Father and son team reel in winning reds in roundup

TINA HARBUCK
Tony Biggot, Trey Nick and Eddie Morgan show off one of the redfish caught during the tournament.

Out of a field of 66 boats entered, a couple of local guys walked away with the big money in the 10th annual Old Nick’s Redfish Roundup held in Freeport Saturday.

Father and son team, Steve and Hunter Tashik of Niceville pulled in a pair of redfish totaling 12.56 pounds for first place and $5,000 prize money in the redfish tournament touted as the largest redfish tournament along the Gulf Coast region.

Although the winning redfish were caught right here in Choctawhatchee Bay, fishing teams came from Tampa, Daytona, Lafitte, La. and Mobile, Ala. to participate in the event.

“They had to battle the elements to get here,” said Trey Nick, owner of Nick’s Seafood Restaurant and tournament director.

“But the fishing was good despite the weather,” Nick said.

Thirty boats brought in fish to be weighed and entered in the catch and release tournament.

And out of 60 fish brought to the scales, 57 were released and three fish didn’t make it. Once the fish were judged and weighed, they were placed into a live-well to rehabilitate, then released back into the bay.

As a catch and release tournament, Nick says they hope to create awareness for the health and sustainability of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the fish that live in the bay by donating the proceeds from this years event to the  Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

“With their efforts it makes it better for our youth for years to come,” Nick said of the CBA for all they do for the health of the bay.

Members of the CBA were on hand Saturday to help weigh and judge fish.

All winners underwent a polygraph and the tournament paid out a total of $12,000 in prize money.

Here’s a list of the winners and the weights of their two fish in the round-up:

1st - Steve and Hunter Tashik - 12.56 pounds.

2nd - Cody Barkley and Frank Broginez - 12.25.

3rd - Don Graff and Bill Oswell - 11.92.

4th - Josh Glidden and Andrew Meslow - 11.04.

5th - Fred Meyers and Bo Sullivan - 10.43.

6th - Ty Spikes and Mike Otte - 10.29.

7th - John Williams and Justin DeMass - 9.78.

8th - Sean Sapp and Ashley Sarau - 9.66.

9th - Mac Higgins and Larry Henley - 9.51.

10th - Jim Chalkley and Darren Parker - 9.21.

11th - Bobby Weir and Matt Schoen - 9.15.

12th - Eddie Morgan and Brodie DeBogory - 9.10.

13th - Patrick Stage and Justin Neece - 9.09.

14th - Miller Phillips and Clayton Green - 9.01.

15th - Hunter and Gilbert Ray - 8.76.

16th - George and Casey Schissler - 8.61.

17th - Blake and Wes Nelson - 8.10.

18th - Alan Chase and Brad Beaucannon - 8.05.

19th - Chad Martin and Kyle Hodges - 7.40.

20th - Travis Smith and Nathan Powers - 6.56.

21st - Nick Snisky and Luke Gerald - 6.24.

22nd - Jeff Moore and Jason Fulghum - 5.45.

23rd - Jacob Smith and Lee Yelverton - 5.09.

24th - Austin and Case Woodard - 4.83.

25th - Bobby Beaver and Deanna Sadler - 4.75.

26th - Greg Wilson and Wyatt Grice - 4.73.

27th - Tim Hatcher and Rance Hill - 4.34.

28th - Tyler Briermayer and Brent Bigler - 3.91.

29th - Darryl Clark and Dave Richson - 3.87.

30th - Mark and Keller Nelson - 2.63.

Lightest Two - Austin and Case Woodard - 4.83.

Spots Count - Sean Sapp and Ashley Sarau - 25 spots.

Mystery Weight - 10.72lbs - Fred Meyers and Bo Sullivan - 10.43.