Team Viking Captures Third Annual Offshore Showdown
J&T Takes Top Boat Honors
What has evolved from a fishing tournament into more of a boating rendezvous with some fishing thrown in, the Third Annual South Jersey Yacht Sales Offshore Showdown attracted families and friends to the beautiful Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey for three days of hospitality, fishing and just plain fun. The event kicked off with a Captain’s Meeting where mounds of clams, shrimp and crab fingers as well as a few cocktails were consumed as old friendships were reunited and new acquaintances were made. George Robinson III, President of South Jersey Yacht Sales, along with his staff worked diligently to put together a schedule of events and dockside hospitality that was sure to please crew members of all ages. Two days of fishing were broken up by a relaxing Lay Day where participants could partake in fun-filled dockside activities or simply stretch out by the beautiful infinity edged pool at Canyon Club Resort Marina.
The offshore weather forecast was perfect and the fishing wasn’t too bad either as numerous billfish were caught by the tournament fleet. In the end it was Team Viking edging out Team Ocean by a score of 1200 to 1037. Leading Team Viking was Mount Laurel, New Jersey’s David Johnson aboard his JT which tallied 300 points thanks to a blue marlin released by his son Tanner Johnson. Other boats contributing to Team Viking’s winning total included Wayne, Pennsylvania’s Martin Judge aboard his Judge, and Dave Anderson of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida aboard his Kray Salts who each released three white marlin, while George Robinson III’s Polarizer from Cape May, New Jersey released one white marlin to round out the top five point winners for Team Viking.
The top three point winners in the boat category for both white marlin and blue marlin all tallied 300 points each and all ties were broken by time of catch. The Most Points White Marlin award went to Dave Anderson’s Krazy Salts followed by Jamie Diller’s Canyon Lady from Stone Harbor, New Jersey in second place, while Martin Judge’s Judge finished in third place. The Most Points Blue Marlin winner was Clarksboro, New Jersey’s Gary Townsend aboard his Lori T followed by Terry Ives of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania aboard his Baroness in second place, with David Johnson’s JT finishing third.