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Over the weekend I fished the Jamaica Bay Kayak Tournament in Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn, NY. The tournament benefits Casting for Recovery and if you want more information about the event the website is here - http://www.jbaykayaktournament.com/. I fished the tournament for the first time last year and it was an awesome experience. Some of the pictures I took last year are going to be in the summer edition of Kayak Angler Magazine of my friend James. He caught some much bigger fish this year, so maybe they'll feature him again! This year I wanted to bring more VA/MD guys from our area up to see what 350+ yaks look like camping in an old airfield and fishing a small bay area. I recruited 5 guys and 2 other guys that came last year returned with me. This event is a ton of fun and is really about getting together and having some fun while raising money for a great organization.
The fishing was tough this year but we all managed some fish! I caught rock, blues, and a couple of fluke! I was hoping to catch a weakfish but I probably had a better shot at a unicorn or a coney island whitefish... which I did end up catching! Gross.
I drove up with another guy Thursday morning and we left at 2 am to beat the traffic. We fished hard through Sunday and conditions were mostly favorable, overcast skies and little wind so that was great. Sunday morning was the worst with a small craft warning and patches of rain but we went out during a window of calmer weather and managed a couple of fish so that was a nice way to finish thing up! After packing up the wet tent and other gear we headed over for the raffle, some grub, and awards. The event is sponsored by tons of great manufaturers like Hobie, Aquaskins, Hogy, and numerous fishing/kayak shops. JFFoley won a nice basket of workout gear, my other friend in the pictures one several t-shirt bags, and my girlfriend won a KAYAK! It's a native ultimate 14.5 multisport that we had no way of bringing home, thankfully we made friends and a guy brought it to baltimore for me. Picked it up on Tuesday! I also receieved a recruiter award for bringing the most new faces to the tournament this year, so that was really cool!
If you like to kayak fish the salt, this is the place to go. You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger group of guys passionate about the sport and willing to share their tips and methods with you so openly while camping and having a great weekend together. I highly recomend it the event next year and I'll make sure to post the details when I have them, but mark you calendars now - second weekend of May 2012!
Here's a youtube video - http://youtu.be/RF8BKdTAd4Y
Last edited by Redfish12 (May-19-11 11:00AM)
Those are some quality fish. Sounds like it was a great time, thanks for the report!
Looks like an awesome time!
GREAT report Michael......you caught fish, you get published your GF wins a kayak!
Not a bad weekend!
Not bad at all... I'm planning on checking out a few of the other events this summer too.
CCA MD tournament in June
Fluke tourney in point pleasant nj in July
Striper shootout at winter island ma in August
Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers tournament on Kent Island in September (more on that later!)
Cape May tournament in October
If I can swing it, I'm gonna try the norfolK tournament in september too!
Here's a shot of the fluke, I think it was about 21"
Last edited by Redfish12 (May-20-11 9:51AM)