The 2019 EKFT Summer Slam Series wrapped up in August, with a new champion and some nice fish off Pompano Beach. Offshore kayak anglers were in a tight battle for the coveted EKFT championship ring. The angler with the most total weight throughout the year wins the ring. In the Summer Slam Part 1 in June, most anglers caught lots of kingfish and it was no different in Part 2. It was definitely the year of the kings.
Most of the decent sized kingfish were caught shallow, in 80 to 150 feet of water off the Pompano Pier. The winner of the Summer Slam 2 caught both his kingfish in the morning, back to back in over 100 feet. Mark Peterson won with a total weight of 27.38 pounds Anglers had to fish hard after the hot, morning kingfish bite. Shaun Roles ended up winning the EKFT series and the ring with a total weight of 54.16 pounds. He landed two kingfish in part 2, which put him over the top.
The sailfish bite was hot throughout the tournament. Three anglers landed nice sails in 90 to 180 feet of water. They were scattered depth wise, but were hungry all day. Another two anglers had sails on, but lost them. Anglers that landed their sailfish got some nice shots from the EKFT camera boat, but they were not eligible for any prizes.
There were some scattered reports of anglers losing wahoo, but in reality we will never really know if they were actually wahoo. A day before the tournament, the charter boats were catching a bunch of small wahoo right out front in 180 to 230 feet. Knowing that, kayak anglers would have to paddle out deep to catch them. The current was strong throughout the day and that made it tough on a lot of the anglers.
Lots of Bonito were caught in the tournament and were landed pretty much all over the map. From the reports, most were caught around the wrecks and the third reef.
All in all, the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament saw new winners and some very solid fishing throughout the year. The event had anglers from all over the map, including Australia and Hawaii. The EFKT is excited about 2020 and has already started planning for bigger and better things.
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