The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit returns with its first leg, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout, on May 9th. This highly anticipated meat fish series brings well over 300 fishing teams together to fish for dolphin, kingfish, wahoo, cobia and tuna every summer.
The Saltwater Shootout offers up a cash purse in excess of $100,000 that will surely heat up the competition. Last year’s winners, Makin’ Time/Living Water, took home a check for $26,786! They weighed in a total of 252.7 lbs of fish that ended up being the heaviest aggregate weight from a team in the history of the tournament trail.
A hefty payout in the Shootout is up for grabs in the Pick 3 optional entry category that has rolled over for the past two seasons to generate an estimated $50,000 cash prize! The morning of the competition, the tournament committee will pick three of the five eligible species in a random drawing. The team with the heaviest combination of chosen fish will take home the jackpot! If no team catches the three target fish, the pot rolls over to the next leg of the series.
New for 2015, the Saltwater Shootout has added a ‘First Timers’ award with a $1,000 cash prize eligible to new teams participating in the event. It’s not all about the money though! Super Bowl style championship rings are also on the line for the winning team of the 3-leg series. Team Makin’ Time/Living Water took home the Showdown Crown title last year with a total of 83 points and team Penny-Less was crowned the previous year with 76 points. For more information on the Showdown Crown scoring system visit: https://www.bluewatermovements.com/showdown_crown_points_race/
Another way to join in on the PBSC fun is at the Bokampers Bash on Thursday, April 30th. This pre-season party is bound to be a great time. There will be live music and complimentary food and drinks to registered teams courtesy of Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill. It’s also the last chance to pre-register for the Saltwater Shootout and save $100 on the entry fee. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and with 400 feet of dockage there’s plenty of space to come by boat! Early entry fee for the Shootout is $375 per boat plus tax through April 30th. After April 30th, the late entry fee is $475 per boat plus tax.
The Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit gives back to its community every year by donating a portion of its proceeds to local charity. This year, a new charity, The Children’s Tumor Foundation, has been chosen as the charitable beneficiary and is dear to the hearts of the tournament committee as well as the competing teams. Hunter Irvine, a junior angler in the PBSC series, has been battling a tough fight for most of his childhood against neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Bluewater Movements and the PBSC are dedicating this season to ‘casting out tumors’ and helping to give young kids like Hunter a new lease on life. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by this terrible disease. For more information about The Children’s Tumor Foundation and how you can help, visit: http://www.ctf.org
The kickoff party for the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout takes place at the Pompano Beach Civic Center on May 7th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be live music, a silent auction, a free fishing clinic for kids and delicious food from Blue Moon Fish Company. The Pompano Beach Civic Center is located at 1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach, 33060. To register for the Shootout, log on to http://www.saltwatershootout.com or call 954-725-4010.