Kings Dominate Extreme Summer Slam – Attendance record falls – 117 kayaks launched to fish offshore

Attendance record falls - 117 kayaks launched to fish offshore

Marlin man Matt Eckert was back on the podium at the Extreme Summer Slam I. His 22-pound blackfin was the largest the series has seen.

Marlin man Matt Eckert was back on the podium at the Extreme Summer Slam I. His 22-pound blackfin was the largest the series has seen. Photo courtesy Extreme Kayak Fishing

Kings Dominate Extreme Summer Slam
Attendance record falls – 117 kayaks launched to fish offshore
By Paul Lebowitz

Florida’s offshore scene continues to grow. The Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam I contested off Pompano Beach in late June pulled in another record crowd: 117 kayak anglers.

“There was something spectacular about looking out to the clear-skied sunrise to see that many ‘yaks headed out into the Atlantic,” Sid Dobrim told Extreme’s Maria Hector.

The Extreme crew once again turned the day into a celebration and party for watermen and women of all kinds. Stand-up paddleboard racers hit the beach right after the fishing kayak shotgun start. Later, there were sand sculpting competitions and live reggae music. There was free beer for all and champagne showers for the winners.

Matt Eckert, man of the 11 hour marlin ride, impressed again by bringing the series’ largest ever blackfin tuna (22.2 pounds) back to the beach. Otherwise it was nearly all kings. Michael Wood caught two for 26.4 pounds to take the day.

“Wood fishes boat tournaments. We are now getting more and more boats guys fishing in kayaks,” Extreme tournament series owner Joe Hector said, highlighting the series’ mainstream acceptance and lucrative prize kitty.

Michael Wood caught a pair of kings weighing 26.4 pounds to take first place honors at the Extreme Summer Slam I.

Michael Wood caught a pair of kings weighing 26.4 pounds to take first place honors at the Extreme Summer Slam I. Photo courtesy Extreme Kayak Fishing.

The results and prize list provided by Extreme Kayak Fishing:

1st: Michael Wood, 2 kings, 26.4 pounds; $3500 cash, Turbo USA Cup from Broward & Engraving

2nd: Dwayne Stewert, 1 king, 24.0 pounds; $1500 cash (Performance Nissan), Hobie Outback from Nautical Ventures; plaque from Global Fish Mounts.

3rd: Matthew Eckert, 1 blackfin tuna, 22.2 pounds; $500 cash, Hobie Revolution from Nautical Ventures, plaque from Global Fish Mounts.

4th: Kristjan Must, 1 king, 19.8l pounds; $200 cash, Costa Del Mar glasses, plaque from Global Fish Mounts.

5th: Christopher Simmons, 2 kings, 18.6 pounds; Costa Del Mar glasses, Rod & Reel (Aces Bait & Tackle)

Biggest Pelagic- Dwayne Stewert, king, 24.0 pounds
Trash Can Slam- Jay Kamensky, bonita, 19.8 pounds
Wreck the weight- Shawn Fields, amberjack, 15.6 pounds (Adrenaline Rods Custom Rod)

CALCUTTA- Josh Henson, king, 18.0 pounds $2000 cash
CALCUTTA- Matthew Eckert, tuna, 22.2 pounds $80 cash

117 kayak anglers lined up on Pompano Beach, the largest field in Extreme series history.

117 kayak anglers lined up on Pompano Beach, the largest field in Extreme series history. Photo courtesy Extreme Kayak Fishing.