The 2015 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown proved to be a tournament of many firsts. Team In-2-Bait won their first ever tournament in the PBSC summer series, Blue Moon/Shameless claimed their first ever Showdown Crown title as the top team of the season and COB Too caught the heaviest fish of the tournament with the oldest angler in the field on board their boat.
The Saltwater Showdown is the final leg in the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and the last opportunity for teams to stake their claim on a piece of the tournament purse. Captain Sean Norden and his crew on In-2-Bait did exactly that. While the majority of the fleet punched it north and south after the 7 a.m. Bimini start, Sean and his crew resisted the urge to run and elected to fish close to home between the Steeple and the Pompano Pier. It turned out to be a good decision. They landed four kingfish totaling 99.8 pounds and sealed the deal on their first ever victory in the PBSC series. They also proved that it doesn’t take a 40-foot boat with four engines to be competitive in these tournaments. They eclipsed a field of some of the best meat fishermen anywhere, fishing within a couple miles of their home inlet on a 25-foot center console with a single engine. Total winnings for the team tallied $12,950.
2015 turned out to be a banner year as well for Bryce Statham and his crew on Blue Moon/Shameless. Not only did they manage to win their first tournament ever as a team, but they also managed to win the highly sought after Simrad Showdown Crown, representing the top meat fishing team in South Florida. With finishes in 1st, 8th and 4th in the series they tallied a total of 81 points – three points ahead of runner up, Captain John Anderson and his crew on Off the Wall. Conched Out finished one point behind Off the Wall in 3rd place for the series. With their Crown victory, Blue Moon/Shameless carved out a name for themselves in the history books with the best of the best. Their achievement is commemorated with a custom designed set of Super Bowl style Showdown Crown rings.
One of the most moving moments of the 2015 Showdown awards ceremony occurred when Captain Paul Roydhouse and his crew on COB TOO wheeled Fred Marolf, owner of the boat, on the stage to accept their award for catching the heaviest fish of the tournament, a 42.9 pound wahoo. At 94 years of age, Fred is without question the oldest angler competing in the series. Yet, he is not defined by age. It is truly inspiring to see him out there living life to the fullest and giving the young bucks a run for their money. The big wahoo earned Fred’s team a $15,288 paycheck, the largest of the tournament.
Junior Angler, Hunter Irvine, also stole the thunder at the 2015 Saltwater Showdown. Fishing with his dad on their boat, Young Guns, he continued his season long winning streak with a first place Junior Angler finish at the Showdown. With that, he also locked up the title of Junior Master Angler in the PBSC series. Hunter was not only recognized for his skill and determination as a young angler, but also for his spirit and strength as a young man. He suffers from a rare neurological disorder called NF2 that causes tumors throughout the nervous system of adolescents. Currently there is no cure for NF2. To support Hunter in his fight, Bluewater Movements and the PBSC adopted the Children’s Tumor Foundation as their charitable beneficiary for the 2015 season. Proceeds generated from fish donations, contests, auctions and more will help CTF to conduct the research necessary to help Hunter and other kids just like him find a cure for NF2.
The cash purse for the entire 2015 PBSC series totaled $367,540! Two jackpots that the entire Showdown fleet was gunning for remain intact heading into next season. Both the Pick 3 and the KDW Jackpot had no winner so the $78,480 pot for the Pick 3 and the $23,320 pot for the KDW Jackpot will roll over into the first leg of the PBSC next season where they are expected to reach near $140,000 in combined value!
For the past 13 years, the Saltwater Showdown has come to a close with the anticipated drawing for a brand new custom Mercury powered SeaVee boat! Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 9th at www.winaseavee.com to see who was chosen. The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Loadmaster Trailer, T-Top and leaning post. The package is worth approximately $132,000! The 2015 lucky winner was Thomas Henglein of Broad Channel, NY with ticket number 1654! Congratulations Thomas! A part of the proceeds from the drawing support the Children’s Tumor Foundation and the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club. The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at www.winaseavee.com.
For more information or to see the full results of the Saltwater Showdown visit: www.SaltwaterShowdown.com.