A fleet of 88 boats cleared Hillsboro Inlet on a mission to conquer the 17th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam.
More often than not, the teams that have performed the best in the Slam are those that have resisted the temptation to run long distances in search of the winning catch — 2012 would prove to be no different.
Lance Irvine and his Young Guns fishing team were one of the teams that resisted that temptation. Fishing between Delray and Boynton Inlet, Florida, his team managed to catch three kingfish between 12 and 19 pounds, a 13.2-pound dorado and a 69.44-pound wahoo for a combined total of 129.86 points and their first ever victory in a PBSC tournament. Irvine’s team also won the $10,620 purse in the KDW Jackpot. Their 69.44-pound wahoo was also the heaviest fish of the tournament — a feat that earned them an additional $14,520. Irvine was also the top male angler in the tournament and he and his son Hunter, earned top family honors as well.
Young Guns collected a total of $40,520 — the largest payout in the history of the Saltwater Slam.
Capt. Casey Hunt and his Flight Plan team finished in 2nd place in the 1st leg of the PBSC fishing off Jupiter. In the Slam, Casey decided to pull back the throttles closer to home. They spent most of their time between Delray and Hillsboro Inlet. Flight Plan had the best kingfish catch of the tournament with four kings ranging between 18 and 35.5 pounds. They finished in second place overall, earning a check for $16,762. With two back-to-back second place finishes, Hunt’s team also established a commanding lead in the Simrad Showdown Crown points race for the top team of the year award.
Another boat that stayed close to home was the Reel Line fishing team. Capt. Jason Miller and his team didn’t have much in the way of quantity, but if you measure success in terms of quality, they stole the show! Fishing a dead sardine on a down rod in 130 feet of water off of the Steeple in Pompano Beach, his son Jarrod Miller fought what he thought was a shark for near 40 minutes only to discover it was a mammoth cobia. The fish tipped the scales at 67.18 pounds — a new Slam record and the largest cobia ever weighed in the history of the PBSC series.
Robbie Buckley’s Kimbuktu team finished third overall with 102.79 points, followed by No Mercy in fourth with 100.83 points and O-Sea-D in fifth with 99.88 points.
Team Crew Zing, newbies to the PBSC series, made the scoreboard in their first appearance at the Slam. Pete Zingarella and his teammates earned a free entry into the tournament in the Greenhorn TNT and won the coveted Greenhorn trophy with a 19.16-pound king. Killer Buzzz won the Average Joe Division with 89.91 points and Pole Dancer won the Small Boat Division with 90.07 points.
The total purse for the 2012 Saltwater Slam was in excess of $104,000. For more information on the upcoming 2012 Saltwater Showdown championship, call 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwatershowdown.com
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