Miss britt wins fyi sailfish kickoff

2007 FYI Sailfish Kickoff
presented by Riviera Yachts

The Sailfish Season Kicks Off in a Big Way!

December 10, 2007 Miami, Florida - Seventy-four teams tested their fishing skills against one another during the 2007 FYI Sailfish Kickoff presented by Riviera Yachts. All the talk dockside was about the great turnout for this fourth annual event and all the new and reshuffled teams. In total, the teams battled for over $200,000.00 in cash prizes.

This year’s FYI Sailfish Kickoff not only kicked off the beginning of the South Florida tournament season, but it also marks the start of a new era; the no-observer era. This past year predicted many changes in the tournament world. Most notable is the change from an observer-based verification system to a camera-based system. This change was met with some resistance and since the Sailfish Kickoff is the first major tournament to make this move, it was a true “trial by fire.” Overall the new system was well-received. It was implemented with no issues and the fish were all verifiable using the camera procedure. “I was ready to D.Q. [disqualify] some fish,” commented tournament radioman Dan Kipnis. “I was happily surprised that the teams did very well with their photos… excellent actually.”

The first day of fishing saw sporadic action totaling 82 releases with a surge late in the day. Things heated up for the afternoon bite as several teams reported multiple hook ups. Two teams battled it out atop the leaderboard, but by the end of the day “Wound Up” kept his edge on time with 1200 points. Almost tied for first place is “Miss Britt II” also with 1200 points. Third place is “Sonny Boy” with 800 points. Nine boats were tied with 600 points.

The second day’s fishing was greatly improved with 135 releases. By mid-day it was anyone’s game. The “Miss Britt II” captained by Brett Wilson took the early lead, but kept swapping places with “Sandman,” “Wound Up,” and newcomer “RockStar.” These four boats swapped the lead eight times during the day. As the day grew to a close, the “Miss Britt II” edged out ahead of the pack and ended up winning $ 48,285.00 with a total of 12 sailfish releases. The other teams in the pack each ended up with 10 sailfish. The three-way tie was broken by their release times. The final order was “Sandman” with $70,585 in winnings, “Wound Up” with $20,045 in winnings, and “Rock Star” with $6,985.00. Top Amateur Team honors went to “Team Brickell GMC” with a total of 3 releases and a $5,000.00 check. Rounding out the Amateur Division was “Lost Boys” in second and “Perfect Finish” in third. Top Female Angler Sandra Kirkpatrick fished on the “Sandman” with her three releases. The Top Junior Angler was Nicloe Portuondo on Bonadeo Boat Works.

The team at Ocean Promotions has been running this event for four years. In that time, it has grown to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in fishing. It is also leading the way with technological advances in fishing. The Sailfish Kickoff and its sister tournament the Mayor’s Cup, employ a cutting edge electronic scoring and leaderboard system. Along with that, the radio calls and events are live video streamed during the tournaments.

The FYI Sailfish Kickoff marks the beginning of the South Florida tournament circuit. The next tournament, the Mayor’s Cup is the second half of the Dewar’s 12 Billfish Championship Series. For full standings and photos, please visit www.sailfishkickoff.com. For information on other events and an interactive tournament calendar, check out www.OceanPromotions.com.

Open Division
1st Place Miss Britt II
$ 48,285.00
2400 points
2nd Place Sandman
$ 74,585.00
2000 points
3rd Place Wound Up
$ 22,045.00
2000 points
4th Place RockStar
$ 6,985.00
2000 points
Top Angler John Burke - Miss Britt II
$ 1,000.00
1000 points
Amateur Division
1st Place Team Brickell GMC
$ 5,000.00
600 points
2nd Place Lost Boys
$ 4,042.50
600 points
3rd Place Perfect Finish
$ 1,997.00
400 points
4th Place In the Money
$ 785.00
400 points
Top Amateur Angler Alfred Matar - Brickell GMC
$ 1,000.00
400 points
Other Categories
Top Female Angler Sandra Kirkpatrick
$ 1,000.00
600 points
Top Junior Angler Nicole Portuondo
$ 500.00
400 points
FunFish Division
Dolphin Jichi
$ 12,970.00
40.2 lbs


Team Cabo/Family Business
$ 500.00
28.1 lbs
Waho Thomas Flyer
$ 500.00
26.9 lbs
Tuna Team SeaHunter
$ 500.00
22.8 lbs


2007 FYI Sailfish Kickoff
Complete Standings
1 Miss Britt II Open 2400 31 Owls Nest Open 600
2 Sandman Open 2000 32 El Capitan Open 600
3 Wound Up Open 2000 33 Thomas Flyer Open 600
4 Rockstar Open 2000 34 Ocean Alley Open 600
5 Crescendo Open 1600 35 Lost Boys Amateur 600
6 Team Costa Open 1200 36 Sea Hunter Too Open 600
7 Native Son Open 1200 37 Espresso to Go Open 400
8 Bouncer Dusky Open 1200 38 Double D Open 400
9 Leilo Open 1200 39 XXX Open 400
10 Sea Hunter Open 1200 40 Contender One Open 400
11 Get Lit Open 1000 41 Which Way Open 400
12 Fillamagilla Open 1000 42 Top Vee Open 400
13 Sonny Boy Open 1000 43 Perfect Finish Amateur 400
14 Uptight Open 1000 44 Dream Team Open 400
15 No Mercy Open 1000 45 X Generation Open 400
16 West Marine Open 800 46 Warrin Piece Open 400
17 Qualifier Open 800 47 Fish Pig Open 400
18 Weez in the Keys Open 800 48 Jichi Open 400
19 Hotfish/Gilligans Rev Open 800 49 In the Money Amateur 400
20 Game Time Open 800 50 Never Satisfied Open 400
21 RodHolder Open 800 51 Native Premonitions Open 400
22 Family Business Open 800 52 Rezkil Open 200
23 Boat Center Open 800 53 FYI - Zurreal Open 200
24 Bonadeo/ Allied Open 800 54 Money Shot Open 200
25 Tag Line Open 600 55 Outta Control II Open 200
26 Priceless Open 600 56 FYI - Done Deal Open 200
27 Reel Tension Open 600 57 Bi-Polar Open 200
28 Brickell GMC Amateur 600 58 Sweet Pima II Amateur 200
29 Advanced Roofing Open 600 59 Hit That Amateur 200
30 Night Prowler Open 600 Teams with 0 releases not shown


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