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COASTAL KAYAK CLASH KICK-OFF!

The Fisherman Magazine’s inaugural Coastal Kayak Clash launches on May 1, 2020. Do you have what it takes to be crowned the champion?
By Toby Lapinski
COASTAL KAYAK CLASH KICK-OFF!
Be sure to subscribe to The Fisherman Magazine today, and register for the 2020 Coastal Kayak Clash!

As announced in the March 2020 issue of The Fisherman Magazine, as well as online that very same month, a brand-new subscriber-only, kayak fishing tournament is set to begin on May 1, 2020—the Coastal Kayak Clash! This season-long, kayak-only fishing tournament is open to all subscribers to The Fisherman Magazine in good standing, and will crown the best all-around inshore saltwater kayak angler in the Northeast. There is no additional fee required to participate, eligibility is included free as part of your subscription to The Fisherman! (Sign up today if you haven’t already done so.)

Fishing in the Coastal Kayak Clash begins on May 1 and concludes on November 31—spanning a full 214 days of fishing—let’s see what it’s all about.

First off, there is no requirement to harvest an eligible fish in order to participate in the Coastal Kayak Clash; although harvest is allowed if a participant chooses to do so as long as local regulations are adhered to, of course. Entry in the Coastal Kayak Clash is based on a photograph of the catch, with total length of the fish the criteria for leaderboard placement. You will need to register/sign up prior to participating in the tournament and entering any fish to ensure your acceptance of the rules. Once signed up you will need to check back on May 1 and download the special Coastal Kayak Clash tag as it must be present and fully visible in any and all photo submissions to ensure a valid entry.

So you’ve got a kayak, you subscribe to The Fisherman Magazine and you registered for the Coastal Kayak Clash, now what’s your target species of choice? Well, we’ve got you covered with eight divisions including nine of the most popular and sought-after inshore saltwater species for you to target throughout the season including weakfish, porgy/scup, fluke, sea robin, bluefish, black sea bass, blackfish/tautog and a combo ‘hardtail’ category which includes both false albacore and bonito.

The top three longest fish in each species category will be assigned points—3 points for the longest fish, 2 points for the second longest fish and 1 point for the third longest fish. Only a single position may be held in any species category by a given angler, but entries may be upgraded with longer fish by an angler throughout the duration of the tournament. Anglers accumulate points across the eight different species categories with the official leaderboard at the conclusion of the contest deciding the final standings and winners.

Ok, so what’s up for grabs in the 2020 Coastal Kayak Clash? Once again we’ve got you covered and then some with 19 different prize categories as follows.

1ST PLACE GRAND PRIZE
The angler who accumulates the greatest combined total score at the conclusion of the tournament will walk away with a brand new Old Town AutoPilot 136. The flagship of the all-new Sportsman Series, the AutoPilot includes a fully-integrated, GPS-enabled Minn Kota 45-pound thrust trolling motor which propels, maneuvers and “anchors” the kayak using Spot-Lock technology! Control the AutoPilot with a touch of your thumb using the iPilot remote, and take paddle-free kayaking to the next level. Additionally, the AutoPilot 136 features a 500-pound load capacity, integrated rod holders and accessory tracks, all-new XL rudder and much, much more. The Grand Prize AutoPilot 136 will also include an FL-Troll lighting kit from Yak Lights to ensure that you can see and be seen on that next kayak angling adventure.

2ND PLACE
The angler who accumulates the second-greatest combined total score at the conclusion of the tournament will win an awesome kayak trailer package from Malone Auto Racks. This awesome package includes an XtraLight LowMax trailer with two sets of bunks, a BeachHauler Soft Terrain Heavy Duty Boat Cart and a Striper-4 Rod carrier. This is the perfect package to not just transport your kayak and gear to the shore, but also get your kayak to the water before setting out for a day of fishing.

3RD PLACE
The angler who accumulates the third-greatest combined total score at the conclusion of the tournament will win an awesome new Humminbird HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G3N fishfinder featuring a 9-inch display, MEGA Side Imaging+, MEGA Down Imaging+ and Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar. Includes GPS mapping with built-in Bluetooth, Ethernet networking capabilities, AutoChart Live with depth, vegetation and bottom hardness mapping. Fish and navigate with confidence thanks to the guidance of Humminbird Basemap built into this unit.

LARGEST OF SPECIES
We don’t limit you to just one eligible fish in the Coastal Kayak Clash, we have eight divisions which includes nine of the most popular and sought-after inshore species for you to target throughout the season including weakfish, porgy/scup, fluke, sea robin, bluefish, black sea bass, blackfish/tautog and a combo ‘hardtail’ category which includes both false albacore and bonito. The entries with the longest length fish in each species will win a PENN Clash II Spinning reel and matching Fenwick HMG Inshore Spinning Rod.

FISH OF THE MONTH
The Coastal Kayak Clash spans 214 days of fishing potential, and each of the seven months has a designated species (with May kicking things off with two species) in which we award a special Fish of the Month prize. The entry with the longest fish of the month for the following fish species will win a $100 Gift Certificate to be redeemed at YakAttack.com respectively: May-Weakfish and Porgy/Scup; June-Fluke; July-Black Sea Bass; August-Sea Robin; September-Hardtails (false albacore and bonito); October-Bluefish and November-Blackfish.

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Grand Champion in the inaugural Fisherman Magazine Coastal Kayak Clash in 2020? Well now is the time to prove it so don’t delay. Make sure you subscribe today and register your account for the 2020 Coastal Kayak Clash.