Summer Slam delay pays off

Published June 27th, 2022 by Bernardo

Postponing the offshore kayak tournament by one day because of foul weather results in perfect conditions and big fish

By Steve Waters

The weather forecast for Extreme Kayak Fishing’s Summer Slam, which was scheduled for June 4, was dismal with extremely strong winds and rain. So tournament organizer Joe Hector wisely decided to delay the tournament by one day.


That decision resulted in gorgeous fishing conditions on Sunday and the fleet of offshore kayak anglers from as far away as New York caught lots of big blackfin tuna and kingfish.

“We made that decision on Wednesday,” said Hector, who is also the co-host of the Nautical Ventures Weekly Fisherman radio show that airs from 6-8 a.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 940 Miami and live-streams on the Nautical Ventures Facebook page.

“I said listen, we’ve got all these out-of-state guys coming and they were freaking out, I was freaking out, the weather was freaking out. So I said you know what, let’s just move it to Sunday. They were literally two opposite days.”

Longtime Summer Slam competitor James Butters won the tournament with two tuna and two kingfish weighing a total of 41.32 pounds. He won $5,000 from Fishbrain and Crown Wine and Spirits.


“It’s great to see a guy who consistently fishes and then finally gets on stage and wins,” Hector said.

Brian Nelli, another EKFT regular, was second with 31.32 pounds. He won $1,000 and a Hobie Outback kayak from Nautical Ventures Marine. 

Tobias Castillo, who had fished the EKFT tournaments as a junior angler, made his debut in the adult division a memorable one, finishing third with two kingfish weighing a total of 30.1 pounds. He won $500 from Powercore Rods and a Hobie Revolution kayak from Nautical Ventures.

Past Slam champion Robinson Rodriguez was fourth with a 28.88-pound kingfish and won $500 from Proyaker. Mike Reese was fifth at 26.56 to win $250 from Fishbrain, followed by Derrick Gunther, whose 22.26-pound tuna earned him a YETI cooler; past champ Mark Peterson, who was seventh at 22.16 to win a ProYaker Icy Catch bag; Richard Chavis at 19.96, who won a free entry for any EKFT tournament; past champ John McKroid, who was ninth at 16.76 to win a $100 Crown Wine & Spirits gift card; and Shaun Roles at 16.1.

Peterson won the $700 kingfish calcutta and Nelli won the $450 blackfin tuna calcutta. For more information and the tournament photo gallery, visit

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