IFA Redfish Tour event pays out more than $53,000
IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on February 16 at Jacksonville, Florida. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package powered by a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard.The team caught their limit on soft plastics in the Amelia Island area.EW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (Februrary 20, 2019) – Justin Prince and Josh Collins, both of Yulee, Florida, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 14.11 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Florida East Division of the
“We had hoped for overcast conditions, but are stoked with our performance,” Prince said.
Second-place finishers Phil Rizzo, of Titusville, Florida, and Cece Stites, of Cocoa, Florida, weighed 13.13 pounds to take home a total of $6,514 in winnings. The team caught their limit in the marshes throwing soft plastics.
“We just went fishing,” said Rizzo. “We like to come up here and fish Jacksonville. We went to a couple of places we knew would hold fish. We just waited for the water to come out of the grass and hung out around some oysters bars. We caught two small fish and one that was almost 9 pounds, but he was just over the line. Then we caught three good fish.”
Nathaniel Lemmon and Corey Lemmon, both of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, brought a total of 12.79 pounds to the scales to take third place. The anglers concentrated their efforts in the creeks off the St. Johns River with soft plastics.
“It was cloudy, windy and the water was cold,” said Nathaniel Lemmon. “It made the day a little tougher for sight casting. We didn’t get as many bites as expected but are happy with our finish.”
The team took home $2,500 in winnings for their limit.
The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Lafitte, Louisiana, on March 2. Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.
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IFA Redfish Tour – Florida East Division
Jacksonville, Fla. (Top 10)
1. Justin Prince/Josh Collins – 14.11 .lbs
2. Phil Rizzo/Cece Stites – 13.13 .lbs
3. Nathaniel Lemmon/Cory Lemmon – 12.79 .lbs
4. Jimmy Pausche/Scott O’Brien – 12.60 .lbs
5. Danny Sheldon/Kyle Craven – 12.56 .lbs
6. Ron Schurr/Buzz Brannon – 12.38 .lbs
7. Chris Herrera/Tommy Derringer – 11.51 .lbs
8. Raymond McDermott/Jillian McGowan – 11.15 .lbs
9. Brad Williams/Mike Broadwell – 11.01 .lbs
10. Matt Lewis/Nathan Johnson – 10.81 .lbs