2015 – A Year in Review for Kayak Anglers

October 2015 marked the end of another season for Kayak Anglers which is a non-profit kayak fishing organization operating tournaments in Pennsylvania and, beginning in 2015, the state of New York. It was our first year stepping outside of Pennsylvania and thanks to Jeff Bobbett, Randy Bergin and all of the members up that way, it was a success!

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Each Angler of the Year was crowned in their respective chapters then all five came together on a cool fall weekend in Central Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna River for one last event.

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It was a tight race, but reigning champion who qualified through Laurel Highlands of PA, Jeffrey Rabbitt, stole the crown once again by 2 inches over Western PA champion Russell Johnson. For his efforts, he took home a Jackson Kayak Coosa (LINK to http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/coosa/) and Kokatat SuperNova Angler Suit (LINK to http://kokatat.com/hydrus-3l-supernova-angler-paddling-suit-with-relief-zipper-and-socks-men.html

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Our first official event back in 2013 embraced the aspect of charity and to this day, all events have followed suit by reserving a portion of all entries for each chapter’s charity of choice. A local (and online) retailer FishingOnline.com (LINK to http://www.fishingonline.com/) helped make this possible by providing Big Bass prizes for all 2015 events. This amount totaled $3,220 in 2015, a significant increase from prior seasons given the growth we’ve experienced as a club and the charities we worked with this season were Heroes on the Water (LINK to http://heroesonthewater.org/), Unity A Journey of Hope (LINK to http://www.unityajourneyofhope.org/) and Griffin’s Guardians (LINK to http://www.griffinsguardians.org/).

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I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all that are involved which I feel like I don’t do near enough. Frankly, I’ve never been more proud to be a part of this. When you work on an endeavor like this along with the rest of the tasks life throws your way, it’s easy to lose sight of the granular, day to day items and then all at once you get an email closing the books for the year with a number like that in it. The local, grassroots feel of kayak fishing clubs is alive and well and I can’t thank all who are involved enough for another successful year introducing new folks to the sport, fostering friendships, giving back and changing lives. This simply cannot happen without the volunteers taking the time to put on the events and ALL the sponsors like Jackson Kayak who help support them. We look forward to another successful season of charity, community and kayak fishing. We also have some exciting news about a new chapter so be sure to stay tuned!

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