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Title: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 02, 2020, 02:26:36 PM
HOW TO SIGN UP

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

NO NEW RULES THIS YEAR
Same rules as 2019.

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:

Bonus big fish karma goes to fearlessguster for being the first competitor to sign up in the new decade!

But the BIG NEWS is that our very own Drifter2007 has stepped up to collect donations for prizes! If you like winning fun stuff for fishing and supporting HOW, give him a shout out or a slap on the back. I'm truly grateful for him stepping up to work on this.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 03, 2020, 09:27:59 AM
You won't see it until we get the 2020 leaderboard set up, but fearlessguster takes the early lead with a rainbow trout!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Noah on January 03, 2020, 12:07:37 PM
Thanks for all your hard work with setting up AOTY this year! My goal for 2020 is to actually post a fish, AND get more points than my five year old. I failed at both of those goals the last couple of years  ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on January 03, 2020, 02:21:00 PM
My goal for the year is to catch at least 10 species that get points. Also, my ongoing bucket list wish to catch a halibut from a kayak would be cool, like SUPER cool!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: C_Run on January 03, 2020, 02:50:17 PM
I bought my license and signed up today. This will be my 9th attempt. I hope more people sign up. It's a challenge to set goals and then find out it's harder than you thought.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Merz on January 04, 2020, 08:39:50 PM
Im in again. I Would also like to finally get a halibut this year, along with some personal goals that I just cant quite seem to pull off. 40" Ling, 40" Chinook, 40" Striper, 20"Bass, and a few others.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 05, 2020, 08:56:53 PM
Im in again. I Would also like to finally get a halibut this year, along with some personal goals that I just cant quite seem to pull off. 40" Ling, 40" Chinook, 40" Striper, 20"Bass, and a few others.

I can't believe you haven't caught a 40" ling. You're like the kayak lingcod master. This is your year!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 05, 2020, 08:58:38 PM
UPDATE: I'm loving all the interest already so sign up and send in your HOW screenshots and let's have an awesome year!

To those of you who participated last year: I won't register you until after January 14 when we officially wrap 2019 because it will mess up last year's results. But your donation date is still your start date, so go ahead and send them in, and fish, and I'll get it squared away after the 14th.

Fish hard!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Merz on January 06, 2020, 08:31:57 AM
Im in again. I Would also like to finally get a halibut this year, along with some personal goals that I just cant quite seem to pull off. 40" Ling, 40" Chinook, 40" Striper, 20"Bass, and a few others.

I can't believe you haven't caught a 40" ling. You're like the kayak lingcod master. This is your year!

Ive caught plenty of 38-39 inchers. Just cant get over the hump. Same with the Chinook and bass. Hopefully this is the year!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on January 06, 2020, 05:57:16 PM
I think Iím going to take a break from AOTY. Itís been a grind. Iíll probably wait until this weekend to give my donation and start fishing again.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on January 06, 2020, 06:24:54 PM
Iíll probably wait until this weekend to give my donation and start fishing again.

Good luck.  JED wil be 1000 points up on you by then. :)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on January 06, 2020, 06:45:47 PM
Iíll probably wait until this weekend to give my donation and start fishing again.

Good luck.  JED wil be 1000 points up on you by then. :)
No kidding 😅
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 10, 2020, 10:12:17 AM
I'd like to take a moment to shout out to NWKA's bsteves.

The AOTY software is built and maintained by him with 100% donated effort, and he makes improvements every year. It's really selfless of him to share his talents with the community this way and I really appreciate all he does to make sure AOTY goes smoothly.

If any of you Top Guns want something new to shoot for, check out the recently improved AOTY GOAT list, which is the top 10 competitors' top 10 fish across all years:

http://aoty.northwestkayakanglers.com/leader_board/goat

There's some newer faces and some NWKA legends represented there. I'm not going to lie, getting on that list is a motivator for me.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Noah on January 10, 2020, 12:04:09 PM
That's sweet, thanks for the hard work, Brian!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on January 10, 2020, 12:48:40 PM
Thanks Brian.  Noticed something weird about the fish on the GOAT list.  The point totals look correct but the lengths are wrong.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 10, 2020, 06:29:06 PM
Thanks Brian.  Noticed something weird about the fish on the GOAT list.  The point totals look correct but the lengths are wrong.

