Louisiana Team Wins IFA Redfish Tournament
Eddie Adams and Dwayne Eschete of Louisiana weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 16.27 pounds to win the IFA Redfish Tour event at Empire, La.
To win the event, which operated out of Delta Marina, the duo 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, and a Loadmaster trailer valued at $30,000.
Running 50 miles to Delacroix Island, the team casted into potholes in the grass beds with Berkley Gulp!. The team's catch included a 8.41-pound kicker redfish, which netted the team the $500 Berkeley Gulp! Big Fish Award with a $250 Cabela's gift card, courtesy of Berkley. The anglers also took home an additional $250 for the NBOA Insurance Award.
"The wind shifted and picked up a bit out of the north," Adams said. "The clouds made for a difficult day for sight-fishing. We made every bite count and were very pleased with the results."
Second-place finishers Sean O'Connell and Ben Bubeck, both of Mandeville, La., brought 15.60 pounds to the scales by sight-fishing with soft plastic shrimp. The team experienced technical issues on their run to Delacroix Island.
"We had engine problems," O'Connell said. "My partner stayed calm while I was stressing out. But we eventually got it all worked out."
Stephen Sierra, of Madisonville, La., and Scott Benoit, of Marrero, La., brought in their two-redfish limit for a total weight of 15.59 pounds to take the third-place prize. Fishing Berkley Gulp! Alive! in grassy ponds, the anglers also ran into the cold front with the winds quickly turning out of the north.
"With the conditions rapidly changing, we were persistent with our fishing," Sierra said. "We stuck to blind-casting the ponds and it ultimately paid off."
IFA Louisiana Division
Empire, La. (Top 10)
- Adams/Eschete - 16.27 lbs.
- O'Connell/Bubeck - 15.60 lbs.
- Sierra/Benoit - 15.59 lbs.
- Bird/Bird - 15.56 lbs.
- Dufrene/Savoie - 15.30 lbs.
- Fryfogle/Turner - 15.18 lbs.
- Morgan/Cherry - 15.02 lbs.
- Angelo/Morris - 14.94 lbs.
- Pescay/Pescay - 14.83 lbs.
- Romig/Carruth - 14.57 lbs.
Berkley Gulp! Big Fish Award ($500) + Cabela's Gift Card ($250):Adams/Eschete (8.41 lbs.)
NBOA Insurance Award ($250):