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Division: 10 Pompano Beach, Florida MERCURY/SEAVEE POMPANO BEACH SALTWATER SLAM June 5-8, 2014

Makin Time/Living Water Makes a Splash at the Pompano Slam

By Christine Rodenbaugh

Pompano Beach, Florida — A field of 97 teams competed for a potential $275,000 in cash and prizes at the 19th Annual Mercury/SeaVee Pompano Beach Saltwater Slam. Two categories had no winner. Still, the total payout for the event topped $160,000 with several SKA teams taking home some cash and earning a spot in the invitational Showdown event in August. The two categories that had no winner in the first two events will roll over to the Showdown. Because it is invitational, the Showdown is not an SKA-sanctioned event. We’ll still keep an eye on SKA teams who are invited to compete.

Team Makin Time/Living Waters took the Big Mack category at the Slam with a 35.60 on their Mercury powered SeaVee. Steve Fishman, his sons Christopher and Michael, Chuck Fischer, Kurtis Schuttler, Mark Miller, and Kenny Steinmueler caught their fish about 2:00 just north of Boynton. They had started out farther north but stopped on the way back because the water looked great. The team put a goggle back on the flat line and their king hit about 2:00. Christopher realized the fish was foul hooked and took his time nursing the fish to the surface. The recent high school grad has fished with his father for many years and will attend Florida State University in the upcoming summer session with the help of Mercury Junior Angler Scholarship money earned through the years. The team had four kings and a tuna and took seventh place in the Slam with a 101.4 aggregate. Remember, they won the Shootout and are in first place going into the Showdown with 55 points. The team thanks Mercury Marine and SeaVee boats.

Floyd Miller heard through the grapevine that the 55-mile run to Jupiter would be worth the effort because that’s where the bite was on. The Reel Anarchy team took fifth place in the Slam with a 105.9 aggregate on their Yamaha powered Contender along with several other categories including Show Me the Mahi and Average Joe. Chase Strelec was the second place junior and Ryan Lee had the Top Dolphin. Gill Strelec and Harold Evans also fished the event on Reel Anarchy.

“The 120 ledge was like a parking lot,” said Floyd. “You had to zig-zag in and out of the other boats. But the weather was beautiful with fairly calm wind and good seas. It was the smoothest weather for a tournament this season.” Like other teams, Reel Anarchy reported a slow bite compared to the previous couple of weeks. “Most of our bites came down deep on the downrigger mostly on blue runners and speedos. It all happened very quick; we had three fish on at the same time.” The boat name, Reel Anarchy, describes the chaos on the deck when the team hooks up to one fish. “When you get a big fish on, it’s total chaos. But when you get a triple hookup, it’s magnified by three,” said Floyd. They chose the right line to concentrate on because it was their largest king of the day. They brought in the other king, a teenager, but lost a dolphin.

Reel Anarchy missed Nationals last year, but they are going this year. They have their sights set on finishing in the top three in Division 10 to earn a free entry. 2013 was the team’s first year in Division 10 and they finished sixth overall and, in last year’s Slam, the team had the event’s heaviest fish, a 44.54.  Keep an eye on this team because they are determined to make their mark in Division 10 and beyond. The team wishes to thank their sponsors: Birdsall Marine, Poseidon Rods, C&H Lures, Redeye Trolling Lures, Sea Sucker, Gill Media, and Real Extreme Trailers.

Peter Weisberg will be at the Showdown on Strictly Fishing, a 33-foot Contender powered by Evinrude, taking fourth place in the Slam with an aggregate of 109.9 points. His brother, Robert Weisberg, was the top male angler in the Slam with an 80.90 aggregate. The team caught several kings throughout the day, but the larger fish they brought to the scales were caught in the morning. The team of Peter and Robert Weisberg, Jeff Zebrasky, Freddy Rodriguez, and Travis Moda fished out by the Juno Ledge. “There were about a hundred boats there, so we fished a little south of everybody,” Peter explained. “The 31.90-pounder bit a blue runner on a flat line way back. We were slow trolling to work in and out of the boats that were there,” he concluded. That was the seventh place king in the Slam.

Robert was on the rod for the uneventful fight and Peter stuck her with the gaff. When the team had kings in the box, they headed offshore to target some other species. The dolphin they found couldn’t push the scales past ten pounds. But, the team persevered and used the last bit of fishing time when they came in at Hillsboro Inlet. They caught a tuna with ten minutes to spare and that fish helped their aggregate score.

The team finished second in last year’s Showdown and hope to make a good showing again this year. Strictly Fishing has been competing on the Mercury Trail for seven years in the Small Boat Class. This year they moved up to Open Class and are looking forward to the Nationals in Biloxi. The team extends thanks to their sponsors: Tuna Skin Clothing, Bluefin Clothing, Saltwater Brewery, Ameratrail, and Contender Boats.

Bill Wummer headed his Yamaha powered Contender to his usual spot at Juno in the Jupiter area with teammates Freddie Joseph, Don Lamb, Sherri Beswick, Wayne Beswick, and Howard Tuman. It was a gorgeous day with flat, calm, crystal clear water. Spiced Rum III used blue runners, speedos, firetails, goggle eyes, and ribbons--a real smorgasbord--to entice a bite. At about 11:30 in 110 feet of water they got a good bite on the longline shotgun on the surface. “We had a lot of trouble with sharks,” said Wummer, “so we had to really get on top of that fish quick. We lost five others to sharks.” This year’s king weighed 25.90, but last year the team had a 42.67 in the Slam. Spiced Rum III is looking forward to the Showdown invitational tournament. “I want to thank all our sponsors and my crew,” said Wummer whose team is sponsored by Tuppen's Marine,Yamaha Outboards, Contender Boats, Latham Marine, Admiral Nelson's Rum, Tito's Vodka, Gill Media, Ocean LED, JL Audio, Ask the Advisors, Medical Center of the Palm Beaches, Gordon & Doner, Tamer Products, Juno Bait & Tackle, Sailfish Marina, New Port Cove Marina, J Camm Luhrs, and United K9 Special Patrol.

2013 Showdown Crown winners, team Penny-Less captained by David Linsinbigler, just couldn’t get into the fish at the Slam this year. “We had everything ready. We tried going left and the fish went right,” said Linsinbigler. Alex Burgess, Carl Torresson, James Wood, and Mike Wood fish with David on a Mercury powered Contender. Still, the team qualified for an invitation to the Showdown. They would receive an invitation automatically based on their 2013 Crown, but are fishing hard in pursuit of a top three finish in SKA’s Division 10 to earn a free entry to Nationals.

SKA teams consistently express how much they enjoy fishing Bluewater Movements events and appreciate Jamie Bunn’s efforts. With a first place win in the Saltwater Shootout and a seventh place win in the Saltwater Slam, team Makin Time/Living Water is currently in first with 55 points going into the Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown.

Good luck and tight lines to all SKA teams going to the Showdown!




Open Class

41.401. ProPayroll
37.502. O-Sea-D
Sea Vee / Mercury
Steve Fishman
Christopher Fishman
Contender / Yamaha
Floyd Miller
Gill Strelec Jr.
Chase Strelec
Harold Evans
Ryan Lee

Top Junior Angler

SKA Top Junior Anglers
35.401. Chase Strelec

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