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Title: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on January 24, 2018, 11:57 AM
Updated on 2/26/18

Registration is now open at this link https://ianglertournament.com/4th-annual-estero-kayak-challenge (https://ianglertournament.com/4th-annual-estero-kayak-challenge)

We liked the ease of use with the iAngler app at last years Slam Down because of that and for continuity, so everyone doesn't have to learn a whole other tournament system we are using iAngler for the Estero tournament. The $5 iAngler app fee is included in registration as is the cost of the tournament shirt.

I haven't looked at the camping recently but if you plan to camp I would get those sites booked soon. Let me know if you have questions. We're looking forward to seeing a bunch of you there!

Update 1/24/18

#1 - Estero is now a qualifier event for the Cal-Salt Tournament of Champions, but otherwise has not changed. Same format, same rules, and still benefits our local chapter of Heroes on the Water.

#2 - last year we thought we had found a new ďpermanentĒ location to hold the event but due to costs we incurred, we can not use that location in the future. So, we said, cool letís just move it to Spooners at MDO with camping there. Itíll be great! Problem, State Parks has a 50 person limit at Spooners for special events and we are over that limit. Hereís where we are now...

Estero will now be held at Leffingwell in Cambria with camping at San Simeon. They have a 100 person limit there and we will just keep the event capped at 100 if we ever hit that number. While not technically located in the Estero Bay it is pretty much all we are left with since State Parks owns virtually all of our local launch spots. Iím personally excited about this move and we plan to hold the event there as long as State Parks will let us.

#3 - the Tournament will be on June 2 and I hope to have registration open in the next couple of weeks.

If you plan to camp you may want to book soon. They have changed the reservation website and it pretty much sucks so good luck with that. Hope to see a ton of you there this. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on January 30, 2018, 11:10 PM
Just to make sure I understand. Fishing will be limited to within esterů bay but the awards etc will be at leffingwell. Thank you for putting the tournament on for us I sure it will be awesome!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 03, 2018, 11:13 AM
Nope, the whole event is moving to Leffingwell. The fishing will happen there. The Estero tournament won't be in the Estero Bay anymore.

We debated changing the name but at this point it is somewhat known and the tournament sponsors know it by that name and its history and growth. I don't want to lose that because that helps us secure donations, etc. The other thought is that people outside of our area don't know what the Estero Bay is anyway and actually most locals don't really even know what it is either.

As it stands right now fishing will be 100% out of Leffingwell but we are discussing whether to open it up to San Simeon also. Does anyone have an opinion on that? Anyone really want San Simeon to be available? Let us know soon, because I would like to open registration for Estero by March or soon after the start of the Cal-Salt Series.

Thanks for the question, Jesse.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on February 05, 2018, 05:30 AM
I may fish San Simeon if it's open to fish!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 05, 2018, 01:11 PM
Ok
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: lopezcador on February 05, 2018, 09:00 PM
Iím in for San Simeonó- gonna just follow Chad this time   
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 05, 2018, 11:34 PM
Sounds like there is interest in San Simeon. Iíll get with the other guys but weíll most likely include it.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on February 06, 2018, 09:18 PM
As I think about it more it may be cooler to have every one launch and land out of the same spot. More camaraderie. 
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: H2joe on February 07, 2018, 09:36 AM
Not trying to complain-- takes a lot of selfless work to do these tourneys -- I agree with the dude who said there is more camaraderie and a better atmosphere  when launching from few or one location.   It also makes it harder for people to try and pull shenanigans.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 07, 2018, 09:52 AM
I think even if we allowed San Simeon the majority will still fish at Leff. Those would be the only two launches approved.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Gotya on February 09, 2018, 05:13 PM
Looking forward to this tournament again.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 10, 2018, 10:27 PM
Right on, looking forward to seeing you there!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Pacific Dust on February 16, 2018, 03:49 PM
I can't wait!!!  This year should be a lot of fun.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Zodiacker on February 23, 2018, 02:02 PM
Personally, I think(?) San Simeon should be included but...the place can be sketchy at launch or at beaching. I would fish there depending on the conditions just before tournament day. Launching at a low tide might be OK(?), but 6 hours later when the tide comes back in, and the wind kicks up, you could be in for some troubles...just sayin'...  ;D

