For some reason I can’t get this to embed. Oh well, follow the link for an interactive map of trout streams and public land in Georgia, courtesy of the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division
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.
Made the annual northeastern migration over Memorial Day weekend to my parent’s place in the North Georgia mountains. The weather couldn’t have been better as every day brought blue skies and mild temps. It was even a chilly 47 degrees upon waking up Friday morning. The fishing was pretty darn good, most fish fell for stonefly imitations, but a few came on streamers and dries. Day 1 yielded the best results with the action tapering off throughout the weekend- no doubt the fish were getting tired of seeing the same thing by day 3. For the second year in a row I caught the biggest brown trout that I’ve ever caught and it could actually be the same fish that I caught last year – click the link, you be the judge. Besides the brown, there are some real monsters in that little creek, I moved a few fish on streamers that would give that brown a run for the money. I just wish I could have gotten them to eat just to see if my 7wt would have held up. These trips are a lot of fun and I wish I could get that way more often. Big thanks to my parents for having me over for a few days. What they have there is really special and I know a lot of hard work gets put into it. I truly appreciate every opportunity I’m given to enjoy it.
The big brown
About to hit the road with a couple of good friends and spend a long weekend in the southern Appalachians. It is 620 miles from Baton Rouge to our destination in North Georgia – can you say road trip?
Our destination (Fall colors not included):
What we hope to catch (in no particular order):
In their typical North Georgia habitat:
Wish us luck!