Mirage 18 HPX Finishes First and Second in 2012 Redbone Series

Tournament Tails // November 28, 2012

In a dramatic, come from behind victory at the 2012 Redbone Trilogy, Cutler Bay resident, Ross Reeder teamed up with Capt. Dave Denkert in sponsor Wade Davis’ 18 HPX Mirage to take the Series title away from the early leader Frank DeLucas, (also in an 18 HPX). Reeder, who did not place at the kick-off event S.L.A.M., was far behind DeLucas who won the Key West bonefish, tarpon and permit contest.

Reeder stepped up on the first day of Baybone, a bonefish/permit event, by catching 3 bonefish and a permit. All were taken on live shrimp from just a handful of shots in Southern Biscayne Bay. Using 8 pound braid, he carded all 3 bones from tailing groups in the morning. Fishing the same circuit on Day Two proved much tougher while attempting to work around dotted storm cells that significantly compromised visibility. But, during the very last hour of the day, a tiny window of light opened up and 3 shots at small groups yielded 3 quickly netted and scoreable bonefish, more than enough for the victory.

Redbone’s weather was, for a change, calm and clear. Spending the first half of Day One looking for reds out front at Flamingo, Reeder was able to nab 4 drum on bait while sightfishing, after working ditches that recently had proved reliable, were virtually empty. A move to the oceanside of Islamorada produced two bonefish from only four shots in the second half of the day, both on a double header, shared with teammate Brooke Denkert.

With the bonefish in short supply, the obvious strategy for the final day was to bang out reds, and on artificials if possible for extra pointage. Working around mullet, Denkert poled Reeder to 6 reds on bait and 23 on jigs for a second consecutive win and their first Series Grand Championship.

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Capt. Mark Krowka