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O-Sea-D Wins Showdown! Blue Moon Wins PBSC Series!

August 9, 2017

The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit came to a close last weekend with a total of 57 teams competing against some of the toughest tournament fishermen in South Florida during the 2017 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown. Tons of prizes were given out, including the highly sought after Showdown Crown champion’s rings.

Finishing in first place at the Saltwater Showdown was team O-Sea-D Titanium with a total of 178.1 lbs that included four kingfish, four tuna and one wahoo.  That score was the second highest in the 19 year history of the tournament. Blue Moon followed with 122.1 lbs putting them in a second place position in the tournament and Seapremacy ended their day in third with a total of 121.8 lbs. Team Offshore Warrior had another successful year at the Showdown, taking home over $16,000 in winnings. In addition to their winnings, Offshore Warrior also had the biggest fish of the series, earning them a one-of-a-kind skeletal trophy of the their winning kingfish courtesy of Dakus Bones.

Another big series win went to Distracted in the series small boat division. They rode hard all season in their 25’ SeaVee powered with a single 250 Mercury outboard and proved they could hang with the big dogs. They collectively weighed in 294 pounds of fish in the series, a landslide victory that catapulted them to a $4,575 payout plus a brand new NSS EVO3 fishfinder/chartplotter courtesy of Simrad.

It was a tight race during the 2017 PBSC but Blue Moon ended up winning the series and taking home the #1 meat fishing title in the world with a total of 79 points that stemmed from a fourth, eighth and second place finish in the series. Seapremacy trailed closely behind with 77 points and team Pop A Top finished in third place with 71 points.  This was the second series title for Blue Moon, making them one of only two teams with more than one championship to their name in the history of the series.  Native Son holds the record with a total of 5 championship titles. 

With no winners in the Pick 3 and KDW calcuttas, both purses will roll over into the first leg of next year’s series.  The KDW is estimated to pay out over $50,000 and the Pick 3 is estimated at $20,000 at the Saltwater Shootout next May.

Trace Bishop from team Ice Box had a great season in the PBSC.  He placed second at the Shootout , first at the Slam and first at the Showdown in the junior angler divisions to earn the Junior Master Angler title for the series as well.  Sherri Beswick on Spiced Rum III was the top female angler with 36.7 points and Jim Oliver on Blue Moon was the top male angler with 91.8 points.

The largest prize handed out during the awards ceremony on Sunday was a 29’ SeaVee boat valued at $132,00!  The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Loadmaster Trailer, T-Top and leaning post.  Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 6th at www.winaseavee.com to see who would be the lucky winner. At around 5pm, Edgardo Estrada from Pensacola, FL received the phone call of his dreams when he found out that he held the winning ticket, #3644, for the SeaVee boat! A portion 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



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Showdown on the Big Blue Set for August 5th

July 17, 2017

POMPANO BEACH, FL – The 19th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown is set for August 3-6 and is once again an open event that is available to all fishing teams, regardless of whether they participated in one of the previous legs in the series.  The kickoff party will be held at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on Thursday, August 3rd, followed by the tournament day on Saturday, August 5th and an awards ceremony the following day. A drawing for a 29’ SeaVee will also be happening at the conclusion of the awards! 

Competing teams in the running for the Showdown Crown, presented by Simrad Electronics, are amped up in hopes to claim this #1 title in competitive meat fishing. The winning team of the series will also receive custom Super Bowl-style rings to commemorate their victory. Team Pop A Top currently sits in the first place spot with 55 points followed by Blue Moon in second place with 50 points. Seapremacy is in third place with 49 points and Doing It All/Hardway trails closely behind with 48 points. Scoring is determined by where teams place in each leg of the series. For a complete list of the series standings, visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/showdown_crown_results/

There are plenty of other prizes and payouts up for grabs at this year’s Saltwater Showdown, including two large jackpots that have rolled over from the second leg in the series. The Pick 3 and KDW jackpots are collectively estimated to pay out over $44,000! The KDW jackpot is determined by the heaviest kingfish, wahoo and dolphin combination. Similar to the KDW but with a twist, the Pick 3 targets three of the five eligible species. All five species are placed in a sealed container the morning of the tournament and three are randomly chosen. The three that are drawn are the three that must be caught for a team to win the massive pot. The heaviest combination will determine the winner.

The highly anticipated drawing for a 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000 takes place at the Showdown awards on August 6th. The boat comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top, leaning post, trim tabs and a Loadmaster Trailer. But, the boat is not built until the winner is chosen, giving them the ability to add options, choose their own color and build the boat exactly the way they want it. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center at approximately 4:00 pm.  Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For more information, visit www.winaseavee.com.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010



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Cobias Lead to Big Payouts in 22nd Annual Saltwater Slam

June 14, 2017

The week leading up to the 22nd Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam was met by record setting rainfall.  The majority of the teams in the 88-boat field experienced tremendous bait loss as a result of the tropical rain.  Tournament day for the Slam was reminiscent of the old school days with a large number of the boats catching their tournament baits on the morning of the competition.  Captain Skip Dana and his Pop a Top crewmembers were one of those teams.

 

A relatively slow bite out front convinced Dana to make the run north to Jupiter after the 7am start.  Not long after arriving at their spot, crewmember Homer Schmidt hooked up to what he thought was a bonito.  The bonito turned out to be a 27.1 pound cobia and there was a second fish with it.  They hooked and caught the second cobia and went on to catch another one on their second drift along with four weigher kings and two dolphin that totaled 138.9 pounds – enough to clinch their first victory in the Saltwater Slam.  Homer Schmidt took the top male angler title with 69.9 points and he and his son Cory won the Family Division with 123.6 points.  The first place finish earned the team a paycheck for $17,385.  More importantly, it secured their lead in the point race for the Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown and the #1 title in competitive meat fishing.  Pop a Top finished runner up to team Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen in the 2016 Showdown Crown race.

 

Team Makin Time/Living Water finished second in the Slam with four kingfish, a dolphin and a tuna for 113.7 points and $8,162 in prize money.  Their second place finish also moved them into Showdown Crown contention; eight points behind Pop a Top.  Team Blue Moon sits in secondplace in the Showdown Crown standing, just five points behind Pop a Top. 

 

Offshore Warrior, winners of the 2016 Saltwater Showdown, had a great 2017 Slam tournament as well.  They placed third in the tournament and were also the top SKA team with 113.2 pounds, winning $16,586 thanks in large part to a 41.5-pound kingfish.  The king was the biggest in its category and tied for the heaviest fish of the tournament with a cobia caught by team Wild Kat.  The 41.5 lb cobia swam up between the motors right after they set up a drift off West Palm Beach.  Joey Lacalamita pitched a goggle eye to the big cobia and 20 minutes later it hit the deck of their boat.  Wild Kat won $9,481. 

 

The Top 5 was rounded out with High Gear in fourth place with 91.8 pounds and Reel Addiction in fifth with 91.4 pounds.  Lori Hargrave from team Offshore Warrior was the top female angler with 51.5 points.  Trace Bishop of Ice Box was the top junior angler with 38.5 points.  Ice Box finished in tenth place overall with 77.5 pounds and won the added value Non-Pro Division for a total of $3,080 in winnings.  Fisher Niemann of Cache Money/Bionic Bait set a new Saltwater Slam pee-wee angler record.  He weighed in five bonito for a total of 91.7 pounds to claim the top pee-wee spot in the tournament.    

 

Crescendo weighed the heaviest dolphin of the tournament at 21 pounds and Get R Wet had the heaviest tuna at 29.4 pounds.  No team brought a wahoo to the scales so the $29,340 KDW jackpot will roll over into the final leg of the PBSC series, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on August 5th.  The Showdown is open to all teams whether they have fished any prior legs of the PBSC series.

 

For a complete list of results from the Saltwater Slam visit www.saltwaterslam.com. To register for the Saltwater Showdown visit www.saltwatershowdown.com



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22nd Annual Saltwater Slam Offers Big Payouts and Prizes

May 30, 2017

The 2017 Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit got off to a hot start in May with 131 teams competing in Leg 1 of the series.  Leg 2, The 22nd Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam, returns on June 10th touting big payouts, including a KDW jackpot estimated at over $27,000! This optional entry category has rolled over from last year’s Saltwater Slam and is up for grabs to the team weighing in the largest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo combination. The jackpot was last paid out at the 2016 Saltwater Shootout to Crescendo with 58.5 lbs of the target combo and sent them home with a check totaling $39,060.

One big fish could mean one big payout for a Saltwater Slam competitor as well.  Team D&D landed a 41-pound kingfish in the first leg of the series to collect a check for $28,661.  If the fish hangs on as the heaviest of the series, they will also receive an authentic skeletal head mount of the winning catch courtesy of Dakus Bones.

In addition to the payouts, teams are also excited to gain points towards a series victory in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. The Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown is a hard earned title held by the top team in the series and bragging rights aren’t the only thing they’ll be walking away with. The team that accumulates the most points throughout the circuit will also be taking home a set of custom Super Bowl style rings. Team Seapremacy is off to a great start to becoming the next champion with their Shootout win in May, with teams Doing It All/Hardway and First in Line/Utopia hot on their heels.

The big checks and cool prizes aren’t the only things that rock at the Saltwater Slam.  The parties rock, too!  One entry fee covers all the anglers on your boat and gives you access to great food hospitality from Blue Moon Fish Company Bonefish Mac’s and Hooter’s along with open bar featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum and Jagermeister! Participating teams also get a cool bag filled with sponsor goodies and some killer angler shirts from SCALES!

The kickoff party and final registration for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam will be held at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on June 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Bring the kids for a great time during the free fishing clinic hosted by IGFA.  The clinic is available to children between the ages of 5 and 12.  Kids that participate in the clinic also have the opportunity to enjoy a free afternoon of fishing on Saturday, June 10th courtesy of Helen S Drift Fishing. Advance registration is required for the kid’s clinic as spaces are limited. The weigh-in is held at the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina on June 10th and scales open at 4pm.  The weigh-in festivities are open to the public.  A tournament DJ will keep the crowd rockin’ as the big fish hit the scales and spectators guess the weight of fish to win cool prizes.  The awards ceremony is held at the Pompano Civic Center on Sunday, June 11th from 2pm to 5pm.

Entry fee for the Slam is $475 per boat (plus tax).  To register for the Saltwater Slam, go to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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Seapremacy Wins Saltwater Shootout! D&D Lands a $29,000 Kingfish!

May 16, 2017

POMPANO BEACH, FL – The 19th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout is officially in the books.  131 teams competed for a cash purse in excess of $150,000. The bite was strong and the competition was tight.  A hefty weight of more than 100 pounds was necessary to break into the Top 30 in the tournament, due in large part to a great tuna bite with 151 blackfin tuna weighed in on Saturday.

Just one boat crossed the 200-pound mark to claim the first place spot in the Shootout and kick start their season with a bang at the first leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  Captain Alex Burgess and his teammates on Seapremacy, a 29 foot Mercury powered SeaVee, caught four kingfish and four blackfin tuna for a total of 200.4 pounds.  First place earned the team a check for $20,160 along with the lead in the top team of the season point’s race.  Team Doing It All/Hard Way finished just behind Seapremacy in second place with 189.2 points and a check for  $12,042.  They also weighed in four kings and four tunas.  They received a standing ovation during the awards ceremony when they announced that they were donating over $1,400 of their winnings to the tournament charity, Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Third, fourth and fifth place in the Shootout were all decided by less than three pounds.  First in Line/Utopia finished third with 174.6 pounds followed by team Blue Moon in fourth with 172.5 points and Miss Michelle in fifth with 171.9 points.  Miss Michelle also won the Non-Pro Division and the Non-Pro Bonanza to boost their tournament winnings to $5,275.

Off the Wall made history at the 2016 Saltwater Shootout when they cashed a $99,680 check, the single largest payout in the history of any meatfish tournament in South Florida.  Their jackpot payout came from winning the ‘Pick 3’ category in the tournament.  In this category, three of the five eligible species are drawn from a sealed container to determine which species a team must catch to win the purse.  Ironically, the three species drawn in the 2017 Shootout were exactly the same as 2016 – kingfish, cobia and dolphin.  Even more ironic, only one team had the winning catch in 2016 and 2017 and that team was Off the Wall.  The 2017 Pick 3 jackpot earned the team a $14,165 payday. 

While aggregate weights determine top team standings in the Saltwater Shootout, they are not the only way to win big at the tournament.  Big fish are known to yield big payouts as well and team D&D discovered that with the biggest catch of the tournament.  They made a right turn out of Hillsboro Inlet on Saturday and pinned the throttles on their quad engine Mercury powered SeaVee towards Miami where they landed a 41-pound kingfish that took the top spot in four different heavy fish categories for a grand total of $28,661 in prize money!

Melanie Chojnacki from team High Gear was the Top Female Angler with 65.3 points and Danny Castillo from Kimbuktu took the Top Male Angler title with 107 points.  Hunter Irvineon Young Guns was the Top Junior Angler with 73.4 points and James DeMarco on Cold Steel/Native Son was the Top Pee-Wee Angler with 81.1 points.  The heaviest dolphin of the tournament, a 34.3 pounder, went to Jeff Frostof Lauderdale Marina Fishing Team.  Bryan Sagarof team Reel Addiction landed the heaviest blackfin tuna at 37.5 pounds and Lacy Ingramof team Reel Stubborn landed the heaviest cobia at 29.4 pounds.

The exciting 3-leg PBSC summer series continues June 8 - 11 with its second leg, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam. Registration for the Saltwater Slam is currently open at www.saltwaterslam.com 

For a complete list of results from the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, visit www.saltwatershootout.com



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Fishing Teams Gear Up for a Shootout off Pompano Beach

May 4, 2017

POMPANO BEACH, FL – South Florida tournament anglers have been anxiously awaiting the return of the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  That wait is just about over.  Leg 1 of the series, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout is scheduled for May 11 - 14 with a one-day fishing ‘shootout’ on Saturday, May 13.  For years, the PBSC has been one of the most popular series on the tournament trail due in large part to great payouts, great parties and affordable entry fees. Teams returning for the 2017 PBSC can look forward to more of the same! 

 Last year, the Saltwater Shootout made history when it dished out a record setting $99,680 payout to team Off the Wall and a total purse of more than $253,000. 2016 also marked the return of the PBSC weigh-ins to Sands Harbor Resort & Marina for the first time in over 10 years. 

 “We’ve built so many great memories here at the Sands,” said tournament director Jamie Bunn. “It’s a great spot for our teams, family, friends and local residents to come together and celebrate one of the most treasured activities in the city of Pompano.  It’s good to be back.”  

 The Shootout weigh-in is open to the public.  Scales open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th.  Sands Harbor is located at 125 North Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 33062.  Swing by for an ice cold drink and red-hot action!

 Those who thoroughly enjoyed the return of the PBSC weigh-ins to Sands Harbor can look forward to another new event there this year.  A PBSC Pre-Season Party will be held at the Sands Patio Bar on Wednesday, April 19th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Festivities include live music plus 2 for 1 drink specials and complimentary appetizers for pre-registered teams in the Saltwater Shootout.  The pre-season party will also be the last opportunity to take advantage of the early rate and save $100 on the registration fee into the Shootout.  To top it off there will be a drawing for a FREE entry into the entire summer series!  One catch…. you must be present to win!

 In addition to Off the Wall’smega payoutin last year’s Shootout, team Crescendo also had a nice payday when they won the added value KDW Jackpot and $40,160.  Heading into this year’s tournament, the KDW Jackpot has quietly grown to an estimated payout of $23,940!  There are a couple of new categories up for grabs in the PBSC series this year as well.  Artist David Kustra of Dakus Bones has joined the series as a sponsor of the ‘No Bones About It’ prize category.  The team to weigh in the heaviest fish of the season will receive an authentic skeletal mount of their catch courtesy of Dakus Bones.  The top small boat of the series will also win $1,000 plus a Simrad NSS EVO3 machine. 

 Bluewater Movements and the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit are proud to continue their affiliation with The Children’s Tumor Foundation.  A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 PBSC series will be donated to CTF.  This charitable beneficiary is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.  For more information about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and how you can help, visit: http://www.ctf.org

 Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through April 19th.  After April 19th, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.  The kickoff party for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout takes place at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on May 11th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Festivities at the kickoff include live music, divine food from Blue Moon Fish Company, complimentary drinks from the Hooter’s hospitality bars and a free fishing clinic for kids.  Kids that participate in the clinic also have the opportunity to enjoy a free afternoon of fishing on Saturday, May 13th courtesy of Helen S Drift Fishing.  Advance registration is required for the kids fishing clinic, as spaces are limited. 

 The awards ceremony will also be held at the Pompano Civic Center on Sunday, May 14th at 2 p.m. with food hospitality courtesy of Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille and a special Mother’s Day raffle for the lady anglers. The Pompano Beach Civic Center is located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010.



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Old No. 7 Wins $220,000! Sandman Sets New Series Record!

May 1, 2017

Sailfishing teams arrived at Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina on April 25th in search of a great bite and a great time during Final Sail, the grand finale of the 4-leg Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  The tournament did not disappoint.  

With an $868,000 purse up for grabs and a world champion title on the line, the stakes were high.  Heading into Final Sail, team Sandman held the lead in the chase for the burgundy jacket with 79 points, generated from a 3rd, 7th and 4th place finish in the first three legs of the series.  Team Sailsmen/Advanced Roofing was hot on their heels in 2nd with 71 points followed by Contender One and Miss Britt/Contender each with 69 points.

On the dawn of Day 1, Captain John Dudas let the fleet know that team Sandman came to play when they jumped out to a hot start winning the early bite with five releases.  As the day progressed, Captain Jamie Ralph and his Old No. 7 team found the fish and capitalized on nine releases to take the late bite and the Day 1 daily for a $67,200 payout.  Sandman finished the day with eight releases in 2nd place and a $33,120 payday.  A total of 121 fish were released on Day 1. 

Heading into Day 2, the wind picked up out of the southeast and the bite picked up with it.  Silent Hunter found the fish early releasing eight sails before noon.  The afternoon belonged to 2015 Quest champions, BAR South.  They released eight fish between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. and a total of 12 releases for the day to win the $67,200 daily.  Three other boats, HellReyzer, Silent Hunter and Family Matters,also posted double digits with 10 releases each.  Team Seraphim grabbed the lead on the big fish scoreboard when they weighed a hefty 47.8-pound dolphin at the tournament scale on Day 2.  The big mahi turned out to be the heaviest dolphin of the tourney earning the team a bonus $1,500 payout.  A total of 159 fish were released on Day 2.

After two hard days of fishing, a much needed lay day provided a fun opportunity for teams to let loose and enjoy the Key West night life during a pub crawl along the world famous Duval Street.  With the lay day shenanigans behind them, only one day remained for teams to capitalize on the opportunity to close out the season on a high note.

At the start of Day 3, BAR South held the lead with 18 releases followed by Old No. 7 and Lights Out in 2nd and 3rd with 16 releases each.  Old No. 7 caught three sails by 9:15 a.m. to take the lead over BAR South.  Shortly after, BAR South answered with a double to jump back into the lead with 20 releases.  The lead didn’t last long.  Minutes later, Captain Jamie Ralph called in two more releases to push Old No. 7 back to the top of the leader board with a total of 22 releases.  In the midst of the battle for first and second, Sandman jumped in the mix releasing six fish by 12:34 p.m. to move into 3rd place with 21 releases and striking distance with 90 minutes of fishing left in the tournament. 

Contender One, contenders for the burgundy jacket, got hot on Day 3 and released eight fish to grab the 1st place daily and bump themselves into 7th place overall for the tournament and runners up for the jacket with 93 points.  They also finished strong in the earnings column with a $97,720 payout at Final Sail and over $191,000 in earnings for the season.  Team De-Bait-Able took 2nd on Day 3, just behind Contender One on time with eight releases and a check for $49,400. 

Despite BAR South’sbest effort, Old No. 7 would simply not be denied of their first ever victory on the Quest for the Crest trail.  They finished the tournament with 23 releases and total winnings of $219,675! BAR South finished in 2nd place overall with 22 releases and took home a check for $137,725.  That payout also pushed the team’s net earnings to more than $1,000,000 in the Quest series.  A total of 124 fish were released on Day 3.

Sandman finished the tournament in 3rd place overall with 21 releases and $79,470 in prize money.  More importantly, it secured their position as the #1 sailfishing team in the world and recipients of the Quest for the Crest burgundy jackets.  They join an elite fleet of teams that have been able to conquer one of the most difficult feats in competitive billfishing today and they did it in record style.  Under the leadership of Captain John Dudas, Sandman never placed outside of the top 10 in all four legs of the series.  They became the first team ever to break the 100-point threshold with a grand tally of 107 points for the season.  To put things in perspective, a perfect score (1st place in all 4 tournaments) would equate to a score of 121. 

In the angler category, Stephanie Choate from Miss Britt/Contender made history by becoming the first angler to sweep a category in all four legs of the series.  She was the Top Female Angler in each tournament with a Master Angler title in Leg 3 as well.  Carl Lindner of team Seraphim took the Top Male Angler with 13 releases and edged Stephanie out of the Master Angler title at Final Sail based on time.  Seraphim’s big dolphin held on to the big fish lead on Day 3 until Reel Rodeo pulled up to the dock and dropped a 64.2-pound wahoo on the scale to steal the $13,650 pot in the Big Fish Bonanza.

Combined payouts across all four legs of the series tallied $2.5 million dollars. For a complete list of results for Final Sail visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_results/ 

For a complete list of the standings from the Quest for the Crest, visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/



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Big Payouts & Big Parties on Tap for Final Sail in Key West

March 27, 2017

On April 25th, 2017, top fishing teams from around the country will arrive at Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina with hopes of claiming the #1 sailfishing title in the world. Final Sail, the grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, takes place in beautiful Key West, FL where the fishing is red-hot and the entertainment is even hotter. With a purse expected to exceed $900,000, teams are eager for a piece of the payout and the chance to make their mark in fishing history.

Currently in the lead for the series win and the coveted burgundy jacket is team Sandman with a total of 79 points. They finished strong in the first three legs of the series taking third place at Operation Sailfish, seventh place at Sailfish 400 and fourth place at Sailfish Challenge.  Sandman will also be returning to Key West to defend their 2016 Final Sail victory where they nabbed a $260,000 payout. Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen sits in second place in the chase for the jacket with 71 points, followed by Miss Britt/Contender with 69 points, Contender One also with 69 points and De-Bait-Able with 63 points. It’s anyone’s game heading into the championship leg of the series with only a few points separating the top teams in the standings.

 Over $1.9 million in prize money has been up for grabs over the last three legs of the series with the total series purse expected to exceed $2.7 million.  Within the mega purse up for grabs at Final Sail in Key West is a $170,000 winner-take-all category called the Release Round Up and daily payouts in excess of $120,000 per day.

Major payouts won’t be the only attraction for teams at Final Sail in Key West.  Great parties will provide plenty of action for anglers after lines out too.  The festivities start with a first class kickoff party hosted at Margaritaville Resort & Marina with beautiful Key West Harbor as the backdrop.   Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Margaritaville is the world famous Duval Street where teams will party down for a pub-crawl of epic proportions following day 2! The pub-crawl is strategically positioned on the eve of a fishing lay day to give teams plenty of recovery time prior to the final day of competition.  The reggae themed crawl includes stops at Margaritaville, Captain Tony’s Saloon, Irish Kevin’s and a final stop at the Smokin’ Tuna saloon with a live performance by INNA SENSE reggae band.  Anglers participating in the crawl will also receive a festive pair of sunglasses from tournament sponsor, Costa del Mar.  Following the final day of competition, a post fishing pool party will take place from 4pm-7pm at Dante’s Pool Bar & Restaurant followed by a victory party at Irish Kevin’s on Duval Street at 9pm.  Final Sail will wrap in the same place it opens with a 10am awards brunch on Sunday, April 30th at Margaritaville where a cash purse near $900,000 will be awarded and a new team will be crowned #1 in the world.

The last day a team can register is at the kickoff party on Tuesday, April 25th from 6pm - 9pm. Early entry, valid through April 4th, is $3,750 plus tax. Late registration fee is $4,500 plus tax. Competition days are April 26th, 27th and 29th, with a lay-day on April 28th. For more information on Final Sail visit www.finalsail.com or call (954) 725-4010.



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Miss Britt Contender Sweeps Sailfish Challenge

March 2, 2017
The 2017 Sailfish Challenge concluded over the weekend with 64 teams competing for a purse in excess of $530,000.  The Challenge is the 3rd leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series and a pivotal event in the chase for the burgundy jacket and the title of #1 in the world in competitive sailfishing.  The Sailfish Challenge earned its name in part by nature of a unique 3-inlet format that enables teams to cover a large boundary during the competition and return to one of three inlets from Miami to West Palm Beach to submit their catch cards at the end of each day.  The real challenge is determining which direction to go…. north or south?


Leading up to the tournament, great conditions made for a strong bite off Miami, however, the day before the competition the conditions off Miami deteriorated and a number of teams shifted their sights further north.  One of those teams was Miss Britt Contender led by Captain Ray Rosher, a renowned charter boat captain out of Miami.  Rosher elected to move the boat and the bait north to Hillsboro Inlet and fish his way north on both days of the tournament.  It was a smart decision.  By noon on Day 1, Miss Britt Contender had already released 11 sailfish between Lake Worth Pier and Palm Beach Inlet.  They released two more fish in the afternoon to win the daily with 13 releases; six better than the next closest team.  As it turns out, they could have stayed home on Day 2 and still finished with enough releases to win the whole tournament, however, they added three more on Day 2 to finish with 16 releases and a paycheck for $174,310.  

Stephanie Choate, lead angler on Miss Britt Contender, had a tremendous performance of her own.  Nine of the 16 releases belonged to her.  She cleaned up in the angler category winning the Top Female Angler trophy as well as the Master Angler trophy for the top overall angler in the tournament.  Even more impressive, Stephanie has won the top female angler category in all three legs of the Quest for the Crest series this year.  With a strong performance at Final Sail in Key West, she could become the first angler ever to sweep a category across the entire series!  Not to be overshadowed, her teammate Matt Bierly also won the Top Male Angler category in the tournament with four releases.  Matthew Yee was awarded the Top Junior Angler title on board Reel Captivating with two releases.

With a dominant performance by Miss Britt Contender, the real battle in the 2017 Challenge took place for the remaining spots on the leader board.  With only two hours to go, two teams were tied with seven and there were a number of teams with six releases.  Team Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen caught a double around 2:15pm that pushed them into 2nd with eight releases.  Team Crescendo, winners of Leg 1, released a fish with thirty minutes to go that moved them into 3rd place with eight releases, just behind Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen on time.  Teams Sandman, Kimbuktu and Goin’ Raptor rounded out the leader board with seven releases each in 4th through 6th place.  With a Top 5 finish, Sandman was also able to maintain their lead in the chase for the jacket with Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen, Miss Britt Contender, Contender One and De-Bait-Able hot on their heels.  It will take a strong finish by any of these teams at Final Sail in Key West in order to claim the jacket and the title of #1 in the world!

Team SkipJac proved that you don’t have to place high in the tournament to collect a hefty check.  They finished 27th overall, but they got hot on Day 2 and managed to finish 2nd in the Day 2 money with a check for $50,590.  SkipJac led Day 2 for almost the entire day, but with just minutes to go, team MD 20/20 released their fifth fish of the day to jump ahead of SkipJac.  The last minute release earned MD 20/20 a check for $12,250.  The heaviest meatfish of the tournament was a 44.5-pound kingfish landed by team Outnumbered.  Their strategy in the tournament was specifically geared towards targeting one big fish.  It paid off with a check for $16,660.

For more information on the Sailfish Challenge results, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com.  For a complete list of the current standings in the Quest for the Crest, visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/.

The grand finale of the Quest for the Crest, Final Sail, takes place April 25th – 30th in sunny Key West, FL at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina where a world champion will be crowned. To register for this event visit www.finalsail.com



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One Category Approaches $150,000 Payout at Sailfish Challenge

January 30, 2017
The largest sailfish tournament in the country, Sailfish Challenge, returns to Fort Lauderdale on February 22nd and is expected to pay out a record setting purse of $500,000. This is the third leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series and is the next opportunity for teams to gain points towards a series victory.


Last year, 70 teams competed in this two-day tournament with hopes of cashing in large checks and moving one step closer to the coveted burgundy jacket.  Teams have plenty of hot spots to choose from in the Sailfish Challenge with a boundary that stretches from Jupiter Inlet down to Fowey Light. A unique check-in format also gives teams the opportunity to maximize fishing time and turn their releases cards into one of three inlets at the conclusion of each fishing day.  Check-in locations are Sailfish Marina inside Lake Worth Inlet, Hillsboro Inlet Park in Pompano Beach and Miami Beach Marina inside Government Cut.  Top Team honors in last year’s tournament came from the 305.  Jichi put on a clinic over two days of fishing with 18 releases and a first place check worth $163,460.

One category, the Release Round Up, is approaching a $150,000 payout at the Sailfish Challenge.  The prize money in the Round Up has rolled over from last season through the first half of the series. There are four rounds of fishing in the Release Round Up, spread evenly over the two-day competition.  A random number between one and six is drawn at the start of each round and represents the minimum number of sailfish a team must release during that round in order to advance to the next.  Once a number is drawn, it cannot be used again. Jichi pulled through each round of fishing last year but did not buy into the calcutta and missed out on an additional $61,000 payout.

Another highlight of the Sailfish Challenge is the Non-Pro Division. Teams that qualify as Non-Pro will compete for extra cash against other Non-Pro teams in the tournament while still remaining eligible for all other prize categories in the tournament.

Although sailfish are the target species, hefty payouts at the Sailfish Challenge don’t just come by way of sailfish! The Big Fish Bonanza optional category pays out for the heaviest meatfish brought to the scales. Last year, Wishlist took home over $16,000 in winnings for a stout 52.1-lb kingfish that turned out to be the heaviest fish of the tournament.

Early registration for the Sailfish Challenge is $842 and ends February 1st.  After February 1st the entry fee is $1,584. Final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is February 22nd at the kickoff party, where you can come by boat to the host location at Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale.  Competition days are Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. The awards ceremony follows on Sunday, February 26st and will once again be held at Blue Moon Fish Company, where the top team of the tournament will be served a delicious VIP meal fit for a king. For more information on the Sailfish Challenge, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.

The grand finale of the Quest for the Crest, Final Sail, takes place April 25th – 30th in sunny Key West, FL at the Margaritaville Resort & Marina where a world champion will be crowned. For current series standings, visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/



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4 Aces Flies a $237,000 Checkered Flag in Sailfish 400

January 16, 2017

Forty-six teams arrived in Miami on January 11th with hopes of waving the checkered flag in the Sailfish 400, leg 2 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  A slow bite forced the fleet to work harder for their bites and make every opportunity count over two days of fishing.  Team 4 Aces did exactly that.  Captain Joe Turner and his crew got off to the fastest start on Day 1, releasing five fish before noon off Haulover Inlet to win the Early Bite.  They went on to release three more fish that day to take the Day 1 lead and win the $82,530 daily with eight releases.  Team OCD held the second place position on day 1 with 6 releases followed by Miss Britt/Contender in 3rd place with five releases.  Captain Ray Rosher and his Miss Britt team also managed to snag the 2nd place daily calcuttas on Day 1 and a $40,770 payday.

Despite tough fishing, sizable daily jackpots kept teams in the game on Day 2, knowing that even a few bites could put them in a position to win big money.  Team HellREYzer was one of those teams.  They blanked on Day 1 of the tournament and answered on Day 2 with six releases to win the daily and finish in 6th overall with total winnings of $97,610.  After a strong 3rd place finish in leg 1 of the Quest for the Crest Series, Captain John Dudas and his Sandman fishing team were sitting pretty in the chase for the burgundy jacket and the Quest title.  However, they stumbled on Day 1 of Sailfish 400 with only one release.  As their grasp on the jacket appeared to be slipping away, they went on an afternoon run on Day 2 to release five fish and catapult themselves into 7th place overall in the tournament to regain the lead for the jacket.  They also took the 2nd place daily on Day 2 earning $49,770 in the tournament.

The top six teams at Sailfish 400 were all decided by time, with each of them releasing six sailfish.  OCD was not able to add any more releases to their 6 fish catch on Day 1, but they still managed to hold onto the 2nd place spot and a paycheck for $20,000.  Local charter boat Top Gun/No Limits caught three fish on Day 1 and three fish before 11 a.m. on Day 2 to secure the 3rd place spot and a $10,000 payout.  Team De-Bait-Able finished 4th with six releases and placed in some added value categories to collect a stout check for $67,470 in the tournament.  Double Diamond/Saltwater Brewery rounded out the Top 5 with six releases and $7,500 in prize money.

Day 2 was much quieter for the 4 Aces crew with only one release, however, their final tally of nine releases was enough to secure the win in the 2017 Sailfish 400.  They say victory is sweet and this one was no exception.  They collected nine different checks totaling $237,230 on their way to waving the checkered flag!  Christian Adrian of 4 Aces also earned the Master Angler title in the tournament with four releases.  Stephanie Choate was the Top Female Angler aboard Miss Britt/Contender with four releases and Billy Carson was the Top Junior Angler aboard Blue Tales with two releases.

