Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour will return to Georgetown County next month, and registration is now open to all anglers — no competitive fishing experience needed.
The top prize is a $26,000 Ranger/Yamaha boat package. Cash prizes will also be awarded, including up to $500 for 20th place (assuming 100 boats are registered).
The Redfish Tour will take place at Georgetown County’s Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex on Aug. 29 with boat launch at dawn and weigh-in scheduled for 3 p.m. Both are open to spectators.
Registration is from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the marine complex and will be followed by a meeting and dinner for participants. The marine complex is located at 101 River Walk Dr.
A $30 membership to the IFA is needed to sign up for the competition and can be purchased at registration. Participants fish in two-person teams. Entry fee is $250 per boat.
The Kayak Tour takes place on Aug. 30, with registration at the marine complex beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 29, following Redfish Tour weigh-in. This competition is also open to everyone. Entry fee is $50 per angler and requires a $10 IFA membership.
The tours stopped in Georgetown County in April and were very successful, attracting 73 boats and many anglers from Georgetown and surrounding counties, as well as out-of-state visitors, creating a significant economic impact for area restaurants.
Many participants from the April event said they plan to return in August, bringing their families and turning the event into a vacation.
“We’re happy to welcome the IFA Redfish Tour back again, and we’re looking for an even bigger success this time around, with more anglers and some new faces,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “We worked hard to make sure all those who participated in April and during the IFA’s first visit in 2014 would want to come back and we’re hearing that we were very successful in that. They do want to come back and spend more time with us.”
The April Redfish Tour in Georgetown had the largest participation of any event in the Atlantic division in the event’s history, said Eric Shelby, IFA tournament director.
“We had a great time again and we’re looking forward to coming back,” Shelby said. “The hospitality is great and I’m really impressed with the organization of the County. You can tell their goal is to get better every time and that’s impressive for us to see and to work with. We couldn’t ask for better than what we’ve experienced in Georgetown County.”
For more information and online registration, visit www.ifatours.com.
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