The Fish Sniffer - The 2013 Freshkats Season
The 2013 Freshkats Season

Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team, February 18, 2014
Species: Bass Catfish Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

The 2013 Freshkats Season
The 2013 Freshkats Season The 2013 Freshkats Season
The 2013 Freshkats Season

I would like to start off by saying thank you to all the hard work done by those who made the 2013 Freshkats series a success. There were some awesome prizes that were handed out, ranging from life jackets to fish finders and rods to paddles. There was even a really cool fish cleaning station plus lots more.

For me the 2013 Freshkats series was the first time I have ever fished a kayak tournament. I have always fished tournaments off my bass boat and I was one of those guys who always said, "Man, a kayak looks like a fun time, but it takes so long to get anywhere, it's not fast enough and it looks like too much work." Well ladies and gentlemen, my name is David and I'm a kayak-aholic.

I never realized how much scenery is missed by launching the boat and putting the hammer down and doing 65 mph to my favorite fishing hole. Now don't get me wrong; I still get the need for speed, but the boat has taken the back seat to the Jackson Cuda.

We finished up this the 2013 Freshkats series at the Port of Sacramento. It was a great tournament. I don't know the actual numbers on how many of us fished this event, but I want to say it was somewhere around 40 anglers possibly more.

The Port of Sacramento is a great fishery with free access and a easy launch. It gives the average angler a chance to catch multiple species, ranging from panfish to bass and stripers to catfish. I think they were all caught at this year’s event.

I pulled into the barge canal access at about 6:00 am in the morning. There were already guys getting ready for the day's tourney. With high hopes, I put the truck in park, took a sip of coffee and looked at the temperature on the dash and it said “ice 28 degrees”…Yes, it was a cold cold day.

I met up with Jim and got signed in and made my way down to the water. I put the Jackson Cuda in, got seated and started my trek to the turning basin. AI paddled a thin layer of ice formed on the deck of my Cuda from water splashing up through the scupper holes.

I started marking fish right away, so I sent down some secret agents (minnows) to do the dirty work. It was a beautiful and clear day with just a little chop on the water but cold. About 10:00 I got a good take down but like every good fish story the fish got away.

About 10:30 I met up with Bill and Victor from the Headwaters Team and they had drawn a big goose egg too - no fish. Check in was at 1:00 so at about 12:30 we made our way over to the launch and Victor hooked up with a keeper striper.

It was a great day had by all with a nice amount of trash collected by anglers from the banks of the river. As always, it would not be a true NCKA event without food, family and friends, so we all met at the pizza joint down the road shared stories and then went on our way.

I just want to say thank you again to everyone for great sportsmanship and to all the hard work from everyone who made this year a success. I can't wait till the 2014 tour kicks off!

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