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2015 Kayak Angler's Choice Awards Finals

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The votes - all 5,160 of them - are in for Round 2 of the Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards. Many of the Top 5 nominees moving into the final round were clear standouts, several with over 20% of the votes. Make sure to show your support for your favorite anglers, kayaks, and products in the final push to see who will be the winners of the 2015 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards.

To cast your vote in Round 3 go to www.yakangler.com/choice. The final results will be announced on October 19. At this point, it’s all up to you! 

Kayak Angler of the Year

Robert Field

Robert FieldRobert Field may not be one of the original pioneers in our sport, but he has come a long way in a short amount of time. As the owner of YakFish TV, V.P. of Manley Rods and president of the Kayak Bass Series, Robert’s life revolves around kayak fishing. He is also a skilled videographer: his YouTube channel has over 7 million views and 30,000 subscribers. He has won Video of the Year in the KACAs the past two years. Robert has become known for chasing a wide variety of species, from giant alligator gar to sharks to sailfish.

Rob Choi

Rob Choi huge shark kayak fishingRob Choi is a kayak fishing junkie. He achieved the prestigious "Saltwater Expert Angler" status from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission while strictly fishing from his kayak. While holding down an eight to five, being a kick-ass husband, and fathering the two cutest, most amazing kids on the planet, he also authors an award-winning blog. Note of interest: he was dropped as a baby into a pool of awesomeness and badassery. He wins every day. It’s just what he does.

Mike Baker

Mike Baker got introduced into kayak fishing in wells Maine, always fishing from the beach and seeing blitzing schools of striped bass just out of reach. Luckily for him his friends own the local surf shop and had kayaks for him to use. He remembers the first striper he caught and the rodeo of circles it he went through before landing it. Fast forward 10 years and now he is a registered Maine guide and owner of Kayak Fish New England guide services and part of the Wilderness Systems and Torqeedo pro staff. As for accomplishments in 2014 he took 2nd place in the NEKF striper shootout .2015 he took 6th at the NEKF shootout and 1st in the slam and largest fish in the j Bay tourney in NYC earning a spot on the US team in Shang Lake China.

Joseph Harrick

Joseph is the Owner of Catch Fish or Die Trying, the Assistant Tournament Director for The Kayak Bass Series North Division, and runs social media for multiple outdoor brands and organizations. He is also an avid competitive fisherman, fishing several tournament trails such as Kayak Bass Series, RiverBassin, and Kayak Fishing Ohio. In his first season of competitive fishing he is ranked in the Top 20 of each trail he fishes, has several Top 5 finishes, and has won two events. He is very proud of his 12th place finish at the KBS Classic on Guntersville this past September. He has had his articles published, and his pictures and videos featured in several magazines, blogs and other media this year. 

Christina Weber

Christina is a south Florida native who utilizes the fishing capital to the full extent, by fishing freshwater, saltwater, inshore and offshore. Kayak fishing happened by pure accident when she was shopping around for a boat that could keep up with her fishing styles, and the only one she could find was a kayak. Here she is five years later, traveling around and outside the country competing in the Extreme Kayak Tournament’s and the Kayak Bass Series, all from her Hobie "Outback". Christina’s biggest accomplishment have been finishing in third place for AOY in the KBS, landing a tarpon from the kayak with Ross Gallagher, and the oh-so-famous sailfish with Robert Field and Eric McDonald.


Kayak of the Year

Wilderness Systems “A.T.A.K."

Wilderness Systems A.T.A.K


Hobie "Pro Angler 14"

Hobie Pro Angler 14


Hobie "Outback"

Hobie Outback


Jackson Kayak "Coosa HD"

Jackson Coosa HD


Native Watercraft "Slayer Propel 13"

Native Watercraft Slayer Propel 13



Paddle of the Year

Bending Branches “Angler Pro"

Bending Branches Angler Pro


Werner "Shuna Hooked"

Werner Shuna Hooked


Feelfree "Camo"

Feelfree Camo Paddle


Carlisle "Magic"

Carlisle "Magic" Paddle


Adventure Technology "Oracle Angler"

Adventure Technology Oracle Angler Paddle



Magazine of the Year

Kayak Angler Magazine Yak Angling Magazine
Kayak Fish Mag Extreme Kayak Fishing Magazine
Florida Sportsman  


Forum of the Year

Kayak Anglers For A Cause - TN Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club - LA
Space Coast Kayak Anglers - FL New England Kayak Fishing - NE
Kayak Fishing Down Under - Australia  


Product of the Year

Line Cutterz “Line Cutterz Ring"

Bending Branches Angler Pro


Wilderness Systems "Flex Pod OS"

Wilderness Systems Flex Pod OS


Orion Coolers "25 Cooler"

Orion 25 Cooler


Manley Rods "Kayak Series" rods

Manley Rods Kayak Series


YakAttack "LeverLoc Anchor Trolley"

YakAttack LeverLoc Ancho Trolley



Retailer of the Year

Austin Canoe & Kayak (www.ack.com) TX Hook 1 (www.kayakfishinggear.com) TN
Sunjammers Watersports (www.sunjammers.com) FL The Kayak Fishing Store (www.thekayakfishingstore.com) NJ
ACE Adventure Gear (www.aceadventuregear.com) WV  


Location of the Year

Everglades National Park, FL Lake Guntersville, AL
Lake Fork, TX Susquehanna River, US
Grand Isle, LA  


Video of the Year

Kayak Fishing: Mahi Mahi & Sailfish in Florida

by Robert Field

A Life Beyond The Breakers - Fishing Australia

by Rodney Pacitti

Shark Attacks Fisherman next to the Kayak!

by Eric McDonald

Hooked On Wild Waters - Episode 1

by Drew Gregory

Nothing But Love

by Rob Choi



Photo of the Year

155# Black Marlin

by Robert Wong Yuen

155 lb Black Marlin kayak fishing

Kayak Angler in the Mist

by Aaron Dryden

kayak fishing in the mist

Christina Weber's Sailfish photo

by Christina Weber

sailfish caught from a kayak

5 lb largemouth destroys a Bull Shad

by Eric Atkins

largemouth topwater kayak fishing

Landing a Dinosaur

by Robert Field

kayak fishing for spoonbill



Blog of the Year

Kayak Fishing Blog by Chris Payne Angling Addict by Rob Choi
Saltwater Kayak Fisherman by Rob Appleby-Goudberg Tight Lines And Plastic Boats by Walt Lariscy
ACK Blog by Austin Kayak  
Last modified on Monday, 05 October 2015 13:42
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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