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HCKAC "ONE LURE - ONE LAUNCH"

January 9th - Fort Desoto




FIRST PLACE
"ChucksT1" - Chuck Statham
68.25 Total Inches

Snook 25.25" ● Redfish 26.25" ● Trout 16.75"

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SECOND PLACE
"Red Tide" - Tommy Norman
44.2 Total Inches

Snook 0.0" ● Redfish 30.0" ● Trout 14.2"

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THIRD PLACE
"Fishvision" - Rick Taylor
42.75 Total Inches

Snook 0.0" ● Redfish 22.75" ● Trout 20.0"

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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$15.00 Boardwalk Pasta and Seafood Gift Certificate
"sparty" - Kevin Ketchum

24.75 inches

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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$15.00 Boardwalk Pasta and Seafood Gift Certificate
"olinfins" - Olin Satterfield

28.20 inches

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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$15.00 Boardwalk Pasta and Seafood Gift Certificate
"skinnywaterangler" - Tony Spagnola

16.0 inches


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"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!"


Today's Stats...
Anglers that signed-up: 23
Tokens submitted for review 15
Anglers that caught fish: 14
Total fish checked-in: 22
Slams checked-in: 1
Snook checked-in: 3
Reds checked-in: 5
Trout checked-in: 14
Payouts & Gift Certificates: $275
Disqualified Fish: 0

Overall Results
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Thanks to everyone who came out today!


Also, Thanks to all the staff at...
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for the weigh-in location, the three $15 Gift Certificates and the great service!

They're located at...
5901 Sun Boulevard
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
(727) 867-8000


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Culprit 5" Incredi-swim 
Lime Cider

 Won some cool looking lures at the last HardCore Tournament and have been looking forward to trying them out. I recently met up
with long-time fishing buddy, Rick aka "Fishvision", to check out some Tampa Bay flats for Reds and Trout. The tide was falling and the bay was like a sheet of glass. 

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The tide was falling and there were plenty of mullet schools around but fish were skittish. When the flats drained we moved up into a deeper creek to see if any Snook were around. I tied on the ultra fat Incredi-swim lure and dropped it in the water next to my kayak. The thing looked "incredible" as it's thick, soft body and tail moved. One cast is all it took to convince me that this thing works!

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 Thanks Culprit!

   
                                               
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Tourney Slam!

Russ Caipen

As the HCKAC Slam Series Tournament #6 approached, I spent a little time pre-fishing and planning. High winds and a bottoming out tide were on tap so it looked like it could possibly be a tough day on the water.
My plan:
1. Target a Snook in the deeper, darker "backwaters".
2. Move to grass flats that are protected from the wind for a Redfish.
3. Hopefully have time to move out to the deeper, unprotected, patchy, grass flats for a Trout.

At launch time I made my way through the mangrove tunnels to an area that holds winter Snook. About a half hour into casting my topwater plug, I got a 21" linesider. Normally I would take that and move on to the next species but it was still very early so I kept on fishing the calm waterway. At 8:00am a large wake came up behind my lure and the water exploded! This beautiful 30.5" Snook made my drag scream as the fish jumped completely out of the water 4 times with gill rattling, leader sawing force. I was shaking with excitement when I was able to reel the fish to my kayak.

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After a quick measurement and a couple of pics, she was revived and released. I then began my trek to the draining flats of Tampa Bay. My plan to fish the protected flats went out the window because the tide was too low. I had to drag my kayak a few times to get into deeper water. When I did reach fishable water the wind had the bay and me rockin'!
I was still throwing that red and white "Chuggin' Spook Jr. into the whitecaps when I saw a decent Redfish follow it all the way to the kayak before spooking. Knowing that the fish were here, I stopped and got out of my kayak to fish the area without bobbing around. Tethered to my kayak in a couple of feet of water, I made another cast into the chop. Almost immediately my lure was inhaled and there was a lot splashing going on. I was pleasantly surprised with the familiar head shakes and drag pulls of a nice Trout so I loosened my drag to avoid pulling the hooks.

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Now I'm really starting to get excited with 2/3 of my goal. I stayed right where I was and kept casting the plug but wasn't getting any attention. I had another rod rigged with a white jerk shad on a weedless jighead which I decided to throw to try and entice a Red. With the wind at my back, I made a long cast across the flat and a few twitches later it was fish on! At just after 10:00 in the morning this 24.5" Redfish rounded out a 78" slam.

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I was off the water by 11:00. I went home, cleaned my kayak and gear, showered, ate, took a nap and went to the "weigh-in" at 2:00pm. Got to love it when a plan comes together!




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2015 HCKAC SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

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Event 1 ► March 21 ● Upper Tampa Bay, Dunedin, & North
Event 2 ► April 11 ● South Shore & Downtown
Event 3 ► May 30 ● Fort Desoto & Bay Pines
Event #4 ► September 5 ● South Of The Skyway
Event #5 ► October 3 ● Weedon Island Area
Event #6 ► November 14 ● Any Event Area




