Here’s how the Open Qualifier shaped up in Port Arthur. Get ready for more Elite fun during Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, which is set for Feb. 23-26 of 2017 in downtown Port Arthur:
Steve Auld moves up just 1 spot on day 2 but that’s all he needed to take his first win on the Elite Redfish Tournament Series at the Border Wars Open 2016 in Port Arthur, Texas…
What a great weekend to be in Port Arthur and congratulations to Steve Auld. Steve, Freddie Frederick and the other Elite Series anglers did a great job this past weekend under beautiful blue skies and perfect weather.
Steve took home $11,000.00 total for his 2 days of fishing, 10k for first and another 1k for having the 2nd biggest bag of the weekend in the Huk Heavy Bag promotion.
2nd place and $3,000.00 went to local, Jake Jordan for his 2 day total of 46.47 pounds of live redfish, nearly an 8 pound average! 3rd place in the event went to day 1’s leader and Elite Series touring pro, Freddy Frederick who netted a cool $4,500.00 for his 3rd place finish and for having the Huk Heavy Bag of the weekend, a 24.68 pound day 1 bag.
The top 5 rounded out with Lk Charles pro, Lee Daughdrill finishing in 4th and taking home $1,500.00 while Thomas Barlow finished in 5th place with 45.02 pounds and received a total of $1,750.00 in cash and prizes for his 5th place finish and his 3rd place Huk Heavy Bag award.
His best finish to date on the Elite Redfish Series and just 1 spot out of the money.
Great job to Chuck, it looks like he’ll end 2016 in the groove and we expect start off 2017 in the same manner.
A total of $21,750.00 was paid back with just 25 pros competing in the event, while 135 live redfish were brought to the scales with just 3 being expired after 2 days of hard fought, head to head competition. These 138 redfish weighed a total of 908.98 pounds for a 6.50 pound, per fish average.
We at the Elite Redfish Series know how important conservation and a positive environmental image is to the sponsors, anglers and fans of the Elite Redfish Series and wanted to share an unsolicited and comment made on our fan page by someone attending the weigh in.
While emceeing the weigh in it was obvious that one couple was looking very interested in and even set their lawn chairs by the Live Redfish Experience tent and tanks (which sit just off the stage) and now we know why.
What great sportsmanship and effort towards conservation. There is a lot about who I am and where I come from. My father was a 2 time appointed commissioner of TPWD. He was personal friends with the late Jack Cowan wildlife artist and founder of the CCA. Not the CCA of today the original. The one thing I listened to all my life was “contest of death”. I wish my father could see the Elite Redfish Series, a true live tournament. One man, no team, and the fish are released healthy and strong. I believe these 2 men would have supported it all the way. Thank you Pat and the anglers of the series. I relived a moment in life today. ~Alex Parker
The Elite Redfish Series will always strive and expect the anglers that fish the tour to do their part as well to protect this great sport and the outdoors that we have been entrusted with.
Finally, this weekend 10 more anglers were qualified to fish the 2017 Elite Redfish Series season. 2 of them took the time to leave us messages of appreciation and excitement to join the 2017 Elite Redfish Series field.
Dear Elite Series, it’s Jon-Paul. Had a great time fishing the Open event. You and your staff did an amazing job putting on a great event and I look forward to fishing the Elite Series next year. Thanks again and it was a pleasure to finally meet each of you. Safe travels back home. ~JPD
Dear Elite Series, I am looking forward to next year motor issues and such kept me from getting to the fish I needed this weekend but this was definitely the best event I have fished to date. See you next year on the Elite Series. ~JG
Several comments, text and emails similar to this have already come through just hours after the event, so 2017 is setting up to be another year of positive growth for the Elite Redfish Series. So stay up to date by visiting our fan page often at https://www.facebook.com/The-Elite-Redfish-Series-564608590276494.
A special thank you to the folks from the Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mid County Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram. Next up the Elite Kayak Open at Mid County Dodge. It’s going to be another great event with a lot of chatter that finally Yakers (as they are called) will be hitting the big stage with live redfish and competing for big money.
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