Thursday, October 8, 2009

Got White Flags??

Usually, the September White Marlin bite is like none other and this year proves no different. The Lizanne decided to stay at Sunset Marina in OC Maryland another week following the Challenge Cup. This decision would later be describe as the best call a captain could make.

Later that week, White Marlin release whispers of boats producing single day numbers in the twenties had the crew heading out. That day, the Lizanne had the best day a fishing crew could imagine. White Marlin was in abundance and there was no sign of slowing down. The Lizanne released 12 Whites and should have had another 7, meanwhile seeing at least 30 tailing…

Great Day for a fisherman and glad to see the White Marlin numbers do exist. Thanks to conservation awareness and circle hooks the fatality rate is low and hopefully the trend & numbers continues for years to come.

Monday, September 28, 2009

2009 Challenge Cup

The Lizanne headed to Ocean City, Maryland for the 2009 Challenge Cup between Ocean City, Md Marlin Club and Cape May, Nj Marlin and Tuna Club. Host by Ocean City Tuna Marlin Club and Sunset Marina, the two day event brought the best fishing boats together for the crown of top offshore club. The White Marlin bite was hot which produced release numbers equal to lasts years tournament. Total Billfish released was 207 in just two days.

Cape May won the tournament with 6675 total points to keep the Cup. The Lizanne was proud to contribute as one of the top six boats points taken for the tournament finishing 5th with 675 points. Congrats to all the top boats.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mid-Atlantic 2009

The LizAnne, Intensity Boat Works first build, was present in their first major tournament, Mid-Atlantic $500,000, since being commissioned back in March 09'. The Mid-Atlantic $500,000 is a prestigious marlin tournament fished by the best which takes place in South Jersey and is hosted by The Canyon Club. The LizAnne crew consisted of owner Capt. Bob Mormile Jr, Captain John Ball, Bob Mormile Sr, Russell DiGiallorenzo of the Buzz Kill, Greg Alfonsi, son's Mike and Andrew Mormile and mates Shane and Paul.
The preparation alone for these tournaments is something that you can only see for yourself. Captain John accompanied by mates Shane and Paul rip through boxes of baits, re-spoil reels, and test the drags as they try to prevent any unforced errors. The tournament ranges for five days and each boat chooses three of them to fish. The LizAnne choose to fish Day 1, Day 2 and Day 4 base on the weather.
Day 1 The LizAnne decided to head North and went 2/2 on White Marlin.
Day 2 Traveled North once again and saw 3, releasing 2 white marlin.
Day 4 With rumored success South, the LizAnne followed and went 1/2 on White Marlin.

All and all it was a great tournament for the LizAnne, despite not producing a 'money fish', who was able really test the fishablity of the custom Intensity Work.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

White Marlin Open 09' - Team 'Covert Mission'

Despite 'LizAnne’s' absents from the esteemed White Marlin Open due to scheduling conflicts, owner Bob Mormile partnered up with owner Jim McCarthy of the Covert Mission to go after the big prize money offered in Ocean City Maryland.

The partners consisted of four boat owners: Jim McCarthy of the ‘Covert Mission’, Jim Miner of the ‘Judge’, Bob Mormile of the ‘LizAnne’, and Don Gentillini of the ‘Super Crew’.

It was an electrifying week of fishing for the crew of the Covert Mission who were able to seek out action each day they fished. Day 1 the crew went three of four white marlin to put them in the top range of the release category. Day 2 released two whites on a slower fish day but still able to remain in contention.
The drama came down on the last fish day with some big decisions to be made for the Convert Mission team. With a state record Blue Marlin at 1,062lbs and a 93.5lbs white marlin, biggest catch in 20 years, at the top of the leader boards it was a unanimous decision to continue the quest for the Most Release white marlin category.
Day 3: The conditions were less than desirable with 15 to 20 knot winds and seas ranging 4 to 6 feet as the Convert Mission’s morning started out slow with no action. Capt Keith Greenberg was pondering a move with only four hours to go in the tournament that would be considered a ‘Captain’s Sense.’ With no real indicators of desirable water or positive reports from the fleet, Keith made a risky move based on years of experience. Roughly 10 minutes into the new spot, a couple white marlins showed up and the team quickly hooked and released a double. The team’s energy level was running high and the focus could have been comparable to that of a playoff game in the 4th quarter with two minutes to go. Capt. Keith continued to work the area hard with their next White hook up and release 54 minutes later. With only an hour and a half left in the tournament the Covert Mission was three for three on white marlin which put them right back in the hunt. With 15 minutes left in the final day they were able to hook up with another white; knowing that releasing this white could be the difference between in or out of the money, Capt. Keith directed the crew to clear the lines in order ensure a clean fight. Once the white was released the final day came to an end with the crew of the Covert Mission going 4/4 on Day 3.

