First Light moves into top spot with big red snapper in Summer Slam

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

After four weeks of fishing in the Boathouse Summer Slam tournament, there’s a new leader on the board. 

Capt. Steve Haeusler and crew on the First Light brought in a 27.6-pound red snapper June 23 to take first place in the federal boat category in the red snapper division. 

The First Light is now leading on the board in the Summer Slam for federal boats with this 27.6-pound red snapper caught June 23 by this angler from Alabama.

The Summer Slam is a 10-week boat tournament with three eligible species: red snapper, gag grouper and amberjack. The boats are separated by federal, state and private. The tournament also has a “pounders” division in which registered boats can weigh their one-person bag limit per trip to keep a running tally of weight throughout the tournament. There is also a Ladies and Juniors Division.    

The others in the red snapper division remain the same, with Alibi leading the state boats with a 26.4-pounder and Angler tops in the private boats with a 24.2-pounder. 

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In the gag grouper division, Capt. Robert Hill of the Twilight leads the federal boats with a 45.2-pound gag. The Just Reel leads the state boats with a 9.8-pounder and Fifty Fifty leads the private boats with a 29-pounder. 

In the pounder’s division, the numbers continue to go up. The Twilight leads the federal boats with 1,286.4 pounds of fish, OSeaD leads the state boats with 423.2 pounds and Fifty Fifty tops the private boats with 264.8 pounds. 

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In the Ladies Division, Kitchen Pass has the top red snapper at 18 pounds, and Twilight has the leading gag grouper at 36 pounds. 

In the Juniors Division, Twilight has the top spot in red snapper with a 20.6-pounder. Reel Chill has the top gag grouper at 15.8 pounds. 

The Summer Slam goes through Aug. 8. The scales are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boathouse on Destin harbor.