The 2013 Lowcountry Redfish Cup consisted of five tournaments along the coast of South Carolina. Spread out over the calendar year, the two-angler teams fished in Georgetown, Charleston, Edisto Island, Beaufort and Hilton Head. The top teams competed in the finals on November 9, with bragging rights and a new Shallow Sports boat package on the line. The sole female angler in the entire Series got a hot hand in the Finals, and caught the biggest redfish of the tourney.
Lady Angler Shannon Clark weighed in the largest redfish at 5.08-pounds. Her husband is fishing guide Rennie Clark, who weighed a redfish that went 3.11-pounds, giving them the first place winnings. The Clark’s reside in Wilmington, N.C. and they took home a modest cash prize and a $40,000 voucher towards a Shallow Sport Boat with a Wesco trailer and Yamaha engine provided by Butler Marine.
Wes Hudson of Shallow Sport Boats came from Texas to present the winner’s check. “My grandfather started the company in 1951, and have been family-owned ever since, and we are glad to support the Lowcountry Redfish Cup,” said Hudson.
“This was our first year fishing together as a team,” said Shannon Clark. “I told [my husband, Rennie] that I would enjoy tournament fishing with him, and I’m so glad we gave it a try!” Her husband has been fishing the IFA redfish tour for years, and won the Atlantic Division in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
“We were fishing with Category Five soft plastics, and most of the fish ate a black manic minnow with a chartreuse tail,” said Rennie Clark. “When Shannon caught what became the winning redfish, I could not believe it was only 22-inches long, since it was so tall and thick. This was the ideal fish to catch during the finals, and this win kind of salvages the whole season for us.”
Finishing in second place was Team Crews Chevrolet, led by Captain Reed Simmons and Ashley Lowder, both of Charleston. Third place went to Team Natural Light out of Mt. Pleasant, led by Capt. Jamie Hough and Ronnie Pitts. A special Team of the Year Award went to brothers Vince and Geoffrey Payne. Tournament organizer Brian Rose reports that the 2014 tournament trail will begin with an event in Charleston, either in February or March. You can bet that Shannon and Rennie Clark will be there!