To sum it up for the tournament the Covert Mission had nine White Marlin which put them into prize money:
First- Daily Release Category for Friday
Third- Release Overall Category.

"What a great Friday. Great job Captain Keith Greenberg and the team of the Covert Mission for a memorable week at the White Marlin Open."

Tight Lines
Capt. Bob

Friday, July 31, 2009

Enjoying the podium, anyway they can...

The Lizanne had another impressive tournament outing at the White Marlin Invitational hosted by Stone Harbor Yacht Club, NJ. The Lizanne was randomly teamed with 2 other boats, The Covert Mission and the Intuition, for the team portion of the 2 day tournament which seemed to be the right recipe. Each boat was able to hold their own by releasing 3 white marlin a piece for a tournament total of 9 white marlins. The team effort elevated them to an overall first place team trophy. Meanwhile, the Lizanne missed 3rd place overall individually by 25 minutes in a close finish.

Day 1
Saw one white marlin and released 2 whites. Angler's Greg Alfonsi and Bob Mormile.

Day 2
Slow day throughout with a couple moves while still being able to release one white marlin. Angler Bob Mormile.

'In the Pit' with Bob Mormile

Stone Harbor White Marlin Invitational

Day 1

The fishing was slow during the first morning for the Lizanne. We had our first white marlin up in the spread at 10:00 but the fish was not interested. Afternoon came around with no luck so we made a 10 mile move at 1:00 that proved to save the day. The first white came into the spread at 1:30 which raised the excitement level to quickly hook and release him. About an hour later a second white surfaced and we were able to hook & release him with a great team effort. Once day one was complete the crew and I were able to look back in excitement for the first white marlin caught on the Lizanne. It was a great moment for everyone.

Day 2

The second day was slow for us as well and weren't seeing anything all morning. We took a gamble and chased some water up north with no success. Made a late day move south and inshore that proved to salvage the day with raising & hooking a white and releasing shortly after.

My special thanks to the team of the Lizanne as they all did a great job. This was a especially impressive due to the fact that we are still working out the fishing kinks on the new boat and testing the new dredge set ups. Great job Capt. John for taking the risk on the late day moves to restore the day and put us into the fish. The one thing I can say so far is that the Lizanne is definitely 'luring the fish'

Tight Lines

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LizAnne - First Tournament, First Place

Intensity Boat Works was well represented in the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club Tournament- Shockley Off-Shore- as the LizAnne takes 1st Place in the Heaviest Tuna Category with a 140lb Blue Fin. LizAnne crew member Mike Mormile was the lucky angler in the chair for the trophy fish and once leadered received a team effort from the crew. The Shockley Off-Shore was the first tournament entered for the just splashed LizAnne and while its still to early make any major predictions for the coming tournament season, lady luck seems to start on their side.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Intensity Boat Works airs on Cable TV

Intensity Boat Works received recognition on Hull 1, 58' LizAnne, from Master Entertainment Group during the 09' Miami Boat Show. The production aired on the Versus Channel a couple months back and now will be airing on the Sun Sports Channel in Florida for 5 days. Catch the airing listed below to see what we are all about...

7/14/09 - 6:00pm
7/16/09 - 10:00am
7/17/09 - 10:00pm
7/18/09 - 9:00am
7/19/09 - 11:00pm

Monday, June 22, 2009

Intensity Boat Works In Magazine

Intensity Boat Works receives publication from Big Game Fishing Journal for the May/June Issue in 'Just Splashed'. Check it out....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gaffer's in OBX

The 'LizAnne', working her way home to South Jersey, makes a stop in Privates Cove, OBX. The Intensity Crew: Capt. John, Capt. Bob, Mike and Andrew, with mate Shane; takes time to introduce 'LizAnne' to the lively waters of OBX.

The Crew fished 2 days and were able to box 10+ gaffer's with one weighting in at 30lbs brought in by Andrew.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Chance to Reminisce - Bahamas Part 1

As we all get older we tend to get caught in the hectic fast paced lifestyle that life ends up dealing us. The years seem to fly-by and life becomes more complicated. For Bob Mormile, founder of Intensity Boatworks, the Lizanne gives him a chance to stop life in its tracks and enjoy his hobby at his own pace. Although it’s not always about the boat building and intense fishing for Bob; it’s also having the chance to enjoy memorable moments and reminisce about the good ol’days.
Similar to the most recent trip, the Maiden Voyage, it was back to the Bahamas. However, the Maiden Voyage purpose was to begin the life of the Lizanne, this trip was to celebrate the life and achievements of a group of friends. With that said Bob Mormile will narrate the trip as he saw it in his eyes.

