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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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