LIZELLA, Ga. - Mickey Collins, of San Antonio, caught a redfish and speckled sea trout that measured a combined 53.375 inches in length to win the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing event at Rockport, Texas, on May 15. The event, which operated out of City Marina, was the second of three regular-season events for the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour's Texas Division.
Fishing in and around Nighthawk Bay, Collins focused on a spoil bank along the intercoastal, one of his go-to spring fishing patterns. Encountering unexpected-but-welcome conditions during the tournament, Collins landed both the longest redfish and sea trout of the tournament, earning him the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish and $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout Awards.
With the win, Collins took home a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,499, plus an additional $240 in Anglers Advantage cash.
Second-place finisher, Fil Spencer, of Corpus Christi, Texas, measured a 28-inch redfish and a 21.25-inch trout for a total length measurement of 49.25 inches to secure the $1,000 second-place prize as well as $115 in Anglers Advantage cash.
Relying on top-water baits and soft plastics, Spencer located his fish around the Light House Lakes area.
Third-place finisher, Al Denham, of Bay City, Texas, won $500 prize money plus $112 in Anglers Advantage money with a combined length measurement of 47 inches. After windy conditions forced him to fish alternate areas, Fisher spent most of the tournament drift fishing in the Oyster Lake area using Berkley Gulp! and assorted soft-plastics baits.
Josh MacNaughton (ninth place) won the $200 Hobie contingency as the highest-finishing angler competing from a Hobie kayak.
Each of the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour 18 regular-season events will commence on Saturday with the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing contested the following day (Sundays). In its second season, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie will feature 18 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 (based on a 100-boat field) plus Big Redfish, Big Trout and Junior Angler Awards. The winner will take home a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler valued at $2,499, 2nd place prize will be a $1,000 and 3rd place $500 Hobie cash. New for 2011, kayak anglers can take advantage of the Angler's Advantage program. Anglers who participate in the program can pay an additional $25 entry fee, which is paid back at 100 percent to participants, based on place of finish. Lucrative contingency programs added for 2011 include $50 prize to the team claiming the big fish award in an IFA Redfish Tour event if the fish is landed with an EGO Net, $25 prize for both the big redfish and big trout in IFA Kayak Fishing Tour events; a PENN reel for tournament-winning angler who competes with PENN reel.
The IFA Redfish and IFA Kayak Fishing Tours continues to draw redfish anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, offering anglers the opportunity to compete in six different divisions, each offering a three-event regular season. Low entry fees for the one-day, regular-season tournaments allows anglers to fish close to home and minimize expenses, while still being a part of a premier inshore, catch-and-release redfish tournament organization. Teams fishing any three of the IFA's 18 regular-season events are automatically qualified for a no-entry-fee championship event, pitting qualifiers from each of the six divisions for money and prize packages, as well as a shot at the coveted Overall Divisional Team of the Year Award for the six regular-season division winners.
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.
IFA Texas Division
Rockport, Texas (Top 10)
1. Mickey Collins - 53.375 inches
2. Fil Spencer - 49.25 inches
3. Al Denham - 47 inches
4. Jason Brou - 45 inches
5. Mason McWilliams - 43.25 inches
6. David Haley - 42.25 inches
7. John Kay - 41.75 inches
8. Henry Stokes - 41 inches
9. Josh MacNaughton - 40.50 inches
10. Kaylin Barlow - 40.25 inches
$100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish Award:
Mickey Collins (29.75 inches)
$100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout Award:
Mickey Collins (23.625 inches)
$200 Hobie Contingency: