Nguyen Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Port Lavaca, Texas

Kayak angler takes home more than $2,200 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Long Nguyen, of Port Lavaca, Texas, measured a combined total of 48:00 inches to win the first of two regular-season events for the 2020 Texas Division of the IFA Kayak Tour on July 12 at Port Lavaca, Texas. For first place, the angler won an Ascend 128T kayak and $1,000 in cash. 

The local angler showed strong in his first-ever IFA Kayak Tour event by throwing spoons in the Point Comfort area. He caught his limit by chasing bait fish and traveled approximately seven miles total. The angler’s 25-inch trout won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award and added $390 in Anglers Advantage cash.

Second-place finisher John Bendele measured a combined total of 44.50 inches to take home a new Ascend 12T kayak and $325 in cash. Taking third place with a total of 42.13 inches, John Canion won a total of $365 in winnings.

Although he failed to boat a redfish, seventh-place finisher John Free measured 26.75-inch redfish to win the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award.

The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Jacksonville, Florida, on August 2. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour 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.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

IFA Kayak Tour – Texas Division

Port Lavaca, Texas (Top 10)

  1. Long Nguyen – 48.00 inches
  2. John Bendele – 44.50 inches
  3. John Canion – 42.13 inches
  4. Wayne Lobb – 42.00 inches
  5. Fil Spencer – 37.50 inches
  6. Chase Okrasinski – 37.38 inches
  7. John Free – 26.75 inches
  8. Matt Murphy – 23.63
  9. Denny Greif – 21.50
  10. Michael Fiorenza – 16.25

Team Rivera/Castillo Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event at Port Lavaca, Texas

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Austen Rivera, of Port O’ Conner, Texas, and Chris Castillo, of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 16.56 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Texas Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on July 11, at Port Lavaca, Texas. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package powered by a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard.

The anglers opted to stay relatively close to the launch and targeted reds in Matagorda Bay. With a high pressure system overhead, the team reported hot weather and low water.

“The conditions made for a tough day of fishing,” said Rivera. “It was a great day. We were fortunate that the fish bit when they needed to.”

Rivera and Castillo caught their limit sight-casting Berkley Gulp! ripple mullets to schools of redfish. The team took advantage of the Anglers Advantage contingency program and added and extra $2,000 dollars. By catching the heaviest fish of the day on a Berkley Gulp! bait, they won the $500 Berkley Big Redfish award along with $250 credit to the Berkley website for a total of $29,750 in winnings.

Second-place finishers Joshua Gregory and RP Scritchfield weighed a total of 15.66 pounds to take home the $1,359 second-place prize money. They added $1,200 in Anglers Advantage cash.

Alan Thompson and Tanner Thompson came in a close third with 15.16 pounds to win a total of $1,544 in winnings.

The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Jacksonville, Florida, on August 1. Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.

IFA Redfish Tour – Texas Division

Port Lavaca, Texas (Top 10)

  1. Austen Rivera/Chris Castillo – 16.56 .lbs
  2. Joshua Gregory/RP Scritchfield – 15.66 .lbs
  3. Alan Thompson/Tanner Thompson – 15.16 .lbs
  4. Charlie Barton/Cody Barton – 14.73 .lbs
  5. Jake Wiatrek/Gary Wiatrek – 13.64 .lbs
  6. Sonny Leal/Benji Ondreas – 12.78 .lbs
  7. Nathan Beabout/Chris Cady – 12.75 .lbs
  8. Kevin Mock/Braxon Mock – 11.61 .lbs
  9. Roland Young/Michael Laskowski, Jr. – 11.25 .lbs
  10. Russell O’Riley/Corey Survant – 10.84 .lbs

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IFA Redfish Tours Head to Port Lavaca, Texas

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Inshore anglers from across Texas and surrounding regions will converge at Port Lavaca, Texas, July 11-12, for the first of two regular-season events for the Texas Division of the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s will begin its activities on Friday, July 10, with tournament drive through registration from 5-7 p.m. at Bayfront Peninsula Park (501 E. Main St., Port Lavaca TX 77979) followed by the captain’s meeting. Anglers will launch at safe light on Saturday, July 11. Check-in times will be assigned at Friday’s captain’s meeting taking place on our Facebook page. The new procedures for registration, and weigh in will be sent direct to the captain of each team.

Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour will have a drive through registration from 6-7 p.m. with captains meeting to follow on Facebook on Saturday, July 11, at Bayfront Peninsula Park. Anglers will launch Sunday, July 12, from the location of their choice with the weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at Bayfront Peninsula Park.

