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Today was the first annual Broadkill Brawl Fall Fishing Tournament

Surf anglers met today at the Broadkill Store at Broadkill Beach for their first annual Broadkill Brawl Fall Fishing Tournament. It was dark at 6 AM with that pale grey overcast light you get on a fall morning with not so clear skies, it was a little muggy almost. Which led to anticipating a little rain later in the morning, the rain never came. But thirty-four surf anglers met on the beach to compete for prizes, bragging rights, and have a great time.

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The Broadkill Brawl surf anglers getting set up and ready to fish, looking north

The surf was low and an outgoing tide, and the water was a little milky grey. The water was still stirred up from Hurricane Teddy storm surge. But that wasn’t going to stop these folks, some participating in a surf fishing tournament for the first time. A lot of friends and families gathered to surf fish and have some fun. There was three hundred yards of beach to choose plenty of surf fishing space. Everyone spread out. Us judges had some walking to do, let’s hear it for the boys bringing the big cart. Thankfully everyone fished within under two hundred yards, we didn’t have to walk a lot.

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The Broadkill Brawl surf anglers getting set up and ready to fish, looking north

Like any tournament, my first concern always is please someone catch a fish> I hate pulling raffle tickets for prize places. Sue Wagner caught a pompano early in the first hour and we were ready to score more fish. She released it for the extra points, I wanted to grill it. Then after that a lot of small fish not meeting the size requirements were being caught. A kingfish was scored, Mike decided to keep it. “I’m not releasing that fish, it is one fat taco!” It is the anglers choice to release a fish for the extra point or keep it. We use that extra point to encourage and promote catch and release. I’d have kept that one too, to go with the pompano. I might have to give extra points instead, to feed a judge. The last couple of hours of the tournament the ten inch bluefish moved into the surf.
BB surf angler … “I looked at dad and said man I got it, I got the winning fish! Then I reeled in a ten inch bluefish.”

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Sue Wagner’s pompano that started the day’s catches off

The tide was dropping, the clouds were breaking up and the breeze picked up. Won’t be any rain today. We watched a storm cross the Delaware bay, we wouldn’t be getting wet today. The the clouds broke and the sun came out with a nice breeze to boot. Perfect beach day. The entre neighborhood dropped by throughout the day to see how their neighbors and friends were doing in the Broadkill Brawl. I don’t think I have ever seen that many or any spectators for a surf fishing tournament.
It was a fun, family and neighborly feeling, which is what Broadkill Beach’s neighborhood is all about. I’ve never had this much fun running a tournament, and this wasn’t DSF’s tournament. I was just there to help, judge, and as a sponsor.
The food was and is amazing from the Broadkill Store as always. Unfortunately tomorrow is their last day open for the season. I highly recommend everything.

Broadkill Brawl surf fishing tournament
Broadkill Brawl surf fishing tournament
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We also raised a hundred and fifty dollars for Frets 4 Vets. We always raise money for this organization with tournaments. A great way to give back to the community.
The Broadkill Store today also gave out bags and told everyone if they picked up trash and brought it up to the shop for a free ice cream cone. A tradition they are looking at continuing for next year all season long. Something I have been trying to get many beach town businesses to do. Provide a five gallon bucket and get beach visitors to pick up trash in exchange for a free coffee or something. Great way to clean a beach and promote cleaner beaches.

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Ed Hilligoss headed to check a score on the north side of the beach

Next year we are going to help the Broadkill Store host a spring and a fall tournament. Look for the first one in May, probably the second weekend. I have to do May The Fish Be With You the first weekend. The Broadkill Store will close the next season again with the second annual Broadkill Brawl. Now I just have to come up with a catchy name for the spring tournament. We also came up with another great idea for a fun event for everyone to check out in the spring. Those details will be coming later. I have to find a few of those large unicorn rafts, the really big ones. Stay Tuned.

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Best homemade surf cart ever! A ice fishing sled with kayak wheels set up for surf fishing.

Huge thanks to the Hilligoss family for not only keeping the Broadkill store going for the whole neighborhood. But also the opportunity to work together on a couple really fun surf fishing tournaments. I am already looking forward to next year. Broadkill beach is a fun place to hang out. I stayed there several years ago for a few months and just loved the place and people.
Joel Bossert today … “Wait, I just won a hundred and fifty bucks for catching bait?”
“Yes, yes you did, you’re going to Sizzler!”

Watching Joel fish was hilarious. Holding his rod on his shoulder, his back to the surf. While we all talked all day and occasionally he would reel in a fish.
“Ooooo … ooo … nope that’s a crab” … and he would reel a bit.
“OOooo … ooo … waaaaiiittt for it … yeah that’s a hit, hold on” … and then he would turn around and reel in a seven inch puppy drum. Great times today hanging with Joel and everyone. I haven’t seen a lot of these folks in a while.

First Place … John Sill
Second Place … Michael Gibson
Third Place … Joel Bossert
Fourth Place … Tom Coffey
Fifth Place … Sue Wagner
Sixth Place … Jeff Ceraso
Seventh Place … Eric Allen


Largest fish … Michael Gibson .. DS Custom Tackle surf package and that huge Coca Cola polar bear

First Place … John Sill Second Place … Michael Gibson Third Place … Joel Bossert Fourth Place … Tom Coffey Fifth Place … Sue Wagner Sixth Place … Jeff Ceraso Seventh Place … Eric Allen

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