Sunday, March 25, 2012

2012 IFA Redfish Tour - Savannah results

Bruce Draper and Ricky Maldonado - Winners of Savannah IFA
This BUD is for you, tourney anglers!
The first event in the Atlantic Division of the Inshore Fishing Association 2012 tourneys was fished in Savannah on March 24 out of Coffee Bluff Marina. The competition was stiff in the 38-team field and included the top two teams from the Atlantic Division in 2011. Drew Arndt and Rennie Clark were in town from Wilmington (N.C.) and they have won the Atlantic Division for the past three years and were the IFA Nat'l Team of the Year back in 2010! Team Two Reds consists of Chuck and Shane Lather from Beaufort and they finished second in the Atlantic Division in 2011. Fate would have other plans for these proven veterans on this day as Ridgeland residents Bruce Draper and Ricky Maldonado came out of nowhere to lay claim to the first place prize - a Ranger boat. (see video for specs on the Ranger) Draper told me that his Team Reel Habit fished in Hilton Head after a one hour and fifteen minute run to a shell bank that they had pre-fished for three days. The reds were biting a Gulp white ripple mullet with a chartreuse tail on the incoming tide, and they weighed in two fish (4.57 & 4.85) for a total of 9.42-pounds. Finishing in second place was Nations Finley and McNeal Finley with a combined total of 9.15-pounds, and third place went to Ron and Caleb Davis of Edisto with an 8.38-pound total. Only ten teams were able to weigh-in two redfish and that included Brian Rose and Kendrick Neal from the Lowcountry Redfish Tour - taking 6th place. The next IFA Atlantic Division event will be fished out of the Charleston Harbor Marina on June 3. For cash totals and to see who fished without weighing in a fish visit the IFA Tour.
To view results from the IFA Kayak event fished the following day click here.
To view past blog entries from the IFA tour click here.

Drew Arndt and Rennis Clark finished in 9th place

Coffee Bluff Marina on Hunter Creek
To view past blog entries from the IFA tour click here.

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