Team Utopia didn’t conquer the sails liked they hoped to in the tournament, however, they did manage to land a 19.5-pound dolphin and a 54.4-pound wahoo.  Both fish were the heaviest weighed within their respective categories and the wahoo was the heaviest meatfish of the tournament, netting the team a paycheck for a total of $23,000.  There was no winner in the $122,000 Release Round Up category, so the pot will roll over into the Sailfish Challenge on February 22-26 where it is expected to reach $150,000!  The total purse in the 2017 Sailfish 400 was $702,100.  In addition to the spectacular payouts, the tournament also helped to raise proceeds for its charity, Driving for a Cause, a NASCAR affiliated charity that helps to raise money and awareness for youth and education programs in Miami-Dade County.  For more information on the Sailfish 400 results, visit www.sailfish400.com.  For a complete list of the current standings in the Quest for the Crest, visit www.questforthecrest.com. The next leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, Sailfish Challenge, will be hosted in Fort Lauderdale on February 22-26.  To register for this event visit www.sailfishchallenge.com



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The 3rd Annual Sailfish 400 Returns to Miami

December 22, 2016

Sailfish 400 races back to Miami for its third year on January 11th with plans for another record setting event. This is the second leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, where top sailfishing teams from around the country will compete for an estimated $700,000 purse and their next opportunity to earn points towards a world champion title.

Last year, a record number 47 boats competed for $665,800, the largest purse to date at Sailfish 400. Team Seraphim took home first place and a big slice of the tournament pie with a whopping $246,850 in winnings for their 11 releases. Contender One trailed closely behind with 10 releases that earned them a paycheck for over $78,000. Another first for the tournament and the series was awarded to Cece Imbrie of OCD. She took home the titles of Top Female Angler and Master Angler of Sailfish 400 with six releases.  Team Fishless didn’t finish at the top of the leaderboard but they still managed to collect over $56,000 in prize money combined from daily winnings on day 1 along with a 48 pound kingfish that was the heaviest meatfish caught in the tournament.   

The Area Code Challenge is a fun category in Sailfish 400 that gives teams the opportunity to compete against their local opponents for some extra prize money and hometown bragging rights. The prize category is broken into 305, 954, 561 and LDF (Long Distance Fishing Team) with bonus payouts to each team that wins in their area code.

In addition to cash prizes, a NASCAR Championship weekend prize package, compliments of Homestead Miami Speedway, will be given away to one lucky team competing in the tournament! Teams placing in the Top 8 will be eligible for the NASCAR grand prize. The winner receives six tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, VIP parking passes, pre-race pit passes, post-race victory lane access and a pace car ride.

The race driven theme of the tournament is once again reflected by its chosen charity, Driving for a Cause, which operates under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation to provide support for South Florida youth and educational programs. Driving for a Cause is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts.

The Sailfish 400 kickoff party will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, January 11th at the DoubleTree Grand by Hilton Biscayne Bay. This prime location has much to offer, including standard rooms, suites and condos with a breath taking view of Biscayne Bay, along with retail shopping and several restaurant options inside the hotel. The competition days are January 13th and 14th followed by a party bus excursion in downtown Miami for a Saturday night victory party and an awards brunch on Sunday, January 15th. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Are you ready to wave the checkered flag at Sailfish 400?  Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 (plus tax) valid through December 21st. After December 21st, registration is $4,500 (plus tax). For more information on Sailfish 400 visit wwww.sailfish400.com or call 954-725-4010.  



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Crescendo Sweeps Hero Day & Tournament at Operation Sailfish

December 13, 2016
Crescendo Sweeps Hero Day and Tournament at Operation Sailfish

 

# of Boats: 47                                    Total # of Releases: 218


Operation Sailfish, Leg 1 of the iconic Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series was held on December 7-11 out of Sailfish Marina in West Palm Beach, FL.  An overwhelming spirit of patriotism poured through the crowd during the opening ceremony as the National Guard presented the colors to the singing of the national anthem.  On the day preceding tournament competition, a ‘Take a Hero Fishing Day’ was held where teams had the opportunity to host military veterans, wounded warriors and active duty soldiers on their boat for a day of fishing.  As an added bonus, the event offered trophies for the top military team and top military angler on the hero fishing day.  Operation Sailfish’s 2015 champs, BAR South, put Charlamain Caycedo on two sailfish releases for the day – enough to earn her the top military angler title and the trophy.  Team Crescendo managed to catch one sailfish for their military angler Mark McManus, however, they posted a total of six releases for the day to claim the top team trophy for the most releases.

With the dawn of Day 1 of the tournament, the energy was electric as 47 teams prepared to do battle for their share of a $680,000 purse.  A weather forecast with north winds of 15 to 20 mph had teams anxiously anticipating what might be an epic bite.  Team Utopia, reigning champions in the series, got off to the right start with a double in the first hour of fishing.  Blue Moon entered the tournament with plans of targeting the meat fish calcutta.  However, a triple-header and another single had them leading the fleet with four releases by midday causing them to rethink their strategy!  Sandman, top team from the 2016 Final Sail tournament, was just behind them on time with four releases as well.  With only a couple hours to go Blue Moon, Sandman and Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen were locked up in a three-way tie for first place with four releases each.  In the last hour, Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen released two more fish to claim the $82,530 daily.  Sandman finished second on the day earning a $40,770 payout.

Gusting winds, rainsqualls and building seas made for a challenging day of fishing on Day 2 of the tournament. Lion’s Den jumped out to a hot start releasing five fish before noon to claim the early bite.  They also landed a 39.6-pound cobia that turned out to be the heaviest fish of the tournament.  They finished in 8th place with seven releases and $38,100 in prize money, thanks in large part to the big cobia.

Team Seraphim, winners of 2016 Sailfish 400, also had a great Day 2 with seven releases and a second place daily that was good for $45,770.  With only an hour to go in the tournament, teams Crescendo, Contender One, Sandman and Weez in the Keys were locked up in a 4-way tie for first with Crescendo leading on time.  Two minutes before lines out, the anticipated call came over the VHF.... “Boat #2 hooked up!”  A quick glance at the boat list confirmed that Boat #2 was team Crescendo.  They went on to release the fish in their Mercury powered center console just four minutes after lines out and secured their first victory ever in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  Despite being one of the smallest boats in the fleet, Captain Skip Dana and his crew still managed to get the job done.  They were all smiles as they accepted the champions’ dog tags and their check for $239,280!  Contender One finished in 2nd (for the second year in a row) with earnings of $67,470, followed by Sandman in 3rd with $61,850 and Weez in the Keys in 4th for $8,000. Team Family Matters also had a great tournament finishing in 5th Place with eight releases.

Master Angler of the tournament went to John “J” Walls of Finster with a total of five releases. The Top Lady Angler was Stephanie Choate of Miss Britt with five releases and the Top Junior category was awarded to Matthew Yee of Reel Captivating with one release.

The added value Release Roundup category had a staggering $100,800 in prize money up for grabs during Operation Sailfish; however, no team was successful in claiming the prize. The purse will roll into the next leg of the Quest for the Crest series, Sailfish 400, where it is expected to exceed $130,000.

Three more legs remain before the top sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, takes place January 11-15 in Miami, with a 3rd stop in Fort Lauderdale on February 22-26 and the grand finale in Key West on April 25-30.  For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Operation Sailfish, visit www.operationsailfish.com For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com 



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Team Bar South Chasing a 3Peat at 2016 Operation Sailfish

November 21, 2016

The 5th Annual Operation Sailfish, leg 1 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, returns to Sailfish Marina on December 7-11, with another round of exciting events and an estimated purse in excess of $750,000. The top sailfishing teams in the country will battle for the champion’s dog tags and record setting payouts over two days of fishing in West Palm Beach, FL. BAR South took home the champion’s title in 2015 for their second consecutive year, coupled with a hefty payout of $255,950. Will they accomplish their mission again this year? Or, will another team bring their winning streak to a halt?

In addition to a first place title and the champion dog tags, the Release Round Up has teams ready to charge hard at Operation Sailfish this year. This optional entry category has rolled over from last season with a jackpot expected to exceed $100,000! There are 4 rounds of fishing in the Release Round Up, spread evenly over the 2-day competition.  A random number between 1 and 6 is drawn at the start of each round and represents the minimum number of sailfish a team must release during that round in order to advance to the next.  Once a number is drawn, it cannot be used again. If there is no winner, the pot will rollover to the next leg of the series, Sailfish 400, where it will continue to grow until one lucky team hits the jackpot!

One of the highlights of Operation Sailfish is the opportunity to give back to the men and women who serve our country. The tournament has once again partnered with Operation Homefront, a national 501c(3) military based charity that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Together, they will host a Take A Hero Fishing Day where teams will be paired with local military veterans, active duty soldiers and wounded warriors for a day of fun fishing on Thursday, December 8th followed by a ceremony that evening.  The tournament is also working together with Operation Homefront on a ‘Fill the Jeep’ toy drive to be able to provide toys to children of military families in need during the holidays.  Donations can be dropped off at Sailfish Marina during the tournament weekend.  For more information on the tournament charity and Take A Hero Fishing Day, visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/opsail_charity/

The kick-off party and captain’s meeting is December 7th at Sailfish Marina and opens with a presentation of the colors along with the singing of the national anthem. Tournament days are December 9th and 10th followed by the awards brunch on Sunday, December 11th. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 per team (plus tax) valid through November 16th.  After November 16th, registration is $4,500 per team (plus tax).  For more information on Operation Sailfish visit www.operationsailfish.com or call (954) 725-4010. The entire Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series schedule can be found at www.questforthecrest.com.  



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Non-Pro Teams Dominate the Showdown/Advanced Roofing Claims the Showdown Crown Rings

August 16, 2016

 

70 teams participated in 2016 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 6th.  The Showdown is the final event in the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit that takes place from May through August each year in Pompano Beach, FL.  While the PBSC tournaments attract some of the best fishing teams across South Florida, a signature Non-Pro Division has always been a very popular category in the events for many of the teams that fish the tournaments.  At the close of fishing for the Showdown, a number of Non-Pro teams were on top of the leader board proving they had what it takes to compete with the best of the best in the PBSC series.

One Non-Pro team in particular, Offshore Warrior, had a standout performance in the Showdown.  They weighed in 4 kings for a total of 123.9 pounds.  That score was not only enough to claim the top spot in the Non-Pro Division, it was also enough to win the overall tournament and a paycheck for $12,646! Tax Relief finished 2nd in the Non-Pro Division and 4th overall in the tournament with 102.9 pounds followed by team Blue Brothers in 3rd in the Non-Pro and 7th place overall in the tournament. 

Team Blue Brothers also scored big with a 47.9-pound kingfish that they caught on a monster blue runner right out front of Jupiter Inlet.  The king also turned out to be the heaviest fish of the Showdown.  Blue Brothers made history by becoming the first team to catch the heaviest fish of the tournament back-to-back in the PBSC series.  They posted a 45.7-pound king at the Saltwater Slam back in June.  The big king at the Showdown helped the team on their way to a $13,087 payday.  That payout combined with winnings of $18,124 at the Slam contributed to a 2-tournament score of more than $31,000 for the Blue Brothers crew.

The pressure was on for team Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen heading into the Saltwater Showdown.  They held an 11-point lead over team Pop a Top/Bonefish Mac’s in the race for the Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown.  The Crown recognizes the most dominant meat fishing team in the sport.  Teams must perform at the highest level across all three tournaments in the PBSC series in order to claim this elite title.  Captain Skip Dana and his Pop a Top/Bonefish Mac’s crew were the first to the scale.  They posted a solid 92.2 pounds in 4 kingfish – enough to secure the 6th place position in the tournament.  Captain Jeff Scott from the Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen crew felt they were sitting on about 60 pounds of fish and knew it was going to be too close for comfort.  The first kingfish to hit the scales for ‘The Roofers’ was 9.7 pounds – not enough to meet the 10-pound minimum requirement for the tournament.  Their next three kings made weight for a total of 59.5 pounds and a 15th place finish in the Showdown.  As the numbers were tallied, a mere 2-points separated the Pop a Top and Advanced Roofing teams with The Roofers coming out on top.  In addition to their $8,900 in winnings from the Showdown, Advanced Roofing will also receive a set of custom rings to commemorate their achievement as the #1 meat fishing team across South Florida for 2016!  Team Seapremacy, the 3rd place team in the Showdown, also finished the season in 3rd place for the Showdown Crown followed by How Ya Reelin in 4th and team Shaka in 5th.  Team Shaka also grabbed the 2nd place spot in the Showdown with a solid catch of 3 kings and 2 blackfin tuna for a total of 119 pounds and a check for $12,775.  Team Seapremacy collected a nice payout of $12,682 as well. 

The Junior Master Angler title for the series went to Mason Selvanik of team Rush Rolloff.  In addition to a beautiful trophy sculpture, Mason also received a 75 quart YETI cooler stuffed full of fishing goodies.  Jessica Hawkins on Nearly Impossible was the top female angler with 39 points and Alex Burgess on Seapremacy was the top male angler with 68.4 points.

A record setting cash purse of $444,408 was handed out in the 2016 PBSC series. In addition to the substantial cash prizes, the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit is a tremendous fundraiser for charity as well.  In 2015, the series adopted the Children’s Tumor Foundation as the charitable beneficiary – a relationship that continued forward into the 2016 series.  CTF is devoted to advancing research and care for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that currently has no cure.  NF causes tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body leading to a number of complications that can become life threatening.  Proceeds generated from fish donations, contests, auctions and more will help CTF to conduct the research necessary to one day find a cure for NF.

The largest award handed out during the awards ceremony on Sunday was a 29’ SeaVee boat valued at $132,00!  The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Loadmaster Trailer, T-Top and leaning post.  Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 7th at www.winaseavee.com to see who would be the lucky winner. At around 5pm, Terry Lee of Miami, FL received the phone call of his dreams when he found out that he held the winning ticket, #1425, for the SeaVee boat! A portion 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. 



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Bluewater Movements Hiring Event Coordinator

July 27, 2016

Event Coordinator for Premier South Florida Fishing Tournaments

Position: Event Coordinator

Location: Deerfield Beach, FL

Job Type: Full-Time

Company Overview:

Bluewater Movements, Inc. is a sports marketing company based in South Florida.  We are deeply rooted in the marine industry with a 20-year history organizing some of the largest offshore fishing tournaments in the country.

Position Overview:

Experienced, take-charge professional with ability to manage administration and logistics in a busy special events environment.

Assist with coordination and operation of (7) fishing tournaments per year and attendance at approximately 5 industry trade shows per year.

Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, meet deadlines with minimal supervision and be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends associated with scheduled events on calendar.  Travel required for 3 to 4 of the events each year, with extended stays ranging from 4 to 7 days depending on event.

The event coordinator must have a love for event management, provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional and be able to build strong relationships with anglers, volunteers, media, sponsors and all other instrumental contacts to the business.  A background, passion and/or familiarity with the sportfishing industry is a benefit but not required.

Event Planning Overview:

  • Facilitate online registrations, task management, sponsor fulfillments and other event planning tasks via web based event management software.
  • Ensure that important pre-event documents such as applications, advertising insertions, contractual agreements, etc. are completed and submitted on time.
  • Deliver editorial content and advertising pages for event publications to graphic designer. Oversee proof process for publications.
  • Assist with updates to event website pages.
  •  Draft press releases, email blasts and social media posts for promotion of events.
  • Assist with BEO negotiations at host locations for events.
  • Work with vendors to source shirts, hats, bag samples and other promotional items for events.
  • Assist with design and layout of floor plans for events.
  • General reservations, ordering and scheduling of things like equipment rentals, signage, subcontractors, trophies, supplies, etc.
  • Serve as liaison with vendors and sponsors on event-related matters and fulfillment of sponsor benefits.
  • Assist with onsite setup for events (bag stuffing, banner displays, silent auction, decorations, etc.) and breakdown following conclusion of events.
  • Participate in all facets of event execution – kickoff parties & registrations, competition days, awards ceremonies, etc.
  • Liaison to media on competition days to ensure they have the results information they need for press deadlines.
  • Print collateral distribution to local marine retail stores.
  • Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process

Key Competencies:

  • Communication - Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading and speaking.
  • Multitasker - Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments effectively and efficiently.
  • Interpersonal Skills – highly professional, courteous and outgoing, both in person and by phone.
  • Independent - Ability to accomplish projects with minimal supervision.
  • Team Player – works well with other people.  Role up your sleeves attitude and do what it takes to get the job done.

Other Tasks and Requirements:

  • Day to day office administration responsibilities such as emails, answering phones, shipping, filing, running errands, scheduling meetings, etc.
  • Ensure that all deadlines are properly met for quarterly and annual tax forms for business.
  • In physically fit condition to handle some of the lifting, moving, etc. that may occur in association with set-up or breakdown from an event.
  • Must live in the immediate area or be willing to relocate

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or significant work experience in field are preferred.
  • 3 years experience in office administration preferred.
  • 1 year + experience in event management preferred.
  • Computer Platforms– must be Mac & Windows proficient.
  • Computer Skills - High proficiency using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; mail merges, email and web searches.  Internet savvy.  
  • Content Management System experience
  • Social Media experience with a strong working knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Event Calendar:

  • Sailfish 400 – January
  • Pompano Beach Nautical Flea Market – January
  • Sailfish Challenge – February
  • Miami Boat Show – February
  • Dania Flea Market – March
  • Palm Beach Boat Show – March
  • Final Sail – April
  • Saltwater Shootout – May
  • Saltwater Slam – June
  • Saltwater Showdown – August
  • Fort Lauderdale Boat Show – October
  • Operation Sailfish – December

 

How to Apply:

Please email or fax your resume to:

Email: info@bluewatermovements.com

Fax: 954-725-4070

www.bluewatermovements.com



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Save the Best for Last

July 11, 2016
POMPANO BEACH, FL – The Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown is the final stop and arguably the biggest event in the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  The tournament is set for August 4-7, 2016 with a kickoff party at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on Thursday the 4th, followed by the big competition day on the 6th and an awards ceremony with tremendous cash prizes and trophies. Top that off with a live drawing for a 29’ SeaVee boat at the conclusion of the awards and you got yourself a grand event!


For the first time in the history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, the Saltwater Showdown has shifted to an ‘open’ event available to all fishing teams, regardless of whether they participated in one of the previous legs in the series.  “We want to introduce as many people as we can to the excitement of tournament fishing,” said Jamie Bunn, executive director for the series.  “It’s a benefit to our sponsors and all of the teams involved and it’s how we insure that our sport continues to thrive year after year.”  

For a handful of teams competing in the 18th annual Showdown event, there is a lot at stake.  The Showdown Crown presented by Simrad Electronics, recognizes the most dominant team in this highly competitive style of tournament fishing commonly referred to as ‘meat fishing’.  Team Sailsmen currently sits in the driver’s seat with a narrow lead over team Pop a Top, Off the Wall and Strictly Fishing.  Only one team can claim the elite Super Bowl-style champions rings and the #1 title.  Who will it be?  The conclusion to that story will play out on the grand weigh-in stage on Saturday, August 6th around 4pm at the Sands Harbor Resort & Marina located at 125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, 33062.  For a complete list of the series standings, visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/showdown_crown_results/.  

The Showdown Crown rings won’t be the only prized possession handed out on August 7th at the Showdown awards ceremony. The highly anticipated drawing for a 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000 takes place at the Showdown awards. The boat comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top, leaning post, trim tabs and a Loadmaster Trailer. But, the boat is not built until the winner is chosen, giving them the ability to add options, choose their own color and build the boat exactly the way they want it. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center at approximately 4pm.  Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For more information, visit www.winaseavee.com.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010



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Team Sailsmen Set Record with 218.9 Points in the Saltwater Slam

June 14, 2016

Fishing conditions leading into the 21st Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam were looking pretty dismal with a forecast for light southwest winds and 80% chance of rain.  Needless to say, when team Sailsmen arrived at the scales on Saturday with four kingfish, three dolphin, two cobia and a blackfin tuna for a total of 218.9 pounds, the crowd was in awe of a truly spectacular catch in less than optimal conditions.  While a large number of the teams in the 106 boat fleet headed south at the morning start, Captain Jeff Scott mashed the throttles on their quad Mercury 39’ SeaVee and made the long run north between the waters of Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce.  Scott and his teammates described it as one of those days where you could do no wrong.  They had their tournament limit of fish in the boat by 1 p.m.  The stellar performance proved to be one for the record books for team Sailsmen.  They posted the highest score in the 21-year history of the Saltwater Slam and became the first team ever to cross the 200-pound mark in the tournament.  In addition to their hard earned notoriety, they also earned a sweet payout of $24,415 in first place and they are currently leading the top team of the series race with a total of 57 points.

 

The second place team, How Ya Reelin, had a solid tournament with four kings and two dolphin for a total of 124.3 pounds.  They had the second and third heaviest kings of the tournament at 35 and 30.4 pounds.  Both of those fish catapulted How Ya Reelin into a number of added value categories for a total of $24,298 in prize money!

 

Weighing a solid bag of fish is one way to earn a big paycheck in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  The other way to do it is by weighing one big fish.  That is exactly what team Blue Brothers did in the 2016 Saltwater Slam.  Although they had to battle through the sharks like many teams, they had a smoker bite on their long flat line and they knew it was a good one.  They dodged the sharks and managed to stick the gaff in what turned out to be a 45.7-pound kingfish, the heaviest king of the tournament and heaviest fish overall.  Blue Brothers nabbed an $18,124 payout, thanks in large part to that smoker king, as well as the first place position in the SKA Division 10 event.

 

The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit tournaments are well known for spreading the fun and the money around.  For many years, the tournaments have incorporated a Non-Pro Division that costs no additional money to enter and provides some extra prize money to teams that may be competing at a lower level compared to some of the more seasoned teams in the tournaments.  Team No Drama took advantage of the added value Non-Pro Division with four kings totaling 77.7 pounds.  They tied for eighth place overall in the tournament and won the Non-Pro Division with a nice paycheck for $7,790!

 

Strictly Fishing took the third place spot with 121.5 pounds followed by Dirty Vixens in fourth with 91.2 pounds and Seapremacy in fifth with 90.5 pounds. Vandi Ladenthin from team Gitty Up II was the Top Female Angler with 39.4 points and Chris Meek from Sailsmen took the Top Male Angler title with 68.9 points.  Mason Selvanikon Rush Rolloff was the Top Junior Angler with 38.1 points. Parker Steel on Liquid and Fisher Niemann on Cache Money shared the Top Pee-Wee Angler title with exactly 83.3 points each.  The heaviest dolphin of the tournament, a 25.7-pounder, went to Chris Meekof team Sailsmen.  Will Kelleherof team Miss Michelle landed the heaviest blackfin tuna at 26.8 pounds and Danny Marksof team Sailsmen landed the heaviest cobia at 27.9 pounds.

 

The final leg of the PBSC series, The Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown, is set for August 4-7.  New for this year, the Saltwater Showdown is open to all teams regardless of whether they have fished any prior legs of the PBSC series. 

 

For a complete list of results from the Saltwater Slam visit www.saltwaterslam.com. To register for the Saltwater Showdown visit www.saltwatershowdown.com



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A $253,000 Payout Fuels the Saltwater Slam

May 24, 2016

Anglers heading into the 2016 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam, slated for June 11th are still feeling the buzz of excitement brought to the scales in the first leg of the PBSC series.  146 teams joined the action for the 18th Annual Saltwater Shootout, leg 1 of the series, providing for the largest turnout in over 10 years.  Spectators in attendance for the weigh-in at Sands Harbor Resort & Marina were brought to their feet when teams Off the Wall and Crescendo captured the Pick 3 purse and the KDW Jackpot for a combined total of more than $135,000 in prize money in just two categories!

A $253,341 payout at the Shootout, the largest in the 20-year history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, has created a tremendous amount of momentum heading into leg 2 of the series, the Saltwater Slam.  Who will establish themselves as the front-runner in the 2016 Showdown Crown battle for the top team of the season title?  Pop a Top is off to a hot start with their dominant win at the Shootout.  In addition to the bragging rights that come along with the hard earned title, there is a set of custom rings up for grabs in the Showdown Crown courtesy of Simrad Electronics.

Teams considering throwing their hat in the ring for the Saltwater Slam can look forward to more than just a great payout.  The parties rock, too!  A $400 entry fee covers all the anglers on your boat and gives you access to incredible food hospitality from Blue Moon Fish Company and Bonefish Mac’s along with open bar featuring Bud Light Lime, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Captain Morgan Rum and Jagermeister!  Throw in a team bag filled with tons of sponsor goodies and some killer angler shirts from Salt Armour and it’s like Christmas in the summertime for tournament anglers!  Oh and one more added perk… SeaTow Fort Lauderdale is giving away a complimentary one-year towing membership to the first 100 boats registered for the Slam – a $180 value!

Never fished a PBSC summer tournament before?  Here’s one more bonus for you.  The top ‘First Timer’ team in the tournament wins an extra thousand bucks!  There is also a ‘Non-Pro’ division where qualifying teams can take home some more dough.

The kickoff party and final registration for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam will be held at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on June 9th from 6pm to 10pm. Bring the kids for a great time during the free fishing clinic hosted by IGFA.  The clinic is available to children between the ages of 5 and 12.  Kids that participate in the clinic also have the opportunity to enjoy a free afternoon of fishing on Saturday, June 11th courtesy of Helen S Drift Fishing. Advance registration is required for the kids clinic as spaces are limited. The weigh-in is held at the Sand Harbor Resort and Marina on June 11th and scales open at 4pm. The awards ceremony will be held at the Pompano Civic Center on Sunday, June 12th from 2pm to 5pm.

To register for the Saltwater Slam, go to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010. After May 31st, the early entry fee of $375 (plus tax) increases to $475 (plus tax). 



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Pop A Top Wins Saltwater Shootout! Off the Wall Nails Pick 3 and a $100,000 Payout!

May 10, 2016

 

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Multiple records were broken at the 18th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout held on May 7th out of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, FL.  A cavalry of 145 teams, the largest turnout for the Shootout in over 10 years, showed up to take a shot at what was expected to be a record setting purse.  And, record setting it was.  Just prior to the start of fishing, tournament director, Jamie Bunn, announced that the highly touted Pick 3 category had a staggering $98,280 up for grabs followed by $39,060 in the KDW Jackpot.  Shortly after the announcement the long awaited drawing took place and the target species for the Pick 3 were set – kingfish, dolphin and cobia. 

The 7am start witnessed the majority of the field racing off in different directions in pursuit of the winning catch.  Except for Captain Skip Dana and his Pop A Top/Bonefish Mac’s fishing team.  They parked it right out front of Hillsboro Inlet the entire day and burned a total of about 10 gallons of gas.  They were covered up in a solid blackfin tuna bite all day and supplemented it with some quality kings.  When they arrived at the scale as the last boat to weigh-in, word on the water was that they had the winning bag.  It didn’t take long for those suspicions to be confirmed.  Four blackfin tuna and four kingfish hit the scales for a total of 185.3 pounds and the 1st Place victory in the Shootout.  The win was the first in the last 9 years for the Pop A Top team so there is no doubt that there were many ‘tops popped’ following fishing!  The 1st Place win earned the team a check for $19,345.

Pop A Top wasn’t the only team to create some noise during tournament day.  Just prior to the start of the weigh-in, there was a buzz spreading that two teams may have the KDW and Pick 3 species onboard.  Team Crescendo was the only team to weigh a wahoo in the tournament at 21.9 pounds.  Three weigher kings hit the scale to put Crescendo one step closer to the KDW Jackpot.  The final fish to hit the scale was their 14.6 pound dolphin.  High fives all around as the team realized they had just won the jackpot.  They finished 14th overall with the heaviest wahoo and the KDW Jackpot for a total of $40,160 in winnings! 

Up until the 2016 Saltwater Shootout, the single largest PBSC category payout was handed out to team Rebound in the 2010 Showdown when they won the KDW Jackpot for $81,715.  With their combined winnings, the Rebound team took home a whopping $99,025 that year.  Fast-forward to 2016 and a Pick 3 purse that rolled over for three seasons and record that was bound to change.  And change it did when Captain John Anderson and his Off the Wall team stepped on the stage for the Shootout weigh-in.  With three kings, two dolphin and a cobia on the board Off the Wall had a solid catch at 106.1 pounds to secure the 6th Place position overall in the tournament.  More importantly, they hit the fishing lottery with their Pick 3 catch to claim a $99,680 payout - the single largest payout in the history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit!

Big fish are known to generate big payouts for teams in the PBSC series as well.  Team Wild Kat experienced that first hand at the 2016 Shootout.  They posted a 48.3 pound king that turned out to be the heaviest king and heaviest fish overall in the tournament.  That one fish was good for a $23,835 payout to the team.  Team Eastern Metal Supply/Kluch Clothing took the SKA Division 10 win with a 47.1 pound fish that contributed to a $14,763 payday for the team.

Kimbuktu took the 2nd Place spot with 127.4 pounds and a check for $11,376 followed by Preferred Marine in 3rd with 118.5, Going Reel Deep in 4th with 114 and Sailsmen in 5th with 110.4 pounds. Melanie Chojnacki from team High Gear was the Top Female Angler with 64.3 points and Brandon Rhodes from Pop A Top took the Top Male Angler title with 159.5 points.  Zachary Sullivanon Smile Maker was the Top Junior Angler with 49 points and Christopher Halbe on Double Diamond was the Top Pee-Wee Angler with 52 points.  The heaviest dolphin of the tournament, a 26 pounder, went to Wills Clementeof team Shaka/SkipJac.  Rich Cookof team Reel Control II landed the heaviest blackfin tuna at 33.4 pounds and Michael Tarasof Extractor Fishing Team landed the heaviest cobia at 31.7 pounds.

When all was said and done, a record setting $253,341 cash purse was dished out to the winning teams in the 2016 Saltwater Shootout!  The exciting 3-leg PBSC summer series continues June 9 - 12 with its second leg, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam. Registration for the Saltwater Slam is currently open at www.saltwaterslam.com 

For a complete list of results from the Saltwater Shootout, visit www.saltwatershootout.com



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Exciting Changes In Store for South Florida’s Hottest Summer Tournament Trail

April 29, 2016

POMPANO BEACH, FL - The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit returns to the waters of South Florida on May 7th with its first leg, the 18th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout. Teams from all over will come together to battle for over $275,000 in cash and prizes. In addition to bringing back large payouts for a reasonable entry fee, there are some new and exciting changes that await the tournament series.

 

One of the new additions is a SeaVee Owner’s Tournament Experience held during the first leg of the series in May.  While the tournament is open to all teams, the SeaVee Owner’s Experience will dish out some additional perks for SeaVee teams competing in the tournament.  SeaVee owners will compete for some dedicated prize categories and enjoy a true VIP experience during the kickoff party and weigh-in events.  “It’s a fantastic way to support a great partnership between the series and one of its title sponsors, SeaVee Boats,” said Jamie Bunn, executive director of the series.

 

After a 10+ year hiatus, the PBSC tournament weigh-ins have returned to their prior home at the Sand Harbor Resort and Marina. This prime location has tons to offer from a poolside Intracoastal view, waterside tiki bar, newly renovated rooms, dockage, live music and so much more.  Spectators can watch the big fish hit the scales on a concert sized stage surrounded by sponsor displays or hang out by the bar and catch the action on the flat screen TV’s!

 

The Pick 3 calcutta is back and the stakes are high! It has rolled over the past three seasons and has an estimated payout of $90,000 heading into the Saltwater Shootout! This is the largest payout in the history of the Shootout and the PBSC. During the morning of the tournament, three out of the five qualifying species (kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia and blackfin tuna) will be pulled out of a sealed container. The team to weigh the heaviest combination of the chosen three fish will take home the jackpot and some well-earned bragging rights! If no one catches the winning combination, the pot will rollover to the next leg of the series in June, the Saltwater Slam.

 

By popular demand, the championship leg of the series, the Saltwater Showdown, has changed from an invitation only tournament to an open event. Regardless of whether a team has participated in either of the first two legs of the series, they have the opportunity to take part in the final leg for a shot to win big bucks and tournament prizes.

 

For the second year in a row, the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit has chosen to give back to its community by donating a portion of its proceeds to The Children’s Tumor Foundation. This charitable beneficiary is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.  For more information about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and how you can help, visit: http://www.ctf.org

 

The kick start to the 2016 PBSC summer series happens on Thursday, April 28th with the Bokampers Bash at Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill on the water in Fort Lauderdale. There will be live music and complimentary food and drinks to registered teams courtesy of Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill. With 400 feet of dockage there’s plenty of space to come by boat and represent your team on the water at the party. Bokamper’s Bash is also the last chance to pre-register for the Saltwater Shootout and save $100 on the entry fee. Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through April 28th.  After April 28th, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.

 

The kickoff party for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout takes place at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on May 5th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be live music, a silent auction, delicious food from Blue Moon Fish Company and a free fishing clinic for kids.  Kids that participate in the clinic also have the opportunity to enjoy a free afternoon of fishing on Saturday, May 7th courtesy of Helen S Drift Fishing.  Advance registration is required for the kids fishing clinic is required as spaces are limited.  The awards ceremony returns to the Pompano Civic Center on Sunday, May 8th with food hospitality courtesy of Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille. The Pompano Beach Civic Center is located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010.



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2016 Final Sail Dishes Out $800,000 Purse in Key West, FL

April 21, 2016

The highly touted 2016 Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series came to a close over the weekend with Final Sail, the grand finale of the 4-leg series that spans the east coast waters from West Palm Beach to Key West, FL.  With an $800,000 purse up for grabs and the world champion title on the line, the stakes could not have been higher in Key West for the 36 teams competing in Final Sail.

