I met up with Jimmy Ketchum today, owner of the Marker 8 Restaurant in Goodland and worked out for the most part details for having a kayak fishing get together on Saturday, May 28th. This is his second year of doing this and the day will also include a canoe and kayak race along with some other activities.
I agreed to help him out to organize the kayak fishing part of it and rather than make it a more competitive tournament this will be more of a fun competition and a get together for area kayak fisherman and fishergirls.
The rules are simple:
- $10 to enter with 100% pay out. Payouts will be 50-30-20 % for the three largest fish caught, including
Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout.
- Photograph the fish to show at weigh-in.
- Artificial baits only
- Sign-in between 6 and 7am at Marker 8 and then launch at the Goodland bridge or wherever else in the area.
- Weigh-in by 2 back at Marker 8.
There will be kayaks available to rent, And there will also be live music and a BBQ after the fishing !
There are a lot more people kayak fishing in the general area over the last couple of years or so and this could be a great way for everyone to meet and get to know each other. I know of a couple of other area establishments interested in doing something similar and maybe if there is a decent turnout this could be something to have every few months or so at different locations.
Spread the word!