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.


Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!