D'IBERVILLE, Miss. — The story remains the same after the first day of the 2008 Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup in Biloxi/D'Iberville.
Mark Sepe and Andrew Bostick and Kevin Broussard and his father "Cajun" Phil Broussard finished the regular season in first and second place, respectively, in the Academy Team of the Year presented by Crocs points race.
The teams kept the same top spots atop the leaderboard after a record-setting first day of the 2008 season championship that enjoyed ideal weather.
"We were struggling during pre-fishing and Kevin (Broussard) trusts us and helped us find fish to get ready for game day," Bostick said of the teams searching for spots together before the tournament.
The simple alliance paid off on Friday as Sepe and Bostick maintained their ways. Fishing offshore in 3 to 15 feet of water, they landed 19.89 pounds, the highest one-day weight recorded in Redfish Cup history.
"We had these fish located for the first day and just didn't know if they'd show up," Kevin Broussard said about his team's 18.40 pounds. "We finally got our two about 12:30 p.m."
Because of the 30-inch upper slot limit in Mississippi, which is two inches longer than any other Redfish Cup event, the remainder of the top five wasn't too far behind the Team of the Year winners.
In third place, Matt Haag and Scott Hughes turned in 18.09 pounds and Kris Walter and Randy Hendrick lifted two redfish weighing 18.04 pounds to finish the day in fourth place. Andy Mnichowski and partner Billy Nicholas completed the top five just outside of the 18-pound range with 17.93.
Most anglers fishing the deeper waters stayed busy throughout the day, catching oversized reds in isolated pockets of schools.
"We're fishing a little deeper with a little bigger tackle," angler Greg DeVault told the crowd assembled at the D'Iberville Piers.
Teams targeting the marsh generally recorded lower weights. Some anglers believed Hurricane Ike, which came through the Gulf weeks ago, could have pushed the larger fish away from shore.
"In the marsh, the fish were either too big or just too small," pro angler Ozzie Lessinger said after a finding only 12.45 pounds on the day. "Tomorrow? Oh, we're going offshore."
The majority of the top 20 teams fishing share Lessinger's sentiment and will head straight for deeper water come Saturday morning. The big fish are there and they're unusually hungry.
"The two fish I caught, I hadn't even turned my bale over," Bostick said, laughing. "They're very aggressive right now."
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