IFA To Host High School Fishing Event at Punta Gorda, Florida

IFA To Host High School Fishing Event at Punta Gorda, Florida
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - The Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) has joined with the Student Angler Federation (SAF) to host a high school fishing event for students in grades 9-12 at Punta Gorda, Florida, on March 8. The tournament will feature a two-person team format and operate out of Laishley Park (120 Laishley Park Court, Punta Gorda, FL 33950).

The event will focus on redfish for student anglers and their coach, who will be responsible for providing the boat used during competition. Interested parties can register by visiting HighSchoolFishing.org. The IFA highly encourages all interested anglers and teams to pre-register online or by phone in advance to avoid late registration fees. 

New for 2015, the SAF will allow one member of each team to be in seventh or eighth grade, if the team chooses. All anglers and coaches will need to check in on Saturday, March 7 at the IFA weigh-in trailer located at Laishley Park from 5-6 p.m. with a rules meeting to immediately follow. Take off is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Sunday with the weigh in set for 2 p.m. 

"Our expansion into the saltwater events has been an exciting venture for us," stated Mark Gintert, national youth director for The Bass Federation, which formed the SAF. "We worked with the staff of the IFA to conduct the nation's first high school saltwater event last year in Houma, Louisiana, and that experience has propelled us into 2015 with the mission of creating more opportunities for our high school anglers. Working with the IFA is a perfect fit for us and we look forward to seeing more of these events in the future." 

"We are very excited to continue to work with the Student Angler Federation to help build the foundation of our Inshore Fishing Series across the country," stated IFA Tournament Director Eric Shelby. "We think this gives us a terrific platform to help grow our series as well as create a host of new opportunities for high school anglers." 

Students, coaches and parents can go to www.HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up.

Event Details:

Sign-up: PRE-REGISTER ONLINE at www.HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee applies to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org.

Mandatory Check-in: Saturday March 7 at 5 p.m. at the IFA trailer located in Laishley Park (120 Laishley Park Court, Punta Gorda, FL 33950)

Takeoff & Weigh-in: Sunday, March 8 at Laishley Park. Take-off at 6:30 a.m. with the weigh-in scheduled for 2 p.m. Anglers, coaches or parents with questions can call 580-765-9031 for more information.

Tournament Waters: Contestants may fish any public access waters on the western half of Florida except within one mile of the Port Manatee Port Authority Office at 300 Tampa Bay Way #1 Palmetto FL.

  • About the IFA
Drawing inshore anglers from Texas to the Carolinas and beyond, the IFA Redfish Tour is
the largest and oldest redfish tour in the nation. Offering anglers the opportunity to compete in low-entry fee events, redfish anglers can fish close to home, minimize expenses and compete for
lucrative winnings and contingency prizes. The IFA Kayak Fishing Tour presented by Hobie Fishing is the fastest-growing kayak fishing tournament trail in the county. Kayak anglers competing in the catch-photograph-release tournaments can take advantage of the numerous money and product prizes awarded to competitors. For more information or to become a member of the IFA, visit www.ifatours.com.

About The Student Angler Federation
The Student Angler Federation (SAF) was formed by The Bass Federation (TBF) when TBF started and founded the national high school fishing movement in 2007 and is the oldest and largest High School fishing program in North America. SAF is the recognized worldwide leader in High School fishing programming and sets the bar with a long list of industry exclusive programs including offering events for 7-12th graders in every state as well as Canada, the only High School fishing program that includes angler educational studies, online training and angler testing and full comprehensive insurance for all SAF clubs, members and events. SAF truly is education through fishing. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and "LIKE US" on facebook!

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