2022 CCA Texas STAR Tournament WINNER SPOTLIGHT: Heriberto Flores – Red Tag
Heriberto Flores was the SECOND CERTIFIED WINNER of the 2022 Texas Ford Dealer’s RED-Tagged Redfish Division. Recently, Heriberto was awarded a 2022 Ford F-150 “Texas Edition” XLT Super Cab connected to a Haynie 23′ Bigfoot with a Mercury 150HP L Pro XS Optimax and Coastline Trailer.
Here’s his story:
Heriberto Flores and his buddy struggled all afternoon, finding live bait and fighting the rain. Once they caught a handful of shrimp and a few finger mullet, they caught a break in the weather, and Heriberto said, “Let’s go. Let’s go try it with this.” After pulling up to their regular spot in North Trinity Bay, they saw multiple boats were already there, and one was catching redfish out in the distance. After using what little bait they had catching flounder, they needed more bait and were able to bring in nickel-sized baby shad. After the boat that was catching those redfish left, Heriberto took the opportunity to grab the spot and set up shop there. He tried everything he could, even yelling “Tag, Tag, Tag” after each tug of the line. He went back into the live well one last time and grabbed those baby shad, and with rod and reel in hand, he let the bait fly as far as he could. Suddenly, he felt a tug on the line and started screaming. Again, he yelled, “Tag, Tag, Tag,” as he told his buddy to grab the net. It wasn’t until the redfish was safely in the net that he realized that this one had a tag! At first, he couldn’t see what color it was since it was covered in algae. He yelled to his buddy, “Video me! Video me! This one has a tag in it! Come on!” With the redfish in hand, he began to strip the algae away, revealing a RED-Tag! As they were celebrating, Heriberto clipped the tag and released the redfish. With the Red tag “safely” in his teeth, he headed off to one of our official weigh stations to turn it in. [Linda’s Bait & Tackle]
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