Georgetown County residents Rob Beglin and Eric Gobbett won the second leg of the Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour Tournament held at the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex July 20.
The duo took first place with a two-fish limit that weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces, winning more than $29,000 in the process which consisted of a brand new Ranger boat package with a Mercury 90 4-stroke engine and $2,200 in cash.
Back during the tour stop in April, Beglin and Gobbett came in 35th place and didn’t finish with a money payout so it was a remarkable turnaround. The duo felt the heat and humidity make it tough to keep the fish they caught alive.
“That was tough,” Gobbett said. “We had to throw ice on them. You had to baby them and keep them cooled down and relaxed.”
They felt the conditions were better for them during the morning period after they cast off.
“This morning it was great,” Beglin said. “This afternoon it got slow after the tide changed. “
The second place team, Hank Edwards of Darlington and Ian Matthews of Florence, wasn’t far behind with a two-fish weight of 7.93 pounds. They took home $3,522 in cash.
Brothers Clay and Mark Gallup of Georgetown and Pawleys Island came in third place and a $2,317 cash prize with a two-fish weight of 7.85 pounds.
Anderson and Clay Jones came in eighth place on the day but caught the biggest redfish of the tournament at 4.50 pounds.
Cash payouts of a minimum of $500 were awarded to the top 12 teams. There were a total of 62 teams participating in the tournament, which Georgetown County has hosted spring and/or fall tournaments for the IFA annually since 2014.
Kayak Fishing Tour
The day after the Redfish Tour, the IFA had its Kayak Fishing Tour in Georgetown, attracting 18 anglers.
First place went to Dave Jaskiewicz of Wando, who caught a 28.75-inch redfish and a 23.5-inch trout for a total length of 52.25 inches. He won a little more than $1,500 and also had the biggest trout on the day which earned him an extra $100.
Taking second place was Steve Healey, with a 27.63-inch redfish and a 18.75-inch trout and won $455. Justin Rienerth won third place with a 29.5-inch redfish and a 16.75-inch trout and won $380.
Rigel Jessen won the Junior Angler prize. He brought in a 19-inch trout.