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HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby jsmoke222000 » Tue May 31, 2011 11:36 am

Well it's that time again. Cajunredfish07 & I are headed to Jacksonville Florida on Thursday for our 3rd tournament of the year. The tournament is June 9th, 10th & 11th. Weigh in for Thursday/Friday (June 9-10) is @ 3:00 pm. Weigh in for Saturday's Finale' (June 11) begins @ 2:00 pm. You can watch the weigh-in live right here on the 411.

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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby outdoorsman20 » Tue May 31, 2011 12:15 pm

good luck man.. kp me posted.. :cheers:
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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby Pole_benda » Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:57 pm

Jacksonville HT Invitational Preliminary Results
Name: Weight
1 Rue / Puckettt 11.83
2 Vallandingham / Tiernan 10.44
3 Chavis / Pope 10.33
4 Sepe / Crews 9.78
5 Barton / Barton 9.63
6 Daughdrill / Poe 9.48
7 Boone / Wiggins 9.33

8 Ritter / Abruscato 9.05
9 Steckler / Lloyd 8.97
10 White / Logan 8.94
11 Eschete / Clark 8.87
12 Oconnell / Alternate 8.47
13 Floyd / Rettig 8.45
14 Barbier / Nixon 8.36

15 Dufrene / White 6.58
16 Akin / Thompson 6.3
17 Frennette / Frennette 5.46
18 Champion / Lambert 4.47
19 Ordes / Leblanc 4.35
20 Reiser / Adams 3.1
21 Pescay / Thomason 2.61
22 Sweezy / Malone 2.15

Notes: Lake Charles Anglers
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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby Ray » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:32 pm

There are less boats than last tourny.
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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby Pole_benda » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:36 pm

No there is still 28 teams just the rest had zero
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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby Ray » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:41 am

Wow, didn't think about it like that.
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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby jsmoke222000 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:51 am

Day 2 Results

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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby jsmoke222000 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:51 am

Final Results after day 3

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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby jsmoke222000 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:01 am

We finished in 7th place & got another $2500 check.

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Re: HT Professional Redfish Series Event 3 - Jacksonville Fl

Postby jsmoke222000 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:22 am

Larry Puckett / Erik Rue (of Lake Charles) & Mike Frenette / Michael Frenette were both DQ'd after the weigh-in on day 2. Tough break for those guys. Here is what happened...

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The Lake Charles Louisiana team of Larry Puckett and Erik Rue brought in the heaviest limit of day 1, 11.83 pounds to take the lead in the 3rd tour stop of the 2011 Academy Sports + Outdoors HT Professional Redfish Series. Day 2, the fish bit better as most teams experienced better limits than day 1 provided.

However, as day 2 concluded, the leader board showed a unique storyline building, 2 teams tied for the lead but this day would end up with a lot more than just that.

Day 1's leaders, Rue/Puckett had their 2 day total of 22.04 matched by Jeff Pope and Paul Chavis' 22.04 pounds brought to the scales for 2 their 2 days of fishing.

The top 10 were announced and teams prepared for day 3 or prepared to make the trip home. In most cases 9,10 even 15 hour drives. One such team already on the highway was Bobby Abruscato and Scott Ritter. Finishing in 12th would leave no reason to hang around for day 3, or so they thought.

Erik and Larry are long time professional anglers and guides and make their home waters, Lake Charles, known for it's great fishing on the jetties. Finding a similar pattern in Jacksonville would prove both productive and eventually costly for this team.

In their home water jetties of Lake Charles there are areas that anglers can fish both Texas and Louisiana waters with either or state license, this is known as reciprocal as long as they do not enter tributaries or extensions of the waterways on either side of the jetties. Since it is hard to determine when a boat would break the "plane" of an imaginary line established by the state down the middle of a river, one would assume the same would make sense regardless of the waterway. Unfortunately as these anglers found out, what makes sense doesn't always prove to be the case for Florida boating and fishing laws.

It seems during their day of fishing, as is the norm in their home waters, Rue and Puckett fished the jetties on both the Georgia and Florida sides but did not enter the tributaries or extensions of waterways on either side, using the jetties for the "shoreline" of each. After inquiries were made to Florida Game and Fish and it was determined to be a violation of Florida state law to "break the plane" of Georgia waters and cast without a Georgia license, their catch for the day was disqualified. "We assumed it was the same as it is back home and that's our fault, it's going to be an expensive lesson", Puckett told us during our meeting with them and the Florida Game and Fish officials via phone communications. While none of their fish weighed in were caught on the Georgia side it was and is a violation of state law and the rules are clear in regards to that.

Furthermore, the Florida Game and Fish official relayed that there was a reciprocal agreement much like the one Rue/Puckett are used to in their home waters of lake Charles, but "that reciprocal agreement pertains to freshwater only well north of the point at which this team was fishing". So it was clear at this point their day 2 catch could not stand and regrettably that deduction would cost them a top 10 finish and an opportunity to compete on day 3. "Rules are rules and we unknowingly violated a rule today, I can guarantee you it won't happen again", stated an understandably frustrated Rue.

The team of Jimmy Lloyd and Jeff Steckler now finished in 10th place instead of 11th and would have a chance to compete on day 3, but this day had more turns than a Daytona 500 race. Once the violation was explained to all anglers now in the top 10 another team was quick to step up, "us too, we went to that side too and had no idea it was a violation", stated long time professional and advocate for the sport, Mike Frenette. "We too thought the reciprocating between states were the same conditions as we are familiar with and we must disqualify our catch as well". It was obvious how much this hurt as this team, in their own words, experienced our largest come back ever in a tournament.

Neither team possessed nor weighed fish caught from the Georgia side jetties but would of needed a Georgia fishing license to enable them to fish on that side of the St. Mary's river. A narrow line, a technicality, a grey area, confusing interpretations of written law, but regardless of what you call it, it was regrettable that 2 such fine days of fishing for 1 team and a major comeback by another would now be voided. Both teams displayed professionalism as well as a desire to see the rules adhered to even though, on this day, it would be them that would pay the price for rules and regulations, fairly and clearly written and in some angler's words, finally enforced, equally, for all.

The final turn/twist in the story, remember Abruscato and Ritter, already on their way back to Alabama? This team was in 12th place, when Lloyd and Steckler moved up from 11th to 10th then to 9th with Frenette's voluntary admission of the same violation that tripped up Rue/Pucett.

The official posting of the results minus penalties moved Abruscato/Ritter in to 10th. Phone calls were made and this team was re routed back to compete on day 3. Is that enough excitement for you, for one day? It was for us.
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