May 8, 2011 - The second 2011 Carolina Yakfish Series event of the year was held this past Saturday at Fort Fisher. Turnout was great with 24 anglers competing in the first saltwater tournament of the series.
The weather was beautiful, with the exception of some breezy conditions near the end of the day. Lots of fish were caught, and three slams were recorded. In the end, Brian Roy bested the field with a 3-fish slam of 45.75 inches. Besides the cash prize, he receives a kayakbassfishing.com BASSpass and t-shirt. Brian also receives free entry into the RiverBassin’ Finale “Lake Basser” division on Sept. 10 up at Smith Mountain Lake outside of Roanoke, VA.
Trailing just behind his buddy was Steve Hurst with another slam totaling 45.5 inches. Not a bad day considering this was his first time kayak fishing in saltwater! Steve took home some cash, but he also gets an individual challenge entry from KBF, as well as a KBF t-shirt and copy of Chad Hoover’s Kayak Bass Fishing book. Brian and Steve made the trip down from Raleigh together and probably had a fun ride home with a 1-2 finish!
Coming in 3rd, also with a slam, was NCKFA president Mark Patterson. Mark had a slam that measured 41.25 inches. With his third place cash prize, Mark also gets an individual challenge entry from KBF, as well as a t-shirt and a copy of Jeff Little’s Kayak River Bass Fishing DVD.
Prizes were also given out for the biggest fish of each species. The big fish pot was won by Ashley Williams, with a red drum measuring 23.5 inches. Bob Dainton also caught a red the same size, but Ashley made it back to the ramp first so he took home the $105 pot.
The biggest speckled trout went to Joey Sullivan who caught a 19.25 inch trout trolling an MR27. For that fish he won a pair of Flying Fisherman sunglasses and a pair of Fish Grips. Big flounder honors went to the event champion Brian Roy with a 16.25 inch flat fish. Not only did he take that fish home for dinner (Mmmmm), but he also won a hat, two shirts, paddle leash, and a few other things donated by Hook, Line, and Paddle. Thank you to Mark Patterson of NCKFA and Ryan Meddock at Hook, Line, and Paddle for donating goodies for the trout and flounder prizes.
After the winners were announced, more raffle tickets were sold for the rod & reel combo. This is a gorgeous rod custom made by Brett Hinson from Carolina Custom Rods valued at over $250. The winner of the raffle will also get a voucher for a reel worth $175 from American Legacy Fishing Company. The rod/reel combo will be given away at the next event! More information about the raffle HERE.
After two events, total money raised for Heroes on the Water is already over $1200!
Thank you to all competitors that made it out to this event and making it a very fun day. We hope to see you all at Beaverdam at Falls Lake on July 9th.