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Gator One Wins PBSC Series, Blue Moon Wins Showdown

August 9, 2018

A total of 59 teams competed in last weekend’s Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown, the final leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. A payout in excess of $119,000 was up for grabs at the tournament bringing the total purse for the series to more than $381,000.  In addition to the large payouts, the Showdown Crown championship rings were also awarded.

Gator One weighed in 87.2 lbs of fish during the Saltwater Showdown, enough to secure the fifth place spot in the tournament and first place in the series.  They took home all the glory of winning the PBSC and highly sought after champion’s rings.  Blue Moon backed their 2017 series victory up with a second place overall finish in 2018 and Doing It All/Hardway finished third to cap off a great season that included a win at the Saltwater Shootout and second place in the Saltwater Slam.


First place winners of the Saltwater Showdown, Blue Moon, weighed 4 kings, 4 tuna and a wahoo for 155 lbs and a $18,698 payday. Next in line, team O-Sea-D, weighed in 121.1 lbs of kingfish and tuna that sent them home with a nice paycheck of $4,250. Offshore Warrior caught the biggest fish of the tournament for the second year in a row. They raked in over $14,228 with a 51.4 lb kingfish.  The heaviest fish of the season, an 85.7 lb wahoo, was weighed in by No Plan/Contagious. A skeletal head mount of the fish will be reconstructed by Dakus Bones to commemorate their trophy catch.


Team Hoke’d Up took the title for the Top Series Small Boat. They collectively weighed in 165.8lbs of fish in the series that landed them an extra $1,000 plus a brand new NSS EVO3 fish finder/chart plotter courtesy of Simrad. The Program trailed behind with a total of 105 lbs and Mac Daddy came in third with 97.2 lbs across the series.

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 $24,000 and the Pick 3 is estimated over $47,000 at the Saltwater Shootout next May.

The Junior Master Angler title of the series went to Hunter Irvine from Young Guns. This was his second victory in the series category. Hunter placed first in the Shootout, third in the Slam and took first place in the Showdown in the junior angler divisions. The Top Female Angler of the tournament was Nikki White of O-Sea-D and the Top Male Angler was Bryce Statham of Blue Moon. The Top Pee Wee Angler trophy went to Fisher Neimann of Cache Money/Bionic Bait.


The most inspirational moment of the Saltwater Showdown occurred at the awards ceremony on Sunday. Several teams stepped up to the plate and donated their winnings to the tournament’s charity, the Perry J. Cohen Foundation. Perry is one of two teenage boys who went missing at sea off Jupiter, FL in 2015 and were never found.  The foundation was created to carry on Perry’s legacy and support what he was most passionate about.  Focus areas include boating safety education, marine and wildlife preservation and the arts.  A safety-first award has been established for the top junior angler at each PBSC tournament in Perry’s name in conjunction with tournament sponsor Bass Pro Shops.  Perry’s mother, Pamela, was overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from the Pompano Beach fishing community.  A check for $13,000 was presented to the foundation on behalf of Bluewater Movements and tournament anglers.

The grand finale of the Showdown awards was the highly anticipated Win A SeaVee drawing where a 29’ SeaVee boat valued at $132,000 was given away! The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Verado engines, a Loadmaster Trailer, T-Top and leaning post. Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 5th to see who would be the lucky winner. At around 5pm, Cliff Case from Lighthouse Point, FL received the phone call of his dreams when he found out that he held the winning ticket, #0103, for the SeaVee boat! A portion of the proceeds from the drawing supports the Perry J. Cohen Foundation and the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club. The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at


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