The captains in saltwater fly fishing tournaments often walk away with a simple ‘thanks’ after helping their anglers grab the phat loot. But Webster “Web” Young, a Chicago fly-fisher who won the 2007 Abel On Your Honor Tarpon Tournament, felt that Dan Malzone deserved to own the Super 13 reel that he won in last year’s event, and after spending two days watching his reward being made, shipped it off to Florida captain. “On Your Honor” indeed.
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January 8, 2008
ABEL 2007 TARPON WINNER WATCHES PRIZE REEL MADE
CAMARILLO, Calif. – Webster “Web” Young, a Chicago fly-fisher who won the 2007 Abel On Your Honor Tarpon Tournament, spent two days at the firm’s precision machine shop in mid-December watching a new Super 13 being made.
Young, together with his longtime fishing companion, Henry T. Cannon, Germantown, Tennessee, was flown to the Abel factory and given an extensive factory tour by shop foreman and vice president Glen Krapff and director of sales Jeff Patterson. Over two days they witnessed their grand prize reel being cut from 6061-T aluminum bar stock, precision machined on a CNC lathe and mill, hand polished, anodized, assembled and finally engraved to their specifications. The prize, including the all-expense trip to California, was valued at about $3,000, according to Don R. Swanson, president.
Young selected the Super 13 as his reward for the 140-pound tarpon caught in early June in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Homosassa, Fla..
And, he’s giving the reel to his guide, Capt. Dan Malzone. “I’d have never have hooked or landed the tarpon without Capt. Dan,” said Young.
Entries in the 2008 On Your Honor Tarpon Tournament are now being accepted.
The winner and a guest will be flown to California, hosted by Abel, and given the reel of his or her choice. The winner will watch the progression of their personal reel being precision machined, anodized and finished. Value of the prize is approximately $3,000.
Rules of the contest are –
All fish must be caught on Abel Reels and released as quickly as possible.
Entrants must forward one or more clear digital photos of the fish, together with the following information –
– Name, address, phone and e-mail of the angler;
– Name, address, phone and e-mail of the guide service or lodge (if any);
– Best guesstimate of the weight of the tarpon utilizing a recognized formula of length and girth;
– Date of the catch;
– Abel reel model used;
– Location of the catch.
All entries must be caught after January 1 and posted by July 31.
For complete 2008 Abel On Your Honor Tarpon Tournament rules and information, contact Abel at www.abelreels.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 866 511 7444.