Hank’s Kayak Fishing History

Kayak Fishing offers the advantage of stealth to the angler. Kayaks can navigate water that a bass boat or even a john boat cannot enter without running aground or scaring fish – assuming the angler is quiet and controls the vessel. To fully enjoy a kayak as a fishing platform, an angler must be willing to explore,  learn new fishing and navigation techniques, have strong paddling skills and take safety precautions. For these reasons and others, kayak fishing has been my preferred style of fishing since 2011.

I was first introduced to the sport in 2008 by an officer of the UNC Fishing Club who worked at Get:Outdoors Paddlesports in Greensboro, N.C. I began to practice, seek out new waters and later, fish in tournaments (primarily for Largemouth Bass). My first forays into tournament fishing were with the Carolina Yakfish club in 2012. When that club closed shop in 2013, I competed in Carolina Kayak Anglers events.

I’ve since competed on a local, state, regional and national level. I qualified for and competed every Kayak Bass Fishing National Championships (2016-), the KBF-FLW Cup (2019) and B.A.S.S. Kayak Nation.  I am also now a tournament director of the Carolina Kayak Anglers and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for KBF, a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing team and a member of the Ketch Products Fishing team.

It’s been quite a ride. And from Alabama to West Virginia, and from Chickamauga to Toledo Bend, I’ve always hoped to come across a Bowfin while in the course of over 150 kayak tournaments. It has so far eluded me, although many competitors have reported catching them. I do catch them locally from my kayak, and there are articles about it on this website.

A more complete record of my tournament record is available at my TourneyX profile. Here are a few highlights:

I. Tournament Kayak Fishing Record

2020

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Series

  • 2nd place, North Carolina State Challenge (July 2020)

Carolina Kayak Anglers

2019

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Series

Carolina Kayak Anglers  Kayak Fishing Series

  • 4th Place, Tuckertown Lake June 1st, 2019
  • 7th Place, Kerr Lake Battle at the Border, July 13th, 2019

2018

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Series

  • 2nd Place, August State Challenge (North Carolina)
  • 3rd Place, Armed Forces Challenge (Field of 131 anglers), May 2018
  • 2nd Qualifier: 1 of 2 anglers selected from every state to compete in the 100 Challenge on Toledo Bend (did not attend)

Kayak Tournaments.com Series

  • 1st place, (NC Challenge) August 2018

Carolina Kayak Anglers  Kayak Fishing Series

  • 15th Place, Jordan Lake (field of 55 anglers) July 2018

2017

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Series

Kayak Tournaments.com Series

  • 2nd Place, North Carolina (May 2017 & July 2017)
  • 4th place, final standings for North Carolina Angler of the Year

Carolina Kayak Anglers Kayak Fishing Series

2016

Carolina Kayak Anglers  Kayak Fishing Series

  • 7th Place overall in final AOY Standings
  • 4th place in CKA Tournament of Champions (October 22, 2016, Yadkin River)
  • Best Individual Event Finish: 6th place (June 2016, Falls Lake)
  • Best Team Event Finish: 3rd Place (August 2016, Lake Randleman)

Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Series

Kayak Tournaments.com Series

Paddle Junkies Bass Fishing Series

  • 2nd Place (August 2016, Shearon Harris Reservoir)

2015

Carolina Kayak Anglers Kayak Fishing Series

– 11th Place Overall in Angler of the Year standings
– Best Single Event Finish: 9th place (June 2015, Yadkin River)
– Qualified for KBF National Championship (March 19-20 2016)

2014

Carolina Kayak Anglers Kayak Fishing Series

– 22nd Place Overall in Angler of the Year standings
– Best Single Event Finish: 4th place (June 2014, Lake Badin)

2013

Carolina Yakfish Bass Fishing Series

– 8th Place Overall in Angler of the Year standings
– Best Single Event Finish: 3rd place  (April 2013, Lake Mackintosh)

2012

Carolina Yakfish Bass Fishing Series

  • – 38th Place Overall in Angler of the Year standings
    – Best Single Event Finish: 5th place  (October 2012, Jordan Lake)