I recently had some time at the house to play around with the YakAttack Surface Mount Retractor and found it is quite handy to use in conjunction with the 3/4″ StakeOut Pole Clip that we sell. I use this combo to hold my Boga Grip to the lid of my Ocean Kayak. If you’re on the fence about buying a Boga but do not because of the risk of losing a high dollar piece of gear over the side of your boat, this is the solution for you!
I’ve attached some photos for you to see how I have rigged my boat, as well as a couple more that the gang over at YakAttack sent me so that you can see what they are doing as well.
There’s Never Been a Better Time for Freshwater Kayak Fishing in Texas
A few years ago you would be hard pressed to find a kayak fishing tournament in Texas for freshwater anglers. Certainly they existed, but mostly hidden among forums or in the minds of those in the know. Today, it’s a different story, with multiple tournament series holding monthly events and one-shot events popping up left and right. And ya, the best place to find Texas kayak fishing tournament information is still going to be local forums like Austin Kayak Fishing, Texas Kayak Fisherman or Texas Fishing Forum.
Kayak Bass Fishing Texas Open Joins The Scene
The most recent of these events to appear in the Texas scene is called the Kayak Bass Fishing Texas Open. What’s exciting about this event is that it aims to unite a widespread demographic of Texas anglers, separated mostly by region in the state.
“I’m hoping it will bring three big segments of Texas kayak anglers together for one big event,” says tournament director Bobby Clark, “You have your Austin and Dallas guys already competing regularly in tournament trails and events and then there’s those of us in Houston just now putting stuff together. The goal of this event is appeal to all of these people.”
And Clark has picked a perfect venue to do just that, Houston County Lake, which resides pretty close to the middle of all three major metropolitan areas. Already, he says it’s off to a good start with nearly 50 pre-registered competitors when I checked in with him a week ago.
Supporting a Good Cause
Another great thing about the Kayak Bass Fishing Texas Open is that it will be supporting a good cause as 10% of all the entry fees and 100% of all raffle ticket proceeds will be going to the Texas chapter of Heroes on the Water. And with raffle prizes ranging from an ACK donated kayak, a custom engraved BlackPak from YakAttack, fishing gear and more, there’s plenty of reason to help raise money via the raffle!
Interested in competing? Here’s what you need to know:
Date: Oct. 5th Time: 6:00 AM Launch Time and 2:00 PM Weigh In, with a mandatory 5:30 AM Captain’s Meeting Location: Houston County Lake Crockett Family Resort Registration: $75 Big Bass: $10
April has brought over forty great entries into our “BlackPak Your ‘Yak!” kayak fishing photo contest, sponsored by YakAttack, on Facebook and close to a thousand votes. Despite some last minute competition between several of the entries, only one could emerge as our grand prize winner, and that winner was Brian Martin! Congrats to Brian and a huge thank you to all of our contestants who submitted entries. There were a ton of great photos! Keep an eye out for more contests and chances to win prizes soon.
Diablo Paddlesports has launched a couple of new accessories specifically designed to be mounted to their boats, the Chupacabra and the Adios. The Diablo Leaning Post works in a similar manner as the Hobie H-Bar in the fact that it helps you stand up and stabilize yourself while sight casting or stand up paddling. It folds completely flat and still allows access to the front dry storage. It includes a paddle holder as well. To mount this cool product to your Diablo boat, you will want to utilize the YakAttack Gear Trac mounting plates.
The second accessory is the Diablo Cooler Deck, which provides a flat surface to mount a cooler or tackle box. This false deck sits over the cockpit and can support a 65 qt cooler or be used as a standing platform. It’s covered with a black traction pad for a non-slip surface. The great thing about it is that it does not require any permanent mounting and can easily be installed or removed using the included straps and can be stored in the rear of the kayak.