85.7 Pound Wahoo Steals the Show at Saltwater Slam
In the 20-year history of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit, only two teams have brought a fish over 80 pounds to the scale. That stat changed on Saturday, when team No Plan/Contagious pulled up to the weigh-in on their Mercury powered 34’ SeaVee with a fish bag that looked like it had a submarine inside it. They pulled out a wahoo that tipped the scales at 85.7 pounds – the second largest fish in the history of the PBSC series! In addition to weighing the heaviest fish of the tournament, they also had four nice kingfish from 11.9 to 40.3 pounds. The kings and wahoo netted a total score of 181.2 pounds that was enough to seal the victory in the 23rd Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam and a check for $35,808!
Team Doing it All/Hard Way, winners of the Saltwater Shootout in May, stayed hot in the Slam with a great catch of four tunas and four kings that tallied 164.9 pounds. Their second place finish earned them a check for $10,612 and put them in strong contention in the season long points race to crown the #1 meat fishing team in the sport! No Plan/Contagious sits in second for the Showdown Crown points race followed by Gator One in third. The Top 5 in the Slam tournament were rounded out with Living Water in third with 139.6 pounds, followed by O-Sea-D in fourth with 129.6 pounds and Native Son in fifth with 116.4 pounds.
Team Going Reel Deep weighed the heaviest kingfish of the tournament at 45 pounds. The big king and their eighth place finish netted them a check for $9,563. Team Offshore Warrior weighed the second heaviest king at 44.4 pounds. Their big king was worth $12,432 including a $7,000 check for the heaviest kingfish weighed by a member of the Southern Kingfish Association. Team Hoke’d Up had the heaviest Cobia of the tournament at 34.7 pounds. They were also the top small boat and top non-pro team with total winnings of $4,527. Doing It All/Hardway had the heaviest tuna at 32.2 pounds and Runnin’ Game had the largest dolphin at 12.7 pounds.
Chris Wolfgram from team No Plan/Contagious was the top male angler with 107.4 points. Klyee Selvanik on Rush Rolloff was the top female angler with 66.6 points. The top junior angler title went to Jonah Bennett from team Loanshark with 41.5 points. Jonah also sits in third overall in the point race for the Junior Master Angler title of the summer series. Parker Steel celebrated his birthday over the weekend with a first place finish in the Pee-Wee division at the Slam!
The final leg of the PBSC series, the Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Showdown is scheduled for August 4th. There was no winner for the Pick 3 prize category at the Slam, which means the pot is expected to reach more than $35,000 at the Showdown in August. The Showdown is open to all teams whether they have fished any prior legs of the PBSC series.