Kayak angler get together June 28 - Lower Cook Inlet
I wanted to post a heads up for all folks. There will be an informal gathering of a bunch of us kayak anglers on June 28. Tentative plans are to HQ out of Whiskey Gulch. Fishing will be allowed from Ninilchik down to Homer. Fishing tournament is for halibut starting Saturday and ending on noon Sunday. We should have a few decent prizes for participant. Currently we expect a dozen people or so. It's a small group. Come fish with us or come down and say hello and check out the setups.
PM me for more information or add a comment here!
Here are the general rules we have so far... borrowed from NWKA's online tournament.
2014 NWKA Alaska Yak Classic Rules & Regulations
1. All fish entered must be caught by hook and line (i.e. hooked, fought, and landed) from a human power kayak, canoe, SUP/boards of no greater than 42" wide. The watercraft must be powered by a double bladed paddle (kayak style), leg drive system (Mirage or others), or single bladed paddle (canoe or SUP). Double/tandem paddlers are allowed. The use of amas/outriggers is allowed. Inflatable vessels paddled kayak or canoe style meeting the maximum width restrictions are allowed. Float tubes, belly boats, kick boats, and the like are NOT allowed. Vessels paddled rowing style are NOT allowed.
No mothershipping (defined in more detail in rule #6) allowed, the kayak must be under human powered control from launch until landing. Sails and/or motors are not allowed onboard even if they are not used.
All entries must be caught without aid from anyone else and using methods deemed legal according to the body of water from which they are caught.
2. All fish entered must be caught in Alaskan waters. Eligible launching locations are any public access (fee or non-fee areas) between Ninilchik and Homer. Fish caught from waterways with restricted access to the public, such as members only or private waterways or aquaculture operations, are not allowed.
3. Only halibut that you can legally retain are eligible.
4. The biggest halibut will from each angler's catch will be used towards the angler’s standing in the Big Fish Prize for the tournament. Primary measurements will be taken using an official measuring stick marked in inches. In the event of a tie for length of fish, these fish will be weighed with the same scale to determine the larger fish. All fish over 36 inches will be weighed.
Additional categories for prizes given can include, but are not limited to:
• Largest/Heaviest stringer (single day, tournament duration)
• Smallest fish
• Skunk award
5. Entries must be checked in for measurement and weight no later than 12 o’clock pm on June 29th at the Whiskey Gulch beach access area (“headquarters” location will be determined by camping spot location and availability). All entries must be presented for measurement as a complete fish. Fish that have been cut or altered (with the exception of viscera removed) will not be counted towards contest standings. (i.e. cut lips, chopped tails, filleted fish)
6. Use of motherships is prohibited. "Mothership" is defined as arriving by and launching from a boat. Use of a vessel(e.g. water taxi, ferry, or privately owned boat) to travel to a destination for overnight or multi-day trips is not considered mothershipping. Camping on boats is permitted and kayaks may be launched from the boat, as long as the vessel was moored overnight and the kayaks are launched from the overnight mooring location.
7. Fish caught while participating in, or in conjunction with, a paid and/or guided trip may not be entered. This includes guides, comped participants, and paid clients.
Just some further info.
There is no entry fee...or frankly formal event. This is just a grass roots deal. Here is the current prize list.
1) Sg release reel (MSRP $249) donated by a NWKA member.
2) Shakespeare Line counter reel and rod. Homer Chamber of Commerce and Sportman's warehouse
3) PFD - Homer Chamber of Commerce and Sportman's warehouse
4) Drybag Homer Chamber of Commerce and Sportman's warehouse
5) Assortment of handmade jigs. Donated by Kasilofchris on the the Alaska Outdoor Directory.
6) A trophy donated by kardinal_84
Any assitance or ideas for further prizes would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have specific video from last years event, but I did include a few photos in my yearly highlights video. Should be set to start right at the segment of last year's event. It was slow fishing last year so its one of the reasons we moved it back a month. Big tides on that weekend but hopefully the weather will be a bit nicer.
I'd like to try and get a few more goodies. If anyone has good contacts to collect some more goodies, it would be greatly appreciated!
**EDIT** Video is not starting where it should. Last year's tournament starts at the 2:14 mark.