Ah, yes they are. I can't speak for Brian, but I was so focused on the top part I didn't notice that on the detail below. I'll let him know.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: C_Run on January 12, 2020, 08:40:01 AM
The goat list is interesting. It caused me to make up my own list which was better than I might have thought. If only I could have caught all ten in one year. :(
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 12, 2020, 12:41:17 PM
The goat list is interesting. It caused me to make up my own list which was better than I might have thought. If only I could have caught all ten in one year. :(

Your catches are nothing to be ashamed of! This could be the year, you never know.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 15, 2020, 03:03:39 PM
Goat board is a neat idea... the numbers are a bit off... but I think its an interesting way to see the stats
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 15, 2020, 03:41:47 PM
Goat board is a neat idea... the numbers are a bit off... but I think its an interesting way to see the stats

The numbers should be correct now. Can you give me a specific example of how they're not? (PM/DM if desired.)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 15, 2020, 05:25:07 PM
it looks square now... the other night there were point totals in the 4k range...
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 16, 2020, 07:36:28 AM
it looks square now... the other night there were point totals in the 4k range...

Yeah I saw that too. I turns out if you see that just refresh your browser window and it should go back to correct. It's a session/caching issue, not an actual data issue. Thanks!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 21, 2020, 04:21:18 PM
Howdy everyone! 2019 has been archived (thanks to bsteves) and I have processed all of the 2020 signups that I'm aware of.

Please PM me if I missed you somehow.

Next up: getting a 2019 recap post done and shipping 2019 prizes. I'm working on it!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on January 26, 2020, 03:42:34 PM
I have received email confirmations from Lancer Jigs, and Skwoosh that they will both be sponsors again this year!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Noah on January 27, 2020, 08:57:24 AM
I have received email confirmations from Lancer Jigs, and Skwoosh that they will both be sponsors again this year!
Awesome!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Larry_MayII_HR on January 27, 2020, 04:10:12 PM
Thanks to Captain Redbeard and Bsteves for organizing and to our sponsors!

I'm really looking forward to participating this year...  I tried to get on the board on Saturday during the break from the rain, but came back with only one good hit and nothing to show for it.  No fish, but I enjoyed the heck out of being on the water again, and reminded myself not to forget my net and waterproof camera next time.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on January 30, 2020, 12:38:17 PM
I received confirmation today from Pro-Cure that they are sending some prizes. WooHoo!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Tinker on January 31, 2020, 05:44:38 AM
I received confirmation today from Pro-Cure that they are sending some prizes. WooHoo!

Great job!  And thank you for volunteering to take over this never-ending task.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on February 02, 2020, 01:57:35 PM
Thanks to Captain Redbeard and Bsteves for organizing and to our sponsors!

I'm really looking forward to participating this year...  I tried to get on the board on Saturday during the break from the rain, but came back with only one good hit and nothing to show for it.  No fish, but I enjoyed the heck out of being on the water again, and reminded myself not to forget my net and waterproof camera next time.

