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Title: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 15, 2021, 02:45:42 PM
HOW TO SIGN UP

HOW TO DONATE
NEW: If you would like to participate but cannot afford the donation, please see this thread:
https://www.northwestkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=22912.0

We are using the same donation method this year that we used last year:

NO NEW RULES THIS YEAR
Same rules as 2019 and 2020.

GENERAL INFO
If you are interested in Angler of The Year but aren't sure what it's all about, check out previous years' threads and the AOTY home page:
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Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 15, 2021, 07:04:33 PM
Hey Captain Redbeard could you post the GOAT board again... I have a feeling Jed jumped up a couple spots.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Nobaddays on January 16, 2021, 06:23:01 AM
Hey Captain Redbeard could you post the GOAT board again... I have a feeling Jed jumped up a couple spots.

We do have a new GOAT leader also.  Nice job Jed.

http://www.aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/leader_board/goat
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: rustyski on January 16, 2021, 12:09:42 PM
I am trying to submit a catch and it is giving me an error that today's date is invalid. Anyone know what's up with that?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 17, 2021, 03:55:34 PM
goat board is all jacked up.  but I do think Jed is now number 1
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 19, 2021, 10:59:25 AM
Howdy, everyone. I see people are noticing the GOAT board issues. bsteves is going to look at it as he has time. IIRC from looking at it last year, the ranking is correct but the fish are wrong. Note that if you refresh the page the fish will change.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: workhard on January 19, 2021, 07:19:12 PM
Howdy, everyone. I see people are noticing the GOAT board issues. bsteves is going to look at it as he has time. IIRC from looking at it last year, the ranking is correct but the fish are wrong. Note that if you refresh the page the fish will change.

https://aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/config/database.yml

If your dev didn't save the application's db credentials in environmental variables I would be the leader right now. You guys have a massive security hole right now over https -> https://aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 20, 2021, 08:45:09 AM
You guys have a massive security hole right now over https -> https://aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/

It's really kind and mature of you to point that out publicly instead of letting us know so we could rectify the problem.

This system has been built and maintained by volunteer labor and has honestly outlived its original purpose. We can either all work together to keep it going as best we can, or we can not have AOTY. Those are the options.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: workhard on January 20, 2021, 09:52:07 AM
You guys have a massive security hole right now over https -> https://aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/

It's really kind and mature of you to point that out publicly instead of letting us know so we could rectify the problem.


You're welcome.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: bsteves on January 20, 2021, 10:32:36 AM
Thanks for the heads up.  I'd appreciate a PM next time you find something like that.   Posting it publicly is a pretty dick move on your part, but I guess you did get my attention.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: workhard on January 20, 2021, 11:02:23 AM
Thanks for the heads up.  I'd appreciate a PM next time you find something like that.   Posting it publicly is a pretty dick move on your part, but I guess you did get my attention.

Anytime. :).
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Noah on January 22, 2021, 11:50:55 AM
Seems like a appropriate time to bring back the asshat?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 22, 2021, 04:26:26 PM
ummm so anyways... AOTY2021!!!!! lets get some!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 08, 2021, 07:53:21 AM
AOTY 2021
My goal is to come up with more and better prizes than last year. Please sign up early and let's get this party started! I guess it is already started, but barely. Only 5 fish on the board.
I have confirmed with Nomad's Fishing Adventures, that he will again be donating a seat on one of his guided fishing trips!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 08, 2021, 08:15:11 AM
I was able to meet up with Drifter this weekend for a few minutes and get my prize box - man there's a lot of stuff in there! THANK YOU for the awesome prizes in 2020, in spite of everything that was going on.

Mrs. Redbeard already stole the hoodie and t-shirt  ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Larry_MayII_HR on March 08, 2021, 08:16:38 AM
*HOW donation complete*   wOOt!!!!  Excited for 2021.  I had a good plan last year for what fish to target and when, but life happens and I didn't quite take advantage of the trips I had to put AOTY-eligible fish on the board.  I hope to catch more 'keepers' this year, and also end my salmon drought ASAP.

