|The turnout for the Arkansas Kayak Anglers Christmas Classic|
Our group, The Arkansas Kayak Anglers, has tried social paddles and similar things to try and get people to come hang out with little success. By an overwhelming margin the kayak bass tournaments we organize draw the most people. The entry fees are relatively low, but the big payouts are not what we are after. Sure you can be as serious as you want to be, we even have an angler of the year race that is very competitive. But the vision behind the whole thing is to get anglers together and have a great time ... its working.
I am not from this area, yet I have too many good friends around here to list, all as a result of going to one kayak tournament and meeting a few people. There are countless stories of anglers that would have never met had it not been for the tournaments, and now they are regular fishing buddies. This happens at the larger events as well. I have made friends all over the country hanging out at national kayak fishing events like the Tournament Of Champions. At those events we are all after a big payday of course, but even if you walk away empty handed most people wouldn't trade the experience and new friendships they found for anything.
There are plenty of purists out there that want nothing to do with tournaments and that's ok, tournaments are not for everyone, but here in Arkansas the tournament scene is really taking off thanks to the hard work of some dedicated anglers. Through the tournaments we are building a community of kayak anglers throughout the state that we can be proud of. There will be friendships and memories made that will last a lifetime. So if you have not been to a kayak fishing tournament yet, I would urge you to get out there and find one near you. Win or lose, you won't leave disappointed.
Go to razoryak.com for a state wide tournament schedule