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King of the Beach  Tournament Fishing Boundary

King of the Beach Tournament Fishing Boundary

The Old Salt King of the Beach has, for the better part of its 26 year life, imposed a tournament fishing boundary at 83° 20’ 00” W (approximately 30 miles west of the Johns Pass Safe Water Marker).

This mark, the 30 Mile Boundary, is the furthest west anglers may fish in the King of the Beach tournament. Further the tournament is bound to the north at 29° 08’ 000” N (roughly Cedar Key) and to the south at 26° 39’ 000” N (roughly Boca Grande)

Old Salt instituted the 30 Mile tournament fishing boundary to provide a competitive King Mackerel tournament with a level playing field. That leveling is slanted towards anglers fishing from vessels with a single engine. Mackerel, like most large Pelagic fish, are migratory and while we have plenty of healthy fish inside the tournament boundaries there is always the prospect of bigger and better bites “somewhere”. Vessels with more motors and sufficient fuel would hold a distinct advantage if the tournament allowed fishing all the way out to the Middle Grounds or maybe a big push south towards the Keys. The improved competitive environment has seen an even distribution of wins between single and multi engine teams and increased the number of teams stepping up to compete in the sport at a competitive level.

Single Engine Division Prize: 200HP Suzuki Repower Package

To further improve the competitive environment Old Salt has purposely kept the entry fees for the King low ($225 – 275) and crafted up a lucrative Single Engine Division to boot.

A realistic tournament fishing boundary hurts no one and makes fishing the King of the Beach a more compelling proposition for that 84% of boaters who drive a single engine vessel.

King of the Beach Tournament Art

King of the Beach Tournament Art

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The Lucky Angler

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Iberian Seafood Platter

Iberian Seafood Platter

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Kiss Your Fish

Kiss Your Fish

So, do you kiss your fish. If yes is your answer, then why? If that’s not how you roll, then why not? Old Salt receives several thousand fishing pics during the year, a couple hundred of which involve someone kissing a fish. It’s a thing…. a real thing. So much so that we all know… Continue Reading

Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad

Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad

It’s Valentines Day and if you are looking for a sure fired way straight to your sweethearts… heart, this Pan Seared Hogfish and Beet Stack Salad recipe is it. Originally published in 2017 we thought it would be a great re-roll for the 2019 Valentines Day holiday. Hog Snapper, with its delicate texture, mild flavor and… Continue Reading

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