A tough day of fishing didn’t stop O-Sea-D from dominating the leaderboard at the 2014 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown. A total of 75 boats competed in the final leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit for their chance to claim the title of Showdown Crown champion. This invitation only tournament took place on August 9th at Hillsboro Inlet Park.
O-Sea-D took the first place position at the Showdown, weighing in 131.9 pounds of fish. Top Captain, Matt White, and his crew also took home the Bluewater Bonanza calcutta at $4,500 and the Ante Up calcutta at $3,645. Following closely behind was ProPayroll in second with 118.4 pounds and Makin Time/Living Water in third with 103.4 pounds. A total of 2,415.8 pounds of fish was weighed in by competing teams.
Also up for grabs at the Saltwater Showdown were two categories with the largest payouts: the KDW Jackpot and the Pick 3. The Pick 3 purse was $41,580 and the species chosen that morning were tuna, kingfish and cobia. Not one team caught a cobia during the tournament, which means the Pick 3 will once again roll over to next year’s summer series where it is expected to exceed $50,000 in the first leg. Sailsmen won the KDW jackpot with the heaviest kingfish, dolphin and wahoo combination, taking home a payout of $19,620 in that category alone. A solid performance in the Showdown Crown race, they finished 2nd, earned them some extra cash and total winnings of $25,120.
Kingfish were definitely the most popular species weighed in on Saturday. The largest kingfish, which was also the biggest fish of the tournament, was 42.8 pounds, caught by Katrina Langdon of Kat’s Rival. Her catch earned her the title of Top Lady Angler and put Kat’s Rival in the winnings for Top Average Joe Team, the Bluewater Challenge calcutta and Top Family. Kat’s Rival won over $13,000 in the tournament. Following closely behind Kat’s Rival’s kingfish was a 40.3-pound wahoo, landed by Colton Richardson of SkipJac. The largest fish of the entire Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit was a 59.8-pound kingfish caught by Rush Rolloff at the Saltwater Shootout – winning them a 4-day/4-night trip to Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas.
The Top Junior prize was awarded to AJ Castronovo from Steppin’ Up and Top Peewee Angler went to Fisher Niemann of Cache Money. For the second year in a row, Lamar Sapp from Liquid claimed the award of Top Senior. The Junior Master Angler of the 2014 PBSC went to Will Kelleher of Miss Michelle with 150.4 pounds of fish caught. His name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy and displayed at the IGFA Hall of Fame Museum in Dania, FL.
The most prestigious award in the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit was also presented at the close of the tournament series – the Simrad sponsored Showdown Crown. The distinguished title of Showdown Crown Champion is given to the most dominant team in all of competitive meat fishing. Makin Time/Living Water took the title with a total of 83 points over the entire series. Points are assigned based on where teams place in each tournament. In addition to bragging rights, Makin Time/Living Water will also receive an exclusive set of Super Bowl-style rings.
For over 10 years, the Saltwater Showdown comes to a close with the anticipated drawing for a brand new custom Mercury powered SeaVee boat! Thousands tuned in to the live streaming of the SeaVee drawing on August 10th at winaseavee.com to see who is chosen. The 29’ SeaVee comes powered with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, a Real X Trailer, T-Top and leaning post. This is a package worth $132,000! The 2014 lucky winner was James Feyas of Loxahatchee, FL with ticket number 3934! Congratulations! A part of the proceeds from the raffle support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club and the IGFA Junior Angler Program. The results of the drawing and all finalists are available online at http://www.winaseavee.com.
For more information or to see the full results of the Saltwater Showdown visit: www.SaltwaterShowdown.com.