Sunday, May 20, 2012

Inaugural Bohicket Marina Redfish Invitational

Capt. Reed Simmons and Ashley Lowder with winning redfish

Ryan Kennedy and Caroline Smith and top Lady Angler

Emery and Nicholas Macpherson LOVE Bohicket Marina

Congratulations to the 2012 winners
The sunsets of Bohicket Marina were on full display during the Inaugural Bohicket Redfish tourney, and it's a good thing since Tropical Storm Alberto crashed the party and largely shut down the fish bite. The top prize for the 25 two-mans competing on Saturday May 19 was for the heaviest aggregate weight for three redfish. Veteran redfish tournament team Capt. Reed Simmons and Ashley Lowder fished out of Shem Creek and weighed in just two redfish at the Wappoo Cut weigh station. Their two-fish aggregate weight (taken from two 23-inch red drum) totaled 8.7-pounds, and they were able to top a three-fish aggregate weight (of smaller reds) that were weighed in at Bohicket. Simmons told me that the Northeast wind was howling the entire time, and that despite seeing a large schools of redfish, they only enticed two slot-limit reds to eat - fishing with DOA shrimp and Mirrodines. First place paid $1200 cold cash, and the winning team also managed to wrangle in the prestigious Largest Trash Fish category as well for a ladyfish they caught. Speaking of the ladies, Ms. Whitner won both the lady angler award and the ugliest fish categories for her big dogfish. Pat Welch (of Bohicket Marina) won the most spots on a redfish category and Scotty Davis (of Lowcountry Fly Shop) won the fly fishing category. Rock-A-Billy blues, barbecue and brews followed the weigh-in on Saturday as tourney organizers made sure that their anglers had fun after the hard day of fishing was over.

To view past blog entries about the IFA Redfish Tour click here.

The 2012 Bohicket Governor'c Cup is coming up in June, and to view past blog entries from the Bohicket Billfish tourney click here.

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