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EKFT May Madness 2013

EKFT May Madness 2013

The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Series May Madness 2013 was one of the best of the EKFT series to date. Weather stayed on the manageable side and the fish were out there. With anglers pounding the grounds with various tactics, it came down to a very finite group who managed to pull it off and make it to the stage. Kayak angler Eric Digeon pulled of the champion spot with the combined weight of 46.7lbs. The stage had a significant weigh in period with large AJ’s, BFT’s, Kingfish, ‘Cudas, and even a first time tournament series landed Wahoo.

The winners used a barrage of well played wreck fishing techniques with vertical jigs and also patrolling zones as far out as 500 foot depths while trolling live Goggle Eyes and Pilchards. It was those anglers that managed to succeed at both that made it to the stage for the 2pm weigh in. The EKFT run event saw many major sponsors with big item donations, live music, food and drink, and a great captain’s meeting the night before complete with wings, a raffle, and of course beer!

Extreme Kayak Fishing Inc put together a great event from promotion to execution. Even Coast Guard Auxiliary members were on hand for basic safety checks. Stay tuned for the September Slam event in Dania Beach which boasts to be even bigger and better than this event.

EKFT May Madness 2013 Complete List of WinnersEKFT May Madness 2013 Winner Eric Digeon

1st Place: Eric Digeon total weight 46.13lbs
2nd Place: Brian Nelli total weight 39.07lbs
3rd Place: Carl T. total weight 37.07lbs
4th Place: Austin Collins total weight 34.05lbs
5th Place: Joe Kraatz total weight 34.04lbs
6th Place: Rob Robinson total weight 33.09lbs
7th Place: Peter Gawor total weight 26.02lbs
8th Place: Robert Long total weight 25.09lbs
9th Place: Adam Fisk total weight 24.05lbs
10th Place: Robbie Lundberg total weight 22.04lbs

Photo Credits: Extreme Kayak Fishing Inc

Size Matters Trout Tournament!

Size Matters

The Size Matters Trout Tournament! this past weekend was a good success with over 30 kayak anglers showing up to assess their trout catching skills. The tournament was a catch, photo, and release with onsite judging. Prizes were given to anglers with the largest single fish photographed, and a special prize was awarded for the smallest trout recorded. This was dubbed the “Guppy Award” and though the position did not pay out cash, it did offer the angler a unique Guppy Award trophy, and miniature fishing rod gag gift, and a free Hibiki Bait Stick donated by The Clever Angler (

The Guppy Award Ceremony recipient.

The day of fishing itself did hold some challenges. A steady head wind, sun and heat, and tide finicky trout. Though small trout could be had all day, the larger trout did not seem to arrive on seen until the tide started moving in across the grass flats in front of Bird Key. Other fish were on scene including decent sized Jack’s and even a large barracuda that smacked my rod against the side of my kayak just before breaking the 12 lb mono.

This was the first of many tournaments to come from event planner and coordinator Tom K. (aka. Trout Killer). Tom did not fish and instead spent the day preparing barbequed food and icing down drinks that he donated himself. The next tournament scheduled is still to be announced, but I can highly recommend Tom’s future tournaments to anyone from novice to pro. Keep an eye on our events page for the next kayak fishing tourny.

Top fish were in the 22-24″ range. While one angler had a winning 25″ fish, with witnesses, but a corrupt camera file when it came time for judging. The Guppy Award was won with a 9″ trout.