20 Sep Saltwater Edge 2016 Albie Kayak Shootout Recap
1st Annual Saltwater Edge Albie Kayak Shootout Recap
Conditions for the Albie Kayak Shootout were tough on the morning of the event. The ominous Newport weather forecast had improved significantly and wind gusts were predicted to be 10-15; but I could look out my window in Buzzards Bay and see an easy 20. Since participants could fish any water they chose each had to make their own “go/ no go” decision based on their local conditions. I suspect about half of the 22 registrants from five states actually got out on the water.
Jim Hutchinson from Fairfield CT caught the lone albie on a 7/8 oz Hogy Epoxy Jig in Anchovy. Jim won a Van Staal VM150. We divied up the other prizes as “participation awards” (think youth soccer) and Mitch Powers won the Quantum Smoke 40 Speed Freak. Thank you to our sponsors Van Staal, Quantum, Long Cast Plastics and Point Jude Lures.
We got helpful feedback from the participants at the Awards Cookout on things other than the weather and the fishing (both beyond our control) that would improve the event next year. Anglers liked the option to fish wherever they chose and there were Shootout anglers spread across Cape Cod, CT as well as Rhody. They also liked the convenience of writing the identifier on their hand (great idea Jimmy Chappel!).
I’d like to thank the members of Ocean State Kayak Fishing and particularly Jimmy for input on organizing the event. Very helpful and much appreciated.
Next years Albie Kayak Shootout will be a two day event (Saturday sunrise until noon on Sunday). This opens up the weather window and allows anglers to get in more than one fishing session. We are in the process of identifying the best weekend in September. More to follow.