In 2015, we have a very similar line-up. The main sponsor, Select Sail & Sports (Mike and Dawn Brindisi) out of Omaha, NE, and I have teamed up to run this year's tournament. Rules are the same as last year, except for one picture rule. This year, the tails of fish do not need to be fanned out. They can be pinched, fanned, or whatever, as long as they lay straight. Mouths must be completely closed. I will be the judge, and there will be no exceptions.
We have changed up the series order this year, as well. A warm or cold spring will be a big factor for some anglers as we start with Bass Month in April this year. Anglers in northern stretches of the Midwest will be dealing with cold temperatures and waters, while anglers in the southernmost stretches will probably be affected by spawning activity. No matter what, I believe it will take an impressive card of fish to win bass month.
The Crappie Challenge will occur in May. Anglers should have better success on crappie as the water will be warmer. Through much of the Midwest, crappies will be spawning in protected areas. Shallow rocks should be very productive in May.
June will be multi-species month. Catfish account for more points than any other fish in the series. Most anglers will concentrate on catfish first before targeting bass and bluegill. Catfish will be spawning over most of the Midwest in June, so look for spawning habitat to find fish. Bass should be spread at various depths and be on a good post-spawn bite around areas with heavy amounts of forage.
The 2015 sponsor list is once again full of heavy hitters. Select Sail & Sports is partnering with Hobie to provide the 2015 Hobie Outback. Werner Paddles will donate paddles to all the winners. SuperNova Fishing Lights is adding light kits. There are also a bunch of other big sponsors behind this tournament. Between the great prizes and freebies, the solid competition, and the awesome fundraiser for Heroes on the Water, this is a series Midwest anglers won't want to miss.
Don't forget the series ends with a Live Event bass tournament on July 25 at Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo, NE. At the end of the series the cumulative points of all events will be totaled to crown a Grand Champion. There will be prize packages for the top three in each event, as well as the top three overall. The top five finishers will qualify for the Tournament of Champions-Kayak Bass Fishing World Championship on Lake Fork, TX.
On behalf of Select Sail & Sports, Hobie Kayaks, Werner Paddles and PowerTeam Lures we'd like to thanks this year's anglers and wish you all good luck. Anglers can register any time at midwestkayakfishingseries.com.