2017 Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FOURTH ANNUAL BAYOU LA BATRE KAYAK CLASSIC

 

Bayou La Batre, April, 2017 - Another Mobile summer means another Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic (BLBKC) fishing tournament. This year, August 5, 2017, will mark the tournament’s fourth consecutive year. Last year’s tournament welcomed many attendees and anglers, plus prizes, booths and family activities. The tournament is currently welcoming sponsors for this exciting event.

 

Still a relatively young event, the BLBKC continues to grow in size each year. This year will prove to be no different. Live entertainment, vendors, T-shirts, arts and crafts, food, great family environment and world class fishing will continue to make the BLBKC one of the premiere events in the Southeast.

 

The tournament has attracted sponsorship from companies such as Instrument Technical Services, Greer’s, Alabama Power, Esfeller Construction, Mostellar Medical Center, Horizon Shipbuilding, Cold Blooded Fishing, and the City of Bayou La Batre just to name a few. We look forward to past sponsors continued support and welcome new sponsors to help make this event a reoccurring success.

 

So, pack up your family and head down to the Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic this August. It promises to be a great event and fun for the whole family. Worried your kids are too young to enter? Don’t be. The BLBKC has a junior division and kids can even fish with their parents from the docks. Even if you don’t feel like entering, check out the booths and all our other activities—you never know what you’re going to find!

 

    For more information visit our website, www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org and like our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BayouLaBatreClassic. For sponsorship information please email: President@bayoulabatreareachamber.org or call (251)-402-5081.

 

For questions concerning this press release, please contact Chris Benton, Media Communications, Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic at (251)434-5422 or via email cmbenton@southernco.com.


2016 Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Announcement

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes another Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic (BLBKC)
fishing tournament. August 6, 2016 will mark the tournament’s third consecutive year of growth with
over 500 attendants, 200 anglers, prizes, booths and family activities.

The BLBKC is already one of the biggest kayak fishing tournaments in the Southeast, and this year looks
to be even bigger. This is really saying something after last year’s roaring success nearly doubled the
attendance of the previous year. Live entertainment, vendors, T-shirts, arts and crafts, food, and great
family environment have helped to make the BLBKC a major event.

The tournament has attracted sponsorship from companies such as Alabama Power, Horizon
Shipbuilding, Master Marine, Master Boat Builders, Greer’s Market, and the city of Bayou La Batre itself.
Cold Blooded, another sponsor, hosted a free fishing trip, and Alabama Power donated a YetiHopper
Cooler. The cooler was won by Evan Schroeder who travelled all the way from Gainsville, Florida to fish
the tournament. Other prizes included Guy Harvey Prints, T-shirts, fishing rods, tackle boxes, and even a
kayak fisherman’s dream: a fully outfitted Jackson Cuda Fishing Kayak valued at nearly $2000! Not to
mention Bayou La Batre’s unique waterways, a prize themselves for any kayaker, fisherman or nature
enthusiast.

So, pack up your family and head down to the Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic this August. It promises to be
a great event and fun for the whole family. Worried your kids are too young to enter? Don’t be. The
BLBKC has a junior division and kids can even fish with their parents from the docks. Even if you don’t
feel like entering, come check out the booths and all our other activities—you never know what you’re
going to find!

For more information visit our website, www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org. For sponsorship information
please email: President@bayoulabatreareachamber.org or call (251)-402- 5081.

2015 Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Huge Success

Bayou La Batre, AL, August 2015 – Kayak fishing is growing fast, and there’s no better indicator than the success of the 2015 Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic (BLBKC). The BLBKC fishing tournament, which took place on Saturday August 1, is only in its second year but has already become one of the premier kayak fishing tournaments in the Southeastern United States. The event featured live entertainment, vendors, T-shirts, arts and crafts, as well as the excitement of kids bringing in their first fish. In the Junior Division, fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Griffin placed first in two of the six divisions to take the 2015 BLBKC Junior Master Angler. At the end of the day the Junior Division Leaderboard looked like this:

 

Redfish: (1) Trevor Thrasher 6.88 lbs (2) Tracy Butts 2.49 lbs
Speckled Trout: (1) Jeffrey Griffin 4.89 lbs (2) Tracy Butts 3.24 lbs (3) Trent Avery 2.78 lbs
White Trout: (1) Peyton Spalding .97 lbs (2) Nathaniel Cox .80 lbs (3) Tracy Butts .58 lbs
Catfish: (1) Jeffrey Griffin 1.71 lbs (2) Harrison Sealy 1.0 lbs (3) Steele Sealy .90 lbs
Flounder: (1) Trent Avery 1.67 lbs
Croaker: (1) Nick Hyatt .38 lbs (2) Collin Trenton .29 lbs (3) Chance Bowman .21 lbs
 
In the adult division, nearly 200 anglers competed for more than $8,000 in prizes. When the scales closed, Nathan Rich beat out four other division winners to become the 2015 BLBKC Master Angler. The final tally in the adult division was:
 
