We had 37 total anglers unite from all over Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and as far away as Minnesota Saturday February 22nd 2014. $1931 was raised for Mike Ernst that is running the London Marathon to raise money for the Whizz Kids Charity. We had over 50 people attend our awards banquet at the Cherokee Steak House and Marina that lasted more than 3 hours. It was the largest kayak fishing tournament that has been held in the state of Tennessee. Over $3000 in prizes were awarded with prizes going to big fish, top 3 places to total inches, and one place to the most species caught.
The fishing was slow, but the fellowship, and fun was big. It was a great day to be outdoors with air temperatures in the low to mid 60′s and blue bird skies.
Big Fish Joey Kelley 22”
2nd Big Fish Craig Dye 19”
3rd Big Fish Chris Bryant 18.75”
4th Big Fish Austin Hoover 18.0″
5th Big Fish Scott Smith 17.5”
6th Big Fish John McClenney 17.25”
7th Big Fish Jeremy Meier 16.25”
8th Big Fish Calloway Rabb 16”
9th Big Fish Scott Smith 15.5”
10th Big Fish Geoff Luckett 15”
11th Big Fish Sarah Meier 14”
12th Big Fish Scott Fujimura 13”
13th Big Fish Greg Hooge 12.75”
1st place with 4 species went to Scott Smith
1st place total inches Mike Ernst 267”
2nd place total inches Chris Bryant 254.25”
3rd place total inches Craig Dye 126.25”
4th place total inches John McClenney 101.25”
5th place total inches Joey Kelley 89.5”
6th place total inches Austin Hoover 86.25”
7th place total inches Jeremy Meier 73.5”
8th place total inches Geoff Luckett 54.75”
9th place total inches Scott Smith 43.5”
10th place total inches Sarah Meier 37”
11th place total inches Calloway Rabb 36”
12th place total inches Daniel McRen 31”
13th place total inches Greg Hooge 23.25”
14th place total inches Scott Fujimura 13”
In 2014, Kayak Fishing TN will be holding a point’s based Challenge Series in middle Tennessee. Each angler will earn points depending how each angler finishes at each event. The points are based on inches, so if you catch fish you earn points, also just attending earns you five points, and non-attendees earn zero points. The top point’s earners of the year will have a separate two to three day challenge at a location yet to be disclosed to determine the Angler of the Year. To earn a position to fish in the Angler of the Year finale you must compete in at least 60% of the events and are in the top points earners.
All events are catch photo and release (CPR), paddle craft only, no sails, gas, or electric motors. Participants must follow all State, TWRA, and local laws, also any regulations that pertain to the body of water you are on. Some events will be held after sunset, and you are required to have a 360 degree white light. A fishing license, PFD, and whistle are required at all times.
Artificial lures only, no live, dead or cut bait.
Fish must be measured on a measuring board with a definitive beginning i.e. bump board, with legible markings. All photos submitted must have the fish facing left, dorsal fin upward, mouth closed, and tail in the natural lay position. The identifier or token that is assigned to you prior to the event must be in the photo and legible. All ties will go to the angler with the larger fish of the two.
The cost of each event is $10, and optional big fish for $5, also you have the option just to come out and fish and not pay to see if this is something you may want to try in the future. All monies collected for entries are paid out 100%. Some venues will require an entrance fee to use their grounds i.e. Williamsport TWRA Lakes.
Kayak fishing can be dangerous, compete at your own risk.