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2014 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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The price to enter will be 50$ until 9/19 then registration will jump to 100$ day of the captains meeting and you will not receive a captains bag. Do us and your wallet a favor by registering early.  All proceeds will be donated to HOW.

CSD II Video thanks to Fisheye for being on set.

Pay attention to the sets. There were plenty of times it was calm to land during this large uncalled for swell. Don't just rush the beach if for some reason these conditions rise again. Watch the waves go between larger sets and time your landing.  Also allow time for others to land and move unlike some people last year...

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SLAM DOWN III ~~~ September 27th, 2014

Tight Lines and see you guys in September.
Ok, here we go. You've all been very patient and I appreciate it greatly and I'm pretty sure you'll think it was worth the wait. So for those who are unfamiliar I'll go over the basics.

 The theme of the tournament is simplicity... old school kayak fishing. Nothin' fancy, just the angler and his/her gear, testing their skills.

 To that end I am gonna level the playing field by limiting each angler to one rod and reel and three lures (provided), everybody fishes the same three lures, no bait, no scents.  No mechanized propulsion systems, no sails, no fish finders, no GPS, just a kayak, a paddle, landing gear and safety equipment. Simple right.

 The tournament will be held on Saturday September 27th at a location on the Sonoma Coast to be announced. Weigh in will be at high noon  :cowboy_cool:

Now, before we go any further I (and you) should say a huge thank you to this year's major sponsors, Stealth Performance Products, The Headwaters Kayak Shop and Paddle Panama. Between the three of them (with a little help form the tourney) they've have come up with the best first place prize I could imagine. Please go to their Facebook pages and say thanks, if you would. And while you're there "LIKE" them if you like them.


The grand prize of The 2014 Simply Fishing Tournament is an ALL EXPENSES PAID, FOUR DAY, GUIDED KAYAK FISHING ADVENTURE TO PANAMA.
Includes 4 nights in a beach house in Jaque on the Darien Coast, the house is comfortable with AC and in suite bathrooms. There will be Stealth kayaks provided there. It will include food and basic beverages and a support panga for two of the 4 Days kayak fishing. A visit to Biroquera Indian Village up Jaque river if time and conditions permit. Anglers must bring their own fishing tackle. Some restrictions regarding dates, times etc. will apply, please contact Dan at The Headwaters Kayak Shop for details

Registration begins now!

So, the lures... this year rather than choose my favorite and most successful colors I asked the
manufacturers to put their best foot forward and choose the color that they'd like you to fish in this tournament.

As I mentioned in another thread BIG HAMMER has stepped up BIG TIME. Thanks to Pro Staffer Craig Davis, Pete Wolf has donated all the swim baits for this years tourney. The bait they choose is the seven inch Reckless Toast. Check it out.

I'll provide a red 4oz shad head (ala Andy1976) to go with.

Hell yeah! www.B2squid.com droppin' bombs! Once again, thanks to Kelly and LaWana Schultz B2 Squid is donating a five inch squid body rigged on a 3oz leadhead for every one of you. Their color choice this year is  Chartreuse.

And of course as usual Andy1976 (big hearted, jig pouring god that he is) has offered to help out again. This year he donated these beautiful eight oz. diamond jigs for all you iron slingers. He just put them in the mail so I haven't seen them yet but he sent me this photo awhile back. Pretty sweet, no? He chose Black and Gold... maybe BigJim will come play this year ;)

About the White Seabass
The white seabass (Atractoscion, nobilis) is not a bass but a member of the croaker family and is related to the California corbina. White seabass (WSB) occur from Juneau, Alaska south to Baja California. They are usually found in areas of rocky bottom and around kelp beds. White seabass are present in California waters all year long. They spawn in kelp beds in the spring and summer. In the fall they form large schools and feed on spawning squid. In the winter they head off-shore following the squid and other baitfish. They can swim 300 miles in 2-3 months. White seabass feed on anchovies, pilchards, herring, and other fish, as well as on crustaceans and squid. The average weight of a 28-inch fish is 7 1/2 pounds. The all-tackle record is 83 pounds, 10 ounces.

The white seabass is a fish that has been much sought after commercially and by anglers. Its dense flesh is white and tender and highly valued, but it spoils quickly without proper care. White seabass landings have fluctuated considerably over the past century, with the commercial take ranging from a high of 3.4 million pounds in 1959 to a low of 58,000 pounds in 1997. The white seabass are making a tremendous comeback after years of pollution and gill netting took their toll. United Anglers assisted in getting legislation passed which now prohibits gill nets within three miles of the coastline. The Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute operates the white seabass hatchery at Carlsbad.  The researchers and volunteers have raised, tagged and released approximately 413,000 juvenile seabass into the waters of Southern California since 1986.

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