Anyways, looking forward to this excellent tournament on the Central Coast.  :)

I Zod Out

PS. What happened to the motocons?
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Gotya on February 23, 2018, 04:33 PM
Just curious about when the registration will begin?
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on February 23, 2018, 08:52 PM
Word
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on April 23, 2018, 09:38 PM
Just over month away! Donít miss the 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge. Being held at Leffingwell Landing in Cambria this year and as always supporting Heroes on the Water. Come help us support a great organization, hang with a great group of anglers, and enjoy the festivities. Register here:

https://www.ianglertournament.com/4th-annual-estero-kayak-challenge (https://www.ianglertournament.com/4th-annual-estero-kayak-challenge)
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: billydog on April 24, 2018, 07:32 AM
do you have a list of who is registered
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: RHYAK on April 24, 2018, 08:47 AM
do you have a list of who is registered

I angler leaderboard will let you know
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on April 24, 2018, 11:13 AM
Yeah, it is listed on iAngler like Ryan said but I can make a post here too.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on April 25, 2018, 07:13 PM
Current list of anglers as of 4/25/18. If you think you have registered and don't see your name, contact me.

1. Fabian Ayala
2. Josh Brightman
3. Richard Moiola
4. Dusty McAdon
5. Jodi McGreggor
6. Paul Williams
7. Alex Casillas
8. John Parker
9. Nick Lana
10. Frank DuMong
11. Bill DuMong
12. Josh Stefancich
13. Zach Clift
14. Scott Kopp
15. Kevin Hofer
16. Jimmy Carithers
17. Sabel Maguire
18. Ryan Howell
19. Russell Villers
20. Mike Arias
21. Brad Howard
22. John Narasaki
23. Matt Anderson
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: billydog on April 26, 2018, 07:45 AM
thanks bro I found it on I turny
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 11, 2018, 01:31 PM
Only a few weeks left and I'm getting ready to order shirts. If you are planning to and haven't, please sign up soon. Current list of anglers as of 5/13/18. If you think you have registered and don't see your name, contact me.

We've got some great gear for the HOW raffle and Central Coast HOW will be doing a fundraiser BBQ at the awards too. See you there!

1. Fabian Ayala
2. Josh Brightman
3. Richard Moiola
4. Dusty McAdon
5. Jodi McGreggor
6. Paul Williams
7. Alex Casillas
8. John Parker
9. Nick Lana
10. Frank DuMong
11. Bill DuMong
12. Josh Stefancich
13. Zach Clift
14. Scott Kopp
15. Kevin Hofer
16. Jimmy Carithers
17. Sabel Maguire
18. Ryan Howell - 2016 winner
19. Russell Villers
20. Mike Arias
21. Brad Howard
22. John Narasaki
23. Matt Anderson
24. Kenny Nakamura
25. Barton Riggs
26. Bryan Hildebrandt
27. Anthony Duplantis
28. Orlando Flores
29. Ricci Chavez - 2017 winner
30. Jason Woodworth
31. Jesse Landry
32. Christopher Monsalve
33. Jason Potts
34. Leo Rutten
35. Bryan Eskew
36. Ryan Arguello
37. Dionicio Cota
38. James Davis
39. Brian Martinez
40. Michael Jojola
41. Brian Craft
42. John Marrin
43. Greg Aiello
44. Ricardo Holden
45. Jeff Hopp
46. Chad Johnson
47. Eddie Falch
48. Wil O'Neal
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on May 15, 2018, 11:12 PM
I'm Going to sign up on Friday!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 16, 2018, 11:20 AM
We'll see you there, Jesse!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: RHYAK on May 18, 2018, 01:56 PM
Looks like there is gonna be some Ankle crushing waves...
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 18, 2018, 09:25 PM
Gonna be mayhem! Haha! Damn, letís hope that forecast holds.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: lopezcador on May 18, 2018, 09:29 PM
WOWó easiest sign up for any tournament ever. Iím in. Gonna be a blast,,,,,,
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: squawfish on May 19, 2018, 06:04 AM
All signed up!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 19, 2018, 02:27 PM
Updated list as of 5/19

