Rough seas for Pirates Cove Classic


One thing is certain about the 24th annual Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic, it sure is going to be rough.

The National Weather Service is calling for winds up to 20 knots throughout the weekend, all from the northeast and easterly quarters.

Seas on the edge of the Gulf Stream, where most of the tournament fleet will be fishing for sailfish, may top 8 or 9 feet.

Uncomfortable to say the least, even for an angler in a 60-foot sportfishing boat. With strong easterly winds forecast, boat captains fishing the tournament will be concerned about navigating the St. Lucie Inlet.

In its shallow condition, and during an outgoing tide, steep waves can build at the entrance to the inlet and the narrow channel against the detached southern jetty could be treacherous.

As a result, the tournament’s rules committee agreed to allow boats to enter and exit the Intracoastal Waterway through the safer Fort Pierce Inlet, Pirates Cove dockmaster Jim Nester said.

Boats must still be inside the Manatee Pocket by 5 p.m. each day.

The Classic will fish through Sunday.

Despite the forecast for rough conditions, 28 boats signed up to fish the event, just two less than last year.

In the Treasure Coast Sailfish Championship, 10 boats were signed up at press time, but that number may change.

Included in the Championship field will be the defending champion, Bone Shaker. Capt. Scott Fawcett, owner Joe Lehner, anglers Sky Wichers and Van Wichers and mates Kyle Francis and Brandon Walton will attempt to pull four-time winner Lehner even with five-time champion skipper Capt. Glenn Cameron.

MARINE WEATHER FORECAST

Friday: Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with a dominant period 7 seconds. Choppy on intracoastal waters.

Saturday: East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Choppy on intracoastal waters.

Sunday: East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Choppy on intracoastal waters.

PAST CLASSICS

2010 winner: Cowpoke, Capt. Mike Brady, owner Cruiser Crews, 24 releases

2010: 330 releases*, 30 boats

2009: 181 releases, 27 boats

2008: 275 releases, 17 boats

2007: 172 releases, 22 boats

2006: 108 releases, 36 boats

2005: 236 releases, 25 boats

2004: 156 releases, 38 boats

2003: 173 releases, 30 boats

2002: 177 releases, 36 boats

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