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Do you plan on participating in the Hammond River Kayak Fishing Tournament in Nauwigewauk on July 24

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Stroover, I've been planning on attending the tournament since I first heard about it. Unfortunately I've recently learned that my nephew is getting married that same weekend, so I need to try and figure out the logistics.
 

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i still plan to go, but they have just changed my shift. i can make saturday all day, but i work most of sunday.
i expect drapper will be their if they are still allowing canoes, probabley jim too.
 

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@ipop: on the Saturday it's just setting up camp, the social, and the captain's meeting. The fishing only starts on Sunday at 6am. And yes, canoes are allowed, as long as they are only human powered with no trolling motor.
 

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less than 2 weeks away and there doesnt seem to me any hype about the tourny....or maybe everyone is just out practicing there casts and lure presentation
 

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BobD had a couple of good questions:
1) Q: if one cannot make it to the captain's meeting, does that mean they cannot participate?
A: The captain's meeting is when we go over all the rules and make any potential changes collectively. If you cannot be there for that, you can still participate in the tournament the next day, but you'll miss a wicked party and a big part of the fun of yakfishing tournaments. ;-) The social aspect of these pre-tourney meetings/parties are what makes them unique.

2) Q: word is that the Hammond River is running very low. Will this affect the tourney?
A: the upper stretches of the Hammond are quite low, but we're fishing the lower stretches where the tidal flow keeps things pretty steady, so it shouldn't be an issue.

9 days to go!!!! Spread the word, you guys!!!
 

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lol, after many attempts to get the time off, trade shifts with someone else, 5 shift changes in one day, my department closing.....they are making me take the days off...!!!!!!! lol, so i'll be there.
 

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lol, after many attempts to get the time off, trade shifts with someone else, 5 shift changes in one day, my department closing.....they are making me take the days off...!!!!!!! lol, so i'll be there.
Heh... excellent. Persistence is a good trait for a fisherman...
 

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I gotta pick up some goodies from Alpine for the tourney. They couldn't get us actual beer for legal reasons, but I think they're hooking us up with coupons and nick nacks. That's the last of the prizes. We got a good line-up! A brand spanking new kayak, a top of the line portable fish finder, a rod, two reels, fishing line, 3 shirts, bunch of hats and t-shirts, pfd's, and paddles, and kayak fishing magazines galore!

It's gonna be a blast, boys! Try to make it to the captain's meeting on the 24th. It'll be a great way to get to meet everybody and wet the whistle to live entertainment. Even if you don't think you want to participate in the tourney on the 25th, come on the 24th for the social. It might change your mind...
 

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The tourney is this weekend guys! (July 24-25)
CBC Radio One 91.3 FM interviewed me this morning, and it ran a few times today and should run again tonight. I picked up the last of the sponsored prizes, and we're good to go!
We made it so that if people cannot make it to the Saturday's events (camp set-up, registration, social, captain's meeting) they can simply show up Sunday and fish. Folks can even fish off the banks (Not what I was intending, but the executive director of the Hammond River Angling Association made the announcement in the newsletter, so we'll roll with it).

Please make every effort to come!!! It's gonna be a BLAST!!!
 

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Hey Stroover, another question for you: the 'approved' measuring device. Is that something provided/. Is it a specific thing? Or is it any measuring device that will be verified on site?
 

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drapper, his son and i are coming. jimmie, who i figured was going to win isn't coming (last i heard...) so that increases the rest of our chances!!! my arms have been going out, so my kayak repairs are only half done, so it will look like crap but that's life i guess. if i get a chance saturday i'll work on it some more.
i'm assuming we can register saturday? anything special i need?
 

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@BobD: We provide the measuring device. It's more of a token to be included in your photograph, and not so much a measuring device, though it does have a ruler on it.

@ipop: Just make sure you have a digital camera with you, and figure out how to activate the date/time stamp by fish day. And don't forget to pack a couple of lunches as you'll be on the water form 6am-4pm. You don't REALLY need to be on the water fishing that long, but that's the fishig time limit and the more time on the water, the better your chances of getting yourself that new yak.

Just a reminder that we'll be going over the rules and making any necessary changes during the captain's meeting Saturday evening before the social (around 6pm).
 

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Thanks Stroover! Looking forward to seeing you Sunday. Actually I will probably be there Saturday night, but it won't be until late.
 

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People are starting to show up at the tourney pre-event! Looks like it's gonna be a good time tonight. we have live entertainment later tonight, the gang are setting up camp as I type! You should come, guys!
 

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well the kayak tourney was a success!!!!

i would like to thank str00ver (jc) for all the work and the help of the other guys too. it was a great experience i won't soon forget. so of course it rained! it was a good night friday with the smaller crowd then. i enjoyed the band and of course the conversation with the other kayakers - meeting all the gang. if you get a chance str00ver a list of the standings with forum names would be nice. meeting some of the people i've been talking with on line like Bobd makes us all more "real".

since it rained, my pre fish the week before was mostly useless. i couldn't believe that i couldn't find a cooperative pickeral! lol and finding the pumpkinseed sun fish so easily when they definatley prefer feeding on sunny days was wierd. my white/silver perch spot was a bust, all it produced was smallies and the dnr...! lol that's where they bumped into me. we had a nice talk, i showed them how easy it was to catch smallies...! it was a meeting of 2 different extremes, the four of them in two high horse power rescue/persuit boats wondering how much farther upstream they could make it - meanwhile there i was in a home made wooden me-powered kayak!!

