Out of the gate into the 2019 season the Gold Cup was off to a great start. Sadly the event was cut short due to the new Georgia Winter Monsoon season we have dealt with since November. The total rainfall Saturday accounted for .5 inches of rain and the sessions finished just as the river reached the max safe level. Then another 2 inches of rain that night, washed us out for any fishing on Sunday. Anglers did fish both venues, and scores were finalized with sessions on each venue.
Ricky Ozmar and Alex Boyer took 1st after taking a close 2nd last year. Austin Shoemaker and Elijah Ellis took 2nd, and Daniel Levi Ladlee and Chase Turner took 3rd. It was a tight race for the top 4. Richard Carbon won Big Fish with a 64cm Rainbow!
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!
With the postponement of the Championship to February all standings will not be finalized until after our final event. Then all Team medals, Trophies, and individual medals will be distributed.
What an amazing season we have had and I thank all of you who participated and helped keep this thing going!
HERE’S TO 2019!
3 months into our first season we have had 4 events! Top team has been a back and forth match between Team Dead Drift and Team North Carolina. North Carolina held the lead after the US2man Championship after Dead Drift held it from the Gold Cup. Then Dead Drift repositioned for top team after the Dead Drift Throwdown and narrowly holds the lead after the Green River Gamble. Team Stonefly has positioned itself well, and holds the podium in 3rd with a clear shot of 2nd and 1st! The Casting for Hope event in April will count for points and be a massive contributor into how all teams are positioned going into the last half of season!
Congrats to everyone who competed. Some impressive fish landed and tough competition through the weekend. Surely hope everyone had fun.
1st- Joey Walraven and Patrick Clark
2nd- Ricky Ozmar and Alex Boyer
3rd- Mason Sims and Tyler Cornett
Full placings can be found at http://www.flycomps.com
Less than two months away and coming in strong as the larges event of the year, Team Dead Drift has slated an event of Epic poportions. This event is scheduled to host 20 2man teams in head to head competition across two private water venues with prizes from a list of Grade A sponsors. If you are interested in attending to compete or just observe, definitely head over to the event page that Team Dead Drift has posted on Facebook.