Pepi Vidal battled a number of top kayak anglers throughout the series year to capture first place in the Kayak Fishing ClassicS inaugural East Coast Series Division, and I must say it is a victory well deserved. He also won the East Angler of the Year Award and the all new “Amigo” kayak by Diablo Paddlesports. He already had earned everyone’s respect by years of friendly help and assistance to all who needed it.
Pepi not only faced some exceptional competition and prevailed; he also caught and released the series’ largest redfish - a whopping 39” - in April at the Banana River Classic in some very harsh conditions. Now that’s some angling.
Vidal scored a series high 158.6” among qualified East division anglers. That’s quite an accomplishment in a series that saw some nasty weather, huge influxes of fresh water, high winds, blistering heat, and about 100 anglers who wanted to take it all away from him. Through it all, Pepi managed to keep it all together and rise to the top when it counted in a see-saw battle that went on for ten months.
Diablo Paddlesports, our sponsors, and the Kayak Fishing ClassicS congratulate you, Pepi, on a great series championship victory. We will see you at the National Championship Classic on November 16 for sure.
- Second place was captured by Andrew Mixon with a series total of 126.2”.
- Third place went to Jean McElroy who totaled up 119.1”.
- Fourth place was hooked by Dee Kaminski with 113.2”.
- Fifth place went to Michael Teixidor with of 82.3”.
As you can see the Top Five were close, and a fish here or there could have changed things up. The East division anglers have proven themselves to be highly competitive and very good anglers indeed. The ladies gave the guys a good fight, and I’d say watch out for them at the nationals.
Our fantastic sponsors thank all of this year’s series competitors and hope you will enjoy the sponsor gear you won. We know you will, and are good ambassadors for the products. Our sponsors have awarded over $50,000 in the East Division Series this year, and we thank them for making the series possible. We invite you to visit all of them from our website at www.KayakFishingClassicS.com Good fishing, and see all of you at Mosquito Lagoon on November 16.