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2017 9th Annual YakAttack Tournament

Discussion in 'YakAttack Supported Events' started by yakattack, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    List of Participants:

    Tina Shank
    Jim Shank
    Darren Powell
    Eric Schrock
    Matthew Campbell
    Brian Vincent
    Jason A. Demott
    Arnold Morton
    Chase Tanner
    Richard Jones
    Bryan Herndon
    Terry Miller
    John Kuykendall
    Joseph Robbins
    Jacob Marks
    Casey Reed
    Ryan Johnson
    Michael Johnson
    Francis (Andy) Andrews
    Wayne Tu
    Dave Pennington
    Mike Young
    John Young
    Kris Lozier
    Mark Lozier
    Amy Angelopoulos
    Gus Angelopoulos
    Blake Chitwood
    Buddy Powell
    Bryant Franklin
    Daniel Dougherty
    Amy Gillespie
    Robert Sowder
    Jo Nelson
    Evan Shearer
    Tyler Meighan
    Ralph Hodges
    James Dennison
    Glenda Dennison
    Jeff Gregory
    Carolyn Allman
    Jeffery Lockhart
    Gregory Timmer
    Chris Poe
    Jonathon Pingilley
    Derek Shackleferd
    Donald Dehm
    Bill Sikora
    Damian Spradlin
    Charles Wrenn
    Chris Maher
    Brian Anderson
    Mitchell Goff
    James Minor
    Stephan Marshall
    Charles Cornwall
    Danny DeBoard
    Craig Strawser
    Daniel Hart
    Heath Slaughter
    Joe Underwood
    Patrick Harrington
    Doug Gibson
    Nicholas Brown
    Rob Choi
    Mario Ceja
    Matthew Stehle
    Andrew Bouloutian
    Robert Kretsch
    Matthew Bryant
    Albert Sklarski
    Frank James
    Cindy James
    Dean Broga
    Fred Hicks
    Steve Truslow
    Mark Savidge
    Rebecca Savidge (minor)
    Mark Sowers
    Dustin Theobald
    Scott Russell
    Charles Daugherty
    Wesley Smallwood
    Jason Splain
    Dustin Good
    Don Winter
    Joshua Dolin
    Jon Sprankle
    Patrick Sprankle
    Cliff Alcorn Jr.
    Joseph O'Campo
    Matthew Chapman
    Jamie Denison
    Sean taylor
    Evan Post
    William Smart
    Seth Humphreys
    Ryan Taylor
    Dennis Newman
    Jeffery Ross
    Wayne Bradby
    Clee Oliver
    Copeland Still
    Troy Meyerhoeffer
    Mark Burroughs
    Grant Alvis
    Michael Beck
    Dennis Robinson
    Bob Deml
    Marjorie Moore
    Corey Ruth
    Ron Champion
    Jeremiah Dee
    Johanna Dibley
    David Keithley
    Gerald Fulcher Jr.
    Keegan Frawley
    Russell Johnson
    Bob Patterson
    Brian Weber
    Steve Vehorn
    Thomas Michael
    Michael Murphy
    Jonathan Bower
    Jared Laubach
    Michael Schmidt
    Andrew Schmidt
    Zachary Schmidt
    Tyler Troxel
    Aaron Miller
    Brandon Chamberlain
    Ryan White
    Frank Vito
    Timothy Dixon
    Alberto Tabian
    Brian Wright
    Cameron Gatlin
    Ross Mcvey
    Travis Hipes
    Chuck Chambers
    Matthew Trucks
    Kevin Spradlin
    Robert Winebarger III
    Max Moran
    Doug Moran
    Brandon Wagman
    David Trang
    Danny Meador
    Victor Sorensen
    Paul Dow
    John Oast
    Kenneth Long
    Andy Ray
    Jeffery Dail
    Billy Souders
    Landon Rogers
    Wayne Mills
    Tracy Christopher Jr.
    Jason Ross
    Maxwell DeRussy
    James Covias
    Andy Ibarra
    Steven Borelli
    Brian Whiting
    Marc Borelli
    Shayne Martin
    Adam Andrews
    Tom Philippi
    Jonathon Owen (1)
    Aaron Dryden
    Stewart Venable
    Jessica Venable
    Noriel Castro
    Cory Dreyer
    Ray Baker
    Dave Thompson
    Jonathon Owen (2)
    Luke Dubois
    Carter Clevinger
    David Mitchell
    Jacob Midkiff
    Ray Smart
    Terry Midkiff
    Tom Brown
    Frank Patla
    Matthew Randolph
    Forest Short
    Donald Fields
    Thomas Hipple
    Cory Long
    Rick Zeidman
    Chuck Baird
    Buddy Baird

