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2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup Finals decided in Beaufort

Shannon and Rennie Clark at Lady’s Island Marina with the winning redfish.
Photo by Jeff Dennis

The year-long tournament series known as the Lowcountry Redfish Cup held its Finals competition in the waters around Beaufort on November 8 and 9. A series of five fishing tournaments during the year, including the Edisto Shootout in July, are prior to the finals. A cumulative point system for the two-man fishing teams will determine just who qualifies to compete in the finals, where the top prize is a brand new Shallow Sports boat!

The Lowcountry Redfish Cup (LRC) stresses conservation with every redfish weighed in alive and then released immediately afterwards. Angler teams may not possess more than two redfish in their live well at any point during the fishing day, and they must be within the legal limit of 15 to 23 inches in length. Additionally, all fishing must be done using artificial lures, with no live bait allowed.

A husband and wife team from Wilmington, North Carolina, who qualified for the LRC Finals, fished mainly with a Category Five soft plastic manic minnow in black with a chartreuse tail, and cast a Cape Lookout gold spoon to add some variety. The weather conditions on Friday, November 8, were harsh for all saltwater anglers with a 20-mile-per-hour wind and a temperature of only 40 degrees, but lady angler Shannon Clark and husband Capt. Rennie Clark were able to take the Day One lead.

On Day Two, it was Shannon Clark weighing in the largest redfish, a whopper at 5.08 pounds. Her husband Rennie also weighed in a redfish that weighed 3.11 pounds, giving them the first place winnings. The Clark’s take home a modest cash prize from the LRC and a $40,000 voucher towards a Shallow Sports boat! Butler Marine of Beaufort throws in a Wesco trailer and a Yamaha engine. Wes Hudson with Shallow Water Boats came from Texas to present the winner’s check. “My grandfather started the company in 1951, and we have been family-owned ever since,” said Hudson. “We are glad to support the Lowcountry Redfish Cup.”

“This was our first year fishing together as a team,” said Shannon Clark. “I told my husband that I would enjoy tournament fishing with him, and I’m so glad we gave it a try!” Her husband has been fishing the IFA redfish tour for years and won the Atlantic Division in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Then a drought settled in that was broken by this victory at the 2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup, which will go down in history as the first time a lady angler has been a part of the winning team!!

Finishing in second place was Team Crews Chevrolet led by Captain Reed Simmons and Ashley Lowder, both of Charleston. Third place went to Team Natural Light out of Mt. Pleasant led by Capt. Jamie Hough and Ronnie Pitts. A special Team of the Year Award went to brothers Vince and Geoffrey Payne. Tournament organizer Brian Rose reports that the 2014 tournament trail will begin with an event in Charleston, either in February or March. And you can bet that Shannon and Rennie Clark will be there!

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com