Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Showtime! with an exclamation point

It was a good season for sailfish and for a boat named Showtime!, as Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.

Just like the musical Oklahoma!, the sport fishing boat Showtime! has an exclamation point at the end of her name.   And for good reason.  In the season just ended, Showtime! finished first in three of the five Treasure Coast sailfish tournaments.   That was a repeat of the season before.   On January 19th, her team released 11 sailfish from 13 bites to win the Sailfish Point Yacht Club Invitational, the final event of our season.  The captain of the sleek 62-footer built by Paul Spencer Yachts of North Carolina was Wink Doerzbacher.  Two of the four anglers were the boat’s owners Fred and Nancy Hardwick of Sailfish Point, on the ocean side of Stuart, the “Sailfish Capital of the World.”  Earlier in the season just ended, Showtime! won the Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic and the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational.   Strong winds from the north pushed the fish the sailfish feed on down into what is known as “sailfish alley.”  The anglers had to deal with rough weather.  On one day, seas were 12 feet, rain poured down and visibility was close to zero.  All the sailfish caught had to be released.  Which is not a shame.  As beautiful as they are, sailfish are not good eating – at least not to us.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.