Thanks for organizing this, guys.  What a great tournament, for a great cause.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 08, 2021, 06:26:50 PM
I got confirmation from Buzz Bomb, Yak Attack, and Skwoosh today that they will be sponsoring again.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Noah on March 09, 2021, 10:38:47 AM
I got confirmation from Buzz Bomb, Yak Attack, and Skwoosh today that they will be sponsoring again.
Awesome! Thanks for all the hard work!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 10, 2021, 08:26:58 AM
I got confirmation from Buzz Bomb, Yak Attack, and Skwoosh today that they will be sponsoring again.

That's awesome! Great work setting us up for 2021!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on March 10, 2021, 01:11:31 PM
Excellent work!  Now to find some zzingers.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 16, 2021, 10:04:46 PM
The prizes have been coming in! I have the $500 gift certificate from Next Adventure! Nomads Fishing is again giving us a seat on one of his guided trips! I have got a trip with Mike Ferris Fishing Adventures (mostly drift boat trips). I received boxes of prizes from Skwoosh, Z-Man baits, Eco Fishing products. There are prizes in route from Pro-Cure, Pro-Troll, Yak Attack and more!
I am working hard to get more and better prizes across the board! The sun is shining, Springers are starting to show up, I caught 2 largemouth bass last weekend! Let's get more people signed up! Please?!?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: C_Run on March 18, 2021, 01:33:43 PM
Hey! I just got a real generous bag of gear in the mail for last year's AOTY. Thanks guys and sponsors. Better get some more folks signed up soon.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 29, 2021, 05:05:36 PM
The link to donate to HOW in the top post was not working. It's fixed now.

Tight lines!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 30, 2021, 07:48:45 AM
I picked up a new sponsor, and our 1st fly fishing dedicated sponsor! Sawtooth Fishing Co. https://sawtoothfishingco.com/

They are out of Idaho and will be helping me to get more people interested, or back into contention for kayak fly fishing!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 30, 2021, 08:40:33 AM
Great to hear about the fly-fishing sponsor. We've had a few in years past but it would be great to get more people involved. I am enjoying fly fishing more from the kayak each year, although sometimes it's hard for me to set down the gear once I'm out there. I'd like to do more on the SUP, since it's a good platform for that.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on March 31, 2021, 03:36:15 AM
I picked up a new sponsor, and our 1st fly fishing dedicated sponsor! Sawtooth Fishing Co. https://sawtoothfishingco.com/

They are out of Idaho and will be helping me to get more people interested, or back into contention for kayak fly fishing!

It is good news.  Good job, Drifter!

(Cap'n, if you need lessons in casting flies while seated, let me know.  I don't always stand up when bank-fishing since Scott taught me the technique. ;D)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 02, 2021, 05:19:36 PM
Another Fly fishing sponsor for AOTY! The Caddis Fly Fishing shop in Eugene is donating two fly rods to AOTY!

Thank you Tinker for the assist!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on April 03, 2021, 04:33:58 AM
It was all on you, Drifter.  I just loaned you my name for a day.  I'm impressed by this donation.  This is getting good!

Now lets find someone who'll donate a couple of fly reels.  :laugh:

Oh, and I reckon I gotta sign up for AOTY again.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 05, 2021, 08:07:45 AM
(Cap'n, if you need lessons in casting flies while seated, let me know.  I don't always stand up when bank-fishing since Scott taught me the technique. ;D)

I have the dubious advantage of not knowing how to cast properly in the first place, so casting while seated hasn't seemed particularly more difficult to me. I can usually get the fly where I want it (eventually) I just haven't been catching. Also, I need to put more time in. It's too hard [edit:] not to switch back to hardware when I know the fish are there.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on April 08, 2021, 08:27:58 AM
I have the dubious advantage of not knowing how to cast properly in the first place, so casting while seated hasn't seemed particularly more difficult to me. I can usually get the fly where I want it (eventually) I just haven't been catching. Also, I need to put more time in. It's too hard [edit:] not to switch back to hardware when I know the fish are there.

I've worked very hard at not learning how to cast.  Just ask any tree.

I understand about switching back to conventional gear.  There have been days when the fish were there and intent on ignoring everyting I offered. I always swear I'll bring a spinning rod with me the next time I go, but I haven't.  Not yet.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 12, 2021, 01:33:13 PM
I picked up a new sponsor today! Pitbull tackle! Check out their BORA Jig, it looks to be a ling and halibut killer!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 12, 2021, 10:12:09 PM
I received a big box of swimbaits from Big Hammer jigs today! I also picked up the two fly rods from The Caddis Fly in Eugene.