Social distancing measures have been put into place for upcoming IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Tour events. After anglers register for each event, they will receive an email with further instructions on the new protocols.

Continuing to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, both IFA Tours include five different divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, both tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers’ expenses to a minimum.

In addition to nearly 200 percent payback, every regular-season IFA Redfish Tour event guarantees a fully rigged RB190 Ranger boat prize package powered by a Mercury outboard valued at $26,800 for first place. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event will award the first-place finisher with an Ascend 128T kayak plus $1,000. Second place will be awarded an Ascend 12T Kayak plus $100.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

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.ifatours.com.

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Tran Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Lafitte, Louisiana

Kayak angler takes home more than $2,200 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Francis Tran, of Starkville, Mississippi, measured a combined total of 46.50 inches to win the first of two regular-season events for the 2020 Louisiana Division of the IFA Kayak Tour on June 14 at Lafitte, Louisiana. For first place, the angler won an Ascend 128T kayak and $1,000 in cash.  

In just his second year of fishing the IFA Kayak Tour, Tran repeated last year’s win at Laffite with another strong showing in this year’s competition. Like all the IFA Kayak Tour anglers, Tran faced high winds, making for a difficult day on the water in a kayak.

Tran concentrated on the marshes and the pass at Grand Isle. He caught his limit with top-water baits and a popping cork over a plastic shrimp. The angler’s added $325 in Anglers Advantage cash and won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award.

Second-place finisher Douglas Menefee, of Lafayette, Louisiana, measure a combined total of 35 inches to win an Ascend 12T kayak for a total of $700 in winnings. The wind also played a critical role in where he would be able to fish.

“It was windy,” said Menefee. “So much that it blew out the pass and made it unfishable. I fished Grand Isle at both ends of the island and traveled probably 15 miles.”

Menefee targeted trout with a top-water bait and employed a Carolina rig with Berkley Gulp! on a circle hook.

“It was a tough event,” said Menefee. “I’m happy I squeaked out a second place. The weather was beautiful, but the wind made it difficult to fish most of my spots.”

Another newcomer to the IFA Kayak Tour is Graves Bayard. The angler’s 28.38 pounds was good enough to win the $160 third-place prize. Bayard was also awarded the $100 Junior Angler award. Bayard fished a popping cork for trout and soft plastics for redfish.

“Fishing was great and challenging,” said Bayard. “I lost three fish that would have helped my placing, but it was still awesome. I never imagined getting third place fishing against these veteran anglers.”

The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Port Lavaca, Texas, on July 12. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour 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.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

IFA Kayak Tour – Louisiana Division

Lafitte, La. (Top 6)

  1. Francis Tran – 46.50 inches
  2. Douglas Menefee – 35.00 inches
  3. Graves Bayard – 28.38 inches
  4. Christopher Weaver – 27.00 inches
  5. Matthew Vann – 25.75 inches
  6. Brendan Bayard – 16.63 inches
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Team Taylor/Burke Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event at Lafitte, Louisiana

Anglers win more than $31,000 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Trevor Taylor, of Panama City, Florida, and Bill Burke, of Crestview, Florida, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 18.97 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Louisiana Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on June 13, at Lafitte, Louisiana. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package powered by a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard.

After the passing of a tropical storm, Taylor and Burke found clean water and little wind while fishing. They ran 60 miles to fish the waters of Houma. The concentrated on sight-fishing in grass with spoons and soft plastics.


“We are overwhelmed with this win,” said Taylor. “We didn’t’ think we were going to make it due to a family emergency. However, we stayed with our plan and stuck to it all day. It’s the best feeling ever. These are some of the best anglers in the world so any win against these guys and gals is amazing.”

Along with winning a Ranger boat, the team added $3,576 in Anglers Advantage cash while their 10.10-pound kicker earned the $500 Berkley Big Redfish award. In total, the anglers went home with $31,076 in winnings.

Second-place finishers Kevin Harvey, of Bourg, Louisiana, and Kelly Dupre, of Houma, Louisiana, brought 18.68 pounds of redfish to the scales. The team took advantage of the sunny skies and sight-fished Berkley Gulp! and Powerbait.

Coming in a close third place was Brandon Arceneaux, of Gray, Louisiana, and Bubba Corbin, of Houma, Louisiana, who weighed a total of 18.60 pounds to win a total of $3,112. Running 65 miles during competition, the team reported ideal conditions and found their fish by sight-fishing soft plastics.

The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Port Lavaca, Texas, on July 11. Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit

www.ifatours.com.

