This idea for this tournament came about a few years back as a joke amongst several Austin Kayak Fishing members. The idea was that everyone’s skills would be tested to their limits by only allowing anglers to use Barbie, Scooby Doo, Stars Wars and other “kid” fishing poles. While still competitive, it was all in good fun, so much fun that through many requests, we decided to continue this new tradition.
This year’s event was on August 6th and took place on beautiful Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. However, this time we wanted to do something a bit different by giving back to the community. As a result, I created an organization called “Fish2Live” which benefits those who are trying to re-create their lives through the experience and joy of fishing. As part of their entry fee, participants were asked to donate a new rod and reel combo set which in turn, are given to those men and women working towards a new life.
While planning this event, we approached Austin Canoe and Kayak about a possible sponsorship and almost immediately, they wanted to know how they could help and did they ever. ACK supplied multiple products, gift certificates and coupons for all participants. For them to jump on board for a fairly new and small-scale event with the same level of support as they do larger events really demonstrated their commitment to our community and those in need.
Anglers began showing up around 5am with their kids poles, rigged and ready to go. While the tournament focused on kayak fishing, we did let one pond boat compete — after all, this event was in good fun and benefited a great cause. Launching at 6am, everyone headed to their spots and by noon, we had stories about a tough fishing experience with only one competitor reporting a 5 bass limit at weigh-in. He stood alone, with his trusty “Spiderman” pole at hand claiming 1st place.
The final results were as follows:
1st Place – Burt Briggs
2nd Place – Jason Rodis
3rd Place – Steve Garcia
All in all, this tournament was a success. The only exception being, the difficultly in fishing with these kid poles. The anglers who competed enjoyed good food, cold drinks and of course the fellowship. I’d like to thank everyone for their support including our sponsors, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Get Five Lures and Jason of MATI Greek Trailers for helping me help those that are on the path to recovery.
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