Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge at Punta Gorda, Fla., March 8-9, for the season-opening events of 2014 for the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.
The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s will begin its activities on Friday, March 7, with tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at Laishley Park (120 Laishley Ct., Punta Gorda, FL 33950) followed by the captain’s meeting. Anglers will launch from the marina at safe light on Saturday, March 8. Check-in times will be assigned at Friday’s captains meeting with anglers returning to the marina for the weigh-in.
Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have registration from 6-7 p.m. with the captains meeting to follow on Saturday, March 8, at Laishley Park. Anglers will launch Sunday, March 9, from the location of their choice and return to the marina for weigh-ins. Check-in times will be announced at Saturday’s captains meeting.
Both the IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour continue to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas with their five different divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, both tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers’ expenses to a minimum.
In addition to nearly 200 percent payback, every regular-season IFA Redfish Tour event guarantees a first-place prize of a new, fully rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard valued at $25,995. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event features a $1,500 cash prize for the winning angler. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.
IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, Bob’s Machine Shop, Blue Point Fabrication, Super Clean, Progressive, Mustang, iON, Valley Fashions, Powertex Group and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The IFA has also partnered with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau for the upcoming Punta Gorda event.
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