IFA Announces 2016 Schedule

Premier, two-day tournaments offer 100 percent cash payout beginning April 2016
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (February 2, 2016) – The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) is once again partnering with key sponsors Cabela’s and Lucas Oil to host two premier, specialty events for the 2016 season. The IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens presented by Cabela’s offer inshore anglers a unique, high-stakes team tournament with 100 percent cash payout and extensive television coverage at each event.With two events scheduled for 2016; April 15-16 at Houma, Louisiana, and June 3-4 at Panama City, Florida, the IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens will feature a two-day, team format and will be open to all anglers with an IFA membership. Each of the Open events will include a $1,250 entry fee with 100 percent cash payout guaranteed. Also, for an additional $250, anglers can sign up for the Angler’s Advantage program, which allows participants to compete in an even higher payout bracket.

In addition, the new IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens will include multiple contingency programs and a Team of the Year race, tracking points over both events. The highest finishing anglers will receive custom rings and paid entry fees for 2017, courtesy of Lucas Oil. More details are available at ifatours.com/open, with registrations being accepted by phone at 478-836-4266.

“With over 2500 square miles of wetlands, Houma is known as Louisiana’s Bayou Country and we feel it’s the perfect match for the IFA. We’re excited to bring the IFA back to Houma,” said Angela Morehead with the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have a rich history of support for tournament fishing and the IFA has been a great partner over the years. We look forward to kicking things off in April.”

Morehead’s sentiments were echoed by Jennifer Virgil with the Panama City Community Development Corp. “Panama City provides some of the country’s best inshore fishing,” said Virgil. “It’s a privilege to host the IFA and their anglers, and we’re delighted to share our amazing fishery with them, along with our warm hospitality.”

Airing on NBC Sports, Pursuit Channel, Fox Sports Southwest and Time Warner Sports, the IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Opens promise to bring exciting, inshore action to more than 100 million combined TV households. 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.

2016 Lucas Oil IFA Redfish Open Schedule:

April 15-16 – Houma, LA
June 3-4 – Panama City, FL

2016 Lucas Oil IFA Redfish Open Sample Payout:

Reg Payout Angler’s Advantage Ranger Cup** Total Payout
1st $20,000 $4,000 $6,000 $30,000
2nd $10,000 $2,000 $2,500 $14,500
3rd $7,500 $1,500 $2,000 $11,000
4th $5,250 $1,150 $1,500 $7,900
5th $5,000 $1,000 $1,000 $7,000
6th $4,000 $800 $700 $5,500
7th $3,500 $700 $650 $4,850
8th $3,000 $600 $600 $4,200
9th $2,500 $500 $550 $3,550
10th $1,250 $250 $500 $2,000
Total $62,000 $12,500 $16,000 $90,500
**Must be original owner of 2012 or newer Ranger Boat and
meet all Ranger Cup rules and guidelines.
*$500 Big Redfish
*$1,250 Entry Fee
*Based on 50 Teams