The International Fishing Association's Kayak Tour, sponsored by Hobie, held its inaugural event in Charleston. Eighteen single-minded competitors paddled into local waters in order to catch either redfish or trout and to record their lengths via digital cameras and 'tour rulers.' The top three winners are determined by an aggregate length of BOTH the trout and the redfish. Danny Milleman finished with the largest redfish, an 32-inch specimen, which was good for a $200 gift certificate. Dave Jaskiewicz of Charleston had the longest trout, a behemoth that went 18 and 5/8 inches - good for a gift certificate. Jaskiewicz also had a 22 1/8-inch redfish which propelled him to first place for aggregate, winning a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak. Thomas Samuels of Summerville finished in second place, good for a Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Justin Carter of Mount Pleasant finished in third place, winning a kayak for his volunteer efforts to 'Take a Veteran Fishing."
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PhotosByJeffDennis: Carter, Samuels, Jaskiewicz and Milleman smile after the awards ceremony at Half-Moon Outfitters in South Windermere; IFA Redfish Tournament Director Jerry Stakely and Hobie Rep Jackie Smith speak to the merits of the kayak fleet; fishermen Anthony Messier, Richie Boykin and Brian Cope with the nets they won on the raffle