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what a day!

Tony and I had a blast seeing everyone again and competing in another great event. We fished a South shorline all day long. We made our run first thing in the morning to a proven stretch of shoreline that runs for about amile. We started on the Eastern end of it and made it last 8 hours. Thank goodness for the POWERPOLE. I don't think we could have fished today without it.

We managed one redfish at around 10:30 on a Gold on Gold Capt. Mikes spoon. The fish was just under 3lbs and was good enough for a 9th place finish. We also managed to catch several trout with one being right at 22" and good enough for a 3rd place finish in the Trout Calcutta. It was a tough bite for us. We had four bites and four fish.

Great time seeing everyone and a HUGE thanks to all of our sponsors. The weigh in was a lot of fun.

We'll see you guy's in Panama City at the end of the month!!
 

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: 16pt">Here is the Tournament Summary (Below). As bad as the weather was there was still a great turnout and some good fish weighed. </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: 16pt"></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: 16pt">Enjoy. </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: 16pt">--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-size: 16pt">[/b]</p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-size: 16pt">ECRC Third Stop<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> North Light Yacht Club<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Niceville <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place> <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>[/b]</p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Upon arriving at the boat ramp I was amazed at the teams that were already there, launched and ready to fish.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> The weather would have been challenged to any worse than it was, and there were still 26 teams that were in attendance and not bothered by the high winds and possible thunderstorms in the forecast.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Most all teams sought sheltered water on the leeside of some form of land mass, so almost all teams focused on the south side of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Choctawhatchee Bay </st1:placeName></st1:place>from Destin to Hog Town Bayou.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> There were even a few teams that made the long run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Panama City</st1:City></st1:place>. </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">At the end of the day the team of Miles Hicks and Bryant Eubanks came to the scales with a brace in their bag that scaled <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">8.93 lbs[/b] and place them soundly into 3<SUP>rd</SUP> place.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Just a few ounces in front of them were the Team of Mike Klinger and Robert Lawson with a pair of very nice Redfish that ran the scales up to <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">9.09 lbs[/b] which edged Mike and Robert into <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">2<SUP>nd</SUP> Place</st1:address></st1:Street>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> After a long run to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Panama City</st1:City></st1:place> in some really rough conditions the Team of Fred Myers and Darren Midyette brought the heaviest bag to the scales which weighed <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">12.70 lbs[/b].<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Fred and Darren made the long hard run pay off and clinched the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">1<SUP>st</SUP> Place</st1:address></st1:Street> finish, on a day that many anglers wouldn?t have launched the boat.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Congrats to Fred and Darren on an Outstanding performance.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The weigh in location was hosted by North Light Yacht Club in Niceville <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Florida</st1:place></st1:State>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> The North Light facility and amenities were simply Amazing and a pleasure to be involved with.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> The Staff of North Light was as receiving as well as professional as could have possibly been wished for by the ECRC Teams.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> If you have never seen the North Light Marina you owe yourself the honor, give Therese VanGogh a call at 850-678-2350 and schedule a tour that you want regret.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> North Light Marina is a wonderful place to be located.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Very Special Thanks to Blackfyn Customs and Coastal Angler Magazine for braving the elements and participating in the event as well.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Both Blackfyn Customs and Coastal Angler Magazine are a very important part of the ECRC. </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Overall, the level of Competitiveness, Enthusiasm, Fellowship and Tenacity that was demonstrated by the ECRC Teams that fished this tournament would be hard to match anywhere, and it was done with Concern for Safety on the behalf of each Team that fished.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> There was one boat that didn?t make it back due to the high winds and rough seas, and every team made an effort to assure that the missing team was located and safe, which was the case.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Being a part of this event was truly a pleasure and something that sets the standard for other Inshore Tournament Series? to strive for.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Next Stop May 22, in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Panama City Beach</st1:City> <st1:State w:st="on">Florida</st1:State></st1:place>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Come out and see the ECRC, you can expect, Cool People, Great Anglers and a Big Time. </p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Curtis Gilbert</p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Emerald Coast Redfish Club</p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B 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It was a helluva day for us, ran to West Bay and got our tails handed to us on the way in. Foggy just about all day and cleared out in time for weight ins. Thanks again to Jimmy, Curtis and all the people at North Light. It was a pleasure seeing everyone again. Some dude was walking around telling everyone his buddy the "Mogan Man" was suppose to be there but I think I left before he arrived. See yall in PC...man Im looking forward to that tournament.
 
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