The anglers launched at 6 am, greeted by a beautiful sunrise and a warm southern breeze. That breeze became quite hot as the day grew older and the sun more intense. Fishing was tough, and quickly showed that some anglers just were not in the right spot to score fish. Flounder and snook were everywhere except the entry list of fish for this tournament. Too bad, as some sewer lid-size flounder were caught and you just couldn’t keep the snook from attacking. They are in their spawning season, and we wanted to leave them alone.
Sign-in for the CPR weigh in ended at 2:30 pm at Bob’s Boathouse and some of the anglers were happy to come in a little early to escape the heat and intense sun. They cooled off with a nice cold beverage as the scoring began. The anglers were fishing for two redfish and two trout in this Classic, so let’s take a look at how it all went.
As mentioned, Robert Brown is on fire. He scored the event’s only four-fish limit to capture first place, in addition to winning the Biggest Fish Award. He scored 22.8” & 28.6” reds, and 16” & 16.3” trout for 83.7” and his victory in City Island. He just can’t seem to put down that Ohero rod; however, he did select a new sponsor offering. The ClassicS introduced the “Alano” series rods by Airrus this past weekend, and Brown found the hand-crafted beauty irresistible. Can’t blame him there - she’s a beauty! Congratulations, Robert, from Yo-Zuri Lures and all sponsors. We’ll see you in Pensacola on July 12.
William Lusk took second place with 56.2”: one 17.5” red, a trout at 18.8” and another trout measuring 19.9”. Lusk used a combination of DOA shrimp, Gulp® and topwaters. Nice job, William, and congratulations from all of us at the ClassicS.
Steve Coblentz finished in third place, scoring a 26.7” redfish and a 15.9” trout using MirrOlure “MirrOdine” lures for 42.7”. Steve has been doing well this year, and we hope to see him in more tournaments - it makes for some good, friendly jabbing with his brother. Great job, Steve, and congratulations from all our sponsors and Bob’s Boathouse.
David Durrance of Gainesville, FL took fourth place. David scored a 19.2” trout and a fat 23.1” trout using DOA shrimp in New Penny for 42.3”. Congratulations, David, and we will see you in Pensacola.
Dennis Matthew earned fifth place, entering two trout- 19.5” & 19.9”,caught on a gold spoon and soft plastics - for a 39.4” score. Dennis was happy to select the Intova camera as his first prize. The Intova is a pretty slick little camera with a fantastic price Check them out on our website or the Intova page. Congratulations, Dennis, and enjoy your great prizes.
Eric Henson won sixth place with two trout - 14” & 14.3” - for28.3”. Eric was all over the reds but just could not get them to chew. Eric is from Sarasota, and selected the Steve Whitlock Chart Art, which happened to be painted on a chart of Sarasota Bay. Eric wanted that particular piece of Steve Whitlock’s game fish art, and Steve said “Congratulations, Eric!”
Eric Van Gorder finished in seventh place, Gary McLearen in eighth, Sid Dobrin of Inventive Fishing finished in ninth, and Otis Coblentz finished in tenth place. Congratulations to all of you from all of our sponsors, and we thank everyone for joining us for a fun time in beautiful Sarasota.
Next up, the Kayak Fishing ClassicS will be in Pensacola, FL for the Pensacola Classic on July 12 and we invite all to join us there. The Pensacola Classic is a qualifier for the Invitational National Championship, where we will award six kayaks from Old Town, Ocean Kayak & KC Kayaks. See you there, and good fishing!