Kayak angler takes house greater than $three,00zero in prize cash

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (September 25, 2017) – Mark Patterson, of Greensboro, North Carolina, measured a mixed restrict of 57.88 inches to win the ultimate regular-season occasion for the 2017 Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour introduced by Hobie Fishing on September 24 at Georgetown, South Carolina.

Patterson completed sturdy in his first ever IFA Kayak Tour occasion by besting the closest competitor by greater than 13 inches. IFA kayak anglers can put in wherever so long as they’ll make it again to the weigh-in on time. With excessive winds forecasted for the Georgetown space, Patterson determined to fish the acquainted waters of Oak Island, North Carolina.

“With the hurricane nonetheless offshore, I believe they’d rather more wind down in South Carolina,” stated Patterson. “I had a easy recreation plan. I knew there have been some huge redfish on the market and I needed to catch a trout shortly and get after the massive redfish.”

After boating a modest trout of 14.88 inches, the angler went to work for his redfish. Patterson smashed the competitors with a 43-inch redfish. The closest redfish to Patterson’s was 28 inches. The angler cites the higher circumstances at Oak Island as key to touchdown such a giant redfish.

“I believe location made an enormous distinction,” stated Patterson. “The fish are popping out the sound now and are transferring south. I intercepted them earlier than they received too far down. It was an awesome day. It makes you so nervous competing with these nice guys. I used to be very lucky the winds hadn’t moved as much as me but.”

Patterson gained $1,500 and a Energy-Pole Micro Anchor for his first-place end. The angler added $100 for the Berkley Gulp! Large Redfish Award and $300 from PENN Reels for touchdown his 43-inch lunker on a PENN Reel.

Second-place finisher Bob Powell, of St. Augustine, Florida, measured a mixed whole of 44.75 inches to win $1,240. The angler headed south to fish the waters of Charleston, South Carolina, and fought tough waters because of the excessive winds. Powell landed his restrict with a top-water bait and Berkley Gulp! mantis shrimp.

Justin Carter, of Charleston, South Carolina, measured a 27-inch redfish and a 16.75-inch speckled sea trout to take third place and $130. The angler fished a top-water bait and jigs round factors and oyster beds earlier than tailing redfish within the Bulls Bay space.

“The wind was gentle within the morning however then turned up within the afternoon,” stated Carter. “I’m proud of the place I ended up contemplating the excessive northeast wind.”

Thirteenth-place finisher Dolphin Hamilton gained the $100 Berkley Gulp! Large Trout award and the $300 PENN Reels for catching his 20.75-inch trout on a PENN Reel. Gardner McClellan gained the Junior Angler Award and $100.

The subsequent cease for the IFA Kayak Tour is Titusville, Florida, on October 1. Anglers who enter no less than a minimal of two occasions and compete in no less than one occasion shall be certified for the 2017 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

The fastest-growing kayak fishing event path within the nation, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Offered by Hobie Fishing occasions are catch-photograph-release tournaments, providing inshore kayak anglers from a large number of states the chance to take part in aggressive fishing tournaments with low entry charges and minimal journey necessities.

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IFA Kayak Tour – Atlantic Division
Georgetown, South Carolina (High 10)

  1. Mark Patterson – 57.88 inches
  2. Bob Powell – 44.75 inches
  3. Justin Carter – 43.75 inches
  4. Stephen Trainor – 43.00 inches
  5. Justin Rienerth – 40.63 inches
  6. Dave Jaskiewicz – 40.00 inches
  7. Don Brazell – 37.88 inches
  8. Michael Kachman – 29.63 inches
  9. Joe Komyati – 27.50 inches
  10. Josh Yeater – 25.88 inches