By Michael C. Bolton
Even hard-hearted people enjoy a heart-warming story now and then. In the world of Alabama outdoors, the pursuit of the state record king mackerel has provided a couple of goodies in recent months.
King mackerel make their runs off the Alabama Gulf Coast in spring and that ritual brings out hard-core fishermen. Old salts with decades on the water live for the moment. Talk of 40-pound-plus kings dominates their lives.
The 2012 king mackerel run began a couple of months ago with Mobile’s Michael J. Kirchler at the top of the record book. The 67-pound, 15-ounce king he caught in 2002 had withstood a decade of challengers. His record appeared untouchable.
Andrew Quinn’s presence didn’t strike fear in anyone. The small 8-year-old from Michigan was on the Alabama coast only to vacation with family and to play in the sand. The fishing trip with the male grown-ups was just gravy. It was his first deep sea fishing adventure ever.
The 68-pound, 3-ounce king mackerel the youngster landed on March 28 aboard the charter boat “Fish Trap” was the largest king mackerel ever caught in the state. The serious king mackerel fishermen could only shake their heads. Click Link Below For Full Story!