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2014 Trail Articles

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Spiced Rum III Wins the X Generation 440 KDW Challenge

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It was a slow fishing day. Anxiously waiting around on the dock, we were all checking our “sources” to see which team thought they had the biggest fish. We heard rumors of a 36 pound king, a 33 pound king… only time would tell. Slowly, the boats started to trickle in one at a time as the rain began to fall. As the clock crept closer and closer to the cut-off time, a few more boats made their way back—only about half of the boats coming back to weigh-in.

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

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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,

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

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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.

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Native Scores at NBOA Gulf Coast Open

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The 4th annual NBOA Gulf Coast Open/Big Pig Shootout proved to be another success as Mark Henderson and family won the high-stakes Big Pig Shootout with a 82.24 pound two-fish aggregate, while team Native captured first prize at the GCO with great fish, 46.56lb. Native is powered by Mercury while Yamaha powers Liquid Fire. Teams had a great day on the water for the Big Pig Shootout. “The Big Pig Shootout is more of a high-stakes event for the serious angler,” says Jim Butler, tournament director.

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2014 Saltwater Shootout Has Epic Bite, Just Not for SKA Anglers!

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When the sun rose off the shore of Pompano Beach and over 120 boats lined up out of Hillsboro Inlet for the Bimini start of the 2014 Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Shootout, no one knew just how intense the bite was to be. When it was all said and done, nearly 14,000 pounds of fish were weighed at the 18th annual event. Fourteen thousand pounds! Part of a three-event circuit, this was the first leg of the Pompano Beach Saltwater Shootout.

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Unreel Scales a 70.68 to Earn the Top Spot in the Stock Island Marina Village KMT!

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If you showed up in Key West for Lee Murray’s 18th annual event, you know what I’m talking about when I say that this event ranks certainly in the top five in the 24-year history of the SKA. You needed a heavy bag if you were going to earn accolades in this event. The two-day event, sponsored and hosted by the new Stock Island Marina Village, was certainly the perfect backdrop for such a special event.

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MERCURY JUNIOR ANGLER COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Mercury Trail Tournaments

Jan 24-26, 2014
Division 10 - Key West, Florida
18th ANNUAL STOCK ISLAND MARINA VILLAGE KMT

May 08-11, 2014
Division 10 - Pompano Beach, Florida
POMPANO BEACH SALTWATER SHOOTOUT

May 16-17, 2014
Division 6 - Sarasota, Florida
NBOA GULF COAST OPEN

May 29-31, 2014
Division 6 - Treasure Island, Florida
23rd ANNUAL SUNCOAST KINGFISH CLASSIC

Jun 05-08, 2014
Division 10 - Pompano Beach, Florida
POMPANO BEACH SALTWATER SLAM

Jun 12-14, 2014
Division 7 - Port Fourchon, Louisiana
18th ANNUAL KAJUN SPORTSMAN KING CLASSIC

Jun 20-22, 2014
Division 9 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
YELLOWFIN/YAMAHA JOLLY MON KING CLASSIC

Jul 11-13, 2014
Division 5 - St. Augustine, Florida
ANCIENT CITY GAMEFISH CHALLENGE

Jul 11-13, 2014
Division 9 - Carolina Beach, North Carolina
EAST COAST GOT-EM-ON CLASSIC

Jul 11-12, 2014
Division 10 - Palm Beach Shores, Florida
SAILFISH MARINA BIG DOG & FAT CAT KDW SHOOTOUT

Jul 17-20, 2014
Division 7 - Dauphin Island, Alabama
81st ANNUAL ALABAMA DEEP SEA RODEO

Jul 18-19, 2014
Division 4 - Shellman Bluff, Georgia
34th ANNUAL SAPELO OPEN KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Jul 18-20, 2014
Division 9 - Wilmington, North Carolina
S.H.A.R.E. KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Jul 21-26, 2014
Division 5 - Jacksonville, Florida
34th ANNUAL GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Jul 25-26, 2014
Division 1 - Morehead City, North Carolina
RALEIGH SALTWATER SPORTFISHING CLUB'S 30th ANNUAL KMT

Jul 25-26, 2014
Division 3 - James Island, South Carolina
JAMES ISLAND YACHT CLUB KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT

Aug 01-02, 2014
Division 5 - Fernandina Beach, Florida
33rd ANNUAL NSFA FISHING RODEO & KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Aug 01-03, 2014
Division 7 - Venice, Louisiana
WEST DELTA KINGFISH INVITATIONAL

Aug 07-09, 2014
Division 3 - Charleston, South Carolina
21st ANNUAL FISHING FOR MIRACLES KMT

Aug 08-09, 2014
Division 1 - Swansboro, North Carolina
14th ANNUAL ONSLOW BAY OPEN KMT

Aug 08-09, 2014
Division 4 - Brunswick, Georgia
28th ANNUAL TWO WAY SPORTFISHING CLUB'S KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

Aug 15-16, 2014
Division 1 - Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
23rd ANNUAL ROTARY CLUB OF SNEADS FERRY KMT

Aug 15-16, 2014
Division 4 - Darien, Georgia
CAPTAIN HAP'S KINGFISH BASH ON THE BLUFF

Aug 22-23, 2014
Division 7 - Biloxi, Mississippi
4th ANNUAL PALACE HOTEL & CASINO/GORENFLO'S KMT

Aug 22-23, 2014
Division 8 - Fort Pierce, Florida
FORT PIERCE SUMMER SLAM

Sep 05-06, 2014
Division 4 - Richmond Hill, Georgia
3rd ANNUAL COASTAL EMPIRE KINGFISH CLASSIC

Sep 05-07, 2014
Division 7 - Orange Beach, Alabama
4th ANNUAL ORANGE BEACH KAJUN SPORTSMAN KING CLASSIC

Sep 12-13, 2014
Division 1 - Beaufort, North Carolina
KING OF THE CAPE OPEN KMT

Sep 12-13, 2014
Division 10 - Hypoluxo, Florida
X GENERATION 440 KDW CHALLENGE

Sep 26-27, 2014
Division 3 - Little River, South Carolina
12th ANNUAL RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE KMT

Sep 26-27, 2014
Division 9 - Little River, South Carolina
12th ANNUAL RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE KMT

Oct 09-11, 2014
Division 6 - Treasure Island, Florida
YAMAHA/CENTRAL MARINE 23rd ANNUAL FALL SUNCOAST KINGFISH CLASSIC

Oct 10-11, 2014
Division 3 - Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
4th ANNUAL KINGS FOR VETS

Oct 10-12, 2014
Division 9 - Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
FALL BRAWL KING CLASSIC

Oct 24-26, 2014
Division 1 - Morehead City, North Carolina
4th NC TROOPERS INSHORE/OFFSHORE SALTWATER CHALLENGE

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