IFA Redfish Tour – Louisiana Division

Lafitte, La. (Top 10)

  1. Trevor Taylor/Bill Burke – 18.97 .lbs
  2. Kevin Harvey/Kelly Dupre – 18.68 .lbs
  3. Brandon Arceneaux/Bubba Corbin- 18.60 .lbs
  4. Jimmy Matherne/Hal Robichaux – 18.47 .lbs
  5. Nicky Savoie/Shane Pescay – 18.11 .lbs
  6. Dewey Holloway/Kelly Causey – 17.58 .lbs
  7. Chance Angel/Kevin Roberts – 17.51 .lbs
  8. Brian Falgout/Lance Babin – 17.50 .lbs
  9. Kirk Davis/Paul Gleber – 17.41 .lbs
  10. John Juarez/Cole Starr – 17.02 .lbs
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Yurkevicius Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Georgetown, South Carolina

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Steve Yurkevicius, of Jacksonville, Florida, measured a combined total of 46.38 inches to win the first of two regular-season events for the 2020 Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Tour on June 7 at Georgetown, South Carolina. For first place, the angler won an Ascend 128T kayak and $1,000 in cash.

Traveling in his kayak just south of Georgetown, Yurkevicius threw top-water baits around oyster beds for his 17.71-inch trout and 28.63-inch redfish, which was the longest of the tournament and won the angler the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award. In total, the angler took home $2,319 in winnings.

Second-place finisher Bob Powell, of St. Augustine, Florida, measured a combined total of 42.60 inches to win an Ascend 12T kayak, $100 and an additional $323 in Anglers Advantage cash. Powell fished in the Charleston area with soft plastics and was happy with his finish.

Measuring in 42 inches total, Stephen Trainor, of Conway, South Carolina, opted to head north and fish top-water baits and soft plastics in Murrels Inlet and the Wando River. With bites being far and few between and facing congested boat traffic, the angler made the most of his day.

“I fished clean all day on a tough bite, but it feel good to bring both fish to check-in,” Trainor said.

The angler won $469 for his limit.

Tenth-place finisher Michael Kachman caught a 21-inch trout to take home the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award.

The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Laffite, Louisiana, on June 14. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour 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.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

IFA Kayak Tour – Atlantic Division

Georgetown, S.C. (Top 10)

  1. Steve Yurkevicius – 46.38 inches
  2. Bob Powell – 42.60 inches
  3. Stephen Trainor – 42.00 inches
  4. Dave Jaskiewicz – 39.75 inches
  5. Aaron Baldwin – 37.75 inches
  6. Rigel Jessen – 37.25 inches
  7. James Pollett – 34.75 inches
  8. Justin Rienerth – 28.63 inches
  9. Aaron Miller – 23.25 inches
  10. Michael Kachman – 21.00 inches
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Team Smith/Gallup Wins IFA Redfish Tour Event at Georgetown, South Carolina

Anglers win more than $29,000 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Jack Smith, of Georgetown, South Carolina, and Bruce Gallup, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 9.04 pounds to win the first regular-season event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Redfish Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s on June 6, at Georgetown, South Carolina. The team won a fully rigged Ranger RB190 boat prize package powered by a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Mercury outboard.

The team made the most out of the good weather with tons of casts in the local Georgetown waters. The team exclusively fished Berkley Gulp! baits and attributed their success to the venerable inshore baits along with a bit of luck.

“Today, the stars were aligned,” said Smith. “Everything went perfect. We caught fish from start to finish.”

Along with the Ranger RB190 and Mercury outboard, the anglers took home an additional $2,100 in Anglers Advantage cash.

Second-place finishers Hank Edwards, of Darlington, South Carolina, and Ian Mathews, of Effingham, South Carolina, brought 8.51 pounds to the scales to take home $3,260 in winnings. They also opted to stay close to the take off and fished the local waters with Berkley Gulp! and spinner baits.

Third-place finishers Ryan Bell ad John Koonce, both of Charleston, South Carolina, made the long run from Georgetown to fish their home waters. They threw white Berkley Gulp! baits with a slow retrieve to catch their limit.

“It was windy with dirty water, but we still managed to catch 30 reds,” Bell said.

The anglers weighed 7.78 pounds to win $1,164.

Chris Edmonds and Carl Meyer placed fifth and took home the $500 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award, along with $250 credit to the Berkley website, for their 5.39-pound kicker caught on Berkley Gulp!.

The next stop for the IFA Redfish Tour is set for Lafitte, Louisiana, on June 13. Teams that compete in at least two regular-season events will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Championship.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.