Glad you were able to get out. I'm quite disappointed that for the first year in a few I didn't make it out a single time in January. I guess the upside is I've got 11 months to make up for it.  ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on February 02, 2020, 01:58:29 PM
Just a quick note to apologize that I haven't gotten sponsors updated on the leaderboard, etc. I was sick most of last week and just finally feeling a bit better today. I'll try to get back on top of things this week.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on February 03, 2020, 06:57:39 PM
I received confirmation from EGO fishing nets that they will be sending some prizes for AOTY.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Ling Banger on February 04, 2020, 11:04:56 PM
Nice! Keep up the good work Dan!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on February 05, 2020, 01:35:45 PM
Just received email confirmation that Big Hammer baits will again be a sponsor of AOTY in 2020. WooHoo!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on February 25, 2020, 04:37:26 PM
I received a big ol box of swimbaits from Big Hammer Lures last week. That is added to the prizes from Ego fishing, Pro-cure, Skwoosh, and Lancer Jigs will be sending in a package.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on February 28, 2020, 05:16:05 PM
Okay guys and gals this is your chance to win something really cool. Finally got in touch with the artist that makes the NCKA plaques and had him do a mock up of the NWKA AOTY 2020 winner plaque. First two pix are the mock ups and the other pic will give you an idea of finished product. I think these are way cool. SIGN UP if you want a shot at winning this thing!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on February 28, 2020, 06:26:55 PM
Those are really cool! Good luck to all competing this year!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: bb2fish on February 29, 2020, 07:42:07 PM
That is some amazing craftsmanship for a trophy.  Very Cool. 
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 03, 2020, 09:03:17 AM
Sweet! Very cool. Nice work, Jed!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 07, 2020, 09:31:27 PM
Damon Struble of Nomad's Guide Service is sending a gift certificate in for the prize pool. Probably helps that Casey goes to Mexico with him. ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on March 08, 2020, 01:04:10 PM
Damon Struble of Nomad's Guide Service is sending a gift certificate in for the prize pool. Probably helps that Casey goes to Mexico with him. ;D
Thatís awesome! Damon is a great guy, and a good fishermen. I have learned something new from him each time we have fished together.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on March 09, 2020, 03:38:43 PM
maybe if jed gets a trophy made he has a better shot of winning it...  :banjo:
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on March 09, 2020, 04:43:55 PM
maybe if jed gets a trophy made he has a better shot of winning it...  :banjo:
Probably not.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: C_Run on March 09, 2020, 06:45:41 PM
Sooo... only 18 signed up so far. How's about some more warm bodies to make it more exciting. C'mon you guys and gals.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 10, 2020, 08:49:57 PM
I got 3 new sponsors today. Yak Attack, Englund Marine-Newport, and Harry's Bait and tackle in Newport.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on March 13, 2020, 08:10:41 PM
Sooo... only 18 signed up so far. How's about some more warm bodies to make it more exciting. C'mon you guys and gals.
Jed and Basinyakguy will give you all the competition you could ever want and then some, and I wouldnít sleep on quite a few others that are already signed up. Itís not quantity
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: C_Run on March 13, 2020, 10:50:26 PM
Sooo... only 18 signed up so far. How's about some more warm bodies to make it more exciting. C'mon you guys and gals.
Jed and Basinyakguy will give you all the competition you could ever want and then some, and I wouldnít sleep on quite a few others that are already signed up. Itís not quantity

Well, I guess my point is that since it's a fundraiser for HOW, it would be nice to have 40 or 50 people signed up like in some years past. You think with 3800 members on this board there would be some more interest. For myself, I'm mostly interested in trying to improve my own score rather than trying to win prizes or bragging rights. I only got out six times last year  and this year isn't looking much better.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 15, 2020, 01:28:08 PM
I know it may be out of fairness to others, but Casey hasn't entered this year. Casey, you need to defend your throne!
I would also like to see a lot more participation to up the donations to HOW, and competition. I am trying hard to increase the prize pool.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Merz on March 20, 2020, 07:38:55 PM
Has anyone advertised AOTY on any of the Facebook kayak pages? Might be a way to get the word out.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 30, 2020, 03:28:55 PM
Has anyone advertised AOTY on any of the Facebook kayak pages? Might be a way to get the word out.

It's a good idea. I should do that.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on March 31, 2020, 04:14:59 AM
Received a bunch of prizes from Yak Attack, new sponsor!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on March 31, 2020, 03:04:38 PM
Received a bunch of prizes from Yak Attack, new sponsor!