If you get a chance to say Thank you to all of our sponsors, please do!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 13, 2021, 11:00:47 AM
Thanks for your continued work on this, Drifter! Glad to see so many great sponsors coming on board.

I know a lot of you have tried Big Hammer swimbaits already, but I see a lot of new people on the board, so I'd like to take a minute to shout out to Big Hammer for supporting us through the years and give a tip to folks new to the salt: Lots of plastics will work well for our nearshore saltwater species, but I always have Big Hammer swimbaits with me. I rig them ahead of time on 2-4 oz. triangle ("shad") jig heads and a little super glue to hold them on. The tail action means you don't have to do anything - I catch most of my fish on those while dead-sticking, drifting, or slow-trolling (controlled drift) with no rod action. I've caught my best rockfish and some of my best lingcod on them.

If I could only take 2 baits out with me on the salt I would take Big Hammers and Lancer Jigs.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 20, 2021, 02:58:26 PM
I had a 4-species weekend... well, I'm counting Monday as part of my weekend. I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like, so it was great to get some time on the water and find some success.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on April 21, 2021, 06:04:24 AM
I had a 4-species weekend... well, I'm counting Monday as part of my weekend. I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like, so it was great to get some time on the water and find some success.
Nice work Capt, all solid fish. I hope to get out in the Salt soon, you guys are killing me with the pix and reports.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 21, 2021, 11:06:23 AM
I had a 4-species weekend... well, I'm counting Monday as part of my weekend. I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like, so it was great to get some time on the water and find some success.
Nice work Capt, all solid fish. I hope to get out in the Salt soon, you guys are killing me with the pix and reports.

Thanks! Grass is always greener... your crappie, catfish, and largemouth drive me crazy!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 22, 2021, 07:42:20 PM
New sponsor! Lady J's Jigs. Custom crappie jigs!
www.ladyjsjigs.com
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 23, 2021, 12:02:18 PM
After a significant delay in transit, the package from Pro-Troll arrived today! Two dozen E- chip flashers, and 12 E-Lures.Thank you Anthony on the assist in getting the package delivered.

Hopefully we get more people entered into AOTY!

Come on folks, all it takes is a donation to HOW!

You don't even need to enter a fish and you will get a prize package at the end of the year. Size does matter, so the size of prize package depends on your ranking in AOTY.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on April 23, 2021, 03:33:20 PM
NICE!

And I like the Lady J's Jigs' prizes and their story.  Good work, Drifter!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: [WR] on April 23, 2021, 05:34:57 PM
New sponsor! Lady J's Jigs. Custom crappie jigs!
www.ladyjsjigs.com

Wow, looks like she's going gangbusters ..practically everything is sold out.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 23, 2021, 09:25:44 PM
True, she is hoping to get a bunch made this weekend. I placed an order last week and she had most of her items.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 25, 2021, 05:55:33 PM
Check out the GENEROUS donation from Pitbull Tackle!
Some really nice high quality jigs!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 25, 2021, 06:00:57 PM
Please look them up and show some love for the donation! More pictures: I hope I finish in a high enough place to get one of these Bora Jigs! They look great!
https://pitbulltackle.com/
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 27, 2021, 08:42:44 AM
Great sponsors, Drifter - keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on April 27, 2021, 04:04:03 PM
Drifter2007 you have my undying gratitude for the hard work, perseverance, and dedication to your "assignment" in helping with AOTY. And still find time to wet a line and climb the leader board ladder.

HOW will get another donation and AOTY will get another competitor, thanks to Donald and Joe whose donations to me went almost entirely to my 2nd Amendment Rights with new gun purchases but I reserved enough for HOW too. Support the troops!

I'm already plotting new Waypoints for underwater reefs and pinnacles that, from scuba diver videos, show to be loaded with Rockfish, Greenling and Lingcod. The new Fly Fishing Sponsors you mentioned have invoked my intention to work those pinnacles from the Hobie with my AMA outriggers for stand-up fly casting. Charter boats use to offer rockfish fly fishing trips years ago up here. So I know it can be done.

