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Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic


Tournament #2
Announced For October 14-15, 2005

The tournament promotes kayak fishing in Jacksonville with a fun and competitive format. The event raises funds for Jacksonville Children's Charities with the help of local retailers and national sponsors.

Kayak anglers will be targeting Redfish, Trout, and Flounder in a catch-photo-release format for over $18,000 in prizes and gifts. The captain's meeting for the tournament is October 14th at Strike Zone Plaza, and the check-in, awards ceremonies, and BBQ is October 15th at Angie's Subs in Jacksonville Beach. Entry fee is $50, which includes a captain's bag, rights to fish, entry into the tournament raffle, and BBQ.

PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published entry date. Entry fee includes rights to fish, post-tournament meal, 1 raffle ticket, t-shirt, and captain’s bag.

PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. All fish must be caught via hook and line. The selection of baits is up to the discretion of the participant unless they are in the fly-only division. All fish must be caught from the kayak. No wade fishing or shore fishing is permitted unless the kayak is tethered to the angler.

NO MOTORS. The use of a boat or motorized water vehicle to transport your boat on the water is prohibited. All craft must be self-propelled – no engines are allowed. Canoes and paddle vehicles other than kayaks are permitted.

FISHING LOCATIONS. Any inshore Jacksonville location is permitted, including locations in Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau counties. This includes the St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterway, and associated creeks, ponds, and waters. No fishing in the ocean is allowed, including jetties and inlets. Specifically you must be west of the Mayport Ramp on the St. John’s River, west of the A1A bridge over the Ft. George River, west of Ft. Clinch State Park in Fernandina, west of the Nassau Sound A1A bridge (except Simpson’s creek and south is allowed), west of the St. Augustine Inlet, and north of Pellicer Creek which is on the St. John’s/Flagler county line (Pellicer Creek is out of bounds).


April 15,16, 2005 Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic Tournament #1.
Inshore, Redfish-Trout, Catch-Photo-Release.

First place in the Salty Feather Slam went to Ken Martin, 43, of Jacksonville with a 24.5" Red and a 17.25" trout. Although Ken has been fishing in kayaks for 4 years, it was his first fishing tournament ever and he prevailed over many experienced fisherman including several local guides.

The StrikeZone Fishing Biggest Trout was won by 33-year-old Jacksonville-native Ryan Jones. His winning 23" trout was caught with live shrimp on a float rig.

The StrikeZone Biggest Red was won by 26 year old Jon Ward of Riverview, FL with a 27" red. In a "Hardcore Fishing Moment" Jon prefished for the tournament during the Times-Union Spot Tourney last week by departing Tampa at 3am, driving to Jacksonville, fishing from 7:30am to 4pm, then driving back to Tampa that night after catching a 6 spot 25" red and a 31" red. He returned to his prefishing site and hooked his winning 27" red with a spinner bait.

Salty Feather Redfish/Trout Slam
1st - Ken Martin 24.5" Red + 17.25" Trout = 41.75"
2nd - John Syljebeck 25.5" Red + 16" Trout = 41.5"
3rd - Frank Gregg 22" Red + 18.5" Trout = 40.5"

StrikeZone Fishing Biggest Redfish
1st - Jon Ward 27"
2nd - Don Hudson 26"
3rd - John Syljebeck 25.5"

StrikeZone Fishing Biggest Trout
1st - Ryan Jones 23"
2nd - Scott Andrews 19"
3rd - Steve Totten 18.5"





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