ST SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. Some of the events in the 2009 Built Ford Tough ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series presented by TakeMeFishing.org have turned into virtual rat races.
With endless water and a bevy of strategies, scores of anglers left the launch site heading every which way. But this week, out of picturesque St. Simon's Island, most will stay within a few miles from the launch ramp.
Two-angler teams joined by a guide will be looking to score redfish and trout to accumulate points. While redfish might be the easier of the two to catch, the scoring format awards bonus points for teams achieving slams, which means matching both species.
The complete scoring can be found below and with some conducive tides, the haul should be impressive.
"For whatever reason, we seem to set records here every year," said Cal Collier, who serves as the co-chair for the event, which is part of the Redbone series. "You can't be satisfied with just catching a lot of fish because someone will come in behind you and knock you out."
Friday, anglers would be looking to take advantage of an early outgoing tide, which sets up well for landing reds on flies. Then, the trout bite would reveal itself after the early redfish bonanza.
"The weather conditions are going to be great again," said Patrick Dunn, who also co-chairs the event and has been coming to the area since he was 7. "I anticipate we are going to see some nice catches again."
Teams will be scored based on landing a fish in one of two categories, a fly or spin/plug. The scoring system can be found below.
Rich Products Golden Isle Red Trout Celebrity Classic
Species Redfish Trout
Fly Division 200 200
Artificial 100 100
Bait 50 50
For each Slam, teams earn 50 points