here Dude, Take This!

The Take Home

Another Angle

String em Up!

It's all in a Day's Work!

We'll Be Back!


Alabama Open 2002 Results

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