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Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:00

IFA Savannah, Georgia Results

Written by Darrell Olson
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Photo: Craig Vanbrocklin (L), Martin Mood (LC), Erick Bell (RC), Elizabeth Saylor (R) Photo: Craig Vanbrocklin (L), Martin Mood (LC), Erick Bell (RC), Elizabeth Saylor (R)

This was my first Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) kayak tournament. This event proved to be a great opportunity to fish a new area, and meet old and new friends, just like the Boondoggles - except the anglers are a little more tight-lipped. During Saturday pre-fishing for Robert Vaughn (from Columbia) and me, it looked like we were in some fishy waters, but we struck out. We checked out the Turner River and the Lazaretto Creek. Both places we noticed bait activity and possible redfish escaping our lures, but no hookups to confirm our thoughts.

While on the Turner River, I noticed small fishy activity. When I got close to investigate, it was a school of small rays having a great time with some type of bait. The along a weedline I got the opportunity to try to make a 30” gar take my lure, but no luck. I even managed to get close enough to dangle the Z-Man in front of his nose.

By the time we got to Lazaretto Creek, we had to wait for a thunderstorm to pass. We did get the opportunity to check the area out for a few hours. This looked fishier then the Turner River. We had nice mud flats, oyster bars, and smaller creeks flowing out of the grass areas. We made the plan to attack this area for the day of the tournament.

The captain’s meeting was great. I managed to shake hands with people that I have communicated with on YakAngler.com, CharlestonFishing.com, CoastalGeorgiaKayakFishing.com and Facebook.

On the day of the event, we had great weather; the sun was out, a few clouds, and wind starting at 7 mph with a prediction of 15 mph by noon. We made our way to the mouth of the creek, and to the big bay area of Tybee Island. We mainly fished that area, and Robert was the only one to have something hit his lure. This will remain the mystery for the event.

We decided to paddle back to the launch, load the truck, and head to weigh-in at Coffee Bluff Marina. Those 15 mph winds were blowing straight in our faces as we paddled against an outgoing tide. Boy, did we get a workout! We tried to fish on the way back; we would cast and the wind would blow us backward, so then we would have to paddle to gain the distance we had lost, and tried to gain a little more. What should have been a 30-minute paddle ended up being a little more than an hour. We managed to get to the weigh-in to report “No fish”.

Here are the results from the Savannah IFA kayak event. Congratulations to these listed, and to the other 30 anglers that came from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Florida that made this a super event.

  • First Place: Martin Mood (Red Length 23.75/Trout Length 21) Total Score of 44.75 (Biggest Trout)
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Saylor (25.25/18.25) Total Score of 43.5
  • Third Place: Craig Vanbrocklin (21.875/15.75) Total Score of 37.625
  • Fourth Place: Erick Bell (28.375/No Trout) Total Score of 28.375 (Biggest Red)

The next Atlantic Division event will be in Charleston, SC on June 3, 2012 .



About the Author: Darrell Olson is an avid Hunter / Fisherman. While living in England he was recognized as the 1981 Master Angler from the Rod & Gun Clubs of Europe. He has just recently taken up Kayak Fishing as a hobby. This is his fourth article for YakAngler.com

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