BNA Marine pro, Lance Reynolds wins Major!
Lance Reynolds completes the deal. After several top 10 and multiple top 5 finishes the Mississippi Major was a chance for Reynolds to break out and take home the hardware, a $75,000.00 top prize and the 400 first place points in this the only “major” event of the 2015 season.
After falling just 7/100ths of a pound short at the 2015 Kick Off Classic and finishing 2nd, this win obviously meant a lot to Lance. Being presented the champion’s trophy by good friend and former NFL tight end turned professional angler, Nicky Savoie who finished 2nd.
After hearing an emotional tribute by Lance to his grandpa and parents in his victory/acceptance address to the fans, fellow anglers and family that was in attendance, Nicky put the punctuation on the event by stating “if I had won this event and stole that thunder and caused folks to never hear what that boy just said, I couldn’t live with myself, today, I’m good with 2nd”.
There wasn’t a dry eye in attendance at the conclusion of this weigh in proving there may be some big ole tough boys on this tour but they have just as big and soft hearts as well. What a fabulous event with a little bit of everything.
Lance picked a great time to win his first event on tour, this event was the season’s only major and this meant Lance would receive the 21′ Yellowfin Hybrid with the 250 Yamaha on it, 400 valuable angler of the year points and a memory that will last him, we are sure, a lifetime.
However this was not a winner take all event, quite the contrary, 2nd place’s Nicky Savoie took home $12,500.00 in cash while 3rd place finisher Shane Pescay netted a check for $11,000.00. Fourth place found Travis Land taking home a check for $10,000.00 and rounding out the top 5, 2014 Angler of the Year Paul Dufrene took home $5,000.00. Each angler in the top 10 made a check, $3,500.00, $3,000.00, $2800.00, $2600.00 and finally $2,500.00 for 10th place. In addition to the paybacks, there was another $12,500.00 handed out in big bag of the week awards. Failing to make the cut but not failing to cash in, Rockport Rattler pro Kevin Broussard claimed $6,000.00 of the big bag money with his day one 3 fish limit of 28.37 pounds. Cash and prizes for this event topped the $145,000.00 mark, the largest single event payback in professional redfishing history.
What a tremendous weekend made all the better by the host facility, The Island View Casino and Hotel and the team of John Carter (and his staff) and Rob Lynch, the driving force behind The Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show and several other large format events.
The Island View Casino and Hotel went far above and beyond anything that has ever been done for anglers competing in a series like The Yellowfin Elite Series.
Each angler was given their own room for the 4 days of the event, a tremendous captain’s dinner, a dedicated and security patrolled parking lot for their rigs and several other niceties that had each angler asking the question, “are we coming back next year”? To which our quick response was, “if they’ll have us back, we’ll be here, you can bet on that”.
As is the norm the weather came and did it’s best to blow us away but a quick thinking and ever active crew kept both the equipment and anglers safe in horrid conditions. This staff, the anglers, their families, friends and fans are really what makes this series Elite. Thank you to Island View for having us we hope you benefit from and found the investment our tour and anglers made to your facility and community equal to the one you made to us and ours. It was a great event and we as a tour and our anglers are already planning for next year, we hope you too will be all in.
A special thanks goes out once again to Sun Belt Rentals, the official power provider of The Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series and to Paul LaFleur and is crew with Sunbelt Rentals Store out of Ocean Springs. This would not have been possible without Thomas Hoge and crew with Sunbelt Rentals Pump and Power Store of Mobile, AL. Thank you fellas for keeping the angler’s rigs charged and ready to go, they have nothing but glowing remarks about your efforts.
Next up is the Leeville Open, where anyone can sign up and go head to head in this one angler per boat, 5 fish limit event. Stay tuned and get signed up as July will be upon us before we know it. Until then this is your host, Pat Malone saying, we look forward to seeing soon either on the water or on the web… Blessings!