That's awesome, I love those guys. Drifter, you're doing an awesome job!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on April 20, 2020, 06:09:36 PM
Nem Rods is in again to provide a custom rod for a prize.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on April 20, 2020, 06:11:57 PM
That's awesome!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on April 21, 2020, 09:02:34 AM
Jed... How do I spread this????
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Clayman on April 21, 2020, 10:40:24 AM
That Mega-Mack is  :o.

Are the Washington AOTY participants SOL for this year since they're not allowed to fish and can't travel to Oregon to fish?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 21, 2020, 01:06:36 PM
Are the Washington AOTY participants SOL for this year since they're not allowed to fish and can't travel to Oregon to fish?

I am certainly of the hope that our WA brothers and sisters will be fishing again soon. Since you can enter fish all year it should be possible to still have a good AOTY run, although it obviously does present a handicap on the year. Since we don't collect or manage any money there's not really anything for me to do in the case that WA stays closed, unfortunately. In that (hopefully unlikely) event, I will advocate for those folks to get to compete next year with no donation required.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Nobaddays on April 21, 2020, 01:38:49 PM

Are the Washington AOTY participants SOL for this year since they're not allowed to fish and can't travel to Oregon to fish?

If Basinyakguy keeps things rolling like he has for the start of this year we might all be SOL regardless of how much we can fish.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on April 21, 2020, 02:43:13 PM
I just noticed that there are a few entries for folks that have signed up but aren't showing up on the leaderboard. This happens if you are not marked as having donated this year.

If you have donated and aren't seeing your fish on the leaderboard please reach out to me - I may have missed you. Otherwise, feel free to track your catches but it won't count for points.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on April 21, 2020, 04:11:20 PM
Jed... How do I spread this????
Any way you want. It's your year, I'm just here for second place ;)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on April 21, 2020, 06:04:16 PM
Jed nobody believes you... Lol...

And as far as the year goes there is plenty of time left as long as this thing doesn't go into June.

Still waiting for that Mack to get validated....    ;)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on April 21, 2020, 06:26:38 PM
Nice fish coming in.  Just a few reminders on the entry photos.

If you're using a board with raised markings please take a black sharpie to the lines and numbers if they are the same color as the board.  Careful, fine lines are better than thick.

Have the fish's tail touching the board so we can get an accurate measurement.  If it's been dead for awhile in an unnatural position, try and uncurl it's tail to flat.

Please make it easy for us.  We want to approve every fish.  Good luck to everyone.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on April 25, 2020, 09:20:30 PM
Maybe we can get more participants if we make a shirt or something to fundraise for HOW... I am thinking something like what Jed is doing for the plaque but just the art? I have seen some Japanese style sketches of lingcod and stuff that would be cool too... I dunno just spitballing here.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on April 25, 2020, 10:13:18 PM
If half of the entry money went into the prize pool, I think the entryís would more than double within the next year or two. T shirts are cool too.
Iíll sign up this year eventually, but will not be gunning for the W. Maybe chase a GOAT board upgrade or two
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on July 06, 2020, 08:43:18 PM
A strong suggestion for everyone.  Please use a measuring device with a vertical stop at the 0" end.  If you use a ruler it's hard to tell the true length of a fish because of camera angle.  If that's all you have, try gluing a scrap of lumber a hair outside the 0" mark on your ruler. Press the fishlips to it when you take a measurement. 

A few examples of commercial devices that work well. 

YakGear Fish Stik
https://www.amazon.com/YakGear-Fish-Stik-Yellow/dp/B073SCVH6J/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OONKTI3LI7LR&dchild=1&keywords=hawg+trough&qid=1594091281&sprefix=hawg%2Caps%2C243&sr=8-1 (https://www.amazon.com/YakGear-Fish-Stik-Yellow/dp/B073SCVH6J/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OONKTI3LI7LR&dchild=1&keywords=hawg+trough&qid=1594091281&sprefix=hawg%2Caps%2C243&sr=8-1)

