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Big Kingfish in Saltwater Shootout

Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout

Bumpy seas did not deter 121 teams from competing in the 14th annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout on Saturday, May 12. A strong easterly breeze kicked up the seas and improved the fishing action.

pompano beach saltwater shootoutTropically Impaired/Tito’s started the 2012 season the same way they finished it up in 2011 — with a victory. Capt. Ryan Tubbs, Kyle Peterson, Ryan Peterson, Chris Lemieux, Leyna Lemieux, Shane Pompa and Travis Suit won the August Saltwater Showdown event in 2011 — the championship event in the three-leg PBSC series. Nine months later they returned for the start of the 2012 season and picked up right where they left off. Tubbs’ team weighed in three tuna and four king mackerel for a grand total of 167.26 pounds and $20,428 in winnings.

Capt. Casey Hunt and his team aboard the 66-foot Spencer Flight Plan, proved that the big boys can compete with the center consoles in a meat-fish tournament. Hunt’s team weighed four kingfish, a tuna and a cobia for a total of 162.27 pounds and second place, earning them a check for $9,994.

The SeaVee/Mercury Reel Tension and Liquid Skillstorm fishing teams took third and fourth place, respectively, with 157.87 points and 151.94 points. Bandit, an SKA team, rounded out the top five with four kingfish and a tuna totaling 146.22 pounds.

Fishing with Jim Armstrong, a founding member of the Southern Kingfish Association, Captain Dick Russell and his Brute Dusky 23 won top SKA team honors in the 2012 Shootout with a 45.67-pound kingfish that Jim caught. That fish netted over $10,300 for the team.

Both the KDW and Pick 3 categories did not yield a winner at the Shootout, so their purses will roll into the next leg of the series — The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Saltwater Slam on June 9. The KDW is expected to reach $10,000 in June and the Pick 3 is expected to exceed $15,000.

The heaviest fish of the tournament, a 45.83-pound kingfish was landed by Mark Null on Wet Hooker. Null’s team spent an extra $150 to enter the added-value Bluewater Challenge category for the heaviest fish of the tournament. That bet earned them a check for $11,475.

Total prize money for the 2012 Saltwater Shootout was $103,715.

2012 Saltwater Shootout Results

Top Teams:

1. Tropically Impaired/Tito’s

2. Flight Plan

3. Reel Tension

4. Liquid Skillstorm

5. Bandit

Top Anglers:

Male — Tom Bardes/Rebound

Female — Sherri Beswick/Spiced Rum III

Junior — Zane Colson/Counterpoint

Pee-Wee — Tommy Tight/Off the Wall

Heaviest Fish:

Dolphin — Pat Wolfe/McMan, 36.45 pounds

Wahoo — Bryce Statham/Shameless, 27.41 pounds

Kingfish — Mark Null/Wet Hooker, 45.83 pounds

Tuna — Charles Allen/Slappin Tails, 33.91 pounds

Cobia — Craig Maret/Flight Plan, 32.57 pounds

For more information on the 2012 Saltwater Slam on June 9, call 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwaterslam.com.