Kayak angling is the one of the fastest growing outdoor sports, and is now generating competitions. Take for instance the inaugural Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, which was held from March 19 to 20 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.
Chad Hoover, popular TV host and kayak angler, organized the championship and helped local clubs with qualifying events. This identified anglers who would move on to compete for the US national title.
Over 200 anglers gathered from every corner of the United States to participate. Competitors persevered through two days of cold weather and high wind to vie for the highest payout ever recorded for a kayak bass fishing event.
Matt Ball, part of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers group from West Virginia, brought home the grand prize totaling over US $32,000 for his five-fish stringer.
No longer restricted to docks and deep water, kayak fishermen are discovering shallower and more remote fishing spots – where some of the largest fish reside.
Torqeedo, which sponsored the event, developed an electric propulsion system specifically for this application, the Ultralight 403. Weighing 16 pounds (including its lithium battery), the motor is well suited for kayak fishing.