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Extreme Sailfish Smack Down results

Written by  Joe Hector
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The participants in the inaugural Extreme Kayak/Paddle Board Fishing Sailfish Smack Down were not your average kayak folk. The top five anglers who won the EKFT’s summer series events, along with a few guys that made the twenty two-hour trip from Oklahoma, had the courage to compete in this first-of-its-kind event.

The party started on Thursday January 23, 2014 at Brus Room in Pompano Beach, FL. It was a full house; among the crowd were the registered anglers, along with many more fishermen who had participated in past EKFT events who came to show their support. Everyone chowed down on free triple threat wings and cold beer while telling fishing stories, in anticipation of the extreme weekend ahead. The raffle at the kickoff party was memorable, with the main prize being a Hobie “Revolution 13”, worth $2,000, from main sponsor Nautical Ventures. Also given away were fish bags from ENGEL Coolers, Tigress kites, and awesome Yak Gear merchandise.

Saturday’s dawn could not come fast enough as the anxious anglers gathered at the launch site by the Pompano Beach Pier. All bundled up on a chilly morning as they got ready for an epic day, the fishermen were greeted with hot coffee and donuts compliments of Dandee Donuts. The shotgun start at 7am had the anglers racing into the clear blue water.

Chris Thomas Extreme Sailfish Smack Down kayak fishing tournament

Chris Thomas from Tulsa, OK with the first fish of the day

“Oklahoma is hooked up!” came the voice over the VHF radios. The help boat rushed to the location to document the catch. Manning the safety boat were: Joe from Hillsboro Inlet, who provided live baits; Jose from Aces Bait and Tackle; and the organizer of the event, Joe Hector, with judge Rick Hector. Sure enough, Chris Thomas from Tulsa, OK had the first fish on at 9:15am. in about 200’ of water. The safety boat had just enough time to document and safely release the sailfish before another excited radio call: “Oklahoma 2”! Another sail was caught just about an hour later by Ryan Jones, who made the trip from Oklahoma with Chris for the tournament. The shocker was that neither Chris nor Ryan had ever fished offshore from a kayak! Marcos Baldo was the last man to enter the water in the morning, and he was last to hook up on his sailfish at 12:42pm.

Ryan Jones Extreme Sailfish Smack Down kayak fishing tournament

Ryan Jones hooks up about an hour after fellow Oklahoman Chris Thomas

Marcos Baldo Extreme Sailfish Smack Down kayak fishing tournament

Marcos Baldo with the last the last hookup of the day

The awards ceremony was held Sunday, January 26 at Sea Side Grill in Pompano Beach. Chris Thomas was the champion! He was awarded a gorgeous glass trophy, $3,000 cash (donated by Turbo USA), Costa Del Mar sunglasses, and a beautiful custom sailfish rod from Blue Marlin Chronicles. Ryan Jones was runner-up, and ecstatic to be driving back to Oklahoma City with a plaque from Crown Trophy, $1,000 cash, Costas, and a handsome sailfish necklace from Guy Harvey Jewelry. Marcos Baldo finished third, and received a plaque, $500 cash, and Costa sunglasses. All three winners also walked away with a pro team EKFT jacket.

Extreme Sailfish Smack Down kayak fishing tournament winners

From left to right, Chris Thomas 1st, Ryan Jones 2nd, and Marcos Baldo 3rd

The Oklahoma men defeated the local champs in EKFT’s first Sailfish Smack Down, teaching everyone a valuable lesson. It does not matter what state you are from; you can be an Extreme champion!

Visit www.extremekayakfishing.com for all the events going on in 2014 and so much more!

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+3 # DDOlson 2014-01-30 08:49
Great to read that visitors can win...especiall y freshwater fishermen by the looks of it.
+2 # MontyMurdoch 2014-01-30 10:45
Maybe next time!!!!
+1 # Aggroman 2014-02-01 14:32
That looked like so much fun. One day, oh yes, one day.

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