Monday, March 22, 2010

IFA Kayak Tour-Charleston Event

The Inshore Fishing Association's Kayak Tournament Trail presented by Hobie was held in Charleston March 21st, with the weigh-in taking place at Charleston's Half Moon Outfitters store. The kayak division has anglers seeking the longest total length of two fish--one redfish and one trout, and the weigh-in is actually more like a photo slide-show. Anglers take photographs of their catches during the tournament, with their unique token, ruler, and their fish being shown in each photograph. Instead of turning in fish to be weighed, anglers turn in the memory card from their cameras. The photos are then judged to determine the winner.

Big fish prizes are also awarded, with longest redfish winning a cash prize and longest trout winning a cash prize. The grand prize for total inches of both fish is Hobie's Mirage Pro Angler, followed by a Hobie Mirage Outback for 2nd place with 3rd place being a Hobie Quest.

Taking 1st place in the tournament was Dave Jaskiewicz with a 22.125" redfish coupled with a trout that measured 18.625". Thomas Samuels of http://www.kayakfishsc.com/ took 2nd place, catching a 26" redfish and a 14.125" trout. and 3rd place went to Justin Carter whose 22.5" redfish was partnered with a 14" trout. Big redfish went to Danny Milleman, who finished 4th overall, and big trout went to Jaskiewicz.

Midlands-area angler Anthony Messier of Columbia fished the event, and his 18.5" redfish was good enough for 9th place in the 18-angler field.

To learn more about the IFA Kayak Tournament Trail presented by Hobie Fishing, check out the website at http://www.ifakayakfishingtour.com/.

PhotoByJeffDennis: Carter, Samuels, Jaskiewicz and Milleman show their trophies at Charleston's Half Moon Outfitters.

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