“At times when the days seem to get long and hard I am always able to ground myself by remembering the days of my youth and the long term friendship that I have maintained over the years. This trip was special to me because one of my high school buddies was turning 50, the first in our group to reach this milestone. We designed the celebration to be a surprise for our friend. The plan was to have him kidnapped and taken away not knowing the destination. Both of my friends are not avid fisherman but have fished before. For me this trip wasn’t as mush about the fishing but the memories of spending time with old friends. After a month of planning the day, Wednesday April 29th, finally came. Steve (the birthday boy) was asked by my friend Scott to take him to the airport. As they continued to the airport, accompanied by Steve’s wife, Steve was just thinking he was doing a favor. When they pulled up to the airport Scott and Steve got out of the car to unload Scott’s luggage. The last bag was unloaded from the trunk, as the plan stated, Steve’s wife pulled away from the curb leaving the guys behind. Steve saw his wife pull away without him when he said, “what the f....k,” and at that moment Scott handed him an airline ticket, a passport and a birthday card. Still uncertain about what was going on Scott said, “Steve, follow me and don’t ask any questions.”

When they entered the airport and headed towards security I was coming up the elevator toward them. Timing couldn’t have be any better as I saw my friend Steve standing there confused and bewildered I hugged him and said, “follow us.” Once we entered the terminal and Steve saw the screen for West Palm Beach. We briefed him on the itinerary to head to the Bahamas on the Lizanne as the level of excitement rose and the surprise was completed successfully.

Check back for Part 2....

A Chance to Reminisce - Bahamas Part 2


We arrived in West Palm Beach, Florida that night and headed straight to the Yard House for drinks, dinner and a little catching up. The following morning, Thursday, we left port for the Bahamas. The marine forecast was a little dicey with reported winds SSE 10-15 seas 4 ft at 6 sec. dropping off as we get closer to the Bahamas. Well wouldn’t you know it - the reports were a off. Winds 15-23 knots seas 5-6-with some 7 ft mixed in. Capt John managed a conformable ride around 18-20 knots for the first 40 miles after that we got some relief. As we approached the West End we decided to catch some dinner. So we anchored up and caught some fairly good size yellowtail. After we cleared customs we cleaned the boat and settled in and Capt John prepared dinner Yellowtail, Lobster and Asparagus. I prepared the sushi. All setting up for a great evening of stories and laughs.

The next morning we awoke and headed out of port toward Port Lucaya. Along the way we stop quickly to bottom fish with not much success for dinner, all the fish we caught were too small or not good fair. After pulling into port we cleaned up the boat and headed into town. The night was full of great times a meeting new people.

The following morning my two friends needed a break from the water and wanted to chill on the beach. So off they went while Capt John, First Mate Paul and I went fishing. This was w little disappointing for me because my vision was to have Steve catch the biggest fish he ever caught for his birthday and capture that moment with a picture, but it wasn’t about me after all this was his day. We ran out about 20 miles and started to troll, picked up some Dolphin and then proceeded back to port early so I could get back to my friends. After happy hour we cooked up fresh Maui and conch cakes accompanied with sushi. That night we celebrated my friends 50th with all the local festivities. We met many interesting people and told great stories that made the night a memorable event, as you can see I also got my picture to somewhat complete my memory of the day.

As I captained the Lizanne back to port on Sunday my high school friends of over 35 years accompanied me on the bridge. At that time Capt John And First mate Paul took a well deserved nap in the salon. During the 75-mile trip home we listened to the best of the 60's & 70's music and reminisced of the trips events. During the periods of silence I looked at each of them Jamming to good tunes with just the open sea around us and thought, it just doesn’t get any better that this. I have been fortunate over the years to in many ways but to have life long friends is priceless…”

Tight Lines Capt. Bob

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Intensity Boat Works on Verses Channel

Intensity Boat Works received recognition from Master Entertainment Group during the 2009 Miami Boat Show. MEG, who produces TV programs for SUN Sports, Verses, and ESPN2, routinely attends boat shows to cover and find boats or products that stand out in the crowd.

