When cold fronts descend on Florida’s Atlantic coastline, the sailfish bite goes into free-spool. And for some reason, the Silver Sailfish Derby seems to always take place just at the right time.
The first day of the 75th annual Derby kicked off yesterday, January 5th, and literally shattered every record in the book. The fleet of 46 boats released a total of 659 sailfish in one day!
As of 1:20 p.m., the fleet had released 422 sailfish, shattering the best single day ever record during any previous three-day Derby. The previous record was 397 set in the 2006 Derby by 50 boats.
Thirty-six of the boats in the event caught 10 or more sailfish on the day!
If you do the math, there were 480 minutes in the fishing day, which equates to an average of 1.37 sailfish caught per minute. The radio crew deserves a raise for keeping their cool and recording all those catches.
When the dust finally settled, the crew on Get Lit with Capt. Quinton Dieterle scored the most releases with a total of 36 sails on the day. Weez In the Keys with Capt. Ray Rosher tallied 28 on the day and Emotional Rescue with Stedman Birch at the helm released 25.
Scott Robbins led the angler division with 13 releases followed by Bill Danko with 12 and Peter Miller, also with 12.
The fleet left the sails biting and in the first hour of Day Two, 65 releases were already on the scoreboard.
The Silver Sailfish Derby is the oldest consecutively held billfish tournament in the world, now celebrating its 75th year. The tournament is run by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, which was established in 1934. We’ll keep you posted on how this one turns out.
For more tournament information visit westpalmbeachfishingclub.org/silver-sailfish-derby.