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Waterman wins Pelican Yacht Club Invitational

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By Ed Killer for Coastal Angler Magazine

For the second consecutive year, the sailfish action at the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament was a little slow. But that didn’t keep these guys from having fun anyway.

A fleet of 23 boats fished the first week of January out of the elegant Fort Pierce social club to catch and release 124 sailfish. Radio operator Allyson Francis joked at one point she thought the sailfish may have been wearing facemasks since the bite was so slow.

Francis may have been right. Usually, the sailfishing is much better than that.

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Over the past 10 years of this event, anglers have tallied more than 340 sailfish releases six times. Two of those years, the fleet amassed two of the Treasure Coast’s largest sailfish hauls in six decades of sailfish tournament fishing.

In 2012, the fleet caught 736 sailfish. But in 2019, the fleet crushed that record by catching and releasing 969 sailfish.

This year, it was all about finding enough sails in small groups to get enough to win. Waterman, a 57-foot Ricky Scarborough owned by Mike Standing, a restaurateur from Virginia Beach, and led by Capt. Kevin Paul of Fort Pierce, who was leading a team for the first time all season, wound up on top with 13 sailfish releases for the tournament. Waterman enjoyed the best fishing of the week for any team on the tournament’s final day in the event’s final four hours. The team caught six sailfish after noon and eight total on the final day.

Paul said he got to the spot late, but his anglers made it worthwhile.

“We had caught two fish in the morning up by Disney (offshore of Wabasso) and heard Josh (Capt. Josh Chaney aboard Champagne Lady) catch a triple,” said Paul, who is known in Treasure Coast sailfish circles as KP. “That kind of motivated us to move.”

Paul’s anglers reeled in their lines and headed south about 12 miles where a number of other tournament competitors were already fishing. Waterman’s crew consisted of Standing, Ronnie Fields, Mark Blackwell, Jimmy Variety, Sutton River Paul and mate Shaun Gibson.

Fields, a longtime sailfish tournament captain, was named the tournament’s top angler, with nine sailfish releases. Paul worked as a mate for Fields for about two years.

“It’s fun fishing with someone you spent so much time working with,” Paul said.

The six afternoon catches were enough to lift Waterman up through the standings. The team began the day with five catches for the tournament, trailing Dakeri, led by Capt. Christian Springsteen of Fort Pierce. Dakeri caught six sailfish on the tournament’s opening day and entered the final day with the lead.

Dakeri owner Ken Krumins, of Winter Park, caught eight of the team’s 10 fish. Dakeri also had Sean Doyle, Josh Turner and Chris Pakarinen aboard.

“We had a great morning and caught one right out of the gate,” Springsteen said. “We made a couple of turns and picked up a couple more bites, but we caught our last sailfish at 12:06 and never saw another one after that.”

Springsteen said he was within sight of Waterman all afternoon.

“We watched KP catch all of his fish,” Springsteen said.

Dakeri caught four fish on the final day to finish second overall. Champagne Lady caught six on the final day. Vintage, Wrapped Up and InTents each caught five the final day. A total of 65 sailfish were caught on the final day by 19 boats.

The 42nd annual Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament will take place Jan. 10-15, 2022.

13, Waterman, Capt. Kevin Paul

10, Dakeri, Capt. Christian Springsteen

9, Vintage, Capt Hans Kraaz

9, Lo Que Sea, Capt. Mike Brady

9, InTents, Capt. Rhett Bailey

Fleet totals — 124 sailfish releases, 23 boats

Daily awards

Jan. 5 — 6, Dakeri, Capt. Christian Springsteen

Jan. 6 — 3, Vintage, Capt. Hans Kraaz Jr.

Jan. 7 — 3, Waterman, Capt. Kevin Paul

Jan. 8 — 1, Floridian, Capt. Glenn Cameron

Jan. 9 — 8, Waterman, Capt. Kevin Paul

Top angler — Ronnie Fields, Waterman

Top female angler — Michelle Keeney, InTents

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Grand Slam Wins Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Tournament

  • By Sam White
  • Updated: January 16, 2017

2017 Pelican Yacht Club Grand Slam

The Pelican Yacht Club’s annual sailfish tournament is one of the most highly anticipated, and hotly contested, events of the year for the south Florida sailfish circuit. The competition is incredibly tough, and to win, a team must truly master its skills in a variety of areas. That was the case this year with Wallis Higginbotham’s Grand Slam team, competing from their new Forbes 50. Higginbotham and his team of Capt. David Grubbs, Adam White and Jeff Wright caught and released 33 sailfish during the three-day tournament, held January 10 to 14, 2017. They led the fleet and won by a margin of 10 sailfish releases, an incredible accomplishment.

