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Kimbuktu Wins 2011 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout!

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011


CONTACT:           Jamie Bunn

                          Bluewater Movements




2011 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Robbie Buckley’s Kimbuktu fishing team took home top team honors in the 2011 Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout on May 7th as they weighed in 4 kingfish, 3 tunas and 2 cobias totaling 221.63 pounds, the team’s first victory in any of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit tournaments.  Robbie was joined by his son Ryan, Ariel Pared from SeaVee Boats, Joe Fernandez from JCon Construction, Eric Castillo and Joe Pusillo, who was also the top male angler in the tournament.  The team’s victory came with a hefty paycheck of $16,520. Makin’ Time took 2nd place weighing 4 kingfish, a tuna and a dolphin to bring their total to 178.39 pounds. They also took home the Bluewater Challenge purse, boosting their total earnings to $26,653—not bad for a 2nd place finish! Controlled Slack, placed in 3rd with 168.4 pounds, Covered Up came in 4th place with 155.73 pounds, and Native Son took home 5th place with 151.88 pounds.

Mark Schongar’s FBC team weighed in a 49.9 pound kingfish that took home heaviest fish honors, beating out Makin’ Time’s 47.12 pound kingfish by less than 3 pounds. Ryan McBride’s Conched Out fishing team took home top Division 10 SKA honors at the tournament with their 40.25 pound kingfish.

It’s baaaack. The infamous KDW Jackpot has started again. No team managed to bring the trio of fish to the scales on Saturday, starting the roll over process once again and leaving the Jackpot at $5,670. It is expected to top $11,000 during the Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam on June 11th.

While no team caught the KDW trio, the same could not be said for the brand new Pick 3 rollover category which debuted in the 2011 Saltwater Shootout.  On the morning of the tournament, 3 of the 5 eligible species were drawn from a sealed container.  The species chosen were Kingfish, Cobia and Dolphin, not an easy catch by any standards.  And it looked as if the Pick 3 purse would roll over into the Slam until the last boat, team SnakeDancer pulled up to the scales with a 23.93 pound Dolphin, a 19.66 pound Cobia and a weigher Kingfish.  Their KDC combo totaled 60.4 pounds, earning them a $4,320 paycheck.

Several other teams earned nice paychecks in the Shootout because of the variety of categories offered. Team Double Down claimed the top Average Joe Team honors along with their 14th place finish earning a total of $4,443. Top Small Boat, Controlled Slack, took home $4,620 for their 3rd place finish, small boat and calcutta earnings. Total payouts for the 2011 Saltwater Shootout were $100,177. For more information on the 2011 Saltwater Slam on June 11, please call 954-725-4010 or visit


2011 Saltwater Shootout Results

Top Teams:

1st           Kimbuktu                            221.63

2nd          Makin’ Time                       178.39

3rd           Controlled Slack               168.4

4th           Covered Up                        155.73

5th           Native Son                          151.88

6th           Tropically Impaired        151.16

7th           Reel Tension                     149.2

8th           Conched Out                     143.61

9th           Gitty Up                               141.9

10th         Airborne                              141.34


Top Anglers:

Male                      Joe Pusillo/Kimbuktu                                    126.92

Female                 Nancy Diaz/High Gear                                    83.34

Junior                   Christopher Fishman/Makin Time           85.17

Pee-Wee             Dylan McDaniel/Gitty Up                             60.64


Heaviest Fish:

Dolphin                                Ken Harris/Boat Center                 23.93

Wahoo                 Matthew Iuen/Reel Blue              23.08

Kingfish                               Lawrence Morejon/FBC                                49.9

Tuna                      Francis Santos/Shock Wave        34.56

Cobia                    Hector Lofiego/Sea Fox II             42.88


Top Average Joe Team  Double Down                    133.08


Top Small Boat                  Controlled Slack               168.4


Top Family Team             Native Son                          151.88


Top SKA Team                   Conched Out                     40.25lb King


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