Team Shallow Sport Boats enjoy wire to wire victory
HOUMA, La. – Joey and Jesse Romero held off strong competition to win a wire-to-wire victory in the three-day Academy Sports and Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Invitational Series 2013 season ender, held Sept. 12-14 in Houma, La.. (photos from final day)
Running out of Falgout Marina in Theriot, La., the team representing Shallow Sport Boats landed three consecutive two-fish daily tournament limits for a total of 50.25 pounds and picked up the crucial important 200 points for the victory. They also collected $40,000 in winnings.
On Day 1, Team Romero set the pace with 17.08 pounds. On the second day, they brought in 16 pounds for a total of 33.08 pounds. They caught 17.17 pounds on the last day to secure the win. They caught most of their fish on spinnerbaits tipped with Berkley Gulp trailers.
Kevin and Cajun Phil Broussard with Team Rodsmiths took second with six spot-tails for 48.69 pounds. They moved up a notch each day, holding fourth after Day 1 with 16.08 pounds. On the second day, they caught 15.44 pounds for a total of 31.52 pounds and third place. On Day 3, Team Broussard landed 17.17 pounds, tied for the largest bag of the event with the final day catch of Team Romero to take second place.
Leading the points race coming into this tournament, Dwayne Eschete and Clark Jordan with the Majek Boats Team maintained a lock on third place, finishing with a three-day limit of six reds for 47.69 pounds. On
Day 1, they caught 15.92 pounds to hold eighth place. On the second day, they moved up six places into second by catching 16.28 pounds for a two-day total of 32.20 pounds. On the final day, Eschete and Jordan landed a 15.49-pound sack. In fourth place, Ray Malone and Ryan Sweezy finished with six fish for 47.44 pounds. On the first day, Malone and Sweezy held fifth place with 16.05 pounds. They added 15.04 pounds on the second day to maintain fifth place with 31.09 pounds. They moved up one spot after catching 16.35 pounds on the final day. They caught their fish on Rockport Rattler jigheads tipped with Hogie Swimming Shads and Strike Pro wake baits.
Paul Dufrene and Jay Cedotal with Team H2O rounded out the top five teams with six redfish going 46.77 pounds. They held 19th place on Day 1 with 14.59 pounds. On the second day, they landed 16.44 pounds for a two-day total of 31.03 pounds for seventh place. They brought in 15.74 pounds on the last day to move up two places. They caught their fish on black and chartreuse Slayer Inc. grubs with gold glitter.
“We had a great tournament,” said Pat Malone, HT Redfish Series president and CEO. “Everybody caught a lot of fish. The Louisiana marshes are some of the best redfish waters in the world. During the final weigh-in, a rain/tropical storm hit causing over an one hour delay, but the crowd at Academy hung in there and were rewarded with some great prizes from our sponsors. I thank the staff at Academy for the great job they did keeping as much of the equipment working as possible during the monsoon. I also want to thank our HT Nation volunteer drivers -- Chad Eschete and Eddie Berthelot -- who were the drivers pulling the top 10 rigs through the drive through weigh in.”
The top 35 teams from the Academy Sports and Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Invitational Series will compete for a share of $100,000 in the first HT Pro Redfish Series championship. The championship will be held Oct. 3-6, 2013 in Slidell, La. where HT3 Outdoors will crown the Team of the Year and award them the 22-foot Haynie bay boat package powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard motor. The package retails for about $50,000. For more information on the tournament, see www.theredfishseries.com.