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Pine Island Skiff Classic - Skiff ClassicS Saltmarsh Skiffs
The daylight savings time change had anglers a bit fuzzy but not for long. They launch into the darkness and enjoyed a bit of pre-dawn fishing in the famous waters of Pine Island, Florida. The full moon had the big bull reds and snook munching their breakfast early then the trout woke up to the sunrise around 7:30am.

The Breakfast bell rang loud and the action was furious as the tide pulled out presenting some top anglers with yet another challenge of locating fish in skinny water. Some anglers really like the shallow flats and the skiffs are built for this game. The anglers were hunting a Gulf Coast Slam or inshore slam; Snook, Redfish and Trout.

Only the largest fish of each of the 3 species would count for their team score as the iAngler Tournament scoring system kept good track of all of the action. The lead changed hands several times which you saw if you were watching your online TV or visited the iAngler Tournament website.

The Skiff ClassicS payouts 80% of entry fees after PayPal processing which is nominal so the teams get a nice payday and have a lot of fun fishing in some of the most beautiful and productive waters in Florida. Pine Island is definitely fits that criteria as well as being known worldwide for huge snook.

Well the reputation is real as anglers saw and tangled with some incredible snook and redfish during the tournament. I was fortunate enough to watch a beast chase bait along a seawall at host Sandy Hook Ribs and Fish. Always a treat to see that happen looking down on top of the action. Another angler about lost his mind when a giant lady took him to school…it happens. Let’s take a look at how it all finished and who caught what.

1st Place Team Oceanic Gear Derek Engle and Eric Henson scored a total slam length of 84.5” That’s very a very solid performance indeed. Redfish 29’2” Trout 22.8” Snook 32.5”

2nd Place Team Ankle Deep Russell Jacobs and Jake Bates turned in a very respectable slam total of 68.7” Redfish 28.5” Trout 16” Snook 24.2” Russell of Jacobs Fishing had his team on huge reds and snook that were just a bit too spooky in the 5” of water on the flats.

3rd Place Team Martiniuk Richard Martiniuk and Richie Martiniuk scored a total slam of 64.3” The father and son team also gave chase on the flats as they encountered some amazing fish.

Inshore Marine Products Big Fish award went to Team Oceanic Gear with their 32.5” Snook caught on Monster 3X Shrimp…killer job for the $50 gift certificate from Inshore Marine Products and a fantastic artwork by Steve Whitlock.

Steve Whitlocks’ Estero Bay Pine Island piece is amazing and you can see his collection at

Next up for the Skiff ClassicS is the April 23 Ft. Pierce/Stuart Skiff Classic and we hope to see you there. Visit the Skiff ClassicS for additional information and registration at Brought to you by Ankona Boats, Saltmarsh Skiffs, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Steve Whitlock Game Fish Art, Inshore Marine, Railblaza View attachment 7720 View attachment 7722
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