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Monday, 25 October 2010 02:00

Irish Water Dogs Invitational Fishing Tournament

Written by Steve Gibson
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Irish Water Dogs Invitational Fishing Tournament Photograph by Steve Gibson

This past weekend I made the 4hr trip up to Jacksonville, FL to fish the IWDI kayak tournament. The captains’ meeting was held at an Irish Pub on Jacksonville Beach.  After a few beers and some good eats, it was time to get some sleep for the early rise the next morning.


Blake and I woke at 5am to make the 1hr trip to the launch site. After a short battle with the no see-ums and Mosquitos we launched at first light. Shortly after my blood transfusion Blake hooked up with the first fish of the morning, a big Bluefish) and I shortly followed with a 19.75” Redfish. The morning was looking good. The fishing was slow from that point on. The full moon and the high water didn’t help out at all. To top that off the wind picked up to a min 20mph out of the NE. We both managed to catch many Trout throughout the day on the Spook Jr and the DOA Cal paddle tails. Fishing the Jacksonville area was very strange for me. I am used to flats and mangrove islands. In Jax it was mud, oysters & saw grass. It took some work but I ended up with a nice 24.5” trout which put me in 1st place for largest Trout.


After a tuff day of fishing we headed back to the weigh in. The Irish Water Dogs crew did a great job with this event. The payouts and raffles were unbelievable. They raffled off a Hobie Revo, Wilderness Commander 140, Emotion Grand Slam Angler and an Emotion Spit fire. On top of that there were vacation packages to Costa Rica and Amelia Island. There were many other sponsors for this event as well. This is a must attend event for me next year!



iwdi11Irish Water Dogs Invitational Overall Champion

Charlie Ganoe

Open Slam Division

1st Roger Bump
2nd Brandon Morrison

Flounder Division

1st Bob Morris
2nd Richard Mumford
3rd Scott Adcock

Trout Division

1st Steve Gibson
2nd Astrid Parker
3rd Frank Gregg

Red Division

1st Larry Wagner
2nd Gary Shankland
3rd Elizabeth “Stuck in the Mud” Saylor

Team Division

won by Team Irish Water Dogs


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