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.
The first annual Kayak Attack on Hunger fishing tournament will be held May 9 at the Cranfield Recreation Area and campground on Lake Norfork near Mountain Home. All of the proceeds from the non-motorized, catch-photo-release tournament will go to the Mountain Home Mercy Mall, a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and personal care items to families in need at no cost.
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.
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.