488 teams signed up to fish the 26th Annual Old Salt Fall King of the Beach November 7, 8 & 9, 2019. On weigh-in day, out of the 488 who set out to chase the crown, 252 returned to the scales. 147 King Mackerel were weighed in the Overall, Single Engine, Ladies and Youth division with 105 Spanish Mackerel were weighed in that Spanish Mackerel division. We weighed fish for a little over 3.5 hours.
Teams were lines in at 6am the morning of Saturday the 9th. They were met with some pretty chippy weather conditions both inshore and offshore for the bulk of the fishing window, encountering particularly stiff winds coupled with challenging seas. You know…. kingfishing weather. By the time the fishing was done, the weather started to calm down and we had a pleasant afternoon to figure out who won what and for how much.
We recorded 67 paid places in total for the 26th Annual Fall KING. Old salt extends congratulations to all the teams that fished but none so much as those that placed and won. Here is a look at the 1st Place finishes and a link to the complete results at the end.
1st Place Overall: Team Pro Marine – Capt. Jim Naset
Weighed: 40.67lb. King Mackerel
1st Place Single Engine: Team Island Time – Capt. Eric Mullins
Weighed: 30.82lb. King Mackerel
Won: $16,000 Suzuki Repower Package
1st Place Ladies: Team Reel Dirty – Angler Katie Brunk
Weighed: 26.63lb. King Mackerel
Won: $500, Johnston Jewelers Pendant, Dogfish Rod
1st Place Spanish Mackerel: Team Mann Wireless – Capt. Mike Magee
Weighed: 6.12lb. Spanish Mackerel
Won: $5,000, & Dogfish Rod
1st Place Youth: Team Soraia Marie – Angler Daxton Bradshaw
Weighed: 26.85lb. King Mackerel
Won: Johnston Jewelers Pendant, Maui Jim Sunglasses & Dogfish Rod
1st Place Traveling Angler: Team Harvester – Capt. Fisher Price
Weighed: 28.36lb. King Mackerel
1st Place TWT: Team Pro Marine – Capt. Jim Naset
1st Place High Roller (TWT): Team Pro Marine – Capt. Jim Naset
Spring/Fall Aggregate: Team Single Source – Capt. Zac Railey
Combined Weight: 81.18lb.
More Than A Fishing Tournament
The KING is a 3 day event. The KING doubles as a community festival attracting folks from miles around. Over the 3 days we saw some 25,000 people on the tournament field.
Day One: Things kicked off on Thursday November 7th at the Captains Meeting/Party where teams checked in, got their boat numbers, swag buckets and had a chance to go over the rules and regulations for the tournament one more time before the fishing started. New friends were made. Old acquaintances were renewed. Food was consumed. Drinks were swallowed. Raffles were done. Vendors sold some items.
Day 2: PARTY. On Friday night we rocked Madeira Beach with live music from 2 outstanding bands. St. Pete Sons took the stage at 6:30pm opening for Seranation who tore the place up beginning at 8:30pm.
Day 3: See the beginning of this post:)…. or, check out the live stream broadcast of the weigh-in and awards. We got it all on video.
The KING is a very big event. We put this tournament on twice a year (when the Kings are running) in Spring and Fall. We hope to see you and your team at the 2019 Spring KING. #fishbigmoney