The Hooligan (smelt) and herring are beginning to migrate up Cook Inlet on their spawning run which pulls huge barndoor halibut into 20-40 feet of water and I'm intent on breaking that century mark from a kayak before I die. 92 lbs was a close call but no cigar. LOL

So again, my hope is to be a competitor this year and not just a participant. The ALASKA Forum Board is DEAD! No posts since July 2020. OMG! Rudy where are you? HA. Well hopefully I'll be posting some entries in the forums to stimulate the Alaskan contingent to get out there on the water. (Got sidetracked on a major repair job at the homestead last year.)

I'm really impressed with the 'prize list' from all the sponsors you have conjured up and continue to enlist more all the time. THANKS.  You deserve an award for all your effort.

Fish on....soon~!  We are still in breakup with ice still on the lakes. But saltwater is available.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 27, 2021, 07:30:39 PM
Awesome! Go get em! I have contacted a number of places up in Alaska looking for sponsors, with no luck. So if you know any shop owners or managers, just let me know. I have tried to get a guided trip in Alaska donated with no luck.....YET!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 28, 2021, 11:03:17 AM
Glad to have the Alaska contingent represented! Hopefully we can stir up more interest up there. Seems like short seasons but BIIIIG fish!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 29, 2021, 08:02:27 PM
Picked up another new sponsor today! Oregon Paddle Sports in Eugene has come on board! This is where I bought my wetsuit a few years back. Check them out online, or stop in at the store.
www.oregonpaddlesports.com
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 05, 2021, 08:44:44 PM
More prizes! Received 2 rods from BNM Fishing today!
WWW.BNMpoles.com
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on May 05, 2021, 10:03:36 PM
More prizes! Received 2 rods from BNM Fishing today!
WWW.BNMpoles.com

They seem to specialize in crappie poles - is that what they are? Sounds fun!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 06, 2021, 11:44:33 AM
Well, no. Catfish rods. I will post a pic and description later.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on May 06, 2021, 12:35:32 PM
Well, no. Catfish rods. I will post a pic and description later.

Well, that sounds fun, too!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 06, 2021, 10:14:17 PM
Here are the 2 rods we received. The Salt 75S is a pretty sweet one piece spinning rod. The other is a Mag 70 SN. Similar to this pick but made for a spinning reel. A stout spinning reel! Being 7 foot and 2 piece is pretty sweet for transportation.

Pretty darn nice poles! Show B N M poles some love people!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 10, 2021, 02:03:54 PM
I thought I would post a list of current sponsor with a rough value of each.

Next Adventure $500
Pitbull Tackle $500
Nomad's Guide service $300
Mike Ferris Fishing Adventures $300
The Caddis Fly Shop $240
Skwoosh $200
BNM Poles $175
Big Hammer Jigs $150
Pro-Troll $150
Ego Nets $150
Yak Attack $100
Buzz Bomb $75
Z-Man Fishing $75
Lancer Jigs $50
Pro- Cure scents $50
LADY J's Jigs $20

Sawtooth Fishing Co ???
Oregon Paddle Sports ??
Two Rivers Fly Shop ??

I haven't received the last three to be able to put a value on them.

I know there are some prizes coming in from Jed also that I will pick up at the BCS in two weeks. Also, I am not done soliciting!

Please, talk to your friends, let's get more signed up! Everyone wins with more entries!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on May 10, 2021, 04:39:51 PM
Heck yeah!   :banjo:

AOTY pages/leaderboard updated with logos/links. Great work, Drifter!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on May 10, 2021, 10:00:42 PM
Well Drifter you now have more sponsors than we have AOTY competitors.  Your value to the cause has exceeded the sum of your parts. KUDOS!

Come on folks, a worthy cause to support, plenty of rewards distributed to participants, and an opportunity to get your accomplishment "engraved" in the annals of history for whatever species you have entered. Think of it as a legacy your grandkids can refer to as they engage in kayak fishing in the future.  ;)

Keep your hooks sharp.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 11, 2021, 10:36:52 AM
Hey KK, I sent a solicitation request to the Kachemak Gear shed this morning. If you happen to be in the area and wouldn't mind stopping by there it could really help! I try to make an in person visit when I can and it really helps gain sponsors. I will print out one of the personalized letters and take with me.
I could send you the letter I sent them. As our o ly current AK participant this would probably be really good for you! Wink wink.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on May 11, 2021, 02:48:42 PM
I could send you the letter I sent them. As our only current AK participant this would probably be really good for you! Wink wink.
Thanks!