1. Fabian Ayala
2. Josh Brightman
3. Richard Moiola
4. Dusty McAdon
5. Jodi McGreggor
6. Paul Williams
7. Alex Casillas
8. John Parker
9. Nick Lana
10. Frank DuMong
11. Bill DuMong
12. Josh Stefancich
13. Zach Clift
14. Scott Kopp
15. Kevin Hofer
16. Jimmy Carithers
17. Sabel Maguire
18. Ryan Howell - 2016 winner
19. Russell Villers
20. Mike Arias
21. Brad Howard
22. John Narasaki
23. Matt Anderson
24. Kenny Nakamura
25. Barton Riggs
26. Bryan Hildebrandt
27. Anthony Duplantis
28. Orlando Flores
29. Ricci Chavez - 2017 winner
30. Jason Woodworth
31. Jesse Landry
32. Christopher Monsalve
33. Jason Potts
34. Leo Rutten
35. Bryan Eskew
36. Ryan Arguello
37. Dionicio Cota
38. James Davis
39. Brian Martinez
40. Michael Jojola
41. Brian Craft
42. John Marrin
43. Greg Aiello
44. Ricardo Holden
45. Jeff Hopp
46. Chad Johnson
47. Eddie Falch
48. Wil O'Neal
49. Jimmy Thornell
50. Keith Yowell
51. Mark Anderson
52. Dan Fleming
53. Alan Kupstas
54. Jared Cordingly
55. Rolland Felton
56. DJ Stoneburner - best name on the list by the way!
57. Ren Reidel
58. Phil Lopez
59. Robert Marlow
60. Jesse Poquette
61. George Jercich
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on May 20, 2018, 04:23 PM
In the past I've noticed that my self phone reception is very splotchy to non existent in that area. I wounder how that will effect the use of the I angler app. I cant wait to go thanks for all the hard work!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 20, 2018, 10:11 PM
I checked a while back and i had full reception. Apparently there is a new cell tower in the area, at least for Verizon. I assume ATT and others will work better too but thatís just a guess. As long as people are taking pictures we can always fall back and use the photos to do the scoring outside of the app. People wonít get hung out if they donít have service.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 21, 2018, 07:18 PM
Weíve got 63 signed up as of 5/21 with one week left for online registration. Long range forecast is looking killer at this point but still a couple weeks away, fingers crossed it stays that way. Last year was a bit nautical, haha!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: bottom feeder on May 26, 2018, 08:29 AM
Finally signed up . Better late than never. See everyone there.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Condor408 on May 26, 2018, 06:03 PM
Was wondering where the Captains meeting is going to be thanks
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Gotya on May 29, 2018, 11:44 AM
been watching the wind forecast Solspot showing high winds. Starting to put stuff together. Looking forward to the tournament.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 29, 2018, 08:03 PM
Estero Kayak Challenge IV is finally going down on Saturday! We have the largest field we've ever had with 81 competitors taking this years challenge. Online registration is now closed but if someone really wants to join you can hit me up or show up at the tournament and I will get you registered. Unfortunately, at this point I wonít have a captainís bag for late registrations and shirt sizes are limited to what I have left on hand. So, after all that here are the final details for the weekend.

Friday June 1 - Captains Meeting @ 7:00 pm

We will be meeting at the day use area of the San Simeon Campground. This way people who arenít camping donít have to hassle getting into the campground. We will be going over the expected conditions, clarifying any rules, answering questions, and handing out the captainís bags. The captains bags have your shirts and the tournament photo ID that you need for the tournament.

Try to make it to the meeting if you can because there are always questions and things that come up that are good for everyone to hear. If you canít make it, itís ok but you will have to find me in the morning at the Leffingwell launch site to check in and get your bag.