there were no lack of smallies - smallies smallies everwhere - i couldn't keep them off my hooks. even still, it was a real surprise to switch from perch gear to striper gear...and then catch a small mouth!?! i thought i had a schoolie on! instead it was a 13" smallie, the biggest smallie for the day, so i wasn't dissappointed. i remember thinking at the time "okay, that's a good one for a tourney, it may not be the biggest but there is no point looking for another one..." as it turned out i may as well have, i was bust for stripers , sturgeon and catfish, all of which i basicly tried one spot for. for a couple hours. ohps. what's worse was i warned others that this might be the case the night before (i had thoght by running hard all the way to the spot i would fish stripers until 8am, instead i got distracted by picking up 3 species on the way there...which is all i caught! ohps.! lol)
i found it hard to shift my thinking to the tourney world. i was either giving out info i shouldn't have ( "i just caught a pumpkinseed over here"...or i was about to change gear, saw another 'yaker using what i was about to change to...and went with something else instead. ie: it wasn't working any better for him - it looks like he knows how to use it, don't ask why - adapt! it was also hard when asking what spieces people had caught not to ask where and when the caught it...or tell them where to get a fish they were looking for!! i had found a hot spot for sunnies, which latter on drapper also found. i also forced myself not to go fish in front of the kids after learning they had caught a white sucker. now isn't that different - the idea of fishing on purpose for a white sucker!!
my yellow perch spot produced as expected, which was a releaf! i didn't land as many yelloow perch as i did smallies, but i sure caught a lot of them. i estimate i landed between 45 and 50 smallies, almost at will. i actually started avoiding the area along shore so i didn't have to take the time to unhook and release them. at one point i was paddling hard, trolling a minnow bait with i was sure a bunch of weed on it...and kept on going that way, my logic being only a pickeral would be dunmb enough to hit it!

i made a few mistakes i would like to avoid next time (and yes! i'm in for next time!), like leaving my fly rod and soft plastics with drapper in the canoe...and then never seeing him until after the tourney was over! .lol, he also had my lunch!!! i also ended up with line twist on several of my set ups mostly from trolling, getting a weed on, then getting all spun up, but it also happened with my popper rod, which decided to go all loopy too, just to increase my blood preasure level. luckily i had taken more combo's with me than ever before - i needed them!!!!
i got a little despirited about 2pm when i realized my white perch weren't biting - i felt the tourney was mine to lose, and without another species, that's what happened.

i finished third - not bad at all, with the longest fish of the day, that was the 13" smallie and tied for the longest yellow perch. even though i was impressed with the size of my pumplinseed sunnie, it turned out to be average for that day. i'm sorry but can't remember the names of the winners in either adult or junior devision (str00ver will list it shortly i'm sure), i should note however that one of those groups of kids would have beteen me if they were in the adult devision - they landed 4 species!

it was a great selection of prizes, and i'm sure i'll get lots of use out of my new kayak paddle. to the sponcers - thanks guys! i'll tell everybody about your great stuff.

see yah there next year.

ps: a couple of us are looking at kayak & canoe fishing there on aug7 (the company says we have the day off...) so if yah wanna show up, we'll be there. unless of course if the fishing is just tooooooo good some where else!!!

pss: boy, i sure used a lot of " ! " in this post. it tells you that it was a ! time. don't miss next year!!!!
 

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ipop... I'd love to come down on Aug 7th, but that is the first day of my 1 week vacation on Indian Lake, so the family vacation takes precedence. Of course it will be a terrible time spending a week on the lake...

Mistakes we make will just make the competition that much more interesting next year. I know I made a few; like going downstream on the Kennebecasis is not easy when the tide is coming in!! Argh. Oh, and Darling Island feels larger when you paddle around it than it does when you look at it on a map! And perhaps most importantly, when you spend 7-8 hours paddling, that's 7-8 hours when you aren't fishing effectively. [and don't change the game plan at the spur of the moment - I had planned on playing it more conservative and staying in the Hammond, but when I hit the water I though... you know, I bet I could do the Darling Island curcuit...]

But boy did I have fun, and I can't wait until next year. Whoever wins next year will need more than 4 species...
 

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On Saturday, July 24th at the captains' meeting, it was decided that winners would have caught the largest variety of individual fish species, and in the event of a tie the total lenght of the participant's individual fish species would be required. Prize distribution would be first place gets first pick, second place gets secone pick, and so on.
The results are as follows:

Adult Division:

1. Richard Little (Ocean Kayak Peekaboo)

2. Nathan Robinson (a.k.a."Rocketball") (Humminbird 385 ci fish finder)

3. John Cail (a.k.a."ipop") (kayak paddle)

4. Nick Colpits (1 night's stay @ Comfort Inn anywhere in Atlantic Canada)

5. Russell Graves ( 1 night's stay @ Comfort Inn anywhere in Atlantic Canada)

6. Draper LaPointe (PFD)

7. Arliss Wilson (Ex-Officio fishing shirt)

8. JC Cormier (a.k.a."str00ver") (Ex-Officio fishing shirt)

9. Bob Duchesneau (a.k.a."BobD")(PFD)

10. Ryan Bienvenu (kayak Paddle)

11. Dean Magarvey (PFD)

12. Mike Donovan (Mooshead glass set)

Kid's Division:
1. Chris O'Dell & Mitchell O'Dell (Okuma reel)
2. Liam Hunter & Sam Hunter (Okuma fishing rod combo)
3. Daniel LaPointe (Okuma fishing hat)
 
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