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by RedfishCup.com Staff
Web posted on September 01, 2004
Hurricane Frances has caused the postponement of the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Championship. The National Hurricane Center predicts Frances will be a serious threat to southeastern Florida as early as Saturday morning.Frances didn't chill out after all. After three days of watching the developments of Hurricane Frances, officials of the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup have decided to postpone the event scheduled to begin Friday at Mosquito Lagoon in Titusville, Fla.

"The storm is apparently bearing down on Titusville," said Mike McKinnis, producer of the Redfish Cup. "We know that track can change and there is some likelihood that it won't hit Mosquito Lagoon. But odds are Hurricane Frances could have a destructive impact to the East Coast of Florida.

"In a situation like that, with our anglers' lives at stake, our tournament takes a backseat to everything. We hope that Frances doesn't make landfall anywhere and that our decision will be one of prudence than of necessity. "

McKinnis said the decision had to be made now in order to give anglers an opportunity to escape the possibility of coming into contact with the affects of the storm. Waiting any longer to see what the storm will do could endanger lives and property.

As of 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday all the teams have been contacted and made aware that the event has been postponed.

"Obviously, there are a lot of things that could happen between now and when and if Frances makes landfall," McKinnis said. "But those things also include several bad scenarios and we want to give our anglers every opportunity to take care of their families in the face of a potential storm like this."

McKinnis said officials of the Redfish Cup are working on a contingency plan, but until Frances has passed determining where and when the Championship will be held is premature. Expectations are the tournament will take place as early as two weeks later and depending on where Frances' impact is felt could return to Mosquito Lagoon. But other venues and dates are being considered.

Currently, the 25 teams on the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup tournament circuit are practicing for the upcoming event. Those teams are the qualifiers after four events and will be fishing for a $50,000 top prize and final standings in the Oh Boy! Oberto Team of the Year Race. Each of those guarantees more than $100,000 in prize money available to the 25 teams competing.

Stay tuned for more developments on new dates and locations for the Championship.

The Chalmette Tournament will still be shown on ESPN2 this Saturday at 9:30 am.

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