This past weekend I was able to get out after a long week of honey do's and participate in my first Capital City Kayak Fishing tournament. I hadn't really planned on fishing any of these this year due to scheduling conflicts and other commitments, but I had to make an exception for this one. This tournament was originally supposed to be held and Lake Ray Roberts, but due to another tournament, CCKF had to move it to Purtis Creek State Park.
This was a no brainer for me. I love Purtis Creek, even though it can be tough fishing. My plan was to spend Friday with the family and then head out to the park around 9-ish and camp out with the guys. When I got to the park there was hardly any parking because so many friends showed up the night before to hang out and shoot the bull. Don't get me wrong, I love kayak fishing and especially when a little competition is involved, but Friday night was probably my favorite part of the weekend. Beau Reed aka Papa Chops, knows how to put together a friendly and inviting gathering that welcomes all who show up. In my mind Friday night embodies what kayak fishing is all about, and why so many people are attracted the sport.
After attending this weekend, I regret skipping out on the first two tournaments of the year. I will definitely be making more of an effort to attend the CCKF tournaments from here on out. If all the weekends are this fun and full of laughs, and all around good time, its worth the entry fee just to be apart of a great group of guys. I got even more pumped about fishing these tournaments when Beau Reed explained what CCKF has in store for next year and future goals for this tournament series.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the many SPONSORS that allow weekends like this one to be possible. Thank you Mariner Sails of Dallas, Grande Bass lures, Smith Optics, Hook 1, Lone Star Beer, and the many others. These guys have helped provide a platform for growth for our sport and we are grateful. Any first timers out there that are considering jumping into one of these tournaments, I urge you to take part in a great time. Sometimes, big prize tournaments like these can be intimidating and overwhelming for less experienced anglers, but I can now speak from experience that the fishing might be very competitive but the atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. See you at the next one!