The damage, however, had been done. The gulf water temperatures dropped from the mid 70’s to a lethargic 66 degrees. The fish just can’t get a break with the water temperatures warming and cooling over the past month. It will improve…really it will.
The anglers in the Classic were watching huge redfish schooling but not eating and the big trout were in hiding, looking for a fast ride to the Bahamas for some warm R & R. Just a few miles away, other anglers were catching fish in the protected waters of Tampa Bay where water temps were in the mid 70’s. One thing is for sure -- this tournament put the anglers' skills to the test. Let’s take a look at how it all played out.
From left to right on the photo:
1st Place Olin Satterfield 4 fish 71.6” total
2nd Place William Lusk 3 fish 54.9” total
3rd Place Robert Brown 3 fish 52.6 “total
4th Place Otis Coblentz 2 fish 36.4” total
5th Place David 2 fish 34.4” total
Bending Branches Big Ole Fish was won by William Lusk: 24.2” redfish
ClassicS Masters Calcutta Cash was won by Olin Satterfield, William Lusk and Robert Brown.
With this win, Olin Satterfield has positioned himself nicely in a very tight race for the divisional Angler of the Year title. Time and fish catch will tell. Next up is the Estero Bay Classic scheduled for May 20th. We wish to thank Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant for hosting the event with some great eats and of course all of our amazing sponsors.
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See you on the water…