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Komyati Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Beaufort, South Carolina
Kayak angler takes home more than $2,800 in prize money
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – Joe Komyati, of Raleigh, North Carolina, measured a combined limit of 48.25 inches to win the first 2017 regular-season event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing on April 9 at Beaufort, South Carolina.
The win marks Komyati’s second victory in his five years fishing the IFA Kayak Tour. Windy conditions persisted all week leading up to the event but the winds subsided on the day of competition, giving ideal inshore fishing conditions.
Komyati traveled two hours north to put his kayak in around the Charleston area. The angler fished the outgoing tides at creek mouths with Berkley Gulp! shrimp for his redfish and soft plastics for his trout.
First-place finisher Joe Komyati displays his winner’s check at the IFA Kayak Tour event at Beaufort, S.C., on April 9.
“I am very happy to have the chance to fish against some of the best fishermen in the country,” Komyati said.
The angler made the most of the tournament by participating in a number of contingency programs. Along with the $1,500 first-place prize, Komyati won a Power-Pole Micro Anchor valued at $700, the $300 PENN Reels award and the $200 Berkley Big Redfish award for catching the longest redfish of the tournament on Berkley Gulp!.
Second-place finisher Dolphin Hamilton is a familiar name on the IFA Kayak Tour leaderboards as well. The Charleston, South Carolina, native has two wins and another top-three finish in seven years fishing the IFA Kayak Tour. The angler measured a combined total of 48.00 inches to win the $1,000 second-place prize and added $360 in Anglers Advantage cash, $300 credit from PENN Reels and the $200 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award.
Hamilton fished the early morning trout bite and waiting for low tide to target redfish. The angler fished two areas around Beaufort with paddletails.
“I am always stoked for the IFA,” Hamilton said.
Another notable name rounds out the top three for the Beaufort event. Dave Jaskiewicz, of Wando, South Carolina, has five wins and three Divisional Angler of the Year titles. Jaskiewicz measured a 28.50-inch redfish and a 17.63-inch trout to win a total of $390.
The angler reported calm and foggy conditions in the morning and cited the calm water as help with the top-water bite. Jaskiewicz covered approximately five miles in the Charleston area, fishing top-water baits in the morning and slow bouncing jigs in five to 10 feet of water.
Scot Townsend finished in sixth place and won the $100 Junior Angler award.
The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Hopedale, Louisiana, on April 30. Anglers who enter at least a minimum of two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2017 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.
The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing events are catch-photograph-release tournaments, offering inshore kayak anglers from a multitude of states the opportunity to participate in competitive fishing tournaments with low entry fees and minimal travel requirements.
For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.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 these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Mercury Marine, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Downtown Marina and Higher Ground of the Low Country.
IFA Kayak Tour – Atlantic Division
Beaufort, South Carolina (Top 10)
1. Joe Komyati – 48.25 inches
2. Dolphin Hamilton – 48.00 inches
3. Dave Jaskiewicz – 46.13 inches
4. Zach Townsend – 45.25 inches
5. Justin Carter – 44.50 inches
6. Scot Townsend – 40.75 inches
7. Bob Powell – 38.00 inches
8. Russell Edwards – 36.25 inches
9. Stephen Yurkevicius – 36.25 inches
10. Michael Kachman – 35.63 inches