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The third event of the Team SeaTow Elite Redfish Challenge 2014, organized by Capt'n Danny Allen, is in Cedar Key this weekend. The event is expected to bring in a large number of anglers and their boats from around the state.
Allen, the Cedar Key Beacon's fishing columnist, is holding the event for the second time. The final event in the series will be Aug. 23 in Steinhatchee. Events have already been held at Steinhatchee and Homosassa.
The event is in Cedar Key, boat launch is at the CK marina and the weigh in is on the Deck at The Big Deck Raw Bar just a few steps away from the ramp.
Allen's assessment of this weekend's tournament: “The fish have been biting and the guys should do well. Don't miss it.”
The Elite Redfish Challenge is in ways like other pro redfish events, but different in many ways due to being local business driven.
Each team or one man team has to have two legal redfish to win. Based on 20 boats there will be 5 places paid. If registration drops under 20 boats the 5th and the 4th place will drop and the other places will decrease.
The payout break down will then go to a simple 60 percent, 30 percent, 10 percent split.
As the tournament organizers weigh in teams bags, they will keep track of the biggest redfish of the day, "The Toad Of The Tournament." This earns cash and a set of Tailin' Toads fishing gloves for the team.
The most unique challenge of the ERC is the Scoggins Chevrolet Challenge pot. The rules are simple: At the check-in in the a.m. organizers will draw a number between 19 and 24. This is the challenge number for that event only. The team or person that brings in a redfish matching that number will win.Scoggins Chevrolet Challenge Money. If there is a tie it will be broken by weight.
The tournament also has Anglers Rewards Cash. Seatow members ― and the angler must be a member from start to end ― with the most pounds at the end of the season will receive $400. Next is the Lanigans Lunker the team with the largest redfish caught for the season will receive $200.
At the registration anglers pay a $50 yearly competition fee for the team.
At the end of the season the team with the most pounds total will win $1,500 in cash and a $500 power pole voucher and an IFA redfish tour free entry fee voucher and also two pairs of Costa sunglasses and two Quantum spinning reels to go with their coveted Team Of The Year Trophies.