As the sun sets on another summer season, neighbors and friends
of Kismet came together to kick off the first annual Kismet Surf Casting Tournament.
Organized by ‘Rich from Murph's Inn’, the event was an enormous success. Twenty
people signed up to participate, each one receiving this year's tournament
shirt designed by Grady O'Halleran. Upon receiving the t-shirt, participants were
also read the rules and scoring system. Striped Bass is what everyone would be
chasing, with a keeper being worth 5 points, and a short worth 4. A bluefish of
any size would score 3 points. Sea robins, skates and sand sharks were worth 1
could not have asked for better weather for this event. Crystal clear sky, 60° and
sunny with barely a hint of wind. The ocean was calm, and the birds circling
the water just offshore instilled a sense of optimism as everyone hitched up
Participating surfcasters lined the beach as early as 9:30, and at
10:00am, organizer and master of ceremonies 'Rich from Murph’s Inn' sounded the
horn signaling to all surfcasters along the beach to cast their lines. Hunks of
clam, bunker and squid flew through the air like horses bolting out of the gate
at the derby.
Most of the casters stood in disbelief as Mike Nugent reeled
in the first catch of the day within minutes of the opening horn. It was a
32" striped bass earning him 5 points. The action would taper off
throughout the day, but spirits remained high.
Participants and spectators were
even treated to a visit from a seal, who past by just 100 yards off shore. In
the end, Mike “The Nug” Nugent and Johnny “Midnight Oil” Bagels would tie for
first place with “Caveman” Jay coming in third.
Assistant score keeper Olivia Ketcham put her charm to the test
as she took on the task of selling 50/50 raffle tickets up and down the beach
and throughout town to raise money for the Kismet Fire Department. Congratulations
to Erin Feltcamp for pulling in the winning ticket, and we are proud to say
that $430 was donated
to the KFD.
had been growing debate this summer over who makes the best chili in Kismet.
The debate culminated enough interest to establish the First Annual Kismet Chili
Cook-off. There is no better way to end a hard day of fishing than beer and
chili. After heading off the beach, everyone traded in their rods for spoons. Eight
cooks took their best shot. Everyone who attended was given a ballot, a bowl
and a spoon.
competition was tough, but in the end Marianna McGillicuddy of “Murph’s
Inn” won hands down. Her chili was both delicious and unique with just the
right amount of heat. The prize was an apron featuring this year’s chili
cook-oof logo and of course bragging rights (until next year).
great time was had by all. For most of us, this was the last big event of the
season before heading back to the mainland to hibernate for the winter. We hope
this day will remain an annual tradition, growing each year. It was a terrific
way to wrap up the season. Thank you to all who participated, see you next
Ketcham from ‘Sandy Feet’