The 2017 Flounder Pounder Open
The past few years the Paradise Marina Flounder Pounder Open has been a popular and successful tournament with a great deal of prize money. This year they are going over the top and doubling that prize money. “We want this to be the number one flounder pounder open in the world” Says Al Tortella owner of Paradise Marina located at Pot Nets Bayside in Long Neck, Delaware. The Flounder Pounder Open is August 18 to the 20th. With a grand prize of one hundred thousand dollars or a new 255LXF Scout with twin Yamaha 150’s from Shorts Marine. There is a third option for first place, $60,000.00 AND a brand-new 22.6 ft. Bennington Pontoon Boat! It’s equipped with a Yamaha 115 hp motor and loaded with lots of options! It has a total retail price of $56,062. With these prizes Paradise Marina and Shorts Marine are sure to host the number one flounder pounder tournament in the world. Shorts Marine in Long Neck, Delaware has been a sponsor of the event for a couple of years and this year they have partnered up with Paradise Marina to make this the biggest flounder pounder open ever. Second place is forty thousand dollars or a new twenty-two foot Bennington Pontoon Boat with a Yamaha 115 hp motor loaded with options valued over fifty-five thousand dollars. Third place is twenty thousand dollars, or a new 151 center console sportfish Scout boat with a 40 hp Yamaha motor and trailer loaded with options and valued at over nineteen thousand dollars.
The Flounder Pounder Open is a three-day tournament, anglers can pick the two days they want to fish out of the three. Each day is ten hours with weigh ins starting at 4 p.m. and you have to be back at the scales at Paradise Island no later than 6 p.m. each day. This year the rules are a little different to allow the Flounder Pounder Open participants an easier way to start their day. Instead of the traditional shotgun start, which though exciting, made it difficult for anglers in other areas to compete. This year lines are in at 7 a.m. and out by 5 p.m. each day. Anglers from Cape May to Ocean City will be able to compete in the Flounder Pounder Open since they do not have to check in the days they are fishing. The only requirement is to check in on the day they are not fishing at Paradise Island. Much easier than the shotgun daily start from the Indian River bay. This is the honor system much like the White marlin Open, which allows anglers to get to their fishing spots and get started instead of spending valuable tournament time getting to their fishing spots. Only one fish can be weighed per day, you will need to bring the heaviest flounder to the scales at the Paradise Lagoon Stage. This will save the folks at the scale time when someone shows up with a cooler full of fish, no need to weigh the little ones.
Another change to the Flounder Pounder Open this year is the addition of fourth and fifth place. “Last year everyone was competing heavily for second and third place. We decided to add a fourth and fifth place this year to increase the excitement of the Flounder Pounder Open.” .. Al Tortella owner of Paradise Marina. Fourth place is worth ten thousand dollars or a new GTI SE 130 Sea Doo which retails over eleven thousand dollars supplied by Shorts Marine. Fifth place is five thousand dollars or a new Sea Doo Spark sixty horsepower jet-ski that retails over six thousand dollars, pretty respectable prizes for fourth and fifth place. This year anglers will have five chances to get on the board and win some serious money.
There is also a Captain’s Calcutta sponsored by Coors light, that is fifty dollars per captain and payable at the captains meeting. That is held on the Thursday night before the Flounder Pounder Open at the Paradise Lagoon Bar. The two heaviest flounder will take the captain’s calcutta. There are up to eight anglers allowed per boat including the captain. Register for the Flounder Pounder Open early to save a few bucks. Registration begins August first at 8 a.m.and ends Sunday August thirteenth at 8 p.m. From August 1st to the 7th boat registration is $250, and from August 8th to the 13th it is $300. Angler registration is $100 from August 1st to the 7th and $125 from August 8th to the 13th. One angler may register their entire crew. Fifty dollars per boat registered will be donated to the Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center. LET’S POUND CANCER!
Delaware Surf Fishing is looking forward to the event and as a sponsor will be broadcasting live from the scales each day and will have live updates throughout the day of the 2017 Flounder Pounder Open. Stay tuned for more details and stories about past events. Good luck to all the participants!