The competitors at the 2015 Hobie Fishing World Championship will have their work cut out for them fishing the Shang Lake in Changshu, China. This is the first time we’ve even heard of their target species for the event, topmouth cutter, yellowcheek carp and Chinese perch. Strange waters and unknown species are sure to test newcomers to Chinas waters.
The Midwest Kayak Fishing Series started in 2014 under the creative ambition of tournament director Raf Vargas. 101 anglers registered for at least one event. Over $10,000 in prizes was awarded, and a 2014 Hobie Outback was the top prize for the grand champion. Along with the fat prize packages, nearly $4,000 was raised for Heroes on the Water. Two Heroes on the Water chapters were given brand new Hobie “Outback” kayaks, with leftover money going to the group.
Shabbona Lake in Shabbona, IL will be the first stop in our season for the Kayak Bass League. Sunday, April 26 will be an outing only, due to regulations at this location. This will be an opportunity for our team to gain a better idea of those individuals wanting to be involved with the tournaments we plan to hold for the remainder of the season and next year.
It’s that time of year in the Midwest where cabin fever is at its height. We stare longingly at kayaks that have been hanging dry for far too long. The Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association is breaking the solemn winters curse by preparing for the 2015 open water season with a free online tournament for largest walleye or northern pike. The tournament will last for nine days, which allows for two full weekends (and all the days in between) of hunting those toothy critters.
Not your average kayak folk competed last weekend in the nation’s exclusive Sailfish Smack Down 2015. This second-annual event brought sixty one anglers to Pompano Beach, FL from all over the US and Canada, and once again the tournament proved to be one of the best events for saltwater kayak anglers.
Ohio valley kayak anglers looking to participate in next year’s Hobie Fishing Worlds V rejoice! Hobie announces their return to Kentucky Dam Village State Park May 29-31 2015. This is the first qualifying event announced for the 2015 Hobie Fishing Worlds tournament. The winner of this event will receive automatic entry and airfare to compete as a member of Team USA. See below press release for full details.
Local Tennessee fishing groups Southern Mid-Tn. Kayak Anglers and Grace Chapel Tullahoma have combined efforts to stage the second Ketchin’ for Kids Kayak Fishing Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for December 6, with all proceeds benefiting children and families within the Tri-Lakes area as the Christmas season approaches.
With so many 2014 tournament series in the books and many anglers looking towards the 2015 season, we wanted to let our readers know to pump the brakes a bit - good fishing and tournaments in 2014 aren’t quite done! The River Bassin Tournament Trail, presented by Jackson Kayak, maybe the closest thing to a nationwide kayak fishing trail, has its finale scheduled for November 8 in Wetumpka, AL.