Quickie fleet finds fair sailfish action

For Capt. Brian Speedy of the tournament fishing boat Miss Victoria, Tuesday’s events ran the complete gamut of the highs and lows of sailfish tournament fishing. 

Early in the day, Speedy, Miss Victoria owner Bob Genord of Palm Beach Gardens, angler David Lopez, and crew Chris Martin, Heath Brown, Colton Reiser and Dave Berard Jr., scored sailfish catching success by catching two double-headers and three singles for a Fish Heads of Stuart Quickie leading seven sailfish releases by day’s end. But by day’s end, problems with one of the Viking 76 two engines had the team questioning if it would be able to compete on the Quickie’s final day Wednesday.

A fleet of 17 boats entered in the Quickie combined to catch and release 35 sailfish to open the first day of competition in the 2017-18 sailfish tournament season. Captains reportedly fished as far north as the waters offshore of Vero Beach to as far south as where Speedy had Miss Victoria.

“We came out of Jupiter Inlet and ran north to the Loran Tower area where conditions deteriorated pretty quickly,” Speedy said. “We made a move to the north and set up off Stuart where we had a double, set the lines back out and had a single, set the lines back out and had another double.”

Speedy said they were fishing east of the St. Lucie Inlet in about 150 to 220 feet of water where they had the most action. They caught two more fish as the day went on, missed another sailfish bite, plus had plenty of bites from small dolphin and small tunas, too.

But then Speedy and his crew had to negotiate Jupiter Inlet on one engine while returning and then spent Tuesday night working with a mechanic to see whether they would be able to fish Wednesday and add to their lead.

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“This crew did an exceptional job today,” Speedy said Tuesday. “We’ve been fishing a little bit recently so we knew where we wanted to be. In a two day tournament, against the toughest field there is — these guys are the best in the world — it’s important to get a good start and then try to maintain the lead.” 

Showtime! led by Capt. Wink Doerzbacher caught and released six sailfish to stand second. Challenge led by Capt. Jim Hardee stands third with four sailfish. Doerzbacher and most of the fleet fished most of the day towards the northern end of the tournament’s boundaries.

The Quickie will wrap up Wednesday. Boats will leave Fish Heads of Stuart, based at Sailfish Marina in Stuart, around 7 a.m. Fishing will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Pirates Cove Resort and Marina Sailfish Classic will have its captains’ meeting Thursday, and will fish Friday through Sunday. To follow scoring updates for the Quickie, go to the Fish Heads of Stuart Facebook page.

 

Standings

Sailfish releases

7: Miss Victoria, Capt. Brian Speedy

6: Showtime!, Capt. Wink Doerzbacher

4: Challenge, Capt. Jim Hardee

3: Vintage, Capt. Hans Kraaz

2: Lisa K, Capt. Bruno Larica; Cowpoke, Capt. Mike Brady; Sea Hag, Capt. Chris Kubik; Champagne Lady, Capt. Josh Chaney; Rebel, Capt. V.J. Bell; Alikai, Capt. Patrick Price

1: Old No. 7, Capt. Jamie Ralph; Floridian, Capt. Glenn Cameron; Martha D, Capt. Scott Fawcett

Fleet totals: 35 sailfish releases, 17 boats

Marine Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 4 to 5 feet. Chance of showers.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/outdoors/fishing/2017/11/28/quickie-fleet-finds-fair-sailfish-action/902740001/

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