The 1st Annual No Mo Kayak Fishing Tournament kicked off on July 30th at 6:30 AM and anglers fished until 12:30 PM. The event managed to pull 25 anglers, coming from a region that is not known for its kayak anglers much less its motor-less events. Colorado has never seen a kayak fishing tournament, however after such a successful event it would not be hard to imagine bigger events being produced in the future years.
Many proficient anglers showed up in the early hours, eager to see what was in store for them on the water. It turned out to be a very rough day out on Union Reservoir, many things playing into the lack of tight lines, such as bait fish, no current, and a day that peaked at 98 degrees before noon. These conditions were not enough to stop 3 individuals, all managing to pull in bass before the deadline. None of these were of large size, although considering the events that played out, a fish is a fish; this is especially true when a catch of any size could win you a tournament.
Our top three angler’s from the event were Hobie Fishing Team Member Aaron Kerchner, angler Tom McChesney, and Hobie Ambassador / Fish the Baja Host; Dave Maynard. These three guys managed to all catch a few fish while the remainder of the field could not. Everyone gave it their best, enjoying the peace from the lack of big engines roaring around while they challenged themselves to a physically demanding 6 hours of hard fishing.
A special thanks goes out to our sponsors for all their encouragement and donations. Without these great companies and their respective owners we would not have been as successful nor receiving requests to do another tournament soon. We want to thank Chad Hoover of Kayak Bass Fishing and Hook1, Luther Cifers of Yak Attack, Eileen and John Winans of The New Anchorage, Hobie Fishing and its management team, Brian Godber of Green Fish Movement, Matt Snider and Tim Emery from Fish Explorer, Steve Hollinger of Kayalu, Rapid Media of Kayak Angler Magazine, and The Owners of Bear Creek Tackle. You all played an important part in expanding kayak fishing exposure in Colorado and this region.
Until next time.