Louisiana fishermen can darned near claim ownership in the Inshore Fishing Association after making it 2-for-2 in IFA end-of-the-season championship events.
That’s because Metairie’s Ty Hibbs claimed the IFA Kayak Tour Championship held in Venice earlier this month.
Hibbs followed the down-Bayou Lafourche team of Nicky Savoie and Paul Dufrene, who claimed the IFA Redfish Tour championship held from Venice Marina.
During the two-day, Hobie-sponsored event, Hibbs managed to catch a speckled trout and redfish each day. The combined lengths of his four fish measured out at 112 inches to win a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak and Power-Pole Micro Anchor. A 40.75-inch redfish was his key catch.
“It was real windy during the competition, but I did 10 miles the first day and six miles on the second day,” Hibbs told the IFA. “But, the water was clean and falling, which I love.”
Hibbs reportedly was fishing in the Port Sulphur area and casted topwater plugs and Berkley Gulp! Under popping corks.
New Orleans kayaker Jeffrey Oliver was a close second at 110.63 inches to earn $1,500 for second place. He told the IFA he worked Venice-area oyster reefs with topwaters and Gulp! Under corks.
Day 1 leader, veteran Florida angler Benton Parrott, finished third with 104.25 inches.
Matthew Vann and his 103 inches of trout and redfish finished fourth, high enough to get 2017 IFA Hobie Kayak Angler of the Year honors and $1,700 bonus money and paid-up 2018 entry fees.
Rounding out the top 10 were Bob Powell (98.63 inches), Josh Repel (98.13), Brandon Barton (95.75), Miguel Pandich (93.75), Aaron Clay (93.38) and Joe Komyati (90.75).
False River rains
Last weekend's heavy rains in the New Roads area forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to suspend the drawdown on False River this year.
The drawdown began right after Labor Day and was supposed to get to 5.5 feet below pool stage (16 feet) — the plan is to stabilize sediment and improve water quality — but heavy rains sent the level to 17.4 feet last week. The LDWF staff concluded that a 1.5-inch-per-day drawdown would not achieve the desired results by January.
The LDWF report indicated future drawdowns remain planned in the revitalization of the lake.
Did you see this?
GunsAmerica Digest’s email early Friday morning brought word of a new long-range world record shot. The report identified former Navy SEAL Charlie Melton and Brad Stair of Salt Lake Citry's Performance Guns put together a .408 caliber rifle to score a hit on a 40-inch target at 5,000 yards — 2.84 miles on Oct. 3.
There are a lot of details, mostly about the weapon, scope, ammo and number of shots on GA’s swebsite: gunsamerica.com.
At the mine
Tom LeBlanc sent along the first report of 31 specks taken from Sulphur Mine Lake west of Golden Meadow. He launches from Bason’s and said the best action was first thing in the morning on black/chartreuse H&H Cocahoe Minnows.