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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2017, 04:57 PM »
I was asked the question so I'm passing it on. Does anyone have any desire to take on a fish fry? I don't have the time with everything else but if someone wants to oversee a fish fry to go with the potluck I'm happy to support it however I can.

If you're into it, throw your hat in the ring and do it up!

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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #61 on: May 29, 2017, 07:11 PM »
I'm bringing my wife's special peanut butter oatmeal cookies. She was kind enough to offer!

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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #62 on: May 29, 2017, 10:10 PM »
I'll bring shredded cheese, crackers, and hot sauce if those are things we need.
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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #63 on: May 30, 2017, 07:50 PM »
Sounds good. Thanks dudes!
 

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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #64 on: May 31, 2017, 01:26 PM »
I can bring some of my usual wild game meat. How about some Wild Boar chops.

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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #65 on: May 31, 2017, 04:37 PM »
Sounds great, Mark! We'll have the oak fired up for you.
 

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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #66 on: May 31, 2017, 06:40 PM »
I'll bring some potatoe salad and Mexican rice broskee
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Re: EKC III potluck thread
« Reply #67 on: May 31, 2017, 07:16 PM »
Ill make some Ceviche for the Potluck. 
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« Reply #68 on: May 31, 2017, 07:42 PM »
Is anyone fishing on Friday?  Im debating coming up Thursday and Fishing Friday, seeing if anyone else is doing the same thing?
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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #69 on: May 31, 2017, 08:55 PM »
there may be a few I was going to but I saw big $$$ to work a half day
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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #70 on: June 05, 2017, 03:44 PM »
Had a blast at EKC, the facilities were awesome and the fishing wasn't bad. The weather could have been better though 7' at 7s was fairly rough, but totally doable. Congrats to all the guys that won!

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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #71 on: June 06, 2017, 11:20 AM »
WOW! Another Estero Kayak Challenge is in the books. We had a great turnout with 70 anglers battling through some extremely challenging conditions and landing some great fish. The results show some of the closest finishes we’ve had but in the end one angler rose above and got it done. Below, is the full recap of this year’s tournament, followed by the results.

Estero Kayak Challenge III, June 3, 2017

As the final week before the event arrived, we saw high winds and a mixed, building swell in the forecast. By Wednesday, the forecast showed 9 feet @ 7 seconds with winds blowing 15 by mid morning. While some areas may be able to handle those conditions, the primary launch location here, Spooners Cove, turns into a chaotic washing machine of confused and unpredictable water. Since cancelling the event wasn’t a desirable option, we decided that adding another division to this year’s tournament was the answer. We added the bay division, which allowed those that chose to, to fish within the protected waters of Morro Bay harbor. Luckily, throughout Thursday and Friday the forecast began to back off slightly giving us hope for somewhat better conditions.

On tourney day, the anglers left before dawn to get to their prefered launch locations for the “first light” launch time. Those that chose to fish at Spooner’s Cove arrived to find conditions that on a normal day of fishing, would have caused most of them to return home and climb back in bed. But for 40-45 of the 70 anglers competing they decided to charge in and do battle. They were met with challenging and at times dangerous conditions. Many anglers reported taking breaking waves over their bows or sides in open water and by 6:30 am some anglers were returning to shore to relocate to other approved locations. In contrast, the anglers that chose to fish on the north end of Estero Bay near Cayucos, enjoyed near glass conditions until the wind picked up mid morning.

Throughout the morning we received several reports of some nice fish being caught and even a report of the first slam being completed. Back at tournament headquarters anglers began rolling in around noon to start weighing in and to beat the 2:30 weigh-in cutoff. Mark Hawley, turned in the first slam of the event with a 19 ¼” red rockfish, a 16 ¼” cabezon, and a 29” lingcod for a total of 64 ½”. Mid way through the weigh-in we saw a black Honda Ridgeline roll into the parking lot. Ricci Chavez pulled up to the judges table and threw back the tarp covering his catch. He unveiled not only an impressive second slam of the event but also a fish for every category of the tournament, complete with a 35 ¾” lingcod and a 30” halibut! An impressive day's catch on any given day but especially in those conditions and on tournament day. Four other slams were recorded before the close of weigh-in and some more prize winning fish were put up for judging. For the first time in the three years of the event we had not only one tie but two! One in the rockfish division and the other in the lingcod division.

While the judges tallied the results and prepared for the awards, the anglers and their families got down to some much needed refreshment at the potluck. With the help of Hilary Britton, the EKC chili prepared by Brenda Tebbets was put out along with the rest of the tasty dishes and desserts prepared by the anglers and their families. Two kegs, provided by Jason Potts and Barrel House Brewing of Paso Robles were tapped and so began the stories and recounting of the day’s events. Once hungers were satisfied and thirsts quenched it was time to reveal the winners and enjoy the Heroes on the Water raffle.

