The Southern Kingfish Association 2005 National Championship, originally scheduled for Biloxi, Mississippi on November 17 to 19, then relocated to Ft. Pierce, Florida on the same dates, has been postponed and rescheduled for April, 2006, but remains in Ft. Pierce.The event, which was relocated to Ft. Pierce after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi coast earlier this year, was victimized again by weather, when a rapidly moving cold front and low pressure cell converged on the central Florida east coast late last week.
The plans for the rescheduled event are not yet complete, but involve holding the tournament in conjunction with a pair of SKA tournaments scheduled for Ft. Pierce on April 20-22, which is the week following Easter.
“These fronts have a history of stalling out before they get this far and we were hoping that would be the case again,” SKA Managing Partner Jack Holmes announced to the crowd of over 1,000 fishermen at the Captain’s Meeting held at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time and we are cancelling tomorrow’s (Friday) fishing. A decision will be made by 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning regarding fishing on Saturday.”
After an early Friday morning meeting with representatives from the Ft. Pierce Coast Guard, city officials from Ft. Pierce and the board of directors of the SKA, the decision was made to postpone the tournament until April.
Once the details are finalized, qualified participants will receive a package outlining them through the mail. They will also be posted on the SKA website at www.fishska.com.
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