June 12-17 I went down to Depoe Bay and participated in NWKA"s Oregon Rockfish Classic kayak tournament. What a blast. I met so many great people, shared stories and fishing tips, and fished with nothing more than a classy group of motivated kayak fishermen and women. I camped for 5 nights and ate heavier than I would have liked, but I needed the calories.
Some highlights from the trip:
Climbed the rocks @ Boiler Point and fished for Ling and Rockfish...landed 3 and had a blast watching whales feeding within casting distance of me.
Took a saltwater virgin out to Boiler Point and helped him catch his first two fish from the salt!
Pre-fished the tournament off the PA on Thursday and Friday catching limits of Ling, Cazebon, and black Rockfish.
Fished the tournament and brought in a 9lb Ling to secure a top 15 spot in my first ever tournament. (I am still awaiting the official results and will update when I have them.
Lost 5 more lbs over the week and I think I know why - 3 days open ocean Kayak fishing - 22.5hrs on the water. Good times, great workout. Current weight 320lbs. Goal for 2012 is 300.
I now have a freezer full of fish and am loving it. Cooked up a bunch of ling yesterday and made lunches for myself and my girl for two days. Panfried lingcod, brown rice, and mixed veggies..... Good, satisfying, and healthy.
Pics, vids, and more to come.