Kitchen Pass tops leaderboard in Boathouse Summer Slam Fishing Tournament with big red snapper
After the end of the first week of the Boathouse Summer Slam Fishing Tournament, Capt. Travis Ream of the Kitchen Pass leads the Red Snapper Division with a 24.2-pounder.
The Summer Slam is a 10-week tournament, which kicked off June 1 and runs through Aug. 7. The tournament features three main species, red snapper, gag grouper and greater amberjack.
This is a boat tournament and is divided by federal, state and private entries.
The angler reeling in the snapper on the Kitchen Pass was Austin Mitchell of Tennessee.
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Federally permitted boats started catching red snapper on June 1, while the snapper season for state boats and other recreational boats begins June 17 in state waters. State waters is from shore out to nine nautical miles.
With 27 boats registered as of June 7, event coordinator Amber Helton expects that number to grow the closer it gets to the opening of red snapper in state waters.
In the meantime, 82 fish have been recorded.
In the Grouper Division, the Maximilian with Capt. Chris Fulford at the helm leads the federal boats with a 32.4 pounder caught by Wyatt Cain of Alabama. The largest on a state boat is a 10.4 pounder on the Lone Star, reeled in by Will Keough of Texas. Leading the private boats is Renegade with a 19 pounder caught by Graham Andrews of Destin.
In the Ladies Division, Maximilian leads the red snapper with a 21.8-pound fish caught by Jackie Sheeren of Texas.
In the Juniors, the boat Black Diamond tops the red snapper category with a 15.8 pounder caught by Kaydence Fontenot of Destin. The Seahorse has the largest gag grouper, a 11.4 pounder.
In the Pounders Division, which is a tournament aggregate of fish, Maximilian leads the federal boats with 380.6 pounds of fish. Lone Star tops the state boats with 10.4 pounds and Load the Wagon leads the private boats with 26.2 pounds.
There is still time to register for the tournament. Boats can enter the tournament anytime throughout the 10-week event. However, they must be registered the day before they fish and plan to weigh in.
The scales for the Summer Slam are open daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Boathouse.
For more information about fishing the Summer Slam or to enter contact, Helton at firstname.lastname@example.org.