Angler Of The Year

© 2011 Chris Holmes

The BCKFC Angler of the Year (AOY) Program is designed to reward our club’s kayak anglers that can catch fish in a variety of conditions, seasons, areas, and formats. AOY consists of five tournaments that are spread across Louisiana and spread throughout the year. Each one is designed to test the angler’s skill in a unique set of circumstances. Angler of the Year is only awarded to members in good standing, but individual tournament participation from non-members is welcome and encouraged. These events tend to be smaller and informal, making them a great place for those that are new to the sport to meet some members and learn a new area. For more information, log into our events forum or check the event calendar for the next AOY tournament.

Minimalist Challenge

© 2011 Chris Holmes

Minimalist Challengeis the first Angler of the Year event and usually takes place in January.  This tournament is all about cold-weather fishing, south Louisiana style!  The catch is that all participants must use the same bag of lures provided by the tournament director (and our generous sponsors)… and nothing else.  The challenge starts well before dawn at Bason’s Marina in Galliano, LA with a shotgun start. Each angler tries to beat the pack to the speckled trout, redfish and flounder filled waters that lie just southwest of this favorite wintertime launch.  This event is unique in that it eliminates the overstuffed tackleboxes and the early-risers and puts everyone on the same playing field.  More information can be found here.

Redfish Rumble

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Redfish Rumbleis a redfish-only event that typically takes place in early June.  The venue is the endless marshes that line Louisiana’s Highway 23 corridor; from Myrtle Grove all the way down to Venice.  This Plaquemines Parish tournament challenges anglers to fool the heaviest stringer of five slot-sized redfish using only artificial lures.  This event is very accessible to beginners as many participants can catch their limit within sight of the highway.  More information on this tournament can be found here.

Trout Challenge

Trout Challenge can be a tough event, but the savvy anglers that stick it out are rewarded with hard-earned AOY points and the shot at the trout of a lifetime.  This July tournament is set at Calcasieu Lake (locally called “Big Lake”) in Southwest Louisiana, near the Texas border.  The Calcasieu Lake system is known as a trophy trout haven, and this event challenges anglers to bring in the heaviest stringer of five specks using only artificial bait.  Fishing the open waters of Big Lake by kayak can be a challenge all it’s own, but year after year the anglers of BCKFC manage to pull beautiful speckled trout from her waters.  More information can be found here.

PAC Attack

© 2011 Chris Holmes

Point Aux Chenes is the traditional name given to a beautiful section of coastal Louisiana.  Located in Terrebonne Parish, Point Aux Chenes (or PAC), is a maze of winding bayous, ponds and lakes that form the Northern end of one of Louisiana’s most bountiful estuaries.  In August, a setting practically made for kayak fishing awaits anglers seeking out the heaviest stringer of five slot redfish.  Participants are free to use any bait they choose, but choose carefully they must, as bringing in the heaviest stringer is easier said than done in this marsh brimming with big reds.  More information can be found here.

Where Y’at Throwdown

Q: “Where Y’at?”  A: “Down in St. Bernard chasing some specks & floundah!”  The Where Y’at Throwdown is the last Angler of the Year tournament of the series.  Launching in St. Bernard Parish, anglers must try to locate hungry speckled trout that are transitioning from their coastal summer habitat to their inland winter refuges.  This November event rewards the angler with the heaviest stringer of five speckled trout and one flounder.  This time of year can be tricky to fish and is a time when most anglers in Louisiana are putting away their fishing gear and gearing up for hunting season, but for those in the know, November in lower St. Bernard / East Plaquemines Parish can be the perfect setting for a trout and flounder throwdown.  More information can be found here.

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