A Baton Rouge man won the final regular-season event for the 2019 Louisiana Division of the Inshore Fishing Association Kayak Fishing Tour on July 28 at Houma, Louisiana.
IFA Kayak Fishing Tour events are catch-photograph-release kayak fishing tournaments, held across states. It gives many anglers the opportunity to participate in competitive fishing tournaments with low entry fees and minimal travel requirements.
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Brendan Bayard, of Baton Rouge, who has two previous IFA Kayak Tour wins measured a combined limit of 61 inches to win the tournament.
Bayard launched his kayak in the Grand Isle area and found a high tide along with scattered thunderstorms.
He fished top-water baits for his 20.25-pound trout and Berkley Gulp! for his 40.75-inch redfish.
“It feels awesome,” said Bayard, who took home a $1,100 prize. “I feel lucky to win with this talented field of kayak anglers.”
IFA Kayak Tour – Louisiana Division
Houma, Louisiana (Top 10)
- Brendan Bayard – 61.00 inches
- Brandon Barton – 60.50 inches
- Aaron Clay – 60.18 inches
- Steve Lessard – 60.00 inches
- Owen Caraway – 58.25 inches
- Bryson Hatcher – 56.75 inches
- Brock Miller – 56.63 inches
- Ty Hibbs – 53.76 inches
- Shawn Hrubes – 52.50 inches
- 10.Matt Carr – 51.50 inches
Second-place finisher Brandon Barton, of Pensacola, Florida, measured a total of 60.50 inches to win $1,035. He split his time between Grand Isle and Leeville, fishing top-water baits for trout and deep jigging Berkley Gulp! for redfish.
“It was great, flat calm weather in the morning although pop-up storms started around noon,” said Barton. “Overall, it was a great day fishing with good friends.”
Aaron Clay, of Kiln, Mississippi, also split his time between Grand Isle and Leeville. The angler boated an 18.68-inch trout with a top-water bait and a 41.50-inch redfish on a lipless crankbait. The angler’s redfish was the longest of the tournament and won the $100 Berkley Big Redfish award.
Tenth-place finisher Matt Carr boated a 20.50-inch trout that won the $100 Berkley Big Trout award.
The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Corpus Christi, on August 11. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2019 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.