Contributed by: Jay Feimster
The final event of the 2014 Carolina Redfish Series was held at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on Saturday, September twenty-seventh. The captains’ meeting was held the previous night, with food provided by Buffalo Wild Wings of Morehead City.
A total of 19 teams competed in the final event. With tough fishing conditions of wind and higher than normal tides, it was a challenge that made the Team of the Year (TOY) title close.
The weigh-in kicked off at 4:00pm with only the 10 teams that found fish because of the weather conditions. Dwayne Smith and Lee Padrick of The Redfish Guys, with a two fish aggregate of 13.82 lbs, took the win of Event 3 as well as the title of Team of The Year. They won over $5,000 in cash and prizes, the TOY Trophy, a boat wrap from Crystal Coast Graphics, and Rigid Industries LED Lighting. Coming in 2nd place for event 3 was Team Sounds Good – Eric Jones and Sammy White, 3rd place Team Smokey Burnout – Tom Roller and John Hadley, and in 4th place was Team Tobin/Tobin – Travis Tobin and Kyle Tobin. Team Buffalo Wild Wings – Dave Bernstein and Daniel Griffee took second place in series and Team Trueline – John Hislip and Rick Patterson came in 3rd place.
Thank you to the generous sponsors that participated in making the tournament and series a success. Headline sponsors were Rigid Industries LED Lighting and Crystal Coast Graphics. Event host sponsors were PointClickFish.com, Chasin’ Tails Outdoors, Hook and Bones, Town of Swansboro, Mustang Survival, PENN, Pepsi, Power Pole, Calcutta, Aftco, TFO, Tsunami, Smith Optics, Star Rods, North Carolina Sportsman, Spider Wire, Gulp, Minn Kota, and Buffalo Wild Wings of Morehead City.
About the Redfish Guys: Lee Padrick & Dwayne Smith share a lifelong passion for fishing the shallow waters of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Lee and Dwayne are accomplished light tackle fishermen who enjoy sharing their experience and knowledge of the Crystal Coast with anglers of all skill levels. They’ve spent countless hours studying the saltwater flats to scout desired game fish, and have gained a greater understanding of the fish habitat and their predatory habits. They are active, enthusiastic tournament competitors who support catch-and-release fishing, and are committed to preservation and conservation of coastal resources. Their passion for and approach to shallow water angling is infectious and contagious.
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