The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that Kayak Anglers of Western PA host two events in Erie, Pa. in 2018. The Chapter kicked off its season with a Charity Team Event on May 5, followed by the chapter’s Major Bass on the Bay tournament May 19, both on Presque Isle Bay.
Anglers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Ontario are expected to compete.
Participants must fish from human powered kayaks, single-person canoes or SUPs. The tournaments are catch-photograph-release events, with all fish measured and scored digitally. Anglers will submit photos of fish remotely via mobile device to be measured. Kayak Anglers utilizes Kayakfishingseries.com for fish photo submissions.
Kayak Anglers operates to foster relationships in the kayak fishing community, with objectives including cleaning waterways and improving waterway access, giving to related charities and building the community through sustainable, catch-photograph-release tournaments. The Western PA Chapter will host six tournaments in 2018.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Charity Team Event will be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie.
Cash payouts will be presented to the top 10 percent of the overall anglers participating in the Bass on the Bay Major on May 19. A portion of each tournament entry will be donated to Project Healing Waters – Erie, Pa.
Anglers at both tournaments will launch at 6 a.m. from Presque Isle State Park, and will fish until 2 p.m. An awards ceremony for all participating anglers will begin at 3 p.m. at Field & Stream on Interchange Rd.
“We are very excited to work with the Erie Sports Commission and provide anglers with the opportunity to compete in a major kayak fishing tournament,” said Chad Foster, Tournament Director for Kayak Anglers of Western PA. “Connecting with people from all over the region who share a love for this sport, and giving to their community, makes the competition worthwhile. I’m looking forward to a great season in 2018.”
“We are excited to welcome such a unique fishing event back to Erie,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of Erie Sports Commission. “The use of kayaks makes this tournament accessible to more anglers, and allows participants to see our location from new angles. I’m eager to see this event grow in our region.”
The Charity Team Event on May 5 is open to any member of Kayak Anglers of Western PA for $40 per two-person team. The Bass on the Bay Major on May 19 is open to any interested angler. Registration for that event is $40 for members and $55 for non-members.