Kyle Davis landed this huge Little Tunny but had no idea it was a state record at the time.
Photo | Courtesy of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) recently reported on how a local angler “accidentally” set a state fishing record.
According to the story, Kyle Davis of Irvington was taking part in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. When he pulled up a little tunny — also known as a bonito — he first considered using it for bait to attract a shark.
“I was fishing for blackfin tuna in 1,200 feet of water,” Davis told ADCNR. “It was not the location I normally go fishing. I’m only on a 21-foot boat. I pushed 74 miles out. I go out a little farther, and we got into a good school of bonito.
“We were catching them in varying sizes, some like that one. We were cutting them in half to freeze them for bait. We decided to keep that one to turn in at the rodeo. We had no idea we had a state record on board.”
The catch ended up breaking the longest-held record in the Alabama Marine Resources Division’s (MRD) saltwater record book. Davis’ bonito weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. W.A. March Jr. of Mobile set the previous record of 21.0 pounds in 1956.
“If my buddy hadn’t called me the next day and told me it was a state record, it was about to be going out to be used as shark bait,” Davis told ADCNR. “I called and asked the rodeo about it; they said not to do anything with it. Luckily, I still had it in the cooler. By the time they told me they needed the fish, I had it cut in half to get ready to freeze it.”
The story said MRD biologists had plenty of evidence of the catch through the rodeo and confirmed the exact species, which is different from the smaller Atlantic bonito.
Several fishing records have been broken this summer. To read about those and more about the bonito record, visit content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ALDNR/bulletins/2f08854.
Badgers plan sports camps
- The Badgers’ softball team has announced its 2021 Fall Softball Showcase for Saturday, Oct. 23. It will be from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Murray Field on the SHC campus.
High school athletes are invited to take part in the showcase, where they will be exposed to college-level practice and competition. Athletes will be evaluated in all areas of the game including hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, defense and base-running.
Members of the SHC coaching staff and collegiate student-athletes will instruct campers. Participants are encouraged to register online at camps.jumpforward.com/SpringHillSoftball by completing the registration and waiver forms. Campers may also register by mailing the registration form, waiver and camp fee to the address at the top of the form.
The cost of the camp is $135. Checks should be made payable to “SHC Softball” and mailed to the Spring Hill College Softball Office, Attn: Hanna Lythberg, 4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608.
- Head coach Chris Leonardi has announced the date for the 2021 SHC Boys Soccer Fall ID Camp as Saturday, Nov. 20, at Library Field on the SHC campus. The camp will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for high school-aged boys (rising grades 9-12).
The ID camps help college coaches “identify” the best young soccer players. Participants are given a chance to improve their abilities and techniques while gaining insight into NCAA-level coaching.
For $90, participants will take part in a college-style training session and an 11-versus-11 game during their day with the Badgers coaching and training staff. The cost also includes a camp shirt.
Preregistration is available and parental consent is required. For more information, visit camps.jumpforward.com/shcsoccercamps/CampDetail/Index/15876.
UM beach volleyball joins league
The University of Mobile (UM) is one of four schools joining the Sun Conference as an affiliate member in beach volleyball. Along with fellow Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) participant William Carey College, the other schools for the 2022 season are St. Andrews University and Truett McConnell University.
“We are excited to welcome these four new affiliate members to our conference and thankful to the leadership of the respective institutions in working to make this happen,” Sun Conference Commissioner Dustin Wilke told the media. “Each institution adds great value and allows us to strengthen what is already a highly competitive beach volleyball conference.”
The four new additions will join current Sun Conference members Ave Maria, Florida Memorial, Southeastern, St. Thomas, Warner and Webber International to bring the total number of competing schools to 10 in 2022.
The Sun Conference opened its inaugural season in 2021 with Florida Memorial claiming the league’s first title in a 3-1 victory over Webber International in Babson Park, Fla., on March 27.
The Rams played their inaugural season in 2021, competing in six matches, where they finished with an overall 2-4 record. Mobile is under the direction of Jon Campbell, who started the Rams indoor program in 2005.
UM and William Carey are currently the only two schools in the SSAC to sponsor beach volleyball. Therefore, the move to the Sun Conference was necessary for more consistent scheduling. William Carey, located in Hattiesburg, Miss., wrapped up its third season of competition in 2021 by going 6-2.
USA cagers in the pros
FC Bayern München has signed former University South Alabama (USA) men’s basketball forward Augustine Rubit. The Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2013 played in 38 games last season at Zalgiris in the Lithuanian LKL league, where he averaged 7.4 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per contest. He helped lead Zalgiris to win the league title.
Also, former USA women’s basketball standout Antoniette Lewis has signed a professional contract with ACS KSE Targu Secuiesc in Romania. She left her mark in the Mitchell Center as just the third individual in program history to surpass 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 100 blocks in a career.
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