By Ed Killer Posted January 21, 2012 at 12:28 a.m.
SAILFISH POINT — In sailfish tournament fishing, it's good to be the hot boat.
And for the 2012-2013 season, no boat was hotter than Showtime!
With the Sailfish Point Yacht Club Invitational Sailfish Tournament title on the line, the team on Sunday did exactly what it had done most every fishing day of the season — they went out and caught enough fish to win it.
Capt. Wink Doerzbacher, owner Fred Hardwick of Sailfish Point, anglers Angelo Durante, Mark Schwartz and Tom Russell, and mates Jon Meade, Marshall Busha and Cookie Murray won the Invitational with 11 sailfish catches Sunday and 21 overall for the tournament.
Bone Shaker with Capt. James Ewing, anglers Dennis Longstreet, Ted Blount, Don Campagna, John Adamiak and Gary Parlin, all of Sailfish Point, caught four fish Sunday and 17 overall to place second.
Eight boats of the fleet of 10 fished Sunday catching and releasing a combined 25 sailfish.
The three-day affair wraps up with 64 total releases.
Showtime! began the day third in the standings, trailing the leader by four sailfish, and knowing they had to try to surpass one of the area's top line crews in Bone Shaker.
In the first 90 minutes of fishing time, Showtime! closed the gap quickly and took the lead with its fourth fish of the day, 14th for the tournament, by 9:59 a.m. They added another at 10:43 a.m. A triple-header at 11:24 a.m. gave the team 18 total and sent notice to the remainder of the fleet that Showtime!'s season to remember probably would be celebrated at another awards ceremony.
But Bone Shaker wasn't finished.
The team caught its first fish of the day, 14th overall, at 12:46 p.m. Showtime! added two more for 20. But Bone Shaker's anglers would not give up, catching three more before 2:30 p.m. for 17 total with one hour to fish.
One triple-header would draw the two teams even, or a quadruple for Bone Shaker could win it.
Until Showtime!'s Mark Schwartz pretty much sealed the deal at 2:48 p.m. with the boat's 11th of the day, 21st overall, and sixth tournament victory in nine entered tournaments.
Hardwick said Sunday's decision on Showtime!'s crew strategy was up to Doerzbacher.
"We talked about it in the morning and felt, if we fished side by side with Bone Shaker, it would be tough for us to catch up," Hardwick said. "We took a real big chance and ran to the north of where the other boats were preparing to fish."
Schwartz said as soon as they quit running, with about 10 minutes to go before lines in at 8:30 p.m., they suddenly saw two free jumpers come down the side of the boat, so they knew they had made the right choice.
Sea Check came in third with 11 sailfish caught Friday and Saturday.
The Invitational wrapped with the camaraderie and sportsmanship that exemplifies the dead bait sailfish tournament angling group. As Showtime!'s Hardwick and Schwartz sipped celebratory champagne on the dock behind Hardwick's home, Bone Shaker's Blount, Campagna, Adamiak, Longstreet and Parlin applauded as the boat passed by entering into the marina's main harbor.
The Invitational closes the 2012-2013 Treasure Coast Sailfish Tournament season. Showtime! emerged as the area's best this year, winning the Finest Kind Quickie, the Stuart Sailfish Club Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament, the Treasure Coast Sailfish Championship and Invitational.
SAILFISH POINT INVITATIONAL
11 sailfish releases: Showtime!, Capt. Wink Doerzbacher
4: Bone Shaker, Capt. James Ewing
3: Daymaker, Capt. Patrick Price
3: Miller Time, Capt. Rob Miller
2: American Ambition, Capt. Vernon Lee
1: Alpha Won, Capt. Geoff Haramis
1: Se Bueno, Capt. Boogie WarrenTotal catches: 25 by 8 of 10 boats
6,300 points: Showtime!, Capt. Wink Doerzbacher
5,100: Bone Shaker, Capt. James Ewing
3,300: Sea Check, Capt. V.J. Bell
1,500: Miller Time, Capt. Rob Miller
900: American Ambition, Capt. Vernon Lee
800: Daymaker, Capt. Patrick Price
600: Alpha Won, Capt. Geoff Haramis
300: Se Bueno, Capt. Boogie Warren
Fleet totals: 64 sailfish released, 59 on dead bait, 5 on live bait; 10 boats in tournament
Boats fish 2 of 3 days. Dead bait caught sailfish worth 300 points each; Live bait caught sailfish worth 200 points each
Top Boat: Showtime!
Top Captain: Capt. Wink Doerzbacher
Top Angler: Fred Hardwick, Showtime!, 9 releases
Top Lady Angler: Rosemary Crandall, Sea Check, 4 releases