Two of the fastest-growing inshore fishing tournaments will stage their 2012 championship events in Chalmette, La. The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s and the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing return to Louisiana this October and November.
The IFA Redfish Tour Championship, which will operate out of Gulf Outlet Marina (255 Marina Road, Chalmette, LA 70043), will begin Thursday, Oct. 25, with pre-tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at the Frederic J. Sigur Civic Center Grand Ballroom (8245 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043) with the Captains’ meeting to follow. Anglers will launch from Gulf Outlet Marina at safe light Oct. 26-27 and return to the marina for weigh-ins.
One week later, competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship will begin their activities with registration at the Frederic J. Sigur Civic Center Grand Ballroom from 5-7 on Thursday, Nov. 1, followed by the Captains’ meeting. Competition will take place Nov. 2-3. Anglers will launch from the location of choice with weighs-ins to be staged at Gulf Outlet Marina.
IFA Redfish Tour teams who fish at least a minimum of two regular-season events and at least one of the regional events will qualify to compete in the no entry fee championship.
IFA Redfish Tour teams that fish two regular-season events in one division and at least one regional event will be eligible to win the Divisional Team of the Year. Divisional Teams of the Year will receive one set of entry fees paid for one division in 2013 with the winners of each division competing head to head in the championship event for the Overall Team of the Year. The Overall Team of the Year will receive a check from Cabela’s for $5,000.
All IFA Kayak Tour anglers who fish a minimum of two regular-season events and at least one of the regional events will qualify to compete in the no entry fee kayak championship. The kayak championship event will be a two-day event.
Kayak anglers who fish in two regular-season events in one division and one regional event will be eligible for the Divisional Angler of the Year. Divisional winners will receive one set of entry fees paid for one division in 2013. The Divisional Anglers of the Year will face off in the championship for the title of Overall Angler of the Year and a $1,000 prize.
The winner of the IFA Redfish Tour Championship is guaranteed a new Ranger Banshee Extreme with the opportunity to win contingency prizes from Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Yamaha, Berkley and others for a total winning package worth over $65,000.
The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Champion will take home a new Hobie Pro Angler Kayak. The second-place finisher will win $1,500 with the third-place finisher taking home $750.
IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of the fishing industry’s most respected brands: Ranger Boats, Hobie Fishing, Cabela’s, Yamaha Outboards, Gulp!, Gulp! Alive, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Sebile, Columbia Sportswear, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Wrap This, Bob’s Machine Shop, Blue Point Fabrication, NBOA Marine Insurance, Loadmaster, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the America and Livingston Lures, Frederic J. Sigur Civic Center and Gulf Outlet Marina.
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.
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