Dufrene and Cedotal Tops at IFA Redfish Event
Chad Dufrene, of Purvis, Miss., and Jay Cedotal, of Geismar, La., weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 15.53 pounds to win the IFA Redfish Tour event at Panama City Beach, Fla., on June 11. To win the event, which operated out of Bay Point 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.
Dufrene and Cedotal, winners of the 2010 IFA Redfish Tour Championship as well as Team of the Year titles in 2008 and 2009, called the Panama City Beach event, ?one of the best tournaments we fished,? following their day on the water. After running 90 miles to find their fish, the pair capitalized on ideal sight-fishing conditions ? clear water, light winds and sunny skies ? targeting their catch with Berkley Gulp! baits.
?With the Berkley Gulp! 4-inch shrimp we caught about 10 fish total; the first four were all oversized, though,? Dufrene said. ?We had our first good slot fish around 10:30 and kept hitting the grassy flats and sand holes until we found two that we thought were big enough to win.?
Dufrene and Cedotal capped their tournament by winning the Berkley Gulp! Big Fish Award for their 7.91-pound kicker fish, which paid them $500 plus a $500 Cabela?s gift card, courtesy of Berkley; the $1,000 Cabela?s Anglers Cash Award, the $250 OPTIMA Battery Award and top prize in the Anglers Advantage pool.
Second-place finishers, Fred Myers, of Panama City, Fla., and Bruce Lindheim, of Pensacola, Fla., brought 14.63 pounds to the scales during the Panama City Beach event, the result of sight fishing with Berkley Gulp! baits. After wading through a number of over-sized redfish, the team boat a pair of redfish exceeding seven pounds each to take home second-place prize money.
?It started off a little slow, with a five pounder and a some over-sized fish,? Myers said. ?We were frustrated with ourselves as our casting was a little bit off, but we still managed to catch some other fish.?
The third-place team of Joey Sostheim and Jake Matney, both of Panama City Beach, weighed in 14.02 pounds during the tournament, following a 70-mile run to fish oyster bars in the are and sight fishing with Berkley Gulp!.
?Fishing was awesome. We caught 25 fish and all of them sight fishing with Berkley Gulp!,? Sostheim said. ?We didn?t get 16 pounds, but it was a great to comeback with 14 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.
For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.redfishtour.com or www.ifakayakfishingtour.com. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.