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While the stinkpot (motorboat to the non-kayak fisher) crowd was having their fun in Grand Isle at the annual Tarpon Rodeo, I participated in the LA 1 Slamboree tournament up the road in Leeville. Named in honor of the highway we love to kayak fish, the event is put on by the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club and sponsored by Lafayette JK dealer Pack & Paddle. The event featured slam, leopard red, and heavy red categories, with the leopard red winner receiving a brand new Cuda 12. Also available to kayak anglers was a speckled trout calcutta for a small additional cost.

The weather for the event was pretty typical kayak fishing tournament weather, steady winds and rain showers. I launched at an area I knew would be protected from the West wind. It was actually an area that I had never fished, but the marsh down here is pretty much all the same. I began the day throwing topwater looking for any resident trout, the only action I saw was from this guy:

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Switched it up to Gulp! under a cork and ended up catching some throwback trout. Soon enough I was hearing redfish crashing bait in the marsh and that proved to be the end of my trout fishing. I spent the rest of the day chasing reds, figuring the law of averages would catch up with me and one would either have lots of spots, or be extreme upper slot.

It was a strategy that never paid off, but I had a lot of fun catching slot reds and black drum. I did catch one big red that went over slot, not quite the tournament fish I was looking for, but it proved to be a great fight.

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The biggest red I had to weigh only went 24.5″ and was a little over 5 lbs. None of my reds had more than 2 spots. No tournament winnings this go round, but it was nice to see a lot of my friends on the leaderboard:

Speckled trout calcutta – Brendan Bayard

Heavy red winner  – Tommy Eubanks

Leopard Red winner – Gairi Williamson

Slam winners

1. Steve Neece – 11.7 lbs

2. Wayne Lobb – 9.13 lbs

3. Steve Lessard – 8.55 lbs

4. Ryan Alleman – 8.3 lbs

5. Toby Armand – 8.21 lbs

Congrats guys! Big thanks to Pack & Paddle and LKFC for putting on a great event. I look forward to fishing more events thrown by these guys.

Picked up my new 2013 Desert Camo Cruise from Pack & Paddle last night. The color is a mix of black, brown, and sand; I think it came out really good. Desert Camo is available in all the Jackson Kayak Fishing line, so with the Cruise being part of the Rec line I had to pay a little extra for it. The only color that really appealed to me in the Rec line was the Earth and I’ve already got an Earth colored Cuda 12.

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I’ll have to do a minimal amount of rigging to make it a fishing craft fit for me, but that was one of the reasons I was drawn to the boat. The Cruise is my blank slate, I can rig it out how ever I like. Jackson does provide four inserts screws in typical locations just waiting for Ram mounts, but you’ll have to buy those yourself as they don’t come with the boat, something I failed to remember – I keep thinking the Cruise is in the Fishing line because it just looks like it should be.

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While at Pack & Paddle I was able to attend LKFC’s monthly meeting. They’ve got their first tournament of the season coming up this weekend, Marsh Madness in Cocodrie. It’s got a pretty interesting format, click the link to check it out. Wish I didn’t have to work this weekend. Another interesting tidbit I found out at the meeting was from John Williams with Pack & Paddle. They’ve launched a new section of their website dedicated to Kayak Fishing in Louisiana. It looks to be a great resource for both rookie and veteran paddlers. Check that out as well, love those folks at Pack & Paddle.

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Last Tuesday I attended the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club meeting, I failed to mention that they had a tournament coming up. It is the Marsh Madness tournament, the 1st event in their tourney series. Details are below:

“Marsh Madness sponsored by Pack & Paddle is Sat Mar 24 at CocoMarina in Cocodrie, LA.   The event is an on-water shotgun launch and a 5 Redfish format (with optional trout calcutta | $5 due that morning).  Public is welcome to participate & win cash prizes. Members receive points for the series. Lodging options include Sportsmans’ Paradise or CocoMarina. NOTE: the CocoMarina Restaurant will be closed and Sportmans will be open.

OVERVIEW

  • Shotgun Launch – Mandatory Check-In at Launch
  • 5 Redfish Stringer
  • Optional pre-tournament bbq- bring your meat Friday evening at cocomarina.
  • Optional Speckled Trout Calcutta- $5 Cash- due that morning
  •  REGISTER HERE

MORNING INSTRUCTIONS
Mandatory check-in between 5:30-6:45 AM at CocoMarina and $5 calcutta due (optional). Please arrive early giving yourself ample time to sign-in, unload and launch. All participants must launch and wait in kayak near the launch.  The blast-off will sound promptly at 7:00 AM.  Participants who miss the shotgun launch are disqualified.  Note: Tourney board reserves the right to delay launch due to weather, fog, etc.

 
LODGING & RESTAURANT

You have the choice to stay at CocoMarina (lauch/weigh-in location) or Sportsman’s (Be aware the restaurant at CocoMarina is closed).

  • CocoMarina (Restaurant will be closed)
    106 Pier 56 / Chauvin, LA 70344 / 985-594-6626/ www.cocomarina.com 
  • Sportsman’s Paradise & Restaurant / 6830 Louisiana 56/  Chauvin, LA 70344-2611 / (985) 594-2414

RULES 

  1. All events adhere to the event rules below in addition to the club “Series Rules” here.  You are responsible to understand all rules.
  2. Mandatory Check-In: 5:45-6:45 AM at CocoMarina
  3. Shotgun Blastoff- 7 AM from CocoMarina
  4. Boundaries: as far as you can paddle from marina.  Use common sense
  5. Sign-In: 2 – 3 p.m.at CocoMarina
  6. Weigh-In: 3 p.m.
  7. Legal Launch – Fishing Time: 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.  anglers may not pick-up and fish another location.
  8. Tackle: Artificial Baits Only
  9. Entry: $25 (+ $1 via Paypal)
  10. Registration: Deadline is Sat Mar 24 at 6:45 a.m.
  11. Pre-Tournament Meeting (optional): @ Mar 20 Club Meeting, Pack and Paddle, 6 pm or post ?’s on Forum.
  12. Legal Stringer: 5 Redfish 16″ minimum to 27″ maximum
  13. Payouts: $20 goes to Tournament Pot and $5 to Series Pot.  Payouts will be 1st = 50% / 2nd = 30 / 3rd = 20% (based on <40 anglers). >40 anglers pays top 5 @ the following percentages: 40 / 25 / 20 / 10 / 5.
  14. Speckled Trout Calcutta- $5 Cash will be due that morning if you decide to participate.”

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend, prior engagements, but I know this will be a great event as the LKFC are a great group. I definitely want to make a tourney of theirs this year.