Dave Jaskiewicz, of Wando, South Carolina, measured a combined limit of 48.75 inches to win the first regular-season event for the 2018 Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing on April 29 at Georgetown, South Carolina.
This wins marks Jaskiewicz’s sixth IFA Kayak Tour victory and extends his domination of the Atlantic Division. The angler has multiple top-3 finishes and is a three-time Atlantic Divisional Angler of the Year.
The angler experienced little wind but did cite a strong current due to a big tide. Jaskiewicz covered approximately 10 miles fishing deep creeks and marshes and didn’t think he was in the running until he made the weigh-in.
“I threw top-water baits in the morning and spinnerbaits and jigs with Berkley Gulp! later,” Jaskiewicz said. “I was shocked my limit was enough for the win.”
First place paid $1,500 and a Power-Pole Micro Anchor. Jaskiewicz added $305 in Anglers Advantage cash as well. He caught his 20-inch trout on Berkley Gulp! and a PENN reel, netting the angler the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award, along with $100 in Berkley credit, and $300 in PENN products.
Andrew Imes, of Bolivia, North Carolina, finished in a close second with a total of 48.00 inches. The angler fished jigs in the Oak Island area and won $1,175 along with the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish Award. Imes added another $300 in PENN products for catching his red on a PENN reel.
Third-place finisher Justin Carter, of Charleston, South Carolina, won $300 for his 26.50 redfish and 17.75-inch trout. Carter boated his limit in the Wando River with jigs and top-water baits. The angler reported a fast current accompanied by strong winds.
The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Port Aransas, Texas, on May 13. Anglers who enter at least a minimum of two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2018 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.
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IFA Kayak Tour – Atlantic Division
Georgetown, S.C. (Top 10)
- Dave Jaskiewicz – 48.75 inches
- Andrew Imes – 48.00 inches
- Justin Carter – 44.25 inches
- Stephen Trainor – 44.00 inches
- Cameron Dyson – 36.25 inches
- Joe Komyati – 27.00 inches
- Larry Hancock – 25.50 inches
- Michael Kachman – 24.50 inches
- Justin Rienerth – 17.75 inches
- George Wells – 16.50 inches