Read about the Forbes 50 boat review here.

In second place was another top local team: Cruiser and Christy Crews on Cowpoke . The team released 23 sailfish during the tournament. Captained by Mike Brady, Cowpoke is a 57-foot Island Boatworks. Assisting in the cockpit were anglers Dave Meyer, Mike Barry, Terry Hancock and Paul Murrey. Landing in third place was Vintage , skippered by Hans Kraaz. The team, Hanz Kraaz Jr., Hunter Kraaz, Sebastian Blackman, Reed Macey and Jason Brown, released 22 sailfish on their 43-foot Torres. Lo Que Sea and Let’s Roll rounded out the top five respectively, each releasing 21 sailfish. For the tournament there were 343 sailfish released by the fleet.

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Pelican yacht club invitational billfish tournament: bone shaker lands 11 sailfish on day 1.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY STEVE IRWIN, ISLAND MARINE SERVICES Summer Girl, with Capt. Mike Everly, leads the fleet fishing for the 33rd annual Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament from Fort Pierce Inlet prior to Wednesday's first day of fishing.

By Ed Killer of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — The 33rd annual Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament opened Wednesday with most in the fleet expecting slow fishing conditions and by day's end, most were right.

But not the crew aboard Bone Shaker.

With a catch of 11 sailfish, Capt. James Ewing and anglers Skyler Wichers and Tim Strube topped the fleet of 18 boats that fished the tournament's first day.

The fleet combined to catch 58 sailfish Wednesday, with nearly half of the catches (28) recorded by the event's top four teams.

Big Oh, led by Capt. Ronnie Fields, caught seven sailfish. Chasin Tail, led Capt. Robbie Valko and Sea Hag, with Capt. Charlie Duerr each had five sailfish releases.

A total of 25 boats are entered in the tournament that fishes through Saturday. Tournament rules require each team to take one day off, or a lay day, and seven teams took Wednesday off.

For Ewing, the showing of sailfish was a welcome find during a season that has produced few days with double-digit bites.

"We started off in a spot in about 170 feet of water and trolled offshore until we got a bite," said Ewing. "Then we just started making circles."

Ewing said the action still wasn't red hot as they only had one double-header hooked up, and really only saw one other sailfish all day.

"We never even saw one free-jumper," he said.

Bone Shaker was down a man, too. The owner of the 54-foot Willis, Joe Lehner of Stuart, was not able to fish due to a personal matter, but is expected back later this week. The only anglers were Wichers who leads all Invitational anglers with seven catches, and Strube with four.

Big Oh's Gray Ingram, of Palm Beach, Jimmy Fields, Watson Caviness and Page Robertson teamed up for seven catches.

Championship tightens

Valko's anglers, Chasin Tail owners Howard and Tina Webb of Fort Pierce, Steve Angel, Jim Vaughn and Cecil Hatfield, caught five sailfish to maintain the team's lead in the hotly-contested Treasure Coast Sailfish Championship fished by eight boats. Chasin Tail now has 32 sailfish and a four-sailfish lead over the nearest boat in the standings.

Bone Shaker's 11 catches vaulted them from sixth place into second with 29. Showtime!, led by Capt. Wink Doerzbacher and owned by Sailfish Point's Fred Hardwick, added four for 26 overall for third place. Big Oh's seven lifted the team into fourth with 25.

"I was really very surprised at how good the fishing was (Wednesday)," said Valko, whose team won the Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic in early December. "We had eight bites and caught five. I hope we have a little better luck, a little better day (Thursday)."

Ewing wouldn't tip his hand as to which days his team would fish, but did reveal his strategy.

"I want to be out there fishing against Chasin Tail the same days they fish," Ewing said.

Teams will leave from and return to the Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce daily. Follow the catches in real time on the Pelican Yacht Club's website at www.pelicanyachtclub.com .

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Ed Killer is the outdoors columnist and a member of the Indian River Lagoon coverage team at Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com. He is a Treasure Coast native and has covered fishing and boating in this community since 1994.

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Wrapped Up's 8 sailfish leads after first day of Pelican Yacht Club Invitational

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Sometimes, when everyone is going left, it pays to go right.

Wednesday, on the first day of fishing during the Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Invitational, the conventional wisdom among many in the competing fleet was that sailfish were to the north.

Here it was early January, and until now in the 2019-2020 sailfish season, no boat had really enjoyed great sailfish action. Perhaps the migratory body of sailfish had not yet moved south into the Treasure Coast?

So as the boats departed Fort Pierce Inlet early Wednesday morning, they turned north one by one to make the long run to find the schools of sailfish.

Except one.

