Team Southern Legacy wins Southeast Big Money Showdown

Southeast Big Money Showdown

Southeast Big Money Showdown was held on Lake Wylie

Team Southern Legacy, made up of Gerald Smith and Trey Smith, won the 2022 Southeast Big Money Showdown catfish tournament with a 2-day total weight of 142.82 pounds. They earned a cool $7500 for their efforts.

“We’d like to thank the good Lord for allowing us to do this. Big shout out to MadKatz Rods and to Peacock of SC for the shad,” said Gerald Smith.

The team took the lead on Day 1 of the 2-day tournament, which took place at Lake Wylie Nov. 18 – 19. Usually held at Lake Wateree, the tournament was moved this year due to lower-than-normal lake levels at Wateree.

The team took the lead on Day 1 with a two-fish limit that weighed 79.19 pounds, including a 47.01 pounder. Their Day 2 weight of 63.63 pounds, including a 33.74 pounder, kept them atop the leaderboard as the event concluded.

Team Hook Em Reel (Tim Schultz and Bobby Rammer) made a big push on Day 2, adding 76.10 pounds to their Day 1 weight of 63.63, making their 2-day total 139.46, good enough for second place.

Jeff Manning and Michael Paciocco of Team Reelin’ the Blues took third place with a total weight of 118.31 pounds, including a 41.5 pounder they caught on Day 1.

Click here for full results of the tournament.

Of the 74 teams that fished the event, 73 weighed in fish. Each of the top 12 teams caught more than 100 pounds. Teams 13 – 22 caught at least 90 pounds each.

Anglers can mark your calendars now for the 2023 Southeast Big Money Showdown, which will be held on Nov. 17 – 18. That event will also be held on Lake Wylie.

For more information, click here.

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