IFA Kayak Tour Coming to Orange Beach, Alabama
Inshore kayak anglers from Texas to the Carolinas will converge on Orange Beach, Ala., November 12-13 for the championship tournament of the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing. The event, hosted by Caribe Resort and Cobalt Restaurant in conjunction with the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission, will see anglers from the tour's six different divisions competing for lucrative payouts and yearlong bragging rights.
During the first-ever championship event for the IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing, the Overall Divisional Angler of the Year Award, awarded to the division-winning angler with the highest place of finish, add to the lucrative payout structure of the event. Cash awards for the largest redfish and speckled sea trout have also been increased to $300 for the championship event.
Divisional Angler of the Year winners Brendan Bayard (Louisiana Division); Blake Beltz (Florida East Coast Division); Liam Callaghan (Gulf Coast Division); Joshua Harvel (Florida West Coast Division); Dave Jaskiewicz (Atlantic Division); and Josh MacNaughton (Texas Division) will each be vying for the Overall Angler of the Year Award, worth an additional $1,000, in addition to the overall event championship.
"We're excited to be taking our first-ever kayak championship to Alabama's Gulf Coast," said IFA President, Jim Armstrong. "A lot of different factors must be taken into account when selecting a host site for high-profile events such as these, from accommodations to the quality of fishing and community support. The Orange Beach area of Alabama exceeds all of our expectations on all of these fronts and many more. We're expecting a great event and look forward to crowning our new champions."
The Championship Weekend for the 2010 IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing Championship begins Thursday, November 11 with pre-tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at Cobalt Restaurant (28099 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561). The Captain's Meeting will follow registration where check-in times will be assigned. Anglers will launch from the location of their choice at safe light on both days of competition; check in will be at Caribe Resort. Details of the championship weigh in will also be announced at the Captain's Meeting.
"Fishing is an integral part of the Alabama Coastal experience and bringing championship events for the IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing back to Orange Beach is a sign that fishing in the area is as good as ever," said Michelle Russ, Sports and Events Sales Manager for the Alabama Gulf Coast Sports Commission.
"We're excited to once again be a part of crowning the champions from these two great tours and showing the competitors and spectators all of the beautiful resorts, beaches and waters that Orange Beach has to offer."
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.