For the last few years the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club and Massey’s Outfitters have gotten together and offered one of my favorite kayak fishing events, the Massey’s BCKFC Fish Pics Tournament. It’s an 11 month long CPR style (catch-photo-release) tournament that starts on Jan 1st of each year and is free to members of the BCKFC. It has two divisions, one for conventional tackle and one for fly fishermen, and each division winner is awarded a kayak at the end of the year. You heard that right, a tournament with essentially free entry awards two kayaks! Other awards are also given out for the biggest fish in each category – redfish, trout, bass, and flounder. I love this style of tournament because now every trip becomes a potential winning trip.
Last year I started off hot, catching some big redfish in January. This 42.25″ red was good enough to land me the award for biggest redfish in the conventional tackle division.
In the fly division, I took home 2nd place overall with the help of a 35.5″ redfish also caught that same day in January.
My bass and my trout weren’t the biggest, but they were enough to eek out a 2nd place finish. They were both caught during my week long stay in St. Bernard in October.
This past year was the most participation that the tournament has ever seen, which was around 40 people total, so as you can tell, it didn’t take much for me to place. It’s a shock to me that more BCKFC members aren’t taking advantage of this opportunity and submitting fish from their trips. Maybe this year the tournament will see even more growth.
For more information on the Massey’s BCKFC Fish Pics tournament or to start competing, sign up to become a member at www.BCKFC.org.