TEAM AMERICAN KICKS OFF the season with a big win!

Team American aboard 'Freedom'
Team American Sweeps all Major Categories

December 13, 2009 – Coconut Grove, Florida – The Sailfish Kickoff is the de facto start to the South Florida sailfish season.  Teams look at the Kickoff as a way to break in their boat and crew.  In many ways it is a great indicator as to what the season has in store.

The Kickoff started with the ever-popular Captain’s Meeting. In fact, the tournament committee is considering changing the events’ name to “Captain’s Party” of just plain “Party” because of the highly social atmosphere at the meeting.  With open bars and great food like fresh stone crabs it’s no wonder it has become a must-attend on the sailfish circuit.  By the end of registration, 48 teams were engaged to do battle.

The first day of fishing saw perfect sailfishing conditions with the winds out of the north and northeast.  The hot bite was reported at both ends.  To the north multiple hookups were being called in from the Double-Diamond area and to the south, Ocean Reef was hot.  Teams at both ends did great with 256 total releases for the first day of fishing; an average of 5 fish per boat.  The big boat for Saturday was “Team American” with 16 releases. The top small boat for Saturday was “Rock Star” with 18 releases.  In the amateur division, “Frequensea” led the pack with 6 releases.       

The second day of fishing had less than desirable conditions for sailfish. As one captain put it “it was nice boating weather.”  Even under these circumstances teams posted an addition 138 releases.  The hot teams on Saturday were “High Standards” and “Wound Up” each with 10 releases.  Even with these great pushes it was not enough to catch the leaders in their respective divisions.  “Team American” maintained their lead and took home first place in the Big Boat Division. They also added prizes for Top Angler, Top Captain, and Top Female Angler.  Second place in the Big Boat Division was “Wound Up” followed by “Priceless” in third.  On the small boat side “Rock Star” took first place as they were able to hold off the big push by “High Standards” who finished in second. Third place was captured by “Kimbuktu.”  The Amateur Division was also highly contested, but in the end it was “Frequensea,” “Espresso 2 Go,” and “Vidal Communications” finishing one, two, three. 

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