Kellum Wins IFA Kayak Tournament In Louisiana


James Kellum, of Meraux, La., caught a redfish and speckled sea trout that measured a combined 47.50 inches in length to win an IFA Kayak Fishing Tour at Empire, La. this past weekend. The event, which operated out of Delta Marina, was the first regular-season event for the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour's Louisiana Division.

In his first year fishing the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour, Kellum fished in the Hopedale area. Experiencing windy conditions, the angler bounced a jighead tipped with Gulp! along the bottom to catch his winning fish and took home a new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak for first place. Kellum also took home an extra $200 for having the highest place finish for an angler competing in a Hobie Kayak.

Second-place finisher, Clayton Shilling, of Prairieville, La., measured a 25.625-inch redfish and a 15.875-inch trout to win the $1,000 second-place prize. In his second year fishing the IFA Kayak Tour, Shilling had success in Hopedale Lagoon by fishing with top-water lures early and then switching to jigs later in the day.

"It was very windy, but the water clarity wasn't too bad though,'" Shilling said. "I was happy that I stuck it out and did not give up."

Also in his first year fishing the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour, Devon Beltz, of Ama, La., put his kayak in at Grand Isle after a 2.5-hour drive. The angler concentrated his fishing with top-water lures and jerkbaits.

"It was extremely windy and quite different from the scouting conditions," Beltz said. "Given the conditions, I felt like I did well,."

Ninth-place finisher, Steve Neece, took home the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish Award for his 31-inch redfish.

Fourth-place finisher, Adam Huynh, reeled in a 21.50-inch speckled sea trout, which won him the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout Award plus a $100 Cabela's gift card, courtesy of Berkley.

IFA Louisiana Division

Empire, La. (Top 10)

  1. James Kellum - 47.50 inches
  2. Clayton Shilling - 41.50 inches
  3. Devon Beltz - 39.75 inches
  4. Adam Huynh - 37.50 inches
  5. Jason Austin - 35.00 inches
  6. Steve Lessard - 34.50 inches
  7. Doug Menefee - 34.375 inches
  8. Michael Ethridge - 29.00 inches
  9. Steve Neece - 31.00 inches
  10. Todd Hart - 29.75 inches

$100 Berkley GULP! Big Redfish Award:
Steve Neece

$100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout Award plus $100 gift card to Cabela's:
Adam Huynh

$200 Hobie Top Angler Cash Award:
James Kellum

The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing offers inshore kayak anglers from a multitude of states the opportunity to participate in competitive fishing tournaments. With low entry fees and minimal travel requirements, kayak anglers competing in the catch-photograph-release tournaments can take advantage of the numerous money and product prizes awarded to competitors. First-place prize for each regular-season event of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing, regardless of field size, is a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak valued at $2,549. Second and third place finishers are awarded cash prizes of $1,000 and $500,respectively.

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