    It's that time of year again! The 9th Annual YakAttack Kayak Fishing Tournament is only months away. The 2017 YakAttack Benefit Tournament will take place May 19-20 and will be headquartered at the conference center at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay, Virginia, same location as previous years. Free tent camping will be available located within walking distance of the tournament headquarters and meals are provided both Friday night after the captain's meeting and Saturday night.

    At the 2016 event we had 183 anglers participate in the tournament. That weekend, we had several inches of rain and a cold front move in, but good fish were caught and we had an awesome time hanging out with old friends and making new ones.

    The Annual YakAttack Kayak Fishing Tournament will be benefiting Heroes On The Water and Project Healing Waters. Last year we raised $18,447 for Heroes On The Water, $2,500 for Project Healing Waters, and $1,040 for YakAttack Team member Rob Alderman. Our event is very different than most and many attendees will say it is their favorite tournament of the year. The food might have something to do with that. We provide dinner for both Friday and Saturday evening and usually consist of ribeye steaks, smoked ribs, brisket, and all the home cooked sides dishes and desserts you could ever want. What makes our tournament different is the prizes are not awarded for the fishing results and participants are only fishing for bragging rights and a trophy. All prizes donated from sponsors are given away by way of a raffle. The focus of the YakAttack Tournament is all about having fun, great food, and raising money for the benefiting organizations.

    Here is a brief description about the benefiting organizations.

    Heroes On The Water - Founded in 2007, Heroes On The Water has remained committed to helping our nation's veterans from all branches of the United States military with their unique kayak fishing program. The program aims to distress and allow veterans to unwind using the therapeutic properties of kayak fishing. Heroes On The Water provides basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics, and paddling classes for participants of all skill sets.

    Project Healing Waters - Since it's conception in 2005, Project Healing Waters has grown into a nationwide program, with programs in Department Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veteran Affairs Medical Centers and clinics, serving wounded military war veterans. Project Healing Water provides basic fly fishing and casting, fly tying, and rod building classes for all skill levels.

    Registration for the 2017 YakAttack Benefit Tournament is now open! This year entries are set at a maximum of 185 participants. Details on how to enter, location, schedule of events, and rules of the tournament are listed below.

    When - May 19 - 20, 2017

    Where - Cedar Crest Conference Center at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay, Virginia

    Address: 22 Cedar Crest Rd, Green Bay, VA 23942

    Benefiting - Heroes on the Water and Project Healing Waters

    How To Enter

    At this point we are closing registration. Last year it took around 3 weeks to sell out and we never expected this year's event to sell out so quickly.

    For those traveling with family who are not participating in the tournament we will be offering meal tickets for $10 per meal per person.

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, May 19th

    3:00 PM - Begin check-in at the Cedar Crest Conference Center at Twin Lakes State Park

    7:00 PM -Captains Meeting and dinner hosted by YakAttack, menu TBD.

    Saturday, May 20th

    6:30 AM - Launch - All vessels MUST stay grounded until 6:30 AM

    2:00 PM - Photos, weigh-in begins

    4:00 PM - Weigh-in deadline (must be in line by 4 PM, no exceptions)

    5:00 PM - Awards

    6:00 PM - Dinner provided by YakAttack, menu TBD.

    Raffle drawings will be done throughout the evening. If you would like to participate please bring cash. Prizes range from kayaks, stand up paddle boards, coolers, fish finders, paddles, PFD's, and much more.

    General Information

    Competition and Prizes

    Competitors will compete for TROPHIES ONLY. All prizes including kayaks will be raffled. Raffle details will be explained at the captains meeting.


    There is limited camping available at Twin Lakes but the owner of a field on adjacent property has offered free camping on his property. There is plenty of room available in the field for everyone to have space. The field is suitable for tent camping only. Twin Lakes offers sites for campers or RVs.

