Hello folks. Being part of the Kayak angling scene I have been trying to keep up with the latest as far as Kayak Tournaments go. I will be keeping you posted through out this year as to what tournaments are happening and what tournaments will be happening in 2010. The Kayak fishing sport has grown to great proportions and it seems many tournaments are starting to cater more to kayak anglers only. If there is a tournament that I have missed, please feel free to email me the Kayak tournament info at HCKAC@yahoo.com
By the way ALL tournaments listed are C.P.R. ( Catch,Photo, Release) based. Kudos!!!!
Here are a few that will be starting this quarter of 2010:
The HardCore Kayak Anglers Club 2-man Team Tournament Series:
This will be the 1st time that there will be a2-man kayak team tournament series hosted by the HardCore kayak Anglers Club. This will begin Feb 13th and finish into December. This tournament series will be every other month s to not coincide with most major kayak tournaments. So far their are 21 teams signed up. This is a great tournament that is put on by Kayak Guide Peter Poletti ( Director) with the help of Jose Chavez ( Tourney Director) and Club Pres. Russ (limecider) Caipen.
If you’re looking for a great kayak club to join in the Tampa bay / West coast (Florida) region the HCKAClub shares your passion in Kayak Angling. They put on Monthly Gatherings along with Tournaments and also participate in Environmental Clean ups. For more info visit HCKAClub and/or visit HCKAClub 2-man team for tourney info.
ExtremeCoast.com hosts one of the Biggest online kayak tournaments. Their tournaments last for 10months and is based on a point system and a photo MUST accompany all submissions. This is a great way to get many of the kayak community, clubs together for one big fishing battle to claim #1. This tournament includes teams and/or individuals. Kayakers from all Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific bordering states are welcome to join. This is for the Hardcore of kayak anglers. We’re not just talking about catching a redfish or trout, but this is including sailfish and other pelagics!
Kayak wars also allows “Motherships”..check out this excerpt from the site rules:
(Mothership Clause) ‘Mother Ships’ are allowed for transporting kayaks/anglers to offshore destinations, however points for only the major species/types of pelagic fish including Billfish, Blackfin/Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Amberjack, Cobia, Grouper and Dorado are counted in association with Mothership deployments. Due to the extreme danger, Sharks (ie Mako’s etc) will NOT count for points from Mothership Deployments so do NOT try to target them.
The sign up has begun to enter your team/ club and the final date for registration will be April 1st. The tournament will end December 15th. The teams in the respective East/West at the end of the year with most accumulated points will be crowned the 2010 Kayak Wars Champions. For further info please check out ExtremeCoast.com.
The IFA Kayak Fishing Tournament Tour
Yup folks the IFA will have there hands in at Kayak Tournament hosting. This tour begins in Feb and will end roughly towards the end of the year with a champions event. They have LOTS of sponsors with top prize taking Hobie kayaks. Their Schedule of the tour is impressive. Traveling from Florida (East/West / Gulf Coast divisions) to North and South Carolina ( Atlantic division), Louisiana Division, and a Texas Division. The entry fee is high with a pretty extensive form to sign, BUT if you’re serious about kayak tournaments you will be impressed at how this is being organized. For further info please Visit the All New 2010 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Website
(Taken from the site) JaxKayakFishing.com, Northeast Florida’s online kayak fishing community, has again announced plans for the world’s largest kayak fishing tournament to be held in Jacksonville, Florida on May 7-8. The 7th annual Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic promotes kayak fishing in Jacksonville with a fun conservation-oriented format and raises funds for children’s programs at the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Daniel Memorial and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The Columbia Sportswear Company, the global leader in active outdoor apparel, is the title sponsor.
With over 175 anglers onboard via early registration officials expect that more than 350 kayak anglers will target Redfish, Trout, and Flounder in a catch-photo-release format with more than $80,000 in prizes and gifts. Last year’s Classic had a world’s largest attendance of 430 paddlers with more than $75,000 in prizes and gifts. The event raised over $40,000 for local children’s and conservation charities.
Trophies, kayaks, fishing gear and gift certificates will be awarded for first place through fifth place finishers in four open divisions. Divisions include: the Redfish-Trout-Flounder slam, biggest Redfish, biggest Trout, and biggest Flounder. There are also contingency prizes and awards for Jr. Angler, Lady Angler, Sr. Angler, Fly Angler, a Mystery Fish prize, a raffle for the Best Dang Tackle Box, and raffles that include more than $20,000 worth of kayaks, equipment, and tackle.
The event is co-sponsored by many of North Florida’s finest kayak and fishing retailers, including Strike-Zone Fishing, Black Creek Outfitters, Gander Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, All Wet Sports, Black Fly Outfitters, and AquaEast. The world’s leading fishing kayak and accessory manufacturers are also sponsors: Hobie Kayaks, Malibu Kayaks, Ocean Kayaks, Emotion Kayaks, Native Watercraft, Cobra, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Accent Paddles, and Malone.
Kayak fisherman can register online at http://www.JacksonvilleKayakFishingClassic.com or can also pick up an entry form at Strike-Zone Fishing, Black Creek Outfitters, All Wet Sports, and Gander Mountain. More information, rules, and prize details are also available online.