Dwayne Smith and Lee Padrick won the N.C. Spring Redfish Shootout on May 11 out of Sneads Ferry with a pair of redfish that weighed 11.89 pounds.

Padrick said they ran about 15 miles to an area where they had seen a bunch of fish the day before, however, something wasn't quite right, and the fish were spooky and not feeding. Smith and Padrick fished various Gulp! baits slowly on weedless swimbait hooks, occasionally letting them flutter to the bottom and dead-sticking the baits. The technique and a bushel of patience helped them coax five reds into biting. Their largest redfish weighed 6.29 pounds.

 

With no redfish tour events scheduled for anywhere on the North Carolina coast this year, Capt. Mike Pedersen of No Excuses Charters and John Moore of Hook and Bones Accessories organized this tournament, which they ran out of the recently refurbished NCWRC access area at Fulcher's Landing in Sneads Ferry. Participants brought in their two largest slot-size redfish, which were weighed  and released alive. 

 

John Moore and Todd Matthews were almost a pound behind in the aggregate weight and finished second with a pair of redfish that weighed 10.96 pounds. However, one of their fish was just a little heavier at 6.36 pounds and they won the big-fishpot, plus a pair of custom Loki redfish rods by Capt Mike Pedersen. Allen Jernigan and Tim Chavez finished third with 5.53 pounds.

 

OTHER TOURNAMENTS 

Reelin' for Research Tourney, Morehead City, May 3-4. 

1. Sensation (Capt. Dale Britt, Allen Oakley, Thomas Gore, Courtney Friesman, Drayton Calmes, Ben Lovelace and Graham McNeil), 25.0 pounds; 2. Run Off (Capt. Brian Harrington, Chris Coley, Jody Gordon, Wayne Perini, Tom Flanagan and Barrett Hagen), 24.3. Big fish: Shelton Griffin (Dancin' Outlaw), 12.8. Top Lady Angler: Sheree Lynn (Nakota), 10.2.

 

Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, May 1-4.

1. Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club, 56 points; 2. Team Advance Fishing, 51; 3. Delaware Mobile Surf Fishers, 40. 1st Session: Delaware Mobile Surf Fishers; 2nd Session: Surfside Anglers; 3rd Session: Raleigh Salt Water Sportfishing Club; 4th Session: Ridge Anglers. Largest Fish (male): John Bryant, 32 ¾ inches. Largest Fish (lady): Susan Anderson, 18 ½ inches. Most Fish (male): Steve Wray, 9. Most Fish (lady): Cheryl Johnson, 8.

 

Rebel Pier King Tournament, Ocean Crest Pier, Oak Island, May 4-5.

1. Annette Williamson, 1-10 bluefish; 2. Chase, 0-13 blefish; 3. Robbie Floyd, 0-10 bluefish.