Launch time was at 6:30am; the anglers paddled away enjoying the relative cool of the early morning. Like the rest of the contestants, Joe Komyati had a plan and a new set of tools. He had been learning all about the new Yo-Zuri “Sashimi” lures, and catching fish on them for about a month. The amazing new lures change color and sonic vibrations as you work them differently. It paid off big for Joe.
Komyati landed a total of 63.9” for his victory and the first place podium in the Classic. Komyati won the Classic on Yo-Zuri lures and will receive a special award directly from Yo-Zuri. Joe studied the tidal movements, nautical charts, and other data available to all contestants and developed his winning plan. It would seem that the new lures ring the dinner bell loud and clear. Congratulations, Joe.
Josh Maitland scored a total of 58.1” for a strong second place finish using D.O.A. paddle tails. Josh spent a couple of days pre-fishing and it paid off for him. Josh was happy with his second place finish, and we congratulate him and appreciate all of his hard work.
Chuck Statham scored a total of 55.8” total with two fish on D.O.A. paddle tails and one on a topwater. Chuck also endured a few days in the heat pre-fishing and learning the area that he was going to fish come tournament day. We congratulate Chuck on his third place finish and appreciate the competition that he brings to all of the ClassicS events.
Fourth place was taken by Jorge Fernandez, who made the trip from Miami. Jorge scored 42.5” with two fish and used D.O.A. shrimp and paddle tail lures. Jorge is always a threat and has become very proficient with D.O.A. shrimp lures. I am sure we will see more of Jorge in the East Division. Congratulations, Jorge!
Rodney Nelson took fifth place with 38.6” in two fish. Rodney scored his catches on a D.O.A. paddle tail and a top water lure. Rodney found that the fish had moved out of the location that they had been in the day before, and that of course made for a long day trying to relocate the slippery pray. Congratulations, Rodney, and I know we will see you on the winners’ podiums again.
A common thread with many of the contestants was they met with great pre-fishing success, only to find the fish had moved out on tournament day. It was like they knew, or something…
The tarpon were on the outside on tournament morning, and never really came in all day. That’s a long, long paddle with a 2:30pm weigh in time. We congratulate all of the contestants, and thank everyone for fishing the ClassicS. Next up for the Gulf Division is the Pine Island Classic. See you then, and good fishing.