Team McGuire/Chivas wins IFA Redfish Tour event
Cory McGuire of Pine Island, along with tournament partner Cody Chivas of Clearwater, weighed in a two-redfish limit totaling 14.73 pounds to win the 2009 IFA Redfish Tour event at Ruskin, Fla., on Aug. 22.
To win the one-day event, which launched out of Little Harbor and hosted by Pirate’s Pointe Resort, McGuire and Chivas bested a field of other two-angler teams to win the event.
After experiencing early mechanical difficulties with their boat, requiring the pair to return to the launch site, the pair worked to repair the vessel and return to the competition waters. With the boat operational, the pair ran approximately 30 miles to find their fish. Using Berkley Gulp! baits, the tandem sight fished for tailing redfish, securing a sack buoyed by a 7.68-pound kicker the biggest fish weighed in during the tournament.
“It’s frustrating to have to lose time on the water to something like a mechanical problem,” McGuire said. “Your worse fear is that while you are working on the boat that someone else is out there catching all of the fish. But we had two days of good practice and were comfortable that our fish would be there and they were.”
With the win, the pair won a 2009 Ranger Banshee Extreme valued at more than $30,000. The boat is powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and is equipped with a Bob’s four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate, Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work and Loadmaster trailer.
The second-place team of Kyle Potts of Pine Island and Chris Magnano of Fort Myers brought 13.69 pounds to the scales on Saturday, including a 7.08-pound kicker redfish. Utilizing information from their two days of pre-tournament practice, the pair ran approximately 10 miles. Dodging weather not present during their practice period, the pair boated five fish for the day.
“It wasn’t much like practice out there for us,” Potts said. “We lost a couple of fish early and spent a lot of time staying out of the way of the weather. We didn’t catch as many as we thought we would, but still there were some good ones there.”
The third-place team of Mickey Gibbs and Jeremy Heimes, both of Zephyrhills, Fla., weighed in a two-fish limit that tipped the scales at 13.60 pounds. The pair experienced much better fishing conditions during the tournament than they did in practice, boating an estimated dozen quality fish during the event. Running approximately 30 miles each way to locate their redfish, the team was assessed a fish-care penalty at weigh in, costing them a second-place finish.
The final regular-season event of the IFA Redfish Tour’s Florida West Coast Division also brought an end to the highly contested race for the division’s Team of the Year Award. The Rapala-sponsored team of Geoff Page and Rick Murphy edged out second-place finishers Looper and Walters, to claim the coveted award and qualifying the pair to compete for the Cabela’s Overall Divisional Team of the Year Award at November’s IFA Redfish Tour Championship in Orange Beach, Ala.
For more information on the IFA Redfish Tour, to become a member of the IFA or to become a part of the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.redfishtour.com.