After a monsoon season of rain the December Championship had to be rescheduled. Now in February the SEFFL board voted to allow the event to count towards 2019 as a 2x multiplier and for the 2018 season as it was intended as the 3x multiplier event. So on February 23,24 2019 anglers and teams descended on the town of Helen,Ga for a true grit competition. The venues changed due to another week of rain but Smith Creek below the dam held fast but fishable water for the event.
2 days and 514 fish later, Forrest Johnston and Martin Dietz took home Gold for the event, Forrest securing his jump from 4th on the individual leaderboard to 1st place individual angler of the year! Daniel Levi Ladlee and Chase Turner held onto second place on day 2 and proved that were a force to be reckoned with after their top 3 finish at the Gold Cup a month prior. Ricky Ozmar and Josh Kim battled through some challenging beats but ended up with a 3rd place finish for the event, and a 2nd and 3rd place finish individually for the season!
As far as team rankings go, Team Dead Drift over took Team NC to finish the season as top team. Team North Carolina took home 2nd place thanks to Forrest Johnstons solo attendance at the Championship event. Team Georgia made an impressive showing and jumped from 4th place team and overtook Team Stonefly for 3rd place team for 2018 season, a true last minute final hour move!
It was a fantastic season and look forward to what 2019 has to bring!