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Division: 6 Treasure Island, Florida 23rd ANNUAL YAMAHA / CENTRAL MARINE SPRING SUNCOAST KINGFISH CLASSIC May 29-May 31, 2014

Team Under Armour Grabs 3rd Spot at Suncoast Kingfish Classic

By Patrick Farrell

Treasure Island, Florida  — The band was rocking and the drinks were flowing at Gator’s Café and Saloon during the 23rd Annual Suncoast Kingfish Classic. Always one of the best tournaments on the West coast of Florida, this year did not disappoint, even though the weather didn’t exactly cooperate. On a hot and humid weekend in late May, the Division 6 tournament tested all 61 boats that entered. “The water was really calm and flat,” said Erin Henshaw, SKA Tournament Director. “Everyone seemed to have a tough time finding fish, but the SKA guys found a way.” Later in the day a storm rolled in, which moved the festivities indoors.

New to this year’s tournament was the Gene Turner Division, named after one of the greats in king mackerel fishing. This nearshore/offshore division reflected Capt. Turner’s style of fishing for kings near shore in his handmade 21’ boat.

Arik Bergerman’s Under Armour team did get on some nice fish, including a 36.25-pounder landing his team in third place for the tournament. The current Division 10 leader, Bergerman headed out to a spot he was familiar with and knew there were some big kings in the area – about 70 miles southwest of John’s Pass. Way to go, Arik!


As usual, Ryan Farner did a fantastic job directing the tournament and we look forward to his second tournament this fall.


Open Class

42.081. Kindred Spear It
42.082. Kindred Spear It
37.193. CRAP Happens
Yellowfin / Mercury
Arik Bergerman
Chris Blackwell
Randy Keys
James Addison
29.085. Team Salt Rock
27.116. Offshore Seafood
26.637. Jaws Too
26.608. Reel Smoker
26.249. SEA DOG
Hydra Sports / Yamaha
Chad Bixler
Billy Wert
Karen Bixler
26.2410. FISH BONZ
Yellowfin / Evinrude
Todd Guarnieri
Mike Bjurmark
Ed Hodgson
Kevin Ahearn

Small Boat Class

25.841. Reel Fever
25.402. Miklos
24.473. Reel Crazy

Top Lady Anglers
26.241. Karen Bixler

Top Senior Angler
36.25Randy Keys

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