Wrapped Up, a 61-foot Spencer owned by Chris Lazarra of Palm Beach and skippered by Capt. Patrick Price of Jensen Beach, turned south after clearing the rocky jetties. Price pointed the big boat in the opposite direction, knowing his gutsy move could very well result in him being a hero, or a zero.

More: Pelican Yacht Club fleet readies for rough seas and steady sailfish action for 2019-20

Right stuff

Turning right, as it turned out, was the right stuff. 

Wrapped Up wound up with a fleet-high eight sailfish catches, giving the team its first daily award in six days of Treasure Coast sailfish tournament fishing this season.

Lazarra's angling teammates Lach Chestham, John Caz and Eric Walden reeled in the catches on a day where the fish did not come up in multiples. Crew men Marshall Busha and Dave Dalfo kept lines clear and hooks baited.

The fleet of 22 boats combined to catch and release 53 sailfish. North winds buffeted the teams as the day went on, indicating rough seas are on the way Thursday and possibly through the remainder of the tournament.

Kateric led by Capt. Don Cartwright and fished by anglers Nick Tanionos, Brian Demille and William Dotter stands second with seven sailfish releases. Lo Que Sea (6), Cowpoke (5) and InTents (4) are next in the standings.

The tournament fishes through Saturday, but teams must choose one day as a lay day.

Some will probably try to sit out the week's roughest weather day, but the way the forecast is shaping up, it may be difficult to tell which one that is. Seas up to 8 and 9 feet are likely each day.

More: Get Grubbs! Record-setting sailfish tournament fleet will try to thwart one captain's five-peat

Gone Grubbs

The rough seas already have been blamed for a smaller fleet this week than was anticipated. Grand Slam owned by Wallis Higginbotham of New Smyrna Beach and skippered by Capt. David Grubbs pulled out Tuesday after evaluating the weather forecast.

The move ended the team's chance to record an unheard of five-peat in this tournament, having won the past four consecutive years.

Price said the decision to not follow the crowd was based on recent reports.

"We've been charter fishing and we've been seeing a decent number of sailfish," said Price, owner and operator of DayMaker charters out of Sailfish Marina in Stuart.

"Yesterday, I heard V.J. (Bell, another Stuart charter captain) and another boat both did pretty well fishing just off Stuart."

Headin' south

Price had heard some of the Fort Pierce boats had caught a few sailfish to the north while practicing, but he knew of others that came up empty.

"To me, it sounded like running north was kind of a crap shoot," Price said.

Lazarra was glad Price did what he did.

"We made a right when everybody else made a left," Lazarra said. "We had a slow morning, but about 10:30 it turned on and we started picking away. We had a couple of singles, a double and grinded it out. It worked well for us."

As for strategy and lay days, Price said he came into the tournament planning to fish the first three days straight.

"Right now, we're sticking with that plan," he said.

Most of Price's action was between the St. Lucie Inlet and the Loran Tower Ledge in 130 feet of water.

"We had a little bit of action, and I'm glad to have it," he said.

Showtime! Capt. Jon Meade said his team's three sailfish were caught out in front of Fort Pierce Inlet. 

"We had six bites and saw two more, but they were fickle fish," Meade said. "They wouldn't stay behind the dredge very long. Pat had a great day. It might get interesting down there, though, Thursday. The Silver Sailfish Derby (out of Palm Beach) is fishing its first day and they have like 50 boats. They might be in there where Pat was."

Scoring can be followed in real time on the Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Invitational app available for Apple or Android.

Ed Killer is TCPalm's outdoors writer. Friend him on Facebook at Ed Killer, follow him on Twitter @tcpalmekiller or email him at [email protected].

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8, Wrapped Up, Capt. Patrick Price

7, Kateric, Capt. Don Cartwright

6, Lo Que Sea, Capt. Garrett Yarbrough

5, Cowpoke, Capt. Mike Brady

4, InTents, Capt. Rhett Bailey

3, Floridian, Capt. Glenn Cameron

3, Showtime!, Capt. Jon Meade

3, Southern Eagle, Capt. Chase Cornell

2, Teachers Pet, Capt. Aaron Vanderwerf

2, Bottom Line, Capt. Robby Lynch

2, J Boy, Capt. Alex Oben 

2, Champagne Lady, Capt. Josh Chaney

1, Free Spool, Capt. Ryan Leary

1, JT, Capt. Mark McDevitt

1, Vintage, Capt. Hans Kraaz Jr.

1, Kicken Tires, Capt. Jimmy Sullivan

1, Miss Victoria, Capt. Bryan Speedy

1, Marlin Hunter, Capt. Sea Young

Fleet totals: 53 sailfish, 22 boats

Marine Weather Forecast

Thursday — East winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet.

Friday — East winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet.

Saturday — Southeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet.

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