With Atlantic sailfish swarming the coast of southern Florida, conditions looked prime for a hot bite in this year’s Sea Vee/Mercury Mayor’s Cup in Miami. Fishing, however, proved to be tough for most of the fleet, except for a few outstanding teams that put up impressive numbers. With winds out of the south, conditions were less than perfect for the fleet that was fishing with hopes of winning a chunk of the more than $100,000 prize purse.
Teams reportedly tried everything to get a good bite, they switched baits, switched leader color, switched kite styles and sinker weights — anything they could to get the slightest edge over the competition. “We worked harder in this tournament than any other in recent memory,” said Peter Miller who fishes with Get Lit.
On the first day of fishing the tournament fleet released 66 sails with team Sea Vee fishing aboard Kimbuktu leading all teams with eight releases. Wound Up, Get Lit and Night Prowler trailed the leaders. With a slow bite, the teams were excited to hear the weather predictions for Sunday — north winds at 15 to 20 knots — perfect sailfish weather!
The second day of fishing lived up to the expected hype. Teams logged doubles and triples up and down the line. The leads in each division changed several times with teams leapfrogging each other almost every few minutes. Then midday came and it seemed as if a magical fishing switch was turned off. The fleet went almost two hours without reporting a release. Boats radio-checked just to make sure they weren’t having some technical issues and that the silence was just that — silence. Banter across the teams dominated the airwaves until the bite started up again.
J’s Crew and Sandman made moves, with five and six releases respectively. For a short time it seemed that big boat division leader Get Lit would be overtaken, but a last-minute double-header padded their lead and they finished the Mayor’s Cup with 16 releases enough for first place. Wound Up finished second with 12 and Crook & Crook closed out the top three with nine.
In the small-boat division Night Prowler won top honors with 11 releases ahead of Team Sea Vee on Kimbuktu with eight releases. J’s Crew also finished with eight releases. Top Female angler honors went to Sandra MacMillan aboard Sandman with four releases.
This is the second year in a row that Get Lit won The Cup and will take it back to Coral Gables’ Mayor Jim Cason. The perpetual cup will sit in city hall until next year when it’s put for grabs again. For complete standings and catch-by-catch detail visit www.MayorsCupTournament.com.