I took part in the September EKFT last weekend here in South Florida and thought I would share a few pics and a story with you all. If you click on the link above, there is also a gallery there.
We were to launch from Pompano Beach at 6am, but major storm conditions set in as launch time got close. 80+ kayak anglers huddled under two small tents is a funny sight, but the lightning and rainstorms were not. Thankfully, the squalls subsided by 7:30am and we launched into 2-3ft surf with many noobs and experienced guys alike getting swamped on their way out. I even had to drain about 2 gallon's worth of water from my front hatch liner
The Pro-Angler 12 and Outbacks were well represented with a sprinkling of Revos, PA14s and non-Hobie craft mixed in as well.
About a mile out, as my newly installed Lowrance Elite 4 (
) read 100' or so, I put out the live pilchards hoping for a Kingfish (King Mackerel) bite. That didn't happen; I got maybe 5 Bonito (Atlantic Little Tunny) on the live bait but they were ineligible for the weigh-in. Pedaling out to 200' I did manage to get a nice 37" Kingfish on 7oz speed jig.
Unfortunately no more fish were had and the waves were starting to make me feel a bit green (rare for an island boy like me!) so I made my way back to the beach. Many other anglers did not fare as well as I did, but a few stood out with decent sized Mahi, multiple Kingfish, and one guy who caught a monstrous 40+ pound Kingfish (naturally he won the tourney). Someone even landed a sailfish and successfully released it, winning that division.
Pics coming, I think the image hosting sites are blocked here at work
Tight lines everyone!