North Carolina Team Wins IFA Redfish Event
Rob Koraly, of Emerald Isle, N.C., and Dustin White, of Smithfield, N.C., weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 9.26 pounds to win the IFA Redfish Tour event in Savannah, Ga., on March 12. To win the event, which operated out of Coffee Bluff Marina, Koraly and White bested a large, competitive field taking home a new 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.
Keying on fish located during practice, Koraly and White found redfish hovering over grass in the shallow waters of feeder creeks. Using a dead-stick fishing technique, the pair followed the fish up the creeks to secure their winning fish.
"The fish were practically belly crawling back in the grass," Koraly said. "We figured out that if we just sat there and didn't move the baits, after a few minutes one would just come up there and get it."
In addition to winning the first-place prize of a fully loaded, 2011 Ranger Banshee Extreme, Koraly and White also earned the $2,000 Ranger Cup Award, given to the Ranger Cup-compliant winning team.
Second-place finishers, Mike Pedersen and Lee Parsons, both of Wrightsville, N.C., brought 8.91 pounds to the scales during the tournament, following an extremely active fishing day of fishing. Using Berkley Gulp! baits, the pair focused on one area most of the day, boating more than 30 fish from that area.
"At least five of them were just over the slot limit," Pedersen said. "But we managed to pull in a couple of 23-inchers that were right on the line."
The third-place team of Rennie Clark Jr., of Wilmington, N.C., and Drew Arndt, of Wrightsville Beach, weighed in 8.89 pounds during the competition, utilizing a combination of low tides and Berkley Gulp! baits to secure their limit.
"Once the tide went out, we probably caught 20 more fish and were able to cull out the smaller one," Clark Jr. said. "This week, for some reason, the fish haven't bit well on artificial baits, so we just had to be patient and work everything really slow."
Joseph Tucker and Shane Green, 15th-place finishers in the Savannah event, took home the $500 Berkley Gulp! Big Fish Award for their 4.93-pound redfish. They will also receive the $500 Cabela's gift card (awarded by Berkley) for catching their Big Fish on Berkley Gulp!
IFA Atlantic Division
Savannah, Ga. (Top 10)
1. Koraly/White - 9.26 lbs.
2. Pedersen/Parsons - 8.91 lbs.
3. Clark Jr./Arndt - 8.89 lbs.
4. Davis/Davis - 8.75 lbs.
5. Beglin/Reynierson - 8.58 lbs.
6. Causey/Dotson - 8.44 lbs.
7. Lather/Lather - 8.34 lbs.
8. Taylor/Cronk - 7.59 lbs.
9. Rosengarten/Malphrus - 7.12 lbs.
10. Starling/Cortes - 7.03 lbs.
-Berkley Gulp! Big Fish Award ($500) + Cabela's Gift Card ($500): Tucker/Green (4.93 lbs.)
-Ranger Cup Award ($2,000): Koraly/White
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.