Let’s start by setting the stage….
Fish for King and Spanish Mackerel in the Fall months on Florida’s west coast and you are likely to experience what we politely refer to as “kingfishing weather”. For the 28th Annual Old Salt King of the Beach we had kingfishing weather, and then some. So, much so that tournament fishing had the weigh-in had to be moved out a day to give the teams fishing the tournament a moderately better set of conditions to compete under. First time Old Salt has ever rescheduled the KING in 28 years.
In the end, 236 teams opted to stay in the tournament. Hats off to each and every one of them. We often use the catch phrase Fish – Weigh – Win. If you don’t Fish, you will not Weigh. If you don’t Weigh you cannot Win. We weighed fish and we had winners.
Captain Brian Hasson and Team 99 Problems weighed a 34.53 pound King Mackerel and bested 18 other teams, earning the win in the Overall Division to become the KING. Side note: This was a return trip… Capt. Hasson, with Team Kindred Spirit, also won the Fall KING in 2015. For this year’s Fall KING Capt. Hasson was in all three TWT’s walking with $54,525 for the effort. #fishbigmoney
Long time sponsor Mastry Engine Center provided 2 Suzuki Repower Packages for the Fall KING. One of those was raffled off throughout the year and one was the grand prize in the Single Engine Division. Mr. Chris Raymond of Fleming Island, Florida won the raffle and with the only fish weighed in the Single Engine Division, Capt. Nick Morelli and crew won a Suzuki Repower Package valued at ~$16,000! Remember: Fish-Weigh-Win
For this years Fall KING, Old Salt ponied up a new prize. $2021.00 for the closest to 20.21 pounds in the Overall Division. See what we did here?
Captain Charlton Weldon and Team Horizon Haze weighed a 20.53 pound King Mackerel to win and also won the “weigh a fish” raffle.
This Fall KING was one for the books. In the background, we had 3 days of fun, food, drink, live music, great vendors and some action packed fishing. Thanks go out, as always, to our Sponsors, volunteers and vendors.
See you at the Spring KING. Until then, tight lines.