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No Surprise

May 13, 2006

Bo Johnson & Mike DelducaPUNTA GORDA. Fla. _ Bo Johnson and Mike Del Duca didn’t surprise anyone when they won the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup presented by frogg toggs Saturday.

The team is considered one of the top teams in the country. But that had nothing to do with the expected. That revelation came when the team was the first of the final five to make it back to the dock on Saturday.

“If those guys are sitting there and nothing’s broke, then they caught them,’’ said Rick Murphy, a fellow competitor familiar with the hardships of Johnson and Del Duca.

The team won with a two-fish limit totaling 12.92 pounds. They were followed by Craig Johnson and John Ochs in second with 10.09 pounds. Mike Tindal and Artie Price were third with 5.48 pounds. Team Oberto’s Keith and Greg Hartsell and the local team of Jim Taylor and Lance Welsh failed to catch a keeper on the final day and finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Johnson and Del Duca fished a flawless event to capture the victory. That’s flawlessness is something that escaped the team much of last season. Of the eight days of competition, the team failed to make it back to the weigh in on three of those.

“We went for broke a lot and got bit,’’ Del Duca said. “But we knew if we kept working on it, doing our homework that it would come around for us.”

It did in a big way. The team won $40,000 for the day. And they didn’t break anything in the process.

“A lot of that is my mindset,’’ Johnson said. “I do what it takes to win. If that means going 250 miles one way to get to the winning fish then we’re going. I’m either going to win or lose, but if I lose I lose trying to win.”

The “never settle for second” attitude put them team in dire straits a couple of times last season. Ironically, during this event the team had things work perfectly for them within 45 miles of the take off.

Bo Johnson & Mike DelducaThey caught their fish on a grass flat in Pine Island Sound. On the first day, they boated nearly 14 pounds in the last hour of competition on low tide. On Day Two, they followed that up with a 12-pound stringer, caught again on low tide but this time in the first few minutes of the day.

“It seemed like each day the fish just grew and multiplied on that flat,’’ Johnson said. “I have no idea where they came from but it was awesome to watch.”

The team caught their winning stringer on New Penny colored Gulp! jerkbait, rigged with a Keeper Hook. On Saturday, they boated three keepers, the first two were the ones that hit the scale.

While their teammates were winning, Ochs and Johnson, who work for Del Duca at Lake and Bay boats, were putting together a 10-pound stringer that helped them secure the lead in the season-long Oberto Team of the Year race.

The Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup presented by frogg toggs is a five-event series that travels from Texas to South Carolina. The Punta Gorda event was the second event. The next event will take place June 8-10 in Kemah, Texas.


Official Results from Punta Gorda, Florida Oh Boy!
Oberto Redfish Cup
May 11 - 13, 2006

 
Team
Day 1 Day 2 Days 1&2 Day 3
Points
Money
1.
Bo Johnson - Cape Coral, FL
Mike Del Duca - Naples, FL
13.59
11.42
25.01
12.92
130
$40,000
2.
Craig Johnson - Seabring, FL
John Ochs - Englewood, FL
11.66
11.99
23.65
10.09
129
$9,000
3.
Mike Tindal - Mobile, AL
Artie Price Jr - New Port Richey, FL
11.53
13.36
24.89
5.48
128
$6,000
4.
Keith Hartsell - Corpus Christi, TX
Greg Hartsell - Pearland, TX
12.71
11.58
24.29
0.00
127
$5,000
5.
Jim Taylor - Punta Gorda, FL
Lance Welsh - Port Charlotte, FL
12.25
11.30
23.55
0.00
126
$4,000
The following teams did not qualify for the Final Round
6.
Phil O' Bannon - Boca Grande, FL
John Updike - Lake Wales, FL
10.64
12.61
23.25
 
125
$2,500
7.
J.R. Witt - Sarasota, FL
Mike McDonald - Sarasota, FL
10.49
12.68
23.17
 
124
$2,500
8.
J.B. Bradshaw - Punta Gorda, FL
Josh Reager - Punta Gorda, FL
9.03
12.54
21.57
 
123
$2,500
9.
Lynn Bevis - Punta Gorda, FL
Brian Hindman - Punta Gorda, FL
9.89
11.60
21.49
 
122
$2,500
10.
Troy Perez - Mims, FL
Mark Huse - Hackberry, LA
11.50
9.92
21.42
 
121
$2,500
11.
Ben Chancey - Cape Coral, FL
Nelson Diaz - Cape Coral, FL
12.33
8.98
21.31
 
120
$2,000
12.
Eric Holstman - Gulf Breeze, FL
Sonny Granger - Gulf Breeze, FL
12.36
8.85
21.21
 
119
$2,000
13.
Greg DeVault - Port Richey, FL
Bill DeVault - New Port Richey, FL
12.96
7.85
20.81
 
118
$2,000
14.
Anthony Randazzo - Belle Chasse, LA
Billy Wallbaum - Shreveport, LA
12.21
7.93
20.14
 
