One Shot, Sure Thing pull in red snapper whoppers

Tina Harbuck
tharbuck@thedestinlog.com
Adam Peeples shows off his winning red snapper, a 21.66 pounder caught on the One Shot.

Out of a field of 26 boats, One Shot hauled in a whopper to take first place overall in the Red Snapper Round-Up Fishing Tournament at Fudpucker’s Okaloosa Island over the weekend.

Adam Peeples pulled in a 21.66-pound red snapper for top honors.

Placing second overall and first in the Ladies Division was Destin’s Sheri McDonald with a 16.7-pounder caught aboard the Sure Thing with Capt. Paul Cornish.

“Oh my goodness, my arm is still sore,” McDonald said Monday morning. “It was a battle … my arms were not up to it.”

Nevertheless, she hung with it and got the snapper in the boat.

The 16-plus pounder was just one of many caught aboard the Sure Thing.

“We had some about 14 pounds,” she said, noting they all caught their limit.

“They’re plenty of snappers. They were all up in the water. There is no shortage on snapper,” she reiterated.

Placing third overall in the event was Preston Stanton with a 16.4-pounder caught on the Pier Dweller.

Top junior angler was Amelia Peeples on the One Shot with a 12.82-pounder. She also won the Mystery Weight Red Snapper award.

Winning military anglers was Jim McKee on the One Shot with a 13.56-pounder.

Mark Hutchison on the Knot Today pulled in a 9.96-pounder to win in the First Responder division.

Winning the Triggerfish (Fudpucker) award was John Ross on the Old Rascal with an 8.6 pound triggerfish.

The event, which is part of the Fudpucker’s Fishing Series, raised more than $2,000 for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.