    Details of campsites and cabins at Twin Lakes can be found on the Twin Lakes website: https://goo.gl/bkGbF5

    Other RV/camper options:

    Briery Creek Lake Getaway – Farmville, VA, Website - http://www.brierycreeklake.com/, (17.1 miles from tournament HQ but located next to Briery Creek)

    Local Hotels

    Quality Inn - Burkeville, VA, Website - https://goo.gl/cqBqlg, (5.7 miles from tournament HQ)

    Hampton Inn - Farmville, VA, Website - https://goo.gl/mTKiYf, (13.2 miles from tournament HQ)

    Tournament Rules

    • All activities associated with this event are intended and expected to be friendly and family oriented. Profane language, inappropriate behavior, any illegal substances, or excessive use of alcohol are prohibited. We want to encourage children and families to participate in our sport and our tournament. Please help us maintain an atmosphere which is appropriate for them.
    • The event is being held at a Twin Lakes State Park. We are attempting to obtain an ABC license for the dinners but I don’t know if we will be able to get one. Permissibility of any alcohol will be discussed at the captain’s meeting and anyone who does not abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave.

    Although we have lots of prizes and raffle items, the competition aspect of this event is secondary to the social and "giving" aspects, and the planning and execution of the event will reflect that. Entrants whose primary concern is competition and prizes may find this event inadequately planned and executed for their standards, and are encouraged to come to terms with this before participation. All participants are expected to accept the format, scoring, prize awarding, and judging as executed by the organizers and without dispute. Over the years we have made some technical mistakes, but have went above and beyond to provide a great atmosphere and a great time for everyone involved. Both of those should be expected to continue this year.

    Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to register and participate with a parent or guardian who also participates in the event. Minors must have the signature of his or her parent or legal guardian on the entry form as applicable to any state, commonwealth, county, or federal regulations or law. The obligation to know these rules falls upon the parent. A completed entry form and applicable entry fee must be received according to the dates defined above. All participants will be required to sign the waiver form at check-in during the captains meeting.

    **For the 2017 tournament, entry fees will not be transferable. February 15th will be the last day to request a refund. Contact us at 434-392-3233 or send an email to support@yakattack.us to request a refund.**


    CHECK-IN: All participants must be checked in before launching. See Schedule for check-in times and locations. No other check-in times or locations will be available.

    STARTING TIME: See Schedule for launch time. Launching before scheduled launch time will result in disqualification.

    WEIGH-IN: All entrants wishing to enter fish must return their pictures/camera to tournament headquarters according to the times in the Schedule. Participants must be in line by the listed times, without exception.

    SPORTSMANSHIP: All attendees are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. Please represent our sport and tournament well.

    PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught live via hook and line. Only artificial baits may be used. Live or previously live baits are not permitted. Contestants must hook and land fish without assistance. Assistance with photos is permitted.

    Only human powered vessels such as kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle board are allowed. Vessels other than kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards must be approved. Electric or internal combustion motors are not generally permitted, but exceptions may be made for individuals with physical limitations. These will be handled on a case by case basis.

    TANDEMS/SHARING: It is permissible for more than 1 entrant to share the same watercraft. However each paddler must pay and compete as individuals. They must also have their own media card but may share a camera. Fish may NEVER be shared among entrants.

    Anywhere within a 50-mile radius of Twin Lakes State Park. Specific parameters will be discussed at the captains meeting. All participants must use public accessible launch areas on public waters. Fishing private waters or special permit waters will result in disqualification.

    SCORING: The tournament is a catch, photo, and release format. At the captains meeting each contestant will be issued an identifier, score sheet, and measuring device. Participants may use their own measuring devices provided they are approved by a tournament organizer and are available for inspection at the photo check-in. Participants must use their own digital cameras, and a card reader will be available to download pictures. For pictures with fish, the identifier must be clearly visible in every picture. If there is no identifier, then the picture is disqualified. Score sheets will be included in your captain’s bags and must be filled out completely and correctly. All photos become property of YakAttack. The first photo in memory must be of the angler on the morning of launch, with the identifier. The second photo will be the rigged boat at launch.

