Monday, May 12, 2014
David Jaskiewicz, of Wando, South Carolina, measured a combined limit of 47.44 inches to win the first regular-season event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing at Charleston, South Carolina, on May 4.
A former winner at Charleston and 2010 Atlantic Divisional Angler of the Year, Jaskiewicz fished the Wando River and Copahee Sound areas.
The conditions were perfect, said Jaskiewicz. A slight breeze in the morning affected the top-water bite, but besides that it was perfect.
The angler threw top-water baits in the morning, switching to swimbaits and spinner baits later in the day.
I had a plan and I stuck to it, said Jaskiewicz. I was very pleased with my reds but thought my trout could have been better.
In addition to the $1,500 first-place prize, the angler won the $100 Berkley Gulp Big Fish award, $450 in Anglers Advantage cash and the $250 Hobie Top Angler award for having the highest-placed finish for an angler competing out of a Hobie kayak.
Justin Carter, of Charleston, South Carolina, measured a 26.75-inch redfish and a 20.50-inch speckled sea trout for a second-place finish. The former 2011 IFA Championship event winner and 2011 IFA Angler of the Year took home a total of $1,270 for his efforts.
Brad Knight, of Belton, South Carolina, is fishing his first year in the IFA Kayak Tour. Putting in at the Bulls Bay area, Knight fished paddle tails at low tide and targeted trout on grass lines. The angler reported an early bite but slowed later in the day on his way to third place and the $500 prize.
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.