Leading up to the tournament, the battle for the burgundy jacket and the #1 sailfishing title in the world was highly contested with team Contender One leading the fleet with a cumulative score of 74 points followed by team Liquid in 2nd with 66 points and Utopia in 3rd with 60 points.  Despite a large concentration of fish inside the tournament boundary, conditions forced teams to make the most out of every opportunity they had.  Team Sandman did just that on Day 1, releasing 12 fish to take the $75,000 daily and a commanding lead heading into Day 2.  The Edge got off to a hot start of their own with a total of 10 releases and a $36,000 score for 2nd Place in the daily.

On the dawn of Day 2, light winds and light current made for a slower bite.  Despite the tougher conditions, Captain Ray Rosher and his crew on Miss Britt got into an early rhythm and capitalized on seven releases by lines out.  They grabbed the $75,000 daily on Day 2 and their lead angler, Stephanie Choate, tallied up a total of 11 releases to take the lead in the female angler division as well as the master angler division.  Captain Luis Coll and his Utopia teammates also had a great Day 2 performance with five releases and the 2nd Place $36,000 daily.  Those five releases bumped them up to 13 total for the tournament and a 2nd Place position heading into the final day of the tournament.  Team Sandman followed up their Day 1 performance with another five releases on Day 2 and a four fish lead on Utopia.

Day 3 belonged to team D&D.  They got off to a hot start with 7 releases before noon.  Despite a slow afternoon for the team, they managed to hang on to the lead earning the daily and a paycheck for near $78,000.  Team 4 Aces had the hot hand on the afternoon of Day 3.  They went on a flurry to release seven fish and bump themselves up to 3rd Place overall with 14 total releases and a $102,000 payout.  Team Weez in the Keys earned $28,810 in 4th Place with 14 total releases and The Edge rounded out the Top 5 with 13 releases and a check for $44,880.

Heading into the final day, the fate of the Quest jacket would come down to the wire.  Both Sandman, Contender One, Liquid and Utopia were all within striking distance of claiming the jacket.  Sitting in 2nd Place at the start of Day 3, Utopia fought off a 14-point deficit to take the lead, but they would need to continue catching fish to defend it.  By midday of Day 3, Utopia had not released a single fish.  With other boats in the fleet starting to move up the ladder, it was beginning to look as if Utopia’slead would slip away from them.  Like a true champion, they rose to the occasion and went on an afternoon run to release five sailfish and finish the tournament in 2nd Place with 18 releases.  That finish was enough to secure the jacket and the #1 sailfishing title in the world for 2016.  They also supplemented it with $52,580 in winnings at Final Sail plus a Breitling Emergeny II watch for Luis Coll, top captain in the series, compliments of Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton.  Team Liquid finished 2nd in the points race with 86 points - just 3 points behind Utopia followed by Sandman in 3rd with 84 points, Contender One in 4th with 83 points and Priceless in 5th with 73 points.

While Utopia stole the show in the Quest for the Crest race, the tournament fleet got a steady dose of Sandman all weekduring the grand finale.  Captain John Dudas and his team took the lead on Day 1 and they never relinquished it.  With four releases on Day 3 they finished the tournament with a total of 21 releases and a staggering $260,770 payday!

In the angler category, Stephanie Choate was able to capture the Top Female Angler trophy as well as the Master Angler trophy with a total of 12 releases in the tournament.  The Top Junior Angler was Brett Brincefield on D&D with three releases.  Team Sailsmen weighed the heaviest king of the tournament at 32.1 pounds.  The kingfish also turned out to be the heaviest fish scored in the optional entry Big Fish Bonanza to earn the team a paycheck for $13,650. 

The total purse for the 2016 Final Sail was a record setting $803,950! Combined payouts across all 4 legs of the series tallied  $2.6 million dollars. For a complete list of results for Final Sail visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_results/ 

For a complete list of the standings from the Quest for the Crest, visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/



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Top Sailfishing Team To Be Crowned a World Champion in Key West, FL

March 16, 2016

A world champion title and the coveted Crest Jacket will be up for grabs in Key West, FL on April 12th at Final Sail, the championship leg of the iconic Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. The top sailfishing teams in the country will travel to the southernmost point in the U.S. for the opportunity to prove they have what it takes in this highly competitive sport and compete for an estimated $500,000 purse.

The first three legs of the Quest Series had record-breaking payouts coupled with a record number of registered teams. The purse thus far between the first three legs of the series has totaled more than $1.75 million with the entire series expected to reach an estimated $2.2 million! Team BAR South won the first leg of the series, Operation Sailfish, in West Palm Beach for the second year in a row and took home a hefty payout of $255,950. Sailfish 400 in Miami, the second leg, paid out a total of $246,850 to Seraphim with a 1st Place finish. Jichi, the winner of third leg of the series, the Sailfish Challenge, claimed over $163,000 in first place with 18 releases.  Which team will conquer the final leg of the series in Key West. 

One of the tournament prize categories, the Release Roundup, has rolled over through 3 events.  Jichi had the opportunity to claim the $61,000 Release Roundup purse at the Sailfish Challenge but they were not entered in the category.  As a result the pot for the Release Roundup is expected to exceed $80,000 in Key West.  Not bad for a $1,000 buy in.

The top three teams in the running for the Crest Jacket are Contender One with 74 points, followed closely by Liquid with 66 points and Utopia with 60 points. The scoring format allots points to a team based on where they place in each tournament.  

The top captain of the series will also be recognized at Final Sail with a fitting award to celebrate an achievement of this magnitude. Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton, the official jeweler of the Quest for the Crest, will present a Breitling Emergency2 timepiece valued at $20,000 to the top overall captain.

The final leg of the Quest for the Crest will once again be held at one of the most spectacular locations in all of Florida, The Westin Key West Resort & Marina. This premier location offers several room and suite accommodations, its very own marina and breathtaking sunsets paired with incredible ocean views. And, it’s right around the corner from the notorious Duval Street.

No matter what the occasion, a trip to Key West, FL isn’t complete without some party time on Duval Street! Final Sail participants will get their Duval fix in a big way with the Costa Crawl on Duval following Day 2 of the 3-day competition. Competing teams will depart from the Westin sporting a custom designed pub crawl shirt by Kluch Clothing and some funky cool sunglasses courtesy of Costa. With a scheduled lay day on Friday of the tournament week and four pub crawl stops along the way, things are bound to get a little spicy on Duval Street on Thursday night!  After the trek through the hottest bars in town, the crawl will make its last stop at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon where the night will close out with a live performance from the Andrew Morris Band.  Hold on to your livers.  This night takes no prisoners! 

Final Sail also offers an opportunity to give back by donating a portion of its proceeds to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The foundation funds scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation of marine wildlife. It also believes in supporting efforts to educate and engage our youth about our oceans and marine wildlife.

The last day a team can register is at the kickoff party on Tuesday, April 12th from 5pm - 10pm. Early entry, valid through March 22nd, is $3,750 plus tax.  Late registration fee is $4,500 plus tax. Competition days are April 13th, 14th and 16th, with a lay day on April 15th. An awards ceremony brunch is held takes on April 17th at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina. For more information on Final Sail visit www.finalsail.com or call (954) 725-4010.



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Jichi Nabs $164,0000 at the Sailfish Challenge

February 24, 2016

Rough seas didn’t stop 70 of the top sailfishing teams in the country from releasing plenty of sails during the 13th Annual Sailfish Challenge, leg 3 of the Quest for the Crest. Day 1 of the tournament started out with seas ranging from 6 to 8 feet and had anglers chomping at the bit to get a piece of a record setting $442,610 purse.

The large boundaries for the tournament left teams gambling whether to head north or south in search of a hot bite. Jichi headed south to fish off Triumph Reef on Day 1, which turned out to be a prime choice given their eight releases by 10 am. They continued their hot streak throughout the day and stayed at the top of the leaderboard with 11 releases. Team Good Call made a ‘good call’ to head north off Jupiter and released a total of six fish on the first day to take home a payout over $25,000 in daily prize money. It was anyone’s game at the end of Day 1 with 2nd through 5th Place teams all releasing six fish.  The bite also seemed to be fairly evenly spread between boats to the north and south end of the boundary.  Both Miss Britt and Doing It All/Hardway fished to the north and finished the day with six releases in 3rd and 4th Place.  Captain John Dudas and his crew on Sandman were down to the south in the waters near Jichi and they finished the day with six releases in 5th Place. 

Day 2 of the Sailfish Challenge started off with the first sailfish released just minutes after the lines in announcement. Over 100 sailfish were released before noon and teams that were towards the bottom of the leaderboard climbed to the top for their shot at victory.  While the bite appeared to slow down to the north on Day 2, that was not the case to the south. Jichi came out swinging on Day 2 and never relinquished their lead from Day 1.  They finished in 1st Place with 18 total releases, taking home a payout of $163,460.  Sandman finished strong with a total of 13 releases in the tournament and a 2nd Place finish good for $44,000. Team Fish Tales also released 13 fish and took the 3rd Place spot, based on time, paired with a hefty payout of over $66,000, thanks to a 1st Place daily on Day 2.

The large payouts in the tournament weren’t just for the sailfish releases. The Big Fish Bonanza optional entry category was another opportunity for teams to take home some big bucks for the heaviest meat fish. WishList weighed in two kingfish over 50 pounds with their largest tipping the scale at 52.1 pounds that earned them a check for $15,660 plus a bonus $1,000 for the heaviest king!

Master Angler of the Sailfish Challenge went to Ricky Quartenjena of Jichi with six releases and Top Female Angler was CeCe Imbrie of OCD with four releases. The Top Junior Angler of the tournament was Josh Wiley of Team Regulator.

The Release Round Up optional category rolls over again to the last leg of the series, Final Sail in Key West, where teams will have the chance to win an estimated $80,000. Team Jichi made it through each round of fishing with their winning fish released seven minutes before lines out. Unfortunately, they didn’t opt in to the calcutta and lost the pot of over $61,000.

Final Sail is also the last opportunity for teams to move up the ranks in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. This grand finale will be held April 12–17 at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina and will award the highest accolade in tournament sailfishing: The Crest Jacket. Contender One is currently in the lead with 74 points. Liquid follows closely behind with 66 points and Utopia sits in 3rd with 60 points.  Stay tuned to see which team will claim the jacket and the #1 sailfishing title in the world for 2016!

For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for the Sailfish Challenge, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com. For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com   



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The Sailfish Challenge Returns, Now a 2-Day Tournament

February 10, 2016

The Sailfish Challenge, the largest sailfish tournament in the country, is returning to Fort Lauderdale on February 17th and has changed its format from a single day tournament to a 2-day competition. Teams will now have the opportunity to move up the ranks during a second day of fishing and a chance at daily prize money that wasn’t up for grabs in the previous 1-day format. This is the third stop for the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series that spans throughout the South Florida coast.

During last year’s single day of fishing, a total of 230 sailfish were released between Palm Beach and Miami waters. Teams had the option to depart from three different inlets, Lake Worth, Hillsboro and Government Cut, giving them a chance to reach their preferred fishing grounds at a quicker rate. Miss Annie took off through their home inlet of Lake Worth in Palm Beach and released 10 fish to earn a 1st Place title and a payout of $195,565 in just one day of fishing!

A new optional entry category to the Quest Series, Release Round Up, has rolled over to the Sailfish Challenge with an estimated payout of $70,000. Teams entered in this optional category will have the chance to take home a large check if they successfully move through four rounds of fishing during the tournament.

Another optional category that is sure of a hefty payout is the Big Fish Bonanza. This winner take all calcutta will go to the team that weighs in the largest meat fish at the Sailfish Challenge. Qualifying species are dolphin, tuna, wahoo, kingfish and cobia. Lagniappe took home the bacon during last year’s tournament with a 46.7 lb dolphin. That single fish reeled them in a whopping $17,550!

Costa del Mar Sunglasses and The Billfish Foundation have partnered up again to bring back The Release Report Challenge. Anglers participating in the tournament have the chance to win a Costa prize pack and a grand prize entry for a trip to Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. All they have to do is report their sailfish releases to The Billfish Foundation at the end of the competition.

The Sailfish Challenge’s chosen charitable donations are once again going to the International Game Fish Association’s conservation programs. The IGFA works to promote ethical sport and productive science around the world in order to ensure the future of angling.

Final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is February 17th at the kickoff party, where you can come by boat to the host location at Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale. Competition days are Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th. The awards ceremony follows on Sunday, February 21st and will once again be held at Blue Moon Fish Company, where there’s always an amazing spread. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. For more information on the Sailfish Challenge, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.



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Seraphim Takes the Checkered Flag and $247,000 at Sailfish 400!

February 4, 2016

A record setting field of 47 teams and a record setting purse of $665,000 had teams on the edge of their seat for the second leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  A low pressure system passed through the day before the tournament and sent temperatures plummeting to the low 50’s with a wind off the northwest on Day 1 of Sailfish 400.  Despite really fishy conditions, teams struggled on the first day of the tournament and they had to make every bite count.

 

Team Priceless did just that, releasing six fish on Day 1 to claim the top spot in the fleet and $35,100 in daily money.  Teams Miss Britt, OCD and Fishless trailed close behind with five releases each.  Registering across the board in the tournament bets paid dividends for Miss Britt with a $78,000 payday on Day 1.  Fishless also scored big with a $38,000 payday on Day 1.

 

On Day 2 of the tourney, the wind clocked around a bit more off the north and the bite picked up significantly with several teams calling in fish shortly after the 7:30am lines-in announcement.  Team Liquid got off to the hottest start of the day releasing six sailfish by 11:30am.  While Liquid was racing up the leaderboard, Team Seraphim was quietly making some waves of their own with a steady sailfish bite.  With only a couple of hours to go in the tournament, Seraphim pulled into a tie with Liquid, each of them with nine releases.  Not long after, Seraphim hooked and released a double header to move ahead with 11 releases and they never looked back.  Captain Jerry Pohl and his crew on Seraphim took 1st Place overall in the tournament and cashed their first check ever in the Quest Series in the process.  At $247,000 in total earnings, it was definitely a check worth waiting for!  In addition to their monster payout, Carl Lindner also claimed the Top Male Angler title in the tournament with five releases.

 

The real battle for position happened in the last 10 minutes of the tournament.  Five teams were in a dead tie for the 2nd Place spot with nine releases each, with Liquid holding the lead on time.  At 3:51pm Captain Quinton Dieterle of team Contender One called in a hookup and minutes later called in the release to jump ahead of Liquid on the leaderboard in 2nd Place.  With just 1 minute left before the 4pm ‘lines out’ call, team Priceless called in a hookup that would push them into the 3rd Place position with 10 releases if they caught the fish.  About 10 minutes later Captain Jorge Sanchez called in the release and made it official.  Contender One finished in 2nd Place with a total payout of $78,410, followed by Priceless in 3rd with $55,540 and Liquid in 4th with $55,360.  Team Fishless also added to their Day 1 winnings by catching the heaviest kingfish of the tournament, a 48-pounder, on Day 2.  The fish netted them near $18,000 in big fish money for total earnings of $56,140 in the tournament.

 

For the first time in the history of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, the Master Angler title was awarded to a lady angler.  CeCe Imbrie, of team OCD, bested her fellow female and male anglers in the tournament with a total of six releases. Top Junior Angler bragging rights went to Reed Ekey on ECO Fishing Team with one release.

Ties to NASCAR, Homestead Miami Speedway and its charity ‘Driving for a Cause’ were the inspiration behind the race theme for Sailfish 400.  As an added bonus, the Top 8 teams also had the chance to win an amazing prize pack from Homestead Miami Speedway. Six tickets to the Ford Championship Weekend that included the Ford EcoBoost 200, Ford EcoBoost 300, Ford Eco Boost 400, Pre-Race Pit Passes, Post-Race Victory Lane Access, Pace Car Rides and a VIP Parking Pass went to the 5th Place team in the tourney, team Qualifier!

Only two legs remain in the Quest for the Crest before a world champion sailfishing team is crowned. Leg 3, Sailfish Challenge, takes place February 17-21 in Fort Lauderdale and the finale stops is in Key West on April 12-17. For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Sailfish 400, visit www.sailfish400.com. For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com  



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Top Teams Vie to Wave the Checkered Flag at The Sailfish 400

January 11, 2016

The second leg of the Quest for the Crest, the Sailfish 400, returns to the southern waters off Miami on January 27th and brings a flood of fisherman that are eager for the chance to get one step closer to a world champion title. An estimated purse of $600,000 and pursuit of the iconic Quest for the Crest Jacket will drive these teams to perform at the top of their game. The first leg of the series got off to a hot start in Palm Beach with a near 400 releases.  With recent cold fronts pushing the sailfish south, expectations are high for another great bite in Miami by the end of the month.

Last year’s inaugural Sailfish 400 was a spectacular event at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay with 43 registered boats and a tournament purse of $574,000. The top four teams of the tournament all released the same number of fish but it was team De-Bait-Able that took home the champion’s title, based on time. They also took home a whopping $175,000 in the 2-day tournament. 

A new optional entry category, the Release Roundup, is another chance for teams to take home a big slice of the tournament pie.  The category is divided into 4 rounds over the 2 days of fishing with a morning and afternoon round each day. Before each round of fishing, a number between 1 and 8 will be drawn from a sealed container.  The number drawn will determine the number of sailfish to be released in order to move on to the next round.  The pot from the first leg of the series has rolled over to the Sailfish 400 with an estimated payout of close to $50,000.  If there is no winner the purse will roll over to the next leg of the series, the Sailfish Challenge, in February. 

 

The Area Code Challenge is back and hyping up teams to compete against fellow opponents from their same area code. Teams fishing will have the chance to take home some extra prize money and the satisfaction of beating their local competition. 

In addition to the hefty payouts, there will also be a NASCAR Championship weekend prize package presented, compliments of Homestead Miami Speedway. The top 8 teams in the tournament will be eligible for this fantastic prize! The package includes six tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, VIP parking passes, pre-race pit passes, post-race victory lane access and a pace car ride.

The race driven theme of the tournament is once again reflected by its chosen charity, Driving for a Cause, which operates under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation to provide support for South Florida youth and educational programs. Driving for a Cause is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts. 

The Sailfish 400 kick off party will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 27th at host venue DoubleTree Grand by Hilton Biscayne Bay. This supreme location has so much to offer, including standard rooms, suites and condos with a breath taking view of Biscayne Bay, along with retail shopping and several restaurant options inside the hotel. The competition days will be January 29th and 30th followed by a party bus excursion to South Beach on Saturday night and an awards brunch on Sunday, January 31st. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 (plus tax) valid through January 12th. After January 12th, registration is $4,500 (plus tax). For more information on the Sailfish 400 visit wwww.sailfish400.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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2015 Opertion Sailfish Sets Multiple Records

December 16, 2015

A record setting purse reaching a near $700,000 set a tone of intensity for 54 boats at the 4th Annual Operation Sailfish in West Palm Beach, FL. This first leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series took place on December 12th & 13th at Sailfish Marina and was the first chance for teams to put points on the board for the coveted Crest Jacket. Team BAR South, winners of last year’s Operation Sailfish, took home the top title for the second year in a row with a total of 18 releases that landed them a payout of $255,950 – the largest amount ever paid out to a team in any of the Quest tournaments.  BAR South also earned a set of six custom 14-karat champion’s dog tags from Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton.

Even though BAR South took home the top title, it was a slow start for the team during the first day of fishing with only four releases under their belt. Blue Time took the lead on Day 1 with a total of nine releases to earn a daily payout of $96,400.  They added just 2 more releases on Day 2 to finish in 7th place overall with total earnings of $100,900.  Team Sailsmen trailed closely behind Blue Time on Day 1 with eight releases, earning a daily payout of $47,520!

Tournament sponsors, Contender and SeaVee Boats were well represented on the leaderboard with a number of their teams performing well over the course of both days. Towards the end of Day 2, both Contender One, a 39-foot Contender, and Kimbuktu, a 39-foot SeaVee, found themselves in a heated battle for the top spot in the tournament. Contender One capitalized on a late bite with just minutes to go in the tournament to secure the 2nd place spot with 15 releases.  Second place netted the Contender One team a total payout of more than $134,000.  Kimbuktu finished in 3rd with a check for $38,720 and 14 releases.  Contender Boats also claimed the Boat Builder’s Throwdown trophy as the top scoring boat brand in the tournament.  They finished with a total of 70 points followed by SeaVee Boats in 2nd with 68 points.

The stellar sailfish bite wasn’t the only excitement of the tournament. A 104.6 lb yellowfin tuna, caught by Tara Eddings aboard Miss Britt, set another record as the largest fish ever weighed during any Quest for the Crest tournament and any of the Bluewater Movements tournaments for that matter. Unfortunately, Miss Britt was not entered in the Big Fish Bonanza and the $19,350 pot went to Lion’s Den with a hefty 46.1 lb dolphin.

The last 10 minutes in the radio room were on fire with teams calling in hook ups left and right before the 4:00pm lines out.  Team De-Bait-Able created some real excitement when they hooked 5 fish just before the lines out announcement! With $700,00 on the line and a clock ticking down, teams were frantic as the pressure of a single sailfish release could make or break their ranking and a possible paycheck. When the dust settled, a total of 384 sailfish were released during the two competition days of Operation Sailfish.

Master Angler of the tournament went to Rob Gothier of BAR South with a total of nine releases. The Top Lady Angler was Stephanie Choate of Miss Britt with five releases and the Top Junior category was awarded to Erik Perna of Miss Emma with four releases.

Three more legs remain before the top sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, takes place January 27-31 in Miami, with a 3rd stop in Fort Lauderdale on February 17-21 and the grand finale in Key West on April 12-17.  For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Operation Sailfish, visit www.operationsailfish.com For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com  



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Patriotic Sailfish Tournament Poised to Invade the Waters of West Palm Beach

November 9, 2015

The top sailfishing teams in the country are heading back to West Palm Beach, FL on December 9-13 for the 4th Annual Operation Sailfish, the first leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. This year the estimated purse for the entire series is $2.5 million and teams are amped up to get their first slice of the pie at Operation Sailfish. 

Money isn’t the only reason these teams are gearing up to fish the largest sailfish series in the country. The most iconic achievement in competitive sailfishing is up for grabs – the Quest for the Crest Jacket. Operation Sailfish is the first opportunity for teams to accumulate points towards the series, getting them one step closer to the Crest Jacket and the title of the top sailfishing team in the world. In order for a team to be able to take home this title and sport the most prestigious award in competitive sailfishing, they will have to perform at the highest level throughout all four legs of the series. Last year’s champion, BAR South, did just that by scoring a total of 97 points for the entire series to take home over $358,570 in prize money.

BAR South also claimed the top spot in last year’s Operation Sailfish, with a total of 12 releases and a payout of $157,170. They received a set of 6 custom jewelry style dog tags to celebrate their achievement, designed and presented by Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton. Following closely behind BAR South was team Swagger in 2nd Place, also with 12 releases, earning them a check for $92,980. The total purse for last year’s Operation Sailfish was $541,270 – a number that is expected to be even larger this year! 

A new optional entry category called the ‘Release Roundup’ has been added at each leg of the series this year.  In this rollover style category, there are 4 rounds of fishing, each lasting 4 hours, and a number from 1 to 8 is drawn from a sealed container at the start of each round.  The number drawn represents the minimum number of sailfish a team must release in order to advance to the next round.  At the conclusion of the final round, if there is no winner, the prize money in the pot will roll over to the next tournament of the series where it will continue to grow until one lucky team hits the jackpot!

The patriotic spirit of Operation Sailfish is enhanced through its support of Operation Homefront, a national 501c(3) military based charity that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. The tournament plans to honor the men and women who have courageously served our country by donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity. Together they will also host a ‘Take A Hero Fishing’ day on Thursday, December 10th where military heroes will be invited to fish with some of the teams competing in the tournament.

The kick-off party and captain’s meeting for Operation Sailfish is December 9th at the Buccaneer, which is next door to Sailfish Marina on Singer Island.  Operation Sailfish opens with a presentation of the colors and singing of the national anthem to recognize and show our deepest gratitude for the men and women who serve the greatest country in the world!  Tournament fishing days are December 11 & 12 with an awards brunch back at the Buccaneer on Sunday, December 13th. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 per team (plus tax) valid through November 20th.  After November 20th, registration is $4,500 per team (plus tax).  For more information on Operation Sailfish visit www.operationsailfish.com or call (954) 725-4010. The entire Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series schedule can be found at www.questforthecrest.com

There will also be a pre season party to kick off the Quest for the Crest at the Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. The party is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th and is sure to be a great time! There will be live music, delicious cuisine from one of the local food trucks and free Quest for the Crest Ale for all registered teams.



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In-2-Bait Wins the Saltwater Showdown and Blue Moon/Shameless Takes Home the Showdown Crown

August 11, 2015

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 7am 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



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Pick 3 Expected to Exceed $80,000 at Saltwater Showdown

July 21, 2015

One Prize Could Be Worth Over $80,000 At Saltwater Showdown!

POMPANO BEACH, FL – It’s not every day that you can spend $200 in a fishing tournament for the chance to win over $80,000!  Heck, it’s not every day that you can spend $200 for the chance to win over $80,000 anywhere!  Teams competing in the 17th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 8th will have that exact opportunity complements of a prize category called the Pick 3.   The Pick 3 jackpot has rolled without a winner over for the past 3 seasons of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  On the morning of the tournament, 3 of the tournaments 5 eligible species (Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna and Cobia) will be drawn from a sealed container.  The 3 that are drawn are the 3 that must be caught for a team to win the massive pot.  The heaviest combination of these 3 fish will determine the winner in the event that more than one team catches the target 3.

 If there were ever a field qualified to win the Pick 3, it’s the Showdown field.  The tournament is an invitation only event, where teams have to qualify their way into a spot based on how they perform in the Saltwater Shootout and Saltwater Slam events in May & June of the 3-leg summer series.  Only 75 teams receive the invite out of a series that hosts near 300 boats each year.

This “Superbowl” of summer tournaments is also the last opportunity for teams to show their skills in the battle for the distinguished Showdown Crown, sponsored by Simrad Electronics.  The Showdown Crown recognizes the most dominant team in what is considered by many to be the brightest and biggest stage for competitive meat fishing teams in the sport.  At the top of the leaderboard, with 55 points, is Off the Wall.  With 3rd and 4th place finishes in the first two legs of the series, Captain John Anderson and his crew on Off the Wall have certainly been the most consistent team in the series thus far.  Blue Moon/Shameless, winners of the Saltwater Shootout, are in 2nd with 54 points and following closely behind is Conched Out with 52 points. Scoring is determined by where teams placed during the first two legs of the series.  For a complete list of the series standings, visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/showdown_crown_results/.  In addition to a hefty payout and bragging rights, the Showdown Crown winners will also be awarded one of a kind “Superbowl style” rings.

 If you want to watch championship caliber teams hoist monster fish on the scales for the chance to win their share of a $150,000 purse, stop by for the weigh-in at Hillsboro Inlet Park at 4pm in Pompano Beach.  Miller’s Ale House will be serving up hot burgers and cold drinks for spectators enjoying the afternoon weigh-in at the park as well.  Hillsboro Inlet Park is located at 2700 N Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, 33062.

The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown and the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will come to a close on Sunday, August 9th but not before the highly anticipated SeaVee boat drawing takes place. The boat up for grabs will be a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000! It comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top, leaning post, trim tabs and a Loadmaster Trailer. And, that’s not even the best part! The boat isn’t built until the winner is confirmed! This offers the flexibility to pick the color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center following the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Children’s Tumor Foundation and the IGFA Junior Angler Association. For more information, visit www.winaseavee.com.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010



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Team Get R Wet/Reel Addiction Wins the 20th Annual Saltwater Slam!

June 17, 2015

2015 marked a milestone for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam as tournament organizers, sponsors and participating teams celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the tournament.  What started as a small community tournament operated out of a local tackle shop has evolved into a premier event that is part of one of the largest and most popular fishing series in the country!

The celebration kicked off on Thursday, June 11th with live music, an amazing spread of food from Blue Moon Fish Company and hospitality bars from Miller’s Ale House that served up complementary drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Casamigos Tequila, Captain Morgan Rum and SweetWater beer.  Many anglers participated in a corn hole contest during the kickoff to help raise money for the tournament’s charity, the Children’s Tumor Foundation.  Team O-Sea-D showed the rest of the teams how it’s done by winning the contest.  They were also gracious enough to donate their portion of the winnings back to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

On Saturday, June 13th at 7am, the real contest began as 92 boats hammered the throttles down in pursuit of their winning catch in the 20th anniversary of the Saltwater Slam.  Team Get R Wet/Reel Addiction carved out a place for themselves in the Saltwater Slam record books with a tremendous catch and a 1st place victory in the Slam.  After a long day of fishing, the team pulled up to the scales in their Mercury powered 39’ SeaVee and weighed in 2 kings, 4 tuna and 2 dolphin for a total of 152.7 pounds.  One of the dolphin was a slob at 38.4 pounds and proved to be the heaviest dolphin and heaviest fish overall in the tournament.  The team collected a total of $30,988 in winnings including Top Team, Heaviest Dolphin, Heaviest Overall Fish, 1st place in the Big 3, 1st in the Bluewater Bonanza and 1st in the Ante Up!

The top team from the 2014 season of the PBSC, team Makin Time/Living Water, had a solid finish at the second stop in the 2015 series as well.  They weighed in 4 kings and 4 tuna for a total of 133.8 pounds that netted them a 2nd Place finish and $7,970 in prize money.  When they accepted their awards on the stage they generously donated back the $600 that they earned in the charity division in support of the Children’s Tumor Foundation! 

The top five spots in the Slam were rounded out with Off the Wall in 3rd with 89.9 pounds, followed by Conched Out in 4th with 87.2 pounds and Bionic Bait/Cache Money in 5th with 87.1 pounds.  Heading into the championship leg of the series, Captain John Anderson and his Off the Wall crew are also sitting in 1st Place for the Simrad sponsored top team of the series award.  The team that wins the series will receive a set of custom made rings and join an elite group of teams in the PBSC history books.  Team Blue Moon/Shameless and Conched Out are right on the heels of Anderson’s team in 2nd and 3rd place.  It will take a strong performance by the teams in contention in order to claim the rings and the #1 title for the Showdown Crown at the end of the season in August.

Wahoo, tuna and dolphin were the 3 target species in the highly touted Pick 3prize category for the Slam.  There were a few boats that brought tuna and dolphin to the scales, but no team was successful in catching all 3.  So, the $67,680 pot rolls over again into the Saltwater Showdown in August where it is expected to reach $80,000!  There was no winner in the KDW Jackpot either, so it will roll over to the Showdown as well, with an anticipated payout of $20,000.

The most entertaining contest of the 20th Annual Saltwater Slam was inspired by tournament sponsor, SweetWater Brewing Company and their ‘Don’t Float the Mainstream’ costume contest!  Many of the teams showed their spirit as they stepped on the stage in full costume at the weigh-in for the shot at earning a bonus $500 from SweetWater.  There were a number of great costumes but it was the ‘villains’ from Hoo We Billin that stole the show when they stepped on stage representing iconic villains like Freddy Krueger, Hellraiser and The Mask.  They even used a few of their fish as props!

The Top Male Angler of the tournament was Steve Fishman from Makin Time/Living Water with 76.7 points.  Top Female Angler went to Nikki White of O-Sea-D with 19.8 points. The Top Junior Angler was Hunter Irvine of Young Guns and Brandon Ingram of Reel Stubborn won top Pee Wee Angler. In addition, the Top Average Joe Team was Team Reel Line with 76.6 points.  For full results of the Saltwater Slam visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/slam_results/.

The final leg of the series will take place August 6th- 9th. The highly anticipated Win a SeaVee Boat Giveaway will take place after the awards ceremony on August 9th at the Pompano Beach Civic Center. A Brand new 29’ SeaVee complete with twin 250 HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top & leaning post, trim tabs and a Loadmaster Trailer, a $132,000 value, will be awarded to a lucky winner. For information on how to enter this drawing visit www.winaseavee.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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$60,000 Prize Category Up for Grabs in the Saltwater Slam!

May 29, 2015

Anglers prepping for the 2015 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam, slated for June 13th, have something very enticing to think about.  A 3-fish bag in the Slam could be worth over $60,000 to their team if that bag contains the right fish combination.  The Pick 3 Jackpot, an optional entry category in the PBSC series, has not had a winner in the past few tournaments and as a result, the pot has climbed to over $50,000 and is expected to exceed $60,000 at the Slam.  Three of the tournament’s targeted five species (dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, blackfin tuna and cobia) are pulled from a sealed container on the morning of the tournament.  Whichever three fish are selected are the three that must be caught for the chance to win the prize money. 

Team Hoo’s Naked had the winning Pick 3 combo at the first leg of the PBSC series in May, However, they were not entered into the added value category, so the pot rolled over again to the upcoming Saltwater Slam.  While it was most assuredly a hard pill to swallow for the Hoo’s Naked team, there were around 122 other teams in the tournament that gasped a sigh of relief when they realized that the pot was still alive heading into the Saltwater Slam.

In addition to the Pick 3 pot, there are over 50 other cash prize categories in the Saltwater Slam totaling close to $150,000 in payouts.  Couple that with other great benefits like open bar courtesy of Captain Morgan, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Casamigo Tequila and SweetWater beer, along with complementary food from Blue Moon Fish Company, Bonefish Mac’s and Miller’s Alehouse and a team bag stuffed full of angler shirts and cool sponsor freebies, it’s virtually impossible to comprehend how the tournament operates on a $400 entry per team! And, that’s all anglers included!

The Saltwater Slam is the second leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and the last chance for boats to qualify for the invitation only championship leg of the Circuit, the Saltwater Showdown.  75 teams across the first two legs of the series will receive an invitation to compete in the championship Showdown on August 8th, based on how they perform in the qualifying legs of the series.

