Matt Lamb and his father, Ray Lamb of Atlantic Beach, chased redfish from the Carolinas and Georgia to Louisiana and wound up as the Inshore Fishing Association’s Team of the Year for the Atlantic Division of the Redfish Tour, wrapping up the title at the tour championship in Houma, La., on Oct. 26.
The Lambs, who run Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach, began their quest for the IFA Atlantic Division Team of the Year title on June 8 in Charleston, S.C., with a fifth-place finish in the season’s first tournament. They added a sixth-place finish on Aug. 3 in a tournament in Savannah, Ga., and wrapped things up in Louisiana with a 14th-place finish.
“We went to Houma a week early because we had never fished there before,” Matt Lamb said. “We had been to Louisiana before, but east of the Mississippi River … and the fishing is different. Our whole plan was to learn our way around and to hopefully find some fish. We found learning our way through all the cuts and ponds in the Louisiana marsh was far more difficult than finding redfish. There were big fish in many places. Early in the week, before the crowds arrived, we even found some within sight of the ramp.
“We knew we were in the hunt (for Team of the Year) and set it as a priority. We knew we would have to do well in the championship thought maybe we could do both.”
The Lambs, who finished in the top-10 in the 2011 and 2012 championship events, were 17th after the first day with two reds weighing 15.63 pounds, and when they weighed in 16.07 the second day for a 31.7 total, they finished 14th and wound up with 578 out of a possible 600 points in the Atlantic Division to finish first. In addition, they were the top finishers among North Carolina teams.