Saturday June 2 - Tournament

Launch time: 6:00 am

The tournament is being held at Leffingwell Landing in Cambria which is the preferred launch site. We are also allowing people to travel a few miles north and launch at San Simeon beach, where the pier is. The San Simeon location is a true beach launch, even more so than Leffingwell and with Saturdayís conditions that location could be tricky getting out, but especially getting in. So, if you plan to fish that location please use good judgement and be smart enough to change your plans if needed.

Scoring/Judging
Cutoff: 2:30 pm

With the iAngler app you can score your fish as you catch them. Just be sure that all of your photos have the tournament ID in them or they will be disqualified. The ID is located in your captainís bag. Any fish submitted after 2:30 will be rejected.

We promote Catch, Photo, and Release but if you are planning to keep your fish anyway or if you catch a big fish that you feel will get you in the money and you donít want to risk losing on the water, you can take your pictures from shore. Just leave yourself enough time to submit them before 2:30. Also, you are allowed to use a lipping device to control your fish on the measuring board. The fishes mouth can be open but its lip must be touching the edge of the bump board. We can clarify this further at the captainís meeting if needed.

Saturdays Conditions:

Over the weekend it was looking pretty grim but thankfully, things are improving. Currently we are looking at 5-7í depending on what site you look at, with some moderately strong winds developing by midday. That is a huge improvement from the 10í we were staring at previously. It is still going to be lumpy and bumpy but I think as it stands now, we are looking good for Saturday. The wind may end up being more trouble than the swell, but with a 6 am launch time people should be able to get some solid time on the water before it gets too bad.

Fish early and fish hard!

Food/Awards/Raffle:

The Lintner brothers will be showing up around 10 am to start the HOW fundraiser BBQ. They are doing hot dogs, Taco Works chips, F. McClintockís beans, and a drink for $6 and all the money goes to Central Coast Heroes on the Water as does our tournament raffle. You are welcome to bring your own food, extra food, drinks or whatever you want but please consider supporting HOW by purchasing a plate.

The ďweigh-inĒ cutoff is 2:30. We will talley everything up and try to get the awards done as soon as possible, shooting for around 3 with the raffle to follow. At Leffingwell, there are day use BBQís and picnic tables so after you fish, bust out your lawn chairs, enjoy some food, and hang out and watch the guys as they attempt the Leffingwell landing zone! We should have everything wrapped up by 4:30 or 5 if everything goes smoothly.

If you have questions and arenít going to be at the captainís meeting feel free to call, text, or email me and Iíll get you lined out. If youíll be at the meeting, save them til then so everyone can hear it too. Otherwise, get rigged up, loaded up, and letís hope conditions stay on the downward trend and we will see you this weekend at the Challenge!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 29, 2018, 08:12 PM
Current list of anglers:

