IFA REDFISH TOUR PRESENTED BY CABELA’S, IFA KAYAK FISHING TOUR PRESENTED BY HOBIE FISHING RETURNS TO PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS, APRIL 14-15

Event is season opener for 2012 IFA Texas Division

LIZELLA, Ga. (April 5, 2012) – Inshore anglers from the Texas Gulf Coast and surrounding regions will take to the coastal waters near Port Aransas, on April 14-15 as the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing stage the first of two regular-season events for the IFA Texas Division.
 
The event, which will operate out of City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor (301 J C Barr Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373), will begin its activities on Friday, April 13, with tournament registration from 5-7 with the captain’s meeting to follow. Anglers will launch from City Marina at safe light on Saturday, April 14, and return to the marina for weigh-ins. Check-in times will be assigned at Friday’s captain’s meeting.
 
Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have a registration from 6-7 p.m. with captains meeting to follow on Saturday, April 14 at City Marina Dryer Municipal Harbor. Anglers will launch Sunday, April 15 from the location of their choice.
 
The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s 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 two-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 two of the IFA’s 12 regular-season events and one regional event are automatically qualified for a no-entry-fee championship event, pitting qualifiers from each of the six divisions for a combined $118,450 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.
 
In addition to a possible $60,000 in payouts per event (based on a 100-boat field), the first-place prize package for all 12 IFA Redfish Tour regular-season events remains extremely lucrative. In 2012, every regular-season tournament winner is guaranteed – regardless of field size – a fully loaded 2012 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.
 
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.
 
Each of the Cabela’s IFA Redfish Tour 12 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 12 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 $9,800 (based on a 100 boat field). The winner will take home a guaranteed Hobie Mirage Pro Angler valued at $2549, 2nd place is a guaranteed $1,000 Hobie Cash and 3rd place is a guaranteed $500 Hobie Cash. 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, Gulp!, Gulp! Alive, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Sebile, Columbia Sportswear, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Wrap This, Bob’s Machine Shop, Blue Point Fabrication, NBOA Marine Insurance, Loadmaster, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the America and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.

Event Details:
IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s
Port Aransas, Texas
Texas Division
Competition Date: April 14, 2012
 
Registration and Check In: Begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13
Captains Meeting: Begins at 7 p.m. following registration and check in
Location: City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor
301 J C Barr Blvd.,
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-5429
 
Launch Site/Weigh In: City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor
Check-in times TBA at Captains Meeting
 
IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing
Port Aransas, Texas
Texas Division
Competition Date: April 15, 2012

Registration and Check In: Begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14
Captains Meeting: Begins at 7 p.m. following registration and check in
Location: City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor
 
Take-off: Location of anglers’ choice
Weigh-in: City Marina Dennis Dryer Municipal Harbor
Check-in times TBA at Captains Meeting