LIZELLA, Ga. (August 31, 2012) --- Due to Hurricane Isaac, the second regional events for the IFA Redfish and IFA Kayak Tours set for September 7-9 at Slidell, La. have been rescheduled to take place in conjunction with the Port Aransas, Texas IFA regional event, September 14-16.
“Unfortunately the IFA Slidell events have been canceled and rescheduled in conjunction with the IFA Port Aransas events,” said IFA President Jim Armstrong. “Due to widespread power outages and flooding from Hurricane Isaac we feel we have no other choice but to cancel the events. Our hearts go out to the anglers, their families and everyone on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Isaac.”
The remaining regional events will merge, beginning September 13 with the IFA Redfish Tour Captain's Meeting at City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor in Port Aransas, Texas. Anglers who compete in two regular-season events and at least one regional event will be qualified automatically to compete in the no-entry-fee championship.
The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing offers inshore kayak anglers from a multitude of states the opportunity to participate in competitive fishing tournaments. With low entry fees and minimal travel requirements, kayak anglers competing in the catch-photograph-release tournaments can take advantage of the numerous money and product prizes awarded to competitors. First-place prize for each regular-season event of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing, regardless of field size, is a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak valued at $2,549. Second and third place finishers are awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively.
Each of the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour 12 regular-season events will commence on Saturday with the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing contested the following day (Sundays). The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie will feature 12 regular-season, catch-photograph-release events across six different division (mirroring the IFA Redfish Tour format, location and scheduling) as well as extremely lucrative payouts and expanded fishing opportunities for non-motorized fishing crafts.
The redfish/trout tournament will pay twenty places plus Big Redfish, Big Trout and Junior Angler Awards with a total payout of $9,800 (based on a 100 boat field). The winner will take home a guaranteed Hobie Mirage Pro Angler valued at $2549, 2nd place is a guaranteed $1,000 Hobie Cash and 3rd place is a guaranteed $500 Hobie Cash. Hobie will be paying $200 to the highest angler fishing out of a Hobie kayak at each IFA event.
For more information or to become a member of the IFA, the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournament series in the United States, go online to www.redfishtour.com or www.ifakayakfishingtour.com. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.