Bradford White Team Wins $50K
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Catching two legal-size redfish at 8 pounds apiece on the last day of a major redfish tournament is virtually impossible to do. But that’s what Mike Laramy of Tampa, Fla., and Scott Hughes of Punta Gorda, Fla., the Bradford White Redfish Team, did August 20 to win the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Eastern event. The team brought in two redfish, one weighing 8 pounds even, the other weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, for a day-two weight of 15 pounds, 15 ounces. The two big reds gave the team a two-day total of 29 pounds, 4 ounces to propel them from seventh place on day one into the winner’s circle.
“This is so gratifying,” said Hughes. “We just started fishing tournaments this year, and to come out and beat some of the guys you see out here is just unbelievable. We really appreciate the help Bradford White gave us”
Ted Sikorski, vice president of marketing of Bradford White was very happy with the result. “I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it. The boys did a great job. Some people thought it was a crazy idea for us to sponsor a redfish team but we wanted more exposure along the gulf coast so it made sense. So far, it’s been a great success.”
Laramy and Hughes collected $50,000 for their win: $25,000 from FLW Outdoors, $12,500 from Yamaha Outboards and another $12,500 from Ranger Boats.
FLW Redfish Series qualifying tournaments are two-day events. The entire field competes Friday and Saturday, and the winning team is determined Saturday based on the heaviest two-day accumulated weight. The Bradford White Team is now qualified for the three-day, $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 27-29.