posted by Cori on Nov 29
With a slight chill in the South Florida air, 17 boats departed from the St. Lucie Inlet. With the prospect of a $1 million prize, captains, mates, and fishermen alike set out in hopes of a bountiful day at sea.
At 7am sharp, the boats were released from the sea buoy, and cleared to enter the expansive waters off the Treasure Coast. During the 90 minute wait until boats were cleared for Line In, they dispersed among the rolling waves to find their ideal starting points.
During the noon report, it was announced by Finest Kind Chairman Krista Chasmar that 13 fish have been caught and released. Chasin’ Tail held the midday lead with 3 releases. Following closely behind was Miller Time with 2.
At 12:01, Lo Que Sea radioed in a release. Their fish that landed closest to noon won them $3,250. As a generous boost for the morale of the men at sea, Chasmar added The Nooner as one of the daily rewards during this Quickie Tournament. A total of $135,000 in prize money will be awarded to the victorious anglers over the next two days, in addition to the potential drawing of a card worth $1 million.
Lines Out will be called at 3:30 this afternoon, and all boats will be required to clear the inlet by 5pm.
All involved in the tournament must be geared up for another day of the Quickie, which ends early tomorrow evening. The Quickie is the official kickoff of the sailfish tournament season on the Treasure Coast. Many of the boats involved in the Quickie will participate in the next tournament, which is the Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic that runs Friday to Sunday.