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Tropically Impaired Wins 2011 Showdown!

August 15, 2011

August 8, 2011



POMPANO BEACH , FL-- A full field of 76 boats, 75 qualifiers from the Saltwater Shootout and Slam plus the 2010 Showdown winner, competed in the 13th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown on Saturday, August 6th.

After Capt. Stan Hunt’s Rebound took home the $81,715 KDW Jackpot during last year’s Saltwater Showdown, teams are now realizing it can be done, especially in August! This year’s Showdown proved to be no different than 2010.  4 teams brought the elusive trio of fish (kingfish, dolphin, and wahoo) to the scales. First up was Capt. Jon-Paul Wolf’s Reel Circus team who weighed a 35.14lb wahoo, a 10.89lb dolphin, and a 20.2lb king for a KDW total of 66.23 pounds. Capt. Joe Lacalamita’s Wild Kat crew weighed in a 39.96lb wahoo, an 18.36lb king, and a 15.76lb dolphin totaling 74.08 pounds to knock Reel Circus out of the top KDW spot. That score was marginally surpassed by John Rodger’s Controlled Slack team with a 36.29lb wahoo, a 19.15lb dolphin, an 18.79lb king and a KDW total of 74.23 pounds. Controlled Slack held onto that lead until Capt. John Duval’s ProPayroll team hit the scales with an impressive 31.16lb king, a 36.8lb wahoo, and an 11.5lb dolphin and an aggregate KDW weight of 79.46 pounds earning them a check for $16,335!

The race for the Simrad Showdown Crown was tight coming into the Saltwater Showdown, with about 10 teams within reach of claiming the prized title of Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit champions—an award dedicated to honoring the most consistent team in the summer series. Points are awarded according to where each team places in each of the 3 PBSC tournaments. Going into the Showdown, Covered Up was leading the race with 164 points with Kimbuktu close behind at 155 points. 5-time Showdown Crown Champions Native Son were in 3rd with 135 points; Controlled Slack was in 4th with 128; Conched Out in 5th with 125 points; Tropically Impaired was in 6th with 107 points; and Florida Sport Fishing was in 7th with 100 points. 

In order for Capt. Ryan Tubbs’ Tropically Impaired team to take down the Showdown Crown, they had to win the entire tournament to accumulate enough points to surpass 1st-5th places. So they did just that. Coming from behind in 6th place for the Showdown Crown, Tropically Impaired weighed 4 kings and a tuna totaling 150.38 pounds to take home Top Team honors in the Saltwater Showdown and the Simrad Showdown Crown title. They also took home a nice paycheck worth 18,888. 1/5 of a pound behind Tropically Impaired was Mark Lamb’s Hard Way, with 4 kings and 3 tunas grossing 150.18 pounds and taking home $7,728. The top 5 spots rounded out with Wild Kat in 3rd with 148.37 pounds, Conched Out in 4th with 129.23 pounds and Fins Up in 5th with 116.05 pounds.

Jason Sonnenberg aboard Blue Brothers caught the heaviest fish of the tournament, a 42.92lb kingfish, worth 9,040.

Christopher Fishman of team Makin’ Time conquered the Top Junior Angler spot with 37.1 pounds in a dolphin and kingfish. This 1st place finish along with Christopher’s  1st place finish in the Saltwater Shootout and his 3rd place finish in the Saltwater Slam earned him the 2011 Junior Master Angler award. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy on display at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL. 

The grand finale of the Saltwater Showdown tournament took place on Sunday, August 7th around 5 p.m. A crowded room of anxious people waited to see who would be the winner of a brand new Mercury powered 29’ SeaVee boat. Andrew Nixon of Delray Beach, Florida was the lucky winner for 2011 with ticket number 0699. Andrew bought his three tickets at the Palm Beach Boat Show in March of 2011. Congratulations to Andrew! The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at


Full results of the Saltwater Showdown fishing tournament are available at



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