Blaien Friermood and Robert Scherer win at Kemah in the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup OPEN.
Clearly, there’s something in the water around Trinity Bay. On Sunday, teammates Robert Scherer and Blaien Friermood revisited these waters to capture their first win at Kemah in the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup OPEN.
Sunday’s weight of 17.67 pounds capped a tournament for the local Baytown team that saw three bags that weighed over 17 pounds. With days one and two resulting in a 17.65 and 17.70, respectively, the three monster stringers only varied by a mere five ounces.
Scherer and Friermood’s consistent performance led the team to the win. “This tournament was really the perfect storm,” said Scherer. “The weather broke, the fish stayed and we just stayed on ‘em the whole time.”
The winners will see the biggest payday in Redfish Cup history with over $80,000 in prize and contingency monies from their sponsors.
With one more Western Division OPEN event to go in Port Arthur, this tournament win couldn’t have come at a better time for Scherer and Friermood. While this first year team struggled in Lafitte, Louisiana (the first stop in the West), this result will help their All Star qualification standing and their shot at fishing the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship (the championship takes the top 15 teams from both OPEN divisions). Next, the qualifying anglers will head to the All Star Mid Season Bash in Orange Beach, Alabama on July 6-8.
But an emotional Friermood had another important reason why Sunday’s record payday felt so good to him. His daughter is soon getting married to her longtime fiancé and joined her father onstage.
“Hey, this is really going to help me out with those wedding expenses,” he said, hugging his daughter closely.