Tournament fishing is where it’s for me. I love the competitive spirit and getting together with everyone for a full day of “Live Action” on the area lakes. That is just what Capital City Kayak Fishing Tournament Series delivers. Stop two happened last Saturday on Lake Lewisville and we all know the result. Congratulations to Todd Hiley on his great win. The conditions were rough with water temperatures in the low to mid 40’s. I was hoping to pull off a little magic, but all I pulled was my shoulder from throwing the Flash Mob Jr all day.
My tournament day was far from perfect and started with a major equipment failure. I would like to thank Brian Row for helping me figure out the electrical issue and getting me out on the water. I realize it’s a tournament and that there is money to be won, but Brian went over the top to take time to help and show me where the problem was. As many of you know I am not a hammer and nails guy, but in times like these it pays to have friends who are. After issue one was handled issue number two raised its head. Yep, my trusty battery went out and left me in the dark and basically fishing by instinct. For those that know me most of the times my instincts are opposite of what the fish are doing, however, another good friend to the rescue. Tournament Director Beau Reed let me use his battery and at least I was able to have power for another hour. That is until the Humminbird drained his battery as well. Like I always say it’s your intentions that matter most and Beaus intention was clear and that was to help me out of jam. Thanks Beau!
When I think of kayak tournaments I think of NASCAR, due to having teams, secret alliances, egos, and the occasional drama. However, I also see the human side of our sport and that is those guys’ in the know, helping guys who want to know. This is the most important part of the sport. There are statistics across the board showing paddling as one of the fastest growing sports. With continued help from the faithful and good promotion from the media guys in our ranks and the willingness of the angler to help those who may be new I feel we can grow the tournament scene to large numbers. We all have to be committed to do our part. Whether your part is to try and win all the money, help people who are new or just make observations through video or blog. When we all work together for the good of the sport then great things will happen.
I just realized that I pulled out the soapbox and rambled. Sorry about that but, I support the above and what the heck else could I have written about when we only had one score able fish? Anyway, great tournament and I am looking forward to battling those secret alliances on Purtis Creek. All I can say is come on water temperature.
KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!
These are some of my most favorite days of the year. I am not talking about Valentine’s Day, but pre tournament day. I realize that the entire free world is celebrating the good fortune of their love life today and I as well will pay tribute to my wife and family; who without their support none of this chasing the dream business would be happening. So to my family, thanks! To my fellow competitors I wish good luck on stop #2 of the Capital City Kayak Fishing Tournament.
Pretournament days are always fun because I spend the majority of it thinking about strategy, reviewing maps and mobile apps. I fill my brain pan with so much information that it’s bubbling over with anticipation. The only problem with filling you head with so much detail is that it causes the ever present second thoughts and is this strategy right? For example early this week, while the polar vortex was upon us I was greatly concerned about water temperature. Well, as the sun has warmed our souls and made us feel that bedding fish are upon us my concern is still water temperature. Yeas, the sun is nice, but it’s going to take a string of bright sun to warm up the familiar structure that these big bass enjoy hanging out in. So confusion will be a great part of the strategy. You then mix in this week’s edition of Bassmaster Magazine and review what the pros are throwing and it leads to more second guessing and concerned thoughts for this weekend’s action. I love articles, because you never know the real context of which they were written. It seems I only pay attention to the double digit picture and assume the strategy will work for me, in Texas on Lake Lewisville in 40 degree water. Can you say hopeless!
Confidence breeds’ confidence and skill is the name of the game. Whatever your reading and whomever your listening to make sure they have local knowledge of what is happening in the area that you will be applying your craft. One thing that can’t be overlooked is the quality of your equipment and the support of your team who stands with you. Whether you are an army of one or you stand with the top names in the industry everyone is equal when the gun sounds tomorrow morning. I always feel blessed to have a great group that keeps Kayak Bass Adventures on the water and in tip top shape. These folks are: Mariner-Sails, Brute Outdoors, TFO Rods, Supernova Fishing Lights, Hobie Fishing and Columbia Sportswear. What’s great about these partners are that they are not an exclusive club, but friends to every kayak angler on the water. Be sure and support their efforts, because whether you know it or not they are supporting you.
So if you take nothing else from this post remember this: Don’t stay up to late celebrating your Valentine’s Day because over celebration can lead to a long unfocused ay on the water. Lastly, remember that we are all out as a community to support kayak fishing. SO if you see a first timer, share the love and spend the time showing them the tournament ropes. I always remember the great folks who took the time with when I first started and they are now some of my closest friends!
KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!
Thanks to Ty Southerland for spotlighting Kayak Bass Adventures last night on his show. We had a great time talking Hobie Fishing, Brute Outdoors and Yak Attack. Feel free to find us on Facebook and join the conversation.
Even Though It Was Tough Matt Scotch Found Away To Make It Happen!
Bad Weather Didn’t Keep Adrian Acosta Off Lake Texoma
This weekend marked the marathon stretch of being in the promotional staff for any company that is into the show scene. We had an excellent time with Mariner-Sails and the Steve & Lisa Oxenford from Hobie Cat. While I stood in the booth talking about the greatness of Kayak Bass Adventures and Hobie Fishing it seemed strange to see my Pro Angler 14 all dressed up but no water to float in. My mind wondered outside and my thoughts were with the guys that were out on Lake Texoma and Lake Fork making their Kayak Bass Adventures come true. The following are their stories of braving high winds, rain and possibilities of snow. However, as true Kayak Bass Adventurers they came through in a big way!
Fishing can be tough in any weather pattern. Whether there isn’t enough wind, too much wind or its cold or it’s hot; kayak fishing is seldom easy, just ask Adrian Acosta and Matt Scotch. I have known these two guys for some time and I now that they are passionate about their kayak fishing. As I was finishing my duties at the Dallas Boat Expo these two guys were coming off the water with some really nice catches.
I don’t know much about Lake Texoma, but Adrian Acosta is one who knows his way around. With the weather conditions being so inconsistent this winter the fishing can be shut down with the slightest adjustment in pressure. When I spoke to Adrian about his catch he told me that they had been on bigger fish earlier in the week, but last Saturday was a struggle. He caught his stripper on 1 ounce Roadrunner jig trolling it very slowly. Even though he didn’t get the numbers he sure did get the quality. This fish landed his team in the top three for the start of kayak wars.
Matt Scotch chased a different bass this last weekend. He tried to coax the largemouth bass from its winter cover. In speaking to Matt, he said it was all about knowing the elements and being one with the fish. He noticed that his temps were one degree different from where others were fishing and that one degree made a difference. He caught this quality bass on a lipless crank using a medium retrieve. He was able to find some grass and rip it through. This tactic was all it took to land this great tournament keeper. Matt also used persistence and when others left he stayed and continued fishing. Long paddles, loading and unloading and traveling to a new spot made the difference for Scotch this last weekend. Way to stick it out.
As I am writing this, it is snowing! I know that somewhere there are anglers braving the elements to find “The One”. Kayak anglers love the extremes and the face of the challenge. Not everyone is made to fight the elements, but those of us who are can grab some good fish. As for me, I will be back at the Boat Expo this weekend meeting new people and promoting the sport I am passionate about. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
KEEP LIVING THE DREAM!