The full results are listed below but here is the list of first place winners:

Bay Disvision - Bret Brzyscz 9 ¾” grassy rockfish

Rockfish Division - Leo Rutten 20” red rockfish (vermillion)

Cabezon Division - Chris Smith 21 ½” cabezon

Lingcod Division - Ricci Chavez 35 ¾” lingcod

Outcast Award (biggest non-slam species) - Ricci Chavez 30” halibut

Guppy Award (smallest fish caught) - Ricci Chavez 7 ¾” blue rockfish

The Slam “Tournament Champion” - Ricci Chavez 71” combined length


HOW raffle (large prizes):

The winner of the Wilderness Systems Radar 115 - Paul Williams

The winner of the Vibe Yellowfin 100 - Scott Kopp

The winner of the First Defense Firearms AR-15 - Anthony Brackett


With the generous donations from the awesome businesses and individuals that partnered with us, the energy and dedication of our volunteers, and the participation of some of the west coast’s best anglers we were able to raise needed funds for Heroes on the Water. We ate. We drank. We laughed. We saw old friends and made new friends. In the end we are reminded what it means to be a part of the greatest community around, the kayak fishing family! We will see you all at next year’s Estero Kayak Challenge!

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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #72 on: June 06, 2017, 11:25 AM »
Here are the overall results for people who turned in score cards.

Bay Division

1st place: Bret Brzyscz 9 ¾” grassy rockfish
2nd place: none
3rd place: none

Rockfish Division

1st place: Leo Rutten 20” red
2nd place: Travis Keema 20” red (decided by tie breaker)
3rd place: Brian Martinez 19 ½” red
4th: Mark Hawley 19 ¼”
5th: Tom Reilly 18”
6th: Mike Zuch 17 ¼”
7th: William O’Neal 16 ½”
8th: Ricci Chavez 16”
9th: Alan Kupstas 15”
10th: Nick Lana 15”
11th: Billy Hurst 15”
12th: Paul Williams 15”
13th: Nick Dolan 14 ½”
14th: Russell Villers 14 ½”
15th: Justin Vermillion 13 ½”
16th: Carney Stuart-Williams 13”
17th: Zach Clift 13”
18th: George Jercich 13”
19th: Brian Valenzuela 13”

Cabezon Division

1st place: Chris Smith 21 ½”
2nd place: Josh Stefancich 19 ½”
3rd place: Ricci Chavez 19 ¼”
4th: Brian Valenzuela 19”
5th: Mike Zuch 19”
6th: Willy Platte 17 ½”
7th: Anthony Brackett 17 ½”
8th: Ricardo Holden 17”
9th: Russell Villers 17”
10th: Mark Hawley 16 ¼”



Lingcod Division

1st place: Ricci Chavez 35 ¾”
2nd place: Carney Stuart-Williams 35 ½”
3rd place: Brian Valenzuela 31 ¾”
4th: Nick Dolan 31 ½”
5th: Paul Williams 29 ¼”
6th: Mark Hawley 29”
7th: Tom Reilly 28”
8th: Bill Dumong 27 ½”
9th: Zach Clift 27”
10th: Justin Vermillion 26 ¾”
11th: George Jercich 26”
12th: Josh Stefancich 25 ½”
13th: Billy Hurst 25”
14th: Mike Zuch 25”
15th: Russell Villers 24 ¾”
16th: Chris Smith 24 ¼”
17th: Alan Kupstas 24”
18th: Travis Keema 23”
19th: Nick Lana 22 ½”
20th: William O’Neal 22”

Tournament “Slam Champion”

1st place: Ricci Chavez 71”
2nd: Mark Hawley 64 ½”
3rd: Brian Valenzuela 63 ½”
4th: Mike Zuch 61 ¼”
5th: Russell Villers 56 ¼”

Outcast Award (largest non- slam species)

Ricci Chavez - 30” halibut

Guppy Award (smallest fish caught)

Ricci Chavez - 7 ¾” blue rockfish
 

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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #73 on: June 06, 2017, 01:55 PM »
 Thanks Eric and all of your volunteer's that put the challenge together this year.  Had a great time participating in this years event. Water was a little challenging but managed to get through it. Looking forward to next years event . Congrats to all the winners.
 

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Re: Estero Kayak Challenge - EKC III - June 2-4, 2017 - Update #2
« Reply #74 on: June 06, 2017, 08:07 PM »
Thanks to Eric & his crew it was an awesome day indeed. It was a roller coaster out There but doable. A 5 hour ride up & down was a trip. Always nice to see so many great people is what it's all about. Thanks to all.
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