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Nguyen Wins IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Event at Port Lavaca, Texas

Kayak angler takes home more than $2,200 in winnings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 20, 2020) – Long Nguyen, of Port Lavaca, Texas, measured a combined total of 48:00 inches to win the first of two regular-season events for the 2020 Texas Division of the IFA Kayak Tour on July 12 at Port Lavaca, Texas. For first place, the angler won an Ascend 128T kayak and $1,000 in cash.

The local angler showed strong in his first-ever IFA Kayak Tour event by throwing spoons in the Point Comfort area. He caught his limit by chasing bait fish and traveled approximately seven miles total. The angler’s 25-inch trout won the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Trout award and added $390 in Anglers Advantage cash. 

Second-place finisher John Bendele measured a combined total of 44.50 inches to take home a new Ascend 12T kayak and $325 in cash. Taking third place with a total of 42.13 inches, John Canion won a total of $365 in winnings. 

Although he failed to boat a redfish, seventh-place finisher John Free measured 26.75-inch redfish to win the $100 Berkley Gulp! Big Redfish award. 

The next stop for the IFA Kayak Tour is Jacksonville, Florida, on August 2. Anglers who enter at least two events and compete in at least one event will be qualified for the 2020 IFA Kayak Tour Championship.

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

IFA events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Ascend, Ranger Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Sunline, AFTCO, Garmin, Lucas Oil, Berkley Gulp!, Berkley Gulp! Alive!, PENN Reels, Spiderwire, Navionics, Power-Pole, Valley Fashions,  T-H Marine, ATLAS, G-Juice, and Powertex Group.

IFA Kayak Tour – Texas Division 

Port Lavaca, Texas (Top 10)

  1. Long Nguyen – 48.00 inches
  2. John Bendele – 44.50 inches
  3. John Canion – 42.13 inches
  4. Wayne Lobb – 42.00 inches
  5. Fil Spencer – 37.50 inches
  6. Chase Okrasinski – 37.38 inches
  7. John Free – 26.75 inches
  8. Matt Murphy – 23.63
  9. Denny Greif – 21.50
  10. Michael Fiorenza – 16.25

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