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Padrick/Smith - 2nd Place At Redfish Shootout Series Championship

by Lee Padrick, October 13, 2014

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Dwayne and I (the Redfish Guys) had the honor of fishing in the Riley Rods Redfish Shootout Series Championship, an event the top 10 teams in the series qualified to fish.  We checked out at 6:45 AM out of Fulcher Landing in Sneads Ferry, NC, and had until 4 PM to get back to the scales.

With a rising tide and relatively light SW winds, Dwayne and I went north for ~60 miles to fish.  We stopped off at our first stop, a low tide spot that usually produces a few fish.  I had a topwater blowup, and a few minutes later, Dwayne hooked up on a nice fish on a popping cork rig.  

Our next stop produced our second fish of the day, a mid-slot red that snatched Dwayne's topwater lure off of a grass bed.  The wind was increasing, but easily fishable.  We got no more bites, so we headed to our next spot, a series of remote marsh islands.  We fished three good spots, but did not have a bite.

So we headed to the back of a coastal river and fished a couple of spots.  The first stop produced a fish, but no upgrade.  We then fished a nearby creek bank and Dwayne caught a handful of fish, but we upgraded by a few ounces.  

With time getting short, we made our way to the gas pump for the ride back to Sneads Ferry.  We did not think our weight was going to be enough to win against our fellow competitors, some of the toughest in the state.

Our two-fish aggregate weighed 10.07 lbs, good enough for 2nd place, but a long way from the winning weight of Captain Mike Pedersen and Captain Lee Parsons, who weighed in 2 big fish for a total of 11.9 lbs.  Congrats to Captain Mike and Captain Lee for their championship win, and congrats to Captain Jason Dail and Captain Wayne Crisco for their 3rd place finish.

I want to thank Hook and BonesSalty Bay BaitsTemple Fork OutfittersPro-Cure Bait ScentsFins Premium SuperlinesNo Slack TackleBubba Blade, and for keeping us on the water.  And big thanks to Mike and Vickie Pedersen, Daniel Sbrocco, and all the folks involved with the Riley Rods Redfish Shootout Series for putting on a great tournament series.  

Our next event is the CCA Inside/Out Tournament on October 18th at Portside Marina in Morehead City, NC.  We are looking forward to it. - Lee

Video of our day


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