Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kayak Fishing Competition 28 May

The first ever OK Classic Fishing Tournament which was held last year was a highly successful and enjoyable event raising £500 for the RNLI. Well this year, as Ocean Kayak celebrates its 40th birthday, it plans to be even bigger and better with the main prizes alone worth nearly £2,000. There are three fantastic fishing kayaks to be won; the first prize is a Prowler Trident 13 Angler, second prize is a Prowler Trident 11 Angler and third prize is a Caper Angler. In addition to a winner’s shield and winners’ medals, there will also be other ‘special’ prizes and fun awards on the day.

The tournament, which is sponsored by Johnson Outdoors UK and supported by AnglersAfloat, once again takes place on the beautiful waters of Swanage Bay, Dorset. The competition is open to all amateur kayak fishermen who would like to take part. This is a catch and release competition with competitors trying to catch as many different species as possible during an allotted time period on the day of the tournament. Last year 43 competitors took to the water and a total of 17 different fish species were caught. It costs £10 to enter the competition and all entry fees will be donated to the local Swanage RNLI Lifeboat Station.

All competition entrants must be 18 or over and full entry details and the rules are available from the Johnson Outdoors UK website where entrants can also download the necessary competition forms.


The Postman said...


On a gusty day it was a gutsy performance from the dedicated kayak anglers who took part in the OK Classic Kayak Fishing Tournament at Swanage on 28th May. A total of 69 enthusiastic competitors took to the water in what was the second year of this increasingly popular event. There were 79 entries this year, nearly twice as many as last year, and £790 was raised for the local RNLI Lifeboat Station. Despite the challenging weather conditions and the fact that the organizers had to reduce the fishing areas due to the sea state, nine different species were caught in this catch and release competition.

Winner Michael Milton caught five different species and went away with the fantastic first prize of a Prowler Trident 13 Angler worth £749. Another superb fishing kayak, a Prowler Trident 11 Angler worth £699, went to runner up Ed Gibson who caught four different species. In third place Mark Radcliffe had three different species and took home a terrific Caper Angler worth £549. Other great prizes included paddles, a buoyancy aid, a launching trolley, rod mounts and various fun awards given away to competitors who distinguished themselves in other ways in what was a great day out for all those who took part. All entrants also received a commemorative T-shirt, a mug celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ocean Kayak and a key ring courtesy of the RNLI.

Carolyn Hooper of Swanage Tourist Board gave away the main prizes and Martin Steeden, Coxswain of the Swanage Lifeboat and Dave Turnbull, Lifeboat Station Mechanic accepted the donation cheque on behalf of the RNLI. The competition was sponsored by Johnson Outdoors UK and supported by AnglersAfloat. Johnson Outdoors MD Andrew Dron commented: “This year I was particularly impressed by the way competitors conducted themselves and coped with the challenging and changing conditions. They all cooperated fully with the organizers and fished responsibly and skilfully and all are a real credit to the sport of kayak fishing. Once again we are very grateful for all the support we had from Swanage Tourist Board and everyone who helped make the day so successful.”

The species caught on the day were Pollack, Ballan Wrasse, Mackerel, Corkwing Wrasse, Pouting, Tompot Blenny, Garfish, Scorpion Fish and Butterfly Blenny.

The Postman said...


Matthew said...

Get ready Guys and girls, the best is to come. Wrecks, enclosed water 4km of every type of water condition apart from rough!!!4 different species i do every evening with out a problem.More details to come and new facebook site to be anounced very soon. Keep watching.

Melanie Daryl said...

This is a good way to raise a fund. It pleases all the participants and, at the same time, raises funds for the lifeboat station. So what happened to the competition? I hope it raised enough money. It should probably be made into an annual event so that more newbies will be encouraged to try this sport. Cheers!