Holy mackerel!

Posted 7/21/20

North Zulch fishing squad “Team Double Down” entered the Matagorda Blue Water Challenge earlier this month and caught a 41.3-pound king mackerel and a 15.5-pound red snapper to prevail in the event’s 25 feet and under category.

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Holy mackerel!

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North Zulch fishing squad “Team Double Down” entered the Matagorda Blue Water Challenge earlier this month and caught a 41.3-pound king mackerel and a 15.5-pound red snapper to prevail in the event’s 25 feet and under category.

The mackerel translated to first place overall in the Lady Angler category and the snapper earned second overall.

“I did not expect us to get (first in Lady Angler), only because I have been fishing forever and have never gotten Lady Angler overall,” said Shari Allphin, one of the team’s five members. “It was very exciting. Because we only caught two species, we had to really pay attention to everyone else coming in to see if they caught all four. Nobody got all four species, so it was very exciting to be sitting there and have your name called for first place in 25 and under. We were called up three times for pictures and got a check three times.”

The group was comprised of Benny Allphin, Shari Allphin, Ron Janow, Helen Elshick and Angela Baker. They are from North Zulch and Matagorda.

“They are fantastic fisherman and woman,” said Shari Allphin. “We have decided to make this our team every year.”

The group had to overcome more than just the waters at Matagorda in order to perform at the challenge, which took place July 10-11. On the first day, the group planned to rendezvous at Rawlings’ Bait Camp in Matagorda, which is owned by one of the team members. However, they arrived about half an hour later than they planned to due to a lost earring.

Before they arrived, the individual running the bait shop had been robbed and shot on the job three times in the shoulder, ear and scalp, but suffered no major damage. Had the group arrived on time, however, they would have been present during the robbery.

“(The cashier) was fine, he was up and talking,” said Shari Allphin. “That was one of the obstacles we had to face on day one. That really shook all of us up. He was good, he was okay, no major organs were hit.”

Following the incident, the group went on to catch the mackerel and snapper that would earn them top prizes in the tournament as well as an appearance in Bay City Magazine.

Shari Allphin and Helen Elshick will be competing in the Matagorda Mermaid Tournament this weekend. It will be the squad’s ninth year competing in the 34th annual tournament.

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