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IFA Kayak Tours Coming to Jax

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LIZELLA, GA- Anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge on Jakcsonville, Florida, March 5-6 for the season-opening Florida East Coast Division regular-season event for both the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's and the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing. Saturday's IFA Redfish Tour event, which will operate out of Sister's Creek Marina, and Sunday's IFA Kayak Fishing Tour are the first of three regular-season tournaments for the Florida East Coast Division, one of six divisions of IFA Tour events running from the Carolinas to Texas.
The weekend's activities begin Friday, March 4 with the IFA Redfish Tour registration from 5-7 p.m. at Miller's Ale House (9711 Deer Lake Court, Jacksonville, FL) with the captains Meeting to follow. Anglers will launch from Sister's Creek Marina 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 captains meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at Sister's Creek Park with the weigh-in location to take place at Miller's Ale House.

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.

IFA Redfish Tour anglers will be able to increase their winnings with the Angler's Advantage Award, the Cabela's Angler Cash award, Ranger Cup and new this year the Power-Pole Captain's Cash Program. 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 at 100 percent to those participating teams. For more info on these programs go to redfishtour.com.

Continuing in 2011, 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 2011, 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.

Each of the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour 18 regular-season events will commence on Saturday with the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing contested the following day (Sundays). 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 plus Big Redfish, Big Trout and Junior Angler Awards with a total payout of $9,500 (based on a 100 boat field). The winner will take home a guaranteed Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler valued at $2399, 2nd place is a guaranteed $1,000 Hobie Cash and 3rd place is a guaranteed $500 Hobie Cash. New for 2011 is the Hobie Advantage Contingency Program. Hobie will be paying $200 to the highest angler fishing out of a Hobie kayak at each IFA event.

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, Columbia Sportswear, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Wrap This, Lakes Marine Insurance, Blue Point Fabrication, EGO Nets, Bob's Machine Shop, 321fish.com, Kayak Anlger Magazine, Loadmaster, Powertex Group and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The IFA would also like to thank the local sponsor Miller's Ale House.

Event Details:
IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela's
Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida East Coast Division
Competition Date: March 5, 2011

Registration and Check In: Begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4
Captains Meeting: Begins at 7 p.m. following registration and check in
Location: Miller's Ale House
9711 Deer Lake Court
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 565-2882

Launch Site/Weigh In: Sister's Creek Marina
8203-2 Hecksher Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Check-in times TBA at Captains Meeting

IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing
Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida East Coast Division
Competition Date: March 6, 2011

Registration and Check In: Begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
Captains Meeting: Begins at 7 p.m. following registration and check in
Location: Sister's Creek Park
8203-2 Hecksher Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Take-off: Location of anglers' choice
Weigh-in: Miller's Ale House
9711 Deer Lake Court
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 565-2882
Check-in times TBA at Captains Meeting


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