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Mosquito Lagoon Skiff Classic - Game Day on the Lagoon


It was game day on the Lagoon in more ways than one. The Tropic Bay Skiff ClassicS series opener was scheduled for 7am and the NFL Super Bowl at 6:30pm… a fun day for sure was about to unfold.

Team boats were on the water and ready to motor away at 7 am as a beautiful sunrise said good morning to all. The teams were fishing for their best 2 redfish and best 2 trout on the famous waters of the Mosquito Lagoon on Florida’s Space Coast. The Lagoon is known for huge redfish and gator trout and that’s exactly what the ever optimistic anglers were wanting. February is the month the bull reds and stud trout school up so we were in the right place and the right time.

Launch time came and it wasn’t long after that we received the first entry on the iAngler Tournament scoring system as the sun began to warm the shallows. We expected mostly trout early in the day and reds later in the morning. Teams began to light up the leader board with a flurry of catches around 9am with the reds making their presence known shortly after.

As I was scoring I felt a cold chill come off of the water and then the wind kicked up out of the north…never a good sign in winter on the lagoon. The water turned over and became choppy as the teams stayed at it. Teams exchanged the lead several times with Team Ankle Deep taking control with a big redfish that looked more like a football at the shoulders.

Russell Jacobs polled his skiff into perfect position to intercept a school of marauding reds that had some choice bulls in the mix. All it would take is a perfect cast by Jake Bates and he came thru with the cool of a quarterback under pressure. Jake dropped the lure in the perfect position and the big red turned and slurped up his offering. The beast made a run that Jacobs beautifully out-maneuvered to take away its fight game, the biggest fish of the tournament was landed…great team work.

In a tournament with money on the line, there is a lot of pressure and many nervous moments as the beautiful red proved to be the game changer for Team Ankle Deep. This puts them in good position to qualify for the Ankona Boats Skiff ClassicS Championship where the winning team receives a new Saltmarsh Skiffs sm1444 skiff. Lets’ take a look at how all of the teams did on a very challenging day:

5th Place Team Engle/ Frost (Marvin Engle & Darren Frost) scored 4 fish for a total of 75.8”

4th Place Team Much Topwater (Robert Brown & Will Lusk) scored 82.2” total.

3rd Place Team Martiniuk (Richie and Richard Martiniuk) Scored 86.7”

2nd Place Team Oceanic Gear (Derek Engle & Eric Henson) scored 89.8” total.

1st Place Team Ankle Deep (Russell Jacobs & Jake Bates) scored 91.9” for the win.

Payouts:

Team Ankle Deep 1st Place $698.40

Team Oceanic Gear 2nd Place $419.04

Team Martiniuk 3rd Place $ 279.36

Biggest Fish Award

Inshore Marine Products Big Fish Award goes to Team Ankle Deep 31” Redfish

$50 gift certificate from Inshore Marine Products & a fantastic Steve Whitlock Game Fish Art print.

The Skiff ClassicS, Ankona Boats, Saltmarsh Skiffs, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Railblaza, Inshore Marine Products and Steve Whitlock congratulate all of the anglers in the Mosquito Lagoon Skiff Classic.

We wish to thank all the anglers, our sponsors and Goodrich Seafood & Oyster House of Oak Hill for hosting the Skiff ClassicS for making this a great event.

Next up is the Pine Island Skiff Classic on March 12. Please visit our sponsors and the Skiff ClassicS for more information; www.SkiffClassicS.com
 
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