The 9th Annual YakAttack Tournament was recently held in Virginia and is considered one of the premiere kayak fishing tournaments in the country. Florida angler, Bill Sikora, made the trek north to Virginia to take part in the festivities and tell us about the 9th Annual YakAttack Tournament.
9th Annual YakAttack Tournament
It’s no secret that the sport of kayak fishing has exploded over the years and everywhere you look, there are kayak tournaments happening all over the country…it’s a “Full Blown” plastic boat epidemic. No longer are “Big Bass and Big Cash” tournaments strictly for those with big shiny bass boats…kayak fishing and it’s many professional anglers have broken down those barriers and there are club tournaments with prizes tallying thousands of dollars in cash everywhere!
However of all of those tournaments, one tournament still stands out as one of the top kayak fishing tournaments in the country…and it’s main focus is NOT winning “Big Money”, but maintaining stewardship and brotherhood amongst it’s competitors…all in the name of fun, family, and coming together to raise money to benefit Heroes on the Water and Project Healing Waters. The 9th annual YakAttack Tournament was held on May 19th (Captains Meeting) and 20th and had 193 kayak anglers from all over the East Coast, as well as the South East, competing for top honors in four categories…Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, and Slam.
Weather held up this year as temperatures reached into the 80’s on the day of the launch. Lines were in at 6:30 and all 193 anglers fought to the very last minute seeking that fish that would put them over the top. The top winner in each category not only won bragging rights amongst their friends and peers, but they also won a beautiful traditional gyotaku fish print from well known angler and artist Rob Choi. Top 3 in each category were as follows:
1st Cameron Gatlin at 40”
2nd Grant Alvis at 38”
3rd Don Fields at 35.5”
Bluegill (Best Two)
1st Cory Routh at 19.5” (Won Tie-Breaker based on Biggest Fish)
2nd Tom Hipple at 19.5”
3rd Jeff Lockhart at 19.25”
Crappie (Best Two)
1st Blake Chitwood at 21”
2nd Nik Brown at 20.5”
3rd Josh Dolin at 19.5”
Bass (Best Two)
1st Cory Long at 39.5”
2nd Eric Schrock at 38.25”
3rd Cory Dreyer at 37.75”
Biggest Bass winner was Terry Miller at 23.25”
The Captains Meeting, as well as all of the “Post Tournament” festivities, were held at the beautiful Twin Lakes State Park which is located in Green Bay, Virginia. The campgrounds are centrally located amongst several different fisheries such as Sandy River Reservoir, Briery Creek, and Bear Creek.
Participating anglers can reserve one of the cabins on site or camp on the grounds within the park. There are hotel accommodations in the surrounding areas as well.
Plenty of food and fun was available and there were 5 kayaks, as well as a SUP up for grabs in one of 7 different 50/50 raffles which helped bring the total raised to an estimated $20,000 for Heroes on the Water and Project Healing Waters. If you are a kayak angler, entry level or pro, and are looking for a tournament where the experience alone makes everyone who participates a winner…make sure you check out the annual YakAttack Tournament…You won’t be disappointed!
Additional pictures of the winners https://www.yakattack.us/blog/2017-9th-annual-yakattack-tournament-results/
About the Author
Bill Sikora is a avid kayak angler who is the founder the Florida Bass Paddlers. In addition, he is also a proud member of the YakAttack Regional Team, Manley Rods, Vicious Fishing, and Bass Addiction GEAR Pro Staff.
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