New leaders on the board in the Boathouse Summer Slam Fishing Tournament

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

With three weeks down and seven to go, the Boathouse Summer Slam Fishing Tournament is weighing fish daily and new leaders on going on the board. 

One of the new leaders on the board is Hud Mathes of Fort Walton Beach with a 20.4-pounder caught aboard the Coastline Tree for first in the Red Snapper division for private boats.  

Guyver Santucci of Destin shows off his 22-pound gag grouper he caught while fishing aboard Coastline Tree.

The Summer Slam is a 10-week boat tournament, which kicked off June 1 and runs through Aug. 7, and features three main species, red snapper, gag grouper and greater amberjack. 

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The tournament is divided into federal, state and private boat divisions, as well as ladies and juniors. 

Another new leader is Kyle Mayden of Texas with a 13.6-pound grouper caught on the Lone Star for a first-place spot in Gag Grouper, state boat category. 

Hud Mathes of Fort Walton Beach shows off his red snapper caught aboard the Coastline Tree Service.

Destin’s Guyver Santucci pulled in a 22-pound gag grouper for first in the private boat category. He was fishing aboard the Coastline Tree. 

Kayla Fulford of Crestview hauled in a 12.4-pound grouper for first place in the Ladies Division. She was fishing aboard the Maximilian. 

Here are some of the other results on the board as of close on June 21: 

Kyle Mayden of Texas caught a 13.6-pound gag grouper aboard the Lone Star for a spot on the leaderboard in the Summer Slam.

Red Snapper Division: Federal boat, Into the Blue, 28.6 pounds; State, 850 Charters, 25.8 pounds; Private, Coastline Tree, 22 pounds. 

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Gag Grouper Division: Federal boat, Maximilian, 32.4 pounds; State, Lone Star, 13.6 pounds; Private, Coastline Tree, 22 pounds. 

Ladies Division: Red Snapper, Maximilan, 21.8 pounds; Gag Grouper, Maximilian, 12.4 pounds. 

Kayla Fulford of Crestview hauled in a 12.4-pound gag grouper to get on the leaderboard of the Summer Slam. She was fishing aboard the Maximilian.

Junior Division: Red Snapper, Backdown 2, 17.6 pounds; Gag Grouper, Seahorse, 11.4 pounds. 

Pounders Division: Federal, Maximilian, 858.3 pounds; State, Lone Star, 193.8 pounds; Private, Load the Wagon, 84.6 pounds. 

The scales are open daily at the Boathouse Marina from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.