The kickoff party and final registration for the Slam will be held at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on June 11th from 6pm to 10pm.  The weigh-in is held at the Hillsboro Inlet Park on June 13th and scales open at 4pm.  SweetWater beer will be sponsoring a ‘Don’t Float the Mainstream’ Costume Contest for the best-dressed team at the weigh-in, so stop by to see the great catches and great outfits.   

To register for the Saltwater Slam, log on to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010. After May 29th, the early entry fee of $375 (plus tax) increases to $475 (plus tax). 



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2015 Saltwater Shootout Hits $171,000 Payout!

May 12, 2015

123 boats cleared Hillsboro Inlet on Saturday May 9th, in hopes of claiming their piece of the $171,000 cash purse up for grabs in the 17th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout.  Weighing heavy on the minds of the fishing fleet just prior to the 7am Bimini start was the Pick 3.  In this added value category, 3 of the 5 eligible species (dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, blackfin tuna and cobia) are drawn from a sealed container on the morning of the tournament.  The 3 fish that are drawn are the 3 fish that must be caught for the chance to win the money in the pot.  It just so happens that the pot was in excess of $55,000 for the first leg of the 2015 summer series!  3 consecutive pulls from the Pick 3 container yielded the letters K, D & W.  And so it was set, a weighable kingfish, dolphin and wahoo could be worth over $55,000 to the team that landed all 3 provided they were entered into the added value category.

Light winds and calm seas made for challenging fishing conditions on tournament day. Team Hoo’s Naked didn’t let that stop them from finding the fish.  They stayed close to home fishing off the steeple in their 21’ Mercury powered center console, once again proving that you don’t have to run far or have a big boat to be competitive in these events.  Captain Ross Buehrer and his Hoo’s Naked crew landed 3 kings, 2 dolphin, 1 wahoo and a tuna for a grand total of 138 points and a 2nd place finish good for a $10,680 paycheck in the Shootout!  Hoo’s Naked was also the only team in the 123 boat fleet to bring the KDW trio to the scales, however, they were not entered in the category so the pot will roll over into the 2nd leg of the series on June 13th, where it is expected to exceed $65,000!

Hoo’s Naked wasn’t the only team to enjoy success fishing relatively close to home in the Shootout.  Bryce Statham, owner of Blue Moon Fish Company, and his captain Jim Oliverof Shameless Live Bait, spent the majority of their day combing the waters off Boynton Beach for their winning catch.  And, win they did.  They posted 4 kingfish and 3 tuna for a total of 145.4 points and the 1st place victory in the tournament.  After years of scratching and clawing to try and find his way to the top of the leader board in a PBSC event, it all came together for Bryce and his team at the first leg of the 2015 series.  Together, team Blue Moon/Shameless knocked down almost $18,000 in prize money along with the Top Male Angler award for Captain Jim Oliverand the Top Family award for the team as well.

The biggest payday in the 2015 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout went to the 3rd place team.  Captain Rich Sujatand his SKA team onboard Lunasea made a longer run to fish the waters off Jupiter but it proved to be a run worth making.  The first bait in the water on tournament morning landed them a 48.9 lb kingfish.  That fish turned out to be the heaviest kingfish of the tournament as well as the single heaviest fish of all species weighed.  That one fish was worth over $28,000 alone to the team!  But, they were not done there!  Later in the day they bagged another monster king at 48.2 pounds that turned out to be the 2nd heaviest king and 2nd heaviest fish overall for the tournament!  They added a 26.7 lb king later in the day to push them into the 3rd place spot on the leader board and added another $10,000 plus to their earnings for a total of $38,362!

The 4th place spot in the tournament went to Off the Wall with 110.8 pounds of fish followed by D&D in 5th with 110.5 pounds of fish.  The Top Female Angler title was awarded to Valentina Pazof Preferred Marine Fishing Team with 53.5 points.  Hunter Irvineon Young Guns was the Top Junior Angler with 59.8 points and Christina Diazon High Gear was the Top Pee-wee Angler with 74.3 points.  The heaviest dolphin of the tournament, a 35 pounder, went to Rick Stephanoof team Bonefish Mac’s.  David Segalof team Pauly’s World landed the heaviest blackfin tuna at 37.6 pounds and Zack Kroumanof 8th Avenue Fishing Team landed the heaviest cobia at 44.7 pounds.

The exciting 3-leg PBSC summer series continues June 10 - 14 with its second leg, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam.  With an estimated $65,000 pot up for grabs in the Pick 3 category during the Slam, there’s bound to be some excitement at the scales in June!  Registration for the Saltwater Slam is currently open at www.saltwaterslam.com 

For a complete list of results from the Saltwater Shootout, visit www.saltwatershootout.com



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Team SeaHunter Claims Victory at Final Sail! Team Bar South Claims the Crest Jacket!

April 22, 2015

After 4 months of high stakes competition that covered the waters from Palm Beach to Monroe County, a new world champion in sailfishing was crowned at the Westin Resort & Marina in Key West, FL where the grand finale of the 2015 Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series was held. With combined finishes in 1st, 19th, 3rd and 5th in the 4-leg series, team BAR South became the 3rd team in the history of the series to don the coveted burgundy crest jacket and claim their spot as one of the elite sailfishing teams around the globe. In the process, they also set a new series record with 97 points tallied across 4 events. Previous winners, team Blue Time and Doing It All/HardWay posted 74 points and 92 points respectively during their victory seasons in the Quest for the Crest.  In addition to the jackets, BAR South also knocked down a total of $358,570 in prize money over the course of their 2015 season in The Crest series. Team Swagger finished in 2nd place in the chase for the jacket with 79 points followed by DeBaitAble in 3rd with 68 points.

Tough fishing conditions in Key West forced teams competing in the Final Sail event to fish even harder and make every bite count. Whether fishing is good or bad, championship teams rise to the occasion in a championship event.  And, that is exactly what Team SeaHunter did at Final Sail in Key West.  Captain Ralph Montolvo and his crew released five sailfish on Day 1 of the competition, three on Day 2 and three on Day 3 for a total of 11 releases and a check for $70,570 that consisted of $50,000 for first place with another $20,570 in added value categories. Bernie Perez, onboard Team SeaHunter was also the Master Angler of the tournament with six releases.  While Final Sail was the first appearance for Team SeaHunter in the Quest for the Crest Series, it’s not likely to be their last!

Team OCD, a Naples based team, claimed 2nd place in Final Sail with a total of 10 releases. They only managed to catch 2 fish on the first 2 days of the tournament; however, they turned the heat up big time on Day 3 catching 8 fish to top the fleet on the final day. CeCe Imbrie on OCD also took the Top Female Angler category in the tournament with 4 releases. She battled fiercely against her friend and fellow female angler, teammate Suzanne Adams, for the female angler title. Suzanne finished 2nd right behind CeCe on time with 4 releases. The Top Junior Angler title went to Erik Perna on board ECO Fishing Team with 2 releases. Erik won a unique palm frond sailfish from Key West and a $150 gift card from Bass Pro Shops.

The 3rd place spot and the highest payout in Final Sail went to the Silent Hunter fishing team.  Captain James Platt and his team on Silent Hunter posted nine releases in their Mercury powered SeaVee to claim a check for $143,565.  Much like Team SeaHunter, Final Sail also marked the first event of the series for the Silent Hunter crew.  Not a bad showing for their first appearance!

Although Final Sail is focused primarily on sailfish, there is also some good money up for grabs for the heaviest dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, tuna and cobia caught in the tournament. Team Cash Out caught the heaviest wahoo of the tournament at 42.3 pounds.  The wahoo was also the single heaviest fish of the tournament netting the Cash Out team a total of $13,700 in prize money.  A total of $685,100 was handed out to winning teams in the 2015 Final Sail event.

When the final tallies were run at the end of the series, a total of $2.2 million dollars in prize money was handed out across the 4 events in the Quest for the Crest. For a complete list of results for Final Sail visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_results/ 

For a complete list of the standings from the Quest for the Crest, visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/



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South Floridas Hottest Summer Tournament Circuit is Back

April 22, 2015

The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit returns with its first leg, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, on May 9th. This highly anticipated meat fish series brings well over 300 fishing teams together to fish for dolphin, kingfish, wahoo, cobia and tuna every summer.

The Saltwater Shootout offers up a cash purse in excess of $100,000 that will surely heat up the competition. Last year’s winners, Makin’ Time/Living Water, took home a check for $26,786! They weighed in a total of 252.7 lbs of fish that ended up being the heaviest aggregate weight from a team in the history of the tournament trail.

A hefty payout in the Shootout is up for grabs in the Pick 3 optional entry category that has rolled over for the past two seasons to generate an estimated $50,000 cash prize! The morning of the competition, the tournament committee will pick three of the five eligible species in a random drawing. The team with the heaviest combination of chosen fish will take home the jackpot! If no team catches the three target fish, the pot rolls over to the next leg of the series.

New for 2015, the Saltwater Shootout has added a ‘First Timers’ award with a $1,000 cash prize eligible to new teams participating in the event. It’s not all about the money though! Super Bowl style championship rings are also on the line for the winning team of the 3-leg series. Team Makin’ Time/Living Water took home the Showdown Crown title last year with a total of 83 points and team Penny-Less was crowned the previous year with 76 points. For more information on the Showdown Crown scoring system visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/showdown_crown_points_race/

Another way to join in on the PBSC fun is at the Bokampers Bash on Thursday, April 30th. This pre-season party is bound to be a great time. There will be live music and complimentary food and drinks to registered teams courtesy of Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill. It’s also the last chance to pre-register for the Saltwater Shootout and save $100 on the entry fee. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and with 400 feet of dockage there’s plenty of space to come by boat!  Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through April 30th.  After April 30th, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.

The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit gives back to its community every year by donating a portion of its proceeds to local charity. This year, a new charity, The Children’s Tumor Foundation, has been chosen as the charitable beneficiary and is dear to the hearts of the tournament committee as well as the competing teams. Hunter Irvine, a junior angler in the PBSC series, has been battling a tough fight for most of his childhood against neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.  Bluewater Movements and the PBSC are dedicating this season to ‘casting out tumors’ and helping to give young kids like Hunter a new lease on life. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by this terrible disease.  For more information about The Children’s Tumor Foundation and how you can help, visit: http://www.ctf.org

The kickoff party for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout takes place at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on May 7th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be live music, a silent auction, a free fishing clinic for kids and delicious food from Blue Moon Fish Company. The Pompano Beach Civic Center is located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010.



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A World Champion Is Soon To Be Crowned in Key West, FL

March 25, 2015

The top sailfishing teams in the country have competed since December 2014 in hopes of claiming the champion’s title and the highly coveted burgundy jacket in pursuit of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. On April 15th, teams will travel to one of the premiere sailfishing destinations on the planet for their last chance to prove they have what it takes to earn this top title and their share of a purse that is expected to exceed $500,000.

Final Sail is the fourth leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series and will be the first 3-day tournament in the series. Team BAR South won the first leg of the series and nearly $160,000 in prize money at Operation Sailfish in West Palm Beach. Sailfish 400, the second leg, which was held in Miami, awarded DeBaitAble the first place title and a check for nearly $175,000.  The winner of the third leg, Sailfish Challenge, a 3-inlet event, was Miss Annie with earnings of over $195,000. All three of these winning teams are at the top of the point standings in the chase for the jacket. BAR South currently sits at the top with 71 points, DeBaitAble trails closely behind with 67 points and Miss Annie follows with 58 points. The scoring format in the overall points race assigns a score based on where a team finishes in each tournament.

In addition to the jacket, the top captain of the series will also be recognized in a big way at Final Sail. Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton, the official jeweler of the Quest for the Crest, will present a Calibre de Cartier Diver rose gold watch, valued at $30,000 to the top captain in the series – a fitting award for an achievement of this magnitude.

Final Sail will be held at one of the most beautiful locations in all of Florida, The Westin Key West Resort and Marina. This prime spot boasts amazing ocean views with breathtaking sunsets, its own marina, several room and suite options AND it’s just steps away from the famous Duval Street!

Speaking of Duval Street, following the final day of fishing, all of the competing teams will strut their stuff and give their livers a run for their money at the Costa Crawl on Duval, sponsored by Costa Del Mar Sunglasses.  Each team member joining the crawl will receive a hip pair of Costa sunglasses to sport for the crawl and a custom designed pub crawl shirt from Kluch Clothing, apparel sponsor for the series. The pub crawl will make its way through Duval Street, stopping at some of the hottest bars along the way, including Hog’s Breath Saloon, Irish Kevin’s and Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, to celebrate the victory of the top team at Final Sail and the champions of the Quest for the Crest. Smokin’ Tuna will close out the party on Saturday night with the presentation of the jackets and a live performance from the Andrew Morris Band.

Final Sail also offers an opportunity to give back by donating a portion of its proceeds to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The foundation funds scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation of marine wildlife. It also believes in supporting efforts to educate and engage our youth about our oceans and marine wildlife. Guy Harvey is also the featured artist of the Final Sail tournament.

The last day a team can register is at the kickoff party on Wednesday, April 15th from 6pm-10pm. Early entry, valid through March 24th, is $3,750 plus tax.  Late registration fee is $4,500 plus tax. Competition days are April 16th, 17th and 18th. The awards ceremony takes place on April 19th with an incredible Sunday brunch from Westin Resort. Can’t make the tournament? Watch the action in real time at www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_live_scoring/ or follow @FishBluewater on Twitter for updates. For more information on Final Sail visit www.finalsail.com or call (954) 725-4010.



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Miss Annie Takes Home Over $195,000 at the Sailfish Challenge!

February 11, 2015

A total of 231 releases during the 2015 Sailfish Challenge kept teams on their toes as they competed for a purse in excess of $380,000. 74 boats cleared three different inlets in hopes of claiming the 1st place title during this one-day tournament.

The hot morning bite started the competition off right with the first sailfish released at 7:37 a.m. by OCD, who checked out of Government Cut in Miami. Over 100 releases were called in to the tournament radio room in the morning and as the day progressed, the bite continued with full force.

Team Bar South, top team in the first leg of the series, emerged as the front-runners during the first half of the day with 7 releases before noon.  However, they struggled to keep the momentum rolling in the second half of the day and several other boats in the fleet pulled within striking distance of Bar South for the win.

During the last ten minutes of the tournament, the radio came alive with boats calling in hook-up after hook-up. Team Swagger caught their 8th fish of the day during that flurry to leap frog past Bar South for the lead. Not long after, Bar South released another sail to even out the score. Meanwhile, other boats continued the may lay of hook-ups and at one time there were three different boats (Bar South, Qualifier and Miss Annie) with fish on the line to win the whole tournament! Miss Annie and Qualifier both had triple-headers on as the clock pushed closer to the required check-in time.

It was down to wire and the tension was building as each fish released was potentially worth thousands of dollars. When the salt spray settled, Miss Annie finished on top with a total of 10 releases that earned them a whopping $195,565! They have been on one heck of a hot streak, cashing checks for more than $560,000 in the first 3 years of the Quest for the CrestSwagger ended up finishing in 2nd place with a check for $78,170 and Bar South in 3rd with a check for $44,140!

The big bucks earned during the tournament didn’t just come from the sailfish releases. Lagniappe took home a $19,550 check for reeling in a few hefty meat fish! A 46.7 lb. dolphin won them the Big Fish Bonanza and Heaviest Dolphin category. They also caught the heaviest kingfish of the tournament that weighed in at 44.1 lbs.

Master Angler of the tournament went to Will Morrison of Qualifier with 7 releases. The Top Female title went to Stephanie Choate of Miss Britt and the Top Junior was James David, Jr. from Jichi. The Top Senior of the Sailfish Challenge was Frank Napurano of Miss Annie.

Now that the Sailfish Challenge has concluded, there’s only one more opportunity to move up the ranks in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. The last chance to score points towards the Quest race is Final Sail in Key West. This grand finale will be held April 15–19 at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina and will award the highest accolade in tournament sailfishing: The Crest Jacket. BAR South is currently in the lead with 71 points and DeBaitAble follows closely behind with 67 points. Miss Annie and Swagger are tied with 58 points.

For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for the Sailfish Challenge, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com. For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com 



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The Sailfish Challenge Returns to South Florida

January 26, 2015

The largest sailfish tournament in the country, the Sailfish Challenge, is returning to Fort Lauderdale on February 5th. Over 60 boats are pre-registered and ready to battle for a purse that is expected to exceed $375,000. It’s another shot closer to winning the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series and the chance at the champion’s burgundy jacket.

Unlike any of the other Quest for the Crest tournaments, the Sailfish Challenge is unique in the fact that it allows anglers to check out of three different South Florida inlets. The chosen inlets, Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, Government Cut in Miami and Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, offer teams easier access to their preferred fishing areas. In addition, they are also able to check back into any of the three inlets, regardless of where they checked out.  Last year’s top team, Liquid,checked out of Hillsboro inlet and checked back in with total winnings of $146,820. The 2014 Sailfish Challenge winners, Utopia, checked out of Lake Worth inlet and released a total of 12 sailfish that was good for a payout of $56,000. Vitamin Sea Too grabbed 3rd place fishing out of Government Cut in Miami to earn near $80,000.  The 1st, 2nd, 3rd finishes out of all three different inlets reinforced the tournament’s multi-inlet structure and the fact that the sailfish bite can fire up anywhere along the South Florida coast during that time of year.

This one-day sailfish tournament also offers a meat fish division that includes kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia and tuna. A team weighing in the largest meat fish can potentially take home over $14,000! Last year, Native Premonitions had the largest meat fish, a kingfish weighing in at 48.3lbs, earning them the Heaviest Kingfish division and the Big Fish Bonanza.

Teams don’t just fight for the prize money in this tournament, they can also compete for their boat brand in The Boat Builder’s Throwdown - a fun spirited competition with a perpetual trophy that circulates between builders with 3 or more boats competing in the tournament.  Last year, Contender Boats dominated the competition with 66 points to earn the title.

In addition to the angler payouts, the Sailfish Challenge also donates a portion of its proceeds to IGFA Conservation Programs that work to promote ethical sportfishing and productive science around the world.

Final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is February 5th at the kickoff party, which is hosted at the International Game Fish Association in Fort Lauderdale. Competition day is Saturday, February 7th and the awards ceremony follows on Sunday, February 8th at Blue Moon Fish Company. For more information on the tournament, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.

The final stop in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series is Key West! Final Sail will take place April 15-19, 2015 in the southernmost point of the United States. A champion will be crowned and the island may be drained of every last drop of alcohol!



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De-Bait-Able Wins The Inaugural Sailfish 400!

January 22, 2015

An unusually slow bite forced 43 teams to make every opportunity count in the inaugural Sailfish 400 tournament held in Miami on January 16 & 17. A purse in excess of $574,000 kept the teams on their toes despite lackluster fishing.  At any second, one fish could make the difference between 10th place and 1st place.  After 18 hours of battle and several lead changes, team De-Bait-Able took the winner’s position with 6 sailfish releases that paired with a total payout of $174,510!

During Day 1 of the competition Finster, in their 34-foot SeaVee,took the lead with five releases, winning the Tier 1 Day 1 optional entry calcutta for a payout of $29,700. Following closely behind was Asian Pearl in 2nd with four releases and OCD in the 3rd place spot also with four releases. The tables turned on the second day of fishing as teams that placed at the bottom of the leader’s board pushed their way to the top. BAR South, winners of Operation Sailfish, moved up to 2nd place for Day 2 after no releases on Day 1.  That jump earned them over $50,000 in winnings. Team Priceless placed 1st for Day 2 with 4 releases and took home more than $36,000 in prize money.

It was anyone’s tournament to win on Day 2 of fishing but team DeBaitAble separated themselves from the pack with a total of 6 releases collectively for both of the competition days. Their top position earned them High Point Over 40’, Leaders Board 1st Place, The Big Easy 1st Place, Top (561) Team and a piece of three of the daily calcuttas. Asian Pearl also had 6 total releases and came in second place based on time, taking home $88,800 in winnings that included Early Bite Friday, Late Bite Saturday, High Point Boat Under 40’, 1st Place Tier 2 Daily on Day 1, the Charity Calcutta and Top (305) Team.  The top 4 teams in the tournament were all tied with 6th releases, the winner being determined by which team released their last fish first.

Master Angler went to Taylor Walsh of DeBaitAble with 4 releases and Top Female Angler went to Marie Diaz of Asian Pearl with 3 releases. Top Senior Angler for the Sailfish 400 was Charlie Greenberg with Crescendo and the Top Junior Angler was presented to Zach Murck of Never Say Never.

The Big Fish Bonanza winnings totaled $13,950 and went to team Liquid with a 20.4lb tuna.  They also netted over $48,000 in prize money with some daily earnings on Day 1 of the tournament.  Vitamin Sea Too won the Mono A Mono division against 15 other teams and also took home the title for Top (954) Team along with 2nd place in the Big Easy for a total of $48,000 in winnings.

Ties to NASCAR, Homestead Miami Speedway and it’s charity ‘Driving for a Cause’ were the inspiration behind the race theme for Sailfish 400.  As an added bonus, the top 8 teams also had the chance to win an amazing prize pack from Homestead Miami Speedway. Six tickets to the Ford Championship Weekend that included the Ford EcoBoost 200, Ford EcoBoost 300, Ford Eco Boost 400, Pre-Race Pit Passes, Post-Race Victory Lane Access, Pace Car Rides and a VIP Parking Pass went to team Finster! Finster was also one of the top earning teams with a total of $48,340 in winnings.

There are only two more legs to go of the Quest for the Crest before a world champion sailfishing team is crowned. Leg 3, Sailfish Challenge, takes place February 5-8 in Fort Lauderdale and the finale stops is in Key West on April 15-19. For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Sailfish 400, visit www.sailfish400.com. For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com  



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Sailfish 400 Races to Miami this January

January 5, 2015

On January 14th, the top sailfishing teams in the country will head to Miami to compete in Sailfish 400, leg 2 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. An estimated purse of $500,000 will drive these teams to perform at the top of their game as the cold temperatures push the sailfish south to the waters off Miami.  In the spirit of the tournament’s race driven theme, the top team will fly riggers full of checkered release flags to commemorate their victory.

The Sailfish 400 arrives in Miami on the heels of a tremendously successful first leg in West Palm Beach out of Sailfish Marina in early December.  That event, Operation Sailfish, hosted 46 teams and delivered a cash purse of near $550,000 to the winning teams.  Bar South claimed the top spot with 12 releases and a paycheck for over $157,000!

The large payout isn’t the only reason teams will be battling the high seas in hopes of releasing the most sailfish. Sailfish 400 offers another chance for these teams to move closer to earning the coveted Crest Jacket and the title of the ‘#1 Sailfishing Team in the World.’ In addition to multiple prizes, this 2-day tournament also offers a way for teams to give back to the local community. Driving for a Cause, the official charity of Sailfish 400, operates under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation to provide support for South Miami youth and educational programs.

Also coinciding with the racing theme is another fantastic prize: a NASCAR Championship Weekend for 6! Teams that place in the top 8 of the tournament standings will be entered in a drawing to attend the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway. This package includes 6 tickets for the entire Ford Championship weekend, a VIP parking pass, pre-race pit pass, post-race victory lane access and a pace car ride all compliments of Homestead Miami Speedway.

For all the local fishing teams attending Sailfish 400, the Area Code Challenge is going to heat things up. Teams from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County will compete against teams within their own area code for a chance at extra prize money and a little friendly smack talking. There are also extra payouts of $2,500 each for the heaviest dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, cobia and tuna of the tournament.

The kick off party will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14th at host venue DoubleTree Grand by Hilton Biscayne Bay. This supreme location has so much to offer, including standard rooms, suites and condos, along with retail shopping and several restaurant options inside the hotel. The competition days will be January 16th and 17th followed by a party bus excursion to the Clevelander bar on Miami Beach Saturday night and an awards brunch on Sunday, January 18th back at the DoubleTree hotel. Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 (plus tax) valid through December 30th, 2014. After December 30th, registration is $4,500 (plus tax). For more information on the Sailfish 400 visit wwww.sailfish400.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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BAR South Wins Operation Sailfish

December 18, 2014

Two days of tough fishing didn’t stop 46 teams from releasing over 275 sailfish during the 3rd Annual Operation Sailfish in West Palm Beach, FL. This first leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series took place December 12th and 13th at Sailfish Marina in Singer Island and the payout was a hefty one. A purse in excess of $540,000 was up for grabs in addition to custom champion dog tags made and presented by Altier Jewelers of Boca Raton. Team BAR South took the top title with 12 releases, sending them home with a $157,170 payout.

Last year’s champion, Miss Annie, picked up where they left off in the 2013 event.  They took the lead during Day 1 of the competition with 7 releases, earning over $66,000 in the dailies on the first day. Kimbuktu trailed closely behind on their 39’ SeaVee with 7 releases, followed by One Up with 6 releases and Sandman with 6 releases aboard their 33’ Contender. Day 2 was anyone’s game as top teams fell behind and underdogs rose up the ranks with their release numbers. Angler Management climbed to 4th place on Day 2 with 6 releases and earned themselves an Early Bite payout.  Swagger pushed their way into the 2nd place spot with 7 releases and took home a check for $92,980.00!

Rounding out the final competition day was BAR South, releasing 7 sailfish and taking the lead over Swagger based on time.  A total of 12 releases earned BAR South the top team title, high point boat Over 40’, Leaders Board 1st place, Tier 1 and Tier 2 first place for Day 2 of the tournament and the charity calcutta. Swagger finished second with 12 releases, One Up came in 3rd place with 11 releases, Miss Annie took 4th place with 11 releases and 4 Aces rounded out the top 5 with 10 releases.

The Master Angler title went to Peter Adrian of 4 Aces with a total of 8 releases in the tournament. Janene Claus from team Qualifier claimed the Top Female Angler title with 4 releases and Erik Perna from ECO Fishing Team earned Top Junior Angler with 3 releases. The Top Senior Angler was Roger Ward from Just Do It.

The largest meat fish of the tournament was a 59.4-pound wahoo caught by Mike Tarmey on Sandman, giving the team a bonus payout of $15,300 for the Big Fish Bonanza. The Boat Builders Throwdown was awarded to Viking with a total of 76 points. The Throwdown follows the same point system as the Quest for the Crest. Team Miss Annie contributed 27 points to the Viking score, 4 Aces contributed 26 and DeBaitAble earned 23 points in 8th place.

The military undertones of Operation Sailfish were also highlighted throughout the week. On December 11th, several of the Operation Sailfish teams participated in the “Take a Hero Fishing Day,” where service men and women were invited out for a day of sailfishing. The “Take a Hero Fishing Day” was accomplished with the help of Operation Homefront, a national 501c(3) military based charity and beneficiary of Operation Sailfish. Several soldiers had the opportunity to catch their very first sailfish.

Operation Sailfish is the first leg in the Quest for the Crest series with 3 more legs remaining before the top sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, Sailfish 400, takes place January 14 – 18 in Miami, with a 3rd stop in Ft. Lauderdale on February 5-8 and the grand finale in Key West on April 15 - 19.  For a complete breakdown on the tournament results for Operation Sailfish, visit www.operationsailfish.com. For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com   



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Operation Sailfish Returns to Kick Off the Quest for the Crest in Palm Beach, FL

November 17, 2014

On December 10th, top billfishing teams will return to Sailfish Marina for the third annual Operation Sailfish tournament. These teams will battle it out Friday, December 12th through Saturday, December 13th for a purse in excess of $500,000. Last year’s rough weather didn’t stop the teams from releasing a total of 369 sailfish! Team Miss Annie came out on top with a total of 17 releases that earned them $165,220! Get Lit followed close behind in second with earnings of near $100,000.

It’s not all about the money at Operation Sailfish. This first leg of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series is the very first time teams will be able to accumulate points towards the most iconic achievement in competitive sailfishing – the Quest for the Crest Jacket. In order to sport the Crest Jacket, a team will have to perform at the highest degree throughout all four legs of the series earning them a top score. Team Doing It All/Hardway took home this honorable distinction in last year’s series fishing from their 35’ Contender as one of the smaller boats in the fleet.

Operation Sailfish will once again honor the men and women who have courageously served our country by donating a portion of the proceeds from the tournament to Operation Homefront, a national 501c(3) military based charity. In addition, select military heroes will be invited to participate in Take A Hero Fishing Day on Thursday, December 11th where they will spend the day sailfishing with some of the competing teams. 

The hefty payout and a chance at the Crest Jacket aren’t the only incentives for these teams to give a top-notch performance. Altier Jewelers, the official jeweler of the Quest for the Crest, will design and present the top team of Operation Sailfish a set of 6 custom jewelry style dog tags to celebrate their achievement.

The kick-off party and captain’s meeting will be on December 10th at the Buccaneer, which is next door to Sailfish Marina. The opening ceremony, including the presenting of the colors and the singing of the national anthem, will set the tone for this patriotic event. And the party is guaranteed to be rockin’ with a live performance from the ‘Andrew Morris Band’, ice cold beer from Saltwater Brewery and delicious cocktails served up by Crown Royal, Papa’s Pilar Rum and Tito’s Vodka! Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $3,750 per team (plus tax) valid through November 21st. After November 21st, registration is $4,500 per team (plus tax). For more information on Operation Sailfish visit www.operationsailfish.com or call (954) 725-4010. To reserve a room or slip at Sailfish Marina call the marina office at (561) 844-1724.



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O-Sea-D wins the Saltwater Showdown and Makin Time/Living Water become the Showdown Crown champions!

August 13, 2014

A tough day of fishing didn’t stop O-Sea-D from dominating the leaderboard at the 2014 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown. A total of 75 boats competed in the final leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit for their chance to claim the title of Showdown Crown champion. This invitation only tournament took place on August 9th at Hillsboro Inlet Park.

 

O-Sea-D took the first place position at the Showdown, weighing in 131.9 pounds of fish. Top Captain, Matt White, and his crew also took home the Bluewater Bonanza calcutta at $4,500 and the Ante Up calcutta at $3,645. Following closely behind was ProPayroll in second with 118.4 pounds and Makin Time/Living Water in third with 103.4 pounds. A total of 2,415.8 pounds of fish was weighed in by competing teams.

 

Also up for grabs at the Saltwater Showdown were two categories with the largest payouts: the KDW Jackpot and the Pick 3.  The Pick 3 purse was $41,580 and the species chosen that morning were tuna, kingfish and cobia. Not one team caught a cobia during the tournament, which means the Pick 3 will once again roll over to next year’s summer series where it is expected to exceed $50,000 in the first leg. Sailsmen won the KDW jackpot with the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo combination, taking home a payout of $19,620 in that category alone.  A solid performance in the Showdown Crown race, they finished 2nd, earned them some extra cash and total winnings of $25,120.

 

Kingfish were definitely the most popular species weighed in on Saturday. The largest kingfish, which was also the biggest fish of the tournament, was 42.8 pounds, caught by Katrina Langdon of Kat’s Rival. Her catch earned her the title of Top Lady Angler and put Kat’s Rival in the winnings for Top Average Joe Team, the Bluewater Challenge and Top Family.  Kat’s Rival won over $13,000 in the tournament. Following closely behind Kat’s Rival’s kingfish was a 40.3-pound wahoo, landed by Colton Richardson of SkipJac. The largest fish of the entire Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit was a 59.8-pound kingfish caught by Rush Rolloff at the Saltwater Shootout – winning them a 4-day/4-night trip to Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas.

 

The Top Junior prize was awarded to AJ Castronovo from Steppin’ Up and Top Peewee Angler went to Fisher Niemann of Cache Money. For the second year in a row, Lamar Sapp from Liquid claimed the award of Top Senior. The Junior Master Angler of the 2014 PBSC went to Will Kelleher of Miss Michelle with 150.4 pounds of fish caught. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy and displayed at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL.

 

The most prestigious award in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit was also presented at the close of the tournament series – the Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown. The distinguished title of Showdown Crown Champion is given to the most dominant team in all of competitive meat fishing.  Makin Time/Living Water took the title with a total of 83 points over the entire series. Points are assigned based on where teams place in each tournament. In addition to bragging rights, Makin Time/Living Water willalso receive an exclusive set of Super Bowl-style rings.

 

For over 10 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 12th at winaseavee.com to see who was chosen. The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Real X Trailer, T-Top and leaning post. This is a package worth $132,000! The 2014 lucky winner was James Feyas of Loxahatchee, FL with ticket number 3934! Congratulations! A part of the proceeds from the drawing support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the IGFA Junior Angler Program. 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



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Top Fishing Teams Prep for the Saltwater Showdown Championship!

July 29, 2014

South Florida’s championship tournament is quickly approaching. The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown is the final leg of Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and takes place on August 9th. In order to qualify for this invitation only tournament, teams had to compete in the first two legs of the summer series and prove they were worthy of an entry for the final competition. Only 75 boats received this prestigious invitation.

 

This “Superbowl” of summer tournaments is the final opportunity for teams to show their skills in the battle for the distinguished Showdown Crown, sponsored by Simrad Electronics. At the top of the leaderboard, with 55 points, is Makin’ Time/Living Water. They packed a punch at the Saltwater Shootout with a total of 252.7 lbs. of fish weighed in, a new tournament record. Sailsmen, winners of the Saltwater Slam, are in 2nd with 49 points and following closely behind is Pop A Top with 45 points. Points are determined by where teams placed during the first two legs of the series. In addition to a hefty payout and bragging rights, the Showdown Crown winners will also be awarded one of a kind “Superbowl style” rings.

