Well it was a big year in terms of fishing - 2nd place in Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club's Angler of the Year Tournament Series. A mixture of events across the state, in various climates, and fisheries. I started out with a whimper as the "Minimalist Challenge" was postponed due to weather and all I could do was show up and weigh in my empty stringer on the new date. Then I posted a 2nd place finish in the "Redfish Rumble" where I caught my final and biggest fish on the paddle in. We made it to weigh in with 5 minutes to spare. Next came another second place finish at "PAC Attack" where once again my largest fish was caught on the return paddle - this time I had 15 minutes to spare. Then came the final tourney of the year this one a trout and flounder tourney in Hopedale, Louisiana a location I had never fished before. None the less, we paddled out and within an hour I had 6 fish in the boat with some "size". I threw 6 small keepers back and still finished the day with 16 solid fish. I had to weigh in Five, but no flounder I think I was right around 8.5 lbs. I must confess weigh in was depressing when cooler after cooler of really big trout and flounder showed up. I held out for 5th place.
Which gave me a 1pt advantage over the very capable Chris Holmes fishing writer for Lousiana Sportsman. I can't believe how close a finish it was, that tourney when I showed up and fished for 45 minutes was the difference maker. I have to admit it is hard for me to believe I came ahead of Chris - a real he-man fisherman!
Nemire has been a great sponsor throughout and the 1/4 oz black "red ripper" spoon (now forever known as the "black spoon of death") produced two second place finishes. Of course I want to give God the Glory because, for me to be competitive with Guys like Chris Holmes and my Fishing buddy Denis Soignier is more a matter of grace than skill - those guys are far out of my class. But I'll take the prize money and give a tenth of the winnings to the Lord and all the credit!