Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, or EKFT for short, is an offshore kayak fishing tournament series put on by Joe and Maria Hector for Extreme Kayak Fishing Inc. Recently, the Summer Slam Part 1 tournament was held out of Pompano Beach, Florida. A record setting 170 kayak anglers took part to test their offshore kayak fishing skills and bring home the title of champion. Bart Swab of Action Kayak Adventures out of St. Augustine, Florida traveled south to take part and enjoy the festivities.
The Extreme Kayak Fishing tournament is definitely a must do for the kayak angler looking to push their limits and have a safe atmosphere to kayak offshore for big fish. Safety is a huge priority for the Extreme crew, with multiple safety boats and constant VHF contact with the director Joe Hector and the extreme crew.
In the morning we were allowed to launch a pick up our bait. Then we had to wait beyond the breakers for a countdown launch. After what seemed a short paddle my partner, Ben Guise, and I were setting in 160ft of water with one rod rigged with a goggle eye on the surface and working a vertical jig with another. I was surprised to catch a few smaller fish on the vertical jig, due to how fast I was retrieving it. I did manage to put a few new species for myself on the kayak, a rainbow runner and a trigger fish. Not the desired species, but that was the extent of my action. My partner Ben on the other hand had a far more interesting day. About 2hrs into the tournament, he experienced that awesome feeling of knowing that you’ve just joined a prestigious club, yep the upside down club in 160ft of water. While he was very quick at reentering his kayak ,it did put him out two new rods. With one rod and one bait left he continued to fish. Like a lot of times after failing comes a reward, about 20 minutes after his incident we were talking and I noticed his rod was slightly bent. As Ben grabbed his rod from the rod holder, all hell broke loose behind his kayak. It was a huge sailfish . After jumping multiple times and causing absolute havoc the fish won breaking Ben’s line. That was our high point for sure.
It wasn’t long after that a fairly large lightning storm was starting to move offshore to our south with more to our west, and the swell was picking up. It was about 11:30 so we started in. The great thing about the Extreme Kayak Tournament is they make every aspect of the tournament fun, from the captain’s meeting held two days before so everyone can enjoy the night, a great location to target big ocean fish from a kayak and last but not least the South Florida beach party to welcome the anglers in. The Extreme Kayak Tournament Summer Slam, Part 1 was definitely everything is was hyped to be, and I’m already itching for the next offshore kayak fishing tournament from the Extreme Crew.
Here’s the results of the Summer Slam Part 1 tournament from Maria Hector, Co-Director of the Extreme Kayak Fishing Co-Director:
Champion Carl Torresson hit the scale at 40.5lbs and took home a BIG $4,000 check from Turbo USA and $3,300.00 from the Calcutta’s!!! TOTAL PAYOUT $7,300.00! Second place went to Adam Roeck who swooped up a Hobie Outback from Nautical Ventures, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and the $500 YakAttack Jumbo Tuna division with his nice18.9lb blackfin tuna. Lance Irvine earned 3rd place and his stripes with his 17.2lb Wahoo winning a Hobie Revolution Kayak from Nautical Ventures and a trophy from Global Fish Mounts. Fourth place belongs to John McKroid he was happy to receive a fully Rigged Viking Reload Kayak from Viking Kayaks and a trophy from Global Fish Mounts. 14.9lbs Adam Fisk came in 5th place with a total weight of 14.8lbs making him $1,500 richer and receiving a Global Fish Mounts Plaque!!! Bill Sikora stole the last spot and took home a combo rod and reel from Custom Rod and Reel and a nice trophy from Global Fish Mounts. Christopher Simmons won the West Marine Sailfish Division and a beautiful trophy along with a free entry to the Sailfish Smack Down 2016 with his 8:11am catch. The Popular Trash Can SLAM trophy went to Leonardo Pera winning Costas. The Matt Storelli’s lady’s division was well deserved by Pamela Wirth. She is now invited to the China Open Tournament for a chance to win $30,000! She was also awarded $1,000 from the Storelli Family and received a beautiful Trigger Fish plaque provided by Global Fish Mounts. Top Junior angler went to Casey Debrecht who caught a nice 23.3lb Kingfish. He gets a $1,000 check from FISHBRAIN and a beautiful plaque.
Now get ready for the final EKFT tournament of 2015 the quest for the ring…Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer SLAM Part 2 taking place August 22nd check out: www.extremekayakfishing.com for all the latest information.
About the Author
Bart Swab is the owner of Action Kayak Adventures, a kayak fishing charter service based out of St. Augustine, Florida. Bart is also an avid tournament angler, and sponsored by Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, and The Outdoors Show.