Redfish: (1) Nathan Rich 7.38 lbs (2) Sarah Myers 6.82 lbs (3) Linda Lee 6.70 lbs
Speckled Trout: (1) Scott Ellzey 4.98 lbs (2) John Anderson 3.78 lbs (3) Adam Spence 3.01 lbs
Flounder: (1) Rick Foster 3.27 lbs (2) James Parker 2.70 lbs (3) Marcie Gatlin 2.49 lbs
White Trout: (1) T.J. Busey 0.87 lbs (2) Robert Haburn 0.82 lbs (3) Donna Greep 0.81 lbs
Triple Threat: (1) Stephen Oberkirch 10.46 lbs (2) Adam Spence 6.89 lbs (3) Scott Older 6.01 lbs

 

 

On Rich’s first cast, and first piece of bait, he landed the 7.38 pound prize red fish, which beat out last year’s biggest fish by over half a pound! The Master Angler attributes his win to his competitive nature. "Being in the tournament is a great way to see how I’ve progressed” said Rich. Even if you’re not competitive, being around 200 other fisherman is great way to pick up some tips! When Rich isn’t competing he regularly fishes in the area and claims to have found spots where he often catches 25 inch red fish. Despite catching the prize redfish on his first cast, Rich insisted "there was plenty of suspense.” "Right before the scales closed three other anglers came in with 25 inch fish.” The key to Rich’s victory was his use of shallow water edges. "During the summer bait fish like to travel to shallow water, while the larger fish hang out over the edge where it’s cooler and they can ambush. You want to find a hole about five, or more, feet deep.” Rich also mentions the use of back bays, which during the low tide can be as shallow as six inches and inaccessible to traditional boat traffic. "During high tide fish will swim into the bays, and find holes and other places to stay during low tide.”

 

Kayaks allow anglers to reach spots most other boats can’t reach. It is also much less expensive to maintain than traditional boat fishing, and it is less likely to startle large fish. "I own a boat and two Kayaks,” said Rich "and I’d take kayak fishing over a boat any day. Its quieter, more peaceful, and you can catch more fish because it has fewer moving parts, and can reach shallow water and other places boats can’t.” Add in the relatively low initial investment, and it’s no wonder kayak fishing is growing so fast.

 

And as participation grows, so do prizes. All anglers who made it to the final leaderboards received a total of 35 prize packages. An additional 33 door prize giveaways that included Guy Harvey prints, T-shirts, fishing rods, tackle boxes, and much more, added to the excitement of the Awards Presentation. Evan Schroeder from Gainesville, Florida won a Yeti Hopper cooler donated by Alabama Power Co., for being the registered angler that travelled the farthest of any participant (over 400 miles!). The biggest winner though was undoubtedly Master Angler Nathan Rich who walked away with over $1000 worth of prizes, including an inshore fishing trip with cold-blooded fishing.

 

A total of more than $8000 worth of prizes were awarded to participants, including two anglers that didn’t necessarily make the leaderboards. If an angler registered a legal fish they were automatically entered into the grand prize drawing. The tension was palpable as the lucky names were drawn. Rudy Howell (age 13), who weighed in an impressive .97 pound speckled trout, won a brand new Pelican Apex Kayak. Will Bushman (age 16), who weighed in a 1.05 pound speckled trout, took away the coveted Adult.

 
Division grand prize: a fully outfitted Jackson Cuda Fishing Kayak valued at almost 2000!
 
This year also featured fifteen booths, more than doubling the number from previous the tournament. Fairhope Boat Company, Von’s Catering, Anzetta Thompson and Tupperware all returned for their second year as booth sponsors. New booths included "Hitten’ Bottom Fishing Apparel Co.”, Mostellar Medical Center, Greer’s Market, City of Bayou La Batre, a shared Horizon Shipbuilding/American Heart Association, the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association, J.J. Cool Treats and Sweet Tea Boutique.

 

This year’s Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic turnout displayed an impressive 10% increase in competitors and a 40% increase in sponsors. Horizon Shipbuilding, Von’s restaurant, Cold Blooded Fishing, ABC Signs, Theodore Scales, The City of Bayou La Batre and Master Boat Builders all returned as second year sponsors while Instrument Technical Services (ITS), Seal Master (based in Atlanta Georgia), Greer’s Market, Alabama Power Co., Master Marine, Mostellar Medical Center, and many more companies signed on as new sponsors. In addition, event coverage was provided by local TV stations and articles were written in several Kayak Fishing publications and blogs. Dena Pigg, President of the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce who hosts the BLBKC, expects the tournament to bring in people from all over the Southeast and boost the town’s economy for years to come. "Fishing is a competitive sport that has a long history and draws people from all around. Kayaking is a much newer sport that is growing tremendously. The combination of these two sports, right here in Bayou La Batre, makes perfect sense. The Bayou’s offer saltwater fishing opportunities you just can’t find in other places.”

