South Florida’s Saltwater Showdown competition fishing tournament is quickly approaching. The Mercury/SeaVee Saltwater Showdown is the final leg of Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit and takes place on August 9th.
In order to qualify for this tournament, teams had to compete in the first two legs of the summer series and prove they were worthy of an entry for the final competition. Only 75 boats received this respected invitation.
This summer tournament is the final opportunity for teams to show their skills in the battle for the Showdown Crown, sponsored by Simrad Electronics. At the top of the leaderboard, Makin’ Time/Living Water, at the Saltwater Shootout with a total of 252.7 lbs. of fish weighed in, a new tournament record. In addition to a hefty payout and bragging rights, the Showdown Crown winners will also be awarded one of a kind “Superbowl style” rings.
The payout is up to an estimated $40,000! In order to cash that large paycheck, teams will have to catch the 3 species of fish that are randomly drawn the morning of the tournament. The KDW winnings will go to the team that catches the heaviest combination of kingfish, dolphin and wahoo.
The Kickoff Party takes place at the Pompano Civic Center on August 7th and is open to the public. Blue Moon Fish Company will be hosting the party and serving up some amazing food. There will also be live music from the Andrew Morris Band, a silent auction and a free fishing clinic for kids. And, don’t forget about Live Nation Pompano’s Got Talent competition! The contest winner will receive 4 VIP tickets to the Brad Paisley concert on August 16th.
On Saturday, the weigh-in will be held at Hillsboro Inlet Park at 4pm with Miller’s Ale House grilling delicious burgers. This will definitely be a sight to see as 75 teams weigh in their top fish for a chance at the Showdown Crown and countless other tournament prizes.
The Saltwater Showdown, along with the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit will come to a close on Sunday, August 10th but not before the highly anticipated SeaVee boat drawing. The boat up for grabs will be a brand new 29’ SeaVee valued at $132,000! It comes complete with twin 250HP Mercury Optimax engines, T-Top leaning post; trim tabs and a Real X Trailer. The best part of it all is that the boat isn’t even built until the winner is confirmed! This offers the flexibility to pick the color, add options and build the boat exactly the way they want it. A maximum of 4,000 tickets will be sold and the winner does not have to be present to win. The drawing will be held at the Pompano Civic Center following the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the drawing support a number of charitable organizations including the Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the IGFA Junior Angler Association.