USA. Ray Chagnard, and Edward Adams win Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series event in Cocodrie

Sunday, 01 July 2007

Ray Chagnard, and Edward Adams, both of Metairie, La., , caught a six-redfish total weighing 48 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Western Divisions event in Cocodrie, La. The top prize of $50,000 included a $12,500 Ranger bonus and a $12,500 Evinrude bonus.

“It just feels unbelievable,” said Chagnard, who already has one Redfish Series win under his belt. “If you ever lose this type of feeling, that’s when you should stop fishing. We really took a gamble today. On a last minute decision we decided to make a 110 mile run that would take us through a few flood gates and locks. Luckily, we made it through all of them and it was the right move to make. It was a little nerve racking not knowing if we were going to be able to get through all the locks and gates and then back through them again on the way to the weigh-in, but the decision paid off.”

The team was throwing H&H Secret Spoons, targeting redfish in grass in about 15 to 18 inches of water.

Rounding out the top five teams are James Lloyd, of Deer Park, Texas, and John Lloyd, of Pasadena, Texas (six redfish, 46 pounds, 13 ounces, $7,108); John Henninger and Chris Henninger, both of Jacksonville, Fla. (six redfish, 45 pounds, 11 ounces, $5,198); Todd Dufour and Alden Bourgeois, both of Marrero, La. (six redfish, 45 pounds, 3 ounces, $3,842) and Tadd Vandemark, of Key Largo, Fla., and Kevin Shaw, of Corpus Christi, Texas (six redfish, 42 pounds, 3 ounces, $4,486).

Qualifying tournaments in the $1.9 million Wal-Mart Redfish Series — the most lucrative redfish tournament trail in the world — are three-day events. Up to 150 teams compete Thursday and Friday, and the top five teams, based on heaviest combined weight, advance to Saturday’s final round. The winning team is determined Saturday based on the heaviest three-day accumulated weight.

The FLW Redfish Series consists of two divisions — Eastern and Western. Each division is comprised of four qualifying events with a $200,000 purse for each event. The top 100 teams — 50 from each division after four qualifying events — will qualify for the three-day, no-entry-fee $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship to be held in Orange Beach, Ala., Oct. 18-20. The championship winner will take home as much as $100,000.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.

Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most-respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing.

Warren King

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 July 2007 )