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Sunday, 03 October 2010 09:44

Hancock Wins IFA Kayak Event

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Larry Hancock, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, caught a 27-inch redfish and a 14.25-inch speckled sea trout totaling 41.25 inches in combined length to win the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing event at Georgetown, South Carolina, on September 226. The event, hosted by Harbor Walk Marina, was the final regular-season event for the IFA Kayak Tour's Atlantic Division.

Fishing in the rain, Hancock practiced Saturday but bypassed these areas on Sunday, catching his fish instead in areas he'd fished in the past. Hancock took home a Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,399 for his win in the catch-photograph-release tournament.

Second-place finisher Robert Freeman, from Athens, Ga., also practiced on Saturday but chose to travel two miles on the water to fish more reliable and familiar waters. His 37-inch aggregate included a 21-inch redfish and a 16-inch sea trout. His second-place finish earned him a Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak, valued at $1,749.

Rounding out the top three was Dolphin Hamilton, a kayak shop manager from Charleston SC. Using a Gulp! Crab, Hamilton caught a 29-inch redfish and several short trout. But the one fish was worthy enough to win a Hobie Quest Kayak, valued at $949, and the $200 Big Red prize for the largest redfish of the tourney.

Tommy Samuels finished the tournament in fourth place and took home the $200 award for the largest trout, a 19.75-inch trophy.

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.

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 local sponsor Harborwalk Marina.

IFA Kayak Tour Atlantic Division

Georgetown, SC. (Top 10)

1. Larry Hancock - 41.25 inches
2. Robert Freeman - 37 inches
3. Dolphin Hamilton - 29 inches
4. Tommy Samuels - 19.75 inches
5. Dave Jaskiewicz- 16.25 inches
6. Scott Inge - 0 inches
7. Nathan Raycroft - 0 inches
8. Mike Eady - 0 inches
9. Neal Ward, Jr. - 0 inches
10. Neal Ward, Sr. - 0 inches

$200 Big Redfish: Dolphin Hamilton (29 inches)

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:28
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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