Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sixth Annual Redfishville Shootout for HOW

For the past five years the South Carolina Heroes on the Water (HOW) Chapter conducted a kayak fishing tournament for redfish only that is called the ‘Redfishville Shootout’. This year the HOW Coordinator moved out of the area and turned the chapter back into the HOW National Headquarters in Texas.  The Lowcountry Kayak Anglers (LKA) have decided to incorporate the HOW Chapter into the club once HOW Headquarters reinstates the HOW Chapter into the LKA Club.

So to keep the tradition of the ‘Redfishville Shootout’ going the LKA hosted the sixth annual event to help out Heroes on the Water. There was not much time to really organize the event with some great prizes and raffle items. So to help raise money for HOW this blog site donated a Shimano Clarus Rod with a Shimano Sahara 3000 Reel spooled with Power Pro for the raffle. KayakFish SC guide service operated by Justin Carter donated some caps and an assortment of ZMan Lures for the Raffle.
Time Out Sports in Mount Pleasant donated a new "AT Fishstix" paddle to the Redfishville Shootout for the longest Redfish caught. The Charleston Angler in West Ashley donated a Penn Legion Rod with a Quatum Blu 30 Reel for the second placed angler. Haddrell's Point Tackle in West Ashley sponsored the third longest redfish with the new Penn Battle II combo and eight packages of assorted Gulp baits. The event also has a sponsor for the Lord Sploosher award.
The Lord Sploosher award recognizes the kayak angler with the biggest trash fish caught or is awarded to the last angler that checked in that got skunked. Whoever wins this superb title of Lord Sploosher has to display the Lord Sploosher Cup in a predominate place for the world to see. There is usually a nice prize also that goes with the title. This year Chris Kirby of Black Sheep Kayak Charters donated a half day guided kayak angling trip in the Beaufort, SC.
So what is Heroes on the Water (HOW)? This is an organization that helps our Nation’s warriors and veterans from all services of the military to unwind using the therapeutic qualities of kayak angling. HOW was founded in 2007, their unique program allows our warriors and veterans a chance to decompress from the stress associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy the benefits that a day trip of kayaking and fishing brings. The participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction with skills ranging from the beginner to the most experienced kayak anglers.
For this tournament I will be using the Jackson Kraken. Why did I decide on the Kraken over the Jackson Big Rig? The only reason was for me to get more seat time on this new kayak by Jackson designed for big waters and the open oceans so that I can build up my confidence in this fast paddling kayak. Personally I do prefer the Jackson Big Rig for my inshore fishing experience. Another reason is to be able to show the other participants the Jackson Kraken because this is the first Kraken in South Carolina at this time.
Instead of fishing Copahee Sound commonly known as ‘Redfishville’ I decided to fish the Folly River in the search for above slot reds. Maybe even a nice speckled trout. I forgot to mention that the LKA added a ‘Trout Calcutta’ with an entry fee of $10 with 100 percent payback for the longest trout. The Folly River is an ideal location for big trout and just above slot size redfish. Unfortunately I could not locate any spot tails along the grass lines, creek mouths, and the grass flats during the incoming tides. At high tide I did managed to hide a nice active trout hole but the trout were all about 13 inches in length. Also there was several hook ups of some small bluefish.
It was not time yet to stop fishing but for me it was as I had to be at the weigh-in to assist the LKA Tournament Director Chris Davis when the 21 Yak Anglers start turning in their Catch, Photo, and Release (CPR) for their results. The results from the event are:
  • Dolphin Davis Hamilton IV with a 34 inch redfish for first place.
  • Second place went to Chris Tweedy with a 29 inch redfish.
  • Third went to Tim Gruber for measuring a 27.5 inch redfish.
  • The 2014 Lord Sploosher is Nick Breland with a 13 inch Bluefish.
  • The Trout Calcutta prize money of $120 went to Don Brazell with a speckled trout of 17.25 inches.
The anglers of the sixth annual ‘Redfishville Shootout’ managed to raise $730 for Heroes on the Water. I would like to thank all the Yak Anglers that fished in this event to help out Heroes on the Water programs that provide an event for these warriors and veterans to relax. If you are not yet a member of the Lowcountry Kayak Anglers check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lowcountrykayakanglers/.

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