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what takes classic?

Post by Sure Catch » Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:56 pm

Every year its always fun to make predictions on what people think will take the Classic. I think 45" redfish, 26" trout, 21" Flounder and 74" slam.. Every year people are catching bigger fish, can't wait to see what happens this year.. What does everyone predict
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Post by SuaSponte » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:44 pm

I already know what I am targeting this year and where :lol:
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by islandspeed2001 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:11 pm

There are only a handful of folks out of the 400 fishing the Classic that have the knowledge of where to catch a 45" redfish :(
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by guanagator » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:51 pm

I just hope to pull the slam, and it would be nice if the wind was below 20. I would guess the winner will max out with the 45" red and have either the trout or flounder over 20", agree with Eddie think it's going to take more than 70" to win. I'll guess 71"
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by hoss6823 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:32 pm

I'm going to say a 45" Red 26" Trout and a 19" Flounder will win those divisions and a 71" slam.
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by guanagator » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:21 pm

For divisions- 45" red 28" trout and 22" flounder.
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by betoweb » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:54 am

islandspeed2001 wrote:There are only a handful of folks out of the 400 fishing the Classic that have the knowledge of where to catch a 45" redfish :(
I am very new to kayak fishing and tournaments scene. I can't help wonder why below slot fish are not allowed , yet over slot are. As was stated, only a handful know how (or where or risk) to get a 45" red. It seems to me that it would be more competitive if only legal keepers would count. I would think that it will eventually affect the number of anglers entering as they figure out they have little chance to win.

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Re: what takes classic?

Post by stacktester » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:33 am

Good point but why weigh and underslot when there's no chance of winning with it? Yes the overslot red plays a huge part in big slams but make no mistake the guys winning the slam know how to target the big trout and flounder as well. In order to win a prize you've got to put the time in. For a month and a half I fished a broad area to try and place in the inshore extreme. I kept mental notes of what was biting at high tide low tide etc and I got some decent fish. Now, take someone who really knows fishing and they have no problem getting nice fish because they've been doing it for years and like I said it's about time. They can look up in their notes and say hey, last year when the tide was slack the reds were hot here. Boom fish on. I've learned if you want to compete in tournaments you have to grind and work an area you feel comfortable with. It may be another forever before I place again but I won't give up just because the heavy hitters win all the time. Have fun and remember the cause of the tournament and the people you're helping is the real winners.

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Re: what takes classic?

Post by Redfish Chaser » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:33 am

I think it is kinda funny all the talk about the heavy hitters, etc and every year there are always alot of new faces up on the Classic stage picking up trophies.

Also, a 45" redfish out of a kayak would kind of be like catching a Unicorn out of a kayak, just something that you never see...

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Re: what takes classic?

Post by stacktester » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:41 am

Oh so now I'm catching unicorns? Craig you're very seldom left of the stage. It shows your time and patience has paid off. I consider you a heavy hitter because you very seldom not bring in fish to the weigh in.

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Re: what takes classic?

Post by gumby » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:17 am

Just a point of interest.....Last year was the first time when the 40"+ reds showed up in the Slam & biggest redfish.
And if I'm not mistaken, the top 4 or 5 guys who had the 40" plus were all fishing together.

My opinion, for what its worth...catch the unicorns...the ones who don't know where/how or want to chase those horny beasts can focus on flounder and trout. Or, be like Mixon in 2014 who had his slam in the mid to uppper 20s" for all 3 species.

73" will do the trick, i think.
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by islandspeed2001 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:41 pm

Here is a 7 year history on the Classic results:

Year/ Slam/ Slam Red/ Largest Red
2009/ 69.7/ 27.0/ 30.2
2010/ 60.1/ 30.0/ 30.4
2011/ 61.1/ 30.2/ 34.5/
2012/ 62.8/ 25.2/ 34.0
2013/ 75.2/ 29.3/ 33.2
2014/ 73.8/ 21.3/ 42.1
2015/ 74.7/ 44.6/ 44.3
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by islandspeed2001 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:46 pm

It has only been in the last couple years that participants have been targeting the bull reds in the St. Johns. The 2014 & 2015 results are more reflective of the current methods of fishing.
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by Sure Catch » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:53 pm

Hard to believe its less than a month away..
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Re: what takes classic?

Post by tadpole » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:23 pm

Okay, here's my guess....

six of clubs takes the Thresher
Queen of diamonds wins the Prowler
three of spades (blue back) gets the Hobie
ten of hearts takes the Malibu
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