Cocodrie, Louisiana - Brandon Bayard, of Baton Rouge, La., caught a redfish and speckled sea trout totaling 42 inches in length to secure a win in the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing at Cocodrie on April 25. The event, open to non-motorized kayaks only, was the fifth regular-season event overall and first in the Louisiana Division for the first-year fishing tour.
Bayard's 23-inch redfish tied with that of seventh-place finisher's Benton Parrott, while his 19-inch sea trout was the largest of the catch-photograph-release competition. The total length of Bayard's two fish gave him a .5-inch advantage over second-place finisher, Todd Hart, winning him a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,399.
Fishing with a Texas Tackle Factory Killer Flats Minnow, Bayard boated 17 fish on the day, while traveling over 1.5 hours away, in order to fish cleaner water.
"Thanks to Hobie for putting out a great product," said Bayard. "I can keep the line in the water all day since there is no paddling. Also want to thank Texas Tackle Factory for the winning bait."
Todd Hart, of Katy, Texas, measured a 24.25-inch redfish and a 17.25-inch speckled seas trout for a total length measurement of 41.5 inches on his way to a second-place finish and a new Hobie Mirage Outback kayak, valued at $1,749. Hart used Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and other soft plastics only a quarter mile from the lodge to wrap up the number two slot. Third-place finisher, Stephen Robert, of Houma, La., boated a nice 26.50-inch redfish and 14-inch speckled seas trout totaled 40.5 inches, winning the angler a Hobie Quest kayak, valued at $949.
With the largest redfish of the competition, Blake Gill, of Masseys Sports Center, Inc., won $200. First-place finisher Bayard also took him $200 in prize money for the largest sea trout, thanks to his 19-inch catch.
"This was a great event and we appreciate all the anglers hanging in there with us through the horrible weather," said Jim Armstrong, IFA owner. "We would also like to thank the Hobie dealership, Massey's Sports Center, for their support during this event and the upcoming IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Louisiana events."
In its inaugural 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 $2399, 2nd place prize will be a Hobie Mirage Outback, valued at $1,749 and 3rd place a Hobie Quest, valued at $949.
The IFA Redfish and IFA Kayak 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 Cabela's 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
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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, Rapala, Trigger X, Sufix, Columbia Sportswear, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Wrap This, CW Crab, Charter Lakes Marine Insurance, Solar Bat, Navionics, Blue Point Fabrication, EGO Nets, Bob's Machine Shop, 321fish.com, Kayak Anlger Magazine, Terminator, VMC Hooks, Loadmaster, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Masseys Sports Center, Inc.
IFA Kayak Tour Louisian Division
Cocodrie, La. (Top 10)
1. Bayard - 42 inches
2. Hart - 41.50 inches
3. Robert - 40.5 inches
4. Murden - 39.875 inches
5. Smith - 38.75 inches
6. Ward - 38.625 inches
7. Parrott - 36.75 inches
8. Holmes - 36.5 inches
9. Coulon - 35.25 inches
10. Cruthirds - 31.50 inches
$200 Big Redfish: Blake Gill - 27.75 inches
$200 Big Trout: Brendan Bayard - 19 inches
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