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Reel Addiction Crowned Champions
423.3 Pounds and $24,783
Fishing conditions are great for Friday’s Bimini Start as 350 anglers line up in hopes of winning the Rodeo’s 50th anniversary. The Isle Casino Blackjack is struck twice on Friday with Mike Schdmit on the Wet Hooker weighing a 21.0 pound Tuna and Ryan Buckley of Kim Marie weighing a 21.0 pound Kingfish. Ricky Schlee jr. on Hoo We Billin’ makes a splash at the scales with a 42.4 pound dolphin caught on a Goggle Eye drifting around 400 feet of water which would hold to be the biggest dolphin for the weekend. Frick and Frack tops the leaderboard on Friday with 222.4 pounds including 4 Kingfish and 4 Tuna followed by Blue Moon/Shameless with 205.5 pounds. The top 25 boats for the day all weighed in over 100 pounds and a tournament total of 5,052.4 pounds of fish weighed for the first day.
The wind shifted directions with a light west wind for Saturday and the fishing slowed down for several teams, but Reel Addiction used the conditions to their advantage by targeting Cobia. The team arrived a the scales with 3 Cobia, 2 Tuna, and 4 Kingfish to total 233.8 pounds for the day. This would be enough for the team to jump from their 7th place standing on Friday to 1st place with a combined total of 423.2 pounds. Reel Addiction edges Covered Up by 20.7 pounds to win the Ray Qualmann Marine Construction Championship Crown and a cash payout of $24,783. Bryce Statham of Blue Moon/Shameless also came to the scale on Saturday with an impressive catch including a 44.8 pound Kingfish which would be the heaviest fish of the weekend and bring the team a cash payout of $10,400. Mike Schdmit on the Wet Hooker brought a 2nd Blackjack to the scales with a 21.0 pound Kingfish and David Mammel claimed victory of the drift division with a $1500 payout. The Rodeo scales weighed in 3200.9 pounds for Saturday with a 2 day phenomenal combined weight of 8,253.3 pounds. Between the boat and drift divisions, the Rodeo had one of its higher payouts in recent years with a combined payout of over $78,000 split among 17 different boats and 10 different anglers in our drift division.
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