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2012 Jamaica Bay Recap

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2012 Jamaica Bay Recap Photograph by Gregg Crisp

The 9th Annual Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay was held May 17-20, 2012. The participants started to arrive early on Thursday morning for a day of pre-fishing before the official start of the tournament at noon Friday. The weather was beautiful, with sunny skies all weekend and even relatively calm wind. This year, the tournament supported two charities...

Heroes on the Water, and Send a Kid Fishing. Official numbers are not available but it appeared that there were close to 300 anglers in kayaks on Saturday.

The fishing was good, and this year there were weakfish. Several slams were caught. The Grand Slam was won by Eric “FishDuck” Riley from Ontario, Canada, with a 95.5” total length. Jack Daughtry finished in second place with a 90” slam, and Eric “Slappy” Harrison took third place with an 89.5” slam. Incidently, Slappy gave Jack the Hogy that boosted Jack into second place on the final morning of fishing.

Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament weakfish

Eric “FishDuck” Riley and his winning 29.5” weakfish

John Langan won the Open Division with a 38.5” striper. Eric “Slappy” Harrison with a 37” striper that just edged out Chris Voorhies 37” striper tying for second.

Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament striper

Eric “Slappy” Harrison with his second-place striper

Mike Luckower won the Fly Division with a 30” bluefish. In the Junior Division, Jake M. won with a 33” bluefish. And the Electric Division was won by Dan Bodkin with a 32” striper.

Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament leaderboard

Final leader board

Once again, “J-Bay” was a great time, meeting new people and making new friends. The tournament remains more about the camaraderie then the fishing. The campgrounds were full of grills and friendly yak anglers, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all the great sponsors, and we hope to see you there next year!

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.

Website: yakfish.net/

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