June 20 was the official tournament day for the 2015 Mankato Bass Classic. We had thirty four registered entrants from around the state of Minnesota. The event unofficially began on June 19, when the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association board met at Lake Francis near Mankato, MN to do a little informal fishing.
WHAM! Something had just hit the white spinnerbait I was tossing along a line of lily pads, and my drag wasn’t set high enough to keep the fish from pulling line out. Needing this fish to score my first entry in an online kayak fishing tournament, I tightened the drag a bit and got the net ready.
I have participated in the Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic for the past four years. The folks that run the event do a great job every year. The captains meeting for me is a chance to catch up and swap fishing stories from the past year with old friends and an opportunity to meet new friends. The weigh-in gives me the opportunity to swap stories from tournament day and at the end of the ceremonies to say goodbye till the next year.
For the second year in a row, YakAngler.com was invited to attend the Hobie Bass Open at Kentucky Lake. This was the second annual Bass Open that Hobie has hosted here, giving anglers a chance to win a spot in the Hobie Fishing World Championship at Shang Lake in China.
Forty-two kayak anglers participated in the Georgetown, SC IFA Kayak Fishing Tour in search of a spot tail and a speckled trout to win this event. The majority of these anglers planned to travel down to fish my home waters of Charleston. I decided to stay on the Grand Strand area and fish Murrells Inlet with some of the locals and a buddy from Beaufort, SC.
Anglers from China, Canada, and all over the United States came together to fish last week in the Extreme Kayak Fishing “Battle in the Bahamas 2015”. With live bait being hard to come by, the sixty anglers had to resort to old tactics from when Extreme Kayak Fishing first began - catching their own bait, and using anything they could find to win $10,000!
Sixty-eight kayak anglers participated in the Titusville IFA Kayak Fishing Tour in search of a bull red and a gator trout to win this event. I decided to be one of those anglers and traveled to Titusville, FL to fish the legendary Mosquito Lagoon. I’m always hearing reports and seeing photos of bull redfish and trout caught in the Mosquito Lagoon that dwarf a South Carolina redfish.
The 2015 Hobie Fishing World Championship event will be held in Changshu, China this November. There will be four qualifying events held in the US, starting in May.