You have my addy. Fire away. I hope to get down to Homer in the next week or two so that would be an opportunity for me to stop by if you haven't heard from them by then. Keep me posted. I need to hit the water for a feeder king and also see if there are any pollock left around the dock pilings for halibut bait. Rumors are the cycle has run its course (climate change?) and there are very few hanging around now.

BTW, I'm working on a prototype UW cam system to take on the kayak as a Drop Down and Record view while drifting a reef, then retrieve the camera and play back the video right on its self-contained screen while still in the waterproof housing. Almost as good as realtime! If the system works I'll make up a DIY post. Also working on a system with the original GoPro Hero and Hero 2 cams I have that have housings good for 200 feet deep which should put me in the Yelloweye and lingcod zones complete with one of my 300' diving lights. I'd have to remove the SD card and swap it to my tablet to review the video but that isn't a problem on a calm dry day.  Also working on a "strike cam" system but there are a number of bugs to work out in engineering for kayak limitations. It would be a good prize to donate to the competition if I can perfect it. Maybe next year.

Here's a Tip:  Send out an intro contact to The Fish House in Seward. They are the #1 tackle, bait, fishing info, and charter services store in town. Right on the Harbor too. I filmed a number of trips back in the 90's for them. Longtime family operation. https://www.TheFishHouse.net/ (https://www.TheFishHouse.net/)  Attention: Mark Clemens 
With Seward and Resurrection Bay being one of the most popular kayaking destinations in Southcentral it would be fitting for them to become a sponsor since there are plenty of kayakers fishing around town when the silvers arrive. And even for the sockeye that show up very soon.  All their contact info is on the home page.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Ling Banger on May 12, 2021, 11:41:53 PM
I could send you the letter I sent them. As our only current AK participant this would probably be really good for you! Wink wink.
Thanks!

You have my addy. Fire away. I hope to get down to Homer in the next week or two so that would be an opportunity for me to stop by if you haven't heard from them by then. Keep me posted. I need to hit the water for a feeder king and also see if there are any pollock left around the dock pilings for halibut bait. Rumors are the cycle has run its course (climate change?) and there are very few hanging around now.

BTW, I'm working on a prototype UW cam system to take on the kayak as a Drop Down and Record view while drifting a reef, then retrieve the camera and play back the video right on its self-contained screen while still in the waterproof housing. Almost as good as realtime! If the system works I'll make up a DIY post. Also working on a system with the original GoPro Hero and Hero 2 cams I have that have housings good for 200 feet deep which should put me in the Yelloweye and lingcod zones complete with one of my 300' diving lights. I'd have to remove the SD card and swap it to my tablet to review the video but that isn't a problem on a calm dry day.  Also working on a "strike cam" system but there are a number of bugs to work out in engineering for kayak limitations. It would be a good prize to donate to the competition if I can perfect it. Maybe next year.

Here's a Tip:  Send out an intro contact to The Fish House in Seward. They are the #1 tackle, bait, fishing info, and charter services store in town. Right on the Harbor too. I filmed a number of trips back in the 90's for them. Longtime family operation. https://www.TheFishHouse.net/ (https://www.TheFishHouse.net/)  Attention: Mark Clemens 
With Seward and Resurrection Bay being one of the most popular kayaking destinations in Southcentral it would be fitting for them to become a sponsor since there are plenty of kayakers fishing around town when the silvers arrive. And even for the sockeye that show up very soon.  All their contact info is on the home page.

I like the cut of your jib. Keep the home fires burning. Please share with us your youtube handle so we can see all that awesome uw footage!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 13, 2021, 07:14:12 PM
Received a box of hand tied salt water flies from Jay Nicholas today! A sketch of a Salmon with these flies will accompany the prize.
Thanks Jay!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on May 14, 2021, 12:34:36 PM
Thank you, too, Drifter.  That's am interesting prize for a fly-fisher.  Would I use them or put them on display..?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 14, 2021, 02:30:02 PM
Now that is a really good question....,.. I would bet the bank that Jay would say to use them!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 18, 2021, 06:42:42 PM
New AOTY sponsor. Moonshine Rod Co from TN sent in a $450 fly rod called the Vesper. 9 foot 8 wt rod. Comes complete with extra tip section, Titanium guides, soft case and hard case.

Not gonna lie, I WANT THIS ROD! I may need to out a lot more effort into this fly thing!

