The nine-person team on O-Sea-D, skippered by Matt White of Lighthouse Point, bagged four kingfish and a wahoo totalling 131.9 pounds Saturday to win top boat honors and $15,645 in the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown at Hillsboro Inlet Park.
O-Sea-D bested a fleet of 75 boats that earned slots in the third and final tournament of the 2014 Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit.
The crew on Pro Payroll was the runner-up team with 118.4 pounds, good for $8,380. Third-place Makin’Time/Living Water, co-skippered by Steve Fishman and Kurtis Schuttler, both of Lighthouse Point, took third place with four kings and a tuna weighing 103.4 pounds worth $5,800. But they also won Super Bowl-style rings for top team in the Showdown Crown, earning the highest point total in the three-tournament series.
Fishman said they only had about 11 to 12 pounds of fish with an hour left to fish Saturday. But then they hooked their largest king and boated it before a pursuing shark could eat it.
“Somehow we pulled it out,” Fishman said. “It’s a very tough series with great fishermen.”
Rounding out the Makin’ Time/Living Water team are Fishman’s sons, Christopher and Michael and Mark Miller, Kenny Steinmuller and Ryan Goldman.
The other big winners Saturday were the members of Sailsmen, who earned $28,620 for seventh place and KDW jackpot for a combined weight of 55 pounds of kingfish, dolphin and tuna.
Winners will receive their checks and trophies in ceremonies Sunday at the Pompano Civic Center. The tournament also will hold a drawing to win a 29-foot SeaVee valued at $132,000.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing Monday in Key West on proposed new regulations that would allow recreational anglers to bring home fillets of fish they caught in the Bahamas.
The meeting is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Key West Marriott Beachside, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Council members have proposed several options for allowing anglers to transport fillets of wahoo, dolphin, snapper and grouper from Bahamian waters into U.S. waters, including limits on the number of fillets; requirements that the skin be kept intact for fish identification purposes; and requirements that fishermen comply with all Bahamian regulations such as obtaining fishing and cruising permits and proving that they cleared Bahamas Customs. Fishermen also would not be allowed to stop and fish in U.S. waters on the return trip from the Bahamas.
The deadline for submitting comments on the proposals is Aug. 18. Those who cannot attend Monday’s meeting may email firstname.lastname@example.org. The new rules could be adopted as early as this fall.