SkipJac II wins Sailfish Challenge – Sun

SkipJac II caught and released 14 of 14 sailfish bites Saturday to top a 72-boat fleet and win the Sailfish Challenge.

One of only eight boats to fish out of Lake Worth Inlet — 37 went out of Government Cut and 27 out of Hillsboro Inlet — SkipJac II owner Bernard Paul-Hus and Capt. Randy Towe figured that sailfish would bite best to the north in the wake of a cold front moving through South Florida that day.

At noon, SkipJac II was in third place with five releases. A quintupleheader doubled the boat’s total and gave it the lead. Four more releases secured the victory and a $118,450 payday.

The boats had a total of 185 fish.

4 Aces was second with eight releases fishing out of Miami to win $59,390. Clean Slate was third with seven to win $23,340. Mike Riesert of SkipJac II was the top angler with five sailfish. Janene Claus of Qualifier was the top female angler with two. Tristen Lambert of Reely Tight was the top junior with three releases.

Live Wire had the biggest fish, a 47.1-pound kingfish, to win $13,960. Wish List had the big wahoo at 36.7. Hard Way had the heaviest dolphin at 20.

Fish of the week

Kistina Russell was fishing for tilapia with bread balls in the lake behind her house in Pembroke Pines when she got a big surprise. Reeling in a bait the size of a golf ball, she caught a 6-pound largemouth bass, making her the queen of her family’s backyard bassers.

Mark Escobar and Greg Moule caught 16.35 pounds to win the Bass N Fools club tournament on Lake Ida. Joe Gibson and Ed Mattox were second at 15.73, followed by Randy Norton and Ryan Rasberry at 13.46, Jeff Justice and Larry Mulligan at 11.94 and John Pate at 11.57. Norton and Rasberry had the big bass of 4.12.

Willard Smith, of Plantation, his brother Junior and his son-in-law caught 18 peacock bass up to 5 pounds using live shiners in the C-4 Canal fishing with Capt. Alan Zaremba.

Mike Lendl and his friend Steve had 13.72 pounds of fish and Lendl had the big bass of 5.1 to win the King of the Glades Club Trail tournament Feb. 19 on the Lake Ida-Lake Osborne chain of lakes. Roy Singer and Dave Walker were second at 12.27, followed by Bruce Austin at 10.43, Andrew Ernst and Bryan Windle at 7.91 and Thad Talley and Vince Owen at 7.86.

Bob Bostdorf, of Apopka, caught a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces dead-sticking a Zoom Fluke to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Gator Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee and $6,000 Feb. 18. Tim Feller, of Coral Springs, was sixth at 22-6 to win $1,100. Val Osinski, of Pompano Beach, was seventh at 22-1 to win $1,000. Tony Martinez, of Bunnell, had 16-4 to win the co-angler division and $3,006. Christian Smith, of Coral Springs, was seventh at 11-13. Robert Hertzer, of Tamarac, was ninth at 11-10.

Four local boats took 12 veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project fishing offshore Friday out of Hillsboro Inlet. Chris Freed and Chip Hunt of Gameday got the vets black-bellied rose fish deep-dropping with an electric reel. Vinnie LaSorsa of Last Mango got his vets four small dolphin and a kingfish. Greg Thomas on Caliban got Mike Delancey a sailfish. And Kevin Mahfood of Skirt Chaser got Robert Fernandez a 25-pound wahoo.

Fishing tournaments

The Extreme Kayak Fishing Winter Classic Kayak Tournament is 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday out of Pompano Pier in Pompano Beach. The grand prize for the heaviest total weight of up to five fish is $1,000. Eligible species include dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, tuna, cobia and snapper. Entry fee is $85. Registration and a free dinner buffet are 6-9 p.m. Thursday at JC Wahoo’s in Lighthouse Point. Visit

The King of the Glades tournament trail travels to Clewiston Sunday for a Gambler Lures Only event on Lake Okeechobee. Entry fee is $75 and first place pays $2,500 with 50 boats. Visit or call 954-393-5596.

Fishing seminars

Professor Nelson Ehrhardt of the University of Miami presents “How Satellite Logbook Technologies Can Help Voluntary Billfish Sport Fishing Data Reporting” at Wednesday’s meeting of the Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing Science and Social Club at 7:30 p.m. at Boston Johnny’s Bar and Grill, 2120 N. Dixie Hwy., Hollywood. Contact Arthur Mariano at

Capt. Bouncer Smith has a seminar entitled “Kite Fishing for Sails and Dolphin” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Dusky Sport Center, 110 Bryan Road, Dania Beach. Cost is $10 per person and redeemable for merchandise at the store. Call 954-922-8890.

George Poveromo of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on NBC Sports has a seminar on flutter jigging tactics at 8 p.m. Friday at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach. or 954-356-4648

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