4 years ago, we at Yak Outlaws, started the Inshore Xtreme Challenge. A tournament with an extremely unique format designed to test an angler’s skills with an Inshore Slam. Earlier this year marked the 4th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge.
The 4th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge took place on April 1st, 2017, where 102 anglers from across the east coast traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to test their skills as anglers. The Inshore Xtreme Challenge was built on the premise that anglers could enjoy a family friendly atmosphere, win some great prizes and raffles, and test their mettle against other anglers. The rules are simple. Go out and catch a ton of fish.
Anglers can catch up to 2 redfish, 6 trout, and 10 flounder to go towards their total aggregate length. The angler with the most inches wins, pretty simple concept. With a record number of participants for the 4th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge, the excitement in the air could easily be seen. Friday night marked the Captain’s Meeting. The first 50 anglers who registered for the tournament received a special captain’s bag filled with fishing lures, jigheads, fish towels, and tons of other goodies. The captain’s bags had a retail value of $200 each. Once everyone got checked in, we quickly jumped into a dinner provided by BlackFinn Ameripub, where the anglers filled up on cheeseburger and chicken parm sliders, pasta, and salad. After a great seminar hosted by FWC on Florida’s “Catch a Memory” Program, anglers were notified of rules, requirements, and launch times for the tournament.
To kick it up a notch, tournament directors, Tony & Kaycee Hart, decided to add a new category to the tournament, giving the anglers another opportunity to have some fun on the water. The “Hard Luck Angler” award would be awarded to the angler who caught the smallest redfish, trout, or flounder during the tournament. The Prize… a new RayMarine Dragonfly 5 Pro Fishfinder!
Saturday, April 1st marked tournament day, and there was no “April’s Fools” this day. Anglers awoke to beautiful skies and manageable winds. A far cry from the typical weather we’ve most experienced for a tournament. Anglers were allowed to start fishing at 6am, and had to be back in line by 6pm. To make it more interesting, fish were to be in the slot range for each species. Redfish slot for NE Florida is 18-27″, trout is 15-20″ with 1 over 20″ allowed, and flounder have a 12″ minimum. Granted, if an angler caught a 30″ redfish, then we’d give them the max allowed inches at 27.
As Saturday progressed into the afternoon, anglers started returning to the event headquarters to check in their fish, and swap fishing stories. Surprisingly enough, the beautiful weather did not equal an epic fishing day for most. As the results were being tallied for the day, anglers feasted on quite a spread from Longhorn Steakhouse, featuring sirloin steak medallions, grilled chicken with roasted tomatoes, pasta, and salad. Needless to say, those who attended the 4th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge ate like kings!
With everyone filled up with the amazing food, it was time to jump into the raffles. With over $32,000 dollars of prizes and raffles, everyone was sure to win something that night! With prizes like reels from Okuma Fishing, rods from Tsunami, amazing artwork from Steve Whitlock and Guy Harvey, accessories from Ram Mount, Scotty, & YakAttack, other great prizes from Backwater Paddle Company, RayMarine, NuCanoe, Salt Life Optics, Hobie Polarized, Stinky Pants Fishing, Cuda Brand, TTI Blakemore, and so many more, anglers had an amazing selection of new toys to choose from. This was just from the general raffle items. We also boasted some amazing large raffle items to give away too! Eddy Gear Kayaks donated a Stingray XL kayak, St Augustine Paddle Sports donated an amazing SUP, Power Pole donated a Micro anchor system, Joint Force Enterprises donated a cerakoted Mossberg 12ga shotgun, and Kaku Kayak donated a Kahuna SUP.
Once all the raffles were completed, it was time to announce the winners. Below is a listing of the winners of the Hard Luck Angler Award, Lady Angler Award, and 1st place through 5th place winners for the 4th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge.
Hard Luck Angler
Brian Brelsford – 9″ trout
John Chapman – 120.5”
Nick Odle – 122.75″
Dana Thrower – 130″
Stephen Trainor – 139.25″
Alex Keeter – 142.75″
1st Place earned a prize package worth over $1800 which included a new Jackson Kayak Kraken 13.5 kayak, Salt Life Optics, Stinky Pants Fishing stringer, EGO Fishing net, gift card from Frogg Toggs, and a gift card from The Kayak Fishing Store.
1st Place winner, Alex Keeter, had this to say about the tournament and becoming the overall champion, “This was my first year competing in the Inshore Extreme Challenge, and I’ve got to say, what an event! Everything was very organized, there was a huge turnout, and not to mention an entire room full of prizes. Special thanks to Tony and Kaycee Hart for hosting such a fun event for an awesome cause. When weigh-in time came and the numbers started to go up on the board all I could think was “No way”. In fact, I told my girlfriend she could go home because there was no way I was going to win. I think I asked Kaycee 3 times if she was sure that the results were correct. Needless to say, Ill definitely be back next year! Thanks guys!
If you’re looking for a family friendly, fun, and ultimate test of your angling skills type of tournament, we highly suggest you join us for the 5th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge! Tournament dates for next year’s tournament will be Friday, March 23, 2018 & Saturday, March 24, 2018. More information about the upcoming 5th Annual Inshore Xtreme Challenge can be found at http://www.inshorextremechallenge.com/ in the coming weeks.