 

"Our goal is to highlight the kayak fishing possibilities in Bayou La Batre and surrounding areas therefore increasing the growth and revenue in our local economy,” says Dena. The town’s unique waterways allow access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound, making it the perfect destination for both recreational kayakers and fisherman. "We had people come in from as far away as Texas and South Florida.” The tournament brought in nearly 200 competitors and many more hundreds of attendees, which begs the question, what makes this sport so attractive? It’s great exercise, it’s environmentally clean, it’s affordable and it’s a sport that lets families spend the day together. "Youth division is open to children aged 4 to 15, and the kids can fish from the bank or the dock. If you don’t want to go out in a kayak, you can just spend the day teaching your kids to fish and, with a small catch, they have a chance to win a great prize. Or you can both enter and let your junior fish from the kayak with you.”
 
"Our goal for next year is to have over $10,000 in prizes, and to reel-in the perfect title sponsor, along with a jackpot prize.” Dena also wants to open up the possibility of a CPR (catch photo release) option. "We understand that one of the tenets of kayak fishing is conservation, and that’s an option I want to provide to anglers who are interested.” Dena can be reached through the tournament website www.kayakclassic.com, which provides her contact information and tournament rules. "It’s only our second year,” says Kelsey Lander (co-chair of the event planning committee), "we’re already preparing for next year.” With kayak fishing continuing to grow in popularity, and with the success of this year’s and last year’s tournaments, the 2016 Kayak Classic will boast considerably more participants, larger prize packages and tremendous fun!

 

The seafood industry makes up an overwhelming majority of the Bayou La Batre economy. In 2014, four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, shrimpers, fishermen, seafood processors and the companies that support them had still not recovered from the 2010 catastrophe. The Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic was started in 2014 as part of an effort to assist in that recovery. Special Thanks to the BLBKC Planning Committee: Dena Pigg, Kelsey Lander (Co-Chair), Gary Boykin (Co-Chair), Greg Vaughan, Wanda Overstreet, Lance Lemcool, Tracie Lannie, Heath Lannie, and Mike Jernigan. Additional information can be found at www.kayakclassic.com. For high resolution photos of the event please contact Lance Lemcool, media communications, at (251)725-4888 or via email lancelemcool@gmail.com.

 


2015 Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Announcement

Bayou La Batre, AL-The Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its presentation of the second annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic! 

 

Kayak fishing is a rapidly growing sport in the U.S., offering access to both inshore and near-shore fishing arenas. This water sport, relatively inexpensive and relying on nothing more than human energy for power, is an exciting and challenging approach to one of America’s favorite pastimes!

 

The tournament will be held on August 1st , 2015 along the coastline of Bayou La Batre and the Gulf of Mexico.  The competition begins with a shotgun start at 6am, at the Bayou La Batre City Docks. Festivities will continue throughout the day featuring fresh local seafood, cold drinks, live music, and weigh-in starts at 10am!

 

Anglers will compete for over 33 different awards, which include both Master and Junior Angler division titles. Junior anglers may fish from pier, land, and kayaks. 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace adult anglers will receive plaques, and junior anglers will receive trophies!  There will even be a kayak giveaway!

 

For registration, visit the link below

http://www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/page/Register


Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament set Aug. 16 in Bayou La Batre

Bayou La Batre, AL- On Aug. 16, the Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament will kick off with a 6 a.m. shotgun start at Bayou La Batre City Docks. Sponsored by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the tournament will be held along the coastline of Bayou La Batre and the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the first Kayak Classic for the chamber, which hopes to make it an annual event. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for junior anglers. A Discount Combo of $50 includes entry to the tournament, as well as to the Taste of the Bayou seafood festival to be held Oct. 4 at the Bayou La Batre Senior and Community Center. Complete registration details on the Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic including tournament rules and regulations can be found at http://www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org.

Anglers will compete for more than 30 different awards, including both Master and Junior Angler division titles. Junior anglers may fish from pier, land or kayaks. Plaques will be awarded for first, second and third-place adult anglers; juniors will receive trophies. Weigh-in begins at 10 a.m. More than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.

"There will even be a kayak giveaway," said Chamber President Dena Pigg.

While this day is geared toward the rapidly growing U.S. sport - kayaking - and ultimately pulling in the biggest fish, there will also be plenty of fun for family members and visitors who are not in the competition. Festivities will be going on all through the day at the weigh-in station. Pigg said that there'll be vendors' booths, for example, and visitors can purchase a meal of fresh local seafood, snacks and cold drinks. In addition, there'll be live music to entertain the crowd. The band tunes up at 1:30 p.m. and awards will be given at 4 p.m.

For additional information, contact the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce at 824-4088 or visit www.kayakclassic.com. Sponsors are still being sought; contact Pigg at above number for details.


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