Sunday, May 3, 2015

Georgetown IFA Kayak Fishing Tour

Forty-two kayak anglers participated in the Georgetown, South Carolina IFA Kayak Fishing Tour in search of a spot tail and a speckled trout to win this event.  The majority of these anglers planned to travel down to fish my home waters of Charleston. For me I decided to stay on the Grand Strand area and fish Murrells Inlet with some of the locals and a buddy from Beaufort, SC. For this tournament I will be paddling the Jackson Big Rig.

One of the great advantages of owning a Jackson kayak is that they are fishable out of the box. There is no extra rigging to the kayak is needed in my opinion for when it comes to the Big Rig. However, my Big Rig does have a Raymarine Dragonfly installed so I had to drill two holes for the Transducer/Power cables. I also have the Micro-Anchor by Power Pole so that was another hole for the power cable. I’m using two separate batteries that are secured to the Big Rig Battery Tray. Other then these additional components my Big Rig is just a standard Jackson kayak.

For IFA Kayak Fishing Tour an angler needs to hook up on a slot size or bigger redfish and speckled trout using artificial lures only. My setup included a snook jr for the early morning bite concentrating on that early bite for a trout. I had a couple explosions with that lure but no hook ups. As the sun got higher into the sky I transitioned to a jig head with a Slayer paddletail. As I made my way along some oyster bars and a mouth of a small feeder creek coming out of the grass, I had a hard hit and hookup. Unfortunately it was not a trout or a redfish but a nice bluefish which resulted in my personal best. After a few photos; I released the bluefish to fight another day.

Working along the grass line, the occasional oyster bar, and feeder creek I kept coming up empty. I came across a nice looking point and thought that there had to be a fish in ambush position just waiting. I made the cast and sure enough I had a hookup. I lowered the micro-anchor to stay away while I fought the fish. I managed to hookup on a small flounder. After releasing the flounder a made a few more cast but the results were the same as the balance of the day.

I decided to move onto a new area called Weston Flat to catch the outgoing tide. As I slowly moved along there were small reds stacked alongside the oyster bars. These reds were all under slot for the tournament. I attempted to cast to them but I had no takers. I could see a couple of other kayak anglers getting just as frustrated as me. I managed to get tired of casting and the water was getting really shallow I decided it was time to head back in and go to the weigh-in to hear some great fishing stories and cheer on the winners.

Congratulations to the following anglers for placing at the Georgetown IFA Kayak Fishing Tournament:

  • ·         First place went to Dave Jaskiewicz with an aggregate score of 49.13. Dave also had the largest trout that measured 20.38 inches.
  • ·         Second place was Nathan Raycroft with a score of 48.13. He had the largest redfish at 31.63 inches.
  • ·         Joe Komyati had third place with a score of 45.

In summary the Jackson Big Rig equipped with the Power Pole Micro Anchor was a great combination for this type of competition. I would recommend this kayak to anyone that is interested in fishing the inshore and flats.

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