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Series Championship Stats
Total Anglers - 38
Anglers that caught fish - 38 (100%)
Total fish - 296 of a possible 684 (43%)
Total Snook - 106 of a possible 228 (47%)
Total Reds - 81 of a possible 228 (36%)
Total Trout - 109 of a possible 228 (48%)
Total Slams - 37 of a possible 228 (16%)
Anglers with a slam - 22 (58%)
Anglers with 6 slams - NONE
Anglers with 5 slams - NONE
Anglers with 4 slams - NONE
Anglers with 3 slams - 2 (5%)
Anglers with 2 slams - 11 (29%)
Anglers with 1 slam - 9 (24%)
Anglers without a slam - 16 (42%)
Slams over 80 inches - 2 (5%)
Slams 70 to 79.9 inches - 2 (5%)
Slams 60 to 69.9 inches - 16 (43%)
Slams 50 to 59.9 inches - 15 (41%)
Slams 40 to 49.9 inches - 2 (5%)
Slams 0 to 39.9 inches - NONE
Average slam size - 61.5 inches
Largest slam - 82.9 inches
Smallest slam - 48.25 inches




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13FISHING SNOOK Stats
Total Anglers - 38
Anglers that caught Snook - 33 (87%)
Total Snook - 106 of a possible 228 (47%)
Anglers with 6 Snook - 1 (3%)
Anglers with 5 Snook - 7 (18%)
Anglers with 4 Snook - 9 (24%)
Anglers with 3 Snook - 5 (13%)
Anglers with 2 Snook - 3 (8%)
Anglers with 1 Snook - 8 (21%)
Anglers without a Snook - 5 (13%)
Largest Snook - 37.5 inches




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13FISHING RED Stats
Total Anglers - 38
Anglers that caught a Red - 32 (84%)
Total Reds - 81 of a possible 228 (36%)
Anglers with 6 Reds - NONE
Anglers with 5 Reds - 2 (5%)
Anglers with 4 Reds - 7 (18%)
Anglers with 3 Reds - 5 (13%)
Anglers with 2 Reds - 10 (26%)
Anglers with 1 Red - 8 (21%)
Anglers without a Red - 6 (16%)
Largest Red - 30.8 inches




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13FISHING TROUT Stats
Total Anglers - 38
Anglers that caught Trout - 37 (97%)
Total Trout - 109 of a possible 228 (48%)
Anglers with 6 Trout - 1 (3%)
Anglers with 5 Trout - 7 (18%)
Anglers with 4 Trout - 5 (13%)
Anglers with 3 Trout - 9 (24%)
Anglers with 2 Trout - 6 (16%)
Anglers with 1 Trout - 9 (24%)
Anglers without a Trout - 1 (3%)
Largest Trout - 24.75 inches




Russ "LimeCider", Dan "TexasDan" and myself (Steve) "Tide1on" we each would like to say "Thank You" to everyone who came out this year and participated in the 2015 HCKAC Series Championship because it's you the angler who make this all possible!

Also, a huge "THANK YOU" goes out to all our sponsors for their generosity this year and past years, we greatly appreciate everything each of you all do for the HardCore Kayak Anglers Club and our sport of fishing!

Lastly, we're looking forward to seeing all of you again next year and if you're new to the HardCore Club or maybe you're a long time member who has never fished the Tournament Series & Series Championship. Either way we welcome each of you to come out and join us next year.

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HCKAC TOURNAMENT SERIES EVENT #6
November 14th - Any Event Area


FIRST PLACE $310
"LimeCider" - Russ Caipen
78.0 Total Inches

Snook 30.5" ● Redfish 24.5" ● Trout 23.0"

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SECOND PLACE $186
"redfish" - Jesse Wright
68.0 Total Inches

Snook 23.5" ● Redfish 29.0" ● Trout 15.5"

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THIRD PLACE $124
"TexasDan" - Daniel Currey
67.6 Total Inches

Snook 21.7" ● Redfish 29.4" ● Trout 16.5"

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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$10.00 St. Pete SandBar & Grill Gift Certificate
"Shark Bait" - Joseph Holler

35.25 inches

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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$10.00 St. Pete SandBar & Grill Gift Certificate
"Tide1on" - Steve Burke

29.9 inches

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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$10.00 St. Pete SandBar & Grill Gift Certificate
"CampDC" - Daniel Campana

24.75 inches

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"CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE EVENT 6 WINNERS"



Todays Stats...
Anglers that signed-up: 31
Tokens submitted for review 30 (SUP Raffle* 24 YTD: 167)
Anglers that caught fish: 28
Total fish checked-in: 63 (YTD: 328)
Slams checked-in: 13 (YTD: 42)
Snook checked-in: 26 (YTD: 117)
Reds checked-in: 18 (YTD: 90)
Trout checked-in: 19 (YTD: 121)
Payouts & Gift Certificates: $650 (YTD: $4,515)
Anglers that fished all 6 events: 20
Disqualified Fish: 2 (YTD: 15)
* To have been eligible for SUP raffle you must have been in the "Series Championship" and Present to Win


Event 6 Results
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Series Championship Anglers = Black Font


Thanks to everyone who came out today and fought the winds once again!
One of many reasons we're HardCore!



"THANKS" to all the staff at...
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for the weigh-in location, the three $10 Gift Certificates along with the great service & food!!!

They're located at...
10056 Gandy Blvd N, St Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 576-4929

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Look for the dates for your "2016 Tournament Series & Series Championship" to be posted very soon!

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Big Snook!

Rick Taylor


Big Snook are in their winter haunts!!

 
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Caught this one today calling  it 40" it was with a tail pinch. Caught this big girl two weeks ago

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 Both hit a 5" jerk bait on my 5.5ft rod you need a smaller rod so the cast are precise and where you want them. I use vanish floro 25lb seems to hold up pretty good along with 15lb braid these big fish get tired after 3 runs but they are intense. Good luck Tight lines and have some fun.





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