 

The optional entry Pick 3 and the Kay Dee Dubya jackpots have rolled over once again and are up for the taking! Because of its rollover from the 2013 summer series, The Pick 3 payout is up to an estimated $40,000! In order to cash that large paycheck, teams will have to catch the 3 species of fish that are randomly drawn the morning of the tournament. The KDW winnings will go to the team that catches the heaviest combination of kingfish, dolphin and wahoo. Last year’s KDW winner, Reel Tension, went home with close to $18,000 and this year it’s up to an estimated $15,000.

 

The Kickoff Party takes place at the Pompano Civic Center on August 7th and is open to the public. Blue Moon Fish Company will be hosting the party and serving up some amazing food as always.  There will also be live music from the Andrew Morris Band, a silent auction and a free fishing clinic for kids. And, don’t forget about Live Nation Pompano’s Got Talent competition! The contest winner will receive 4 VIP tickets to the Brad Paisley concert on August 16th.

 

On Saturday, the weigh-in will be held at Hillsboro Inlet Park at 4pm with Miller’s Ale House grilling delicious burgers. This will definitely be a sight to see as 75 teams weigh in their top fish for a chance at the Showdown Crown and countless other tournament prizes.

 

The Saltwater Showdown, along with the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will come to a close on Sunday, August 10th but not before the highly anticipated SeaVee boat drawing. The boat up for grabs will be a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000! It comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top leaning post, trim tabs and a Real X Trailer. And, that’s not even the best part! The boat isn’t even built until the winner is confirmed! This offers the flexibility to pick the color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it. A maximum of 4,000 tickets will be sold and the winner does not have to be present to win. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center following the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the IGFA Junior Angler Association. For more information, visit www.winaseavee.com.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010



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Team Sailsmen Claim 1st Place at the Saltwater Slam!

July 14, 2014

On Saturday, June 7th Team Sailsmen took to the stage in patriotic costumes and weighed in a total of 144.9lbs to win the 19th annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam! 97 Boats competed in this one-day tournament with hopes of taking home the big check.

Contrary to the Saltwater Shootout, the first leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, the morning of the Salwater Slam showed little to no wind and a flat sea. The early bite seemed slow with the exception of the despised Bonito. That all changed around 11am for Team Sailsmen.  Four Kings, 2 Dolphin and a Blackfin Tuna later, the Sailsmen were taking home a check for $16,715!  Their victory at the Saltwater Slam was the second in two weeks for the Sailsmen team.  Fishing together with their wives and girlfriends the team also won the Ladies Fishoff the weekend before.  As part of their winnings, Team Sailsmen also won the SweetWater Brew ‘Don’t Float the Mainstream’ Costume Contest that was held during the Slam weigh in.   

Weighing in a 51.8lb Wahoo, Team Wish List also made a dent at the scales. That Wahoo was the heaviest fish of the tournament, earning Team Wish List $10, 395 in the Bluewater Challenge, $7,200 for 1st place in the Big 3 and $750 for Heaviest Wahoo. In addition, Team Wish List also won 2nd Place team and 2nd place in the Bluewater Bonanza bringing their grand total to $24,187! Team Wet Hooker followed in 3rd place with a total of 111.4lbs. The top male angler of the tournament was Robert Weisberg on the 4th place team, Strictly Fishing. Top Female Angler went to Lauren Palko of Hook Me Up and Lamar Sapp of Team Liquid won Top Senior. The Top Junior Angler was Brian Miller of Reel Line and Christina Diaz of High Gear won top Pee Wee angler. In addition, the Top Average Joe Team was Team Reel Anarchy and the Top Family award went to team Wild Kat.  For full results of the Saltwater Slam visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/slam_results/.

Even though the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam purse was in excess of $160,000, two categories did not find a winner and are rolling over into the last leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. The famous Kay Dee Dubya Jackpot, which rolled over from the Saltwater Shootout, reached $11,520 during the Slam. Not one boat caught all 3 qualifying species, a Kingfish, a Dolphin and a Wahoo so the Kay Dee Dubya is expected to exceed 15 grand in the Saltwater Showdown! The Pick 3 Category is another one that will be rolling over into the Saltwater Showdown. The Pick 3 reached $32,940 in the Slam! The 3 target species drawn for this category were Kingfish, Wahoo and Cobia. Since this trio was not caught, the Pick 3 Category is expected to reach $40,000 during the last leg of the Circuit!

The Saltwater Slam was the last chance for teams to qualify for the invite only, championship leg of the circuit, the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown.  The team with the most points over the three legs of the Circuit will be awarded the acclaimed Showdown Crown, championship rings and a hefty check compliments of Simrad Electronics. With a first place win in the Saltwater Shootout and a 7th place win in the Saltwater Slam, team Makin Time/Living Water is currently in 1st with 55 points. The Saltwater Slam champions, team Sailsmen, are not far behind with 49 points.

The final leg of the series will take place August 7th-10th. At the conclusion of the tournament a Showdown Crown victor will be named. In addition, the Win a SeaVee Boat Giveaway will take place after the awards ceremony on August 10th. A Brand new 29’ SeaVee complete with twin 250 HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top & leaning post, trim tabs and a Real X Trailer, a $132,000 value, will be awarded to a lucky winner. For information on how to enter this drawing visit www.winaseavee.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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New Categories added to the Saltwater Slam!

May 21, 2014

The 2014 Mercury SeaVee Saltwater Slam is the only tournament around where there’s a costume contest, a talent show and an insane amount of fish being weighed all in one weekend. On June 7th, the competition heats up as teams battle to catch that fish that will win a championship title. With over $275,000 in cash and prizes, each Dolphin, Cobia, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna and Kingfish could make all the difference.   

The Saltwater Slam is the second leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and the last chance for boats to qualify for the Saltwater Showdown, which is the invitation only, final leg of the Circuit. The first leg, the Saltwater Shootout, took place in May and multiple fish records were broken during this one-day tournament. Even though near 14 thousand pounds of fish were weighed at the Shootout, not one team caught a trio of a Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo.  Thus, the Kay Dee Dubya, which is an optional entry Calcutta, has rolled over to the Saltwater Slam making that one Calcutta alone estimated to be worth $10,000.  That’s not even the cherry on top. Another optional entry category, the Pick 3, also rolled over from the Shootout into the Slam, however, the pot is even bigger at an estimated $30,000 in the Saltwater Slam!

The Optional Entry Categories are not the only things promising some big payouts. The Fantasy Five Super Slam, sponsored by C&L Insurance, is a new category added to the Saltwater Slam. If a team weighs all 5 species of the Super Slam, (Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Cobia, Blackfin Tuna), they win $25,000! If multiple teams catch all 5, the winner will be determined by heaviest combined weight.

The kickoff party is also guaranteed to bring some excitement on June 5th.  Live Nation, a new sponsor to the Saltwater Circuit, is hosting “Pompano’s Got Talent” at the Kickoff party.  Participants in this contest will have the chance to put their unique talent on display for the chance to win 4 VIP tickets to the Tim McGraw concert at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on July 11th. The Kickoff party is held at the Pompano Beach Civic Center, located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060. 

At the conclusion of the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Slam, the final list of boats will be invited to compete in the last leg of the PBSC and to compete for the prestigious Showdown crown.  Currently team Makin Time/ Living Water is in the lead for the Showdown Crown with 31 points after a first place win in the Saltwater Shootout.  Team Reel Tension is following in second with 29 points and team Covered Up is in 3rd with 28 points.

To register for the Saltwater Slam, log on to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010. After May 22nd, the early entry fee of $375 (plus tax) increases to $475 (plus tax).  Teams can also late register at the Kickoff Party on June 5th.

 

 

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Multiple Records Broken at 2014 Saltwater Shootout!

May 13, 2014

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Near 14 thousand pounds of fish were weighed in during the 2014 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout on May 10th, 2014. 120 boats registered to compete in this first leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and fight for a purse in excess of $275,000 in cash and prizes. 

The competition was fierce and the bite was EPIC. Virtually every boat that came to the scale seemed to have their tournament limit of Kingfish and Tuna.  Team O-Sea-D, the 4th place team, managed to weigh the tournament limit of 10 fish with 4 Kings, 4 Tuna, a Cobia and a Dolphin.  However, it was Team Makin Time/Living Water who set the bar extremely high when they brought 4 Tuna, all over 20 lbs., and 4 Kingfish, one being 53.7lbs, to the scale. With a total of 252.7lbs of fish, Makin Time/Living Water jumped to first place. By the conclusion of the day, each one of the top 15 boats weighed in over 200 pounds of fish.  To put things in perspective, only one boat in the 2013 Saltwater Shootout weighed in more than 200 pounds of fish. Besides a first place win, Makin Time/Living Water also took home 1st place Bluewater Bonanza, 2nd Place Big Three, 1st Place Holy Mackerel, 1st Place Ante Up, Top Captain Award and 3rd Place King caught by Kurtis Schuttler. Makin Time/Living Water’s winnings totaled $26,786!  Their 252.7 pound total also set a new record for the heaviest aggregate weight in the history of the 16-year PBSC trail.

Team RushRoll Off also proved to be a worthy competitor. Bringing the heaviest fish of the tournament to the stage, a 59.8lb Kingfish caught by Nicko Lambidis, Rush Rolloff won the Bluewater Challenge and the Big Three category netting $21,938 for that one fish alone! The Kingfish also set a new tournament record as the heaviest fish ever weighed during the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout! On top of that, Rush Rolloff also won Top Small Boat and Top Cobia for a total of $24,938 in prize money.

The record setting trend didn’t stop with Rush Rolloff and Makin Time/Living Water.   The Top Female Angler record in the Shootout was taken over by Nikki White of O-Sea-D with a new record of 116.1pts. In addition, Will Kelleher of Miss Michelle took over the Top Junior Record with a new high score of 128.1 pts.  The second place team overall, Reel Tension, had the Top Male Angler on board, Tim Shields with 140pts. Team Covered Up was third overall with 241.1lbs. Top Senior Angler of the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout was Lamar Sapp of Team Liquid with 103.3pts and Top PeeWee Angler was Christopher Sprague of Team Tuppens. Team Liquid Fire won Top Family and Team Critical Mass won the Average Joe Division.  For full results visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/saltwater_shootout_results/

Fish were not the only thing brought to the stage. The Saltwater Shootout is known to always bring a party and that is just what happened during the kickoff party. The “Moves Like Jäger” dance contest, sponsored by the spirit sponsor Jägermeister, was brought back for the second year.  There were some great dance moves displayed, but 14-year-old Jacob Wiley on Team Regulator undoubtedly stole the show. His “Turn Down For What” turned up the adrenaline in the crowd and Team Regulator won a Jägermeister Shot Machine.

The second leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will take place June 5-8th. This party will be one for the books with a promised costume contest and a talent show for some great prizes. If you’ve never fished any of the PBSC tournaments before and would like to sign up for the chance to fish the Saltwater Slam for free, contact the office for details at 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwaterslam.com 



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Saltwater Shootout Kicks off the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit!

April 22, 2014
On May 10th Hillsboro inlet will be filled with anxious anglers waiting for the shotgun start to commence their attack on Dolphin, Kingfish, Tuna, Cobia and Wahoo! With over $275,000 in cash and prizes waiting at the finish line, that one fish could make all the difference.  The Mercury/Seavee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout promises great memories, crazy parties and a lot of fish to be weighed!

In 2013, a total payout of $108,740 was awarded during this one-day tournament. Team Young Guns took home $24,785 of that total by bringing in the heaviest fish of the tournament, a 45.3lb Kingfish. The Shootout champions didn’t go home “penny-less” either. With a first place win, top angler, 1st place in Ante Up and heaviest cobia, team Penny-Less scored a check of $19,570! Weighing in a total of 220.9lbs, team Penny-Less was also the first boat to ever weigh in ten fish in the PBSC! 

The Mercury/Seavee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout is the first leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. Championship rings are once again on the line for the winners of the series. In August, at the end of the third leg of the series, one team will win the Showdown Crown and be awarded these exclusive championship rings. Team Penny-Less held strong all season in 2013 and received that honor. Who will the crown go to this year? 

Another tradition has been carried into the 2014 season - the chance to fish in the Saltwater Shootout for free! The Greenhorn TNT is a promotion that offers new teams the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a free entry into the Shootout. Teams can register at RJ Boyle in Lighthouse Point, Chaos Rods in Pompano Beach or Boat Owners Warehouse in Pompano Beach & Ft Lauderdale. You can also enter the drawing online at the Bluewater Movements Facebook and Twitter (@FishBluewater) pages. For more information about the Greenhorn TNT visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/saltwater_shootout_greenhorn.php. 5 Teams will be chosen on April 24th at the Bonefish Bash at Bonefish Mac’s in Lighthouse Point. The Bonefish Bash is also the final opportunity for teams to pre-register for the Shootout and save $100 on the entry fee.  Scheduled hours for the Bonefish Bash are from 6pm-9pm.  Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through April 24th.  After April 24th, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.

On top of all the prizes in the PBSC, the most anticipated in the Saltwater Shootout may be the optional ‘Pick 3’ category.  In this unique category, teams fish for 3 of the 5 target species in the tournament.  The 3 species they fish for are determined in a random drawing on the morning of the tournament.  This is a roll over style prize category.  If no team catches the three target fish, the pot rolls over to the next tournament.  Last year’s pot has rolled into this season and is estimated to be worth near $19,000 in the first leg of the series!

The tournament series also gives back to its community. The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit is once again supporting the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation as the charitable beneficiary. This foundation supports the hospital and ensures the availability of safe, cost-effective, patient- and family-centered care, regardless of one’s ability to pay, with the goal of improving the health of the community it serves. To learn more about JDCH visit: http://www.jdch.com/html/about-us/index.html    

The Kickoff Party for the Mercury/Seavee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout takes place at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on May 8th from 6pm-10pm where there will be live music, a silent auction, a free fishing clinic for kids and a great time.  The Pompano Beach Civic Center is located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010.

 

 

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Sailsmen win Final Sail! Doing it All/Hardway wins the Jacket!

April 15, 2014

Total # of Boats: 33                                                                Total # of Releases: 343

 

April 12th concluded the last leg in the near 2 Million dollar Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. In pursuit of the esteemed burgundy jacket, teams have been competing since December to claim the title of world’s best. With a total of 92 points, Doing it All/Team Hardway landed that honor at the awards ceremony for the Final Sail championship tournament.  Team Liquid finished 3 points behind Doing it All in 2nd place followed by Vitamin Sea Too in 3rd, Bar South in 4th and 4 Aces in 5th overall.  For a complete list of the series results, visit: www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/

Day 1 of the tournament solidified why Miami was an easy choice for the championship leg of the series. Team Top Vee started and ended strong on Day 1 with 10 releases. Team Sailsmen was not too far behind with a total of 6 Sailfish released on Day 1. On Day 2 the wind turned in favor of the Sailsmen with their first bite 15 minutes in. The bite never slowed down and 15 releases later, Team Sailsmen not only jumped to first place, but also won the early and late bite  categories Saturday.  In addition, the Sailsmen won the high point boat under 40 feet for $1,000, 1st place Leader’s Board worth $27,000, 1st place Self Centered worth $5,400 and 1st place Tier 1 and Tier 2 for Day 2 worth $54,000. With bets across the board, Team Sailsmen took home a check for $130,400.00! 

Only 2 releases behind, team Get Lit grabbed the second place title. Peter Miller of Get Lit released 9 of their 19 Sailfish and claimed the title of Master Angler of the tournament. Also entered across the board, Team Get Lit was awarded a check worth $114,640.00. Team Top Vee won 3rd place with 18 releases and $87,480.00. Just Do It had the Top Female Angler, Stephanie Gordon, and the Top Senior Angler, Roger Ward, on board. Jimmy David Jr. of Jichi won the Top Junior Angler with 4 releases. In addition, the Big Fish Bonanza was won by Blue Moon with a 57.3lb Wahoo. For full results visit: www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_results/

With Get Lit holding 2nd, Sandman in 4th and BAR South in 6th, Spencer boats won the Boat Builders Throwdown with 81 points. SeaVee boats finished 2nd with 70 points.

The Quest for the Crest series isn’t just about the money. The burgundy jackets offered to the top team in the series are the highest accolade in competitive Sailfishing. Only one team per year receives this honor and this 2014 season it was awarded to Doing it All/Team Hardway. Their 92 points were acquired from two 5th place wins during the 1st two legs of the series earning 26 points per tournament. They grabbed the 10th place spot during the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship for 21 points then 19 points during Final Sail in 12th place. Additionally Mark Lamb, the Captain of Doing it All/Team Hardway, won a $25,000 Aquanaut watch by Patek Philippe from Altier Jewelers in Boca Raton for being the top captain in the series. 

Team Liquid, only 3 points behind, missed out on the jackets but did win the Quest for the Crest TNT earning them $32,760. However, they were the highest earning team of the season with a grand total of $411,230.00!

On top of the excitement of the Quest for the Crest, a new TV Show, Wild Billz, has been following 5 of the teams fishing in the series. Ultimate highs, ultimate lows, human drama and the intensity of chasing a $2,000,000 purse made for a season of filming that was beyond comprehension. Stay tuned for more details on the location and schedule of airing for this 13-episode show.  In the meantime, you can take a sneak peak of the show at www.wildbillz.com

 

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Final Sail will determine the Quest for the Crest Champions!

March 25, 2014

On April 9th, Miami will become more than just a sunny beach with a Spanish flare; it will play host to the final leg of the largest sailfish series in the country, Final Sail. With an estimated purse of $500,000, rivalries will be amplified and the competition will be anything but blasé.

Final Sail is more than just a 2-day tournament. It will also determine the winner of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish series and the hard earned title of ‘#1 Sailfishing Team in the World’. The Series kicked off in December in West Palm Beach with Operation Sailfish. After the Sailfish Challenge, Leg 2 in February, Doing it All/Team Hardway took the lead. By the conclusion of the third leg in Key Largo, team Liquid holds a 5-point lead over the Doing it All/Hardway team. For full Crest standings visit www.questforthecrest.com

In addition to the title of world’s best, the winner of the Quest for the Crest will also be spoiled with the highest accolade in competitive Sailfishing. The champion team will don the esteemed burgundy jacket, reserved exclusively for the Quest for the Crest champions. Altier Jewelers, a sponsor of the Quest, will also be presenting an Aquanaut watch by Patek Philippe to the Top Captain in the series. The watch is worth $35,000!

The Quest for the Crest Series are tournaments based on catch and release of billfish. In the spirit of conservation, a portion of the proceeds from Final Sail will be donated to a foundation that funds scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation of marine wildlife, The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The Foundation also believes in supporting efforts to educate and engage youths about our oceans and marine wildlife.  In addition, Guy Harvey is the featured artist of the Final Sail tournament.

Final Sail earned its name in part as the final leg and grand finale of the Quest for the Crest Series.  A unique twist to the tournament prize structure is a driving source behind the event’s name as well.  Final Sail teams will have the chance to win bonus cash and prizes for their Final Sail of the tournament. The last confirmation numbers from each team will be entered into a random drawing for 3 bonus prizes at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.  First place wins $4,000!  A team member must be present to win.

A ‘Grand Finale’ deserves a grand venue location, right?  Located in the heart of downtown Miami, Final Sail is hosted at the DoubleTree Grand by Hilton. Late registration will be during the kickoff party on Wednesday, April 9th from 6pm-10pm. Late registration fee is $4500 plus tax. Competition days are April 11th and 12th. If you can’t make it to the action, you can watch the Live Leader Board in real time during each day of fishing (www.bluewatermovements.com/final_sail_live_scoring/) or follow @FishBluewater on Twitter for constant updates. For more information on Final Sail visit www.finalsail.com or call (954) 725-4010.

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Team Liquid takes home $206,650.00!

March 11, 2014

Total # of Boats: 47                                                                Total # of Releases: 149

47 teams fished for a record setting purse of $543,250 in the 2014 Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship that was held March 7th and 8th in Key Largo. The tournament was filled with great parties, celebrity appearances from the likes of Michael Irvin, Desmond Howard and others, and a fiercely contested competition between top sailfishing teams vying for the massive purse and Jimmy’s championship rings.

Entered across the board, Liquid’s first place title brought them home a record-breaking check of $206,650.00!  With a total of 11 releases, each of those Sailfish was worth about $18,768! Liquid’s purse consisted of $47,000 for first place overall, $33,255 in Tier 1 Daily’s, $69,120 in Tier 2 Daily’s, $34,875 1st Place Leaders Board, $8,100 1st Place Self Centered, $1,000 for High Point Boat Under 40’ and $11,800 for winning the Mono A Mono! Team Liquid also earned championship rings from the football legend and tournament host, Jimmy Johnson. The rings are exclusive for the top team in the tournament.

Liquid’s first place title also helped win SeaVee boats the Boat Builders Throwdown trophy. With Liquid in 1st, team D&D grabbing 6th place and Team Sailsmen holding 8th place, SeaVee boats earned a total 79 points in the Boat Builders Throwdown.  Contender Boats followed in second with 64 points.

Liquid was not the only one to get a slice of that $543,000 pie. BAR South released 3 sailfish on Day 1 and 6 on Day 2 earning a second place title and a check for $82,995! Team Contender One followed in 3rd place with 8 releases. 4 Aces also got a slice of the pie, winning $41,370 for Early Bite Saturday, 3rd place Tier 1 Day 2 and 2nd place Tier 2 Day 2. The Master Angler of the tournament was Dylan Menten of Pisces V.  Dylan was technically a junior angler and had the opportunity to claim both Top Junior Angler and Master Angler status. However, in very classy style, Dylan insisted the Top Junior Award go to the next top junior, Timmy Maddock Jr. of Vitamin Sea Too. The Top Female Angler was Vandi Ladenthin of Annie. Top Senior went to Roger Ward of Just Do It.  The Non Pro Division went to a new boat to the Quest Series, Lumitec and Team Blue Moon won the Big Fish Bonanza with a 31.5lb Kingfish. 

Team D&D managed to hook and catch a giant Yellowfin Tuna on Day 2 of the tournament although Tuna was not an eligible species.  The fish bottomed out a 100-pound digital scale and was estimated to weigh over 130 pounds!

There is one leg left in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. With 3 legs in the books, Liquid has stepped into the first place position with 78 points. Doing it All/Team Hardway is currently in second with 73 points followed by Vitamin Sea Too with 63 points, 4 Aces with 60 points and Bar South and Lights Out with 58 points each. Although Liquid holds a commanding lead, it’s not over until it’s over!  All of these teams will have to show up in a big way at the ‘Grand Finale’ in order to determine who will take home the coveted burgundy jackets and claim the title of the best in the world. Final Sail will take place April 9-12th in Miami at the Double Tree Grand Hotel on Biscayne Bay. At the conclusion of the last leg, close to $2 million in prize money will have been handed out to the top teams in the Quest for the Crest Series.

For full results from the 2014 Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit www.bluewatermovements.com/jjnbc_results



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The Competition Heats Up in the Keys!

February 27, 2014

A premier fishing location, a fierce competition between top teams and a celebrity fishing day for charity, are all things to expect at the 2014 Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship (JJNBC). This tournament is hosted at the Big Chill in Key Largo on March 5th through the 8th. The third leg in the Quest for the Crest Series, an estimated $500,000 purse and championship rings are up for the taking.

The 2014 season brings some changes. The host of the tournament, Jimmy Johnson, the famous Fox NFL sports analyst and renowned football coach, is throwing in a Hail Mary. This year, a Celebrity Pro/Am Charity Competition will take place on March 6th.  Up to twenty boats will fish together with Jimmy’s celebrity friends in an effort to raise money for the UM Sylvester Center and other tournament charities.

The UM Health/Sylvester Cancer Center provides cancer services and is the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment. In 2013, the JJNBC was hosted in honor of a high school student, Billy Thies, Jr., who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Billy has recently received an “All Clear” diagnosis and is now a contributor to the Billy Thies, Jr. Award, which will be given to a recipient each year during the closing reception of the tournament.

This tournament is also a turning point for the teams competing in the acclaimed Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. As the third stop in the series, teams in contention for the series title and the Quest jacket must ‘show up’ in a big way at the JJNBC. For the complete list of series standings visit https://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/.

The Kickoff for the JJNBC takes place on March 5th at the Bill Chill in Key Largo, located at MM 104.  Final Registration will take place between 4pm-7pm. Late registration fee is $4,815 per team (tax included). Competition Days are March 7th and 8th. Can’t make it down? You can watch the Costa Live Leader Board in real time to catch all the action live during each day of fishing (www.bluewatermovements.com/jimmy_johnson_live_scoring/) or follow @FishBluewater on Twitter for constant updates. For more information on the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit www.jjnbc.com or call (954) 725-4010.  



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Team Utopia Takes 1st Place!

February 14, 2014

Total # of Boats: 69                                                                Total # of Releases: 256

Any expectations for a slow bite were blown out the water when 258 Sailfish and 1 Blue Marlin were released during the 2014, one day, Sailfish Challenge. 69 boats fishing out of 3 different inlets for a purse in excess of $360,000 made for quite the competition in the 1-day Challenge.

With a strong morning bite and an even stronger afternoon bite, Team Utopia released 12 sailfish to secure the 1st place position in the Sailfish Challenge!  The win marked their first ever victory in any of the Quest for the Crest tournaments. Ft. Lauderdale locals, Utopia headed out of Lake Worth inlet and saw their first Sail at 7:47am. Multiple doubles and a quad later, Team Utopia climbed their way up the leader board and took home a check for $56,000!

Only 2 releases behind Utopia, Team Liquid was not going to let Utopia just run away with the tournament. With 8 releases just before noon, Liquid made a strong push to the top of the leader board early in the tournament.  They fished just south of Utopia and had the bites to win the tournament but came up a little short.  Where they did not come up short, is in the AR department.  Liquid finished 2nd, however, much like the 2nd place team last year, they won the most prize money by far - $146,820 to be specific!

The third place team, Vitamin Sea Too, nabbed $79,780 with 9 releases in the tournament.  John Hubartt on Vitamin Sea Too took home the Master Angler award as well.  Interestingly, the top 3 boats in the tournament all checked out of different inlets with the 1st place title going to Palm Beach Inlet, 2nd place title to Hillsboro Inlet and 3rd place title to Government Cut in Miami.  Both Liquid and Vitamin Sea Too are also cast member teams on a new TV series called Wild Billz.  The show follows 5 teams on their journey to win the Quest for the Crest and the title of world’s best sailfishing team.  There is guaranteed to be some great action for both Liquid and Vitamin Sea Too from this 2nd leg of the series!

The Top Female award went to Lauren Cobern of DeBaitable and Christian Adrian of 4 Aces was the Top Junior. Top Senior was Frank Napurano of Miss Annie. Besides Sailfish, a 48.3lb Kingfish was weighed by Native Premonitions.  They earned a $14,310 check for the heaviest meat fish.

Top Teams are not the only ones who win recognition in the Sailfish Challenge. The top-performing boat manufacturer has the chance to win The Boat Builders Throwdown award. With points from Doing it All/Team Hardway in 5th place, Double Diamond in 8th and Live Wire in 15th, Contender boats scored a total of 66 points and won the 2014 Boat Builders Throwdown!

The conclusion of the Sailfish Challenge means that half of Quest for the Crest points are already spoken for. Competing teams only have two more tournaments to show what they are made of. Each release could affect one’s standings in the Quest race. Each tournament is a turning point for any team. The hope of taking home the highest accolade in competitive Sailfishing could be just within reach. With a 5th place finish in both Operation Sailfish and the Sailfish Challenge, Doing it All/Team Hardway is leading the pack with 52 points. Miss Annie is in 2nd with 51 points after a first place win at Operation Sailfish and a 11th place win at the Sailfish Challenge.  Vitamin Sea Too is right behind them in 3rd with 50 points and Liquid sits in 4th with 47 points.

The next tournament in the Quest for the Crest, The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship, will take place March 5-8th in Key Largo. In early April, with Final Sail being the grand finale, one team will be recognized as the most dominant Sailfishing team in the world. For more information about the Sailfish Challenge visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call 954-725-4010.  For complete results visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/sfc_results/.

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Operation Sailfish Hits $530,000 Payout!

January 22, 2014

Operation Sailfish Hits $530,000 Payout!

 

# of Boats: 44                                                           Total # of Releases: 369

The competition was fierce and the anxiety was high when 44 boats cleared Lake Worth Inlet for the chance to claim victory in the richest sailfish tournament in West Palm Beach. Operation Sailfish took place December 13th and 14th at Sailfish Marina in Singer Island with a purse in excess of $528,000 up for grabs. Despite a tough battle and rough seas, team Miss Annie took home a check for $165,220, Altier champion dog tags, the first place title and the points lead in the first leg of the Quest for the Crest Series.

Day 1 of the competition was anyone’s game.  A new team to the Quest, Team Fish On, lived up to their name. With a steady pace throughout the day, Team Fish On ended Day 1 strong with a total of 10 releases. Team Get Lit, Doing it All/Hardway and Miss Annie were not far behind with 9 releases each.  The competition was not the only battle on Day 2.  10-foot seas met the boats as they cleared the inlet.  Slicing through the waves, team ProPayroll tamed the ocean as they called in release after release.  Rounding day 2 off with 11 releases, ProPayroll claimed the first place title in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 dailies and a check for over $64,000. Team Qualifier also proved their mastery as they jumped ahead on the board for Day 2 with 9 releases. Miss Annie followed in third with 8 releases beating Vitamin Sea II and Reel Tight on time.

Overall, with a 4th place finish in Day 1 and a 3rd place finish in Day 2, Team Miss Annie won the title of the 2013 Operation Sailfish champions with a total of 17 releases. Get Lit finished in second with 15 releases. Get Lit beat the 3rd place team, Qualifier and the 4th place team, Jichi on time.  Get Lit took home a check for $95,630! Andrew Kennedy on Irish Twin had a total of 8 releases guaranteeing his spot as Master Angler. Our top female angler, Susan McCart of Absolut Joy wasn’t too far behind with 6 releases.  She captured the Top Female angler title for the second year in a row.  Ken Boyer of team Gladiator won Top Senior Angler and James David Jr. of Jichi was the top Junior Angler.  He also caught the largest fish of the tournament, a 75.2-pound Wahoo, which earned the team a bonus payout of $13,500. With Miss Annie in 1st and Qualifier in 3rd, the Boat Builders Throwdown was awarded to Viking with a total of 76 points. The Throwdown follows the same point system as the Quest for the Crest. Team Irish Twin contributed 17 points to the Viking score as well.

The military undertones of Operation Sailfish were also highlighted throughout the week. On December 12th, several of the Operation Sailfish teams participated in the “Take a Hero Fishing Day”, where service men and women were invited out for a day of Sailfishing. The “Take a Hero Fishing Day” was accomplished with the help of Operation Homefront, a national 501c(3) military based charity and beneficiary of Operation Sailfish. Several soldiers had the opportunity to catch their first Sailfish ever.

 

Operation Sailfish is the first leg in the Quest for the Crest series. 3 more legs remain before the #1 Sailfishing team in the world is crowned. Leg 2, the Sailfish Challenge, takes place February 6th-9th in Ft. Lauderdale. The series concludes on April 9-12 in Miami. The Crest jacket is awaiting the winner.  For a complete list of the point standings in the Crest race, visit www.questforthecrest.com   

 

Top Teams:

  1. Miss Annie    17 releases               -   $165,220
  2. Get Lit    15 releases                         -   $95,630
  3. Qualifier   15 releases                     -   $43,820
  4. Jichi   15 releases                               -   $39,120
  5. Doing it All/Hardway   14 releases - $22,700
  6. Rock Star   13 releases                    -   $5,000
  7. Fish On   12 releases                         -   $34,200
  8. Sandman   12 releases                    -   $21,280           
  9. Vitamin Sea II 12 releases            -   $17,280
  10. ProPayroll   12 releases                   -   $65,760


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3 Inlets Compete for Over $375,000

January 22, 2014

3 Inlets Compete for Over $375,000

One day. One challenge. Three Inlets. Are you up for it? The Sailfish Challenge is coming back into town on February 8th.  71 boats participated in 2013 and one boat alone took home a check for $196,870.  This year the purse is expected to exceed $375,000 in cash and prizes.

The winners in 2013, Team Reel Blue, declared Hillsboro Inlet while the second place team, Miss Annie, checked out of Palm Beach Inlet. Whether the plan is to head north to Palm Beach, keep it central off Pompano or “correr a Miami”, anglers have the option to check out of one of three inlets in the Sailfish Challenge. The three-inlet format makes it easier for boats to reach their hot spot with less running time and fish out of their homeport if they choose to. They are also allowed to check back in any of the three inlets in the afternoon regardless of which inlet they check out from.

In addition to the enticing three-inlet format, this tournament also offers you a way to give back. The Sailfish Challenge welcomes a new charity on board for the 2014 season, The IGFA and fishing conservation. The IGFA works to promote ethical sportfishing and productive science around the world. Currently, the IGFA has partnered with Stanford University to create the “IGFA Great Marlin Race” where satellite tags will be deployed on a variety of billfish species in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean. For more information on how you can get involved visit: http//igmr.igfa.org/Conserve/IGMR.aspx

The second leg in the Quest for the Crest Series, the Sailfish Challenge is more than a one-day challenge for some teams. The 4 leg Quest series spans from December to April with teams chasing an estimated $2 million dollar purse and the most prestigious award in competitive sailfishing – the Crest jacket. Team Miss Annie is currently leading the fleet with 31 points followed by Get Lit is in second with 29 points.   For a complete list of the standings visit: http://www.bluewatermovements.com/quest_for_the_crest_point_standings/

The Kickoff Party for the Sailfish Challenge takes place at the IGFA in Ft. Lauderdale on February 6th.  Credentials are required for access to all event activities. Early entry for the tournament is $795 (plus tax) valid through January 20th. After January 20th, registration is $995 (plus tax). For more information on the Sailfish Challenge visit wwww.sailfishchallenge.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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2013 Showdown Results

August 6, 2013

August 5, 2013

 

Reel Tension dominates Saltwater Showdown! Penny-Less wins Showdown Crown!

