Hailing from Miami, Teixidor follows the Kayak Fishing ClassicS Saltwater Tournament Series, and has won almost every podium position, except the elusive number one, until this tournament. He and his fishing partner, Johnathan Ross (who placed second in the event), needed a bigger SUV to get all the booty home they both won.
The anglers were fishing for tarpon, snook & redfish on fly and artificial lures. Pre-fishing began on Thursday, with many contestants hooking up on nice reds and snook. Tarpon proved to be elusive until the curtain went up on tournament day. You know how they like to make a grand entrance - I guess if you’re “The King” you can do that.
Andrew Reschke placed third and did well but neither he, fourth place finisher Rick Klosicki, nor fifth place angler Joe Lineberry could get in touch with a tarpon. Many anglers hooked up, to be teased with a series of violent head shakes and jumps, followed by slack line. Time and time again the mighty tarpon proved why it is called the “Silver King”. The King was not the only one jumping for joy, as the top five finishers in the 10,000 Islands Classic split nearly $10,000 in sponsor gear prizes, and were well schooled by the tarpon.
Michael Teixidor scored a snook and a red for a total of 51.6”. Johnathan Ross measured a snook and a red for a total of 49.”. Johnathan scored a 33.8” snook and won the Bending Branches Big Fish Award, which earned him one of the recently developed new paddles for 2012. Andrew Reschke weighed in with a slam measuring 45.1” to mark his return to the ClassicS. Series Leader Rick Klosicki scored a 19.2” snook & an 18.8” redfish for a total of 38” inches to retain the top notch in the series - but as expected the competition remains very close. Joe Lineberry scored a total of 35.1” to capture fifth place. Otis Coblentz won the RAILBLAZA Action Photo Award with a nifty video of a snook release. The photo can be seen on the KFC website.
The Everglades and 10,000 Islands area is fantastic and you should really try it out. Bring plenty of bug spray, as chewers are thick in the morning. We will be back again next year for sure. The Seafood Depot Restaurant is a great place to eat and visit while you are there. The excellent food and service are complimented by the on-the-water view. Contestants stayed at the Port of the Islands Resort just a few miles away, and we can recommend you do the same. The resort also has its own marina, and yes, the tarpon were jumping all over the place and just plain showing off.