MEG spotlighted Intensity Boat Woks and will air:

Verses Channel on Monday, April 13 at 1:30pm

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Maiden Voyage Part 3

Now that the first fish was recorded and in the fish box it was time to relax and enjoy the rest of the fishing trip. That day the crew of the ‘LizAnne’ boxed 3 Wahoo and 3 Dolphin; as well as hooking up to a sailfish and shark by surprise. All and all it was a great fishing day and the weather couldn’t have been any better. ‘LizAnnes’ port #2 was Port Lucaya around Freeport area. Port Lucaya was a much more populated Marina and a very popular fishing spot. To some it is the hub of the Grand Bahamas for fishing and for college students it was known as Spring Break 09. As ‘LizAnne’ pulled into her slip the surroundings were lively with yachts, loud music and chanting college student as the typical scene. Being the newbie’s all eyes were on the boat as they pulled in. Once the detailing and fish cleaning was done, everyone was ready for a well deserved cocktail and some fresh caught raw and cooked fish.

The Final results for the next day of fishing was 6 Dolphin on an exciting time. Everybody had a chance to contribute in the action and no body was left out of the fights. With the trip concluded as the first- it will begin as the start of many that this sport fishing boat will face. All and all it was a great trip and the crew and family of 'LizAnne' can finally label this boat with a 'FISHING' stamp.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Maiden Voyage Part 2

Day 2

Fish Day. As the ‘LizAnne’ left port on the first fish day there seemed to be a feeling of anxiety in the air as everyone kept to themselves. Each crew member knew this day would be the day of the first fish caught, but nobody wanted to seem overconfident. When the call for “lines in” came you could tell there was a bit of confusion. Mike and Andrew paced from port to starboard anticipating lending a hand as Captain John, who was handling the cockpit at the time, was hustling around the rods, dropping the riggers, and throwing the baits. Capt John seemed very comfortable navigating himself around the bait boxes and fighting chair, then again he did build the boat, as Mike and Andrew tried to find their place. Breaking in and finding your way around a boat that had never been fished is tough, comparing it to buying a new truck and driving it across country trying to figure out where the best place to put your soda and which compar
tment holds the coins. It’s an adjustment that will take time as you fish more.

Once all the lines were in it became a waiting game. It was already predetermined that Bob Sr. would be reeling in the first fish. Some of the crew became nervous when Sr. began to practice catching the big fish while quoting a fishing show he saw, “you need to put your rod
tip down and pump the rod back and forth.” He was blind to the idea of circle hooks and its benefits. With that said the moment finally came; Capt John was checking the bait on the flat line as he began to reel. With a loud shout you heard, “FISH ON,” and the crew took position. Mike and Andrew starting to clear the major lines and Bob Sr., coming out of the salon [kitchen], rushing over to take the rod. When he was reeling in you could tell it wouldn’t be a long fight. No one was too sure what it could be until Bob Jr. yelled, “it’s a Wahoo,” from the helm. The crew prepared the deck to gaff the fish. “Flap, Flap, Flap” was the sound as the 20lb Wahoo was hitting the deck. A congratulations and a sign of relief was felt from the crew of the ‘LizAnne’.

When the fish was tamed and ready to be held, the cockpit turned into the red carpet. Champagne, video, and digital cameras came out as each crew member took turns with the famous Wahoo. If anyone was watching they would have thought the crew caught the world record as they celebrated the catch.

Check back for part 3….

Monday, March 16, 2009

Maiden Voyage Part 1

When Captain John Ball took a look at the extended forecast for the Bahamas it was not looking good for the ‘LizAnne’ Maiden Voyage Fishing Trip. A low pressure system that swept through the east coast and the Caribbean still had rough seas lingering. Anyone who has passed thought the Gulf Stream knows that it could be an unpleasant trip if you catch it at the wrong time. Owner Bob Mormile who was closely tuned to the forecast as well said, “It would be a game time decision on where we take her.” Regardless of the forecast the preparations for the Fishing Maiden Voyage still had to carry on. Appointed mates, and sons, Mike and Andrew Mormile got all the preparations needed from boat detail to previsions. As the morning came, Captain John and Bob looked at buoy weather with immense anticipation. After talking it over the announcement came and it was decide that the trip to the Bahamas will continue as planned. Once the call was made the crew of the ‘LizAnne’ quickly completed the final touches and headed out.


‘LizAnne’ left port and hit the inlet of Palm Beach, Andrew Mormile brought an ancient ritual to the crew’s attention when launching a ship. He explained, “The Greeks called on their gods to protect the seamen and the ships as they launched. The most notable Greek god of the sea was Poseidon; he should be honored with a symbol of a blessing.” The blessing was a bottle of red wine to honor the Gods and as the boat hit the inlet Andrew began to pour the wine into the ocean after taking a drink himself to salute the Gods.

