Up to $743,250 in contigency monies from Triton Gold and Mercury for the Redfish Cup!*
The Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup’s prize structure just blew up. In one quick move, sponsors of the Cup have come close to doubling the prize potential for every Redfish Nation event.
Triton Gold and Mercury Marine's incentive program will infuse up to $743,250 in contigency money into the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup in 2007. The announcement was made during the Captain’s Meeting at the All-Star Icebreaker event in Clearwater, Fla.
“Being the best is what the Redfish Cup is all about,’’ said Neal Hart of Triton Boats. “Everyone and everything associated with this organization is top-drawer, especially the Triton anglers. This bonus money is Triton’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for their business and for their efforts to expose our brand, and sport, to the thousands of future Redfish Cup anglers.”
“This is an incredible shot in the arm for professional redfishing,’’ said Triton angler Erik Rue, a top professional in the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup. “The money has basically doubled, allowing anglers to focus more on fishing in the most competitive tour in the country.”
Mercury and Triton will each award a $15,000 first place contingency prize ($30,000 total) to the winning team in each OPEN division event and an additional $15,000 ($30,000 total) to the winner of each All-Star event if that team fishes a qualifying boat and/or engine.
In addition, Triton and Mercury will award contingency prizes of $37,750 to qualifying teams that place from 2nd to 20th at all events raising the potential prize money for each event to more than $166,000 at each OPEN and up to $191,750 at each All-Star event.
And it only gets better at the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship. That event already promises the sport’s largest first place prize of $75,000. But this season, Triton and Mercury will each provide a contingency award of $25,000 ($50,000 total) to the overall champion creating the potential for a professional angling team to win $125,000 in one event if that team fishes out of a Triton and Mercury package.
Contingency prizes at that event will also be awarded to qualified championship teams that place in the top 15 of the 30-team field, bringing the total potential payout for that event at well over $250,000.
In it’s fifth year, the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup is the nation’s premier inshore saltwater fishing championship. The 2007 schedule consists of six OPEN events in two divisions, three All-Star events and the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship. It is the proving ground for the nation’s top professional redfish anglers. Full tournament coverage can be seen each Sunday at 7 am EST on ESPN2 beginning in April.
*Triton owners must be Triton Gold members and Mercury motors must be 2005 or newer.