2011 AFTER "THANKSGIVING INVITATIONAL HALIBUT CLASSIC" RESULTS/PHOTOS

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Ok, here we go! The 12th annual ATIHC was dedicated in the memory of my good friend Troy Switzer this year and took place under perfect conditions!

The last two years have been financially tough on nearly everybody, and local tournaments have suffered just as well with attendance being down quite a bit.

All in all, we still managed a decent 29 boats for this years tourny, and once all were in place it was time to get things rolling. We started with the traditional bridge photo shot in which we try to get the group of boats huddled together prior to role call and the start.

This year we had Frank "MoBetta" as well as his son Nate as our tournament photographers..... Thanks Nate & Frank!!

A shot of most of the teams right as we are about to make our way out of the channel.

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The start was really fun for me to watch again, as once we get to outside the channel entrance and make our turn North, it is just totally cool watching all the boats gun it forward running to their first chosen spot to fish. Some guys gun it inside, while others are running it wide to the outside, all with the hopes of getting to their spot and getting it done!

The goal in this tournament has always been to put together an ongoing group of repeat teams and anglers, all getting to know one another over the years and going out and having a good time while still putting on your game face and trying to win a little $$.

It didn't take too long for things to get started as Team "Mad Lamb" was the first to call in a boated fish. Mad Lamb captained by Adi Ljubovic called in his fish at 7:00am.

Another hour and a half would pass before the next fish was called in, and that fish went to Team "Libre" captained by Tony Sanfillipo, as he called in their first fish at 8:35am. Team Libre seemed to have been in a good zone as they called in a second boated fish at 8:48am.

Not long after, Team "Zorros Gene" captained by Gary White called in their first boated fish of the day. The bite seemed to be on a pretty consistent role at this point as next up was Team "The Menu" captained by John Pye, calling in their first boated fish at 9:30am.

45 minutes would pass before we had another boated fish, and that went again to Team "The Menu" as they called in their second fish at 10:15am ,yet was quickly followed right away by Team "Mad Lamb" calling in his second fish also at 10:15am.

Another hour would pass before we saw the next boated fish, which went to Team "The Menu", as John called in their 3rd fish at 11:20am..... Team "The Menu" had definitely found their zone it seemed, but would their fish be big enough to take it?? Time would tell.

Not to be outdone, and no stranger when it comes to tournaments, Team "Tail Chasers" captained by Leo Turner finally got into the game and boated their first fish at 12:25pm.

The final fish to be called in to Team "Mad Lamb" at 12:50pm, as once again Adi connected with another, making this his third boated fish of the day. Both "Mad Lamb" and The Menu" had three boated fish, along with Team Libre who put two fish on the deck.

Here are the results and the pictures......

First Place, $1000 - Sponsored by San Diego Boats, went to Team "Mad Lamb" with a 33.3lb Halibut - Captain Adi Ljubovic, Angler Adi Ljubovic - Note: Mad Lamb was also entered into all of the side jackpots and won the additional amounts $20 JP - $330, $30 JP - $450, $50 JP $788, $75 JP $1125 - Total JPs = $2693
1st Place + all JPs
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Adi with his first place fish
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Adi with his third place fish
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Second Place, $500 - Sponsored by Dana Landing MB, went to Team "Tail Chasers" with a 28.1lb Halibut. Captain Leo Turner, Angler Chris Letourneau
Chris weighing in his fish
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Team Tail Chasers with their 28.1lb Butt
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Third Place, $300 - Sponsored by BD/FishDope, went to Team "Mad Lamb" with a 25.5lb Halibut - Captain Adi Ljubovic, Angler Adi Ljubovic

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Fourth Place, $200 - Sponsored by Berkley, went to Team "The Menu" with a 13.4lb Halibut - Captain John Pye, Angler John Pye

Team "The Menu"
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Some random additional photos:

ATIHC Crew:

Me, my daughter Chelsea, My youngest Miley, their mom Anne, Morgan (Daves daughter), My sister-in-law(always) Melissa and her husband Dave
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One more group shot
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Adi with his two top fish!
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Raffeling off a nice custom wrapped halibut stick donated by John Pye
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One of many giveaways, Team Devilman wins a one year subscription to FishDope, compliments of Jason & Ali here at BD
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Another of Adi with his fish
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Adi will now have his name added to the perpetual Trophy located at Bay Park Fish Co.
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Alright, that's it for now.... gawd I can't believe how long it took to write and put up photos for this post..... Uggggg! LOL


The unknown fisherman:p:
 
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Fishbones

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Awsome job so far Mike. Keep it coming
 
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Tunaslam

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Those are some real quality Butts, what a great showing, congrats to all the winners!
 
