Texas Redfish Series May 2009

TSFMag Staff
Texas Redfish Series May 2009
The 2009 Cabela's Texas Redfish Series powered by Majek/Evinrude kicked off the season with a full field as harsh north wind greeted 266 anglers. Taking home the brand new Texas Redfish Series edition Majek skiff powered by an Evinrude ETEC was the team of Aaron Loomis and Gary Harvey weighing in 16.52 pounds. Grabbing second was John Hubbard and Shannon Payne, and with 0.01 of a pound less, Doug Colvin and Jeremy Turner placed third. The series will visit five Texas communities: Port Aransas, Rockport, Matagorda, Port Lavaca and Corpus Christi. Designed for anglers of all backgrounds and skill levels, the Cabela's Texas Redfish Series brings enthusiasts together for exciting one-day events where 125 two-angler teams have a chance at winning over $50,000 in cash and prizes. The format includes live weigh-in, artificial lures only, wade fishing is allowed. The entry fee per team is $400.00 per tournament, and one-in-five teams will earn prize money. The following Sunday, 95 kayakers gathered for the Cabela's Texas Kayak Series. The winds did not affect the fishing as eight of the top ten teams brought in redfish over seven pounds. Beating out 94 contestants was Tom Stubblefield who brought in a giant that tipped the scales at 8.62 lbs. Tom was fishing in a shallow lake throwing TTF spoons at reds with their backs out of the water. Tom took home a $950.00 kayak courtesy of Kokomo Kayaks in San Antonio. Second place went to Paul Martinez, Joe Peddy took third. Over 100 kayakers are expected in Rockport on April 26 for the second of four stops in the 2009 Cabela's Texas Kayak Series. During the two events, 162 redfish came to the scales. Every fish came in alive and all survived to be released by marine biologist Barrett Fines. "This is amazing," said tournament director Scot Simmons. "We usually have over 90% survive, but having every fish come in alive is truly a testament to our anglers." The Cabela's Texas Redfish Series is part of the Texas Saltwater Series tournament trail, the largest saltwater tournament trail in Texas. Coverage of the tournaments will be broadcast to 9.5 million subscribers on the Texas Saltwater Series Fishing Show on FSN Southwest (Fox Sports Southwest). Viewers can tune in every Wednesday at 6:00 AM to catch the action. The series is produced by Simrod Outdoors who also produces the Cabela's Texas Trout Series, Cabela's Texas Kayak Series and Cabela's Texas Kid's Series. For more information about the tournaments and the program, visit www.saltwaterseries.com.