When - May 15 - 16, 2020
Where - Cedar Crest Conference Center at Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay, Virginia
Address: 22 Cedar Crest Rd, Green Bay, VA 23942
How To Enter
Registration will open on Jan. 12th, 2020 at 7 pm EST. Entries are $100 per person and are limited to only 200 total attendees. Anyone that will be attending the tournament, dinner, and awards ceremony must be registered. Entry fees are nonrefundable or transferable. Click below to register for the event. With the growing popularity of the event and the short time frame in which entries sold out last year, registration will be a little different than in the past. Anglers who have participated in 5 or more Annual YakAttack Benefit Tournaments and the winner of each division including the Slam from the 2019 event will get 24 hours early access to purchase their entry before it opens to the general public on Jan 12th at 7 pm EST. The anglers who met the requirements will be contacted directly by YakAttack.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 15th
3:00 PM - Begin check-in at the Cedar Crest Conference Center at Twin Lakes State Park
7:00 PM -Captains Meeting and dinner hosted by YakAttack, menu TBD.
Saturday, May 16th
6:30 AM - Launch - All vessels MUST stay grounded until 6:30 AM
2:00 PM - Photos, weigh-in begins
4:00 PM - Weigh-in deadline (must be in line by 4 PM, no exceptions)
5:00 PM - Awards
6:00 PM - Dinner provided by YakAttack, menu TBD.
Raffle drawings will be done throughout the evening. If you would like to participate please bring cash. Prizes range from kayaks, stand up paddle boards, coolers, fish finders, paddles, PFD's, and much more.
Competition and Prizes
Competitors will compete for TROPHIES ONLY. All prizes including kayaks will be raffled. Raffle details will be explained at the captains meeting.
There is limited camping available at Twin Lakes but the owner of a field on adjacent property has offered free camping on his property. There is plenty of room available in the field for everyone to have space. The field is suitable for tent camping only. Twin Lakes offers sites for campers or RVs.
Details of campsites at Twin Lakes can be found on the Twin Lakes website: https://goo.gl/bkGbF5
Other RV/camper options:
Briery Creek Lake Getaway – Farmville, VA, Website - http://www.brierycreeklake.com/, (17.1 miles from tournament HQ but located next to Briery Creek)
Sandy River Cabins - https://www.sandyriveroutdooradventures.com/lodging
Sandy River Tipis - https://www.sandyriveroutdooradventures.com/luxury-tipis
Quality Inn - Burkeville, VA, Website - https://goo.gl/cqBqlg, (5.7 miles from tournament HQ)
All activities associated with this event are intended and expected to be friendly and family oriented. Profane language, inappropriate behavior, any illegal substances, or excessive use of alcohol are prohibited. We want to encourage children and families to participate in our sport and our tournament. Please help us maintain an atmosphere which is appropriate for them.
The event is being held at a Twin Lakes State Park. We are attempting to obtain an ABC license for the dinners but I don’t know if we will be able to get one. Permissibility of any alcohol will be discussed at the captain’s meeting and anyone who does not abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave.
2020 12th ANNUAL YAKATTACK KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL RULES
Although we have lots of prizes and raffle items, the competition aspect of this event is secondary to the social and "giving" aspects, and the planning and execution of the event will reflect that. Entrants whose primary concern is competition and prizes may find this event inadequately planned and executed for their standards, and are encouraged to come to terms with this before participation. All participants are expected to accept the format, scoring, prize awarding, and judging as executed by the organizers and without dispute. Over the years we have made some technical mistakes, but have gone above and beyond to provide a great atmosphere and a great time for everyone involved. Both of those should be expected to continue this year.
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to register and participate with a parent or guardian who also participates in the event. Minors must have the signature of his or her parent or legal guardian on the entry form as applicable to any state, commonwealth, county, or federal regulations or law. The obligation to know these rules falls upon the parent. A completed entry form and applicable entry fee must be received according to the dates defined above. All participants will be required to sign the waiver form at check-in during the captains meeting.
**For the 2020 tournament, entry fees will not be refundable or transferable. Anyone that will be attending the tournament, dinner, and awards ceremony must be registered.**
SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. DURING COMPETITION, EACH CONTESTANT IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW U.S. COAST GUARD REGULATIONS INCLUDING POSSESSION OF COAST GUARD APPROVED TYPE III PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD), PFD MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHILE PADDLING. NOT WEARING A PFD WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION - IF YOU MAKE IT BACK.
