From the Post & Courier (Charleston, SC) – Sunday, January 1, 2012 The recent reporting of the recovery of a tagged yellowfin tuna comes as a surprise to fisheries biologists. The tag, sent …
Extreme Kayak Fishing’s Summer Slam Results in a Heavy-Weight Bout
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament’s “Summer Slam” produced some terrific fishing for its 108 kayak anglers. Even with a 6am launch there was a party like atmosphere with rock ‘n’ roll piped through the PA system. When “Sailfish On!” came over the VHF 45 minutes later the trash talk evaporated. Joe Kraatz got on the board 30 minutes later releasing a nice sailfish.
With the ice broken, the bite was on. For the next two hours the pick up boats had their work cut out for them picking up kingfish to be iced down. Things quieted down for a bit as lines out started to loom on the western horizon.
“Massive Wahoo… I could see stripes..” came from John Moody’s VHF. Those near by report they did not need a radio to hear Moody’s excitement.” With anticipation still high, the word “Cobia” spread over the air-waves. John SIms would be the first angler to land a cobia during any Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament if he could boat the beast. Sims triumphant fight and paddle to shore for the 2pm weigh in took a toll on the angler as he needed help getting the Cobia to the scales.
First Place: Jack Daughtry of Maryland, two Kingfish, 51.7 pounds
Second Place: Joe Kraatz, two Kingfish, 47.8 pounds
Third Place: John Sims, Cobia, 46.3 pounds
Fourth Place: Carl Torrensson, two Kingfish, 44.4 pounds
Fifth Place: Justin Moody, Wahoo, 36.7 pounds
Kingfish Calcutta Winner: Jon Cunningham, 32.4 pounds
Top Junior Angler: Hunter Irvine, Kingfish, 11.9 pounds
Top Billfish Angler: Joe Kraatz, Sailfish
Wreck the Weight: Rob Rodriguez, Amberjack
Trash Can Slam: John McKroid, Barracuda, 25 pounds
Top Pelagic Angler: Justin Moody, Wahoo. Necklace courtesy of Guy Harvey Jewelry
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