STANFORD, Ky. – This spring marks the second season for the kayak-fishing group Bluegrass Yakmasters. The kickoff is April 5 with the 2014 Bluegrass Yakmasters Open, sponsored by Hook1, and will be held at Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford. 


Hook1 will be raffling a fishing kayak, and there will be several other prizes awarded throughout the event. Registration and check-in will be at Cedar Creek Outfitters. Lake maps, tackle and chili dogs will be available. 


As for current fishing conditions and what competitors can expect, Yakmasters founding member T.J. Strong says the fish are biting.

“This year I have caught three bass over 5 pounds. The biggest was 7 pounds, and I have seen several other big fish caught,” Strong said.


The 2013 event was a great success.  Some 75 anglers competed in the Open Tournament, making it one of the largest freshwater kayak fishing tournaments ever held. Over 80 members joined the Yakmasters in 2013, and each of the following tournaments averaged 30 competitors. 


Kayak fishing tournaments are slightly different from more traditional bass tournaments. Rather than use the weight of fish, the Yakmasters use fish length to determine tournament winners. 


Each competitor is given a particular token that is unique to each tournament, and any legal black bass is measured with the approved measuring board and photographed with the tournament token.  Once photographed, the fish is released back into the water.  The combined length of the angler’s top three fish determines his or her score. 


The 2014 Bluegrass Yakmasters season features seven tournaments throughout the central Kentucky area:

            April 5 – Cedar Creek Lake, presented by Hook1

            May 17 – Laurel River Lake, presented by Benchmark Outdoors

            June 22 – Stoner Creek, presented by NRS

            July 19 – Beaver Lake, presented by Hobie & Quest Outdoors

            Aug. 16 – Guist Creek Lake, presented by Hobie & Quest Outdoors

            Oct. 18-19 – Green River Lake, presented by Hook1


To join the Bluegrass Yakmasters, register for a tournament, or to learn more about the sport of kayak fishing, visit www.yakmasters.com 


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The Office of Adventure Tourism is part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities – over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit www.kyhealthnow.ky.gov



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