The 2013 SKA Small Boat Championship Title warranted quite the weight for the first place team.
Jacksonville Beach, Florida’s Ron Roberson and Sean McCarter fishing on Oceanview, Ron’s 23’ Mercury powered Fountain, have qualified in Division 5 and fished the Championship for the past several years. They have caught a lot of fish at the Nationals, but nothing that they carried up the steps to the championship’s scales. This year was a different story as Ron hoisted a 54.15 and a 45.71 pound kingfish up the steps to the Golden Nugget’s stage. Their 99.86 pound two fish aggregate earned them the 2013 Small Boat Championship title and the Mercury outboard powered Onslow Bay boat riding on a Loadmaster trailer valued at over $45,000 that was awarded to the Small Boat Champions.
2013 SKA SMALL BOAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
1. OCEANVIEW 54.15……45.71……99.86
Fountain / Mercury
2. STRIKE TWO 47.75……34.92……82.67
Onslow Bay / Mercury
3. A SALT WEAPON 48.24……32.61……80.85
Contender / Yamaha
About The Southern Kingfish Association:
The Southern Kingfish Association, LLC (SKA) was founded in 1991 and has emerged as the world’s largest saltwater tournament organization. The SKA produces or sanctions fifty events in 10 regional divisions each year. The king mackerel is relatively easy to catch, especially in school size, while the larger kings require skill and patience. Equally beneficial is their abundance, due to sound fisheries management and strong conservation practices among the anglers. King mackerel migrate along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Louisiana. The SKA tournament trail annually follows this pattern. For more information, visit www.fishska.com or give us a call in Saint Augustine at 904-819-0360