Frabill Bump Board
https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/frabill-bump-board?lcab.rdr=TRUE&productVariantId=6129576&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02051952&rid=20&ds_rl=1246492&ds_rl=1246531&ds_rl=1247882&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=Cj0KCQjwl4v4BRDaARIsAFjATPlYwCTN7N5AyeJojSkI6OUBpadiAsbddx7jNLjLKt8uxYCiD0Ep3bkaAuIEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds (https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/frabill-bump-board?lcab.rdr=TRUE&productVariantId=6129576&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02051952&rid=20&ds_rl=1246492&ds_rl=1246531&ds_rl=1247882&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=Cj0KCQjwl4v4BRDaARIsAFjATPlYwCTN7N5AyeJojSkI6OUBpadiAsbddx7jNLjLKt8uxYCiD0Ep3bkaAuIEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds)

The Classic, Hawg Trough https://hagensfish.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=1290_1291 (https://hagensfish.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=1290_1291)

Big fish in your future?  https://www.amazon.com/Danielson-4013441-Parent-Anodized-Aluminum-Ruler/dp/B01IMXH3IS?th=1&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/Danielson-4013441-Parent-Anodized-Aluminum-Ruler/dp/B01IMXH3IS?th=1&psc=1)

Only catch little ones?  https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/gator-grip-golden-rule-measuring-board-16ax4ugtrgrp18gldfac/16ax4ugtrgrp18gldfac (https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/gator-grip-golden-rule-measuring-board-16ax4ugtrgrp18gldfac/16ax4ugtrgrp18gldfac)

We don't want to DQ any fish or deduct inches.  Help us give you the best possible score.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on July 07, 2020, 02:16:31 PM
Thank you, snopro! Those are both good reminders for everyone. As he said, we really want to give you the points you earned, so please make it easy for us!  ;D

Since buying my YakGear Fish Stik I have never left it home - it's the best one I've ever used. It costs a bit but I absolutely love it.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Klondike Kid on July 07, 2020, 03:51:53 PM
I did the homemade, DIY approach. I used a leftover piece of PVC rain gutter and trimmed the sides off except for a bit on one end. Using aluminum pop rivets I attached the gutter end cap and the aluminum 36" yard stick to the pvc for a rustproof measure. And because the potential for a halibut over 36 inches is a real possibility I made a similar measure using a 6 foot (72") aluminum ruler. Both rulers are available at Home Depot.

The rigs don't float so when using the shorter one on the water I attach a piece of pool noodle with a couple big rubber bands just in case.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on July 07, 2020, 04:37:24 PM
Nice job.  Homemade can work well.  My first couple of AOTYs I used a homemade board.  Post a photo when you fill the 72" up.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on July 07, 2020, 04:47:43 PM
Since buying my YakGear Fish Stik I have never left it home - it's the best one I've ever used. It costs a bit but I absolutely love it.

Same here.  I like how small it folds, sturdy when extended, and it floats (barely). It's also one of the few boards approved by the KBF series if you are considering their events in the future.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: DBam on August 02, 2020, 01:47:05 AM
I threw in, I think I may be the only Canadian participating this year. Correct me if I'm wrong. So excited to rack up a few species and collect a few points. One question, which species of perch or "surf perch" are acceptable and which aren't?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on August 02, 2020, 07:54:30 AM
We're glad to have you participating in AOTY this year.  In the past we've taken surf perch entries know as pink fin, shiner, pile, and striped.  If it's commonly thought of as a surf perch it's probably ok.  What species were you thinking about?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: DBam on August 02, 2020, 08:58:47 AM
We're glad to have you participating in AOTY this year.  In the past we've taken surf perch entries know as pink fin, shiner, pile, and striped.  If it's commonly thought of as a surf perch it's probably ok.  What species were you thinking about?

Pile perch, thanks for clarifying!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 19, 2020, 09:16:54 PM
Persistance pays off!

Talked Pro-Troll into sponsoring! Somebody will getting some nice flashers.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Casey on August 20, 2020, 10:33:17 AM
Persistance pays off!