With a grin on their face and their rain jackets drenched, Team Reel Tension approached the weigh-in stage with a feeling that they had the 2013 Mercury SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown in the bag - the fish bag that is.  The Saltwater Showdown, which was the final leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, took place on August 3rd.  A total of 75 boats participated in this invite only tournament. A long day of storm dodging was motivated by a purse in excess of $110,000.

While kingfish are more prominent in the first two legs of the PBSC, wahoo typically make their celebrity appearance every year in the August Showdown.  The heaviest fish of the tournament was a 59.5-pound wahoo caught by Paul Neidorf on Boats Direct USA! That wasn’t the only heavy hitter.  Spiced Rum III landed a 50-pound wahoo and ProPayroll landed a wahoo just over 45-pounds.  

Reel Tension, the first place team in the Showdown landed a 42.2-pound wahoo as well.  In addition, they weighed 4 Kings, a 23-pound dolphin and a 28-pound blackfin tuna - the heaviest tuna in the tournament. With a total weight of 175.8 lbs, team Reel Tension claimed the championship title and their first victory in the PBSC.  If being first place wasn’t enough, Reel Tension also won one of the largest calcutta’s in the PBSC, the KDW Jackpot. They weighed the heaviest king, dolphin, wahoo combination for a $17,640 payout in that jackpot alone.  The grand total for Reel Tension was over $26,000!

Boats Direct USA finished 2nd place overall, had the heaviest wahoo and the heaviest fish overall in the Showdown to earn over $24,000!  Their wahoo was also the heaviest fish caught during the season – a feat that earned them a 4 day/4 night trip to Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas.

Anne-Marie Sabanos of Dealers Choice won top Female Angler and Lamar Sapp of Liquid Skillstrom was the Top Senior Angler. Top Junior prize was claimed by Pierce Statham of Blue Moon and Corbin Buckley of Ric A Rue took the 1st Place Pee Wee division. Captain Kyle Scavone and his Double Down team won the Average Joe Division and the Average Joe Bonanza.  In addition, Dylan McDaniel of Worth the Wait won Junior Master Angler with 86 points. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy on display at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL. 

The most anticipated award of the entire season was presented as the final award of the season – the Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown. The Crown is the most prestigious award in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  It recognizes the most dominant team in all of competitive meat fishing.  For the first time ever, there was a tie for points between Penny-Less and Doing it All.  Both teams tallied 76 points.  The scoring system assigns a point score based on where teams place in each tournament.  Ties are broken based on total aggregate weight for the season.   In that calculation Penny-Less edged out Doing It All by just over 20 pounds with an aggregate weight of 456.67 pounds. of With a higher aggregate weight over the entire season, Team Penny-less became the 2013 Showdown Crown winners.  They receive an exclusive set of rings for their achievenment and join an elite group of competitors in the PBSC fishing hall of fame.

All in all, over $320,000 was handed out during the 3-leg PBSC Season.

For 10 years running, the culminating finish to the Saltwater Showdown has always been the drawing for a brand new Mercury powered SeaVee boat! Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 4th a winaseavee.com to tee who would be the lucky winner this year.   The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Real X Trailer, T-Top and leaning post. This is a package worth $132,000! The 2013 lucky winner was Adam Serbenski of Deerfield Beach with ticket number 0026! Congratulations!  Adam watched the whole drawing unfold live over the internet.  If we could only have seen the look on his face when his ticket was pulled! Part of the proceeds from the raffle support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the IGFA Junior Angler Program. 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



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Top Fishing Teams Compete for the Showdown Championship!

July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

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CONTACT:      Jamie Bunn

                        Bluewater Movements, Inc. at 954-725-4010

                        jbunn@bluewatermovements.com

 

Top Fishing Teams Compete for the Showdown Championship!

 

POMPANO BEACH, FL- South Florida’s championship tournament is almost here. The last and final leg of Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown, takes place on August 3rd. Teams had to show off their skills in the first two legs of the series to qualify for this invite only tournament.  A little luck and pounds of fish later, 75 teams earned their right to “showdown” for the championship title and a purse in excess of $100,000.  

The pressure in the Showdown is particularly high for teams because this is the final chance for them to battle for the renowned Showdown Crown, sponsored by Simrad Electronics. There is currently a tie in the point’s race for the Crown. Team Worth the Wait and Doing it All/Team Hardway are both leading the fleet with a total of 50 points. Team Pennyless, winners of the Saltwater Shootout, aren’t following too far behind with a total of 48 points. Points are determined by where teams placed during the first two legs of the series.  Bragging rights aren’t the only reason to win the Showdown Crown. The champions will also be awarded “Superbowl style” commemorative rings! This is the first time in the history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit that teams will have the opportunity to claim these exclusive rings.

To add even more excitement to the Showdown, two of the largest prizes of the season have rolled over twice now and will be up for the taking August 3rd. Both the Kay Dee Dubya Jackpot and the Pick 3 have an estimated pot of $15,000! To win the KDW, teams have to catch the heaviest combination of Dolphin, Wahoo and Kingfish. To claim the Pick 3, teams will have to catch the 3 species of fish that have their names randomly drawn the morning of the tournament.  Last year, the Pick 3 worked out perfectly for Team ProPayroll.  They brought home a check for near $20,000 in the category. 

The Kickoff Party takes place at the Pompano Civic Center on August 1st and is open to the public. Along with live music, a silent auction and a free fishing clinic for kids, the host of the party, Blue Moon Fish Company, will be serving their delectable food all night. Then on Saturday, the weigh-in, which is sponsored by Boat Owners Warehouse, will be held at Hillsboro Inlet Park at 4pm. Miller’s Ale House will be out serving tasty burgers and Chaos Rods will be putting on a casting contest for the kids.

The Saltwater Showdown, along with the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will come to a close on Sunday, August 4th but not before the highly anticipated SeaVee boat drawing! The boat up for grabs will be a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000! It also comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top leaning post, trim tabs and a Real X Trailer.  A maxium of 4,000 tickets will be sold and the winner does not have to be present to win.  Want to customize the boat? Not a problem. The boat is not built until the winner is confirmed giving the winner the flexibility to pick their color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it before they take delivery. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center following the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the IGFA Junior Angler Association. For more information, visit www.winaseavee.com.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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O-Sea-D Claims Their 1st Saltwater Slam Victory With Record Setting Weight

June 11, 2013

June 10, 2013

 

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Contact:                Jamie Bunn

                                    Bluewater Movements, Inc.

                                    954-725-4010

                                    jbunn@bluewatermovements.com

 

O-Sea-D Claims Their 1st Saltwater Slam Victory With Record Setting Weight

POMPANO BEACH, FL- With kites ready and balloons full, 105 boats cleared Hillsboro Inlet on Saturday, June 8th for the 18th annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam. A $200,000 purse intensified the fishing fever and the search for the hot bite was on.

A well-known team to the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, Team O-Sea-D, went south for the day anticipating that they would find their winning catch in Miami.  4 Kings and 4 Tunas later, Team O-Sea-D’s intuition was spot on.  O-Sea-D set a new tournament record with a staggering 187.21-pound total to claim their first ever victory in the Saltwater Slam.  Captain Matt White and his team brought home a payout of over $11,000. White also earned the Top Captain award, which included a premium gift basket from Captain Morgan Rum.  

Finishing in 1st place is not the only way to bring home some green in the Saltwater Slam. The 5th place team, Spiced Rum III won over $20,000 by dominating four categories, the heaviest fish, Big Mack, the Big 3 and the Holy Mackerel.  In addition, Sherri Beswick of Spiced Rum III won Top Female Angler. Scott Preston of Worth the Wait won the title of Top Male Angler. Top Junior Angler was claimed by Hunter Irvine of Young Guns and Jack Ozyp of Wet Hooker won one of the newer categories, Top Senior Angler. A new team to the Slam, one of the GreenHorn TNT winners, Liquid Fire prevailed as the Top Family as well as the top Greenhorn team in the tournament. Liquid Fire also won the charity division where half of the profits were donated to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

O-Sea-D was not the only team to eclipse the existing aggregate weight record in the Saltwater Slam.  Covered Up, posted 173.8 pounds of fish in 2nd place, roughly 23 pounds better than the previous record as well.  Captain Rob Deignan and his Covered Up team collected near $10,000 in 2nd place.  Team Tito’s Vodka finished in 3rd with 161.1 points, which would also have been enough to break the record.  They earned over $6,000 in 3rd place.

There are two things that the PBSC tournaments are never short on – great competition and great parties. At the Saltwater Shootout, teams showed off their dances moves to win a Jagermesiter Machine. This time around, another spirit sponsor, Tito’s Vodka, challenged teams to see if they had the ‘Tito’s Voice’ in a singing competition fashioned after the highly popular Voice TV show.  Three teams stepped up to the challenge. Participants belted it out to win a limited edition signed Tito’s guitar and other authentic Tito’s Vodka memorabilia.  Danny Blackwell from Get r Wet impressed the judges and wowed the crowd to prove that he, in fact, had the Tito’s Voice!

The Saltwater Slam is the second leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and the last chance for teams to qualify for the invite only, championship leg of the circuit, the Saltwater Showdown.  At the end of the tournament trail in August, the team with the most points over the three legs will be awarded the Showdown Crown, champion rings and a nice payout compliments of Simrad Electronics. After two events, team Doing it All and team Worth the Wait, are in a dead tie for the Showdown Crown title. 

The final leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit takes place August 1st-4th. For more information on the Saltwater Showdown visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954-725-4010. For a complete list of Slam results visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/slam_results/

 

 



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2013 Saltwater Slam Promises More Excitement and More Big Payouts!

May 24, 2013

2013 Saltwater Slam Promises More Excitement and More Big Payouts!

Excitement, competition and a large payout are all in store for the anglers in the 18th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam held Saturday, June 8th. This tournament is the last chance for competitors to earn their invite to the last and final leg in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, the Saltwater Showdown. With the intensity high, neither hot rays or a rainy day will deter the search for Kings, Wahoo, Dolphin, Cobia and Blackfin Tuna.

The first leg of the series, the Saltwater Shootout, set the bar high with a total of 137 boats that participated and a tremendous amount of fish weighed. The first place team, Penny-less, even set a record by weighing a total of 10 fish. That wasn’t the only shock and awe of the tournament. Team Trouble Mak-O, one of the GreenHorn TNT winners, weighed in the heaviest fish of the Shootout, a 53.6 lb King.  8 More teams have just been drawn for the Saltwater Slam GreenHorn TNT.  It will be exciting to see what the next round of Greenhorns bring to the scales.

All the fun begins on June 6th at the kickoff party that is hosted at the Pompano Beach Civic Center by Blue Moon Fish Company. This is the last opportunity for teams to register for the Slam.

The party doesn’t stop after the kickoff though. The weigh-in, built by Boat Owners Warehouse, will be at Hillsboro Inlet Park starting at 4pm following fishing. If drinks, music and great food from Miller’s Ale House isn’t enough, stop by the weigh-in to see which fish will qualify teams to win over $200,000 in cash and prizes!  Of particular interest to the teams will be the bonus KDW Jackpot and Pick 3 categories.   Both of these prize categories have rolled over from the Shootout and are expected to exceed $20,000 collectively at the Slam.

The Slam is also the turning point for many of the teams competing for the top team of the series, Showdown Crown award, sponsored by Simrad Electronics.  Currently, team Penny-Less leads the pack after their victory in the Saltwater Shootout.

Part of the proceeds from the Saltwater Slam will be given back to the local community. The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit proudly supports Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Their foundation ensures the best patient and family centered care regardless of one’s ability to pay.  For more information you can visit www.jdchfoundation.org.

Join Bluewater Movements from 6pm to 10pm on June 6th at the Kickoff Party for an acoustic show, a silent auction, fishing clinic for kids, live music, great food and a great time. The kickoff is hosted at the Pompano Beach Civic Center-1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  To register for the Slam, log on to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010. 



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2013 Saltwater Shootout Breaks Records!

May 14, 2013

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Light winds brought an early morning calm in the 15th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, but that was no indication of the hot bite that would erupt when lines in the water was announced at 7am on Saturday, May 11th. With a purse in excess of over $200,000 in cash and prizes, 137 boats cleared Hillsboro Inlet with hopes of finding their winning catch.

A record number of fish were weighed in the 2013 Saltwater Shootout. Team Penny-less, weighed in a total of 220.9lbs alone.  Penny-less, an SKA division 10 team, has earned a reputation for catching big kings on the SKA trail, however, they zoned in on other species (Blackfin Tuna & Cobia) to claim their 1st victory in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit (PBSC).  Not only did this team grab the 1st and 3rd place heaviest cobia, they also caught the 3rd heaviest tuna in the tournament, 32.2lbs.  The Top Angler award went to Michael Wood of Penny-less with 136.2 lbs of fish. This team was also the first team in PBSC history to weigh in a total of 10 fish! Let’s just say team Penny-Less went home anything but penny-less. Overall, the team took home a payout of near $20,000!

Professional teams were not the only ones fishing for the titles. The 2013 Saltwater Shootout invited 8 teams that had never competed in a PBSC event before to compete for the GreenHorn TNT title.  GreenHorn team, Trouble Mak-O, took that challenge. Angler Chad Lamar with Trouble Mak-O weighed in the heaviest fish in the tournament, a 53.6lb King, which was caught just south of Hillsboro Inlet.

Trouble Mak-O won the GreenHorn TNT title, however, they left over $20,000 in cash prizes on the table by not entering the added value Bluewater Challenge and Big 3 categories in the tournament. The 2nd heaviest fish a 46.4 pound King was caught by Brenda Lee, an average joe team in the tournament.  Brenda Lee also elected not to enter the optional entry categories, so  by default, Young Guns inherited the big money. Lance Irvine of Young Guns weighed in a 45.3lb King that ultimately ended up netting the team a payout of $24,785!  Young Guns was also the top SKA team in the tournament earning valuable points for the SKA Nationals.

The PBSC is well known for two things – great payouts and great parties. This year Bluewater Movements welcomed a new spirit sponsor, Jägermeister.  Their participation inspired an impromptu  “Moves like Jäger” dance contest during the kickoff party. Team Hook Me Up showed the crowd their moves and won a Jäger shot machine as the grand prize. Hook Me Up carried their momentum into the tournament and claimed 2nd place overall with 214.2lbs of fish!

If there was a prize for best costume in the tournament it most definitely would have been awarded to David ‘Cobia’ Collier of team Advanced Roofing.  He arrived at checkout and weigh-in dressed as Gene Simmons from KISS. It was the first time the crowd ever witnessed an angler play air guitar with a 31.9 pound Dolphin!  That fish also turned out to be the heaviest Dolphin of the tournament.  Double D/Team Frosty caught the heaviest wahoo of the day at 34lbs and the heaviest Tuna weighing in at 36.4lbs.  Dylan McDaniel of Worth the Wait won Top Junior Angler with 86 pts. Melanie Chojnacki of High Gear scored 83.1 pts winning Top Female Angler and Jordan Eddington of Rush Rolloff won the PeeWee division with 64.9 pts.  Dick Russell of Brute Dusky 23 was the Top Senior Angler in the tournament.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation was also selected as the featured charity for the 2013 Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. Proceeds generated from various parts of the tournament will be allocated for, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. JDCHF provides philanthropic support to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and ensures the ongoing availability of safe, quality, cost-effective, patient- and family centered care, regardless of ones ability to pay.  For a complete list of all the Shootout results visit:  http://www.bluewatermovements.com/2013_saltwater_shootout_results/

The second leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit takes place June 6-9th. For more information on the Saltwater Slam visit www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010.



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PBSC Lands New Beer Sponsor!

May 2, 2013

SWEETWATER BREWERY FINISHES BREWHOUSE EXPANSION AND ANNOUNCES GROWING DISTRIBUTION

$19 million expansion allows brewery to increase Southeast supply and set its sights on new states in 2013

 ATLANTA (April 2013) – Nearly two years in the making, SweetWater Brewing Company is polishing off the finishing touches on its newly expanded brewhouse, a system that can now manage more than 250 barrel batches. This project completes the final phase of SweetWater’s recent three-part construction overhaul. With the new system in operation, SweetWater’s brewing capacity has morethan quadrupled, allowing the team to start checking off some long awaited boxes, including plans to expand its Southeast distribution to a handful of new markets and open sales to three new states for the first time since 2008.

“In the 16 years we’ve been brewing beer, we’ve never been able to keep up with the demand,” said Freddy Bensch, founder and Big Kahuna of SweetWater Brewing Company. “This new brewhouse will allow us to brew larger amounts of beer at a single time. Most importantly, it will allow us to slow down those processes and improve the quality of our beer, and the quality of life for people behind it…two things we are most dedicated to.”

In 2012, SweetWater still experienced a 15% annual increase from its existing sales footprint halting production during the peak summer selling season on a number of key items due to capacity restraints. Last October was also the first time the brewery was able to expand its distribution to include Central and Southeast Florida, as well as new markets within Tennessee and South Carolina.

With the new brewhouse ready to roll, SweetWater will continue expanding its footprint in the coming weeks, opening new markets in South Florida including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm and the Florida Keys with Gold Coast Beverage; Outer Banks, NC with City Beverage Co.; and Myrtle Beach, SC with The Yahnis Co., rounding out their distribution to offer beers comprehensively throughout each of those states. Rolling into the second and third quarter of 2013, the brewery will begin shipping its unpasteurized ales in three new states including Kentucky, Virginia and Louisiana bringing SweetWater’s availability to a total of nine U.S. states across the Southeast.

The new 250-barrel brewhouse is quite an upgrade from the company’s very first 25-barrel facility. With 10 new 1,000-barrel fermentation tanks, four 1,000-barrel brite tanks, a wet mill and a slew of new brewhouse equipment, SweetWater is now working with one of the larger and more advanced systems within the craft brewing industry. Brewers ran initial tests on the lines earlier this quarter, quickly diving in to brew batches of various year-round beers to keep up with marketplace demand. The new system will offer brewers added breathing room to shift focus on more innovative projects within the brewery, promising fans some interesting new beers in its future.

Although it was anticipated to be the initial brew to christen the new system, Some Strange – a new limited-time, high gravity release – was actually the first Dank Tank series beer to makes its way through the new equipment. This black IPA is the latest of Captain Danko’s infamous blends, weighing in at 10.0% ABV. Folks can expect to see the brew hit shelves in mid-April.

For more on SweetWater Brewery and upcoming events, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Francesca Zeifman | Communications Manager | 404.691.2537 ext. 227 | francesca@sweetwaterbrew.com

ABOUT SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY:

SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” SweetWater’s brews are unpasteurized and designed to be consumed fresh so distribution is limited to the Southeast. The award-winning lineup of year-round brews includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Exodus Porter, Blue, LowRYEder and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series. The SweetWater Brewery, open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m., is located at 195 Ottley Dr. NE, Atlanta GA 30324. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com. For more of a social relationship with

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2013 Quest for Crest Wrap Up

March 12, 2013

4 Aces Claims the Championship Rings!  Blue Time Dons the Series Jacket!

 

Total # of Boats: 46                                                                Total # of Releases: 267

 

On Saturday, March 9th tournament anglers, sponsors, celebrities and spectators witnessed the culmination of the richest sailfish series in the world.  For more than 4-months, the best sailfish anglers around the globe have battled for the privilege to claim the title of world champions and don the iconic Quest for the Crest burgundy jackets.  That dream was realized for Captain Bill Wieteha and his crew on team Blue Time.  They captured the title of ‘world’s best’ with a score of 74 points, generated by a 12th place finish at Operation Sailfish in December, a 5th place finish at the Sailfish Challenge in February and a 2nd place finish at the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship last weekend. The point’s race in the quest for the jacket was extremely tight.  Weez in the Keys followed in 2nd with 73 points, followed by Get Lit in 3rd with 72 points and 4 Aces in 4th with 62 points.  Captain Bill Wieteha also earned a $25,000 Audemars Piaget watch from Altier Jewelers in Boca Raton as the top captain in the series.

Although they did not earn the jacket, Captain John Dudas and his 4 Aces team did earn the championship rings from tournament host and proven champion himself, Mr. Jimmy Johnson.  The rings are reserved exclusively for the top team in the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship, final leg of the Quest for the Crest Series.  4 Aces caught 7 fish on day 1 of the tournament and 9 fish on day 2 to claim victory and more than $123,000 in prize money.  They also earned an additional $8,500 as the 4th place overall team in the series.  Blue Time collected over $95,000 in 2nd place plus an additional $34,020 as the top overall team in the Quest for the Crest series. 

The remaining three spots in the top 5 of the JJNBC were occupied by Jichi, Weez in the Keys and Liquid Skillstorm in that order.  Jichi won near $49,150 in 3rd place.  Weez in the Keys collected over $40,000 with their 4th place finish in the tournament and 3rd place finish in the series.  Liquid Skillstorm grabbed near $40,000 in 5th place as well.

In the angler categories, Top Female Angler was awarded to Nikki White on O-Sea-D with 2 releases and the Top Junior Angler was Eric Perna on Eco Fishing Team with 5 releases.  Peter Adrian earned the Master Angler title on board 4 Aces with 11 total releases.    The heaviest meat fish, a 49.7 pound Wahoo, earned the Kawama-Blue Moon fishing team a paycheck for $14,400 also.

Thanks to three strong performances by 4 Aces, Blue Time and Debaitable, Viking Yachts were able to go back to back and win the Boat Builder’s Throwdown as the top boat manufacturer in the tournament. They won the perpetual trophy at the Sailfish Challenge, leg 2 of the series as well. The bronze trophy, sponsored by John Townsend, will remain on display at the Viking service center until the 2014 event. 

By the end of the season, over $1.4 million in prize money was handed out to the top teams in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  Blue Time maintains the #1 ranking in the world in competitive sailfishing.  Join us next year to see which teams will rise to the occasion in this world-class series!  For complete results from the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit http://www.bluewatermovements.com/jjnbc_results/



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Sailfishing Heads South for the Final Leg of the Quest for the Crest

February 25, 2013

The best sailfishing teams in the world will head south on March 6th to compete in the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship (JJNBC). With an estimated $500,000 purse on the line, the relaxing enticement of the Keys will be overcome with an intense, competitive fervor. This action packed weekend will be filled with celebrities, kite flying, combative fishing and the honor of winning the title of the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing.

The host of the tournament, Jimmy Johnson, is a Fox NFL sports analyst who coached teams liked the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes. Other notable celebrities, like football stars Jason Taylor & Zach Thomas, are expected to be in attendance as well as Hollywood film producer, Jon Landau.

The JJNBC is the third and final leg in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish series. Teams have competed in Operation Sailfish and the Sailfish Challenge in the first two legs of the series. The last leg will determine what team will don the most iconic accolade in competitive sailfishing- the Crest jacket.  With only one leg left, Miss Annie leads the race with 54 points and Get Lit follows with 48 points.  For a complete list of series standings, click here

The jacket isn’t the only award in high demand.  Altier Jewelers has offered an Audemars Piaget Royal Oak Offshore watch to the top overall captain in the series. The watch is worth $25,000! If a large payout, an exclusive jacket, a luxury timepiece and bragging rights aren’t enough, the first place team in this 2-day tournament will earn championship rings from a true champion himself, Jimmy Johnson. 

The JJNBC is not just about fishing. Part of the proceeds from the JJNBC will be donated to charity. The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship benefits the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where one patient in particular, Billy Thies, has been receiving care. Billy, a Junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Billy has been receiving treatment and has high hopes for recovery due in large part to the dedicated efforts of the staff members at UM Sylvester.

The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship will be hosted out of The Big Chill in Key Largo, which is at MM 104. Final registration will take place before the kickoff party on Wednesday, March 6th between 2pm and 6pm. Late registration fee is $4,815 per team. Competition days are Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th. By the evening of March 9th, the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing will be announced.  For more information on the Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship visit www.jimmyjohnsonbillfishchampionship.com  or call (954) 725-4010.  

Teams interested in a warm up for the Jimmy Johnson tournament may want to consider the one-day Nova Southeastern Billfish Tournament on March 2nd.  Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for students in the NSU Oceanographic Center.



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Miss Annie Collects Over $196,000 in 1 Day Sailfish Challenge!

February 12, 2013

Miss Annie Collects Over $196,000 in 1 Day Sailfish Challenge!

Total # of Boats: 71                                                                Total # of Releases: 106

71 boats cleared three different inlets on the morning of February 9th with hopes of taking home the 1st place title in the 2013 Sailfish Challenge. 36 boats checked out of Lake Worth Inlet, 24 out of Hillsboro and 11 out of Government Cut.  This one-day, 3-inlet shootout was one for the record books.  The 2013 event handed out a record setting $376,000 purse!  Prior to that, the highest payout was $240,000 in 2012.

Some teams, take a different approach and elect to target a big meat fish in the tournament in hopes of claiming the big cash prize.  Reel Blue was one of those teams. However, around 9am, Reel Blue landed a triple header of sailfish. And then another double shortly after.  With 5 releases, they realized they had a genuine shot to win the tournament and decided to cut off their wire leaders and focus all their efforts on winning their first sailfish tournament ever. Smart choice.  They finished the day with 9 releases, 3 better than the 2nd place team.  Their efforts netted them a paycheck for $25,870.  Jon Payne, a Reel Blue crew member, took the award for Master Angler with 4 releases as well.  

Reel Blue won the most gold, but Miss Annie, the 2nd place team won the most green – by a long shot. They were entered across the board in the tournament and claimed a $196,870 check as a result!  With 6 releases that amounts to roughly $32,811 per release.  Not bad for a day of fishing! One release behind Miss Annie was team Get Lit in 3rd place with a payout of $76,130. Just Do It followed in 4th collecting $32,600.  Team Forever Younger won the Non Pro Division and $2,000. Top Female Angler was awarded to Teena Edward on Reel Men of Genius and the Top Junior Angler was Eric Perna on Eco Fishing Team.  The heaviest meat fish, a 44.2 pound King, earned the WishList fishing team a paycheck for $15,310 also.

A large purse and a first place title was not the only thing up for grabs in the Sailfish Challenge. The Boat Builder’s Throwdown trophy was at stake for the top performing manufacturer in the tournament. Viking fell short of the mark in 2nd place at Operation Sailfish back in December.  However, three strong performances by Miss Annie, Blue Time and 4 Aces, pushed Viking into the Boat Builder’s winners circle at leg 2 of the series. The bronze trophy, sponsored by John Townsend, will remain on display at the Viking factory until the 2014 event. 

The Sailfish Challenge was the second leg in the Quest for the Crest Series. Miss Annie’s 2nd place finish at the Sailfish Challenge put them in the drivers seat in first place with 54 points.  Get Lit trails them by 6 points in 2nd place and Weez in the Keys sits in 3rd place with 46 points.   Without question, it will all come down to the final leg in Key Largo – The Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship.  Who will rise to the occasion and be recognized as the most dominant sailfishing team in the world?  We’ll find out on March 9th! For more information about the Sailfish Challenge visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call 954-725-4010.  Complete results available here: http://www.bluewatermovements.com/salifish_challenge_past_results/



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Sailfish Challenge Anglers Continue Their Quest

January 14, 2013

SAILFISH CHALLENGE ANGLERS CONTINUE THEIR QUEST

The lure of a hot bite and a big purse awaits teams in the world’s largest sailfish tournament – The Sailfish Challenge. On February 7th, The Sailfish Challenge will take over the offshore waters in South Florida. In 2012, 72 boats rose to the challenge and 185 sailfish were released in the one-day, 3- inlet tournament. The first place team, SkipJac II, walked away with a whopping check for $118,450. This year the purse is expected to exceed $250,000!

The Sailfish Challenge is unlike others. This tournament gives anglers the option of to check out of one of three inlets: Government Cut in Miami Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach. The three-inlet format makes it easier for boats to reach their target fishing grounds with less running time. And teams can return to any one of the three inlets for check-in regardless of which inlet they check out of in the morning.

In addition to its merits as the largest running Sailfish tournament, the Challenge is also the 2nd stop in the highly publicized Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  The pursuit of a $1,000,000 purse has attracted some of the best billfishing teams in the world to the series. However, the money isn’t the only motivation for these anglers. The most iconic achievement in competitive sailfishing- the Quest for the Crest Jacket- is also on the line. The team that comes out on top in this 3-leg series will wear the jacket with pride and be recognized as the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing.  Advanced Roofing leads the Quest points race with 30 points heading into the Challenge.  Team Liquid trails them by 1 point in 2nd place followed by Swagger in 3rd with 28 points.  Complete standings are available at www.questforthecrest.com 

Anglers are not the only ones who walk away with prizes in the Challenge. For the third year in a row, the Sailfish Challenge will raise money for Reconstructing Lives-- a 501(c)3 organization geared towards providing construction aid to distressed families inside the construction community in South Florida. “Through the funds generated in 2012, a pool chair lift was donated to a great man, Tommy Walton, who was injured in an electrical accident. Because of this chair lift, Tommy can now use water therapy as a part of his rehabilitation process every day,” said event coordinator, Jamie Bunn. To learn more about Reconstructing Lives and Tommy Walton’s story visit www.sailfishchallenge.com and click on the ‘Charity’ link.

Final registration for the Sailfish Challenge ends on Feb.7th at the kickoff party, which is hosted at the ever-famous International Game Fish Association in Ft. Lauderdale. Competition day is Saturday, February 9th and the awards ceremony follows on Sunday, February 10th at Blue Moon Fish Company. The early entry fee for the tournament is $795 (plus tax) per team through Jan. 29th and includes all anglers.  Late entry after Jan. 29th is $995 (plus tax) per team. For more information on the tournament, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010. Also, if you have a family member or loved one within the construction industry who you would like to be considered for aid from Reconstructing Lives, contact the tournament office at (954) 725-4010 for specific instructions on how to submit your formal request for assistance.



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Operation Sailfish Delivers $500,000 Purse

December 18, 2012

 Operation Sailfish Delivers Record Setting Purse in Palm Beach, FL!

# of Boats: 37                                                           Total # of Releases: 400

 

Hosted at Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, 37 of the best sailfishing teams in the world competed in the inaugural Operation Sailfish event - leg 1 of the highly touted Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.  The patriotic spirit for Operation Sailfish was electric during the opening ceremony.  The event opened with the singing of the national anthem and the presentation of colors by the 4th Anglico Marines from West Palm Beach.

Despite mediocre fishing in advance of the tournament, things broke loose on the first day of fishing and never slowed down.  400 sailfish were released during the 2-day competition. 10 Minutes into the first day, the first sailfish release was called in. Release after release kept the teams in a tight battle all day long. In the heat of the competition, Absolut Joy managed to hook and catch 7 fish to bump themselves up to the top of the leaderboard with 14 releases for the day. Advanced Roofing finished behind them in 2nd with 12 releases and Liquid Skillstorm took the 3rd place spot with 11 releases on Day 1.  Liquid finished just ahead of team Swagger on time.  It was exhilarating to watch several of the boats in the fleet return to the marina flying rigger to rigger American flags for all the sailfish they released during the day.  What an incredible way to show their support for our military!

By the start of Day 2, the teams were focused and ready to bring home the Altier Jewelers dog tags and claim the early lead in the Quest for the Crest. As Day 2 progressed, Absolut Joy, Advanced Roofing, Liquid Skillstorm and Lights Out found themselves in a 4-way tie for first place.  BAR South made a late charge in the afternoon to claim the top team position on day 2.  They hooked fish number 12 two minutes before lines out to leap frog Advanced Roofing for the daily.

With two consecutive 2nd place daily finishes, Advanced Roofing sealed their fate as the first place team in the inaugural Operation Sailfish event. They finished the tournament with 23 releases and a sizeable paycheck for $172,625! They weren’t the only team that collected a nice check. Liquid Skillstorm nabbed $49,830 in second.  The daily’s paid off big for Absolut Joy, who earned $71,300 and BAR South with $64,800.  Swagger finished 3rd earning $47,875.  Lights Out collected $49,770 in 4th place.  Overall, the total payouts for Operation Sailfish exceeded $496,000!  Proceeds from the event will also be delivered directly to it’s charity, Operation Homefront, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

Teams were not the only ones battling in the tournament. Several boat manufacturers were hoping for a win in the Boat Builders Throwdown.  It was a tight race at the end but SeaVee boats showed what they were made of.  They finished with 64 points, 2 points ahead of Viking, to win the perpetual trophy and bragging rights for the next year. The bronze trophy, sponsored by John Townsend, will remain on display at the SeaVee factory until the 2013 event.

 The competition isn’t over for the majority of the teams in Operation Sailfish. Leg 2 of the Quest for the Crest, the Sailfish Challenge, takes place on February 7-10 in Ft Lauderdale.  Who will move one step closer to becoming the first team to put on the burgundy jacket?  The Quest continues on Feb 7th.