IFA Redfish Tour – Atlantic Division

Georgetown, S.C. (Top 10)

  1. Jack Smith/Bruce Gallup – 9.04 .lbs
  2. Hank Edwards/Ian Mathews – 8.51 .lbs
  3. Ryan Bell/John Koonce – 7.78 .lbs
  4. Reed Simmons/Lisa VonMoll – 7.71 .lbs
  5. Chris Edmonds/Carl Meyer – 7.54 .lbs
  6. Mike McDonald/Lin Fore – 7.44 .lbs
  7. Mike Pedersen/Gerald Brooks – 7.39 .lbs
  8. Ronnie Pitts/Chris Rosengarten – 7.20 .lbs
  9. Bruce Draper/Chuck Lather – 7.16 .lbs
  10. Stuart Ricks/Michael Dorman – 7.13 .lbs
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IFA Redfish Tours Head to Lafitte, Louisiana

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Inshore anglers from across Louisiana and surrounding regions will converge at Lafitte, Louisiana, June 13-14, for the first of two regular-season events for the Louisiana Division of the 2020 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s will begin its activities on Friday, June 12, with tournament drive through registration from 5-7 p.m. at Jean Lafitte Harbor (4932 Kenal Rd., Lafitte LA 70067) followed by the captain’s meeting. Anglers will launch at safe light from harbor on Saturday, June 13. Check-in times will be assigned at Friday’s captain’s meeting taking place on our Facebook page. The new procedures for registration, and weigh in will be sent direct to the captain of each team.

Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour will have a drive through registration from 6-7 p.m. with captains meeting to follow on Facebook on Saturday, June 13, at Jean Lafitte Harbor. Anglers will launch Sunday, June 14, from the location of their choice with the weigh-in set for 3 p.m. at Jean Lafitte Harbor.

Social distancing measures have been put into place for upcoming IFA Redfish Tour and IFA Kayak Tour events. After anglers register for each event, they will receive an email with further instructions on the new protocols.

Continuing to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, both IFA Tours include five different divisions, each with a two-event regular season. With budget-friendly entry fees, both tours offer opportunities to compete close to home while keeping anglers’ expenses to a minimum.

In addition to nearly 200 percent payback, every regular-season IFA Redfish Tour event guarantees a fully rigged RB190 Ranger boat prize package powered by a Mercury outboard valued at $26,800 for first place. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event will award the first-place finisher with an Ascend 128T kayak plus $1,000. Second place will be awarded an Ascend 12T Kayak plus $100.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

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.ifatours.com.

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Nelson Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Crystal River, Florida

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Rodney Nelson, of Brandon, Florida, measured a combined total of 51.93 inches to win the final of two regular-season events for the 2020 Florida West Division of the IFA Kayak Tour on May 31 at Crystal River, Florida. For first place, the angler won an Ascend 128T kayak and $1,000 in cash.

Nelson encountered a slow-moving, incoming tide with low winds. The angler traveled one mile in his kayak, fishing potholes with top-water baits for his limit. His 22.30-inch trout won the Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award and, along with adding $580 in Anglers Advantage cash, the angler took home a total of $2,380 in winnings.

Second-place finisher Charles Statham, of Apollo Beach, Florida, measured a

20.88-inch trout and a 30.25-inch redfish, which won the Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award. His total of 51.13 inches gave the angler a new Ascend 12T kayak along with $250 in Anglers Advantage cash for a total of $1,125 in winnings.

Statham focused his efforts in the Weedon Island area, fishing top-water baits and Berkley Gulp! soft plastics.

Tony Lai, of Seminole, Florida, measured a combined total of 49.13 inches to take third place and $740 in winnings. Lai traveled two hours out of St. Petersburg, fishing top-water baits in the morning before switching to jigging later in the day.

Tenth-place finisher Aliyah Lai measured 35.00 inches total and won the Junior Angler award and $100 in cash.

The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Georgetown, South Carolina, on June 7. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour 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.

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

IFA Kayak Tour – Florida West Division

Crystal River, Fla. (Top 10)

1. Rodney Nelson – 51.93 inches

2. Charles Statham – 51.13 inches

3. Tony Lai – 49.13 inches

4. Ryan Dills – 39.25 inches

5. Richard Manning – 38.75 inches

6. Robert Brown – 38.38 inches

7. Derek Engle – 38.00 inches

8. Marvin Engle – 36.75 inches

9. Keith Morrison – 36.25 inches

10. Aliyah Lai – 35.00 inches

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