The first leg of the Lowcountry Redfish Cup was fished on February 27 in Beaufort out of Dockside Restaurant. Cold and WINDY conditions greeted the two-man teams that were aiming to catch two slot-limit redfish, with the goal of keeping them alive for the weigh-in and then to release back into the estuary. The Sea Island Fishing Team of Graham Somerall and Carey Furman came up with the winning combination of legal to keep redfish that gave them first place, good for $2300, with a combined weight of 8.7-pounds. (Their first fish weighed 4.25-pounds and the second weighed 4.45-pounds) The second place team of anglers was called '2 Reds' and Shane Lather and Chuck Lather weighed two fish for a combined weight of 8.65-pounds. Coming in third place was team Reel Habit, with anglers Ricky Maldonado and Bruce Draper weighing in two fish with a combined weight of 8.4-pounds. Over forty teams competed in the first leg of the Lowcountry Redfish Cup and accumulated 'Team Points' towards the overall winner category. First place finished with 60 points, while second finished with 58 points and third finished with 56 points, and so forth. Three more Lowcountry Redfish Cup events will be held in Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston - with a 11/12/10 Championship location to be announced later.
PhotoByTuckerBlythe: Joe Pollock caught this 11-pound redfish on a rootbeer jerkshad while fishing with Grey Ghost Charters; notice the belly tag from the SCDNR tagging program. Team Grey Ghost caught several fish, but none in the 'slot' and were just one of many teams that did not get to weigh a fish at the end of the day