There were approximately 400 kayakers of all ages fishing this year. The bait shops had lines forming in the early hours of the morning, with anglers trying to get on the water first. Fishing began at safe light, and check-in ended at 4:00 pm. The weather was nice this year, except for the 15-20 mph wind. Many fishing reporters talked of white caps on the creeks, and how they'd hate to be a kayaker that day. However, many nice fish were caught, and the leader board posted some nice numbers.
The flounder bite seemed to be on fire for many. Anything less than 20" left you out of the top 10.Trout ranged from 20" to 26.5". Some big redfish were caught, too, with the top fish a solid 34".
There were 15 slams checked in for the day.
- Eddie Cabler of Jacksonville, FL checked in a slam of 62.8", and took home an Ocean Kayak “Trident Ultra 4.3” Kayak w/Ice Box Dry Storage.
- Kevin Fox of Rockledge, FL checked in a 34" redfish for first place in the redfish division, for which he took home a Freedom Hawk “Pathfinder”.
- Bart Swab of St. Augustine, FL checked in a 26.5" trout for first place in the trout division, and brought home a Jackson “Cuda”.
- Kevin Lairsey of Callahan, FL took first place in the flounder division, checking in a 22.1"fish and taking home a Native “Mariner 12.5 Propel”.
With over $80,000 in prizes and gifts, and almost $35,000 in funds raised, everyone was a winner this year.
About the Author: Brandon is a native of Jacksonville, FL and began kayak fishing in December of 2010. He had fished a little here and there, but didn't take it up seriously until this same time. With kayak in hand he began fishing the creeks of Jacksonville, and his addiction began.