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2008 Southern Open Florida State Championship - June 21 & 22 This year's Southern open starts its photo competition on June 7 and its spearfishing competition on June 21, 2008

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Old 06-22-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

The top 5 winners were Ricky Hampton, Dan MacMahon, Jason Stanley, Rich Waters and Jason DelaCruz.

Shelby LaCasse won women's and juniors - and gave the juniors awards to the next junior in line! Don't have his name until I watch the video.

Big fish winner photos and the leader board follow.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

More winners.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:10 PM   #3
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

More Big Fish winners & Weighmaster Chris Hudgins with the 1st AJ.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

More photos I liked.

David Shelton, long time FSDA Director receives a special lifetime award.

More later...
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:36 PM   #5
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

did the fish not have to be gutted to be weighed???
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:02 PM   #8
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did the fish not have to be gutted to be weighed???
Right, the whole fish were weighed. There are more tournaments that weigh them whole than not... that I know about, from Louisiana to Key West.
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

Nice pics, Chad. Congrats to all the winners!!
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

Congratulations to all the winners. Good job!
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:35 AM   #11
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

Chad, thanks for being there and taking the time to get those pic's. This was the first time I've speared in the SOD. Had a fun day. The tournament was a well run, really fun event. We had a blast shooting in it. And all proceeds went to diver's rights. Hard to beat that combination.

Thanks to the FSDA for putting the tournament on, I think this was the 45th year for the SOD, that's pretty impressive.

My appreciation to the guys on my boat for their hard work and efforts.

Kudo's to Shelby Lacasse for her true sportsmanship...I guess the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree!

A special congrats to my partner Ricky, for his first place showing. Great job brother! Truly impressive!

Heres a couple of pics I snapped before the storms blew in! The rain came in so hard that further picture taking was impossible......

Ricky with a pair of ginormous gags...not a bad pair of fish for a single dive on tournament day!
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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

Dove a little spring and banged out the AR's.....
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Rich and Ricky show off the first and second place Snappers.
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Impressive sweep again Dan, Ricky and crew! I missed a photo of Jason with a fish or a trophy.

It's a hard thing to guess an aggregate winner by just watching a double weigh-in without scores, but I called it right this time, guessing Ricky had the overall edge despite not taking a single biggest fish. While dodging fish splatter & coolers... it's amazing that I saw enough to do it. Congrats Ricky!

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Re: Early report & photos from the FSDA Southern Open, Treasure Island, FL.

Congrats to Ricky,Dan and the rest of Team Headhunter
along with the other winners.
It was great to compete with all of you.

But I'd like to recognize my father for not only being my captian but for being my main inspiration.
I couldn't have done it without him...or his spots

I love you daddy<3


And thank you Danny you know how much you inspire me also
I wanna grow up to be JUST like YOU! haha <3
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