The trout bite however in the 2016 DOA Tournament was pleasing. My first 6 throws produced 4 fish, all either under slot or just at slot. Not worrying about measuring them, the last one at the dock seemed to be good enough to get on the board at 16.5", at least I had an early start. The next four spots products bigger trout in consecutive order, next at 18 inches, then 19, and finally 20. Kind of crazy! At the rate I was going I figured I could at LEAST get a 30" mogan, however it didn't pan out that way. Combined with about six small snook and other "junk" fish it turned out to be a decent fishing day. If that nice redfish I mentioned about hadn't come unbuttoned, it would have been good enough for a third place finish! That's how tournament fishing goes.
Kudos to the top three fishermen for the day as follows:
1st Place: Tony Lai, scoring a beatuful slam with an impressive 81"
2nd Place: Brian Nelli, scoring another hard to get slam on tourney day
3rd Place: Thad Day, scoring a trout and redfish
The DOA Lures Paddler's Tournament is held in Stuart at the River Palm Cottages.
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