Winner of the fly category their pick of 3 fly rods in the pool.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on May 19, 2021, 02:23:54 AM
Even if it weren't a first-rate saltwater rod, Id want it for the rod tube.  Who wouldn't want something with "Moonshine" on the side, in big letters?

This is a good one, Drifter.  Excellent work.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on May 19, 2021, 08:28:24 AM
(if Nobaddays chooses a different rod)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on May 19, 2021, 10:08:26 AM
(if Nobaddays chooses a different rod)

(http://www.northwestkayakanglers.com/gallery/5808-060420162619.png)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 19, 2021, 06:26:59 PM
New sponsor! Instinct Outdoors! 2 seats for Fall Salmon in his 2020 Clackacraft Max drift boat!

Show some love and look him up on facebook, Michael Peacock.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on May 19, 2021, 06:58:10 PM
New sponsor! Instinct Outdoors! 2 seats for Fall Salmon in his 2020 Clackacraft Max drift boat!

Show some love and look him up on facebook, Michael Peacock.

I'll fly down from Alaska with a friend when I win this one!!  Alaskans vacation in the Lower 48!!  As opposed to all you southerners wanting to come up here. LOL
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 21, 2021, 11:07:35 AM
Another New Sponsor has joined AOTY, or rejoined as I believe they sponsored us a few years ago.
Mack's Lure! I am sure everyone has used their products at one time or another, but they are one of the leading trout, kokanee, salmon, and walleye lure producers!

Show some love at: www.mackslure.com
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on May 21, 2021, 02:19:20 PM
Another nice score!  Now, take a deep breath, back away from the computer, and take a day off and go catch some crappies, catfish, and bass.  You deserve it.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on May 21, 2021, 02:46:48 PM
Please note that HOW has reinstituted the chapter-specific links and the top post has been updated. Additionally, thank you to Soaker for sorting things out to make sure the local chapters get their funds!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on May 31, 2021, 06:29:29 PM
More sponsors!! Iron Flask has donated 4 water bottle flasks with cleaning brushes. Very Nice bottles!

Also Stealth has donated a QR 1 rod holder set with rail mount. Very nice as well!

Please show some love to our awesome sponsors!

Thanks Jed for the help!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 07, 2021, 05:28:34 AM
Add to the mix a $50 gift card (code) to Austin Kayak donated by a generous and anonymous NWKA member!
Thank you! (You know who you are)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 09, 2021, 03:44:37 PM
**NEW SPONSOR ALERT**

Hook Rash fishing products. https://www.hookrash.com/

They make crank bait protectors so your lure doesn't get all tore up from the hooks swinging around. They also have some stick on glow strips that I think would be really nice for deep water fishing.

They have sent 4 $25 gift card codes as well as a $100 monetary prize donation.

So check them out and show some love for HOOK RASH!

Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on June 09, 2021, 04:40:26 PM
No finer definition of dedication to the cause than your performance at this task. Bravo!

And yes, I got that goose egg off my back. Nasty WX though up here, windy all the time, 10-25kts on any given day. Fronts coming in one after another.  I could use some of your determination to gitter done come hell or high water.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on June 09, 2021, 05:09:28 PM
 ;)
And yes, I got that goose egg off my back.
Congrats on getting on the board.  I'm guessing you have plans to upgrade the little fella. ;D

So many good scoring opportunities up there.  You could win the whole thing.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on June 09, 2021, 08:51:22 PM
So many good scoring opportunities up there.  You could win the whole thing.

LOL, <<seriously!
Yeah the "potential" is there but there are a LOT of ordinary, i.e. plain old average fish, to sort through for that one that would make a difference and we have a very limited window of opportunity with such a short open water season. So I think you West Coasters' positions on the standings are safe from us.
I've decided that a more suitable challenge for Alaskans or myself would be to focus on specific species to go for the top spot of record.   ;)  I spent a half hour on the phone with the manager of our hatchery today getting data on growth rates of our rainbow and arctic char that are in our lakes. Was worth the effort as I now have some locations with a potential 32" char (top spot) and another with 25+" rainbows (200 pts) swimming in 15 feet of water....perhaps easy prey for my fly rod!  And OF COURSE that top spot for halibut will be mine before the summer is over.  ;D  I'll be fishing 2 to 4 pound whole baits!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 09, 2021, 09:31:53 PM
Good luck! There are more prizes to come. I will be posting another new sponsor tomorrow after I pick it up. Sounds like a good one for Hobie people....,... Blah blah.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 10, 2021, 10:51:57 AM
Ok, going to try this. If it works here is a link to a demonstration of the glow strips from Hook Rash.

