PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — A Kayak fishing tournament series will be held in Mississippi this year.
The Mississippi Sweetwater Kayak Tournament series will start Feb. 7 on the Pascagoula River. Tournaments will be held each month until the series ends during the second weekend of November.
Mississippi Sweetwater Tournament Director Brad Case says Kayak fishing is a little different than regular fishing.
"Compared to bass boats, kayaks are a low-cost solution for getting out in the water and on top of some great fishing spots," Case said. "A big advantage to kayaks is that they let you access small ponds, rivers and backwater areas that bass boats can't get into. Before you launch, take some time to pick your fishing area because you will not be able to run and gun as a bass boat can to find the fish.
"I have had fishermen tell me that fishing from a kayak has made them better. The reason is, you have to really study your water, lures, structure and your time. And in doing that you have to make the fish bite for you. Once you find an area that you like, you will always be coming back to it. Many of the bass boat - fishing tactics work or can be adjusted to fish out of a kayak."
Case offered a few tips to Kayak Fishing.
"You only have a little room to carry a few baits and rod and reels," Case said. "Kayaks let you get right into the heart of cover. In The pads and weeds paddling will become more challenging than in open water. Once you get into the shallow stuff, a stealth approach is a must. Keep noise chatter to a minimum to avoid spooking fish. All of this works toward a shot at a trophy fish."
Here's this year's schedule:
— Feb. 7: Pascagoula River
— March 1 - 31: Statewide, public waters
— April 11: Calling Panther, Crystal Springs
— May 9: Reservoir Pelahatchie Bay
— June 13: Okatibbee Lake near Collinsville in Lauderdale County
— July 1-31: Statewide, public waters
— Aug. 8: Grenada Lake
— Sept. 12: Barnett Reservoir, Mississippi Highway 43 and above
— Oct. 10: Bay Springs Lake in Tishomingo County
— Nov. 7-8: Barnett Reservoir
Angler of the year will be your 10 best bass caught from the tournaments.
Entry fees are $25 with an additional $5 for biggest fish.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com
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