Louisiana Kayak Fishing Tournament Aids Wounded Veterans

A Louisiana fundraising event will give kayak fishing enthusiasts the chance to engage in the sport they love while supporting a good cause.
The Bayou Pirates Kayak Fishing Club in Louisiana is holding a tournament to support the Heroes on the Water (HOW) organization. The organization helps wounded veterans rehabilitate and relax through kayak fishing outings and spending time outdoors. Through kayak fishing, many veterans are able to regain hope, learn new skills and overcome their perceived injury limits.The HOW organization is based out of Allen, Texas. Donations help the organization provide gear, kayaks, housing, food, transportation and other necessities to wounded warriors. HOW serves wounded veterans in a wide range of communities around the country, including the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment, Navy Safe Harbor and the Air Force Wounded Warrior. Thus far, the organization has helped more than 6,000 veterans in 24 states. Outings are provided at no cost to the veteran or their family.
The tournament will take place at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 8 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Anglers who want to participate in the event can register the day of the tournament. Registration fees are $20 per angler. All of the proceeds will benefit the Heroes on the Water organization. The Louisiana director of the organization is expected to attend and participate in the event, which is a catch, photo and release tournament.
Prizes for the tournament are still being collected, but thus far there is a SuperNova fishing light, gift certificate to Haydel’s Game Calls, lure pack and bone-hook necklace up for grabs. Kayak fishing enthusiasts in the Bossier City area can take advantage of this opportunity to not only participate in the sport they love, but to help give back to a great cause at the same time. Find The Bayou Pirates Kayak Fishing Club  on Facebook!

Kayak Fishing Events: Tournaments Galore

Kayak Fishing Events: Tournaments GaloreLast-year’s-September-Slam-winner-WoW

Kayak fishing is really gaining traction and there seems to be new tournaments every month. This past month, however, there were a plethora of exciting events that every avid fisherman would be honored to partake in.

Extreme Kayak Fishing September Slam

Wrapping up September, the Extreme Kayak Fishing September Slam brought excitement to every kayaker. This event was held in Pompano Beach and saw the winner Brian Nelli bring in the grand prize. Nelli is well-known in the industry and has been featured in magazines throughout the world. While it is no surprise that he would be at the event, his winning was pure genius.

Nelli used a zig-zag pattern with a goggle-eye to catch his 34.3 pound kingfish. With this, he won the September Slam and brought home more than $5,000 in prize money. Not too bad for a day’s catch!Steve Lessard of Geismar

IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship

Just last week, the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship concluded their 2 day event. Three year veteran, Steve Lessard  would prove to be victorious with a combined length of 114.38 inches of fish caught. This is a unique tournament that calculates the winner by calculating the total length of all fish caught during the event.

Lessard is a master of preparation and claims his win came out of changing his tactics at the right time. When the weather changed, he chose to go with trout imitation so that he could take advantage of the fish currently biting.

All those that have missed their chance to partake in a tournament will need to wait until next year to qualify for the next event. The National Championship Classic starts on November 16th and will bring the biggest names in the sport to Mosquito Lagoon. All those that are invited will be competing for over $10,000 in sponsor gear.IFA Kayak Fishing Championship

Native Watercraft Slayer 12 Kayak Fishing Package

A Complete Kayak fishing package, are you kidding me? At least someone thought of it for people like me! I don’t want to go shopping for days. Here’s a deal from a reputable company that’s going to give me everything I need to just plop my boat in the water and enjoy!

Located in North Carolina Native Watercraft makes a wide range of Kayaking products and accessories! They get it, why not offer a complete package so you don’t have to buy everything separate. Instead check this package out. Yes, you need to bring your own pole and beer!

So what can you get for $1279.00? An Awesome trio complete, ready to throw in the back of your pick up and set out on a Kayak adventure.

The Native Watercraft Slayer 12 Kayak Fishing Packagecomes with Slayer 12, Stohlquist Fishing PFD, Two Installed Flush Mount Rod Holders, One Installed Scotty Bait Caster Rod Holder, one square outfitting plate, and Paddle Leash.
• Native Watercraft Slayer 12 Kayak: 12 ft long, 31 in wide, 70 lbs, 350 lbs capacity
• Bending Branches Slice Glass Paddle: Fiber Glass Shaft, Fiberglass/Nylon Blades, 35oz
• Stohlquist Fisherman PFD: Type III, 16.5 lbs. of flotation, 420 Denier Nylon

A Great Kayak Package for The Beginner


The Native watercraft website showed me that this company takes pride in what they offer and a dedication to the Kayak fisherman’s needs. Their website also offers suggestions for their endorsed Kayak guided trips, and even guided birdwatching trips!

Don’t be surprised if you catch me tooling around sipping a margarita while I’m fishing on my new Kayak!