Spots count in Jacksonville redfish tournament

From Jacksonville Times-Union reports— During the inaugural Jacksonville Times-Union Redfish Roundup, it won't matter how many pounds your catch weighs or how many inches it measures. To win this event, your fish has to be spotted. The more spots on your redfish's tail, the more you can win. The tournament, set May 12 at Sisters Creek Park, is designed to appeal to anglers of all ages and skill levels. The event will pay out all of the $50-per-boat entry fees, plus merchandise will be awarded. The Times-Union, Jacksonville's largest newspaper, also will donate $5,000 each to Safe Harbor Boys Home and to ...

May 10th 2001

From Jacksonville Times-Union reports— During the inaugural Jacksonville Times-Union Redfish Roundup, it won’t matter how many pounds your catch weighs or how many inches it measures. To win this event, your fish has to be spotted.

The more spots on your redfish’s tail, the more you can win.

The tournament, set May 12 at Sisters Creek Park, is designed to appeal to anglers of all ages and skill levels. The event will pay out all of the $50-per-boat entry fees, plus merchandise will be awarded. The Times-Union, Jacksonville’s largest newspaper, also will donate $5,000 each to Safe Harbor Boys Home and to Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Only legal fish measuring from 18 to 27 inches will qualify to be “spotted.” All fish will be released after having their spots counted, and one spot will be deducted from any fish brought in dead.

Most redfish carry one spot on each side of their tail, but some fish sport multiple spots. Recently, Jacksonville guide Dave Sipler caught a red at the Mayport jetties with 43 spots.

The T-U tournament is modeled after a similar event held several years ago in Titusville: The Hunt for Reds in October, where spots counted.

In its first year, the Hunt for Reds in October drew more than 800 participants. The winning red wore 21 spots and the winning angler claimed the top prize of a 17-foot boat.

Jacksonville’s event has drawn the attention of sponsors and volunteers. The City of Jacksonville has endorsed the event, and marine scientists from Jacksonville University have volunteered their expertise on tournament day.

Entry forms for The Times-Union Redfish Roundup are available at area bait and tackle stores and at the T-U building at One Riverside Ave., Jacksonville.