records broken at the mayor's cup

Wound Up

January 26, 2009, Miami, Florida - When most anglers think of double-digit billfish fishing they think of foreign destinations like Guatemala and Panama; each famous for their high catch and release counts.  But this past weekend demonstrated that Miami sailfish action is as hot as anywhere in the world as the Sea Vee Mercury Mayor’s Cup broke several records.

The fishing started of lightning fast. How fast?  In the first hour of fishing 101 sailfish were released. The pace continued as radioman Dan Kipnis struggled to keep up with all the calls.  “It was pure pandemonium,” he commented.  “It’s never been quite like this. This is historic.”  The hot bite continued all day as the teams were on pace to break the one-day release record of 403 releases set by the Sailfish Kickoff in 2005.  Of the 55 teams fishing, more than half of them had double-digit releases and 5 teams had 20 or more releases.  And what about the record?  It was smashed with 422 releases in one day! The top boat for Saturday was “Get Lit” with a total of 22 releases. “Advanced Roofing” released 18 sailfish on Saturday and led the outboard division. 

Advanced RoofingExpectations were high for Sunday’s fishing.  Teams were hoping to eclipse Saturday’s numbers, but it would be difficult giving Saturday’s blistering pace.  The second day brought plenty of lead changes and the fishing was also red hot.  Again, many teams had a double-digit day with “Wound Up” having the most on Sunday with 15 releases.  On the outboard side “Rock Star” had 10 releases to lead the day.  In total, another 238 fish were released on Sunday brining the two-day count to 660 releases; a 2-day tournament record in the United States!

Top honors went to “Wound Up” with a total of 36 releases over the two-day event. They took home over $92,000 in prize money.  Second place went to “Get Lit” with 28 releases good for $37,000. Third place was “Priceless” with 27 releases. They took home $15,000.

In the outboard division Mercury-powered Sea Vee’s took the top two spots.  “Advanced Roofing” was the top outboard boat with 26 releases which was good for $14,000. Second place went to “Rock Star” with 25 releases and also took home $9,000.  Third place and $2,000 went to the crew on “High Standards” with 20 releases.

Atlantico TrophyThe Mayor’s Cup is very proud of its pure Amateur Division. Each year this division becomes a greatly contested category.  By the end of the tournament the crew on “Lil Fulunga” took home top honors with a respectable 12 releases. “Cuban Team” had 11 releases and second place.  “Team Mar Azul/Miller Lite” posted 10 releases which was good for third place.

The Mayor’s Cup is the second half of a two-tournament series, The Atlantico Billfish Championship.  It totals the releases between the Mayor’s Cup and the Sailfish Kickoff which took place this past December.  The top team “Wound Up” posted 45 releases and took home an additional $13,000 and four gold and diamond championship rings.

Last year “Native Son” from Pompano Beach won the Mayor’s Cup and it was presented to their Mayor last January.  It resided in Pompano Beach’s City Hall this past year.  “Wound Up” was fishing on behalf of the City of Miami and therefore it will return to its home right the heart of Miami; Coconut Grove. It will be presented to Mayor Manny Diaz in a ceremony later this month.


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