This St. Patty’s Day weekend, Sailfish Marina on Singer Island will be hosting the 2nd annual Pelagic Shamrock Shootout. A new fishing tournament to the area, the Shamrock Shootout has already become known as an fun time due to Pelagic’s wild ability to bring the party at all of its popular Rockstar Tournaments worldwide. Sportfishing teams near the end of Florida’s sailfish season by welcoming the meatfish bite and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the same time. To light up the leaderboard, this fleet needs to target kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, & cobia. Aside from fishing, Pelagic Gear is hosting in true festive fashion with Irish rock bands, green beer, and of course- the beautiful (and talented) Pelagic Girls dawning mahi green.
The tournament offers five divisions – kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia, & blackfin – which all award 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place and are based on heaviest overall fish per species. Teams are able to score a maximum of eight (8) fish, with a max of three (3) fish per species to determine a cumulative KDW weight. Teams also have the chance to raise the stakes by purchasing any or all of the optional calcuttas.
All boats are departing and returning from Palm Beach Inlet (aka Lake Worth Inlet), and teams are allowed to fish from St. Lucie Inlet in Stuart, Florida to Commercial Blvd Pier in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Registration is open online and at the captain’s meeting on March 13, 2020 at Sailfish Marina beginning at 2 pm and on the tournament lawn. The meeting will feature the presentation of rules, a Pelagic Super Raffle hosted by the Pelagic Girls, and a Kick-Off Party and Concert.
Boats may leave the inlet at 6:30 am on Saturday, March 14th, lines in will be at 7:30 am, and lines out at 3:30 pm. Following weigh-ins and documentation, the farewell bash and concert will be at 6 pm on the Sailfish Marina lawn, and the awards ceremony will be held at 7pm.
Last year, team Wicked Wahine took home the crown as the first-ever Shamrock Shootout Grand Champion with a combined weight total of 67.5 lbs. Along with winning 1st place Cobia, as well as daily calcuttas (last year was a two-day tournament) and value-added jackpots, Wicked Wahine took home a total prize of $15,465. Congrats to Michael Barry, Kerry Burrus, and the crew on tournament victory!
Team Lunatico showed that it pays off to enter in multiple calcuttas and jackpots, as even though they didn’t claim any first place spots, their total check from a few 2nd division trophies was $5,795!
Be on the lookout for Team #ReleaseBoatworks fishing with Absolute Action Sportfishing this year!
Written by: Lacey Hagler