    There will be a two fish per category format this year. So you will be entering your two biggest black bass (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass), Crappie and Bluegill.

    The Slam Division – Consisting of 1 Bass, 1 Crappie and 1 Bluegill remains the same as last year.

    • Fish must be photographed in or on boat, (vessels should be distinguishable in photo) on an approved measuring device, and the identifier must be clearly distinguishable.
    • The photo must clearly show the length of the fish. Length is determined from the tip of the lower jaw (mouth closed) to the natural (un-pinched) tip of the tail. Length should be measured to the nearest quarter inch.
    • All species are worth 1-point per inch. Lengths and species identification will be verified and scored by a scoring committee. The scoring committee makes the call and the tournament director is the final authority.
    Awards: You will only be eligible for 1 award placement.

    • Example: Bob submits 2 largemouth bass 37” total, 2 crappie 23” total, 2 Bluegill 16” total. Bob placed first in both the Crappie and Bluegill. Bob will only be awarded First place trophy in 1 Division (his choice).
    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Participants may use digital cameras (including camera enabled phones) for photographing their catch. Entrants must bring the storage chip from their camera to check-in or bring the download cable for their camera so that pictures may be retrieved. Cameras may not be shared. Each angler must have their own digital camera/phone.

    In the event of inclement weather, a simple fishing outing to compete for the trophies will be scheduled. Meals and prizes will STILL TAKE PLACE at the Twin Lakes Conference Center on May 20. In this case, all paid entrants will have their raffle tickets entered on their behalf whether they are present or not. If an entrant is not present and wins a prize they will be notified by the organizers. Entrants who win prizes but are not present will be responsible for picking up their prizes at YakAttack LLC in Burkeville VA, or having them shipped at their own expense. Determination of which prizes will be drawn for and which will be available to win at the rescheduled event will be made by the tournament organizers and at their sole discretion.

    RELEASE OF LIABILITY: A waiver and release of liability statement is part of the entry form and will be signed during check-in. It is required of each contestant that they take responsibility for themselves while participating in any tournament activities.

    Rule interpretation will be left exclusively to the YakAttack Tournament Committee and Director. All decisions are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. The Committee will do its best to execute fairly and without errors. If errors are made, the Committee will determine how to handle the issue and that decision is final. Everyone participating in this event is expected to accept this before participating.

    LIABILITY WAIVER: Each contestant must understand and sign the liability waiver titled

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2017 at 3:06 PM
  2. kayakfish

    kayakfish New Member

    Jan 7, 2012
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    Central Virginia
    I am so ready for this event, I may need a partner if Jims not able to fish this year. But we are always in for this even if we can't fish it.
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  3. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    At this point we are closing registration. Last year it took around 3 weeks to sell out and we never expected this year's event to sell out so quickly. There are several checks that were mailed yesterday so we are waiting on those to arrive before doing the final count.
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  4. vakayakangler

    vakayakangler New Member

    Nov 5, 2012
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    Central VA - Close to lots of great fishing
    For those of you that didnt hear, I slipped and fell on our deck in mid Sept of last year, severely breaking my right femur. I was in the hospital for almost a month and haven't walked since. They put an eighteen inch steel plate in the upper leg, twenty plus screws, and five steel cable ties... I am going to pt twice a week and should walk again, sorta. Be back where I was in twelve to eighteen months after the initial fall. The doc doesn't want to rush things.

    If I cant get in the kayak, I will look forward to seeing old friends and as always, supporting a good cause.
    Can't wait...
  5. Yak Chum

    Yak Chum Administrator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2012
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  6. Yak Chum

    Yak Chum Administrator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2012
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    Heal up man. The feesh will still be there!
  7. kayakfish

    kayakfish New Member

    Jan 7, 2012
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    Central Virginia
    So let's see the list of folks already paid, I know my names on there with Jim, as I was the culprit that found the blog, sorry. Just so excited
  8. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    Sorry for the delay. The list of anglers has been posted.
  9. Yak Chum

    Yak Chum Administrator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2012
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    Where at?
  10. Yak Chum

