I have always loved spending time on the water fishing. This is a love that was instilled in me by my grandfather and father. I still remember childhood summers spent fishing for hours with bread or lunchmeat scraps on the little pier in Orange Beach, AL and my grandparents’ summer house in the Pensacola area. I caught every pinfish, croaker, and catfish out there. I didn't care what I caught, just so long as I was fishing.
This year's Border City Classic ended up being extreme kayak fishing at its best, without sharks, alligators, or tides to contend with. Over 30 mph winds - gusting close to 50 mph - and 3.5”of rain did not keep the field of 122 anglers from getting out on the water. They also uploaded over 200 bass to iAngler.
Local angler Carl Torresson topped a tournament-record fleet of 170 kayaks last on Saturday, June 27, 2015 to win the Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer Slam Part 1 out of Pompano Beach, FL.
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.