IFA Redfish event results from Titusville
LIZELLA, Ga. - Chris Heuston and Mike Tucker, both of Miami, Florida, won the IFA Redfish Tour event at Titusville this past weekend. The pair weighed in two fish with a total weight of 15.27 pounds to claim first place.
In addition to the top award the team gathered an additional $1053 for their participation in the Angler's Advantage program and the $500 Rapala Big Fish. The Angler's Advantage Award allows anglers to add $100 to their already-low entry fee for the chance at increased winnings. The optional program pays out 100 percent to those participating teams.
Hueston was paired with alternate team member Tucker for the event and the team had prefished the area for the preceding three weekends.
"Thanks to my partner for poling me around all day long!" Heuston exclaimed. "I have fished with the IFA for 10 years and I have never won Titusville. It was a goal and I got it. I just kept saying if we can get two good bites we will have this win."
With the win, the pair won a 2010 Ranger Banshee Extreme valued at more than $30,000. The boat is powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and is equipped with a Bob's four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate, Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work and Loadmaster trailer.
Second place finishers, Charlie Silver and Travis Tanner, both of Titusville, prefished only one day but brought 14.07 pounds to the scales. The pair fished south using Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and Shad, catching 12 fish during the day.
Also using Gulp! was the third place finishers Troy and Christine Perez of Mims, Florida with 13.64 pounds. The Perez team won the Cabela's Angler Cash Award for being registered, wearing their patches and having the decal on their boat.
Each of the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour regular-season events will commence on Saturday with the newly formed IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing contested the following day (Sundays). In its inaugural season, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie will feature 18 regular-season, catch-photograph-release events across six different division (mirroring the IFA Redfish Tour format, location and scheduling) as well as extremely lucrative payouts and expanded fishing opportunities for non-motorized fishing crafts.
The redfish/trout tournament will pay twenty places (based on a 100 boat field) plus Big Redfish, Big Trout and Junior Angler Awards. The winner will take home a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler valued at $2399, 2nd place prize will be a Hobie Mirage Outback, valued at $1,749 and 3rd place a Hobie Quest, valued at $949.
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.
New for 2010, IFA Redfish Tour anglers will be able to increase their winnings with the Cabela's Angler Cash award and the Angler's Advantage Award. The Angler's Advantage Award allows anglers to add $100 to their already-low entry fee for the chance at increased winnings. The optional program pays out 100 percent to those participating teams. The Cabela's Angler Cash award gives a $1,000 gif"> Cabela's Angler Cash ($1,000): Perez/Perez