Kayak angler takes dwelling greater than $three,000 in winnings

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (October four, 2017) – Patrick Rickert, of Cape Coral, Florida, measured a mixed restrict of 54.63 inches to win the ultimate regular-season occasion for the 2017 Florida East Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour introduced by Hobie Fishing on October 1 at Titusville, Florida.

Like many of the IFA Kayak Tour anglers, Rickert fought excessive winds in the course of the competitors.

“It was windier than anticipated with 20 mph winds from the east,” stated Rickert. “The wind compelled me to paddle for one hour into it earlier than turning round and ultimately relocating to a different location protected against the wind. The wind was positively the best impediment for fishermen at present.”

The angler visited a number of areas earlier than hitting on a very good chunk for each redfish and trout.

“I began at Scottsmoor and traveled throughout to Turnbull Creek,” stated Rickert. “Then, I relocated to Eddy Creek and paddled two miles north the place I caught each the trout and redfish.”

The angler fished with a red- and green-colored paddletails and a bone-colored top-water bait. Rickert has solely fished the IFA Kayak Tour one season and is pleased with how nicely he carried out.

“It feels nice and I look ahead to competing in future IFA occasions,” Rickert stated.

The angler gained $1,500 and a Energy-Pole Micro Anchor for his efficiency. The angler’s 38.75-inch redfish gained the $100 Berkley Gulp! Huge Redfish Award and $300 in PENN product for catching his lunker on a PENN reel.

Second-place finisher Dustin Bragman, of Sebastian, Florida, measured a 28.75-inch redfish and a 16.50-inch speckled sea trout to win $1,000 together with an additional $240 in Anglers Benefit money.

Jake Bates, of Gainesville, Florida, measured a mixed whole of 40.38 inches to take third place and $310 in winnings. The angler traveled a complete of three miles in his kayak whereas fishing Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River with tender plastics.

“I fished exhausting however, if I might have pre-fished yesterday, I might have accomplished higher,” stated Bates.

Eight-place finisher Tim Stouder landed a 23.75-inch trout on a PENN Reel to win the $100 Berkley Gulp! Huge Trout award and $300 in PENN Reel product.

The following cease for the IFA Kayak Tour is Venice, Louisiana, on October 20-21 for the season-ending championship occasion. Anglers who enter at the least a minimal of two occasions and compete in at the least one occasion will likely be certified for the 2017 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

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.

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IFA Kayak Tour – Florida East Division
Titusville, Florida (Prime 10)

  1. Patrick Rickert – 54.63 inches
  2. Dustin Bragman – 45.25 inches
  3. Jake Bates – 40.38 inches
  4. Eric Henson – 38.75 inches
  5. Derek Engle – 38.63 inches
  6. Stephen Gagnon – 36.50 inches
  7. Shane Padykula – 28.00 inches
  8. Tim Stouder – 23.75 inches
  9. Thaddeus Day – 22.75 inches
  10. Donnie Leeper – 20.00 inches