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Daily fishing report

By DAVID A. BROWN
Published April 2, 2006


Andrew Bostick of Marco Island and Mark Sepe of DeLand, the top seeds in the final round of the three-day tournament, held on to win the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Eastern Division event Saturday at Stump Pass Marina in Englewood. Their six-redfish total of 39 pounds earned them $37,500.

Bostick and Sepe found their fish over scattered grass with potholes in 2 feet of water in Pine Island Sound. They fished the area on Days 1 and 2, so they were not surprised to find a load of redfish Saturday. "They were there waiting for us," Bostick said. "There were two different schools of about 100 fish striking on top. We were idling into the area and we could see them. We were pretty pumped."

Eighth-ounce jigheads with 4-inch Berkley Gulp! Shrimp in root beer color tempted 12 redfish.

Bostick said they didn't use the stealth tactics necessary when approaching nervous fish the first two days. "The fish were moving around a little more today, so we had to get a little more aggressive with them," he said. "We got on the trolling motor, moved uptide and drifted in on the fish."

Jarrett Lombard of Port Charlotte and Leland Symonds of Punta Gorda finished second (38 pounds, 9 ounces), Jeff Totten of Englewood and Ozzie Lessinger of Fort Myers third (38 pounds, 7 ounces), Bo Johnson of Cape Coral and Richard Hudec of Naples fourth (33 pounds, 6 ounces) and Blair Wiggins of Cocoa and Tadd Vandemark of Key Largo fifth (24 pounds).

Also in Englewood, brothers Joel and John Zalud Jr. of Team :08 Sec. caught a 43-pound, 8-ounce kingfish to win the Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series Florida-West Coast Division event and $12,000. They fished live mullet in Boca Grande Pass and caught their king on a strong incoming tide around 1 p.m.

David A. Brown covers area fishing tournaments and can be reached at tightlinecomm@aol.com