Talked Pro-Troll into sponsoring! Somebody will getting some nice flashers.
Great job! Those things really catch fish. Zach out fished me just yesterday using one of those damn things.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 24, 2020, 09:05:50 PM
I received the prizes from Buzz Bomb today. 4 pack prize packs. A couple T shirts and a Hoodie. Stickers, cards and ...., The Trophy!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Ling Banger on August 24, 2020, 10:33:00 PM
That trophy is dope!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Larry_MayII_HR on August 25, 2020, 10:35:21 AM
I haven't fished a buzz bomb before, but seeing that trophy...I will have to reconsider my strategies this fall and try for the AOTY buzz bomb tsar title!  Nice work!!!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 25, 2020, 12:26:55 PM
I fished a buzz bomb for a little bit last week for bottom fish. No love at all from the fish.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on August 27, 2020, 12:51:00 PM
Love the Buzz Bomb stuff! Check out my recent Buzz Bomb catches:
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 27, 2020, 04:32:25 PM
Good job Lauren, our 1st buzz bomb entry! Not sure that will hold up, but it is on the board!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: micahgee on August 27, 2020, 06:42:15 PM
What kind of buzzbomb is that?!

I thought these were buzz bombs:

Edit:

Ah, buzz bomb is both the lure and the brand and they make other jigs apparently.

So in order to win that sweet prize do you need to use a buzz bomb lure or merely a buzz bomb branded lure like the Zzinger?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on August 27, 2020, 06:50:32 PM
Edit, looks like you figured it out. ;)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 27, 2020, 07:04:47 PM
Yes, just a Buzz Bomb product I believe was the intent. I just got a couple spinnows that I am excited for.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on August 31, 2020, 06:20:53 PM
I received a box full of prizes from Pro-Troll for AOTY!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: rustyski on September 01, 2020, 07:09:41 AM
Question:

Who do I talk to about getting my fish verified?  I have had 2 entries pending since August 9th, and know that other fish have been added to the leaderboards since then. I'm guessing it's an oversight or someone missed an email, but wanted to check. Thanks!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on September 01, 2020, 10:42:21 PM
Try SnoPro or Captain Redbeard.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on September 02, 2020, 06:25:58 PM
I'll contact rustyski directly about his pending entries, so this is not specifically directed at him, but more just FYI:

There are several reasons why some entries sit longer than others. In no particular order,

There's not much you can do about the first two: the volunteer judges try hard to keep up and it will get looked at eventually.

However, there is A LOT you can do about the last point. This has been one of the more challenging years for judging fish due mostly to lack of proper measuring devices. We really want to approve all of the fish that we can, and we don't think anyone is trying to be a liar, but if we let it go for one person then it sets a precedent for everyone else.

This is the only fishing competition I have ever been involved with that does not require a measuring device from a specific list. Our rules are pretty open on this because we want to encourage participation and we want people to have fun, and there is a degree of mutual trust because most of us are acquainted with each other. I'd really rather keep using the device I like instead of a particular one off the list, but a list might help alleviate this in the future.

So, the best thing that you can do is: get a good measuring device and take lots of clear photos. I know it's hard at times, especially on the water, but it is possible.

(If your fish does not fit on a measuring device the best thing to do is to put its mouth against a wall with a measuring tape flat on the ground under it. Take lots of photos from multiple angles. Consider the lighting? Will it be easy or hard to see this? etc.)
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on September 03, 2020, 12:22:39 PM
YAY, we can add Z Man Fishing Products to the list of Sponsors! They are sending a prize pack.

They have probably watched Lauren's youtube channel.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on September 03, 2020, 12:32:02 PM
YAY, we can add Z Man Fishing Products to the list of Sponsors! They are sending a prize pack.

They have probably watched Lauren's youtube channel.

Ha! :) If so, please send me free stuff, Z-man!  ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on September 22, 2020, 12:04:33 PM
Update on the Buzz Bomb race: Jed posts a really nice kelp greenling caught on a Buzz Bomb!

