Following tremendous response on the recent unveiling of the all-new Lucas Oil IFA Pro-Am Redfish Challenge presented by Cabela’s, the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) has announced a full field for the inaugural event, scheduled March 8-10 in Chalmette, Louisiana. The tournament series, which features a 3-day format, pairs some of the best professional inshore anglers with co-anglers in a high-stakes, made-for-TV competition.

“From the moment the new Pro-Am series was announced, we’ve been blown away by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received from anglers,” said IFA Marketing Director Bart Schad. “The Chalmette event filled so quickly, we really encourage those interested in fishing the final Punta Gorda event to act fast when registration opens.”

With over-100-percent cash payout guaranteed, the tournament series will feature two events in 2013: Chalmette on March 8-10 and Punta Gorda, Fla., on Oct. 4-6. Both events will be limited to a field size of approximately 25 pros and co-anglers and will feature a minimum guaranteed payout of $55,000 on the pro-side, including $25,000 for first place, and $12,500 for co-anglers. Both events also feature a shared weight format (two fish per day/boat) and will be broadcast to over 120 million combined TV households on NBC Sports Outdoors, Pursuit Channel, MAVTV, the Texas Channel and the World Fishing Network.

Registration for the second event at Punta Gorda, Fla. will begin shortly after the Chalmette tournament. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to anglers who fished the first event. The $2,000 pro entry fee must be paid in full to guarantee a spot for the Punta Gorda event. Pros registered with a co-angler ($500 entry) will be given priority. To get more information about the Pro-Am please visit www.ifaproam.com or call (478) 836-4266.

The following pro anglers have confirmed entry for the Chalmette event March 8-10:

  • Eddie Adams
  • Travis Tucker
  • Heath Seckel
  • Dwayne Eschete
  • Starr Boykin
  • Tadd VanDemark
  • John Henninger
  • Mike Tindal
  • Artie Price
  • John Olivereo
  • Greg Devault
  • David Christian
  • Sean O’Connell
  • Rob Ferris
  • Fred Walker
  • Billy Nichols
  • Jason Catchings
  • Greg Watts
  • Bill Scholtz
  • Trey Fryfoggle
  • John Ochs
  • Gritter Griffin
  • Mike McCarty
  • Mike Taylor
  • Darren Angelo

The following co-anglers have confirmed entry for the Chalmette event March 8-10:

  • Tony Jackson
  • Danny Payne
  • Dewey Holloway
  • Clark Jordan
  • Barbara Scopelitis
  • Chris Stinnett
  • Kelly Causey
  • Andrew Carter
  • Larry Kirby
  • Rob Beglin
  • Josh Romig
  • Cody Prather
  • Gary Rettig
  • Donnie Johnson
  • Kurt Shader
  • Chris Morelli
  • Charlie Barton
  • Mac McElroy
  • Vann Dassing
  • Gerald Buquet
  • Gus Wilson
  • Gary Wilson
  • Randy Lane
  • John Roberts
  • Thomas Tucker

Drawing inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, the IFA Redfish Tour is the largest and oldest redfish tour in the nation. Offering anglers the opportunity to compete in low-entry fee events, redfish anglers can fish close to home, minimize expenses and compete for lucrative winnings and contingency prizes.

The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing is the fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country. Kayak anglers competing in the catch-photograph-release tournaments can take advantage of the numerous cash and product prizes awarded to competitors.

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.ifaproam.com, www.redfishtour.com or www.ifakayakfishingtour.com.

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