    Yak Chum Administrator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2012
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    NVM im BLIND!
  11. vakayakangler

    vakayakangler New Member

    Nov 5, 2012
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    Central VA - Close to lots of great fishing
    Is it May yet? I walked twenty steps with the walker in PT this week, then repeated that performance. ;) The pain was huge... but I plan to fish this thang y'all. Might need a bit of help getting in and out of the yak, but I'll be able to throw the flyrod. LOL. :D

    Can't wait to see old friends, meet new ones, and see the yakattack gang... we consider them like family. Don't see enough of them these days... everyone is too busy. Ah... is it May yet?
  12. oubassman

    oubassman Member

    Mar 3, 2012
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    Can't wait to be back this year and see some old fishing g buddies and meet a few new ones. Although last time I was able to attend the crowd was smaller

    Just as excited for the food as the company and fishing! Can we just skip ahead a few months?!?
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  13. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

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    IMPORTANT NEWS: 2017 YakAttack Tournament OVERSOLD

    Thanks to an incredibly supportive kayak fishing community, the YakAttack Tournament sold out within hours this year. THANK YOU!!! This will be a record breaking year and we can’t wait to see everyone!

    We closed registration quickly, but by the time all of the mailed checks came in, the event was oversold. Because of this, we’ve had to make some changes. Some of these changes affect THIS YEAR’S event so please read carefully if you’re registered.

    In past YakAttack tournaments, anglers have been able to transfer their entry to another angler if they find themselves unable to attend. In other cases, anglers have been able to cancel their entry and receive a refund of their entry fee. For 2017 and beyond, the following will apply:

    1) Entries are no longer transferable. If you are not sure if you will be able to attend and would like a refund, read below.

    2) Mar 15th, 2017 is the last day anglers may cancel their entry and receive a refund. After Mar 15, there will be no refunds.

    3) For 2018 and beyond, no transfers or refunds will be allowed at all. This is only fair, as some anglers may reserve a spot knowing they can just get a refund if they decide not to come, and in doing so may deprive another angler from participating in the sold out event. To be clear, in 2018 and beyond, once you register you may not transfer your spot and you may not receive a refund.

    4) For 2018 and beyond, no checks will be accepted. The event sells out too quickly and we never know how many checks are en route so we don’t know when the roster is full.

    5) In past years, participants could bring a parent, spouse or child and just buy an extra meal ticket at the event. This year, guests attending with anglers will have to be pre-registered by March 15, 2017 in order to attend, and will be accepted on a case by case basis. We did plan on having some guests, so just contact us per the instructions below if you plan to bring your unregistered parent, spouse or child. If we’re out of room we will tell you, but there should be enough room based on the number of guests from previous years.

    6) Next year, there will be one entry fee for everyone over the age of 12, including guests, and everyone over the age of 12 will have to be on the registration roster in order to attend. We will raise the cap to accommodate the extra attendees, but this will give us an accurate headcount and will prevent guests from taking spots that kayak anglers would like to have.

    Exceptions will be made for sponsors and HOW / PHW staff, but we cannot host unregistered participants. We’ve heard from some people that would like to show up and hang out or maybe buy a meal ticket, but unfortunately we will not be able to allow that. We’re very sorry but there is simply not enough space.

    Contact us at 434-392-3233 or send an email to support@yakattack.us to request a refund. Thank you for your support!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2017
  14. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    We have an open cabin at Twin Lakes for the tournament if anyone is interested in renting it. Message us for details.
  15. ProShooter

    ProShooter New Member

    Mar 27, 2016
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    Is registration for the tournament still closed?
  16. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    Registration is still closed for this event. By the time we closed registration there were several check that were sent in so the event is overbooked this year.
  17. ProShooter

    ProShooter New Member

    Mar 27, 2016
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    Thank you.....Sorry I missed it.
  18. yakattack

    yakattack Owner Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2013
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    For anyone interested in trying out a different kayak for the tournament we will have the following kayaks available for you to use free of charge. This will give you the opportunity to try out a new kayak for a whole day of fishing compared to 5 minutes at a regular demo day. If you would like to reserve a kayak send an email to jhall@yakattack.us with the model you are requesting.

    Remaining Kayaks:
    Trident 11
    Trident 13
    Trident 15
    Loon 126 Angler
    Predator MX
    Prowler Big Game
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017 at 5:07 PM

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