CHECK-IN: All participants must be checked in before launching. See Schedule for check-in times and locations. No other check-in times or locations will be available.
STARTING TIME: Official launch time will be stated at the Captain's Meeting on Friday. Launching before scheduled launch time will result in disqualification.
WEIGH-IN: All entrants wishing to enter fish must return their pictures/camera to tournament headquarters according to the times in the Schedule. Participants must be in line by the listed times, without exception.
SPORTSMANSHIP: All attendees are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. Please represent our sport and tournament well.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught live via hook and line. Only artificial baits may be used. Live or previously live baits are not permitted. Contestants must hook and land fish without assistance. Assistance with photos is permitted.
PERMITTED FISHING VESSELS: Watercraft acceptable for use at the Annual YakAttack Benefit Tournament are those manufactured and marketed as canoes, kayaks, or SUPs for which paddling is the primary means of propulsion. Any other watercraft must be submitted to YakAttack staff for review and approval prior to use in competition. Blue Sky Boatworks or a BiYak are approved watercrafts.
a. Gas- or liquid-fueled motorized or hybrid fuel/electric powerboats or personal watercraft
c. Jon boats
d. Pirogues, coracles, and rowboats
e. Dinghies and skiffs
f. Float tubes, inflatable rafts, and rigid inflatable boats (e.g., Zodiac)
g. Pontoon boats, pontoon-style pond boats, twin-hull watercraft, or similar.
Use of watercrafts listed above, a-g, are not approved for use at this event.
- Watercraft propulsion is restricted to paddle, pedal, pole, or electric motor.
- Use of a single electric propulsion unit per watercraft is approved with the following restrictions:
Competitors must comply with all boating regulations pertaining to motorized kayak/electric-propulsion watercraft registration, use, and operating restrictions for the designated fishing area. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
Electric motor used to propel a watercraft:
a. must be attached to the kayak in a safe manner for operation, and
b. may not exceed the lesser of (a.) manufacturer’s labeled Maximum HP/Thrust Capacity, (b.) 3 HP, or (c.) 155 foot-pound thrust. Violation of either condition will result in disqualification from the Event.
TANDEMS/SHARING: It is permissible for more than 1 entrant to share the same watercraft. However each paddler must pay and compete as individuals. They must also have their own media card but may share a camera. Fish may NEVER be shared among entrants.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Anywhere within a 50-mile radius of Twin Lakes State Park. Specific parameters will be discussed at the captains meeting. All participants must use public accessible launch areas on public waters. Fishing private waters or special permit waters will result in disqualification.
SCORING: The tournament is a catch, photo, and release format. At the captains meeting each contestant will be issued an identifier, score sheet, and measuring device. Participants may use their own measuring devices provided they are approved by a tournament organizer and are available for inspection at the photo check-in. Participants must use their own digital cameras, and a card reader will be available to download pictures. For pictures with fish, the identifier must be clearly visible in every picture. If there is no identifier, then the picture is disqualified. Score sheets will be included in your captain’s bags and must be filled out completely and correctly. All photos become property of YakAttack. The first photo in memory must be of the angler on the morning of launch, with the identifier. The second photo will be the rigged boat at launch.
There will be a two fish per category format this year. So you will be entering your two biggest black bass (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass), Crappie and Bluegill.
The Slam Division – Consisting of 1 Bass, 1 Crappie and 1 Bluegill remains the same as last year.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: In the event of inclement weather, a simple fishing outing to compete for the trophies will be scheduled. Meals and prizes will STILL TAKE PLACE at the Twin Lakes Conference Center on May 16. In this case, all paid entrants will have their raffle tickets entered on their behalf whether they are present or not. If an entrant is not present and wins a prize they will be notified by the organizers. Entrants who win prizes but are not present will be responsible for picking up their prizes at YakAttack LLC in Burkeville VA, or having them shipped at their own expense. Determination of which prizes will be drawn for and which will be available to win at the rescheduled event will be made by the tournament organizers and at their sole discretion.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: A waiver and release of liability statement is part of the entry form and will be signed before arrival or during check-in. It is required of each contestant that they take responsibility for themselves while participating in any tournament activities. Each contestant must understand and sign the liability waiver.
RULE CHANGES AND INTERPRETATION: Rule interpretation will be left exclusively to the YakAttack Tournament Committee and Director. All decisions are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. The Committee will do its best to execute fairly and without errors. If errors are made, the Committee will determine how to handle the issue and that decision is final. Everyone participating in this event is expected to accept this before participating.