Duerscheidt took home a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,399 for his win.
Duescheidt’s win puts him in second place in the overall point’s race. He caught three redfish from one school in a ten-minute span, the longest measuring 30.375 inches. To keep the boat in position he used a 5-gallon bucket as a drift anchor. Duerscheidt also took home $200 for catching the largest redfish during the catch-photograph-release tournament.
Second-place finisher Blake Beltz garnered a Hobie Outback Kayak, valued at $1749 and the overall points lead for the Florida East Division. For the tourney the Jacksonville, Florida, native Beltz landed his fish with no practice on the waters prior to the event.
Third place and the award of a Hobie Quest Kayak valued at $949 went to Jeff Suber from Crawfordsville, Florida. Although suffering through a poor three days of practice, he was able to land three fish. One catch, a 22-inch trout, was good enough to win the $200 Big Trout Award.
Each of the Cabela’s IFA Redfish Tour 18 regular-season events will commence on Saturday with the newly formed IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing contested the following day (Sundays). 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 or www.ifakayakfishingtour.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 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 Angler Magazine, Terminator, VMC Hooks, Loadmaster, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Sandy Point Progressive Sports.
IFA Kayak Tour Texas Division
Titusville, Florida (Top 3)
1. Robert Duerscheidt – 30.375 inches
2. Blake Beltz – 26.25 inches
3. Jeff Suber – 22 inches
$200 Big Redfish: Robert Duerscheidt – 30.375 inches
$200 Big Trout: Jeff Suber – 22 inches