The Sailfish Challenge On the Docks

Photos from this year’s tournament

February 28, 2017
Seraphim, a beautiful 80-foot Merritt, checks in at the end of the day. Courtesy Endless Imagery

The Sailfish Challenge, the third tournament of the four-event Quest for the Crest series, is one of the most anticipated tournaments of its kind found anywhere in the world. Last year, 70 teams with more than 500 anglers turned out to determine the winners in what came down to a final-day shootout.

One of the most popular features of the Sailfish Challenge is its three-inlet format. Teams can fish from Government Cut in Miami, Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach or Lake Worth Inlet in West Palm Beach, Florida. The sailfish bite can turn on anywhere along this stretch of the coast, and this gives participating teams the ability to be right in the action when it does.

The 2017 event was held February 22 to 26, 2017, and featured outstanding weather and strong competition, with 64 boats releasing 219 sailfish during the tournament. Miss Britt, captained by Miami veteran skipper Ray Rosher, led the way with 16 sailfish releases, which was good for first place. Advanced Roofing/Sailsmen took home second place with eight sails, while Crescendo was third, also with eight sailfish releases.

captains meeting
The staff kept everyone well-supplied during the captain’s meeting. Courtesy Endless Imagery
absolut joy
Absolut Joy turns in their scorecards. Courtesy Endless Imagery
Like a fine race horse, Seraphim gets a washdown on the way home. Courtesy Endless Imagery
trust fun
Trust Fun wraps up the first day of tournament action. Courtesy Endless Imagery
weez in the keys
One of the top Miami boats, Weez in the Keys, returns to the dock. Courtesy Endless Imagery
bar south
BAR South has already one a Quest for the Crest series title. Courtesy Endless Imagery
De-Bait-Able heads home. Courtesy Endless Imagery
Sandman heads in. Courtesy Endless Imagery
the edge
The Edge, always a dangerous team. Courtesy Endless Imagery
HellREYzer, looking good after a day offshore. Courtesy Endless Imagery
irish twin
Tournament fishing is all about fun and camaraderie, and Irish Twin has the spirit. Courtesy Endless Imagery
Skipjac had a good day. Courtesy Endless Imagery
miss britt
It’s champagne time for Stephanie Choate and Miss Britt after Day One. Courtesy Endless Imagery
no problem
Wahoo is on the menu for No Problem. Courtesy Endless Imagery

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