Thursday, May 17, 2018

Let's "Battle at Paradise" for HOW!

Mark it on your calendars!
The Lowcountry Kayak Anglers "Battle at Paradise" Kayak Fishing Tournament benefiting HOW will be held on Saturday June 8 at Paradise Landing in Awendaw SC. 

The rules are:

—Event is open to everyone. You do not need to be a LKA Club Member to participate.

—This is a fund raising event to benefit The Lowcountry SC Heroes on the Water Chapter 

— Entry Fee – LKA members - $25 / Non-members $30 – we can take cash or credit 

— Captain’s Meeting on June 7th is mandatory unless preapproved by the Tournament Director (TD). Location: Tru Blues House of Wings - 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464. Registration between 6:30-7:30 with a short Captains Meeting and raffle to follow. We will also have theBest Damn Tackle Box raffle (for each unopened tackle that you donate, you will get one ticket – winning ticket takes the entire box)

—You must sign a liability waiver. Under 18 years of age need a parent’s signature or they will not be allowed to compete.

— All participants will be launching from the same ramp. Paradise Landing – 1451 Chandler Rd, Awendaw, SC 29429

—All state laws and any regulations specific to the body of water we are fishing must be followed, including PFD rules, whistle rules, and light rules.

—You must have a valid SC Saltwater Fishing License, DNR is very likely to be at the ramp.

— I encourage you to wear your PFD at all times.

—Only paddle or peddle powered craft allowed. (Kayaks, Canoes, SUP) No electric motors or sails permitted

—No Towing, unless injury, handicap, or loss of paddle/drive system.

—This is a Catch, Photograph & Release format – Longest Aggregate length of REDFISH & SPECKLED SEATROUT. A two fish aggregate will outscore 1 large fish.

—No restrictions on bait. Live, dead, artificial and flies are all acceptable. All SC DNR rules apply to applicable bait

—No restrictions on number of lines in the water. Trolling is permitted.

—Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼ inch, last touched line. If the fish in laying in-between lines, judge’s discretion will be used.

— ENTIRE fish must be visible in the picture. If the head or tail is cut off, fish will not be scored.

—-The tournament identifier (given at time of registration) must be present in the picture. No identifier, No fish!! TD must be able to distinguish the identifier was given that day if only partial is showing.

— Measuring device must be approved by Tournament Director

—Mouth must be closed for picture. A .5” deduction will be taken for an open mouth.

— Tournament Start time will be at safe light which will be announced at the Captains Meeting.

— Tournament ends at 3PM – Early weigh in starts at 2PM. All participants must be in line to enter photos by 3PM. No entries will be submitted after 3PM. Awards and Prizes to follow once all scoring is completed.

—Ties will be broken by the largest fish entered, if still tied than time of the fish caught based on time stamp will determine winner.

—It is expected that you fish at least 50 yards away from another angler unless you have spoken to that angler. Please make your best effort to not cut anyone off. This is a courtesy rule.

LKA April Angler of the Month

The Lowcountry Kayak Anglers congratulates Darrell Olson of Charleston - he's our April Angler of the Month for 2018.

The April target-species for our overall Angler of the Year award was sheepshead.  These fish are notorious bait-stealers and can prove tough to catch!  Darrell was up to the task, catching a 21.25" sheepshead to place first in the competition.  Along with winning the maximum AOY points for his win, he also gets a $25 LKA prize pack...congratulations!!

Here are the April results, with lengths of catch and AOY points awarded:

1.  Darrell Olson 21.25” (200)
2.  Greg Northrup 19.0” (199)
3.  Robert Smith 16.5” (198)
4.  Chad Quick 15.5” (197)
5.  Ken Simms 15.5” (196)
6.  Johnny Sublett 15.5" (195)
7.  Trey Carden 14.75” (194)
8.  Chris Tweedy 14.25" (193)
9.  Joseph Quick 14.25” (192)
10. Michelle Quick 14.25” (191)
11. Brinkley Rees 14.25” (190)
12. Corey Bishop 14.0” (189)
13. James Tweedy 13.75” (188)
14. Troy Garrison 13.5” (187)
15. Mike Kohler 13.5” (186)
16. Preston Garrison 13.0” (185)
17. Dave Jaskiewicz 12.75” (184)
18. Justin Solomon 12.25" (183)
19. Shelby Merrick 11.25" (182)
20. Mel Moore 11.25” (181)
21. Courtney Rees 10.0” (180)

Congrats to all anglers on their catches...

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