117
$1,500
15.
Jarrett Lombard - Port Charlotte, FL
Leland Symonds - Punta Gorda, FL
10.29
9.68
19.97
 
116
$1,500
16.
Bryan Watts - Lithia, FL
Greg Watts - Eagle Lake, FL
8.46
11.50
19.96
 
115
$1,500
17.
Andy Mnichowski - Marrero, LA
John McGill - Slidell, LA
9.73
9.68
19.41
 
114
$1,500
18.
John Oliverio - Brandon, FL
Robert Shamblin - Valrico, FL
7.62
10.90
18.52
 
113
$1,500
19.
Jim Franklin - Angleton, TX
Brian Fornea - Abita Springs, LA
8.57
9.47
18.04
 
112
20.
Bret Betler - Cape Coral, FL
Nick Georgeopoulos - Cape Coral, FL
10.31
6.57
16.88
 
111
21.
John Bazo - Dunnellon, FL
Jeff Tippett - Flushing, MI
9.94
6.58
16.52
 
110
22.
Tim Young - Baytown, TX
Jason Catchings - Liberty, TX
5.83
10.08
15.91
 
109
23.
Scott Guthrie - Jacksonville, FL
Rick Murphy - Homestead, FL
9.84
5.92
15.76
 
108
24.
Ray Van Horn - Tarpon Springs, FL
C.A. Richardson - St Petersburg, FL
7.57
7.67
15.24
 
107
25.
Blake Beerbower - North Port, FL
Scott Roe - Port Charlotte, FL
5.31
9.83
15.14
 
106
26.
Gritter Griffin - Troy, AL
Paul Jueckstock - Port Orange, FL
7.70
6.94
14.64
 
105
27.
Chuck Cash - N ft Myers, FL
Charley Cash - Ft Myers, FL
6.21
8.13
14.34
 
104
28.
Terry L Lacoss - Amelia Island, FL
Terry D Lacoss - Amelia Island, FL
14.28
0.00
14.28
 
103
29.
Travis Holeman - Crystal Beach, FL
Bryan Holeman - Crystal Beach, FL
4.19
10.04
14.23
 
102
30.
Charlie Barton - Port Lavaca, TX
Jack Barton - Laguna Vista, TX
4.60
9.14
13.74
 
101
31.
Rick Maddox - Largo, FL
Scott Marshall - Largo, FL
11.23
2.33
13.56
 
100
32.
Mike Frenette - Marrero, LA
Michael Frenette - Marrero, LA
13.37
0.00
13.37
 
99
33.
Ben Alderman - Mt Pleasant, SC
Ronnie Pitts - McClellenville, SC
7.06
6.17
13.23
 
98
34.
Andrew Bostick - Marco Island, FL
Mark Sepe - Deland, FL
8.99
4.10
13.09
 
97
35.
Kevin Broussard - Lake Charles, LA
Cajun Phil Broussard - Lake Charles, LA
10.66
2.18
12.84
 
96
36.
Andrew Medina - Port Charlotte, FL
Trent Cheatham - Punta Gorda, FL
10.49
2.29
12.78
 
95
37.
Ross Barkhurst - Luling, LA
Lloyd Landry - Luling, LA
12.70
0.00
12.70
 
94
38.
Richard Hudec - Naples, FL
Troy Robichaux - Lockport, LA
8.25
4.25
12.50
 
93
39.
Chuck Howard - Bradenton, FL
CJ Howard - Bradenton, FL
12.32
0.00
12.32
 
92
40.
G.T. Cantrell - Temple, TX
Randy Boenigk - Bryan, TX
12.05
0.00
12.05
 
91
41.
Mike Friday - Naples, FL
Richard Freund - Ft Myers, FL
6.28
5.75
12.03
 
90
42.
Roland Martin - Naples, FL
Steve Loyd - Naples, FL
11.90
0.00
11.90
 
89
43.
Alex Suescun - Cape Coral, FL
Ron Horton - Cape Coral, FL
5.38
6.08
11.46
 
88
44.
Erik Rue - Lake Charles, LA
Larry Puckett - Boyd, TX
6.82
4.49
11.31
 
87
45.
Tom Fragomeni - Deland, FL
Mike Imrisek - Tampa, FL
11.23
0.00
11.23
 
86
46.
Jeff Simms - Punta Gorda, FL
Wayne Quick - Punta Gorda, FL
11.08
0.00
11.08
 
85
47.
Bob Boudreau - Punta Gorda, FL
Trey Newton - Valrico, FL
10.83
0.00
10.83
 
84
48.
Chris Wittman - Ft Myers, FL
Tom Winrow - St. Augustine, FL
5.30
5.46
10.76
 
83
49.
Brandon Jenewein - Bay City, TX
Reid Westmoreland - Bay City, TX
10.74
0.00
10.74
 
82
50.
Brandon Ballay - Belle Chasse, LA
Brent Ballay - Belle Chasse, LA
1.97
8.51
10.48
 
81
51.
Heath Seckel - Winter Haven, FL
Brian Ulch - Winter Haven, FL
10.37
0.00
10.37
 
