Fishing in the Grand Isle, La., area, Neece’s trout measured an impressive 26.5 inches with his redfish checked in at 19.75 inches, winning him a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,399 for his first-place finish. In addition, Neece netted $200 for the largest speckled sea trout caught during the catch-photograph-release tournament.
Second-place finisher Brendan Bayard, of Baton Rouge, La., measured a 22.875-inch redfish and a 17.625-inch speckled sea trout, giving him an aggregate score of 40.50 inches. Fishing midway between Delacroix and Grand Isle, Bayard used Top Dawg Baits in clean, protected waters, catching good numbers of trout and redfish during his competition day. His second-place finish earned Bayard a Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak, valued at $1,749. Third-place finisher, Benton Parrott (aggregate score of 36.25 inches) earned him a Hobie Quest Kayak, valued at $949.
Fifth-place finisher, Barrett Jones, won $200 for largest redfish during the event for his 29.75-inch catch.
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.ifakayakfishingtour.com.
IFA Kayak Tour Louisiana Division Delacroix, La. (Top 10)
1. Steve Neece – 46.25 inches
2. Brendan Bayard – 40.5 inches
3. Benton Parrott – 36.25 inches
4. Norman Walker – 34.75 inches
5. Barrett Jones – 29.75 inches
6. Chris Holmes – 26.25 inches
7. Ben Roussel – 26 inches
8. Gairi Williamson – 26 inches
9. Jason Powers – 22 inches
10. Blake Gill - 18.5 inches
$200 Big Redfish: Barrett Jones (29.75 inches)
$200 Big Trout: Steve Neece (26.5 inches)