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdRSYfgW/

Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 16, 2021, 07:37:01 AM
NEW SPONSOR

Oregon Paddle Sports has generously decided to sponsor AOTY.

Local Hobie dealer in the Eugene area. they also carry a wide variety of paddling equipment, wetsuits etc. This is where I purchased my wetsuit a few years ago.

Package includes a Stohlquist paddle top, Hobie rod holder with H rail attachment ball, Multi tool knife, hat, duffle bag and more. Picture to follow.

https://www.oregonpaddlesports.com/

Please show some love to our great sponsors!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 16, 2021, 08:01:54 AM
Oregon Paddle Sports
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: DBam on June 18, 2021, 09:25:49 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/c12yC24.jpeg)

I have yet to go fishing this year but I'll throw in again and try to beat my one entry from last year. Thanks to the organizers for all the work they put into this!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 18, 2021, 09:53:51 PM
Yay! Our lone wolf Canadian!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: lutefisk on June 19, 2021, 05:59:11 PM
Last year, the grand prize was a very cool plaque that was made by our neighbor NCKA.

Will this year have the same prize? From the same artist?

Any way to get a second or third prize with plaques made by the same artist?

I really dig that artwork. Maybe if we had some cool t shirts to go with it?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on June 21, 2021, 03:22:03 PM
Love the idea - maybe reach out to Drifter directly and see what we can get going.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 21, 2021, 08:58:19 PM
I like the idea as well. Also, I haven't had any takers on the hardship entries. I will contact Jed for the contact info unless someone else has the person who made the plaques info.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on June 23, 2021, 01:42:43 PM
Last year, the grand prize was a very cool plaque that was made by our neighbor NCKA.

Will this year have the same prize? From the same artist?

Any way to get a second or third prize with plaques made by the same artist?

I really dig that artwork. Maybe if we had some cool t shirts to go with it?
I have been in contact with Sean and he is working on the NWKA plaque as well as a bunch for NCKA. He has some pretty cool art work for sure.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on June 23, 2021, 01:43:15 PM
I like the idea as well. Also, I haven't had any takers on the hardship entries. I will contact Jed for the contact info unless someone else has the person who made the plaques info.
I'll send you his contact info.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on June 23, 2021, 01:51:28 PM
I set up the BCS with the same format as the AOTY so if you attend the shootout you can potentially post 7 species in one day. The reservoir is huge and holds many big fish. Merz got his PB large mouth bass at this years event.

My advice to anglers that want to win is to start early and fish areas where there is potentially multiple high scoring fish of different species in the same body of water or near by.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 24, 2021, 08:36:19 PM
New sponsor!
Cheeky Fishing has donated a Cheeky 375 pre-loaded fly reel complete with backing, line and leader.
I have been trying to find a reel to accompany one of the fly rods for the fly fishing category! So stoked!
They also sent a discount code for 40% off.

Check them out and show so love for our awesome sponsors!

www.cheekyfishing.com

Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on June 25, 2021, 02:34:59 PM
You are seriously keeping me motivated to keep working on on-the-fly entries, thanks! I've got a couple more species that I feel are sure-things, and then it's going to get interesting.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on June 25, 2021, 03:14:14 PM
You are seriously keeping me motivated to keep working on on-the-fly entries, thanks! I've got a couple more species that I feel are sure-things, and then it's going to get interesting.

+1

(My fisheries are just getting started up here!)  ;D  Out of curiosity I just weighed out my saltwater sandlance flies. Most are running 1/10th to 2/10th of an ounce. Enough to cut through the wind on the back cast.  Now, where did I see those birds working that bait ball.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 28, 2021, 05:38:59 PM
Here it is. Pre loaded Cheeky 375 fly reel. So pretty!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2021 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on June 28, 2021, 05:53:54 PM
Mack's Lure has joined our list of generous sponsors!

Sling blades, Doubled D flashers, a bunch of lures, scent packs, hats and more. A $150 gift certificate!

Show some love at https://www.mackslure.com/

Thank you Mack's Lure!