Kayak angler takes home more than $2,600 in prize money
Nelson fished the Mosquito Lagoon area by anchoring his Power-Pole Micro Anchor to fan-cast for trout and sight-cast to schools for redfish.
“Given the wind, I was very pleased with my performance,” Nelson said.
Nelson won $1,500 along with a Power-Pole Micro Anchor with spike for his first-place finish. The angler’s 45-inch redfish won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award and he added $375 in Anglers Advantage cash.
Thaddeus Day, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, measured a combined total of 62 inches to take the $1,000 first place prize. The angler added $225 in Anglers Advantage cash.
Day stayed close to the weigh-in site and also experienced the effects of the winds.
“I stuck with my plan even with the high winds and fast currents,” said Day. “I was jigging deep with Gulp! on a First Light Tackle snook jig and then hit a smaller ledge jigging with a soft bait. I was pleased with the outcome but very tired.”
Third-place finisher Steve Bond, of Jacksonville, Florida, measured a 23-inch redfish and a 23.38 trout to win $195. Fourteenth-place finisher Blake Beltz failed to land a redfish but did win the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award for his 24.63-inch trout.
The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Port Aransas, Texas, on April 1. 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.
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 and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.|
IFA Kayak Tour – Florida East Division
Jacksonville, Fla. (Top 10)
- Ty Nelson – 67.25 inches
- Thaddeus Day – 62.00 inches
- Steve Bond – 46.38 inches
- Jake Bates – 46.00 inches
- Eric Henson – 44.75 inches
- Miguel Pandich – 43.38 inches
- Derek Engle – 43.25 inches
- Stephen Trainor – 42.50 inches
- Donnie Leeper – 40.38 inches
- Owen Caraway – 39.50 inches