NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Inshore anglers from across Texas and surrounding regions will meet at Port Aransas, Texas, on April 2-3 for the first 2016 Texas Division events of the IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing.
Both tour events will operate out of Port Aransas Marina (301 JC Barr Blvd., Port Aransas, TX 78373). The IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Cabela’s will begin its activities on Friday, April 1, with tournament registration from 5-7 p.m. at the pavilion followed by the captain’s meeting. Anglers will launch from Port Aransas Marina at safe light on Saturday, April 2, with check-in times assigned at Friday’s captain’s meeting.
Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing will have registration from 6-7 p.m. with the captain’s meeting to follow on Saturday, April 2, at Port Aransas Marina Pavilion. Anglers will launch Sunday from the location of their choice with the weigh-in to be held at Terry’s Seaworthy Marine (9902 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418). Check in times will be announced at Saturday’s captain’s meeting.
Continuing to draw inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas, both IFA Redfish 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 new, fully-rigged Ranger boat powered by a Yamaha outboard valued at $25,995 for first place. Each IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event will feature a $1,500 cash prize for the winning angler.
The tournament heads to Port Aransas with full support from the local community.
“We are excited to welcome the IFA Tour back to our island to kick off our fishing tournament season this spring, where the sun is shining and the fish are biting,” said President of Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau Ann Vaughan. “Bring the whole family to stay and enjoy all that Port A has to offer. Peek at the fun that you will have at www.portaransas.org .”
IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Hobie Fishing, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Lucas Oil, Yamaha Outboards, RAM, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Power-Pole, BoatU.S., Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Protect the Harvest, General Tire, SuperClean, Valley Fashions, ENGEL Coolers, T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice Powertex Group, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau.
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. To discover more about kayaking and Hobie Fishing go to www.hobiefishing.com.