After getting skunked by the walleyes last weekend, I was more than ready to fish in the big city with Mike & Kyle again this weekend for another chance at ’em. We met up at 10 a.m., this time with another friend James. Mike had told me James was the “Walleye Whisperer” and he was right. James ended up with 6 or 7 fish while Mike & Kyle each caught 3 or 4 again. I had one reeled in right up beside my kayak, but it came unhooked right before I could net him.
As the day wore on, I was starting to think I would be getting skunked again. Then suddenly the line was tight and a fish was hooked on the white crankbait I was throwing. Soon enough I had my first walleye from a kayak landed and photos were taken.
It was another awesome day on the water with good friends, in a place I am becoming quite fond of, chasing a fish I’ve learned to admire. Enjoy the video!
The newly formed Indiana Kayak Anglers (IKA), a statewide organization representing kayak anglers in the Hoosier state, will be holding their inaugural kayak fishing tournament September 27, 2014 at Geist Reservoir near Indianapolis.
The 2014 IKA September Shootout is a bass tournament with 100% of the proceeds and 50% of the launch fees going to the Indiana Chapter of Heroes On the Water (HOW). Registration for the tournament is $20 per applicant plus $10 launch fee (cash only, payable the morning of the event). Anglers under the age of 18 will have to have a parent/guardian present to sign the liability waiver and to accompany them on the water. Tournament fees are nonrefundable. Anglers may use any type of man-powered boat (kayak, canoe, or SUP). Each angler MUST have a valid Indiana fishing license and personal floatation devices MUST be worn during the event.
Don’t own a kayak but still want to participate? Not a problem! We’ll have a limited number of kayaks available to rent for a small fee. So bring a friend! Also, Geist Marina will have pontoon boat rides for spectators to enjoy the lake, watch their favorite angler in action and media coverage.
Registration/check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the tournament with the tournament starting at 8 a.m. All anglers wishing to submit fish to place MUST be back to the “weigh in” by 1 p.m. This is a CPR (catch, photo, release) tournament. For more rules, information and to register please visit…
…and click on the “2014 IKA September Shootout” event. Many sponsors have stepped up already to ensure there will be lots of prizes! Some of our sponsors thus far include Hobie, Fun Runners Inc., Wildcat Creek Outfitters, Fluid Fun, YakAttack, Hook 1, Rail Blaza, YakGear, C-Tug, Power Team Lures, Backwater Paddle Company, YakAngler.com, JBC Outfitters, Throwing Thunder Lure Company and much more!
This will be a great opportunity to match your fishing skills against others and compete for some great prizes, but also to enjoy the camaraderie and friendship of the ever growing Indiana kayak fishing community. Hope to see you there!