Team Louisiana Redfish Masters weigh in 63.37 pounds in 4-day championship
SLIDELL, La. – Sean O’Connell and Eddie Adams took home $25,000 and national bragging rights after winning the 2013 Academy Sports and Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Invitational Series championship, held Oct. 3-6 in Slidell, La.
O'Connell and Adams show off 2 of their winning fish.
O’Connell and Adams with Team Louisiana Redfish Masters finished the four-day event with a perfect limit of eight redfish weighing 63.37 pounds. The new champs held second place after the third day with 47.59 pounds, but caught 15.78 pounds on the final day to seal the victory.
On the first two days, Adams and O'Connell held third place. On the first day, they came in with 16.73 pounds and caught 15.78 pounds on the second day. They added 16.08 pounds on the third day. Taking home the top prize of $25,000.00 cash is nothing new for this team, they kicked off the 2012 season with a win on the same tour.
Taking their share of the weekend's $100,000 total awards, Judd Johnson had to go solo on day 4 as his partner, Recie Tisdale a local policeman in the Houston area was called in to work. This team took second in the championship event with eight fish weighing 62.27 pounds.
Judd Johnson, joined by his wife on day 4 qualified through the Shock Tour and made the most of it.
They held fifth place on the third day with 46.33 pounds. On the first day, they held 13th place with a 14.72-pound catch. They brought in a 16.56-pound bag on the second day and 15.05 pounds on the third day. On the final day, they landed a 15.94-pound sack.
After leading for three straight days, Erik Rue and Larry Puckett with Team Triton Boats dropped to third with eight reds weighing 61.77 pounds.On Day 1, brought in 17.39 pounds and added 16.54 pounds on the second day. On Day 3, they landed 16.19 pounds to lead with 50.12 pounds. They wrapped up their tournament with two keepers going 11.65 pounds.
Puckett and Rue lead through 3 days but slipped to 3rd place on day 4.
Taking fourth place, Fred Myers and Jake Matney with Team Power Polecaught 13.39 pounds on the final day to finish with eight keepers going 60.34 pounds. They also held fourthplace on Day 3 with 46.95 pounds. On the first day, they sat in sixth place with 16.13 pounds and brought in 16.59 pounds on Day 2. On the third day, they added 14.23 pounds.
Team Power Pole came from Panama City Florida to claim a top 5 finish.
Joey and Jesse Romero of Team Shallow Sport Boats rounded out the top five teams, finishing with a four-day tournament limit of eight redfish weighing 57.20 pounds. They caught 10.21 pounds on the final day to drop two places. They held 10th place on Day 1 with 15.22 pounds and moved into sixth place on Day 2 with 15.76 pounds. On the third day, they caught 16.01 pounds to move into third place.
Joey and Jesse Romero coming off their 40,000.00 win at the final event made another top 5 finish.
“With Tropical Storm Karen swirling in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, many of the anglers didn’t make the long runs they intented to” said Pat Malone, HT Redfish Series president and CEO. “Instead, they stayed fairly close. As it turned out, the storm broke apart and we had a beautiful day. A great turnout of fans came to see the weigh-in and everyone caught a lot of big fish.”
Three peat for Eschete and Jordan 2011, 2012 and 2013 found this team on top.
As the highest points leaders for the season, Dwayne Eschete and Clark Jordan with Team Majek Boats earned the title Anglers of the Year for the third straight year.They previously won in 2011 and 2012. In this event, they finished 12th with four redfish weighing 29.32 pounds.
As the Anglers of the Year, Dwayne and Clark won a fully rigged 22-foot Haynie bay boat package powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard motor. The package retails for $50,000.00. More to come on this great event and all of those that made it possible for now, enjoy all of the great shots of Day 4 Pics here... Please visit www.HTREDFISHSERIES.com for all the 411 on this great Series.
A beautiful Haynie Bay Boat and Mercury Pro XS 250 motor.