Team McGuire/Chivas Wins Redfish Event
LIZELLA, GA - Cory McGuire of Pine Island, Fla., along with tournament partner Cody Chivas of Clearwater, Fla., weighed in a two-redfish limit totaling 14.73 pounds to win the 2009 IFA Redfish Tour event at Ruskin, Fla., on August 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.
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