Team Witt/Tari Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event

Team Witt/Tari Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event
          | March 10, 2015
 
First-place finishers Jason Tari (left) and J R Witt (right) pose with their winning redfish at the IFA Redfish Tour event at Punta Gorda, Fla., on March 7. (To download a high-res image, please visit https://blueheronticker.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/winners_fish.jpg.)
MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - J. R. Witt, of Sarasota, Florida, and Jason Tari, of North Port, Florida, weighed a two-redfish limit that totaled 14.78 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Florida West Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela's on March 7 at Punta Gorda, Florida.

After fishing the IFA for many years and a few top-five finishes, Witt and Tari finally pushed their way into first place despite less-than-ideal conditions.

"We did not expect it to be as low as it was," said Witt. "We were limited to where we could fish. We thank God we were able to get out of where we were."

The anglers took a 45 minute run to fish the Pine Island area with soft plastics including Berkley Gulp! jerk shads.

"We feel very blessed and thankful for today's win," said Witt. "It was not expected."

The team took home the first-place prize - a new a new fully rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard, valued at $25,995. The anglers also added $2,730 in Anglers Advantage contingency cash.

Wayne Kerry and Tyler Kerry, both of Port Charlotte, Florida, brought 13.59 pounds of redfish to the scales to win the $4,000 second-place prize. The anglers also took advantage of Anglers Advantage contingency program for an additional $1,330 in cash.

The team ran 16 miles to fish the Sound with top-water baits and Berkley Gulp!.

Third-place finishers John Ochs, of Englewood, Florida, and Fred Myers, of Panama City, Florida, also experienced low waters, making for a tough day of fishing. At the end of the day, they brought in a two-redfish limit of 13.36 pounds.

The anglers jigged with twitch baits close to Pine Island for their limit, which netted them a total of $3,760 in winnings.

The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is at Titusville, Florida, March 28. 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 and Laishley Park.

For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.

IFA Redfish Tour - Florida West Division Punta Gorda, Fla. (Top 10)

  1. J. R. Witt/Jason Tari - 14.78 lbs.
  2. Wayne Kerry, Tyler Kerry - 13.59 lbs.
  3. Fred Myers/John Ochs - 13.36 lbs.
  4. William Burbach/Mark Dillingham - 13.16 lbs.
  5. Travis Hancock/Jeremy Heimes - 12.88 lbs.
  6. Rob Burns/Mark Dixon - 11.57 lbs.
  7. Jay Withers/Tadd VanDemark - 11.42 lbs.
  8. Kent Hickman/Lori Gosewisch - 10.69 lbs.
  9. Joseph Bazo/Jason Tharp - 10.66 lbs.
  10. Josh Bibler/Kyle Dawson - 10.43 lbs.


About the IFA For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.

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