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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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