Also, I got a 28" lingcod on a Buzz Bomb on Sunday at Pacific City. After playing with these for a few trips my impression is that they are effective if you work them like the instructions on the packages tell you to. That said, it's not yet a "confidence bait" for me. I do like having it in my arsenal.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on September 23, 2020, 12:53:15 PM
Jed is crushing it.  Two more 200+ point fish.   
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Larry_MayII_HR on September 23, 2020, 03:02:22 PM
Jed's crappie was 17.5 inches...by far the biggest I have ever heard of or seen...245 points

Cray cray
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Nobaddays on November 03, 2020, 12:30:35 PM
Great job Jed!!  He increased his lead and set what I believe is the highest score recorded in any AOTY.  With most of two months of fishing left for the year, it may be a mark that is hard to beat.  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Spot on November 03, 2020, 02:22:03 PM
Don't get soft now Jed.  I wanna see an average of 220 pts. per fish at the end of the year!

-Mark-
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 04, 2021, 07:10:45 PM
Congrats on the W Jed!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: wreglmed on January 04, 2021, 07:22:23 PM
Well done! Of those you could eat, which of the fish was the best eating? Youíre probably the best guy to ask tight about now considering how many different species you had on the board.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 05, 2021, 09:02:42 AM
in my opinion Walleye is the best freshwater fish there is.

for the salt... I like rock fish/ling/cabs over most.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on January 06, 2021, 03:26:46 PM
Congrats on the W Jed!
Thanks Dean.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on January 06, 2021, 03:30:14 PM
Well done! Of those you could eat, which of the fish was the best eating? Youíre probably the best guy to ask tight about now considering how many different species you had on the board.
For freshwater I think walleye, crappie, and perch are all similar in taste and texture. Crappie is the closest to me so that's what I eat most. For salt water I like lingcod over everything else. by far.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on January 09, 2021, 09:22:49 PM
Hey All,
I need some help with locating people for prize delivery from AOTY.
I haven't done a full breakdown of who gets what yet, and I am waiting a little longer for the possible last minute fish entry.
I know for sure that I need both of the youths that entered, and  there will be some small prizes for at least the top 5 entries in the general class. I also need the winner of each other class, SUP, Fly, etc.
So please PM me with name, address and phone number. For those around Western Oregon, I may try to arrange a meet up to save on postage.

Thanks!
Dan Bennett
Drifter 2007
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on January 13, 2021, 02:07:31 PM
Last call for fish.  Any down to the wire catches from the 30th or 31st?

BTW, You're already behind the Captain in 2021.  ;D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 13, 2021, 08:08:25 PM
lol
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: rustyski on January 13, 2021, 10:10:10 PM
Who should we contact about entry fees for 2021?
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Captain Redbeard on January 14, 2021, 03:32:37 PM
Who should we contact about entry fees for 2021?

Howdy, sorry, as usual for early January I haven't been on the forum much.

There are no entry fees! #liability - I am still the right person to send your donation receipts to.

Fish hard and keep safe! Looking forward to seeing all the awesome fish this year.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: snopro on January 15, 2021, 05:00:19 PM
Congratulations on the win and new highscore Jed.  Are you going to buy a fishfinder with the gift card? >:D

Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: BasinYakGuy on January 15, 2021, 07:02:22 PM
yeah Jed... what snopro said!
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on January 17, 2021, 09:46:20 AM
Congratulations on the win and new highscore Jed.  Are you going to buy a fishfinder with the gift card? >:D
C'mon now :D
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: jed on January 17, 2021, 09:53:25 AM
It was fun fishing with some fellow AOTY anglers and congrats to everyone that participated in such a crazy year. Looking forward to a year that is more normal ish and hope to attend some of the regular events and get togethers. Good luck to everyone playing in 2021.
Title: Re: Angler of the Year 2020 (AOTY)
Post by: Drifter2007 on January 22, 2021, 04:19:26 PM
Hey everyone. So it turns out I do need everyone's address who entered for 2020 AOTY.  So please PM me. Everyone will at least be getting a couple swimbaits, and some stickers.
Thank you!