Georgetown, SC – A Georgetown County duo won a prize worth almost $30,000 in the IFA Redfish Tour at Winyah Bay this Saturday, according to a media alert from Georgetown County.
Rob Elgin of Pawleys Island and Eric Gobbett of Georgetown took first place in the tournament with a two-fish total weight of 8.03 pounds. The win got them a brand new Ranger boat package with a Mercury 90 4-stroke engine, along with $2,200 in cash. The two took an early lead and managed to hold it as the rest of the field weighed in.
There were a total of 62 teams participating in the tournament, which was the second visit of the year to Georgetown by the Inshore Fishing Association.
Cash payouts of a minimum of $500 were awarded to the top 12 teams.
The IFA Kayak Tour on Sunday saw four more anglers take home cash prizes out of 18 entrants.
Dave Jaskiewicz of Wando took first place and more than $1,500 in prize money with a 28.75-inch redfish and a 23.5-inch trout. He had the biggest trout of the day, adding $100 to his pot.
“It was a good morning,” Jaskiewicz said. “I got a red pretty early that was 21 inches.” He then found a school of red and kept catching bigger and bigger fish, so he decided to go look for trout. After catching a 16.5-inch trout, he was satisfied.
“I was going to leave and try to go somewhere else and try to upgrade my red,” he said, but the blazing heat of the day ultimately proved to be a deterrent to moving around too much, and he opted to stay put. That ended up being a blessing.
“At about 11:30, I stuck that trout. Ten minutes later, I got that red, so I upgraded two fish within 30 minutes,” he said.
The IFA generally brings its Redfish and Kayak fishing tours to Georgetown twice annually, and the county is looking forward to the group’s return in the spring.