Team Rood/Rood Wins IFA Redfish Event
MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Patrick Rood and Maggie Rood, both of Deltona, Florida, weighed a two-redfish limit that totaled 12.29 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Florida East Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela's on March 28 at Titusville, Florida.After winning last year's IFA Redfish event in Titusville, Patrick Rood partnered with his wife for this year's event. The combo didn't disappoint and won the couple $28,099 in cash and prizes.The husband-and-wife team faced stiff winds during the competition. The duo ran 10 miles to the Mosquito Lagoon area, where they sight-fished Berkley Gulp! shrimp.Mark Sepe, of DeLand, Florida, and Brandon Buckner, of Fort Myers, Florida, brought in a total of 11.99 pounds to take a close second. The pair of anglers expected a tough day on the waters."High winds were forecasted and the weatherman didn't miss," said Sepe. "I definitely couldn't have fished effectively today without our Power-Pole."The anglers ran 35 miles to sight-fish Berkley Gulp! and soft plastics. The team made the most of the windy day and stayed positive about lost fish."We capitalized on most of our opportunities today," said Sepe. "But, as always, we can think of a few missed opportunities that could have won the tournament."Sepe and Buckner won a total of $3,837 for second place and additional Anglers Advantage program winnings.Third-place finishers Justin Collison, of Sorrento, Florida, and Bryan Ward, of Sanford, Florida, won $1,520 in prize money and added $950 in contingency winnings for their 11.81-pound limit.Collison and Ward ran 20 miles to the Mosquito Lagoon, where the anglers found plenty of fish but had trouble getting bites."We saw plenty of fish but could not get them to eat," said Collison. "The fishing could have been better. We must have seen 300 fish but with only a few takes."The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is at Placida, Florida, for the Lucas Oil IFA Redfish Open on April 10-11. All teams that enter at least a minimum of two events and compete in at least one event will qualify for the 2015 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela's, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, Bob's Machine Shop, SuperClean, Mustang Survival, iON Cameras, Valley Fashions, ENGEL Coolers, Bulldog Folding Trailers, Hildebrandt, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, CrackerJacks Tiki Bar and Kayaks by Bo. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.IFA Redfish Tour - Florida East DivisionTitusville, Fla. (Top 10)Patrick Rood/Maggie Rood - 12.29 lbs.Mark Sepe/Brandon Buckner - 11.99 lbs.Justin Collison/Bryan Ward - 11.81 lbs.Nathaniel Lemmon/Corey Lemmon - 11.74 lbs.Joseph Bonura/Rick Thomas - 11.53 lbs.Matt Preston/Patrick Preston - 10.93 lbs.Fred Myers/John Ochs - 10.79 lbs.Tyler Vollmer/Justin Ritchey - 10.41 lbs.Justin Sweat/Billy Renfroe - 10.34 lbs.Mike Tucker/Chris Hueston - 9.89 lbs.