 

Top Teams:

  1. Advanced Roofing    23 releases
  2. Liquid Skillstorm    21 releases
  3. Swagger    21 releases
  4. Lights Out    20 releases
  5. Absolut Joy   18 releases
  6. Miss Annie   16 releases
  7. Weez in The Keys   15 releases
  8. Double Diamond    15 releases
  9. Good Call      15 releases
  10. BAR South   15 releases

 

Master Angler: Daniel Hassan, Swagger, 9 releases

Top Female: Susan McCart, Absolut Joy, 7 releases

Heaviest Fish: 45.8 Cobia, Silent Hunter

Boat Builders Throwdown: SeaVee Boats – 64 points

 

 

 



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Patriotic Sailfish Tournament set for Dec 12-16 in West Palm Beach!

November 26, 2012

 

November 14, 2012

 

Patriotic Sailfish Tournament set for Dec 12-16 in West Palm Beach!

 

On December 12, 2012 a cavalry of elite Sailfish teams will invade Singer Island to compete in the highly anticipated fishing tournament, Operation Sailfish. Some of the best billfishing teams in the world will compete for an estimated $500,000 purse.  Operation Sailfish is the first leg in the highly touted Quest for the Crest series, which stretches from West Palm Beach to Key Largo, FL.  The estimated purse for the series is in excess of $1 million dollars.  

Basecamp for Operation Sailfish is the historic Sailfish Marina. This renowned marina is the closest marina to the Palm Beach inlet, complete with a dockside restaurant and rooms on property.

The military undertones that accompany the tournament name are not by chance.  Operation Sailfish honors the men and women who don the uniform and make the ultimate pledge to protect our freedom each and every day.  A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Operation Homefront, a military based charity. This four star rated charity provides emergency financial assistance, food, household goods and other services to military families and wounded warriors. 

In keeping with the military theme, the top team in Operation Sailfish will receive a set of 6 custom jewelry style dog tags to commemorate their victory.  The tags are designed and presented by Altier Jewelers, the official jeweler of the Quest for the Crest Series.  Captains looking for incentive to fish the entire series will be excited to know that Altier Jewelers has also offered up an Audemars Piaget Royal Oak Offshore watch to the top overall captain in the series!  The time piece is valued at $25,000.  

The stakes will be high in this first leg of the series as teams hope to get off to a hot start in pursuit of what will be recognized as the most iconic achievement in competitive sailfishing – the Quest for the Crest Jacket.  A ‘Nascar’ style point race will assign scores based on where the teams finish in each leg of the series.  The team that accumulates the highest score will claim the jacket and undoubtedly be recognized as the most dominant team in competitive sailfishing!

Need another reason to join this battle on the high seas?  How about a chance to claim fame for your boat builder?  The tournament also offers a ‘Boat Builders Throwdown’ category where teams representing a variety of manufacturers will have the chance to compete for a perpetual trophy. The trophy will remain on display at the production facility of the winning manufacturer until the following year of competition!

 The captains meeting for Operation Sailfish is scheduled for 6pm on December 12th followed by the presentation of colors at 7pm and singing of the national anthem to open the event.  Credentials are required for access to all event activities.  Early entry for the tournament is $3,900 per team (plus tax) valid through November 30th.  After November 30th, registration is $4,400 per team (plus tax).  For more information on Operation Sailfish visit www.operationsailfish.com or call (954) 725-4010.

 



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Operation Homefront Release

October 8, 2012

On Dec. 12th, an infantry of elite sailfishing teams will converge on Sailfish Marina in Singer Island to prepare for Operation Sailfish – a competitive battle on the high seas.  Over the course of two days, these competitive anglers will battle to catch and release the most sailfish, fight to be seen as the champion and pursue the estimated $500,000 purse. Sparked with a military flavor, this event is dedicated to honoring the men and women who serve the United States of America.  In honor of their service, a portion of the proceeds from Operation Sailfish will be devoted to its charity, Operation Homefront.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.  A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.  The Florida Field Office serves the families of 76,000 Active Duty and 34,000 National Guard and Reserve living in Florida.  Since 2011, Florida has distributed over $1,600,000 in goods, met 4,900 needs and distributed $90,000 in emergency assistance.  In addition, the Florida Field Office serves thousands of military families with our Back to School Brigade program, holiday programs and family support events. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net/Florida

By pairing together with Operation Homefront, Operation Sailfish will have the opportunity to serve those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.  Blue Water Movements President, Jamie Bunn, states, “We live in the greatest place in the world and Operation Sailfish gives us the opportunity to thank those who place their country before themselves.” For more information on Operation Sailfish go to, www.operationsailfish.com

 

 



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Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series

August 15, 2012

 

True champions don’t make pit stops in victory lane – they live there.  That is the concept upon which the new ‘Quest for the Crest’ Sailfish Series was founded.  Produced by veteran tournament promoter, Bluewater Movements, this iconic series is expected to host some of the best billfishing teams on the face of the planet.  Teams competing in the series will compete for an anticipated purse of more than $1,000,000.  However, the most sought after award won’t come in the form of a cash prize. 

These offshore warriors will be on a quest to claim what is destined to become the most coveted award in all of Sailfishing – The Crest.  Consider it competitive fishing’s ‘Green Jacket’, only it’s not green.  In order to don this coat of arms, a team must emerge as the most dominant crew among an elite field, in 3 highly competitive tournaments, in 3 different locations across South Florida.  Much like Nascar’s ‘Sprint Cup’, teams in the Quest for the Crest series will accumulate points on their mission to claim the Crest.  The points will be awarded based on where they place in each tournament.

 

“Privilege is Earned,” said series director, Jamie Bunn.  That is the motto that resides on the scroll of the crest.  “Team’s who earn this prestigious title won’t do it by accident, said Bunn.  It’s an exclusive club, reserved for the most dominant team in the sport.” 

 

Sailfish MarinaThere are 3 events in the Quest for the Crest Series, spread out from West Palm Beach to Key Largo, FL.  Leg 1 of the series, Operation Sailfish, will be held in Singer Island (West Palm Beach) at the historic Sailfish Marina.  With room accommodations on property, a full service marina with near 100 slips and waterfront dining, Sailfish Marina offers a perfect fit for the Palm Beach based leg of the series.  Operation Sailfish will be held December 12-16, with a kickoff party on the 12th, 2 days of fishing on the 14th & 15th and an awards ceremony on the 16th

 

 

 

IGFALeg 2 of the series, The Sailfish Challenge, boasts its status as the largest Sailfish tournament in the country.  The Sailfish Challenge has a unique 3-inlet format, however, the IGFA Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale is home base for the tournament.  Considered the Taj Mahal of Sportfishing, the IGFA is a landmark location for the Sailfish Challenge.  The tournament dates are February 7-10 with a kickoff party on the 7th, fishing on the 9th and awards ceremony at Blue Moon Fish Company on the 10th.

 

 

 

Big Chill at Fisherman’s CoveThe final leg of the series, Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, takes place at the Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove in Key Largo, FL.  Flip Flops are not required, but definitely encouraged at this final stop for the series.  The teams will join Jimmy Johnson and other A-list celebrities to see who will claim Jimmy’s National Billfish Championship rings and the coveted ‘Quest for the Crest’ series champion title!  The tournament is held March 6-10 with fishing on the 8th and 9th.

 

The economic impact generated by the series, particularly in South Florida, will be significant. “The impact for charity will be big too,” said Bunn.  “We have some exciting ideas about how teams and sponsors will work together to generate proceeds for worthy charities affiliated with the tournaments in the series.”

For more information on fishing the series or becoming a sponsor, contact Bluewater Movements at 954-725-4010.



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Bluewater Movements Unveils New Sailfish Series

July 31, 2012

 

True champions don’t make pit stops in victory lane – they live there.  That is the concept upon which the new ‘Quest for the Crest’ Sailfish Series was founded.  Produced by veteran tournament promoter, Bluewater Movements, this iconic series is expected to host some of the best billfishing teams on the face of the planet.  Teams competing in the series will compete for an anticipated purse of more than $1,000,000.  However, the most sought after award won’t come in the form of a cash prize. 

These offshore warriors will be on a quest to claim what is destined to become the most coveted award in all of Sailfishing – The Crest.  Consider it competitive fishing’s ‘Green Jacket’, only it’s not green.  In order to don this coat of arms, a team must emerge as the most dominant crew among an elite field, in 3 highly competitive tournaments, in 3 different locations across South Florida.  Much like Nascar’s ‘Sprint Cup’, teams in the Quest for the Crest series will accumulate points on their mission to claim the Crest.  The points will be awarded based on where they place in each tournament.

 

“Privilege is Earned,” said series director, Jamie Bunn.  That is the motto that resides on the scroll of the crest.  “Team’s who earn this prestigious title won’t do it by accident, said Bunn.  It’s an exclusive club, reserved for the most dominant team in the sport.” 

 

Sailfish MarinaThere are 3 events in the Quest for the Crest Series, spread out from West Palm Beach to Key Largo, FL.  Leg 1 of the series, Operation Sailfish, will be held in Singer Island (West Palm Beach) at the historic Sailfish Marina.  With room accommodations on property, a full service marina with near 100 slips and waterfront dining, Sailfish Marina offers a perfect fit for the Palm Beach based leg of the series.  Operation Sailfish will be held December 12-16, with a kickoff party on the 12th, 2 days of fishing on the 14th & 15th and an awards ceremony on the 16th

 

 

 

IGFALeg 2 of the series, The Sailfish Challenge, boasts its status as the largest Sailfish tournament in the country.  The Sailfish Challenge has a unique 3-inlet format, however, the IGFA Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale is home base for the tournament.  Considered the Taj Mahal of Sportfishing, the IGFA is a landmark location for the Sailfish Challenge.  The tournament dates are February 7-10 with a kickoff party on the 7th, fishing on the 9th and awards ceremony at Blue Moon Fish Company on the 10th.

 

 

 

Big Chill at Fisherman’s CoveThe final leg of the series, Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship, takes place at the Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove in Key Largo, FL.  Flip Flops are not required, but definitely encouraged at this final stop for the series.  The teams will join Jimmy Johnson and other A-list celebrities to see who will claim Jimmy’s National Billfish Championship rings and the coveted ‘Quest for the Crest’ series champion title!  The tournament is held March 6-10 with fishing on the 8th and 9th.

 

The economic impact generated by the series, particularly in South Florida, will be significant. “The impact for charity will be big too,” said Bunn.  “We have some exciting ideas about how teams and sponsors will work together to generate proceeds for worthy charities affiliated with the tournaments in the series.”

For more information on fishing the series or becoming a sponsor, contact Bluewater Movements at 954-725-4010.



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Showdown Results Release 2012

July 30, 2012

Team Flight Plan Claims 2012 Top Team of the Season Title in the PBSC!

POMPANO BEACH , FL— With a 2 month break from fishing, the 75 qualifying teams for the 2012 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown were anxious to get out on the water and compete in the last leg of the PBSC summer tournament series.  With near $100,000 in cash prizes at stake and the coveted top team of the season award within sight, the pressure was on.  Who would rise to the occasion?

Overall, fishing was tough for many of the teams in the Showdown, however, there were still a number of teams that managed to capitalize on their bites and boat some quality fish.  Several of the teams in the top 10 were newcomers to the leaderboard, an exciting feat, particularly in the championship leg.  Team Kona Blue moved way up the ladder from the 2nd leg to the final leg of the series.  They won the Toilet Bowl award in the June Saltwater Slam event – an award handed out to the last place team in the tournament.  They turned the tide in the Showdown, however, with 4 Kingfish that weighed 79.88 pounds and a 10th place finish overall! Team Catchatori was another team that celebrated their 1st appearance in the top 10 of a PBSC event.  They caught 4 Kingfish for an 87.31 pound total – enough to secure the 5th place spot in the Showdown.  Tracie Raye was yet another team that broke into the top 10 of the leaderboard for the 1st time.  They finished in 9th place 80.09 points and also managed to win the $4,860 KDW Jackpot. 

The ProPayroll team had a great tournament at the 2011 Showdown, knocking out the KDW Jackpot for over $16,000 in winnings.  They didn’t win the KDW Jackpot in the 2012 Showdown, but they did take down its sister category, the Pick 3.  Captain Jamie Ralph and his ProPayroll teammates caught a weighable Cobia, Dolphin and Kingfish to claim the $19,200 Pick 3 purse.  They weighed 3 additional Kings for a 111.39 total and a 2nd place finish in the Showdown as well.  ProPayroll collected the largest paycheck of the tournament at $27,423!

Team Tropically Impaired/Tito’s, defending champions from the 2011 Showdown had something to prove in the last leg of the 2012 series.  They got off to a hot start in May with a victory at the 1st leg but disappeared from the leaderboard at the 2nd leg in June.  However, as true champions do, they rose to the occasion at the championship and defended their 1st place title for the 2nd year in a row.  The crew caught 4 Kings and a Wahoo for a 125.34 total and near $15,000 in winnings.

Team Flight Plan also caught 4 Kings and a Wahoo to claim the 3rd place position in the 2012 Showdown.  Captain Casey Hunt and his teammates held the lead in the Showdown Crown top team of the season race with back-to-back 2nd place finishes in the Saltwater Shootout and Saltwater Slam.  A 3rd place finish at the Showdown sealed their fate as the Showdown Crown champions in the 2012 series!  Hunt and his teammates made history by becoming the 1st sportfish boat to ever win the Crown in its history.  They join an exclusive club of teams held in high regard as the most dominant teams in the sport.   

Jonathan Neal aboard Reel Tension, caught the heaviest eligible fish of the tournament, a 43.9 lb kingfish, worth near $15,000 to the team.  The Wet Hooker fishing team caught the heaviest fish brought to the scales during the weigh-in.  They boated a Wahoo that tipped the scales at 75 pounds, but it did not count in the tournament due to a large bite mark from a bull shark.  The Wahoo would easily have exceeded the 80-pound mark in whole form.

Zane Colson of team Counterpoint claimed the Junior Master Angler title with 121.28 points for the season. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy on display at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL.   At season’s end, near $300,000 in cash prizes were handed out during the 3-leg PBSC series.

The grand finale of the Saltwater Showdown tournament took place on Sunday, August 5th around 5 p.m. A crowded room of anxious people waited to see who would be the winner of a brand new Mercury powered 29’ SeaVee boat. Albert Kretschmer of Jupiter, Florida was the lucky winner for 2012 with ticket number 0644. Albert bought his winning ticket at the Dania Marine Flea Market in March of 2012. Congratulations Albert! The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at www.winaseavee.com.

Full results of the Saltwater Showdown fishing tournament are available at saltwatershowdown.com. 



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2012 Showdown Release

July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Jamie Bunn

Bluewater Movements, Inc. at 954-725-4010

jbunn@bluewatermovements.com

 

Elite Fishing Teams Prep for the Saltwater Showdown Championship!

POMPANO BEACH , FL— When you hear the word ‘Showdown’ you may imagine a scene from the wild west where two gunslingin’ cowboys square off in the middle of a dusty road in a small town to settle a dispute.  In the case of the 2012 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown, there’s a dispute of a different kind to be settled.  Which team will hoist the championship trophy on August 5th?  That dispute will be settled in the blue water off South Florida on Saturday, August 4th. Considered the Superbowl of summer tournaments, the Showdown is the culminating event in the 3-leg PBSC trail.  Only 75 teams receive the honorable invitation to compete in the Showdown based on their performance in the first two qualifying legs of the series.

Currently, Casey Hunt’s Flight Plan fishing team leads the coveted Showdown Crown category sponsored by Simrad Electronics.  Fishing aboard a 66’ Spencer, Hunt’s team stands to become the first team to ever win the Crown fishing aboard a sportfish.  The Showdown Crown awards points to teams in each of the 3 PBSC legs based on where they finish in the tournament.  Flight Plan sits in 1st with 182 points followed by Robbie Buckley’s Kimbuktu team with 124 points and No Mercy in 3rd with 122 points.

With an anticipated cash purse in excess of $100,000 there will be more than just recognition at stake for the teams competing in the Showdown championship.  2 years ago, Stan Hunt, Casey’s younger brother, collected a record setting check for over $99,000 when his Rebound fishing team won the Showdown and the well publicized KDW Jackpot.

The Kids Castathon Championship sponsored by Chaos Rods will take place at Alsdorf Park on August 4 in conjunction with the Showdown tournament.  Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 will have the chance to test their casting accuracy and win prizes compliments of Chaos Rods.  The casting contest takes place between 3 and 6pm at the same location of the Showdown weigh-in – 2850 NE 14th Street Causeway, Pompano Beach (Boat Ramp). 

If you want to experience what championship big game fishing is all about, then come down to the weigh-in for the Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 4th at Alsdorf Park around 4pm.  In addition to watching the teams weigh their big catches, there is live music, food, drink and many other exciting sights to take in. 

The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown will close in grand fashion on Sunday, August 5th with the highly anticipated drawing for a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000. The drawing is limited to a maximum of 4,000 tickets and you don’t have to be present to win.  Andrew Nixon, from Delray Beach, FL, was the lucky winner in 2011.

The 29’ SeaVee comes complete with a pair of twin 225HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Real X Trailer,  plus a T-Top and leaning post.  Here’s the best part - the boat is not built until a winner is confirmed.  This gives the winner the flexibility to pick their color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it before they take delivery.  SeaVee and Mercury are long time partners of Bluewater Movements - promoters of the boat giveaway and the PBSC tournament series.  To see some of the past winners, visit www.winaseavee.com.  Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the IGFA Junior Angler Association.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010



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Young Guns Claims Record Setting Purse at 2012 Slam

June 12, 2012

Young Guns Captures the Largest Purse Ever in the Saltwater Slam!

POMPANO BEACH, FL— 88 boats cleared Hillsboro Inlet on June 9th 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, his team managed to catch 3 Kings between 12 and 19 pounds, a 13.2 pound Dolphin and a 69.44 pound Wahoo for a combined total of 129.86 points and their first ever victory in a PBSC tournament.  With a weighable Kingfish, Dolphin  & Wahoo, 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.  Net, net, Young Guns collected a paycheck for $40,520 – the largest payout in the history of the Saltwater Slam.

Captain Casey Hunt and his Flight Plan fishing 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 4 Kings ranging between 18 and 35.5 pounds.  They finished in 2nd place overall in the Slam tournament as well, earning a check for $16,762.  With two back-to-back 2nd 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.  Captain 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 3rd overall with 102.79 points, followed by No Mercy in 4th with 100.83 points and O-Sea-D in 5th with 99.88 points.  Kimbuktu and No Mercy sit in 2nd and 3rd place behind Flight Plan in the Simrad Showdown Crown points chase.

Total purse for the 2012 Saltwater Slam was in excess of $104,000. For a complete list of results from the Slam, visit www.saltwaterslam.com.   For more information on the upcoming 2012 Saltwater Showdown, please call 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwatershowdown.com.

 

2012 Saltwater Slam Results

Top Teams:

1st             Young Guns                           129.86 pts                             $7,500

2nd           Flight Plan                              113.87 pts                             $3,250

3rd            Kimbuktu                                102.79 pts                             $2,000

4th            No Mercy                                100.83 pts                             $1,500

5th            O-Sea-D                                  99.88 pts                             $1,250

6th            Pole Dancer                              90.07 pts                             $1,000

7th            Killer Buzzz                              89.91 pts                              $900

8th            Rebound                                  88.65 pts                              $800

9th            Makin TIme                              84.67 pts                              $700

10th         Shameless                                83.96 pts                               $600

 

Top Anglers:

Male                        Lance Irvine/Young Guns                94.43 pts              $500

Female                    Tiff McNulty/Direct Threat               40.86 pts              $500

Junior                      Danny Ging/OM 31                       22.86 pts

PeeWee                Matthew White Jr/O-Sea-D                70.16 pts

 

Heaviest Fish:

Dolphin                  Joe Dingman/Double Trouble                      33.05 lbs               $750

Wahoo                   Lance Irvine/Young Guns                           69.55 lbs               $750                       

Kingfish                 Chris Meek/Flight Plan                               35.52 lbs               $750

Tuna                     Anthony Elias/Wild Kat                              27.55 lbs               $750

Cobia                   Jarrod Miller/Reel Line                                67.18 lbs               $750

 

Top Average Joe Team:

Killer Buzzz           88.91 pts                                $2,000

 

Top Small Boat:

Pole Dancer        90.07 pts                                $1,000

 

Top Family Team:

Young Guns         94.43 pts

 

Notable Winnings:

Young Guns                           $40,520

Flight Plan                            $16,762

 

Please see www.bluewatermovements.com/saltwater_slam_past_results/ for additional payouts.



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Tropically Impaired Wins 2012 Shootout

May 14, 2012

Tropically Impaired/Tito’s Claims Victory at Saltwater Shootout

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Bumpy seas did not deter 121 teams from competing in the 14th annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout on Saturday, May 12th.  The strong easterly breeze kicked up the seas and the fishing action.  Tropically Impaired/Tito’s started the 2012 season the same way they finished it up in 2011 – with a victory.  Captain 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 3-leg PBSC series.  9 months later they returned for the start of the 2012 season and picked right up where they left off in August. Tubbs’ team weighed 3 Tunas and 4 Kings for a grand total of 167.26 pounds and $20,428 in winnings.

Captain Casey Hunt and his team aboard the 66’ Spencer Flight Plan, proved that the big boys can compete with the center consoles in the meat fish tournaments too.  Hunt’s team weighed 4 Kings, a Tuna and a Cobia for a total of 162.27 pounds in 2nd place.  They earned a check for $9,994 in second.  The SeaVee/Mercury Reel Tension Liquid Skillstorm fishing teams took 3rd &  4th place in the tournament with 157.87 points and 151.94 points each.  Team Bandit, an SKA team, rounded out the top 5 with 4 Kings 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 King caught by Jim.  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 9th.  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 King was landed by Mark Null on the Wet Hooker fishing team.  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.  Not a bad ROI.

Prior to the season, Tournament Director, Jamie Bunn, introduced a new division called the Greenhorn TNT, a promotion geared towards attracting new teams to the tournament.  “New teams are vital to the life line of these tournaments,” said Bunn.  “We thought it would be fun to get some new teams hooked on our events by offering them the chance to enter the tournament for free.”  3 teams won free entries into the Shootout from the Greenhorn TNT promotion.  The wind and the waves on the morning of the tournament would test the true grit of their Greenhorn status.  Lilith fishing team was the only team that answered the call.  The other 2 winners did not clear the inlet on tournament morning.  At the awards ceremony on Sunday, Lilith team members dawned their viking helmets and hoisted their trophy in full glory!  Capt Sig would have been proud!

Several other teams earned nice paychecks in the Shootout because of the variety of categories offered. Team Even Flow claimed the top Average Joe Team honors along with their 15th place finish earning a total of $4,690. Top Small Boat, Team Adversity, took home $4,895. Total prize money for the 2012 Saltwater Shootout was $103,715. For more information on the 2012 Saltwater Slam on June 9, please call 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwaterslam.com.

 

2012 Saltwater Shootout Results

Top Teams:

1st            Tropically Impaired/Tito’s             167.26                    $7,500

2nd           Flight Plan                                162.27                    $3,250

3rd            Reel Tension                             157.87                    $2,000

4th            Liquid Skillstorm                        151.94                    $1,500

5th            Bandit                                     146.22                    $1,250

6th            Counterpoint                             144.79                    $1,000

7th            Livin the Dream/Goin Off             139.18                    $900

8th            Stuff It II                                 137.35                    $800

9th            Rebound                                   132.91                    $700

10th         No Mercy                                    125.51                    $600

 

Top Anglers:

Male                        Tom Bardes/Rebound                                110.95                    $500

Female                   Sherri Beswick/Spiced Rum III                      53.24                      $500

Junior                      Zane Colson/Counterpoint                           102.05

Pee-Wee               Tommy Tight/Off the Wall                              56.41

                 

Heaviest Fish:

Dolphin                      Pat Wolfe/McMan                   36.45                       $750

Wahoo                   Bryce Statham/Shameless           27.41                       $750

Kingfish                    Mark Null/Wet Hooker              45.83                       $750

Tuna                         Charles Allen/Slappin Tails        33.91                      $750

Cobia                       Craig Maret/Flight Plan             32.57                       $750

 

 

Other Categories:

Top Average Joe Team   Even Flow                     108.53                    $2,000

Top Small Boat            Team Adversity               98.37                     $1,000

Top Family Team          Tropically Impaired         148.35

Top SKA Team             Brute Dusky 23              45.67                      $10,330

 



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Weigh in Moved to Alsdorf Park

May 9, 2012

Due to ongoing construction at the Hillsboro Inlet Park, the main weigh-in location for the 2012 Saltwater Shootout has been moved to Alsdorf Park at the 14th Street Boat Ramp which is just south of the inlet along the Intracoastal Waterway.  We will still have committee members stationed on the south jetty inside the inlet for the 4:30pm check-in from fishing.  After checking in, you may proceed towards the Alsdorf Park boat ramp where you will be called to the weigh scale in the order that you check in at the inlet.  All boats will need to stage along the west side of the intracoastal.  Please be considerate of other boaters not fishing the tournament and allow sufficient room for boats navigating north and south along the intracoastal.

The Express Weigh-In location at Lighthouse Point Marina will still be available.  Keep in mind that there is only 1 scale with room for 1 boat at a time at that location.  Also remember that you must receive authorization by the radio controller in order to proceed to the Express Weigh Station.  If there are any additional questions regarding weigh-in or check-in feel free to contact us at 954.725.4010



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2012 Saltwater Shootout Press Release

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SALTWATER SHOOTOUT ROLLS OUT A FUN CATEGORY FOR NEW TEAMS!

 

T minus 7 days and counting until the kickoff of the 2012 Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  Leg 1 of the 3-tournament series, The Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, is held on the weekend of May 12th.   Anglers who have fished the Shootout before can expect the same great format, prizes and parties they have experienced in the past with the Shootout.

Event promoter, Bluewater Movements, has something new in store for teams that have never fished any of their summer tournaments before – it’s called the Greenhorn TNT.  “The Greenhorn TNT is a fun category geared towards attracting new teams to our summer tournaments, “ said Jamie Bunn, owner of Bluewater Movements.  The Greenhorn TNT offers new teams the opportunity to enter their team into a drawing to win a free entry into the Saltwater Shootout, provided none of the people on the team have ever fished one of the Bluewater Movements summer tournaments before.  The Greenhorn TNT drawing for 3 winning teams will be held during the Bonefish Bash at Bonefish Mac’s on Thursday, May 3rd.  Greenhorn TNT teams receive all the same hospitality benefits in the Shootout, are eligible for all the prizes in the general prize structure and will also be able to compete for the Greenhorn TNT trophy against their fellow Greenhorn competitors!  The Bonefish Bash is also the final opportunity for teams to pre-register for the Shootout and save $100 on the entry fee.  Scheduled hours for the Bonefish Bash are from 6pm-9pm.  Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through May 3.  After May 3, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.

The ‘Pick 3’ is another exciting category in the tournament with a unique rollover format much like that of the well know KDW Jackpot.   The KDW Jackpot dished out a record setting $81,000 to the Rebound fishing team back in 2010.  Whereas the KDW Jackpot targets Kingfish, Dolphin & Wahoo exclusively, the Pick 3 may also incorporate the other 2 eligible species in the tournament – Blackfin Tuna and Cobia.  A random drawing is conducted on the morning of the tournament to determine which 3 of the 5 species eligible in the tournament will be the target 3 species for the day in the Pick 3.  The purse from the Pick 3 pot in the 2011 Showdown tournament rolled over into this season.  It is expected to reach near $10,000 in the May 12 Saltwater Shootout event. 

The Shootout has earned a solid reputation for rewarding both quantity and quality in its prize categories. There is a team division that pays to 15 places, 1st place is worth $7,500, for the heaviest combined weight of the eligible species. Or you can focus your efforts on catching one big fish. The Makin’ Time team earned over $18,000 at the 2011 Shootout for catching the heaviest fish of the tournament—a 47.12-pound kingfish.

For those who are testing the waters in tournament fishing or just consider themselves novice anglers, the Shootout has a division that caters to the “Average Joes.” The division pays 5 places with 1st place receiving $2,000.

The kickoff party is Thursday, May 10th from 6pm-10pm at the Pompano Beach Civic Center-1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060. There are a number of fun activities including live music, free fishing clinics for kids, silent auction, raffles and more! All activities are open to the general public.  To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010



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SkipJac II Wins 2012 Sailfish Challenge

February 27, 2012

Palm Beach Inlet Steals the Show at the 2012 Sailfish Challenge!

SkipJac II Wins Sailfish Challenge

 

Sailfish teams up and down the coast have been craving a good Sailfish bite for several weeks.  For the 72 teams fishing in the 2012 Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine, that craving was satisfied.  185 fish were released in the one-day, 3-inlet tournament.  37 teams checked out of Government Cut in Miami, 27 teams checked out of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach and 8 teams cleared Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm.

The bite leading up to the tournament was very inconsistent, however, the best fishing was reported to be in the waters off Miami as witnessed by the number of boats that declared Government Cut as their checkout inlet on tournament morning.  However, Bernard Paul-Hus, owner of the SkipJac II team had different plans.  With the approaching cold front forecast to move through South Florida sometime on Saturday, Bernard and his captain Randy Towe were hedging their bet that the Sailfish bite in Palm Beach would heat up on the back side of the front as it passed through Palm Beach county.  That theory and their resolve would be tested to its limits after the team pre-fished off Palm Beach the day before the tournament and did not even catch a Sailfish.  Yet, the team did not waiver.  They stuck to their guns and decided to roll the dice out of Palm Beach the next day.


On tournament day, the SkipJac II team picked away at a few fish early on in the morning to keep themselves in contention.  By 12pm they were sitting in 3rd place with 5 releases.  And then the front passed through.  The wind and the waves kicked up and so did the Sailfish bite for SkipJac II.  A pack of fish came through their spread and just like that they had 5 fish on.  The team quickly jumped from 5 releases to 10 and managed to catch 4 more before the day was over.  Even more impressive, the team capitalized on every bite they had, going 14 for 14 in the tournament.  They collected a sizable check for $118,450 in first place with a bonus $500 for winning the tournament with Diamond fishing line.

Sailfish weren’t the only fish biting out of Palm Beach Inlet during the Sailfish Challenge.  Team Live Wire caught the heaviest fish of the tournament, a 47.1 pound Kingfish.  They collected $12,960 for the heaviest fish of the tournament and an additional $1,000 for the heaviest Kingfish of the tournament.


Further, to the south the boats out of Hillsboro Inlet and Government Cut found themselves in a battle for 2nd though 10th place in the tournament.  As the afternoon bite picked up, there was a lot of leapfrogging taking place on the leader board.  4 Aces made an afternoon charge to finish with 8 releases in 2nd place and a paycheck for $59,390.  Team Clean Slate posted a steady pace all day and finished with 7 releases in 3rd place.  They won $23,340.   Interestingly, each of the top 3 boats in the tournament checked out of different inlets.   Janene Claus was the top female angler aboard Qualifier with 400 points and Tristen Lambert on board Reely Tight was the Top Junior Angler with 600 points.  Gale Force was the top amateur team with 600 points fishing out of Government Cut.  Total payouts for the 2012 Sailfish Challenge were in excess of $241,000.  For more information, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call 954-725-4010

 
Top Teams:

  1. Skipjac II, 2800 pts
  2. 4 Aces, 1600 pts
  3. Clean Slate, 1400 pts
  4. Reely Tight, 1400 pts
  5. Get Lit, 1400 pts
  6. El Palacio de los Jugos, 1400 pts
  7. Kimbuktu, 1200 pts
  8. Captain Jack, 1200 pts
  9. Hard Way, 1200 pts
  10. Advanced Roofing, 1200 pts

 

Top Amateur Team: Gale Force, 600 pts

 

Master Angler: Mike Riesert, Skipjac II, 1000 pts

 

Top Female Angler: Janine Claus, Qualifier, 400 pts

 

Top Junior Angler: Tristen Lambert, Reely Tight, 600 pts

 

Funfish:

Heaviest Dolphin: Hard Way, 20.0 lbs

Heaviest Wahoo: Wish List, 36.7 lbs

Heaviest Kingfish: Live Wire, 47.1 llbs

 



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2012 Sailfish Challenge - February 25th

February 7, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sailfish Challenge Kicks Off February 23rd

Over the past few years, the Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine has produced some of the hottest sailfishing in South Florida. In the last five years, 374 teams combined to release 984 fish in the one-day Challenge. In 2011, the Midnight Blue team was awarded top honors with 9 releases, earning a hefty $69,100 paycheck. Since 2003, the tournament has awarded over $1,000,000 in prize money to teams fishing the Sailfish Challenge.

The Sailfish Challenge has made many significant contributions to charity over the years too. Last year, organizers and fellow construction sponsors of the Sailfish Challenge established a new charitable foundation called Reconstructing Lives – a program geared towards providing construction aid to distressed families inside the construction community in South Florida. “Given our existing ties to the construction industry, this program is perfectly suited for The Sailfish Challenge,” said Jamie Bunn. “We are excited about the impact we will be able to make in the lives of people who really need it over the long term.”  Last year over $8,000 was raised and Reconstructing Lives will again benefit from charitable proceeds raised at this year’s tournament.

The Sailfish Challenge is hosted at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale. This one-day tournament features a unique option to choose from one of three inlets to compete from: Government Cut in Miami Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach. This option has made it more convenient for teams to fish from an inlet closer to home. While teams must specify which inlet they are checking out of in advance, they have the freedom to turn their release cards in at any of the three inlets, allowing for maximum fishing time.

