Outer Banks Angler: Kayak wars
After seeing the headline on this story, most of you have probably
started reading out of sheer curiosity.
a name like “kayak wars,” that could be expected. I was
enticed into looking into this most eyebrow-raising pairing of words
after a winter fishing trip.
a recent kayak fishing trip to the Florida Keys, my group had a gang of
young bucks from Louisiana staying beside us, who were also spending a
little time in the Keys looking to catch fish from kayaks.
one of our conversations, these boys from Louisiana State University
started to tell me about how they were looking to rack up points for
what?” I thought to myself. I had no idea what they were talking
about, but it sounded cool to me and I had to further investigate.
we fished for two weeks in the Keys with only some small fish to talk
about, since the weather in Florida wasn’t a far cry from being
in Maine, but this kayak wars thing never left my brain.
enough, when I got home, one of the first things I did was google this
term, and there was a link to a Web site. I was completely consumed by
the Web site and the idea of what they were pushing for an hour or
creators, Oz and Ric, have developed a site that caters to the newbie
and hard-core kayak fisherman alike and asked them to show their stuff
in a fun and exciting way.
quite simple. Kayak fishermen form and register a three- to five-
person team, based on divisions, which are broken down by the
region in which you live. There are numerous inshore and offshore
saltwater fish that have all been allotted different points. The team
members go out for the entire year and see which team can rack up the
most points in the hopes of best representing their region.
rule of honesty plays heavily into this challenge, as the only way to
register points is to take photos and upload
them to the stie. There are some rules to what can be uploaded and how,
to best protect against cheating. Team members are allowed to register
a limited number of fish per species, per month.
prizes are made up mostly of kayak gear, apparel, and other
accessories, which have been donated by sponsors, though they do have
a brand new kayak to give away. There are several other small
categories that can win you prizes and/or points.
in this war is free to the public, so this is kind of a no-brainer. If
you are going to be kayak fishing and taking photos anyways, why not
try to form a team and enter the competition?
Anyone who follows my exploits (all three of you) will already know
that I live for outside-the-box thinking, and that is exactly what this
is. Right now, this online challenge caters to the entire Gulf Coast
and Eastern Seaboard, which is one heck of a coverage area. So, this
simple and innovative idea brings together a vast community across a
great area and encourages them to participate and keep an eye on their
fellow competitors and their exploits.
social networking games and communications have taken over our world
and games like Facebook’s “Farmville” will probably
be listed in the dictionary in the near future, but that is not for me.
I want to be outside having fun and still be a little bit competitive,
so this is a dream idea for people like me -- fun fishing, fun
participation, and good ol’ fashioned fun-smack talking.
progression to kayak fishing the past few years for me was only
natural. One can catch a 40-pound red drum from the pier, surf, boat,
or kayak and every venue will have its own challenges and fighting
experience. There is no comparison amongst the different ways to catch
fish when it comes to the fight.
a person like myself who suffers from hyperactivity, ADD, and every
other acronym under the sun, so many forms of fishing keep me from
growing bored with it. I am no expert in any one form, and I have no
allegiance to any one form of fishing, but I catch fish and I think
it’s all great.
kayak wars, I welcome you and appreciate the hard work of your
creators. There is so much politics in fishing these
days—from beach closures, fish closures, and Marine Protected
Areas to name a few. This is a great way to forget about it all from
time to time and just go back to fishing.
was able to form two teams from my Web site, www.FishMilitia.com to
represent the Northeast, and we hope to do our best in showing the rest
of the country the fishing we have here on the Outer Banks. But, in the
end, it’s all about getting outside and having fun.
far in the past week, teammate John “JAM” Mortensen and I
have managed to get on the scoreboard by catching puppy drum from the
Pamlico Sound. There seems to be no lack of the pups right now, and we
hope to continue to put “da heat” to everyone in our region.
And, for all you non-kayakers, the big drums have shown up at the south
end of Ocracoke and a few have been taken at Hatteras Inlet. I expect
the drum to jump off at Cape Point at any moment. The puppy drum have
been thick ,along with a nice class of 2- to 4-pound bluefish on
Ocracoke, which both are being caught on gold Hopkin’s lures and
The weather is warming up, the island businesses are starting to reopen
and the new season is just beginning. So, stand up, get outside and
bring your butts to the Banks—the welcome signs are on.
You can find out more about Kayak Wars and Gulf Coast surf fishing at www.ExtremeCoast.com
Alderman is the host and producer of the” The Outer Banks
Angler” fishing program and the owner of The Outer Banks Angler
store located in Buxton. You can find out more on his adventures at www.OuterBanksAngler.com.)