Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lizanne Returns to South Jersey

The 58’ Lizanne, an Intensity Boat Works product, makes it home for the first full summer at The Canyon Club Marina. The Intensity Crew will be gearing up for a competitive tournament season with the Lizanne. Come check out the amazing, locally built, custom sportfishing boat.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father’s Day Blue Marlin

It was time for the Lizanne to return from Pirates Cove, NC to her homeport of Cape May, NJ. The Intensity Crew part of which consisted of three generations of Mormile’s departed on a beautiful Friday morning out of Oregon inlet. The plan was to fish their way home to Cape May, NJ by Sunday - Fathers Day.

The fishing started out slow with not much action in the early morning bite. Capt. John noticed some potentially good “Marlin” water roughly 60 miles north of their location forcing the Lizanne to pick up and run. The Crew arrived at the new spot around 11:00AM, which was quickly followed by the “lines in” routine and begun to troll. The new spot had a clear, deep blue and lively presence along with the ‘we’re not alone’ feeling below. After about 30 minutes the Lizanne caught a couple of routine dolphin. Later, around noon time, the ‘we’re not alone’ feeling came to life…“On the right short!” was yelled as the 70 Bent Butt was crushed by a Blue Marlin and quickly disappeared as the crew aimlessly waited. Then the 50 Tuna Rod on the right long was crushed and taken by the Blue Marlin. The action started to heat up!! With the 50 screaming, they cleared lines at warp speed. Bob Mormile, owner and proud father of two, jumped into the chair as the Father’s Day chase began.

With ¾ of a spool out, they started to get back line. Having only 100 lb. leader, they weren’t sure how long it would hold up. As Capt. John chased the Marlin, the crew saw his first jump with the consensus of, ‘big’. It had a lot of girth, and like a simple math problem in a text book, the crew knew in a matter of minutes the solution would soon read, ‘error’. After about 45 minutes of the careful maneuvering by Capt. John, along with the experienced angler of Bob Mormile, they were able to make the first attempt at a release. They came back around on the fish when mate Shane grabbed the leader to complete the catch. “This fish wants nothing to do with us,” said Bob, as the Marlin whipped from the starboard side of the boat and circled the transom. Bob was right, as the Marlin needed to show that he comes with baggage, he bolted up the port side of the boat and stuck his bill in the sporty custom side vent. “Good God!” shouted mate Shane as he let the leader go. Roughly 30 minutes later the crew had the fish at the leader and finally under control. The blue Marlin was at least 500 lbs, and while taking a moment to appreciate this great fish, everyone thought about how this was a great Father’s Day present. Let’s not forget that the Blue wasn’t leaving that party empty handed as the crew watched him swim away with white fiberglass from the sporty vent on the tip of his bill. Congrats team Lizanne on another great day.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

OTAs- Mr. Blue Honored Guest

OTAs 2(Organized Team Activities) Saturday June 5th, 2010 - the Lizanne finally produced it’s first Blue Marlin.

It was a typical day out at Organ Inlet with the wind blowing 20Knots, and the seas at 6’ Perfect Blue Marlin weather. With the blue marlin bite on, the Lizanne set out with one thing on their mind - catch the boats first Blue. On the boat was Bob's long time high school friend, Carlton (Butch) Boon, son Mike Mormile, Kenny, Chapie, Capt. John and mate Shane. After a slow morning with no bites in blended water Capt. John heard reports of some warm water about 20 miles south of our location. It was 10:15 and the crew had to make a decision to stay and work the area, or run and take a gamble on chasing the water. The decision was unanimous: pick up lines and head south in rough head seas. Lizanne made the trip in 45 minutes thanks to the outstanding ride of the custom 'wave form hull' (see website).

With lines in, the crew produced their first dolphin in 30 minutes; shortly after, Carlton reeled the second dolphin in the new spot. Following the ''Gaffers' ball'', Capt John yelled from the bridge, "Marlin on the left teaser!" Fashionably late Mr. Blue showed up approx. 12:30pm with his tuxedo on and shiny black shoes. Let the party begin...as the crew took to their spots trying to feed the marlin an appetizing lunch. For 300 yards the marlin followed the spread until Capt John took control. From the bridge, in the shot gun, John hooked Mr. Blue as Mike Mormile jumped in the chair and strapped in. Let the dance begin...1 hour later, Mike had the Blue Marlin to the boat. It was around 300 lbs and all heart. Shane and Bob removed the hook, revived the Marlin as they sent him back to dance another day. Bob explains the experience, "It was a great moment for all, as our mission was accomplished. Thanks to Capt John for a great move to some of the prettiest blue water I have seen in a while."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

OTA's Week 1

The first mini fishing trip of 2010 produced two nice yellow-fin tuna. It was a short fish day, as Bob's guests were flying in that night for the next day fishing trip. To begin OTAs, (Organized Team Activities), Bob invites high school friend, Sam Young, and friend Todd to kick off the season. Sam and Todd arriving in style as they deplane from naval pilot Sam Young's private plane on Saturday night. Excited for the following day of fishing in the very active waters of Organ Inlet, Sam informed the crew that he had a fishing curse, in which every time he has gone fishing he has never caught a fish. The crew all laughed and told him not to worry- 'tomorrow will be your day'. The next day, the Lizanne set out in 6’ seas, with the wind blowing 15 to 20 knots. Perfect hard-nose North Carolina fishing was the mind set of the crew as the excitement level rose . . .

-6:00am - 12:00pm..........Nothing
-12:00pm – 4:00pm............Nothing

The crew of the Lizanne, Sam, and Todd, pulled into the dock back a Pirates Cove after a long day of fishing. It was official Sam cursed the day of fishing and not only the Lizanne boat, but two thirds of the fleet as well. The crew was without a single knockdown all trip.