80
52.
Peter Young - Luling, LA
Johnny Korzeniowski - Clermont, FL
8.05
2.23
10.28
 
79
53.
Ken Chambers - Naples, FL
Mark Miller - Plainfield, IN
5.41
4.79
10.20
 
78
54.
Josh Smith - Alva, FL
Jeff Jarvis - N Richland Hills, TX
10.14
0.00
10.14
 
77
55.
Jon Loring Jr - Bacliff, TX
James Trimble - Galveston, FL
5.78
4.26
10.04
 
76
56.
Ron Hueston - Naples, FL
Chris Hueston - Miami, FL
9.89
0.00
9.89
 
75
57.
Capt Bill Landry - New Iberia, LA
Capt Todd Semar - New Iberia, LA
5.49
4.09
9.58
 
74
58.
Ron Liscum - Arcadia, FL
Tim White - Punta Gorda, FL
9.47
0.00
9.47
 
73
59.
Fred Winters - Port Charlotte, FL
Diane Winters - Port Charlotte, FL
9.32
0.00
9.32
 
72
60.
Sam Arcure Jr - Ft Myers, FL
Keith Rainwater - Victoria, TX
8.77
0.00
8.77
 
71
61.
Shawn Harrell - Barton, FL
Rick Harrell - Lakeland, FL
8.44
0.00
8.44
 
70
62.
Leiza Fitzgerald - St Petersburg, FL
Merrily Dunn - Bradenton, FL
5.96
2.21
8.17
 
69
63.
Sam Bertha Jr - Bunnell, FL
Gary McKenzie - Bartow, FL
4.83
3.05
7.88
 
68
64.
Wayne Kerry - Port Charlotte, FL
Tyler Kerry - Port Charllotte, FL
7.87
0.00
7.87
 
67
65.
Jody Morris - Metairie, LA
Manny Perez - Buford, GA
7.80
0.00
7.80
 
66
66.
Blake Phillips - Dothan, AL
Keith Sheppard - Dothan, AL
2.06
5.35
7.41
 
65
67.
Robert Moore - Punta Gorda, FL
Rick Francois - Punta Gorda, FL
7.17
0.00
7.17
 
64
68.
Brad Opsahl - Punta Gorda, FL
Travis Opsahl - Punta Gorda, FL
5.23
1.72
6.95
 
63
69.
Capt Don Mull Jr - Port Charlotte, FL
Kim Krieger - Port Charlotte, FL
6.81
0.00
6.81
 
62
70.
Geoffrey Page - Venice, FL
Ed Zyak - Jensen Beach, FL
4.27
2.46
6.73
 
61
71.
Mike Mahan - Port Charlotte, FL
Gene Kingery - Punta Gorda, FL
6.25
0.00
6.25
 
60
72.
Capt Walt Powell - Belleair Bluffs, FL
Tom Tamanini - Odessa, FL
5.90
0.00
5.90
 
59
73.
Joey Lara - Robstown, TX
Sam Lara - Robstown, TX
0.00
5.81
5.81
 
58
74.
Mike Sydow - Fulton, TX
Randy Hoyt - Rockport, TX
0.00
5.38
5.38
 
57
75.
Brandon Buckner - Ft Myers, FL
Sean Middleton - Ft Myers, FL
5.32
0.00
5.32
 
56
76.
John Hoffman - Pendleton,
Terry Hoffman - Pendleton,
0.00
5.30
5.30
 
55
77.
Duncan Jones - Altamonte Springs, FL
James Dicks - Altamonte Springs, FL
5.02
0.00
5.02
 
54
78.
Bret Gamrot - St Petersburg, FL
Randy Hendrick - Clearwater, FL
0.00
4.98
4.98
 
53
79.
Charlie Thomason - St Bernard, LA
Eric Taylor - Rockledge, FL
2.26
2.22
4.48
 
52
80.
Tommy Lomonte - Stafford, TX
Jimmy West - Port Bolivar, TX
0.00
4.37
4.37
 
51
81.
Allen Kalisky - San Antonio, TX
Billy Blackwood - San Antonio, TX
0.00
3.19
3.19
 
50
82.
Rick Adams - Harvey, LA
Blake Pizzolato - Montgomery, TX
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Keith Bird - Madisonville, LA
Bryant Bird Jr - Spring, TX
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Starr Boykin - Theodore, AL
Barbara Scopelitis - Corpus Christi, TX
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Chad Breland - Belle Chasse, LA
John Stubbs - Belle Chasse, LA
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Bucky Dennis - Port Charlotte, FL
Ryan Rowan - North Port, FL
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Randy Macik - Bay City, TX
Charlie Paradoski - Sugarland, TX
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Blaien Friermood - Baytown, TX
Mickey Eastman - Baytown, TX
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Mike McNamara - Tallahassee, FL
Jimmy Littler - Tallahassee, FL
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0
82.
Jason Mohler - Port Charlotte, FL
Dallas Mohler - Port Charlotte, FL
0.00
0.00
0.00
 
0

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