Kauai Class Kayak and Canoe Fishing Tournament Trip Report
Here on Kauai summer is in full swing, the mantra lucky we live Hawaii resonates with us everyday we wake up to the trade wind breezes and greet the sunrise over the vast Pacific Ocean. We live in a waterman’s paradise. This August we “the Seasoljahs”, a dedicated group of ocean users committed to sustainable and ethical ocean recreation and harvest. Held our annual sustainable fishing tournament inviting paddlers and peddlers of all types of human powered vessels to participate in this community event which was held as a fundraiser for a little girl left behind after a devastating tragedy left her an orphan.
Entry’s were coming in from outrigger canoe paddlers, kayakers, hardcore kayak fisherman, shoreline fishermen on borrowed kayaks to women and kids! With five prize divisions, awards in three places, and two bonus divisions everyone had a chance to take home some great prizes, and everyone went home with a raffle prize! We were very humbled by the many local, and international sponsors and 50+ participants, some even shipping kayaks from off island.
The weekend was upon us as final tournament preparations were under way. We gathered up our gear and headed out to camp at one of our favorite beaches. The setting moon, shooting stars, and sound of the waves made for a great night sleep. Until about 4:00 am when we started prepping our boats for launch. On the water at first light is one of the best feelings,just you and the vast ocean with the expectation to be ready for the unexpected as anything can happen in the middle of the pacific. Word was coming over the radio that some impressive fish were coming up including two Ono by the legendary unkle Bobby on a monofilament leader and a wall mart lure! More ono’s were coming up along with a mixed bag of uku, tunas, and jacks. Word of a big Ono maybe the tournament winner getting taken by sharks at the kayak and a double tuna hookup with both getting hit by sharks was just a few of the many trials and tribulations along the way.
At the weigh in, it was like Christmas in August with good food, big fish great prizes, stories,and onlookers. Prizes were awarded to 15 anglers and good times and tight lines were had by all. Aloha
First time kayaking with a friend who has her own kayak and was very helpful.
Very easy to learn and the employees in the group were eager to help and share information.
I found the pace a bit fast and wished I'd had more time to float and listen and view nature. When we reached the turn around point I was given some plant tips by a gentleman who kayaks with his cute dog (sorry I do not recall his name).
As we made our way back I stopped to take pictures of a few bits of fall color. As the weather had been warm, there was very little of the vibrant colors I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the trip and everyone was so helpful. Especially the employee who I had to ask to get me out of the vest because my hands were jelly, just like my legs. Thanks for being so understanding with this newbie!
Going forward, I will rent on my own so I can take my time, listen and look at nature and wildlife at my own pace.
Dan once again has great employees which shows he cares about kayaking and involving people who never have tried it before. The guided tour was great and Taylor did a great job.
It was a bit tough for me not having paddled in years. But, we made it and it was pretty! Bottled water at the halfway point was a must! And a snack!
Definantly doing this again next year!!!! All ten of us had a blast. Well just make sure that we do it when the weather is warmer next time instead of in October....lol
I dont think that you could ever get tired of enjoying the moon shining on the riveras your cruzin thru.
Absolutely loved it!!!