The weather cooperated and the anglers responded in force Sunday at the 7th Annual New Smyrna Beach Redfish-Trout Challenge presented by Hell's Bay at FishStock.
Eighty-eight boats vied for a total of $15,000 in cash and prizes on the final day, with former winners Bob and Bill Fisher claiming the Top Overall Boat Award with a combined total weight of 39.04 pounds of redfish and trout. Mike Marple and Rubin Diaz took second in the Overall Boat Category with a total of 35.05 pounds of fish, edging out Gary Bell, Doug White, Jason Gibson, who had 34.56 pounds.
Marple and Diaz (fishing on Boat # 9) won the Redfish Category with 24.44 pounds, while Randy Beach and Jodi Mishler (aboard Boat #45) claimed victory the Trout Category with 16.38 pounds.
Mishler also was crowned the Top Lady Angler, thanks to a massive 9.88-pound gator trout. Mishler edged Sheena Cox, who, fishing on Boat #12, had another dandy trout, an 8.6-pounder.
Carolyn Kelly was the big winner in the Young Angler category - she claimed both first and second place, thanks to two excellent fish, a 6.7-pound trout and a 5.78-pound redfish. In the Fly Category, Peter Deeks landed the largest trout, while John Turcot caught the biggest redfish on fly.
Finally, a special thanks goes out to Hell's Bay Boatworks, who provided a custom-built fish tank that allowed for the safe delivery and release of so many of the trout and redfish caught this year. They're all swimming happily back in the Mosquito Lagoon! See more release tank photos.
Final Results from the 7th Annual New Smyrna Beach Redfish-Trout Challenge at FishStock:
Top Overall Boat Awards:
1) Boat #3 (Bob and Bill Fisher) - 39.04 pounds - $1,584 (Total Winnings: $2,112)
2) Boat #9 (Mike Marple, Rubin Diaz) - 35.05 pounds - $1,232 (Total Winnings: $3,372)
3) Boat #1 (Gary Bell, Doug White, Jason Gibson) - 34.56 pounds - $704 (Total Winnings: $1,232)
1) Boat #9 (Mike Marple, Rubin Diaz) - 24.44 pounds - $880
2) Boat #3 (Bob and Bill Fisher) - 24 pounds - $528
3) Boat #40 (Patrick Preston, Randall Manders, Matt Preston, Tomy Marks) - 23.36 pounds - $352
1) Boat #45 (Randy Beach, Jodi Mishler) - 16.38 pounds - $880 (Total Winnings: $1,920)
2) Boat #1 (Gary Bell, Doug White, Jason Gibson) - 16.38 pounds - $528
3) Boat #8 (Jeremy Cook, Brian Kennedy) - 15.1 pounds - $352
Top Lady Angler:
1) Jodi Mishler (Boat #45) - 9.88-pound trout
2) Sheena Cox (Boat #12) - 8.6-pound trout
3) Debbie Brownfield (Boat #27) - 6.56-pound trout
Top Young Angler:
1) Carolyn Kelly (Boat #5) - 6.7-pound trout
2) Carolyn Kelly (Boat #5) - 5.78-pound redfish
3) Jeramiah Turcot (Boat #80) - 4.46-pound redfish
Top Fly Anglers:
Trout Category: Peter Deeks (Boat #70) - 2.08 pounds
Redfish Category: John Turcot (Boat #80) - 2.46 pounds
Redfish Category: Boat #9 (Mike Marple, Rubin Diaz) - 24.44 pounds - $1,260
Trout Category: Boat #45 (Randy Beach, Jodi Mishler) - 16.38 pounds - $1,040
Redfish Most-Spots Category: Boat #24 (Jake, Jessica and Chuck Schnebly) - 10 spots - $1,140