Team Stephens/Frantz Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event at Punta Gorda, Florida
Event pays out over $49,000 in cash and prizes
Dave Stephens and George Frantz, both of Punta Gorda, Fla., weighed a two-redfish limit that totaled 15.20 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Florida West Coast Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela's at Punta Gorda, Fla. The team took home a fully rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard, valued at over $25,000.
Competing in their first IFA event, the team ran 20 miles to the Pine Island area, fishing Berkley Gulp! Jerk Shad.
"The fishing was tough," said Stephens. "We had clear, blue skies and slow moving water but we stayed with the fish all day."
The anglers also won the $500 Berkley Gulp! Big Fish award for their 8.36-pound redfish.
Kris Howell, of Land o' Lakes, Fla., and Brett Norris, of St. Petersburg, Fla., took home the $3,631 second-place prize along with $2,730 in Anglers Advantage cash. After finishing in fourth place two times last year, their 14.66-pound limit put them in the top three for first time. The anglers also reported a slow bite, fishing with jigs and plugs.
Third-place finishers Gary Miller, of Naples, Fla., and A.J. Weber, of Estero, Fla., took home $2,270 for their 14.41-pound limit. This event makes the fourth time the team has placed in the top ten.
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IFA Redfish Tour Championship
Punta Gorda, Fla. (Top 10)
1. Stephens/Frantz – 15.20 lbs.
2. Howell/Norris – 14.66 lbs.
3. Miller/Weber – 14.41 lbs.
4. Walker/Walker – 14.28 lbs.
5. Heimes/Hancock – 14.28 lbs.
6. Gibbs/Looper – 14.21 lbs.
7. Peters/Vercillo – 13.54 lbs.
8. Hueston/Brady – 13.32 lbs.
9. Shimko/Carlson – 13.14 lbs.
10. Wells/Ward – 13.10 lbs.