The YakAttack Jamboree recently held its 8th annual charity kayak fishing tournament at Twin Lake State Park in central Virginia. This tournament isn’t so much about the competition as it is about the camaraderie, and coming together to support valiant causes. Our friend, Tom Philippi, took time to share with us his experience for this amazing tournament.
If you ever want to see what kayak fishing is all about and be fed like royalty, attend the YakAttack Jamboree! Luther Cifers, his whole family, and all of the employees at YakAttack really know how to throw a party and have a good time.
If you are an uber competitive, die-hard tournament angler, this event may not be for you. There are awards given out for the longest two bass, crappie, panfish and “slam”, but the competition is really low key. The real reason over 175 kayak anglers got together at Twin Lakes State Park in central Virginia is camraderie and to raise money for Project Healing Waters and Heroes on the Water. This year alone over $21,000 was raised through the raffles! Four kayaks and one SUP were raffled off as well as tons of YakAttack gear and other fishing stuff.
Participants are allowed to fish any public waters within a 50 mile radius of the state park. Two outstanding fisheries; Sandy River Reservoir and my all-time favorite bass lake, Briery Creek, are included. Briery has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass in the past and it has some legitimate lunkers! Any cast could catch you a 10 pounder. Most people attending camp at the park. There are a limited number of cabins available, but they get booked up fast. There are also a few hotels in nearby Farmville.
This is the second time a few of us Jersey boys made our way south to fish the YakAttack Jamboree. We got to fish Sandy River Saturday morning and while the weather was less than ideal we all managed to get a few. Sunday found us on Briery Creek. This place just looks “bassy” with standing timber and stumps everywhere you look! Our initial plan was to fish 2 or 3 hours and then get on the road back home but the action was so hot we stayed for 6 hours!
I mentioned the grub earlier and just to clarify, if anyone goes away hungry from Luther’s event there is something seriously wrong with them! We were fed steaks and ribs Friday at the captains meeting and we were treated to a pig roast with chicken and all of the sides Saturday night! One can never forget Mrs. Cipher’s “World Famous” chocolate eclair dessert either!
The highlight of the weekend for me was the short speech that Oliver Hughes gave explaining what Heroes on the Water has meant to him. Ollie didn’t need a microphone to be heard because he had everyone’s attention as soon as he opened his mouth. He stated that kayak fishing with the group brought him back and his wife noticed the difference the first time he went out. It’s just awesome what some time in one of our kayaks can do!
I got to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen since my last trip to Virginia as well as to actually meet some of my Facebook friends. Chad Hoover was there all weekend and was filming for his show. I can’t wait to see that episode!
If you to want to get your back slapped, get man hugged, meet tons of great people, strap a feedbag on for two days as well as have amazing fishing, plan on attending next years YakAttack event. Spots fill up fast so start looking for the registration info in January! The event is always held in mid to late May.
The YakAttack Jamboree featured 183 kayak anglers, who helped raise $21,987.62 for charities. There was also a $1040 targeted raffle to help out a fellow kayak angler who’d been dealing with health issues. Project Healing Waters received $2500, and Heroes on the Water received $18,447.62. If you’re looking for a great time, tons of camaraderie, and want to support some great charities, then I highly recommend attending this amazing tournament.
About the Author
Tom Philippi hails from New Jersey, and many know him as “SIC Yakker”. Tom has been kayak fishing both fresh and salt water for over 15 years. Tom is also a member of the South Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club, and is also a pro staff member for Wilderness Systems Kayaks and Adventure Technology Paddles.