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2015 Fall King of the Beach Recap

The $50K Kingfish

For 22 years the Hasson’s of Saint Petersburg, FL have fished the twice-yearly Old Salt King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament. Every Spring. Every Fall. Twenty-two years. Captain Billy Hasson (Dad), Captain Jimmy Hasson (Uncle) and now Captain Brian Hasson (Son) have each taken shots at being crowned King placing everywhere from nowhere to 2nd.

Things change. This Fall Brian Hasson and his crew (including Dad) fishing on the vessel Kindred Spear-It competed in, and won, the Old Salt Fall King of the Beach taking home the $50,000 overall 1st place prize. In addition they pocketed $25,431 for participating in the optional entries (TWT’s). $75,431 for a day on the water. It pays to play.


“It is really, honestly a surreal moment. We’ve been doing this for so long. We’ve reached 2nd place in this tournament on multiple occasions. We’ve had more top 10’s than probably anyone in the history of this tournament. So, to actually get it done and to finally win the event is unbelievable. It is an incredible experience.” Capt. Brian Hasson

Single Engine Winner: Team Boaters Republic II
Single Engine Winner:
Team Boaters Republic II

…and there is more

Including the Hasson’s well-earned good fortunes Old Salt awarded in excess of $210,000 in cash and prizes at the weigh-in for the 22nd Annual Fall King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament. After 1st place the remaining $124,000 in cash, plus a $20,000 Suzuki Engine RePower package, was paid out to an additional 34 Overall Division anglers and winning anglers in the Single Engine, Ladies, Spanish Mackerel and Youth divisions.

In all, over 50 places shared in the tournament payout. 594 teams competed to be crowned King of the Beach this Fall. The teams were comprised of local, regional and Southeastern U.S anglers fishing in everything from kayaks to triple engine center consoles. Everyone can compete.

For complete tournament results: Click Here

Check out photos from the tournament: Click Here

The King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is held twice yearly in the Fall & Spring. It is a 3-day fishing tournament and festival, the proceeds of which – after angler payouts, allow Old Salt to fund family & youth fishing programs, provide financial support for deserving charities and deliver effective advocacy for Florida anglers. 

See you at the Spring King: April 28 – 30, 2016

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Award Winning Fish Spread

Brian’s winning Fish Spread

Our annual Fish Spread Contest was last week and our newest People’s Choice winner was Brian Wilson of Snook’z Professional Bbq.  He normally is cooking up ribs but decided to try his hand at fish spread when he heard about our contest. This was his first try at it. We had over 20 participants out with their best and he won over the hearts and palates of the masses.

The secret Mustard Sauce he served it with instead of hot sauce was a fantastic twist to the spread.  This secret sauce is Intensity Academy’s Must Thai Spicy Mustard Sauce and is a definite winner.

At first, his response when we asked him for his recipe was…..
Fish, mayo, carrots, onions, celery, peppers …. 9 other secret ingredients and a dash of love and passion.   We told he we needed more. Here is his step by step process on his core recipe.

11988399_10153797424128982_3183767759242179820_nChef Brian’s Award Winning Fish Spread

4-5 lbs of Fresh fruit wood smoked fish (AJ or King Mackerel is best)
1 lb of Baby Carrots
1 bunch / head of Celery
1 whole yellow onion
1 jar of pimento peppers
1 jar of quality mayonaise
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tbl Lemon Juice
2 tbl Worcheshire sauce
2 tbl of your favorite mustard
A pinch of love and a heap of passion and few other secret spices I just can’t share

Debone fish and chop
Finely chop all fresh ingredients
Mix together with wet ingredients
Allow to chill 24 hours before serving
Serve with Ritz crackers and Intensity Academy’s Must Thai Spicy Mustard Sauce

Makes approx 6lbs of spread







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Win Big at the Madeira Beach Boat Parade 2015


Tis the season …. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and in Florida one of the best things that makes the season is the annual boat parades all the communities have.  Our home, Madeira Beach, is having one of the BEST PARADES this year!  We are hoping for over 50 boats lighting up the intracoastal waterways on December 12th.  This year the prizes are awesome with best boat winning $2,500 and a total of $7,000 up for grabs.

We are hoping all you locals with get to decorating your boats and enter.  There are 2 class divisions: Under 25ft and 25ft and over.  No entry fees and you can pick up your boat numbers anytime at the Madeira Beach Marina.  There will be a captain’s meeting on Thursday the 10th to go over all the rules and how the parade route works.  If you want to enter the parade ENTER HERE BELOW or call (727) 399-2631 to get the application or visit the marina.

New this year for all you VIEWERS.  The newly renovated recreation complex will be a great spot to watch the parade.  There is a FREE event called the ROC’n the Boat with activities from 4pm to 11pm.  All proceeds from the event will benefit ROC Park which is a beautiful park that lines the edges of the recreation fields.

  • 4-6pm Get your photo with Santa
  • 50/50 and Raffles all evening
  • Bring your chairs & blankets for concert and parade viewing
  • LIVE MUSIC all evening with:
    Cameron Decker  •  That Pack  •  Josh Cruz and Greg Billings Band
  • Fireworks in the park – after the parade is done (approx 10pm) we will Light up the Sky

2015 Boat Parade Entry Form

    In consideration of being permitted to participate in the City of Madeira Beach’s 49th Annual Madeira Beach Festival of Lights Holiday Boat Parade, and being fully knowledgeable of the risks while boating through the evening, I agree to hold harmless the City of Madeira Beach and its officers from any and all damages, losses, claims, suits, actions, expenses or liabilities which may directly or indirectly arise from my participation in the Parade.
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