Local kayak angler Dave Jaskiewicz wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event in Georgetown
Wando resident Dave Jaskiewicz measured a combined limit of 52.50 inches to win the first regular-season event for the 2019 Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour on April 28 in Georgetown.
A very familiar name on top of the leaderboard, Jaskiewicz continues to dominate the IFA Kayak Tour’s Atlantic Division. The angler adds another win for a total of six IFA Tour wins along with three Divisional Angler of the Year titles. This event was no different with Jaskiewicz besting the nearest competitor by more than five inches.
Heading to his home waters, Jaskiewicz made the trip to fish the Wando River and found jigs to be the hot bait.
“The morning was calm with minimal winds so the top-water bite wasn’t working,” said Jaskiewicz. “I switched to jigs and did well. Winds picked up and I found some protected areas and found some good fish.”
The angler concentrated in the shallows and pitching to docks with Berkley Gulp! on jigs. Jaskiewicz found his trout around a structure in 5-8 feet of water. The angler landed a 23-inch trout and a 29.50-inch redfish to take first place.
“Catching the 23-inch trout early took the pressure off and I was able to concentrate on getting a good red all day,” Jaskiewicz said.
As part of the IFA Kayak Tour’s contingency programs, Jaskiewicz’s lunker trout caught on Berkley Gulp! won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout Award along with a $100 credit for Berkley products. For catching his trout on Spiderwire, the angler received a bulk spool of Spiderwire Invisibraid 30# line.
The fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the country, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour 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.
For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.