Operation SAILFISH

December 19, 2012

Advanced Roofing caught a total of 23 sailfish — 12 Friday and 11 Saturday — for 4,600 points to win the inaugural Operation Sailfish tournament out of Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores.

Michael Kornahrens’ team won $43,000 for topping the 37-boat field in the first of three events in the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series and took home another $129,625 in value-added division winnings for a total payday of $172,625 out of the $496,300 tournament purse.

Liquid Skillstorm had 21 sailfish releases — 11 of them Friday — and 4,200 points to win $15,500 for second and $49,830 overall. Swagger also had 21 releases — 11 on Saturday — to finish third on time, worth $11,000 and $47,875 overall.

Lights Out was fourth with 20 sailfish to win a total of $49,770. First-day leader Absolut Joy, which caught 14 sailfish Friday, was fifth with 18 releases and $71,300, followed by Miss Annie with 16 releases, Weez In The Keys with 15 and Double Diamond with 15. BAR South caught 12 sailfish Saturday to win two dailies worth a combined $64,800.

Daniel Hassan of Swagger was the top angler with nine releases and Susan McCart of Absolut Joy was the top female angler with seven. Silent Hunter caught the biggest fun fish of the tournament, a 45.8-pound cobia, to win the Big Fish Bonanza, worth $10,350. A total of 400 sailfish were released.

TESTIMONIALS

What An Adventure!

I never leave reviews, but we had such a good time, I wanted to share with others. Captain David and his guys are top notch, you can tell as soon as you pull up that you have booked a great trip. We went out with them in April 2015 and we were told this was one of the best months for fishing off South Florida. The captain decided to fly kites (amazing!) to dangle baits so that the fish can’t see the hooks. I have never seen this, but it was amazing to see them do it. Within a few minutes we had a first sailfish on and then another hit. A double header! We landed both fish and the day went on just like that. We were watching the baits dangle on the surface all day.  Other boats in the area were “trolling” and weren’t catching any. David said it was because the water was so clear that it was important to kite fish.  I highly recommend booking them.

Todd Yurke