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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 00:00

2012 Kayak Angler’s Choice Awards Winners

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The votes have been collected and the numbers have been tallied for the only kayak fishing-specific awards chosen solely by kayak anglers. The second annual Kayak Anglers Choice Awards was a huge success, and with over 5000 unique voters the awards more than tripled last year’s participation.

Four new categories were added this year: Online Tournament, Online Video, Blog, and Location. There were some familiar names from last year’s awards, and some brand new surprises. Without further ado, here are the top three winners for each category!

Angler of the year

  1. Kayak Kevin Whitley
  2. Drew Gregory
  3. Justin Carter

Guide of the Year

  1. Dee Kaminski
  2. Justin Carter
  3. Dean Thomas

Kayak of the Year

  1. Hobie Pro Angler 12
  2. Jackson Kayak Cuda 14
  3. Hobie Outback

Forum of the Year

  1. Texas Kayak Fisherman
  2. Austin Kayak Fishing
  3. Kayak Bass Fishing

Magazine of the Year

  1. Kayak Angler Magazine
  2. Kayak Fishing Magazine
  3. Coastal Angler

Most Innovative Product of the Year

  1. Jackson Kayak High Seat (adjustable)
  2. Hobie Pro Angler 12
  3. Overboard Fishing Rods

Retailer of the Year

  1. Austin Canoe and Kayak
  2. HOOK1
  3. Appamattox River Company

Blog of the Year

  1. Angling Addict by  Rob Choi
  2. Kayak Angler by Jason Self
  3. Saltwater Kayak Fisherman by  Rob Appleby

Online Tournament of the Year

  1. Kayak Wars
  2. Kayak Bass Fishing Challenge Series
  3. Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge

Tournament of the Year

  1. IFA Kayak Tour
  2. Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic
  3. Riverbassin' Tournament Trail

Online Video of the Year

  1. Jackson Kayak: Flying Fish
  2. Epic day kayak fishing in the gulf
  3. Addiction: Kayak Fishing

Location of the Year

  1. Devils River, TX
  2. Ladybird Lake Austin, TX
  3. Chesapeake Bay, VA

Congratulations to all the winners, we are already working on next year’s awards. Look for some big changes that will keep the KACA interesting and also help iron out some of the issues we faced these past two years!

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:52
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.