Oregon’s Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series has proven to be successful in its first year, gaining momentum in a growing fishery, and drawing more attention to the sport in the Northwest.
In a region mostly known for its salmon and steelhead, and in a sport mostly known for fast, high tech boats, the Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament Series offers a little something different in the way of friendly fishing competitions. After its first two tournaments at Ten Mile Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir, participation among the group includes roughly twenty anglers, who are competing regionally for a chance to fish in the 2017 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee in March.
The top two anglers in the Angler of the Year standings at the end of the season’s final tournament at Rogers Landing on the Willamette River will qualify for eligibility to compete in the nationwide tournament. Unlike most tournament trails that go by weight, Kayak Bass Fishing competitors use a standardized measuring ruler to which they pair with an “identifier” that is designated the day of the event in order to prevent cheating by using photos taken on another day.
An annual membership with Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing is $35. Dues are collected in March, and late membership is $45. Th entry fee to each tournament is $25 with 100 percent of the pot being paid out on top of non cash prizes donated by a growing list of sponsors. Founder Aaron Roberts is confident that given the participation in the first year, that membership will continue to rapidly increase along with the popularity of targeting bass from a kayak and kayak fishing in general around the Northwest.
“Next year we will have 6 regular season events as well as a Heroes On the Water benefit tournament to give to veterans in need of rehabilitating both physically and mentally through kayak fishing,” says Roberts.
He also says that social events unrelated to tournament play will be on the calendar for next year.