The kickoff party and final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is Thursday, February 23th, from 6pm-10pm at the IGFA. Fishing is Saturday, February 25th, with the awards ceremony to be hosted at Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale by the Sea on Sunday, February 26th from 4pm-6pm. The entry fee for the tournament is $695 per team through Feb 14th and includes all anglers.  Late entry after Feb 14th is $895 per team. For more information on the tournament, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010. Also, if you have a family member or loved one within the construction industry who you would like to be considered for the Reconstructing Lives program, contact the tournament office at (954) 725-4010 for specific instructions on how to submit your formal request for assistance.



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2012 Silver Sailfish Derby Record Setting Event!

January 11, 2012

Records are made to be broken and nothing was more evident during the 2012 Silver Sailfish Derby held last week in West Palm Beach.  A total of 1,174 Sailfish were caught during the 3 day event, 659 on the first day!  Out of the 46 boat field, the Get Lit team defended their title with 58 releases. Congratulations to everyone on a great tournament!



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Bluewater Movements makes 2011 Contribution to IGFA Junior Angler Program!

November 1, 2011

Bluewater Movements made its annual contribution to the IGFA Junior Angler Program last weekend during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. This year’s contribution totaled $8,185.60. "It’s a pleasure to support the IGFA Junior Angler Program each year," said Jamie Bunn, owner of Bluewater Movements. "Kids are the future of the marine industry.  It gives us great satisfaction to know that we are creating opportunities to expose more children to all that this wonderful sport has to offer."



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Bluewater Movements presents check to Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club

October 11, 2011


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Tropically Impaired Wins 2011 Showdown!

August 15, 2011

August 8, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

POMPANO BEACH , FL-- A full field of 76 boats, 75 qualifiers from the Saltwater Shootout and Slam plus the 2010 Showdown winner, competed in the 13th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 6th.

After Capt. Stan Hunt’s Rebound took home the $81,715 KDW Jackpot during last year’s Saltwater Showdown, teams are now realizing it can be done, especially in August! This year’s Showdown proved to be no different than 2010.  4 teams brought the elusive trio of fish (kingfish, dolphin, and wahoo) to the scales. First up was Capt. Jon-Paul Wolf’s Reel Circus team who weighed a 35.14lb wahoo, a 10.89lb dolphin, and a 20.2lb king for a KDW total of 66.23 pounds. Capt. Joe Lacalamita’s Wild Kat crew weighed in a 39.96lb wahoo, an 18.36lb king, and a 15.76lb dolphin totaling 74.08 pounds to knock Reel Circus out of the top KDW spot. That score was marginally surpassed by John Rodger’s Controlled Slack team with a 36.29lb wahoo, a 19.15lb dolphin, an 18.79lb king and a KDW total of 74.23 pounds. Controlled Slack held onto that lead until Capt. John Duval’s ProPayroll team hit the scales with an impressive 31.16lb king, a 36.8lb wahoo, and an 11.5lb dolphin and an aggregate KDW weight of 79.46 pounds earning them a check for $16,335!

The race for the Simrad Showdown Crown was tight coming into the Saltwater Showdown, with about 10 teams within reach of claiming the prized title of Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit champions—an award dedicated to honoring the most consistent team in the summer series. Points are awarded according to where each team places in each of the 3 PBSC tournaments. Going into the Showdown, Covered Up was leading the race with 164 points with Kimbuktu close behind at 155 points. 5-time Showdown Crown Champions Native Son were in 3rd with 135 points; Controlled Slack was in 4th with 128; Conched Out in 5th with 125 points; Tropically Impaired was in 6th with 107 points; and Florida Sport Fishing was in 7th with 100 points. 

In order for Capt. Ryan Tubbs’ Tropically Impaired team to take down the Showdown Crown, they had to win the entire tournament to accumulate enough points to surpass 1st-5th places. So they did just that. Coming from behind in 6th place for the Showdown Crown, Tropically Impaired weighed 4 kings and a tuna totaling 150.38 pounds to take home Top Team honors in the Saltwater Showdown and the Simrad Showdown Crown title. They also took home a nice paycheck worth 18,888. 1/5 of a pound behind Tropically Impaired was Mark Lamb’s Hard Way, with 4 kings and 3 tunas grossing 150.18 pounds and taking home $7,728. The top 5 spots rounded out with Wild Kat in 3rd with 148.37 pounds, Conched Out in 4th with 129.23 pounds and Fins Up in 5th with 116.05 pounds.

Jason Sonnenberg aboard Blue Brothers caught the heaviest fish of the tournament, a 42.92lb kingfish, worth 9,040.

Christopher Fishman of team Makin’ Time conquered the Top Junior Angler spot with 37.1 pounds in a dolphin and kingfish. This 1st place finish along with Christopher’s  1st place finish in the Saltwater Shootout and his 3rd place finish in the Saltwater Slam earned him the 2011 Junior Master Angler award. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy on display at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL. 

The grand finale of the Saltwater Showdown tournament took place on Sunday, August 7th around 5 p.m. A crowded room of anxious people waited to see who would be the winner of a brand new Mercury powered 29’ SeaVee boat. Andrew Nixon of Delray Beach, Florida was the lucky winner for 2011 with ticket number 0699. Andrew bought his three tickets at the Palm Beach Boat Show in March of 2011. Congratulations to Andrew! The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at www.winaseavee.com.

 

Full results of the Saltwater Showdown fishing tournament are available at saltwatershowdown.com.

 

 



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2011 Saltwater Showdown On Schedule

August 2, 2011

Notice To All Teams Competing in the 2011 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown:

 

Fishing for Saturday, August 6th, is still on schedule. Checkout begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Hillsboro Inlet Finger Docks. See you there!



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2011 Saltwater Showdown Pre-Tournament Release

July 22, 2011

South Florida’s Top Fishing Teams Gear Up For the Saltwater Showdown!

POMPANO BEACH , FL-- The Superbowl of summer tournaments is almost here.  75 of the top qualifiers from the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will mix it up on Saturday, August 6th to see who will claim top team honors in the championship Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown tournament.  The Showdown is the culminating event in the 3-leg PBSC trail.  Up to this point, teams have competed in the first two legs of the series in hopes of securing a spot in the Showdown.

The Kiss Country sponsored Rebound fishing team collected the largest paycheck in tournament history, $99,025, when they won the 2010 Showdown event.  A large portion of that check came from winning the KDW Jackpot, a bonus category with large payouts to the team that catches the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo combination.  The KDW Jackpot has rolled over through the first two events of this season and is expected to approach $15,000 at the Aug 6 Showdown.

Currently, Rob Deignan’s Covered Up fishing team leads the coveted Showdown Crown category sponsored by Simrad Electronics.  The Showdown Crown awards points to teams in each of the 3 PBSC legs based on where they finish in the tournament.  Covered Up has a narrow 9 point lead over Robbie Buckley’s Kimbuktu team with 5 time champions Native Son less than 30 points back and several other teams within striking distance.

The Kids Castathon Championship sponsored by Chaos Rods will also take place over at the Hillsboro Inlet Park on August 6 in conjunction with the Showdown tournament.  Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 will have the chance to test their casting accuracy and win prizes compliments of Chaos Rods.  The casting contest takes place between 3 and 6pm at the same location of the Showdown weigh-in - 2700 N Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, 33062 (Hillsboro Inlet). 

If you want to experience what championship big game fishing is all about, then come down to the weigh-in for the Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 6th at the Hillsboro Inlet Park.  In addition to watching the teams weigh their big catches, there is live music, food, drink and many other exciting sights to take in. 

The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown will close in grand fashion on Sunday, August 7th with the highly anticipated drawing for a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000. The drawing is limited to a maximum of 4,000 tickets and you don’t have to be present to win.  Just ask Bob Gothier from Mechanicsburg, PA.  He won the 2010 SeaVee drawing!

The 29’ SeaVee comes complete with a pair of twin 225HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Real X Trailer, a T-Top and leaning post and a pair of Tigress TigerShark III Outrigger top mounts.  Here’s the best part - the boat is not built until a winner is confirmed.  This gives the winner the flexibility to pick their color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it before they take delivery.  SeaVee and Mercury are long time partners of Bluewater Movements - promoters of the boat giveaway and several large fishing tournaments in South Florida.  The 2011 SeaVee giveaway, marks the 10 year anniversary of the SeaVee drawing.  To see some of the past winners, visit www.winaseavee.com.  Proceeds from the drawing support a number of  charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Pompano Exchange Club and the IGFA Junior Angler Association.  For more information on the Saltwater Showdown, visit www.saltwatershowdown.com or call 954.725.4010

 



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Team Florida Sportfishing Wins Saltwater Slam!

June 12, 2011

Congratulations to team Florida Sportfishing Magazine, 2011 Champions of the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam!  They caught 4 nice kings for 93.38 points to earn victory at the second leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.  Stay tuned for a full press release on the results!



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Saltwater Slam - June 9 - Get Ready!

June 5, 2011

2011 Saltwater Slam  Less Than 1 Week Away!

 

The second tournament in the 3-leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit is the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam held out of Hillsboro Inlet on the weekend of June 11th.  Last year’s biggest attraction—the Kay Dee Dubya Jackpot, won Team Rebound a total of $99,025 in the Saltwater Showdown.  The KDW Jackpot returns again this year and is expected to exceed $10,000 at the Saltwater Slam tournament on June 11th.

 

Tournament organizers have added a new prize category for the Slam titled ‘Pick 3.’ The Pick3 is an optional entry category that is similar to the Kay Dee Dubya, but with a twist. This new category targets three species of fish, but which three you may ask? The answer to that question comes on the morning of the tournament. The names of 5 target species (Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and Cobia) are placed in a sealed container on the morning of the tournament. The tournament committee will ‘Pick 3’ of the 5 eligible species from the sealed container. The three that are chosen will be the 3 target species in the Pick 3 for that day. Also like the KDW, if there is no winner, the purse rolls over into the next PBSC tournament where the process will start all over again.  The ‘Pick 3’ category was a big hit during last month’s Saltwater Shootout where the 3 chosen fish were kingfish, dolphin and cobia and Team Snake Dancer took home the $4,320 pot for catching the winning combo.

 

The Slam has earned a solid reputation for rewarding both quantity and quality in its prize categories.  There is a team division which pays to 15 places, 1st place is worth $7,500 for the heaviest combined weight of the eligible species (Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna & Cobia).  Teams can weigh a maximum of 4 fish per species, no more than 10 fish total per boat.  Or you can focus your efforts on catching one big fish.  Ron Mitchell’s Bandit team earned over $25,500 at the 2010 Slam for finishing 2nd place overall and catching the heaviest fish—a 53.95 pound Kingfish--of the tournament. 

 

If you consider yourself an average angler, the Slam has a division that is right down your alley called the ‘Average Joe’ division. Teams that have placed inside the top 8 of previous PBSC tournaments are not eligible, nor are teams with members who have earned part or all of their living charter fishing in South Florida within the past 10 years.  This division pays 5 places with 1st place paying $2,000. An optional entry category is also available for Average Joe Teams, allowing novice teams to compete against their own skill level for more prize money.

 

The Southern Kingfish Association’s affiliation with the Slam continues and will be a qualifying event for Division 10.  With exclusive prize categories for SKA members only, this affiliation is sure to attract several new teams from around the state. Teams that are not currently SKA members can register online at www.fishska.com. The SKA will also be present at the Slam kickoff party for teams that would like to register to become a member.  SKA membership is not required to fish the Slam tournament, only to be eligible for the bonus SKA prize divisions.

 

The Saltwater Slam will have plenty to offer kids as well, beginning with prize categories for Junior and PeeWee anglers.  If you don’t have a boat, but would love to introduce your kids to fishing, tournament organizers and the IGFA have combined their efforts to offer a FREE fishing clinic for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.  The clinic will be held during the kickoff party on June 9th from 6pm to 8pm and is limited to 30 kids.  Each youngster will receive a free rod & reel combo compliments of the Fish Florida Tag Agency.  On Saturday, June 11th, the kids that participate in the clinic will be invited on a free fishing trip aboard the Helen S drift boat to put their new techniques into practice.  Mom and Dad are welcome to join their children on the boat as well.  Parents that would like to sign their children up for the clinic should call the tournament office at 954-725-4010.

 

Teams in the Slam will also have their chance to win a brand new 29’ SeaVee boat valued at over $130,000!  The kickoff party is Thursday, June 9th from 6-10pm at the Pompano Beach Civic Center – 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060.  Activities include live music, food, drinks, silent auction, raffles and more!  Entry fee in the Saltwater Slam is $475 per boat after June 1st and includes all anglers.  If you are unable to fish but want to see some big fish hung on the scales, stop by for the weigh-in on Saturday afternoon from 4 to 7pm at Hillsboro Inlet Park in Pompano Beach.  The park is located at 2700 N Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, 33062.  To register for the Slam log on to www.saltwaterslam.com or call 954-725-4010.

 



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Kimbuktu Wins 2011 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout!

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:           Jamie Bunn

                          Bluewater Movements

                          954-725-4010

                          jbunn@bluewatermovements.com

 

2011 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Robbie Buckley’s Kimbuktu fishing team took home top team honors in the 2011 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout on May 7th as they weighed in 4 kingfish, 3 tunas and 2 cobias totaling 221.63 pounds, the team’s first victory in any of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit tournaments.  Robbie was joined by his son Ryan, Ariel Pared from SeaVee Boats, Joe Fernandez from JCon Construction, Eric Castillo and Joe Pusillo, who was also the top male angler in the tournament.  The team’s victory came with a hefty paycheck of $16,520. Makin’ Time took 2nd place weighing 4 kingfish, a tuna and a dolphin to bring their total to 178.39 pounds. They also took home the Bluewater Challenge purse, boosting their total earnings to $26,653—not bad for a 2nd place finish! Controlled Slack, placed in 3rd with 168.4 pounds, Covered Up came in 4th place with 155.73 pounds, and Native Son took home 5th place with 151.88 pounds.

Mark Schongar’s FBC team weighed in a 49.9 pound kingfish that took home heaviest fish honors, beating out Makin’ Time’s 47.12 pound kingfish by less than 3 pounds. Ryan McBride’s Conched Out fishing team took home top Division 10 SKA honors at the tournament with their 40.25 pound kingfish.

It’s baaaack. The infamous KDW Jackpot has started again. No team managed to bring the trio of fish to the scales on Saturday, starting the roll over process once again and leaving the Jackpot at $5,670. It is expected to top $11,000 during the Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam on June 11th.

While no team caught the KDW trio, the same could not be said for the brand new Pick 3 rollover category which debuted in the 2011 Saltwater Shootout.  On the morning of the tournament, 3 of the 5 eligible species were drawn from a sealed container.  The species chosen were Kingfish, Cobia and Dolphin, not an easy catch by any standards.  And it looked as if the Pick 3 purse would roll over into the Slam until the last boat, team SnakeDancer pulled up to the scales with a 23.93 pound Dolphin, a 19.66 pound Cobia and a weigher Kingfish.  Their KDC combo totaled 60.4 pounds, earning them a $4,320 paycheck.

Several other teams earned nice paychecks in the Shootout because of the variety of categories offered. Team Double Down claimed the top Average Joe Team honors along with their 14th place finish earning a total of $4,443. Top Small Boat, Controlled Slack, took home $4,620 for their 3rd place finish, small boat and calcutta earnings. Total payouts for the 2011 Saltwater Shootout were $100,177. For more information on the 2011 Saltwater Slam on June 11, please call 954-725-4010 or visit www.saltwaterslam.com.

 

2011 Saltwater Shootout Results

Top Teams:

1st           Kimbuktu                            221.63

2nd          Makin’ Time                       178.39

3rd           Controlled Slack               168.4

4th           Covered Up                        155.73

5th           Native Son                          151.88

6th           Tropically Impaired        151.16

7th           Reel Tension                     149.2

8th           Conched Out                     143.61

9th           Gitty Up                               141.9

10th         Airborne                              141.34

 

Top Anglers:

Male                      Joe Pusillo/Kimbuktu                                    126.92

Female                 Nancy Diaz/High Gear                                    83.34

Junior                   Christopher Fishman/Makin Time           85.17

Pee-Wee             Dylan McDaniel/Gitty Up                             60.64

               

Heaviest Fish:

Dolphin                                Ken Harris/Boat Center                 23.93

Wahoo                 Matthew Iuen/Reel Blue              23.08

Kingfish                               Lawrence Morejon/FBC                                49.9

Tuna                      Francis Santos/Shock Wave        34.56

Cobia                    Hector Lofiego/Sea Fox II             42.88

 

Top Average Joe Team  Double Down                    133.08

 

Top Small Boat                  Controlled Slack               168.4

 

Top Family Team             Native Son                          151.88

 

Top SKA Team                   Conched Out                     40.25lb King

 



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Saltwater Shootout Set for May 7th!

April 28, 2011

April 26, 2011

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:           Jamie Bunn

                                Bluewater Movements Inc.

                                954-650-5982

                                jbunn@bluewatermovements.com

 

 

The first tournament in the 3 leg Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit Series is the 13th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout held out of Hillsboro Inlet on the weekend on May 7th.

 

Due to last year’s biggest attraction—the Kay Dee Dubya Jackpot, which won Team Rebound a total of $99,025 in the Saltwater Showdown—tournament organizers have added a new prize category for the Shootout titled ‘Pick 3.’ The Pick 3 is an optional entry category that is similar to the Kay Dee Dubya, but with a twist. This new category targets three species of fish, but which three you may ask? The answer to that question comes on the morning of the tournament. The names of 5 target species (Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and Cobia) will be placed in a sealed container on the morning of the tournament. The tournament committee will ‘Pick 3’ of the 5 eligible species from the sealed container. The three that are chosen will be the 3 target species in the Pick 3 for that day. Also like the KDW, if there is no winner, the purse will roll over into the next PBSC tournament where the process will start all over again.

 

The Shootout has earned a solid reputation for rewarding both quantity and quality in its prize categories. There is a team division which pays to 15 places, 1st place is worth $7,500, for the heaviest combined weight of the eligible species. Teams can weigh a maximum of 4 fish per species, no more than 10 fish total per boat. Or you can focus your efforts on catching one big fish. The Skin Deep team earned over $19,000 at the 2010 Shootout for catching the heaviest fish of the tournament—a 56.65-pound kingfish.

 

For those who are testing the waters in tournament fishing or just consider themselves average anglers, the Shootout has a division that caters to the “Average Joes.” Teams that have placed inside the top 8 of previous PBSC tournaments are not eligible, nor are teams with members who have earned part of all of their living charter fishing in South Florida within the past 10 years. The division pays 5 places with 1st place paying $2,000.

 

The Shootout’s affiliation with the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) also brings some hype to the tournament. The Shootout continues to be a qualifying event for Division 10 of the SKA. Additional prize money is offered to SKA teams in the form of big fish—big kingfish to be exact. The heaviest four kingfish caught by SKA teams will qualify for an added cash bonus with 1st place taking home $2,500. An optional entry category is also available for SKA teams as well. Teams that are not currently SKA members can register online at www.fishska.com or during the Shootout kickoff party on May 5th. However, SKA membership is not required to fish the Shootout tournament, only to be eligible for the bonus SKA prize divisions.

 

The Saltwater Shootout will have plenty to offer kids as well, with prize categories for Junior (Ages 10-15) and Pee Wee (Under 10 years) anglers. If you do not have a boat, but would love to introduce your kids to fishing, tournament organizers and the IGFA have combined their efforts to offer a FREE fishing clinic for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. The clinic will be held during the kickoff party on May 5th, from 6pm to 8pm and is limited to 30 kids. Each child who participates will receive a free rod & reel combo compliments of the Fish Florida Tag Agency. On Saturday, May 7th, the kids that participate in the clinic will be invited on a free fishing trip aboard the Helen S drift boat to put their new techniques into practice. Mom and Dad are welcome to join their children on the boat as well. Parents that would like to sign their children up for the clinic should call the tournament office at 954-725-4010.

 

Teams in the Shootout will also have their chance to win a brand new 29’ SeaVee boat valued at over $130,000! The kickoff party is Thursday, May 5th from 6pm-10pm at the Pompano Beach Civic Center-1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060. Activities include live music, food, drinks, silent auction, raffles and more! All activities are open to the general public. Entry fee in the Saltwater Shootout is $375 per boat through April 27th and includes all anglers. After April 27th, the entry fee is $475 per boat. To register for the Shootout, log on to www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010

 

 

                               



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Sandman Wins World Sailfish Championship!

April 25, 2011

Key West (April 16, 2011) - In the middle of a final day frenzy one boat found itself the center of attention. Team Sandman finished Saturday releasing 6 of their 7 bites, easily jumping from second place to win the World Sailfish Championship in Key West. Captain Neil Orange and his crew caught 17 sailfish for the tournament, outdistancing Team Lights Out by three fish. Team Sea Hunter/Conched Out made a late move to finish third with 12 releases.

 But the day belonged to Sandman, the 63-foot Spencer owned by Sandra MacMillan.  “It means a lot to us,” MacMillan said. “We’ve had a really good year. But to win the World Sailfish Championship with kite baits is amazing. It’s sinking in, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

 The win means Orange, MacMillan and crew members Wes Stevens, Robby Waddick, Corey Ryan (all from Pompano Beach), Jason Roe (Ft. Lauderdale) and Domie Adames from Miami will take home the lion’s share of the $1 million purse. In all, 71 teams released 335 sailfish during the three-day tournament.

 “2011 was our best event ever, as we topped the $2 million mark in charitable donations,” said Chris King, Tournament Chairman. “When you have this level of competition, combined with the all the benefits for these amazing charities, it makes for a world class event.”

 Saturday started out quickly as five fish were hooked and released in the first 10 minutes. Sandman got in on the action at 8:14 a.m., releasing the eighth fish of the day, and tying Lights Out for the overall lead. Captain Chester Sims and Team Lights Out jumped back out front at 9:28 a.m., but that lead lasted only 57 seconds as Sandman tied them back up. MacMillan then released the first of her three Saturday releases at 9:49 a.m. and Sandman padded its lead the rest of the day.  MacMillan finished with seven releases for the tournament, earning her the Top Female Angler title.

 “We were able to just key on those bites first thing in the morning,” Orange said. “We were fishing around everybody in the whole fleet. I mean, we had boats inside of us, boats outside of us and we were just that lucky boat that was able to get the bite.”

 Team Lights Out managed only two fish on the final day, including their last one, which took more than hour to release but was enough to guarantee them second place for the second consecutive year.  “Today was a little slow for us, only catching two out of three bites,” Sims said. “We were hoping to do a little better and hang on to the lead, but those other guys were really on them. It just wasn’t our turn.”

Team Sea Hunter/Conched Out released two in the final 35 minutes for third place and Team Que Mas came from out of the blue to release three in the last hour to steal fourth. Team Sea Hunter/Conched Out didn’t miss a fish the entire tournament, finishing 12-for-12.

 “The morning was miserable. We went to the wrong spot,” said Gary McBride, owner of Team Sea Hunter/Conched Out. “We caught probably 30 bonito and nearly burned every rig we had. It was frustrating and we thought we had lost the day. But we made a move and found a fish. Moved again and found another fish. Then we caught one with three minutes left and moved from sixth to third. We were just looking to get away from the bonito. If we caught another one I think our arms were going to fall off.”

 For Team Sandman, the trip to Key West proved to be the continuation of what has been a great year. The team finished second in the season-opening Sailfish Cup and third in the Big Boat division of the Sailfish Kickoff before winning the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament in Palm Beach in January.

 In this case, the difference was fishing on Friday’s off day. Orange said the team fished until about 5:30 or 6 p.m. and, more than anything, was able to rule that area out as a possible spot on Saturday.  It turned out that may have been the most important decision of the entire week.

“This is the biggest tournament of them all,” Orange said. “What a great one to win. This is our fifth year fishing this tournament and we finally got it.”

 For more information visit:  www.worldsailfish.com

 Media Contact:

Doug Cox, Cox Group – 704.906.5585

Katy Newton, World Fishing Tour – 727.631.0072

 



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Midnight Blue Wins 2011 Sailfish Challenge!

February 28, 2011

For Immediate Release:

 

Midnight Blue Captures Sailfish Challenge Win and $69,100 Payout!

 

Total # of Boats: 79                                                          Total # of Releases: 165

 

79 teams and several hundred anglers competed Saturday, February 26, in the one-day Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine. Despite sub-par fishing conditions, the bite got off to a fast start following the 7:30 a.m. lines in. Within the first two hours of fishing, nearly 70 fish were released.

 

Fishing out of Government Cut, Jason Jennings’ Midnight Blue was one of the first teams to break out of the pack with 5 releases in the first hour of fishing. Also fishing in Miami, Luis Isaias’ Jichi followed close with 4 releases by 8:30 a.m. Team Fish Tales made an afternoon charge in Miami releasing 4 fish in the last 2 hours of the tournament, totaling 8 releases.

 

Midnight Blue earned a hefty pay day releasing 9 sailfish and cashing in for $69,100 in winnings. Fish Tales finished 2nd with 8 releases and $32,980 total winnings. Jichi took the 3rd place spot with 7 releases and earned a total of $41,220. El Palacio de los Jugos, Wound Up and Rhonda Beth followed in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively with 6 releases. Kimbuktu, Conched Out, Advanced Roofing and Night Prowler finished 7th thru 10th respectively with 5 releases each.

 

Luis Isaias aboard Jichi took home Master Angler honors with 4 releases earning an additional $1 ,000 for his team. How Ya Reelin captured 1st place in the Amateur division with 2 releases and a $2,000 paycheck, followed by Blue Brothers in 2nd and Outside Air in 3rd, earning $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Timmy Maddock Jr. on Vitamin Sea Too earned Top Junior Angler, and further was the only junior angler that released a fish in the whole tournament! The heaviest funfish of the tournament was a 38.3-pound dolphin caught aboard Keri-N-On. That fish earned Jason Naumann and his team a paycheck for $14,500.  Keri-N-On also had the largest Kingfish of the tournament at 37.9 pounds.  The heaviest Wahoo was reeled in by the How Ya Reelin team.  It weighed 26.8 pounds. Total payouts for the Sailfish Challenge exceeded $220,000.  Charitable proceeds from the Sailfish Challenge will be directed to it’s charity, Reconstructing Lives. For more information, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.

 

Top Teams:

1.       Midnight Blue, 1800 pts

2.       Fish Tales, 1600 pts

3.       Jichi, 1400 pts

4.       El Palacio de los Jugos, 1200 pts

5.       Wound Up, 1200 pts

6.       Rhonda Beth, 1200 pts

7.       Kimbuktu, 1000 pts

8.       Conched Out, 1000 pts

9.       Advanced Roofing, 1000 pts

10.   Night Prowler, 1000 pts

 

Top Amateur Team: How Ya Reelin, 400 pts

 

Master Angler: Luis Isaias, Jichi, 800 pts

 

Top Female Angler: Janine Claus, Qualifier, 600 pts

 

Top Junior Angler: Timmy Maddock Jr., Vitamin Sea Too, 200 pts

 

Funfish:

Heaviest Dolphin: Keri-N-On, 38.3 lbs

Heaviest Wahoo: How Ya Reelin, 26.8 lbs

Heaviest Kingfish: Keri-N-On, 37.9

 



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Sailfish Challenge Starts February 24th

February 15, 2011

Sailfish Challenge Starts February 24th
 

sailfish challenge

 
Over the past few years, the Sailfish Challenge presented by Mercury Marine has produced some of the hottest sailfishing in South Florida. In the last four years, 295 teams combined to release 819 fish in the Challenge. In 2010, Captain Matty Tambor’s Owl’s Nest team was awarded top honors with 9 releases in the one-day tournament, earning a hefty $122,625 paycheck. Tournament participation grew more than 20 percent in the 2010 event and the tournament purse grew more than $50,000 from the previous year.
With its strong ties to the Associated Builders and Contractors organization, the Sailfish Challenge has become one of South Florida’s most esteemed sailfish tournaments. This year, organizers and fellow construction sponsors of the Sailfish Challenge established a new charitable foundation called Reconstructing Lives – a program geared towards providing construction aid to distressed families inside the construction community in South Florida. “Given our existing ties to the ABC and the construction industry, this program is perfectly suited for The Sailfish Challenge,” said Jamie Bunn. “We are excited about the impact we will be able to make in the lives of people who really need it over the long term.”
 

“Reconstructing Lives is truly a heartfelt cause,” said Bernard Paul-Hus, owner of Hypower, Inc., a local specialty contractor, and sponsor of the tournament. “As contractors we have a unique opportunity to utilize the skill sets within our trade to affect the lives of distressed families within our industry in immeasurable ways. That’s what it’s all about.”   
More Info
 

The Sailfish Challenge is hosted at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame Museum in Fort Lauderdale. This one-day tournament features a unique option to choose from one of three inlets to compete from: Government Cut in Miami Beach, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, and Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach. This option has made the tournament convenient from various locations in South Florida. Teams must specify which inlet they are checking out of in advance, but can turn their release cards in and weigh in fun fish into any of the three inlets, allowing for maximum fishing time.
 

3 inlets

 



The kickoff party and final registration for the Sailfish Challenge is Thursday, February 24th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the IGFA. Fishing is Saturday, February 26th, with the awards ceremony to be hosted at Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale by the Sea on Sunday, February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 

The entry fee for the tournament is $675 per team and includes all anglers.
 
For more information on the tournament, visit www.sailfishchallenge.com or call (954) 725-4010.

 

Also, if you have a family member or loved one within the construction industry who you would like to be considered for the Reconstructing Lives program, contact the tournament office at (954) 725-4010 for specific instructions on how to submit your formal request for assistance.


 




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A Message from the Southern Kingfish Association

January 13, 2011
A Message from the Southern Kingfish Association

To All anglers fishing this year''s Mercury / SeaVee Boats Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam & Shootout! Steve Glanz, one of your fellow tournament competitors from Delray Beach and his crew, fishing on Steve''''s Skin Deep, started their 2010 season fishing in Key West at the Southern Kingfish Association''''s Division 10 opener held at the beautiful Key West Harbor Marina, where they scaled a 54.78 pound kingfish to win the events $10,000 top prize.

In last year''''s Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam, the second event in the SKA Division 10 race, Steve backed up his Key West win and caught a 56.65 pound king mackerel to edge out another SKA team by a couple tenths of a pound and win over $19,000 in this highly competitive event.
Steve and his crew fished all of the Division 10 events, including the Shootout and Slam as well as the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour. The Skin Deep finished 2010 as the top boat in the Division 10 race.

One of the events on the Pro Tour was held in St. Simons Island, Georgia, which Steve and the Skin Deep team also won and took home another $20,000 plus cash and prizes.
In November, The Skin Deep team moved into the final event on the Pro Tour at in Fort Pierce, Florida. After a grueling two-day event, they out-fished forty of the top fishing team in the country and won the coveted "Angler of the Year" honors, clearly the toughest test of skill in saltwater fishing today. For their efforts they pocketed another $60,000 and $7,000 in Raymarine electronics. That''''s well over $100,000 for their efforts. 

Fort Lauderdale''''s Dick Russell finished sixth in the 2010 SKA National Championships held the same week in Fort Pierce. Dick has fished Division 10 events for the past twenty years. His Brute Dusky team fishes in the SKA''''s Class of 23, a class devised to separate small boats from the bigger boats. Dick always is a contender in the Key West event.

The purpose of this e-mail is to let you know that the Key West Tournament starts the 2011 SKA Tournament Trail season. The event again takes place at the Key West Harbor Marina, January 21st thru the 23rd. This year‘s guaranteed top prize is an Evinrude powered Andros 20 foot bay boat complete with a Continental Trailer worth over $30,000. Don''''t miss a chance to catch one of sixty pounders that are also visiting Key West in January.

The Southern Kingfish Association gives you the arena to compete in, win cash and prizes, plus earn titles most anglers just dream about and we give you the press commensurate with your abilities. 

For more information on the Key West tournament, Division 10, and the SKA trail, go to our website, www.fishska.com or give us a call at 904-819-0360. The SKA is going into its 21st year of producing both the Mercury Tournament Trail and the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour.
The Southern Kingfish Association produces and sanctions over 50 events each year in 10 different divisions from North Carolina to Louisiana. It is recognized as the largest saltwater tournament series in the world. 


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35 Boats Combine to Release 677 Sailfish in 2011 Silver Sailfish Derby

January 11, 2011

The boats competing in the 74th Annual Silver Sailfish Derby enjoyed exceptional fishing over the 3 day tournament.  The competition remained tight in the Derby right up to the end of the tournament.  The best fishing in the first half of the tournament was further to the north around Ft. Pierce.  By the second day, the fish moved a bit further south with the best action occurring off Jupiter.  Team Sandman, also had 18 shots fishing further south off Boynton Inlet on the second day of the tournament.  Daryl Deka and his hard way team made a ‘hard’ charge on the third day of the tournament catching 15 out of 25 Sailfish to win the daily.

Get Lit led the first day of the tournament and managed to stay on top of the fish all the way through. They won the tournament with 37 releases followed by Weez in the Keys in 2nd with 34 releases.  Team Murray finished 3rd with 33 releases.  The 35 teams in the Derby averaged 6.45 releases per day which was a new tournament record.  Peter Miller from team Get Lit was also the top angler in the tournament.  Adam Yunis, of team MD20-20 caught the heaviest fun fish of the tournament, a 44-pound Cobia.  



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Win A SeaVee Results

December 26, 2010

Win A SeeVee Results

2010 SeaVee winner Bob Gothier and his wife Lisa, from Mechanicsburg, PA are enjoying their brand new 29'' SeaVee boat. Bob made a few upgrades to the new boat including a pair of Mercury 250HP Verados. Nice choice Bob!



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