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Online Fishing Tournament Tips

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With the onslaught of “live” kayak fishing tournaments, there is also another element of competition that can be just as exciting - the “online” fishing contests offered worldwide. Kayak Wars seems to be the leader of these online contests and is very well represented in many countries. Most are either free, or require a low entry fee that usually supports a cause.

So what is an “online” tournament? The online tournament is a contest that requires the angler to catch, photo, and release just like a “live” tournament but then upload the pictures to a particular online site. It is a lot of fun, and most last a month so the angler has plenty of time to fish at their leisure and on their local waters.

Some of the success with this type of challenge depends on many factors. The handling of a catch can be stressful as the angler determines the length on a measuring board. Most tournament directors require a “closed mouth” and the entire fish in the picture, along with an “identifier” that is previously printed and placed so that it appears in the picture. To keep the identifier from getting wet, the angler can place it in a small sandwich bag and use a small clip for weight, or even place something in the bag that has enough weight so it doesn’t blow away in the wind. [Use care with this – a weighted bag accidentally dropped overboard may sink quickly and end your tournament fishing day… - Imperial Revisionist.]

When placing the fish on the board, the angler can hold the fish by the mouth until the camera is readied. I usually take the first picture with my hand still holding the fish. If you take the hand away slowly and have the camera ready, there is a one to two second time period during which the fish will lie motionless. If you get lucky, there will be a great picture to submit. Many a fish has been lost this way without any credit to the angler.

Some challenges require a “hero shot”, and you can just hold the identifier in your mouth while getting the picture when by yourself. If you catch many fish and take several pictures, it is a good idea to place the identifier in different positions for each individual fish. You can also look at the “time stamp” if you right click on “properties” when editing your pictures on the computer. It is a good idea to take several pictures of the fish just in case there is a blur from movement.

Some anglers like to wait until the last hour of the tournament to submit results. There are pros and cons to this method. I’ve heard of anglers not getting anything submitted because they didn’t make it home in time for the deadline to submit their entries. Also, there is a chance your service provider may be down. It might be a good idea to submit as you catch the fish. You can always “upgrade”, a method used by many anglers to improve their score.

Be sure to label your catch with your name, entry number, and length of the fish. This helps the director with identification. You might also want to make an individual folder for each session you fish, and label your pictures that you save. You can discard all the pictures you are not using to avoid confusion as well.

As for the camera, a portable camera or smart phone is a great idea - but be sure both are charged! You can also carry a spare camera, just in case. There are many opportunities for success and fun for the “online” tournament angler.

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Kayakjak’s passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds in Southern California and combing the area beaches with a surf rod. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 and graduated from college with a teaching degree of which he has put to use educating youth the last 31 years there. He also holds a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Marty is very active helping the youth of his community with various programs including a before school program called, “Early Birds” and other various activities including a State Championship Archery team, youth football, basketball, and fishing in schools program. As Nebraska’s only kayak fishing guide Kayakjak will work hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience.

Marty Hughes (Kayakjak) is a highly respected and very experienced guide with over 42 years of angling experience. He has fished from a kayak for the past 15 years in Southwest Nebraska lakes and ponds. He has been Featured in NebraskaLand Magazine April 2003 and the Omaha World Herald in June of 2005. Kayakjak’s objectives include events for wounded veterans, environmental improvements, and promoting the interest of kayak fishing in the Midwest. He has organized many kayak fishing tournaments throughout Nebraska. Kayakjak's Outfitters offers professional kayak fishing instruction for any experience level. He can tailor guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers. Guided trips include Emotion Kayaks and all the equipment a person would need for a fun, adventure filled trip! Our goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor experience for our clients. We are very blessed to offer these services in some of Nebraska's most scenic backwaters. "A Unique Experience, Everytime!"

What others have said:

Spring time in Benkleman has its challenges when it comes to fishing. kJ, Marty or KayakJak, take your pick, he'll answer to any of these names. I'm partial to KayakJak. This is a guy who's passion for the world of kayaking and especially kayak fishing is unsurpassed!
I've had the honor and privilege to have spent 2 days kayaking and fishing with KayakJak. As noted above, spring time fishing has its challenges. I've never met KayakJac live and in person. Talked to him a couple of times on the phone and pestered him for information by email and watched several videos of him on Utube. From the first minute of meeting him, I had the feeling that we had been friends for a lifetime. That's what type of guy he is. No hype and no air about him. KayakJak is the real deal, the Indiana Jones of kayak fishing.
Being new to the sport of kayak fishing, KayakJak's approach to the "newbie" was terrific. He's very professional without the stuffyness that sometimes follows a professional guide or instructor.
Talk about going out of his way to make your trip into a lifetime memory, I swear this guy planted some fish so I could experience what it's like to catch a fish from a kayak. While giving me space to practice some of the tips he had for me, KayakJak scouted ahead and found the hiding places of the ever elusive LMB.
Geez- I've just read thru the above, kinda sounds a little hokie and like he paid me to say the things above, no I paid him! And not near enough for what I got!

Jim B.



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