Justin Henne, of Round Rock, and Scott Belcher, of Corpus Christi, weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 17.33 pounds to win the second event of the season for the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s on April 13 in Port Aransas.
The anglers topped a field of 85 boats to take home a fully-rigged Ranger Banshee Extreme, valued at $30,000. The event paid out over $55,000 in winnings, a 200 percent payback.
The winning anglers faced calm winds early with 20-25 mph winds blowing later in the day. The team ran about 35 miles south to their preferred fishing area.
“We sight-fished while drifting over shallow grass flats using six-inch, white Berkley Gulp! jerk shads,” said Henne, in a news release.
The team boated a 9.3-pound redfish to win the $500 Berkley Gulp! Big Fish award, plus a $250 Cabela’s gift card, courtesy of Berkley, for landing their big fish with a Berkley bait.
Second-place finishers Jimmy Lloyd, of Portland, and Jimmy Burns, of Victoria, brought 17.10 pounds to the scales. In addition to the $3,302 second-place prize, the anglers added $2,680 in Anglers Advantage cash to their winnings.
Kyle Burges, of Port Aransas, and Jayson Arnold, of Buda, weighed a total of 16.81 pounds to take the $2,064 third-place prize. In their sixth year fishing the IFA the anglers concentrated their efforts in the upper Laguna Madre. The anglers sight-casted with weedless spoons and Berkley Gulp!
“The wind picked up around noon, making it difficult to locate the schools,” said Burges, in the release. “Overall it was a pretty good day. We had a couple of fish that were a little too long and a couple that were close to the 28-inch slot limit but we got all of the bites into the boat.”
Both IFA Redfish Tours include five divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, the two tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers’ expenses to a minimum.