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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:

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

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