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MadBite/ HCKAC Slam Tournament Results


FIRST PLACE
"ChucksT1" - Chuck Statham
63.5 Total Inches

Snook=23.5" ~ Redfish=26.0" ~ Trout=14.0"

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SECOND PLACE
"bicoastal" - Andrew Nitz
62.35 Total Inches

Snook=17.5" ~ Redfish=28.1" ~ Trout=16.75"

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THIRD PLACE
"TexasDan" - Dan Currey
59.65 Total Inches

Snook=20.75" ~ Redfish=24.1" ~ Trout=14.8"

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"LARGEST RED WINNER"
$20.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"olinfins" - Olin Satterfield

Measured in at 27.6 inches

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"LARGEST SNOOK WINNER"
$15.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"sparty" - Kevin Ketchum

Measured in at 21.75 inches

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"LARGEST TROUT WINNER"
$10.00 BEEF "O" BRADY'S Gift Certificate
"alxwbb" - Alex Webb

Measured in at 18.0 inches

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"CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!"

Anglers that signed-up: 16
Anglers at the Weigh-in: 16 Everyone was there!!!
Tokens submitted for review: 16
Total fish checked-in: 34
Slams checked-in: 7
Snook checked-in: 12
Reds checked-in: 10
Trout checked-in: 12
"NO ONE GOT SKUNKED"

Thanks to all those who participated today!

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to...
BEEF "O" BRADY'S
for the weigh-in location, the Gift Certificates and the great service!

They're located at...
205 Apollo Beach Boulevard Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(813) 641-1989




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Welcome to the Core!
The HCKAC is based around the many anglers that have chosen a kayak as their main method of fishing!
We stay very active, hosting a yearly tournament series, online tournaments and "Fish_N_Munch" gatherings to keep you on the water and catching fish.

                        

There are no dues to join but your donation goes toward the betterment of your club.



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Jose Chavez


                        

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THE 7TH ANNUAL HARDCORE BIRTHDAY FISH_N_MUNCH



We had a good turn-out (14+) and some really good food. Fishing was good and the weather cooperated. Thanks to all those who came out for the fun and for those of you who couldn't make it. Well you missed a really good time and we hope to see you all next year for the "8TH Annual HardCore Birthday Fish-N-Munch". Here are some pictures from the day that Russ (LimeCider) and myself took. If anyone else took any pics feel free to add them here.

"Sunrise" The start of the day! Most already launched and were already fishing.

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Started to look as if we may get some rain.

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Ended up not having any rain (well maybe a few sprinkles) but, this is how it really turned out!

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Proof fish were caught, Kevin (sparty) with a Snook.

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Russ' (LimeCider's) view of where the Snook are!

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Some of the good eats we enjoyed for lunch.

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Let the feasting & the stories of the day begin...

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Lastly, our group photo. But one question, where's the dragonfly?

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Rolling Tarpon!


Brent Smith


Launched the Native Slayer Propel as the sun was coming up on Saturday morning. This was my first beach launch with the new yak so I was super excited to test out her capabilities in the surf. There was a slight breeze and the water was glass. I pulled the yak into the water, hopped in and took a couple paddle strokes. Once I was in 2 feet of water, I dropped the propel drive and I was peddling off into the Gulf of Mexico. I recognized a fellow Hard Core member already drifting so I knew I picked a good day to give it a shot. After a couple drops of the sabiki, I had some good sized pin fish in the bucket so I started fishing for the big boys.
Here's a couple videos to tell the rest of the story.


Can you spot the rollers??


I saw another school of tarpon rolling later in the morning. I was sure I was gonna get hooked up. They rolled right by my float but no takers.




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Father's Day Gift!
Mark aka Lizard King

Let me start this post by giving all our fathers a big thank you.

My father, William, had always loved the outdoors. As a child, he lived on a farm. When I was young, dad would take me fishing and camping when he could. Even if just for a few hours at Gandy bridge. Later in his life, his health slowed him and kept him from doing as much. Dad passed away a year ago next week.

I have been feeling a little bit down because dad's date of passing was approaching. I haven't been fishing in a year. I had been fishing with my brother-in-law Wally, and our friend Tom, during the tarpon season in the past. Last week was the first time back and true to form Wally hooks up big. As I normally do, I take the photos. That's always me, catch the photo not the fish.

This week we made plans for father's day to meet at IRB to fish. I was to wake early to meet but was late. On top of that, Wally says people were having trouble with getting bait. Great, I'm late, no bait and feeling down. I was determined to enjoy this day. Dad would have loved it too.

My first attempt at catching bait rewarded me with a greenback, a pumpkin seed, and a pin fish. I should have been elated but I wasn't. The one thing that kept creeping into my head was dad. He would have loved this day.

One greenback was all I needed as I put a nice tarpon into the air! The whole time I was wondering if I had prepared enough to boat this large fish. It felt good to have Tom and Wally as backup. Dad must have known the funk I was in and added the fish to my line. It sure lifted my spirits. The fight lasted all of 25 minutes. The feeling of knowing that my dad had a hand in this day will last my lifetime.

Thanks, dad. I love ya pops.


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Teach Him The Art Of Reeling And Cast

 Adrian  Correa


                             


               
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The Future!

Steve M. Gibson


My boy Jacob and I took a quick trip around the pond in our new Emotion tandem. He quickly surprised me and stood up and said he was going to find us some fish. He will be a future HardCore member for sure!

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