I had a good day yesterday…

By Gary Rankel

I had a good day yesterday, and it fortunately coincided with a photo-only kayak fishing tournament I entered. With lots of competition, I managed to win 1st place for the biggest redfish and 2nd place in the mixed bag category (a 31 inch snook and 24 inch redfish).
This was my first attempt taking pictures of fish according to tournament rules, and it was a challenge keeping them from flopping off the measuring board while also keeping the official medallion visible and then standing up to snap the pictures. Fortunately, the noodles I have on the cockpit rim kept the measuring board from sliding around. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a third hand to pinch the tail for an accurate measurement (I don’t know how others manage to do that).
Anyhow, a good time was had by all, the Wavewalk came through with flying colors and I came away with $250 in prizes.
Think I’ll take the wife out for dinner tonite.


The Winner

Tournament Early Start

Fishing Tournament Flyer

31 inch snook

24 inch redfish

The Fishers

Tournament Awards

7 thoughts on “I had a good day yesterday…”

  1. Thanks Gary,

    Congratulations! Now you’re not just a kayak angler extraordinaire and a star on this blog, but officially a champ! 😀
    BTW, those two fish look great, especially the redfish.
    I hope that through participating in such fishing tournaments you’d manage to recruit some new members to the Nature Coast Kayak Fishers club 🙂


  2. The tournament was fun, but I’m going to have to do a bit more research to facilitate the frustrating process of photographing fish on measuring boards in accordance with the rules. A few guys I met yesterday inquired about that “strange looking kayak” I was paddling around, and I gave them my usual take. Maybe a few will check out your website.

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