LIZELLA, Ga. (March 8, 2011) - Roger Bump, of Jacksonville, Florida, caught a redfish and a speckled sea trout totaling 52.5 inches in combined length to win the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing event, contested February 27 in Jacksonville. The event, which operated out of Sister's Creek Marina, was the regular-season opener for the IFA Kayak Tour's Florida East Coast Division.
The win marks the Bump's second on the IFA Kayak Tour, bringing him another Hobie Mirage Pro-Angler Kayak valued at $2,399. Casting crankbaits over submerged rock piles in surrounding rivers, Bump landed his 34-inch redfish - the largest of the event - worth $100 for the Big Redfish Award.
"I had no redfish until almost 11 in the morning, then I caught the 34-incher about 12:30," Bump said. "I had a decent trout (18.5 inches) early, but just wasn't able to get a bigger one.
Second-place finisher, John Chapman, of Jacksonville, measured a 20-inch redfish and a 30.5-inch speckled sea trout, giving him an aggregate score of 50.5 inches. With his second-place finish, Chapman, who won the first-ever IFA Kayak Tour event in 2010, took home $1,000 in Hobie cash. Champman's trout, the largest of the event, brought him the $100 Big Trout Award.
Ryan Conner, of Yulee, Fla., measured a 24.25-inch redfish and a 17-inch trout for a combined length of 41.25 inches, bringing him a third-place finish in the Jacksonville event. With his finish, Conner took home $500 in Hobie cash.
"The wind blew hard and it was raining - a terrible day for fishing," Conner said. "I fished four different spots today and pulled my redfish out of the third one, but I caught a lot of trout."
Max Lenk, a high school senior from Melbourne, Fla., won the $100 Junior Angler Award for his 16.5-inch trout.
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). In its second 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 $2,399, 2nd place prize will be a $1,000 Hobie cash and 3rd place $500 Hobie cash. New for 2011, kayak anglers can take advantage of the Angler's Advantage program. Anglers who participate in the program can pay an additional $25 entry fee, which is paid back at 100 percent to participants, based on place of finish. Added contingency programs for 2011 include $50 prize to the team claiming the big fish award in an IFA Redfish Tour event if the fish is landed with a EGO Net; $25 prize for both the big redfish and big trout in IFA Kayak Tour events; and a $200 prize to any winning team covered by a Charter Lakes Marine Insurance policy.
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 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
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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, Charter Lakes Marine Insurance, Blue Point Fabrication, EGO Nets, Bob's Machine Shop, 321fish.com, Kayak Angler Magazine, Loadmaster, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Sister's Creek Marina.IFA Kayak Tour Florida East Coast DivisionJacksonville, Fla. (Top 10)
1. Roger Bump - 52.5 inches
2. John Chapman - 50.5 inches
3. Ryan Conner - 41.25 inches
4. Jason Broach - 38.25 inches
5. Craig Van Brocklin - 37.125 inches
6. Rory Gregg - 36 inches
7. Robert Duerscheidt - 23.75 inches
8. Zack Reynolds - 23.75 inches
9. Bill Carroll - 22.75 inches
10. Bradford Lydick - 22.25 inches
$100 Big Redfish: Roger Bump (34 inches)
$100 Big Trout: John Chapman (30.5 inches)
$100 Junior Angler Prize: Max Lenk (16.5-inch trout)