IFA Kayak Tour championship occasion pays out greater than $11,00zero
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (October 25, 2017) -Ty Hibbs, of Metairie, Louisiana, measured a mixed restrict of 112 inches to win the 2017 IFA Kayak Tour Championship offered by Hobie Fishing on October 21 at Venice, Louisiana. The angler received a brand new Hobie Mirage Professional Angler kayak and a Energy-Pole Micro Anchor for his first-place end.
IFA Kayak Tour anglers confronted stiff winds every day of the two-day occasion, making on-the-water journey troublesome.
“It was actual windy through the competitors however I did 10 miles the primary day and 6 miles on the second day,” stated Hibbs. “However, the water was clear and falling, which I really like.”
Hibbs focused his restrict with popping corks with Berkley Gulp! and top-water baits within the Port Sulphur space.
“I liked it and everybody with the IFA,” Hibbs stated.
Hibbs received by greater than 1 ½ inches, partly as a result of his lunker redfish on day two that measured 40.75 inches and netted Hibbs the Berkley Gulp! Large Redfish Award.
Jeffrey Oliver, of New Orleans, Louisiana, measured a mixed whole of 110.63 inches to win $1,500. He fished over oyster reefs within the Venice space with popping corks with Berkley Gulp! and top-water baits.
“It was an superior occasion,” stated Oliver. “It was a bit of windy, making it tough to get again to the launch.”
Longtime IFA Kayak Tour angler Benton Parrott, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, added one other top-Three end to associate with his earlier three championship victories and two Angler of the 12 months titles. Parrott measured a mixed whole of 105.25 inches to win $1,505. The angler’s 22.50-inch trout was the largest of the championship, incomes him an extra $200 from Berkley Gulp! and $300 from PENN Reels.
“Day one was splendid apart from the wind,” stated Parrott. “I caught quite a few trout on a jerkbait and was capable of sight-cast a couple of bull reds. Day two was powerful, as I misplaced a number of bull reds however was capable of catch each fish grinding it to the final minute.”
Parrott went into the ultimate day with a slim lead. He fished each days within the Port Sulphur space with jerk shads, jerkbaits, popping corks and top-water baits for his restrict.
“I hoped to carry onto my lead, however the climate and fishing modified,” stated Parrott. “I’m more than happy and proud of a top-5 end and my large trout.”
The championship occasion additionally named the 2017 IFA Hobie Kayak Angler of the 12 months with Matthew Vann taking the honors together with $1,00zero; $700 from Energy-Pole and paid entry charges for the 2018 season. Vann was the highest-placing Divisional Angler of the 12 months along with his fourth-place end.
The fastest-growing kayak fishing event path within the nation, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Introduced by Hobie Fishing occasions are catch-photograph-release tournaments, providing inshore kayak anglers from a mess of states the chance to take part in aggressive fishing tournaments with low entry charges and minimal journey necessities.
IFA occasions are made doable by means of the sponsorship and continued help of those well-respected manufacturers: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Mercury Marine, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Energy-Pole, Arctic Ice, Shield the Harvest, Normal Tire, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Venice Marina.
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IFA Kayak Tour – 2017 Championship
Venice, La. (Prime 10)
- Ty Hibbs – 112.00 inches
- Jeffrey Oliver – 110.63 inches
- Benton Parrott – 105.25 inches
- Matthew Vann – 103.25 inches
- Bob Powell – 98.63 inches
- Josh Repel – 98.13 inches
- Brandon Barton – 95.75 inches
- Miguel Pandich – 93.75 inches
- Aaron Clay – 93.38 inches
- Joe Komyati – 90.75 inches