This past weekend Team Tito’s fished one of South Florida’s best tournaments series The Saltwater Shootout. This is the first tournament in a three part series hosted by Bluewater Movements. I will come back to them in a minute. The week leading up to this tournament turned out to be very interesting. The week started with some modifications to the live wells on the 23 Yellowfin. Mark Peterson added a second well to the front of the boat to hold an additional 40 gallons. The 23 Yellowfin is an SKA boat, but it only has a single 50 gallon live well in the transom. Capt. Kyle convinced me that we needed to add more. It turns out adding bait storage was the easiest part of the process. Keeping the bait alive before the tournament proved to be the most difficult part. We had 2 teams fishing for bait the week before the tournament. Both team had great success, and both teams had all of the bait die in the pens. We figured out that fresh water released in the spill ways was killing the bait. The guys had to get to work and catch more bait. Once the new bait was caught we moved all of our pens to a different location and that did the trick.
Now back to Bluewater Movements. This is a top notch organization. They go all out in every aspect of the tournament production. They take great care of the the sponsor and participants. The captains meeting was excellent as usual. These guys are smart enough to have the captains meeting on Thursday night.
Team TItos Captains meeting yellowfin SKA
Saltwater Shootout Captains Meeting crowd. Tito’s SKA Yellowfin
Saturday morning tournament time. We loaded the baits and headed to the check out. With 137 boats this check out gets very busy. The best part of Bluewater tournament check outs are the Chic fil a biscuits. Since this is another Division 10 SKA tournament we had a plan to go find the Kings.
Team Titos Yellowfin at check out for SKA
Team Titos Yellowfin at check out
The 7am Bimini start is sure to get the blood flowing. We ran to our first spot and and set up our spread. The action was intense for the first few hours.
Joe on a kingfish on the Yellowfin 23
John with a 20lb SKA kingfish
Scott, Joe, and Jamie with a kingfish
We stayed on the bite for a couple of hours and loaded up on smaller kingfish. We could not find the big boys this time. Once things slowed we tried to go catch some tunas. We caught a couple more small kings but that was all. We had run out of time and had to head to the weigh-in. The cove inside the inlet comes alive for the weigh-ins. We anchored inside and waited our turn.
Team Tito’s at the weigh-in
We had a great time fishing one of South Florida’s premier tournaments.