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Event 2 Yamaha Battle at Boomtown May 18-20

RESULTS:  DAY 1 2 DAY TOTALS – DAY 3 FINALS – BIG BAG – CHASE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

IMAGES:   DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3  

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Shane Pescay joined by his 2 sons to show off the awesome day 3 limit…

The 2017 Battle At Boomtown is in the books and Shane Pescay took home first place honors with an incredible 112 pounds of redfish weighed in over the period of 3 days. Each fish weighed had to measure between 16″ and 27″ long and the limit allowed per angler was 5 live fish per day. Any dead fish brought to the scales would incur a 3/4 pound penalty.

After a great captain’s dinner and meeting at Walk On’s Bistreaux and bar in downtown New Orleans the anglers launched for the first day of competition at a flooded but beautiful ramp located in Bayou Segnette State Park.

Several anglers caught good fish on day 1 but at the end of the weigh in, it was Paul Dufrene who stood atop the leaderboard at Boomtown Casinos with 36.44 pounds of live redfish. Several anglers had good limits, Pescay, White, Brady and McMullan were all within striking distance and this was setting up to be another Battle Royale. 

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Day 2 Dufrene would launch in the first spot for the last time this week. Paul’s day 1 36.44 pounds of redfish had him in the top spot after day 1 but early on day 2 he prematurely deployed his trolling motor while running across the bayou and it snapped off, changing his day dramatically. As the anglers returned to Bayou Segnette State Park after a full 8 hour day of fishing it was time to get their fish measured and head over to day 2’s weigh in, again taking place at Boomtown Casinos of New Orleans. At the conclusion of the weigh in Shane Pescay had taken the lead and not relinquish it for the remainder of the tournament.

No surprise that Alabama pro, Barnie White vaulted into second, he knows the waters of southern Louisiana as good as any local and considers them, his home waters. However, third place found Texas pro, Josh Gregory making his first cut to fish on day 3 while North Carolina pro, Barrett McMullan made his second consecutive cut in as many tournaments. Paul Dufrene fell to 5th and would have a lot of ground to make up if he wanted to content for the title of Battle At Boomtown Elite champion.

Other notables from day 2… Close again is Sarasota pro and rookie to the Elite Redfish Series, Jimmy Adams with his 2nd sixth place finish in as many tournaments just barely missing the cut again while Thomas Barlow weighed in a whopping 38.96 good enough for big bag of the tournament and a check for $1,500.00 even though Thomas failed to make the cut to fish on day 3.

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Day 3, it was obvious from the early on water updates that showed Shane Pescay had a heavy limit at 8:45 in the morning. This weigh in was going to be fun but it would not be a nail biter. Pescay was in the driver’s seat by early morning, all that was left to do was for him to mosey his way back to Bayou Segnette State Park and not risk being late. He successfully made it back and would head over to Boomtown Casinos with the rest of the top 5 for the final weigh in of the weekend. The anglers would be driven through one at a time to weigh their day 3 catch.

First up in 5th place after 2 days was Paul Dufrene, never recovering from a day without a trolling motor on day 2, Dufrene managed to move up just 1 spot and take home 2,000.00 for 4th.

Barrett McMullan was next, going out in 4th place and falling one spot to finish in 5th with 93.42 pounds. Barrett took home 1,000.00 for his 5th place finish in this 19 boat field.

Texas pro, Josh Gregory would weigh in next having gone out in 3rd place Josh would move up 1 spot and hold on the check and Check It Stik hot seat until the final angler would weigh. Josh finished in 2nd place and took home 6,500.00.

Going out in 2nd place and finishing in 3rd Alabama pro, Barnie White would weigh in just before the eventual winner. White would finish with 101.72 pounds, taking home a check for 3,500.00.  

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Pescay is a great angler and proved it, once again. “Shane caught great fish the entire weekend, he deserves this” stated 2014-2015 angler of the year, Paul Dufrene. Shane took home the top prize, a check for $15,000.00 and the 200 valuable chase for the championship points.

Shane was joined by his entire family on stage and Callie informed us, she hopes her dad uses part of the money to get her a new Mustang. Something tells us he will.

It was a great weekend with over 170 fish brought to the scales with 167 of them being released alive.

19 anglers entered the event with the winners sharing $30,000.00 in paybacks and with just 1 more event to go to determine the winner of that awesome Skeeter SX 2250 boat, Yamaha outboard, McClain trailer rig to the divisional winner.

Thank you to Fish Jefferson, Boomtown Casinos, Walk On’s Bistreaux, Sun Belt Rentals and all of those involved in making this event happen.

A very special thank you goes out to the best staff in professional redfishing, Tody, Tammy and Lawson, all of the marshals that participated and to the fans that follow the tour and it’s anglers.

Next up is the 2nd event in the Skeeter Boats Western Division taking place in Port Arthur Texas June 29-30 and July 1 where the weigh in location will be the Port Arthur Civic Center. An added bonus for this event is Saturday we will have local high school bass fishing teams hitting the stage prior to the Elite Pros on Saturday to weigh in some big Texas bass. Another first for the Elite Redfish Series… Stay tuned, more to come on the high school front! Until next time have fun and stay safe…

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