Big grassbed key to winning IFA tourney _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG The art of the catch Leslie Charleville, left, and Lee Giroir , right, pull up the paper over a bull dolphin as part of the gyotaku process of 17th century Japanese fish rubbing during the third and final day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Charleville said specially prepared rice paper is used to imprint the image of the fish for posterity. She said the process takes about 20 minutes from the start of painting the fish to the final imprint, and said the fish imprints can be done in the color of the fish or in black ink on the white paper.

No matter where he calls home, it’s not like anyone with the surname “Dufrene,” could be considered a stranger to Louisiana’s coastal waters.

And Chad Dufrene falls in that category. The die-hard redfish pursuer, who calls Purvis, Mississippi, home, teamed with Brewton, Alabama’s, Barnie White to win more than $28,000 in cash and prizes in Saturday’s IFA Redfish Tour out of the Falgout Canal in Theriot. Weigh-in was in Houma.

After fending off some prefishing bad luck, Dufrene said the team found, “a good group of fish in a unique place, on the edge of a huge lake in a grass bed,” and said they worked that spot with pearl-colored Jerk Shads, a soft-plastic lure that imitated pogeys the redfish were eating.

“The Power Pole was a big key to our success,” Dufrene said, adding that these stick-like anchors held the boat in place long enough to wait for redfish to bolt from the grassbed to feed on schools of pogeys passing on the outside of the grass.

“As (redfish) would come up, we were able to pick off some of the bigger fish,” Dufrene said, later explaining that they caught as many as 18 reds before increasing winds clouded the water. Their two-redfish catch (under 27 inches long) weighed 17.65 pounds.

Texans Chris Logan and Emil Reznicek said they stayed closer than the winners to the launch for 16.62 pounds by sightfishing Berkley Gulp! in the Dulac area.

The top Louisiana angler, Chris Kennedy of Metairie, teamed with Floridian Cris Cenci for the third spot with 16.48 pounds from the Bayou Dularge area.

Kayakers, too

Two-time tour champion Daphne, Alabama’s, Benton Parrott is not stranger either to Terrebonne Parish waters, and he combined a 201/2-inch trout and a 44-inch redfish to win Sunday’s IFA Kayak Tour tournament in Houma — except he went to his favorite spot in the Grand Isle area for his fish to edge Baton Rouge veteran Brendan Bayard by one inch.

“It was hot, but the bull red bite was nonstop,” Parrott. “I had an amazing day.”

He said he used topwater plugs and soft plastics and he went after his trout first then chased bull redfish later in the morning before he had to travel back to check-in at Houma.

Bayard boated a 43-inch redfish and had the same length as Parrott’s speckled trout on, he said, using Berkley shrimp under a popping cork for trout and a Gulp! for his redfish.

Check out the storks

The Sherburne Wildlife Management Area’s South Farm will open 7 a.m. Saturday for the annual Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event.

There is no fee, and Wildlife and Fisheries staff will be on site for birders to observe storks and other wading and shore birds feeding on small fish and crawfish that become available during the drawdown of the South Farm’s moist-soil impoundments. For details, call (337) 948-0255.