Two months after the ongoing oil leakage from an offshore drilling rig owned by BP forced the cancellation of one event, the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing announce a second modification to the Louisiana Division schedule. Slated for August 28-29, the final regular-season event for the Louisiana Division has been moved to Delacroix, La., amid concerns regarding host-site availability, lodging and other logistical necessities.
Originally scheduled for Grand Isle, La., the competition dates for the final Louisiana Division of the 2010 regular season are unchanged. The Louisiana Division points race, which determines the division's Team of the Year and championship qualifiers, will be determined by points awarded for the Delacroix and Cocodrie events. Following the cancellation of the Empire, La., event due to the BP oil spill, the division's regular-season schedule was trimmed from three tournaments to two.
Requirements for the Ultra 6 championship qualification will remain unchanged. Ultra 6 program participation will still require that teams participate in six regular-season events in any combination of divisions in order to receive automatic entry into the IFA Championship. Teams that registered for the Empire event to include in their Ultra 6 qualifications will need to arrange registration in an alternate, regular-season event in order to qualify.
The weekend's activities for the Louisiana's final regular-season event begin Friday, August 27 with the IFA Redfish Tour registration from 5-7 p.m. at the Sweetwater Marina (6205 Delacroix Hwy., Delacroix, LA 70085) with the Captain's Meeting to follow. Anglers will launch from the location at safe light on Saturday for the one-day event. Check-in times will be assigned at the Captains Meeting.
Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have a registration and captain's meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 at Sweetwater Marina with Sunday's weigh in to be hosted there in conjunction with Massey's Professional Outfitters. Check-in times will be announced at the captain's meeting.
In its inaugural season, the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing continues to meet the needs of anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, most recently by announcing modifications to a pair of rules for its premier, kayak-only tournament series.
Throughout the remainder of the 2010 season, all tournament participants will compete using artificial baits only and will not be allowed to use any live, formerly live or prepared baits. In addition to introducing artificial-bait only guidelines, the IFA Redfish Tour will also cease its cap on the 27-inch maximum length measurement on redfish caught during competition. Previously, competitors could receive up to the maximum of 27 inches in length for any redfish that adheres to the guidelines set forth in this catch-photograph-release tournament format. IFA Kayak Tour tournament winners are decided by a combined total length measurement of their largest redfish and largest speckled sea trout. This rule modification now gives anglers the credit for the entire size of their catch, helping to fuel interest in redfish competitions and spotlight those conservation efforts that help ensure trophy-class fishing opportunities.
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 Tour continues to draw redfish anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, offering two-angler teams 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 a combined $78,200 in payouts 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.
New for 2010, IFA Redfish Tour anglers will be able to increase their winnings with the Cabela's Angler Cash award and the Angler's Advantage Award. The Angler's Advantage Award allows anglers to add $100 to their already-low entry fee for the chance at increased winnings. The optional program pays out 100 percent to those participating teams. The Cabela's Angler Cash award gives a $1,000 gift card to any team that wins a regular-season tournament while competing with a Cabela's patch on their clothing (both people must have the patch on). For the no-entry-fee IFA Redfish Tour Championship, the qualified, winning team will receive a $2,500 Cabela's gift card. If the winners of an IFA Redfish Tour event are a registered and qualified Ranger Cup compliant team, then they will receive$2,000 (you must sign up every year).
Added in 2009 and continuing in 2010, teams fishing at least six tournaments in any combination of divisions are automatically eligible to compete for the IFA Redfish Tour "Ultra 6 Team of the Year" award. The award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, presented to the highest-finishing eligible team at the IFA Redfish Tour championship tournament.
In addition to a possible $60,000 in payouts per event (based on a 100-boat field), the first-place prize package for all 18 IFA Redfish Tour regular-season events remains extremely lucrative. In 2010, every regular-season tournament winner is guaranteed - regardless of field size - a fully loaded 2010 Ranger Banshee Extreme. The boat is powered by a 60-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha outboard and is equipped with a Power-Pole shallow water anchor, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics, Blue Point Fabrication metal work, Bob's four-inch Ultra Light Jackplate and a Loadmaster trailer. The entire first-place prize package is valued at $30,000.