NEWTON AND KELLER FINISH 7TH AT THE SEASON ENDING ESPN REDFISH CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA; SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 - Trey Newton and Al Keller ended their tournament season with another top ten finish at the ESPN Redfish Cup Championship presented by Crown Royal. The 7th place finish marked the team's 3rd top ten finish for the five tournament season. The team was in 14th after the first day, but a second day charge made things close -- and with just a few anglers left to weigh in, they were in the top five. "I knew that we were a little short on this one and it was fun to stick our nose in there for a little bit," said Newton (Valrico, FL). "We were one bite short for 4 of the five events this year -- but that's just how competitive it is out here." Their 21.65 pound total for the event was 2/3rd of a pound out of the top 5 Sunday cut.
Keller (L) and Newton (R)
"Pensacola is a super tough venue and I've always had success here so I came in to the event with a lot of confidence," said Keller (Naples, FL). "We knew that with this event we were never out of it and we just had to keep fishing and making good decisions."
For the Championship, a boundary was placed from Mississippi to Panama City and the pair used the entire fishing area. "The first day, we fished a marsh area in Mississippi that had been yielding good fish -- but they moved out and we couldn't locate them. For day two, we totally changed our plans and ran to Panama City to fish some deep water fish we had there", said Keller. "Ironically in both scenarios we caught our fish on a 4" Berkley Gulp Shrimp in the Sugar and Spice Color."
One of the keys for team Newton/Keller this season was their ability to fish wherever they wanted in every tournament.
"The Lake and Bay Boca Grande showed itself off this year, equipped with an Evinrude Etec 225 H.O. we were able to span open water then fish shallow flats and narrow creeks," said Newton, "Bottom line I came out of the season even happier with the boat than when I started."
The team traveled 1,441 tournament day miles this year -- that's equivalent to boating from Venice, LA to Key West and back then back to Key West again.
"I never once thought about wanting to be in another boat, until I saw the 2010 Boca," said Newton. "I can't wait to jump in that boat. It is going to totally change the way people view the performance flats boat market - it's truly a zero compromise tournament boat."
The Redfish Cup Championship presented by Crown Royal marked the end of the season for the ESPN Redfish Cup.
The Redfish Cup is also featured on RedfishCup.com and ESPNOutdoors.com at every event during the season. Now in its seventh season, the Redfish Cup has become the nation's premier saltwater fishing championship. The event includes 56 two-man teams and visits five venues across the South in 2009 with nearly $750,000 in prize and contingency monies.