Sunday, September 29, 2013

2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup - Charleston / Round Four

Team Reel Habit WIN the LRC in Charleston - Congrats!
Second place and youth angler for Team Alderman
The fourth and final round in the 2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup was fished in sunny and windy conditions on Saturday September 28. Of the 38 two-man teams in the competition, only 18 managed to weigh-in their two-fish limit, while a total of 24 teams weighed in at least one redfish. The fourth round of the LRC takes the series into the 'playoffs' phase where the Top 15 teams in the points standings will face off over two days in November with the top team taking home a new Shallow Sports boat! The Charleston event was won by Team Reel Habit with anglers Bruce Draper and Ricky Maldonado, who weighed in a two-redfish bag that went 9-pounds and 13-ounces. Maldonado's redfish was 22 3/4-inches in length and weighed 5.04-pounds. This redfish also took home the biggest redfish prize, and any redfish under the slot limit weighing over 5-pounds is said to be RARE, and perhaps the perfect fish to catch on a tourney day. By the way, the LRC is a catch and release tourney with all redfish weighed live and then released, this time right into Shem Creek after the weigh-in at Red's Icehouse. Draper and Maldonado made a one-hour run from Shem Creek to fish in the North Edisto River where the NE wind was blowing a steady 15 miles per hour, making the water muddy. They caught their redfish near low tide using 4-inch Gulp sugar spice shrimp rigged with a Slayer 4-ought sinister hook. Team Reel Habit took home their first win in the LRC after four years of competition taking home $4300, which compliments their win at the 2012 IFA Tour event in Savannah. Second place went to Team Alderman with Geer Alderman winning youth angler. Third place went to Team Monster and fourth place went to Team Ram.
Team Monster with their scary third place redfish

To view past blog entires about the Lowcountry Redfish Cup click here.

Team Ram Trucks take fourth place

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