Tournament draws competitors and spectators to Pompano Beach
Imagine kayaking just off the coast of Pompano Beach and reeling in a 52 pound wahoo. It’s no fish tale. It’s actually the largest single catch by a competitor in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament.
This year’s two-part Summer Slam series culminates August 12 on Pompano Beach. Those who love the ocean, fishing or just a great day at the beach are invited to attend. Participants begin arriving at about 5 a.m. in preparation for the 7:30 a.m. start time. They bring along their kayaks and paddleboards and head out to sea a mile or so off-shore. And where do these monster fish go once they bite? Some store them in fish bags made for kayaks, or lay them right on top of the boat.
“They catch monster fish, sailfish, wahoo, tuna in a competitive setting,” said tournament owner, director and lifelong fisherman Joe Hector. “It’s you, the elements, the kayak and big fish.”
The event will include entertainment throughout the day and is followed by a weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. The first tournament took place at the beginning of June. The second part of the event is a grand finale of sorts where competitors tally the weight of fish caught during the series to compete for prizes including a $5,000 cash payout and a championship ring valued at $800. For those who want to keep their feet in the sand and explore the beach festivities, admission is free. Festivities will include live island music provided by Mango, and there will also be vendors, a fitness competition and free kayak and paddleboard demonstrations.
Registration can be completed online or at an event kick-off party taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 10 at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach. An on-site raffle will take place during the party, where thousands of dollars of merchandise will be given away. Proceeds will benefit the Broward Children’s Center. The Broward Children’s Center is a Pompano Beach based organization that provides medical, educational, therapeutic, recreational, daily living and advocacy services to infants, children and young adults with special health care needs. Up for raffle is a kayak worth $1,000, Costa sunglasses, coolers, rods and reels. Raffle tickets cost $10 per ticket.
The cost to pre-register for the tournament is $150 and includes a goody bag, free food provided by Zona Fresca, Jersey Mikes, and Dandee Donuts, and a chance to win over 40 thousand dollars in cash and prizes. Registration will also be accepted the day of the event at a higher fee. About 150 to 200 participants are expected to paddle off to sea. Fish caught can either be kept at the end of the day or donated.
The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Summer Slam takes place on August 12, just south of the Pompano Beach Pier. For more information visit www.extremekayakfishing.com.