I had been watching the weather all week and it didn't look good for a Saturday tournament at all. The winds were calling for 11-18mph winds and 21mph gust. So when Saturday came I woke up extremely early to get a live view on the Dania Beach, Florida live web cam and saw it was too nasty for the tournament to happen. I called Eric McDonald out of Palm Beach and asked him to contact as many people as possible so we can reschedule the tournament for Sunday. Without any hesitation Eric did just that because a few people like Daniel Campana came all the way from Tampa, FL. I wanted everyone to have a good time and not worry about winds and big waves. Although Daniel wasn't able to attend Sunday because he had to drive back to Tampa for work on Monday I had a chance to do some fishing with him on Friday after I got off work.
Friday was a taste of what Saturday would be like and it wasn't pretty. Although I was able to handle big waves in my Ocean Kayak Trident Ultra 4.7 and my cousin Michael Coley was in my Ocean Kayak Big Game Prowler, Daniel never fished the deep blue, and he flipped a few times.
Most of the guys were grateful that the tournament was changed for Sunday. I was extremely happy myself because I saw the weather report for Sunday and it was a dream day. The winds were one to five mph and small surf. And the temperature was perfect!
We all got to the beach around 5:30am and launched around 6:30am just before the sun was coming up. I had to wait for my cousin to come before I was able to paddle out with the other guys. As soon as my cousin pulled up we hit the waters. I trolled my magnum Rat-L-Trap 1oz and my cousin trolled the same lure. Once we paddle out to 100+ feet I put a live Goggle Eye on my cousin's rod and we continue to go out more. Now we're in 200+ feet of water and we start to jig with Gypsy 5oz lures.
The weather stayed perfect until we all came back in around 1 pm to hand out all of the prizes. The first place fish was a kingfish caught on a live mullet by Andrew Mixon out of Port St. Lucie and second place fish was a dolphin caught with a live goggle eye by Eric McDonald out of Palm Beach. Since there were no 3rd place I raffled off the 3rd place prize with was a Extrasport Livery Universal Red PFD donated by Johnson Outdoors. I also raffled off a few lures donated to me from Rat-L-Trap.
It was a great tournament and we all look forward to another one soon in the near future. I want to thank Quarterdeck Restaurants for donating three gift cards, Nautical Ventures WaterSports for donating three gift certificates, Rat-L-Trap for donating a dozen lures, Fishing Tackle Outlet for donating a few Gypsy vertical jigs and a shirt, Johnson Outdoors for donating a paddle and a PFD. If I missed anyone I do apologize. Because of all of your kind donations and willingness to work with us, you made this tournament a great success."