Photo Recap: 2019 Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship


Friday evening, the angler check-in and cocktail party was held under blue skies and an impending wind that foreshadowed the conditions to come. 


Saturday morning, anglers departed in the face of strong winds and intermittent rain. A bright sunrise yielded one respectable snook on the Estero with Chico Fernandez. However, the walls of rain and gusts of 30+ put boats, push poles, anglers, and rain gear to the test. The increasingly sporty conditions made for a tough day of fishing all around.


While some anglers opted not to fish the second day, the Hell’s Bay crew was back on the water early Sunday morning. Action was limited to a few redfish as the wind gusts picked up again. Three Hell’s Bay anglers took home prizes: the top guided angler went to Rob Preihs, the top unguided angler went to Dave Preston, and the top guide went to Dave Denkert.