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Kareem Korn

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It gets better every year. Thanks Mike & Family, Dave & Melissa for all the work you put into it, it show's.
Great job Adi, your always a threat anytime there's halibut to be caught.

-Tim-
 
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Carl

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    everyone elses
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    Sherm

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    Adi the flattie slayer.....nicely done. Great report and pics. Sorry I was out of town for this one.
     
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    stairman

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    yak and lowe duck hunting skiff but they identify as sportfishing crusiers
    nice fish...sweet to catch one that big any time ..even sweeter in a tourney/
     
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    Mo Betta

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    A few more shots..

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    Some bridge shots looking down. I may have to do shot this again during summer with more light if you guys are interested..

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    Adi...what can I say...

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    Mike, Id say in a few more years your going to need a shotgun...

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    The rest of the photos are here..
    http://frankprice.smugmug.com/
     
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    Mad lamb owns it!

    This is a great tunry........props to all the guys that put it together and thanks for posting it Mike.
     
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    Bank Robber

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    Looks like another great tourney Mike! I'm so bummed I missed it this year! It was the first time I missed it in 4 years :( Oh well there is always next year. Glad you had a nice turn out and lots a nice fish to weigh in.

    Congrats to the guys who took home some big checks! :rockin: :cheers:
     
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    Plus1

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    There is something wrong with a hali and a palm tree in the same pic....
    really wrrrrooonnngggggg


    good tourney !
     
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    FloMar

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    Great report IMO, and the extra pictures are really nice also!!
     
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    c-goat

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    What a bitchen day to be on the water,perfect conditions.
    Look forward to next year.
    Thanks Mike.
     
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    Capt DevilMan

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    tournament was a lot of fun, thanks for the good time mike see you again next year. I will put my fishdope to good use and catch a lot of fish this year! congrats to those that put fish on the scale.
     
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    ?? fisherman

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    WOW, thanks again to all of you guys/gals..... I honestly can't thank you enough for continuing to support this tourny year after year. It's becoming more important to me in a different way now, as my daughters are digging on this and looking forward to it more and more..... it's just a fun time for them.

    For all the rest of us, it has become an after thanksgiving tradition, and it's just really cool and fun seeing a bunch of you guys in the morning as well as later in the day at weigh-ins

    My fishing partner Vince (way back from the first tourny) told me at the weigh-in "You just can't effectively fish this tourny Mike, you're jumping around the boat like a monkey on crack" LOL. He's right man, I wanted badly to fish the best I could and put a good keeper aboard in memory of my buddy Troy, as the tournament was dedicated in his memory this year, but I totally lagged and didn't catch a single fish. My partners managed two small halibut, one sculpin and one calico. Oh well, we tried.

    A giant thanks to Frank "MoBetta" and his son Nate for taking the pics! You guys are awesome! How come when you put up the pics they look so much clearer/crisper than mine? LOL... I told you I didn't have this computer thing down.:) Thanks for doing that!

    Missed ya out there Dean, and I was wondering where you, Rick and a few others were, but then again I know this time of year as well as just the past two years period have been hard on people, and many times some just cant make it due to other obligations. Hope to see you all back next year!

    Thanks again!!


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    LTBOLTMAN

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    Thanks again Mike & crew for a great tourney; always fun to participate; Nice job on the photos Frank & crew...congrats to Adi, wish you would have quit earlier :) and thanks to my crew, Chris and Tim for getting us on the board...see ya next year
     
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    ?? fisherman

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    There's gotta be a good Johnny B story in here somewhere?

    Johnny B, paging Johnny B....... what happened bro, how'd ya do? any missed gaff shots, fell in the water?? Wasssup? :D

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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    ?? fisherman

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    congrats to Adi, wish you would have quit earlier :) and thanks to my crew, Chris and Tim for getting us on the board...see ya next year

    I was thinking about this Leo! Damn bro, I have been there in a few marlin tournys in the past. Sitting there watching the scale and suddenly seeing a fish, or in this case the last fish weighed in beating out yours, Uggggg...... like I said at the weigh-in, I have sweated bullets in that same situation. Just a tad over 5 pounds, just one fish beat you out, but that's tourny fishing.

    As for Adi, damn man, what can I say! I love this guy, he's funny as hell and always has a great attitude! I have watched him fish this tourny hard for a number of years now, and if memory serves me correct, he has weighed in fish on a few occasions, but just always fell short...... well Saturday was finally his day. Congrats Adi!!

    It's kinda cool seeing alot of different teams who have blanked in the past finally connect and place in the tourny.

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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