Louisiana team plans going wire-to-wire; Broussards sew up title | "CAJUN" PHIL & CAPT. KEVIN Cajun Phil and Captain Kevin

Louisiana team plans going wire-to-wire; Broussards sew up title

No repeat, revenge

Louisiana team plans going wire-to-wire; Broussards sew up title

BILOXI/D’IBERVILLE, Miss. — Shane Pescay and Charlie Thomason will be out for revenge on Day Three.

Mark StallingsShane Pescay and Charlie Thomason end Day Two with a total of 43.85 pounds,

At the last event in Chalmette, the duo led going into the final day only to end up second by 0.19 pounds. After ending Day Two in D’Iberville leading with a record-setting two-day total of 43.85 pounds, Pescay and Thomason vowed that they would close out a wire-to-wire victory Sunday.

“I don’t mind losing, but it hurts when you lose by less than two tenths of a pound,” Pescay said. “I want to walk off that stage tomorrow hearing my name and “wire-to-wire victory” together.”

Rounding out the top five teams fishing Sunday are Ken Chambers and John Merriwether in second with 41.20 pounds. The father-son team of Mike and Michael Frenette locked down the third qualifying spot with 40.58 pounds.

In fourth place after Day Two was Chuck and C.J. Howard, bringing 40.32 pounds. The Watts brothers, Bryan and Greg, round out the final-day field in fifth place with 39.00 pounds.

The leaders, Pescay and Thomason, have been especially dangerous because they were one of the only teams not sight fishing or up shallow, instead focusing on one deeper area that has produced all their weight.

“Not only is it deeper water, but it has structure on the bottom,” Pescay said. “We will go 15 or 20 minutes without a bite and then have 5 to 10 minutes of sheer mayhem. Every drop you catch a fish where you are getting bit as fast as you can throw your line out there.”

The magic spot has produced two bags over 20 pounds for the team, including Day One’s Redfish Cup record-setting stringer that pushed the scales at 23.08 pounds. One reason weights have been so huge in D’Iberville has been the larger slot limit. Anglers are allowed to bring in two fish each day that measure between 20 and 30 inches, whereas other events had shorter maximum lengths.

On the final day, the leaders’ big lead will evaporate as all teams start from zero. The team that brings in the heaviest bag of redfish Sunday will be crowned the D’Iberville champions.

The fourth and final regular season stop in Mississippi also crowned a champion in the race to be Academy Sports + Outdoors Team of the Year presented by Crocs. Entering this event, Kevin and Cajun Phil Broussard nursed a six-point advantage, but a stumble on Day One opened the door for challengers Robert Scherer and Blaine Friermood.

The Broussards stormed back in a big way on Day Two and slammed the door shut in the year-end race by nailing down a 20.47-pound bag that vaulted them to 12th place in the tournament and were clear champions in a race they badly wanted to win.

“We wanted this as a father-son victory,” Cajun Phil said. “Coming into this tournament, we couldn’t sleep. We’ve been nervous wrecks all week. Yesterday, we ran 2.5 hours to our fish, but the water was high and the fish were gone. With 30 minutes left we finally found them stacked up. They were there again today and we probably caught 40 fish in the two hours we fished.”

The Broussards locked up the title with a fourth-place finish in Punta Gorda at the first event, an 18th-place in Kemah, a seventh at Chalmette and then wrapped it up with 12th in D’Iberville. Faced with that consistency, Cajun Phil was happy to give all the credit to his son Kevin.

“Kevin is my captain, my son and my idol — I couldn’t do it without him,” Cajun Phil said. “I’ve taught him everything I know about fishing and he has taken it to a whole new level. Kevin sighted every one of the fish we caught today. He would spot the fish, tell the cameraman to get ready and then throw in there: come on funny feeling!”

The Broussards had a 13-point cushion over second-place finishers Greg and Bryan Watts. Erik Rue and Larry Puckett rounded out the top three, 14 points back.

Sunday’s final day will see a champion crowned in D’Iberville with the weigh-in starting at 4 p.m. ET. Full coverage from this event can be found at RedfishCup.com and ESPNOutdoors

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