Jun 22

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McKellar takes top spot in Lake Charles, LA.

10505629_835152076502485_454360758675104679_nThe final tour stop of the regular season took place in Lake Charles, LA. as the 35 pros of the 2014 Yellowfin Elite Series looked to put the severe weather of Biloxi and the Gulf of Mexico in their rearview mirror and look forward to the well protected marshes of western Louisiana, known for yielding giant redfish.

After 2 days of competition the Super 7 making it through to day 3’s final round gathered and launched under much better early morning conditions than days 1 and 2.

The forecast even called for some sun throughout the day, which meant for the first time this entire week, the site fishermen remaining could have the advantage they had hoped for earlier in the week. One thing was for sure this would be the best day, weather wise, any of these anglers had fished under since day 1’s launch.

The weigh in would take place at the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Lk Charles where the Super 7 anglers were welcomed by good crowds, good facilities and most of all, great weather. Rock 101 was onsite with a live remote broadcast, great music and giveaways, families, friends and fans showed up, in a big way, to watch day 3 and the conclusion of the 2014 regular season. The Super 7 pulled their boats into the Academy Sports and Outdoors parking lot and positioned them up close and personal behind and to the sides of the fan’s tents.

Angler by angler they were called to bring their catch to the stage in reverse order of finish after 2 days. First up was Mystik pro, Erik Rue who proved locals don’t always have the advantage, after Erik weighed he moved up to finish in 6th place and take home $3,500.00.

Next up was 5th place finisher after 2 days, Haynie pro, Jeff Steckler. Jeff brought a whopping 34.33 pounds to the scale to vault in to the lead, but remember day 1’s dead fish? Keep that in mind as the weigh in continues with QCP pro, Jay Cedotal-Shock pro, Paul Dufrene and Grizzly pro, Todd McKellar.

Each pro that came to the stage brought in good fish, solid fish, but only one pro could top Steckler’s final day 34.33 pound weight by enough total weight to knock him off the top spot and that was the Grizzly Cooler pro, Todd McKellar. Just 1 angler remained to weigh in and it was the leader after 2 days of competition, Yamaha/Majek pro, Clark Jordan. Clark would need just 27.59 pounds on his final 5 fish limit of the week to notch his first win on the Yellowfin Elite Series Tour.

The fish were placed on the scale, Jordan was now joined on stage by McKellar and the wait was on. Tour emcee, Pat Malone to build the excitement for the fans…. “when we remove this cover if the auto locked computer read out shows 27.60 or better, Clark, you have won $25,000.00, if not Todd you have won the $25,000.00 and notched your first win ever at this level. Do you think you’ve got it Clark”, asked Malone. “I’m not sure, it’s going to be close”. “Read the scale, lock em in at… 25.64 pounds that leaves you 1.95 pounds short and that means Todd McKellar you have notched your first win on The Redfish Series Tour”….. The celebration was on!

Before a ribbon could be put on this event and a wrap on the regular season we were proud to announce that the 2014 Angler of the Year was won by a consistent Cut Off, LA pro, Paul Dufrene. Paul was brought to the stage to accept what he and others thought would be just a recognition of this accomplishment, perhaps an oversized check and perhaps a trophy.

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Shock pro, Paul Dufrene takes Angler of the Year…

That was not the case, The Redfish Series will present Paul with a beautiful custom trophy designed and created just for him by the fine folks at MTM awards, the official trophy and awards provider for the tour. The Redfish Series will also present Paul with a big over sized check with his name and accomplishment printed on it, sure to join the beautiful custom trophy in his trophy room at home. 

However, what Paul, the anglers and the fans did not expect was that The Redfish Series would present the final check of the weekend to Paul, in the amount of $10,000.00. Angler after angler commented on how legit that surprise, prize was.

It was a great time and a great way to finish off the regular season and head into the final 2 one man events of the year, both open qualifiers for 2015 and the last chance for the 2014 Elite Series anglers finishing out of the top 10 and gathering less than the 700 total points needed to qualify for the 2015 Classic Championship.

Thank you goes out to so many that helped make this event and this regular season such a success. The anglers, their families, friends and fans deserve a big shout out and a sincere thank you as without each of them, there is no tour.

 

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