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Weather and Seas Favor Kingfish Tournament | SLIDESHOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The fish were biting at the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament today.

The general tournament got underway this morning, and plenty of fisherman found what they were looking for out on the water.

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"Most of the King Fish Tournaments, most of 'em I've fished in," said Glen Hodges.

He is dedicated to the King Fish Tournament, and it paid off early on. He was at the top of the leaderboard for his 30-pound kingfish for a while this afternoon, but it didn't come easy.

"Tense for a while.  We haven't been catching fish, especially the bigger ones. So we didn't know what it was going to do," he said.

The biggest kingfish at the end of the day weighed in at 43 pounds, but that comes nowhere near the tournament record of 55 a few years back.

Fishermen said the water has been colder than usual this time of year, keeping the big fish away, but that recent heat wave we've had has brought them back.

"The last couple days weather temperature changed, east wind, we have a lot of warm water come in to the beach so, we're hoping they're out there," said Chairman Jim Suber.

At the end of the day, angler's brought in 104 fish, but there were fewer boats out on the water than in years past.

"We're a little bit low on our numbers this year. That has a lot to do with a lot of variables. The economy, the gas. There's a lot of things that come in to play," said Suber.

They are still getting big crowds out to watch the fish weigh in and he's hoping the angler's can deliver.

"This is an economic driver for the city of Jacksonville, and it's also a tradition," he said.

He's also hoping the weekend will help draw crowds, with fireworks capping off the tournament Sunday night at 10pm.


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