After the superstitions the trip was finally underway. Captain Bob Mormile steered the ‘LizAnne’ across the Gulf Stream heading straight into 20-30 knot winds and 3’-5’ seas. He averaged 20-25 knots as she pierced her way into the Caribbean on course to the boats port #1, West End Grand Bahamas. The West End is one of the first ports coming across the Gulf from Palm Beach. It is very small and not much around other than a couple slips, beach, and a hotel. After going through the long process of registering and going through customs, the crew decided to prepare for the next day fishing and call it a night.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

‘LizAnne’ takes the Fishing Maiden Voyage

Intensity Boat Works family will be taking the fishing maiden voyage this weekend, March 7-10. The crew consists of Captain John Ball, Owner Bob Mormile Jr., father Bob Mormile Sr. and sons of owner Mike and Andrew Mormile. The destination is still undecided and a tossup between Bahamas, Key West or West Palm Beach. Regardless, the weather is supposed to be great and the anticipation is INTENSE…..

Check Back for Updates

‘LizAnne’ gets the spotlight for IBW

Intensity Boat Works received recognition from Master Entertainment Group during the 2009 Miami Boat Show. MEG, who produces TV programs for SUN Sports, Verses, and ESPN2, routinely attends boat shows to cover and find boats or products that stand out in the crowd. The Miami Boat Show offers various types of unique boats and top products in the fishing and boating industry. When IBW received word that MEG is interested in producing a 3min spot on the ‘Lizanne’ their first reaction was in excitement; quickly followed by, “holy shit.”

Upon anticipation of production, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, IBW walked through how we would present the beauty of ‘LizAnne.’ They had everything prepared from who will talk about which area and what need to be said. Once the film crew and host came on board we gave them a quick tour. Leading to the start of filming, the Host realized there was no way they could cover all this boat has to offer in 3 minutes. MEG was so impressed with IBW’s story that they increased the 3 minutes spot to a 30 minutes full show segment. When the last ‘take’ was filmed everyone was on cloud nine. The feeling of being notice for all the hard work and sweat that you put into a project like this finally pays off. It seemed to be a great experience to even go through the process, even if it doesn’t hit the main stream. Any exposure is better than no exposure and especially if you are just entering a competitive industry like IBW.

As of now, IBW is unsure when the piece will air. There is still more filming that is going to be done at their corporate location in Philadelphia to show the parts and components division.IBW is told that it will air at least once on the Verses channel and three times on the SUN sports channel in Florida. Check back for further updates on an exact times for the segment.

2009 Miami Boat Show

A few weeks removed from the 2009 Miami Boat Show Intensity Boat Works is thrilled with the responses giving from the builders and fishing enthusiasts alike. ‘Lizanne’ had her first big test in the travels down from North Palm Beach to Miami with 4’-6’ seas going straight into 15-20+ winds. To say the least she handled so delicately without breaking stride. I believe she earned a mutual respect during the travel down by gracefully passing the Vikings and Oceans alike.

During the entire show the weather was beautiful and the traffic of people was steady throughout. IBW saw interest from several parties both nationally and internationally. If we could quote a majority of people that came by the boat it was a consistent, “I have never seen a boat with so much shape.” Also, we have had a great reaction on our parts and components section from boat manufactures and custom builders. Attention was grabbed upon hearing the fact the Toe Rail was machined and shaped with our CNC router. Our hand craftsmanship teamed with our in-house CNC machinery really showed in the finished product overall. Another big hit was our A/V Crestron unit from Judge AV. Those who aren’t familiar the Crestron unit controls our entire audio/visual components from one central station. We have the ability to lower/raise our mechanical shades in the salon, choose any tune of our liking with either satellite radio or IPod, view electronics from the helm right on the Salon TV and dial into hundreds of channels through satellite TV or DVD.

Intensity Boat Works would like the thank everyone who stopped by the boat to make a great showing. A special thanks to Judge AV for helping us put the best high-tech boat together we could build and Applied Concepts Unleashed for continuing to help us think outside the box.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Our Inaugural Post

Welcome to Intensity Boat Works' blog. We are excited to launch this site, which will serve as an on-line portal into our daily operations. As regularly as possible, we plan to update this site with: boat appearance announcements, images from construction, fishing updates, tournament coverage and more. Stay tuned as we share more information concerning Intensity Boat Works.

Thanks for stopping by. We look forward to seeing more of you . . .