1. Fabian Ayala
2. Josh Brightman
3. Richard Moiola
4. Dusty McAdon
5. Jodi McGreggor
6. Paul Williams
7. Alex Casillas
8. John Parker
9. Nick Lana
10. Frank DuMong
11. Bill DuMong
12. Josh Stefancich
13. Zach Clift
14. Scott Kopp
15. Kevin Hofer
16. Jimmy Carithers
17. Sabel Maguire
18. Ryan Howell - 2016 winner
19. Russell Villers
20. Mike Arias
21. Brad Howard
22. John Narasaki
23. Matt Anderson
24. Kenny Nakamura
25. Barton Riggs
26. Bryan Hildebrandt
27. Anthony Duplantis
28. Orlando Flores
29. Ricci Chavez - 2017 winner
30. Jason Woodworth
31. Jesse Landry
32. Christopher Monsalve
33. Jason Potts
34. Leo Rutten
35. Bryan Eskew
36. Ryan Arguello
37. Dionicio Cota
38. James Davis
39. Brian Martinez
40. Michael Jojola
41. Brian Craft
42. John Marrin
43. Greg Aiello
44. Ricardo Holden
45. Jeff Hopp
46. Chad Johnson
47. Eddie Falch
48. Wil O'Neal
49. Jimmy Thornell
50. Keith Yowell
51. Mark Anderson
52. Dan Fleming
53. Alan Kupstas
54. Jared Cordingly
55. Rolland Felton
56. DJ Stoneburner - best name on the list by the way!
57. Ren Reidel
58. Phil Lopez
59. Robert Marlow
60. Jesse Poquette
61. George Jercich
62. Miguel Zuch
63. Carlos Cantu
64. Anthony Brackett
65. Teddy Wolff
66. John Calvert
67. Mike Watt
68. Weston Hennigh
69. Amos Williams
70. William Hurst
71. Jose Ramirez
72. Wilson Riggs
73. Matt Deleon
74. Ron Sanders
75. James Kosinski
76. Mark Hawley
77. Brian Valenzuela
78. Robert Joslin
79. Eli Campos
80. Austin Aiello
81. Joseph Coats
82. Greg Heredia
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: H2joe on May 30, 2018, 11:05 AM
Not to be too chatty but you're 100% about one of your comments.  After signing up on the app I quickly scroll through all the registered fisherman and I see DJ Stoneburner.  I just paused for a second and thought, f you mom and dad, why the hell is my name not Stoneburne?  I'd take half of that last name.  Stone, Burner, Stoneburner.............all good.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on May 30, 2018, 09:29 PM
Haha! It is pretty awesome!
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: radastaff on May 31, 2018, 12:43 AM
had no idea
will be campin at san sim this weekend
and fishin

p
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on June 03, 2018, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the Awesome time. How much did those guys end up winning?
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: RHYAK on June 03, 2018, 08:45 PM
Awesome time for sure.

Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: RHYAK on June 03, 2018, 08:46 PM
Got this nice goat, went old school for me as I rarely fish the kelp deep like this. It payed off.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: surfbrewer on June 04, 2018, 07:22 PM
Man, what a weekend! As Ryan can attest, it is a ton of work putting these events on but they are a blast too. We ended up having awesome weather and raised almost $4000 for Central Coast HOW! Thank you to everyone who came out. You guys made putting this on a true pleasure. My thanks and gratitude to my partners in this thing Andy (dog pound) and Chad (LOpaddler) you guys are the best!

The app worked for most but not for others, mostly those with ATT had issues. I will post the most complete results I can ASAP. Thanks for your patience with that.

Now, Iím looking forward to the Slam Down! Itís my turn to fish! 😆🤞
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: squawfish on June 05, 2018, 04:15 AM
Yea, thanks Eric, Andy, Chad and everyone else who pitched in.  Great time, good conditions and great to see everyone again.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Gotya on June 05, 2018, 12:50 PM
Had a great time Saturday, could not ask for better fishing conditions. Thanks to all the people who organized this tournament. Always looking forward to meeting old friends and meeting new ones. Looking forward to getting back out there again in the up coming weekends.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Dogpound on June 06, 2018, 08:07 PM
Eric and Chad put a lot of work into this and it showed.  I had such a good time.  I was stoked to be a part of it, and to catch up with everybody and meet some new folks as well.  Thank you to everyone who made it out to fish or hang out and made the event a success!  Definitely looking forward to the slam down
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: RHYAK on June 07, 2018, 07:11 AM
https://youtu.be/1YgU9nwFEqs
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: PacificViking on June 09, 2018, 03:48 AM
I've really been enjoying the videos you've been putting out lately. I particularly like the style of this video. Its nice to see a kayak fishing video where the focus is on the fishing.
Title: Re: 4th annual Estero Kayak Challenge
Post by: Zodiacker on June 10, 2018, 07:36 AM
... thanks Eric, Andy, Chad and everyone else who pitched in.  Great time, good conditions and great to see everyone again.

"Ditto" what Robert said ^^^

...and kudos again to Rhyan for the EKC video. His videos are always informative in a glance.

I Zod Out