One of the top kayak fishing events in the country is set for this weekend in Grand Isle.
The IFA Kayak Tour will hold its championship event Friday and Saturday.
The two-day event will feature increased payouts and contingency prizes while bringing together the best inshore kayak anglers from Texas to the Carolinas.
The championship event will begin with registration on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the Bridge Side Marina (1618 La. 1, Grand Isle, LA 70358) followed by the captain's meeting. Anglers will launch Friday and Saturday from the location of their choice and return to the marina for each day's weigh-in. Check-in times will be announced at the captain's meeting on Thursday.
All anglers who entered at least two regular-season kayak events and competed in one event will qualify for the $50-entry-fee championship. First-place prize regardless of field size is a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak valued at $3,649.
Second and third place finishers will be awarded cash prizes of $1,500 and $750, respectively.
In addition, the Divisional Anglers of the Year will square off during the championship for the Overall Angler of the Year award. The winner will receive $1,000 and paid entry fees for the 2020 season.
Terry Serigny with Terry’s Live Bait in Leeville said last week the offshore fishing continues to shine with catches of mangrove snapper, lemon fish and blackfin tuna.
He said anglers are enjoying clear days and are catching redfish and speckled trout in the region.
Best baits: Live shrimp for speckled trout in the lakes and live minnows for redfish in the marsh and pogies for offshore fish.
Serigny said closer to his shop in Leeville, anglers are also racking up on speckled trout and redfish.
Best baits: Live shrimp and minnows.
Robbie Breaux with Bob's Bayou Black Marina in Gibson said anglers are loading up on sac-a-lait and bass.
"The sac-a-lait bite has been nuts," Breaux said. "People are coming in with the highest sac-a-lait totals this summer within the last 5-6 years. They are catching them on grass beds in Lake Hackberry 20 yards off the bank and the bass are still going well too. The summer marsh bass are everywhere and bigger bass can be caught soon too off the points of canals as we get into the fall."
For information on open dates at Bayou Black Marina, call the marina at 985-575-2315.
Best baits: Tube jigs with crappie trailers for sac-a-lait.
Bill Lake with Bayou Guide Service said the redfish action remains stellar in lakes out of Dularge.
Anglers are catching both slot reds and bull reds.
Best baits: Gold spoons and Humdinger spinner baits.