SALT Pro Redfish tourney successful despite poor conditions
Last updated 5/2/2023 at 6:35pm
The second event in the SALT Pro Redfish series took place this past weekend under less than ideal conditions. While most local fishermen stayed at the house cutting grass or taking care of other chores 28 teams decided to brave the high winds and take a shot at cashing a check from the 7000.00 prize pot. High water and winds hampered many teams but there were still some very solid stringers weighed. 23 of the 28 teams weighed in at least one fish and all of those fish were weighed in alive which is a fantastic stat.
Brian Quebedeaux and Eddie Roberts took home the first place check with a 3 fish total of 23.10lbs. Coming in second place only .02 lbs behind the leaders with 23.08lbs was Michael Fesco. Daniel Duong and Roland Brown continue to stay near the top of the leader board, after winning the first event, by posting a solid 22.44lbs which was good enough for 3rd place. Rounding out the teams who cashed a check were Jeremy and Hunter Reeves with 21.07lbs to secure 4th place.
All of the anglers in the field are hoping to qualify for not only the Team of the Year but also the championship event. The Team of the Year will be announced after the 3rd event which will be held on May 13th. The Championship event will take place on June 24th. The top 20 plus teams who weighed in a fish at every event will be eligible for the Championship. After 2 events Daniel Duong and Roland brown lead the TOY chase followed by Michael Fesco and Holden Ashworth in 2nd with Jeremy and Hunter Reeves not far back in 3rd. The next event will certainly be interesting as everything is still up for grabs.
For the rest of the local anglers things appear to be on the upswing here on Sabine as the bite has picked up considerably. There have been some solid catches of speckled trout for folks drifting the rocks on both the north and south end of the lake. The bite down on the jetties should start to pick up as the weather becomes more favorable and the constant winds begin to lay down and resemble a more summer like pattern. Swim baits and soft plastics have been the most consistent producers and those who have been able to find live bait have been catching solid numbers as well. With any help from the weather man or Mother Nature the prospects for some much more consistent fishing will do nothing but improve as we continue to head for the summer months.