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A look at what’s up for grab in The Fisherman Magazine’s inaugural 2020 Coastal Kayak Clash.
By Toby Lapinski

The Fisherman Magazine has launched a brand-new kayak fishing tournament in 2020, the Coastal Kayak Clash. You can find all the details and rules right now at thefisherman.com. Once there, be sure to register by entering your name and email in the provided link. There is no additional fee to participate, you’re already eligible so long as you are a subscriber of The Fisherman!

Now for the truly exciting stuff, a look at what you’ll be competing for as part of The Fisherman’s inaugural Coastal Kayak Clash in 2020.

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. (Old Town AutoPilot 136 MSRP: $3,999.99; Yak Lights FL-TROLL Lighting Kit ARV: $349.99)

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. (Malone Auto Raks MPG126 Striper-4 Rod Carrier : $219.95; Malone Auto Racks MPG521 WideTrak ATB Large Kayak/Canoe Cart (ARV: $139.95). Total ARV of Second Place Prize: $1,988.90 )

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. (ARV: $1,499.99);

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. (PENN Clash II Spinning reel CLAII4000HS (ARV: $219.85); Fenwick HMG Inshore Spinning Rod HMGINSG70M-FS (ARV: $99.95); Total ARV: $319.80 )

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.