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Classic Kickoff winds down today

One fisher will leave Port Arthur with a $75,000 prize package following today’s final weigh-in at the Elite Redfish Classic Kickoff.

So far, Mark Robinson is in the hot seat.

He barely overtook Shane DuBose for the lead in the qualifiers-only fishing tournament with 41.15 total pounds over two days. DuBose weighed in his two big redfish earlier Saturday and was in front with 40.26 until Robinson stepped to the podium.

Given the conditions on Sabine Lake, DuBose had a solid day finding redfish.

“The water was tough,” he said. “It was higher than it was [Friday]. The northern wind blew it out, and the water was dirtier.”

David Christian is third at 39.78 pounds, followed by Trent Brady (38.07). Jeff Steckler leads the running for the Big Bag of the tournament (23.35) and is fifth overall at 36.43.

Mike Frenette led after the first day with more than 25 pounds, but was not registered for the Big Bag honor.

The final weigh-in will take place at 4 p.m. today on the 800 block of Procter Street as part of Mardi Gras Southeast Texas.

— I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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