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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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