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Spooky Bass Kayak Fishing Tournament Results

Written by Jim Ryan
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The First Annual Spooky Bass Kayak Fishing Tournament was held under brutal conditions on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo, NE. Thirty one anglers launched at sunrise into 15mph winds on a brisk 38° F morning. Temperatures would rise as the sun shined brightly, but so did the winds. Steady winds at 20mph, with gusts to 30mph, made for extremely difficult conditions.

At the Captains Briefing, tournament director Raf Vargas suggested that anglers should photograph any fish they caught, regardless of species. “We might have to adjust the scoring if no one catches a bass in this weather,” Vargas declared. Fortunately, a few anglers did have some success, so no measuring of bluegills was necessary.

Pic 1 - Launch

Ten percent of the entry fees was donated to the Heartland Chapter of Heroes on the Water. Vargas did an outstanding job of lining up sponsors to support HOW and the anglers in the event. Over $800 cash was shared among the three top placers in the bass tournament and the longest northern pike side pot. In addition, there was over $3400 in prizes and gifts from the sponsors: Boat Dock, Select Sail & Sports, YakAttack, Power Team Lures, Yak Gear, YakAngler.com, Ram Mounts, Backwater Paddle Company, Bass Pro Shops, Railblaza, C-Tug, Revive Massage & Spa, WhichWich, Casey’s, Scooters, Target, Scheels, Walmart, and Kayak Angler Magazine.

Pic 2 - AwardCanopy

Adam Dresden won the longest northern side pot with a 31.5” northern pike.

Pic 3 - Adam Dresden Pike Trophy

Marty Hughes, the “Godfather” of Nebraska Kayak Angling, won third place in the bass tournament with a three-bass total of 42”. Marty has hosted countless tournaments, as he started the kayak angling movement in Nebraska sixteen years ago. This was the first time Marty was able to be a participant in a tournament and not have to be the host/organizer.

Pic 4 - 3d place Marty

Tyler Madison placed second in the bass tournament with a 42.75”three-bass total.

Pic 5 - Tyler Madison 2d Place

Joshua Workman won the First Annual Spooky Bass Tournament, with a three-bass combination of 48.75”. Workman also won the longest largemouth award with a 16.75”ditch pickle.

Pic 6 - Joshua Workman 1st Place

Chris Carlisle was awarded the “Longest Round Trip”. Chris traveled over 1000 miles in the round trip from North Dakota. There were participants from six states. Congratulations to all the kayak anglers.

Special thanks to Raf Vargas for all of his hard work and dedication to making this event special. Raf’s efforts and commitment combined with the generosity of many sponsors to produce a great event to benefit Heroes on the Water, while providing a fun opportunity for kayak anglers.

About the Author: Longtime angler, relatively new to kayaking. Love the combination of the two. This year has brought the two greatest fishing days of my life. First, on Father's Day, our young son & I went fishing - he caught a 20" channel catfish, a couple of largemouths over 12", and about 15 bluegills. Then in September, my Dad & I took a guided trip at Gavin's Point Dam on the Missouri River. We caught 10 different species that day & shared a special day together on the water. Diverse work experience - college & high school football coach, a high school math teacher, a software developer, and a technology/operations director at a pharmacy. Enjoy family time with wife, two kids, and large extended family. If not working or with family, I like to fish, hunt upland birds, read, cook, follow sports, make artificial lures/flies/jigs, and watch NCIS and reruns of the Spanish Fly. Have a lot of interests, but am not very interesting.

Last modified on Monday, 04 November 2013 16:53


+1 # WildernessWomen 2013-11-05 19:13
Awesome Event!!!
Great Job Raf!!
+1 # Kayakjak 2013-11-05 23:06
Excellent kayak fishing tournament! Great choice for a "spooky" lake and great people! Raf is the best organizer for this type of event I have ever seen! Thanks to all the sponsors as well!
+1 # Sunjammers 2013-11-13 14:52
I have to admit, I would have stayed in bed. Congrats to all the anglers who participated!

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