IFA College and High School Saltwater Championships Wrap Up at Houma, Louisiana
Up-and-coming redfish anglers converge in Louisiana
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (Oct. 22, 2014) – Student angler teams from Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida, and King High School in Tampa, Florida, topped the leader boards for their respective categories at the inaugural IFA College and High School Saltwater championship events at Houma, Louisiana, on Oct. 19. The all-new championship events featured up-and-coming student saltwater anglers from the college and high-school ranks.
Brothers Corbin Ferrantegennaro and Conner Ferrantegennaro, of Tampa, Florida, brought 15.76 pounds to the scales to win the high school category. With only one day of pre-fishing, the anglers didn’t have any experience fishing in the legendary fisheries of Louisiana but did use tactics honed in their home waters of Florida.
“We looked for the spots where there was a break in the hydrilla where the current was ripping through.,” said Corbin Ferrantegennaro. “We knew redfish like breaks and fast current because in Tampa we have a lot of sandbars and it’s that same setup. We figured if it works on sandbars in Tampa it should work in Louisiana and it did.”
The team ran 45 minutes and fished in the Lost Lake area with inline spinners and spoons. The anglers caught a total of six slot fish during the event and are looking forward to competing in the future.