Dufour, Poche Take the Crown at IFA Redfish Tour Event
IFA Redfish Tour
Todd Dufour, of Marrero, La., and Scott Poche, of New Orleans, weighed in a two-redfish
limit that totaled 17.11 pounds to win the IFA Redfish Tour event at Empire, La., on April 9. To win the event, which operated out of Delta Marina, the team topped a large field of two-angler teams to take home a new, fully rigged Ranger Banshee Extreme powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and equipped with a Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work, Bob?s four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate, an OPTIMA battery and a Loadmaster trailer valued at $30,000.In capturing their first IFA win, Dufour and Poche relied on higher tides to fish grass pockets on flats. Using a selection of saltwater and crawfish-style baits, the team reported catching 15 redfish during the tournament, including five fish within the slot limit.?We were glad to be able to upgrade our fish throughout the day; we were having a hard time finding legal fish,? Dufour said. ?When the tide came up a little we got into some areas with a little cleaner water we were able to catch another one that turned out to be the bigger fish.?Second-place finishers, Billy Nicholas, of Venice, La., and Shane Cockerhan, of Canyon Lake, Texas, brought 16.90 pounds to the scales during the Empire event, despite being limited in their fishing locations due to fog. Using a mix of Berkley Gulp! baits and Johnson spoons, the pair were able to locate larger schools of fish, which yielded several large slot-legal redfish.?We guided all week, so we had little time to practice before this tournament,? Nicholas said. ?We pulled into a spot we hadn?t fished since last May and there were two or three dozen fish in there. It was a really good day considering we hadn?t fished there in a long time.?The third-place team of Duane Eschete, of Mandeville, La., and Eddie Adams, of Empire, weighed in 16.79 pounds during the tournament, following a day in which they fished a popular area. The team reported boating 15 redfish using Berkley Mud Minnows.?We stuck it out, kept having to wait for other boats to leave so we could get to where we wanted to fish,? Eschete said. ?They finally left and we were able to get our big fish.?Allen Moreau and Paul Pokorney, fourth-place finishers at Empire, won the Berkley Gulp! Big Fish Award with their 8.92-pound redfish, winning $500 and a $500 Cabela?s gift card from Berkley. Barnie and Steve White, 13th-place finishers, won the $1,000 Cabela?s Angler Cash Award, finishing the event with 14.57 pounds.The IFA Redfish Tour continues to draw redfish anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, offering two-angler teams the opportunity to compete in six different divisions, each offering a three-event regular season. Low entry fees for the one-day, regular-season tournaments allows anglers to fish close to home and minimize expenses, while still being a part of a premier inshore, catch-and-release redfish tournament organization. Teams fishing any three of the IFA?s 18 regular-season events are automatically qualified for a no-entry-fee championship event, pitting qualifiers from each of the six divisions for a combined $78,200 in payouts and prize packages, as well as a shot at the coveted Cabela?s Overall Divisional Team of the Year Award for the six regular-season division winners.In addition to a possible $60,000 in payouts per event (based on a 100-boat field), the first-place prize package for all 18 IFA Redfish Tour regular-season events remains extremely lucrative. In 2011, every regular-season tournament winner is guaranteed ? regardless of field size ? a fully loaded 2011 Ranger Banshee Extreme. The boat is powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and is equipped with a Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work, Bob?s four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate, an OPTIMA battery and a Loadmaster trailer. The entire first-place prize package is valued at $30,000. Lucrative contingency programs added for 2011 include $50 prize to the team claiming the big fish award in an IFA Redfish Tour event if the fish is landed with an EGO Net, $25 prize for both the big redfish and big trout in IFA Kayak Tour events; $250 prize to a qualifying winning team which competes from a boat equipped with OPTIMA Batteries; PENN reels for tournament-winning anglers who compete with PENN reels.