Kayak angler takes home $1,925 in winnings
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2019) – Bob Powell, of St. Augustine, Florida, measured a combined limit of 45.50 inches to win the first regular-season event for the 2019 Florida East Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour on February 17 at Jacksonville, Florida.
Powell reported great fishing conditions with calm winds and overcast skies. The angler caught his limit on twitch baits and Berkley Gulp! jerk shad.
“Overall, it was a great day, mid-70s,” said Powell. “We caught a lot of fish today.”
For first place, Powell won $1,000 in cash along with a Power-Pole Micro Anchor. The angler measured a 22.00-inch speckled sea trout on Berkley Gulp! and a PENN reel, which won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award, plus $100 in Berkley product along, and the $300 PENN Reels award. Powell also took advantage of the Anglers Advantage contingency program and added $425 to his winnings. In total, the angler took home $1,925.
Second-place finisher Derek Engle, of Spring Hill, Florida, measured a 26.25-inch redfish and a 19.00-inch trout to take home $880, which included $250 in Anglers Advantage cash.
The kayak angler targeted his fish in the Jacksonville and Titusville areas. Unexpected conditions impacted Engle’s day and made for a tough bite. After locating his fish, the angler threw hardbaits to boat his limit.
Darren Frost, of Melbourne, Florida, added this third-place finish to a previous win at Clearwater and a Divisional Angler of the Year title. The angler fished the lagoon at Titusville. The angler targeted his fish with topwater baits and jigs. Frost won $420 for his third-place finish along with $180 in Anglers Advantage cash.
The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Lafitte, Louisiana, on March 3. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2019 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: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Garmin, 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 East Division
Jacksonville, Fla. (Top 6)
- Bob Powell – 45.50 inches
- Derek Engle – 45.25 inches
- Darren Frost – 44.75 inches
- Joe Komyati – 44.50 inches
- Michael Fitzwater – 43.63 inches
- Travis Goodale – 43.50 inches
- Justin Reinerth – 42.50 inches
- Dave Jaskiewicz – 42.50 inches
- Tim Stouder – 42.00 inches
- Eric Henson – 38.25 inches