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Division: 10 Palm Beach Shores, FL SAILFISH MARINA BIG DOG & FAT CAT KDW SHOOTOUT July 11-12, 2014

Knot Scared Takes Top SKA Spot at the Big Dog & Fat Cat KDW Shootout!

By Christine Rodenbaugh

Palm Beach Shores, Florida — Bill Wummer and tournament volunteers succeeded in making the event bigger again this year increasing participation by 20 boats over last year for a total of 170. The tournament benefits Big Dog Ranch, Animal Rescue League & Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, and Riviera Beach Maritime Academy. The top two spots fell to non-members.

The top SKA team in third place was Knot Scared, a Mercury powered Contender captained by Michael Faurot. He and his team of Mike Carter, Chris Carter, and Leon Wilcox headed to a spot off Ft. Pierce in 85’ of water. The 41.90-pound king hit a blue runner on top in the prop wash. “We saw the fish sky over ten feet in the air behind the boat with the bait in its mouth and we knew we had a good one on,” Michael explained. 

The team anticipated an early bite because of the full moon and they were right. Conditions were beautiful with seas two feet or less when the fish hit about 7:15. Chris Carter was on the rod. “It played a little havoc to get her in the boat and it was 20 minutes before the fish was in the bag on ice. It didn’t give up! Every time we got her close, she went back down,” he concluded. Leon Wilcox stuck her with the gaff. “We have a real good crew. Leon has taken his time with us and helped us improve,” Michael told me and went on to say, “It means a lot to go up against the top teams and try to be in their class best we can. We’ll be at Nationals.”

Knot scared thanks M & M Marine Services, Nelson’s Family Farms, and Taylor Creek Marina for their support.

Stephen Miller’s Shady Business team of Gregory Eden, Alan Winchel, and Brian Cassidy got their 33.10 a little after 8:00 at the Juno Ledge in 95’ of water. Conditions were nice with a 5mph wind and a few scattered showers. The team pre-fished out of St. Lucie Inlet the day before with no luck, so they changed their strategy. “On our first drift we had a nice king but it was cut in half by a shark. We reset in the same area and caught the fish we weighed,” Stephen related. Their fish hit a goggle eye midway back on the flat line. “We fished until lines out at 3:30, but only had two kings all day,” he said. Kadri Benton fought the fish and Alan Winchel got her in the boat.

Shady Business is a Yellowfin powered by Mercury and appreciates the support of Mercury, Blackfin Rods, and White’s Tackle. We’ll see them at Nationals, too.

Team Penny-Less had their lady on board so, technically, they were fishing as Team Penny. Captain David Linsinbigler, Alex Burgess, Jim Wood, Carl Toresson, and Penny Linsinbigler pointed the Mercury powered contender to the Juno area to a spot that had paid off in the past. The team has won the aggregate four years in a row at the Big Dog & Fat Cat. As always, the team fished hard. They had an upper 40s king take the second bait in the water, but it was cut off by another king going for another bait. “We were a little down in the dumps after that,” said David, “but we fished on.” About 11:30, Penny picked up the rod to fight the 33-pounder. They were in about 100’ feet of water and enticed the fish with a blue runner on the long line. Seas were only two feet, but it was really hot.

The team caught ten kings that day and two sailfish and scored 123 pounds in the five-fish aggregate. Penny-Less thanks Loadmaster Trailers, Contender, Mercury, Kluch Clothing,Tuppens, AFW, Shimano, Garmin, and Lumitech Lighting and is making plans for Nationals.

In addition to raising money for Big Dogs and Fat Cats, seven dogs were adopted over the weekend. If you haven’t taken part in this event, mark your calendars for next year. Bill Wummer and crew put on a great show and benefit our four-legged friends.

Sailfish Marina Big Dog & Fat Cat KDW Shootout

Open Class

45.501. Native Son
43.402. Knot Sane
Contender / Mercury
Michael Faurot
Mike Carter
Chris Carter
Leon Wilcox
41.004. Big Marbles

Top Lady Anglers
33.001. Penny Linsinbigler

Top Junior Angler
43.40Landon Emmons
Knot Sane

SKA Top Junior Anglers
30.901. Chase Strelec

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