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Team Forbes/Collins Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event at Port Aransas, Texas

Anglers win more than $29,000 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (September 17, 2020) – Nate Forbes and Mitchell Collins, both of Port Aransas, Texas, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 17.78 pounds to win the final regular-season event for the Texas Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on September 12, at Port Aransas, Texas. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package powered by a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard.

The anglers ran seven to 10 miles to fish Shamrock Cove for their limit. Keeping an eye out for schooling fish, the team threw gold spoons, Berkley Gulp! and other soft plastics. Their 10.49 lunker earned the $500 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award while participating in the Anglers Advantage contingency program added $2,100 in cash for a total of $29,600 in winnings.

Second-place finishers Chris Smith, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Blake Trevino, of Friendswood, Texas, brought 17.59 pounds to the scales. They duo encountered better-than-expected conditions on their 60-mile run north of the launch in search of clean water. Smith and Trevino sight-fished with soft plastics and earned $2,135 for their limit.

IFA Redfish Tour veterans and previous Tour winners Russel O’Riley, of Portland, Texas, and Corey Survant, of Corpus Christi, Texas, weighed 16.37 pounds of redfish to take the $1,164 third-place prize. The anglers also added $1,050 in Anglers Advantage cash.

Running approximately 30 miles, the anglers found fish feeding better in dirty water and were biting Berkley Gulp! and other soft plastics.

“Our pattern was to fish dirty water adjacent to a clean flat,” said O’Riley. “The fish would relax when they entered the dirty water. We are very pleased with our weight. We made good choices and were happy with the fish we targeted.”

The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Empire, Louisiana, on October 10.  Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions,  T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

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

IFA Redfish Tour – Texas Division

Port Aransas, Texas (Top 10)

  1. Nate Forbes/Mitchell Collins – 17.78 .lbs
  2. Chris Smith/Blake Trevino – 17.59 .lbs
  3. Russell O’Riley/Corey Survant – 16.37 .lbs
  4. Mike Mazariegos/Corey Gagliano – 16.33 .lbs
  5. Marcus Russell/Seth Huges – 16.22 .lbs
  6. Zach Trevino/Rene Lopez – 16.06 .lbs
  7. Allen Kalisky/Billy Blackwood – 15.80 .lbs
  8. Kyle Burges/Cody Collins – 15.12 .lbs
  9. Jason Wagenfeher/Fred Wagenfeher – 14.99 .lbs
  10. Tony Gagliano/Chuck McKinny – 14.92 .lbs

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