THE LAMBERTS TAKE THE WIN IN THE FIFTH ANNUAL SWEETHEART COUPLES TOURNAMENT!!!
The 5th annual Sweetheart Couples tournament returned to the Laishley Crab House on May 17-18th with a great turnout of 61 couples.
61 couples mingled, ate, and enjoyed themselves at the Sweetheart Couples Capt.Meeting on Friday night at Laishley Crab House. Team got a chance to see old friends, make some new ones and enjoy a great his & hers raffle loaded with great prizes.
Saturday morning our couples were greeted with a slight fog delay, but at 7:50am the first boat was released and teams scurried down the harbor in search of a legal trout and redfish to bring back to the weigh-in. At noon the scales were opened so couples could weigh-in early if they wanted. Several teams had weighed in when Paul and Lisa Lambert hit the scales with a 3.91 lb. trout and a 6.96 lb. redfish to total out at 10.87 lbs. Not to long after the Lamberts, Dave and Rachael Stephens brought their two fish to the stage. Their combined weight was 10.01 lbs., enough for a close second place. 34 couples made to the stage and weighed fish, but everyone who participated had a great time. In the individual awards, Julie Tari took home the Largest Redfish Honors with a 6.91 lb fish, while Judy Martiniuk took the Big Trout Award with a 4.38 lb seatrout.
In all everyone had a great time and everyone is looking forward to the SIXTH Annual Sweetheart Couples Tournament next year !!!
TEAM SKEETER BOATS/INGMAN MARINE WINS REDFISH SURVIVOR SERIES
After four rounds of head to head redfish competition, Team Skeeter Boats/Ingman Marine with Dan Latham, Mat Haag, and Paul Lambert edged out Team Towboat US with Kyle Potts, Brandon Buckner, and Chris Magnano by .27 lbs. to take the win and become the 2013 Redfish Survivor Series Champions!
These two teams managed to avoid each other in the first three round draws to stay alive to the finals where they met up with Team Absolut Vodka (Eric Davis, Matt Persons, Patrick McCafferty), Team Type Two (Derek Carlson, Chris Verbeeck, Jason Shimko), and Team Yellowfin Boats (Heath Seckel, Travis Tucker, and Gary McKenzie). With one of the strongest fields in any final five shootout, it was really anyone's tournament for the taking, but the crowd really wanted to see the showdown between Latham's team and Pott's team that everyone had been waiting for since round #1. Both of these teams have been on fire in the world of tournament redfishing for several years now, add in a great friendly rivalry and you have the makings of a great final day.
All five of the final teams beat three opponents in head to head competition to make it the championship round. A slip up in any of the preliminary rounds would have sent them packing, but they persevered.
Team Absolut Vodka hit the stage first with a 9.14 lb. total followed by Team Yellowfin Boats who bumped the weight to 10.13 lbs. Team Towboat US was next and set the bar high at 13.61 lb. Next was Team Type Two, who blasted through Round #3 with 14.53 lb., they were only able to put up 12.19 lb. in the final round. Finally, Team Skeeter Boats/Ingman Marine hit the scales for the final time, their first redfish was 7.08 lb. so they needed at least a 6.54 lb red to take the win. As the final fish of the event settled on the scales, the readout posted 6.80 lb., just enough to steal the win from Team Towboat US. So after four rounds and 2 weekends, Team Skeeter Boats/Ingman Marine with Dan Latham, Mat Haag, and Paul Lambert survived to the end to take home the win and a new Yamaha F115 Outboard courtesy of Yamaha Outboards and Ingman Marine. Team Skeeter Boats/Ingman Marine also had the heaviest combined weight in each of the four rounds to add $1,250 of Power Pole Captains Cash plus $1,500 of previous round winnings!
In an ironic turn of events, Team Power Pole by virtue of their 7.72 lb redfish in round #3, wins the Power Pole Monster Red Award and a Power Pole 8' Series II!