The Ninth Annual Nick’s Seafood Restaurant’s Old Nick’s Redfish Roundup tournament made history on May 17, 2014. With 75 2-man teams competing, it is now the No. 1 redfish tournament on the Gulf coast.
With teams competing from as far away as Cocoa Beach, Jacksonville, Mobile, and Thibodeaux, Louisiana it was a great turnout and a perfect day for fishing.
The tournament started with boats checking in at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport between 5 – 7 a.m. All competitors fished until weigh in times between 4 – 5 p.m.
Payouts were huge with $10,000.00 going to the top five places. 1st-$5,000.00, 2nd-$2,000.00, 3rd-$1,500.00, 4th-$1,000.00, 5th -$500.00.
The teams scored with the total weight of two redfish weighed in together between 18 and 27 inches long. All fish were weighed in live and released back into the Choctawhatchee Bay. Points were deducted for dead fish.
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant owner Trey Nick was excited about the big day.
“We have such great, straightforward competitors, it’s always a good tournament,” Nick said.
There were a variety of divisions including overall weight, most spots, mystery weight and even a prize for smallest fish.
The tops scores went to:
First place: 14.07 lbs. – Sid Little, Pete Albrecht
Second place: 13.76 lbs. Fred Myers, Jake Matney
Third place: 12.80 lbs. – Darren Parker, Jim Chalkley
The day was family oriented with displays from Legendary Marine, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, and Coastal Conservation. Live music was provided during day by Dismal Creek and then by Reckless in the evening.