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Old 08-23-2020, 07:35 AM   #1
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Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament

Next weekend, August 29th in Pompano Beach.

Due to COVID the first summer tournament was canceled. The winner of this tournament has a good shot at taking the Championship ring.

https://www.extremekayakfishingtourn...er-slam.html#/
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:17 AM   #2
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Dude did you enter the tourney? I have been following these guys for a couple of years. Tournament sounds like it would be kick ass.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:24 PM   #3
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Next weekend, August 29th in Pompano Beach.

Due to COVID the first summer tournament was canceled. The winner of this tournament has a good shot at taking the Championship ring.

https://www.extremekayakfishingtourn...er-slam.html#/
Hey John, did you fish the tournament?
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:36 AM   #4
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My apologies for the late reply -- somehow missed the notifications. Congratulations to the winners!

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/communi...6gi-story.html

Luck was not on my side for the last tournament, starting with the purchased bait. The reportedly "pen cured" had lesions and cataracts! Had I received the goggle-eyes from the other bait boat, probably would have had been fine. A wahoo had been taken out deep the day before, so my plan was to try to hit the areas where they sometimes frequent. Unfortunately, the current was ripping 2kts, making it exhausting to present a natural-looking bait in the right zones. I ended up with a 10lb king mackerel.

The guys who caught a couple of kings in shallower placed. The first and third place anglers caught their own bait that morning which turned out to be a big advantage. Second place was returning to the beach empty handed fighting the current in shallow when the big African Pompano hit. With all due respect for the angler, it was a very lucky strike. That was the kind of luck that gives anyone a shot at placing at these events. Four years back, a first-time Nth Carolina angler caught a 52lb Wahoo, when he brought it to the beach, he thought he had a Barracuda. Three years back a first time Puerto Rican angler took a 59lb Wahoo on a vertical jig -- Probably the heaviest wahoo ever taken anywhere off a kayak on a vertical jig. When Extreme Kayak fishing Tournaments occur there seems to be a little bit of magic in the water.

I did not participate in the sailfish smackdown this year, and overall have participated in about 2/3rds of the Extreme Kayak Tournaments since I started kayak fishing back in 2014. They are awesome, and probably have a larger effect on the kayak fishing industry than the sponsors think. I did have a lucky day back in 2017, earning the Championship ring, record for heaviest fish and most combined weight ever. If you ever decide to participate, LMK.

https://www.extremekayakfishingtourn...records.html#/
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:45 AM   #5
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Cool thanks for the report and info. It is 100% on my bucket list, I love the podcast these guys put out, and have been a big fan since I got into kayak fishing a couple of years ago.

I agree, they have a larger inpact on kayak fishing than the sponsors realize. When some one talks to me about kayak fishing and assumes its only a viable vessel for small fish, I love to direct them to check out this tournament series. I heard that this year the non-fishing part of the tournament was kind of a bummer because of Covid, hopefully by next year they can have their big beach party.
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John,

Are you fishing the Sailfish Smackdown this weekend? If so, good luck!
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:57 PM   #7
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John,

Are you fishing the Sailfish Smackdown this weekend? If so, good luck!
Thanks, I was out there, one of about 60 anglers that participated. It was cold by Floridian standards. In the high 40's in the morning with smoke coming off the water because of the difference in temperatures. A couple hours after sunrise, it warmed up becoming an unusually nice day for the sailfish tournament(normally windier). Unfortunately, luck was not on my side. About 20% of the participants had a hookup and about 10% landed a fish. Congratulations! to the winners!

🏆1st @greg_nolan
2 #Sailfish 9:40 / 11:54am
$5k @railblaza Turbo USA 🇺🇸 ..
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🏆2nd Richard Bulot
1 Sailfish 8:58am
$2k @nauticalventures..
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🏆3rd @Christopher Wollerman
1 Sailfish 10:30am
$1,000.00 Cooper Anchor..
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🏆4th @Howard Kirk
1 Sailfish 10:40am
$500.00 Nautical Ventures SA Company..
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🏆5th Tan Raul
1 Sailfish 11:02am
@proyaker Fish Bag..
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🏆6th @Mike Andrews
1 Sailfish 11:39am
Custom Handcrafted @starrods..
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