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-Tournament Recap– Payout Restructuring– James River Boundaries– A/V Changes– TourneyX Operation– Gear/Fund donations for Tony Bryant and Torri Webb See MoreSee Less
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If you haven’t had an opportunity to read what happened to 2 of our anglers this weekend, I’ve attached it below. We will be discussing gathering supplies for them tomorrow night. Reach out to Tony and Torri if you get a chance. Show them what this community is all about 🙏www.facebook.com/1315072987/posts/10220169690055207/?sfnsn=moPART 1I woke up this morning pride hurt body stiff and bruised but thankful. Having a day to reflect on my experience on the river/lake this weekend. I want to share my story and what happened before i flipped and what’s happend since.Torri Webb and I signed up to fish the KAV tourny on smith mountain lake this past weekend. We had a great game plan and poor execution! Lol The morning started with a 900 feet down the mountain to get to the river part of the lake. Once on the water I noticed it was a lot lower than the previous week when I was there. Not a big deal at least that’s what I thought at the time. I went up the river to the dam and Torri went down the river. After th1st hr I had two fish and considered those a bonus as the best section were below me. I turned my Kayak down river and like I’ve done hundred of times I was fishing and floating hitting the prime spots letting the current push me around. At this point I’m approaching the only section that concerned me, but like I said last week it was fine still. I managed to get a crankbait stuck in my waders and was fighting that to keep it out of my actual leg. At this point I look up and the current has pushed me to the Right side of the river and I’m almost to the trickiest section. I stop worry about the crank bait and start focusing on the ledge I’m about to drop into. Immediately in the chute I’m in there is an exposed rock/bolder and anothe immediately past it. Last week these were under water no big deal, however this week with the water down Atleast a foot it made this very tricky. I hit the 1st bolder and rocked sideways and the current pushed me into the 2nd bolder and the combination off current and rock I flipped. I didn’t fight it once I knew I was going over I bailed and had a hand on the yak that was upside down. I tried once to flip it over and seen a rod tip floating tried to grab it and the boat fell back over instead of fighting it in the current I jumped up on it while it’s still upside down. I hear someone holler and look and Torri is on the bank. I start trying to paddle to the bank, I had kept the paddle in my hand the whole time somehow. As I was close to the bank I was also approaching another ledge and strainer of a tree. Torri said I could stand there as the water was stained and visibility was limited I jumped off yak, however the current too swift took the kayak down river I managed to catch a small tackle box that hadn’t sunk yet right before I got out of the water.Torri immediately jumped in his yak went down river to slow mine down, I walked through the woods to meet him on the bank. Little did I know he experienced the exact same thing in the same spot. However his experiences was a lot different than mine and I hope he shares it but he’s blessed to be with us today. If he hadn’t had his PFD on he wouldn’t be here today to share as his waders filled up with water and trapped him in the river. I’ve experienced a lot of emotions the past two days reflecting on what happened. And again the week earlier this section was easy but with the level down it was tricky.Everything that happened was probably seconds but time and everything just seemed to be in slow motion. I wasn’t scared or panicked I was in complete shock and in disbelief. All this happend before 9am. We lost thousands of dollars worth of gear and equipment really everything, it’s really ridiculous I won’t go into all those details as that’s the material side and those things can be replaced. With that being said once we got off the water I reached out to KAV(KAV – Kayak Anglers of Virginia and let the tourny director know what happened and that we off the water and safe. Before I could even get home I was flooded with as well as Torri Webb with messages from people I didn’t even know saying hey glad you’re safe, what do you need. How can we help. It’s been overwhelming and humbling. As a prideful person also hard to accept if that makes sense. You’ve heard and read over and over how great the kayak community is and I’ve agreed but didn’t really know what it meant until I was on this side of it. There are a lot of people to thank and I definitely will thank those men and women in part 2. As I have reflected on what should and could and will do different going forward!! See MoreSee Less
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2021 KAV Trail #1 – Smith Mountain LakeTournament Recap…36 Anglers battled it out yesterday at the 2021 Kayak Anglers of Virginia Season Opener on one of Virginia’s Premier bodies of water; Smith Mountain Lake. Not only were anglers competing against the other 35 Anglers in the field, but there was also a 200 boat tournament that anglers had to compete with.Casey Reed came out on top yesterday after a hard fought battle with 2nd Place finisher, Travis Belcher. Casey walked away with a solid $1800, Custom Engraved 1st Place Trophy, a #KBF National Championship Qualifying Spot, $250 Torqeedo Gift Certificate, 1 pack of baits from sponsors Nauti Fish Outfitters and Tail Chaser Baits, and a sample scent stick from sponsor STANK STICKTravis Belcher walked away with $900 for his 2nd place finish. He also received a Custom Engraved 2nd Place Trophy, a #KBF National Championship Qualifying Spot, 1 pack of baits from sponsors Nauti Fish Outfitters and Tail Chaser Baits, and a sample scent stick from sponsor STANK STICKDustin Good walked away with $550 for his 3rd Place finish. He also received a Custom Engraved 3rd Place Trophy, a #KBF National Championship Qualifying Spot, 1 pack of baits from sponsors Nauti Fish Outfitters and Tail Chaser Baits, and a sample scent stick from our sponsor STANK STICKJames Stanley came in 4th Place and also walked away with a nice pot of $350.The Big Bass was actually a 3-way tie between Gary Duncan, Joseph Brantley and Jon Mehus. All 3 anglers were able to reel in a 21.00" Largemouth. Gary Duncan ended up winning due to his kicker fish being larger than Joseph’s and Jon’s.Congratulations to all the winners yesterday 🏆Here are the final standings for Smith Mountain Lake and coincidently also the current standings for Angler of the Year 👀👀👀1. Casey Reed – 91.75"2. Travis Belcher – 90.50"3. Dustin Good – 88.00"4. James Stanley – 85.00"5. Jacob Novak – 79.25"6. Sean Boorsma – 70.25"7. Scott Perkins – 66.25"8. Jacob Hammock – 57.759. Nathan Green – 46.50"10. Gary Duncan – 37.00"11. Joseph Brantley – 33.50"12. James Coleman – 29.25"13. Victor Hendrix – 28.50"14. Tony Bryant – 28.50"15. Randall Combs – 27.00"16. Jon Mehus – 21.00"17. Brian Lewis – 20.75"18. Christopher Parker – 18.50"19. Josh Reith – 14.25"20. Jonathan Graham – 12.75"21. Taylor Green – 12.75"22. Phil Turner – 12.75"23. Gregory Oaks – 12.75"24. Brandon Ashburn – 12.25"25. Jeremy Akers – NF26. Will Brewer – NF27. Michael Cooley – NF28. Jackie George II – NF29. Joshua Graver – NF30. Chris Hall – NF31. Ross Mcvey – NF32. Wyatt Novak – NF33. Chai Saing – NF34. Mike Salas – NF35. Barry Sumner – NF36. Torri Webb – NFBelow you will find the financial breakdown for the Smith Mountain Lake Tournament. I will be providing these treasury reports at the end of each tournament.Entry Fee: $125Total Anglers: 36Total Available Funds: $4500Entry Fee Breakdown:Main Pot: $100Big Fish: $15TourneyX Fee: $5Admin Fee: $5Main Pot Total: $3600Big Fish Total: $540TourneyX Total: $180Admin Fee Total: $180Main Pot Breakdown (Total $3600):1st Place: $18002nd Place: $9003rd Place: $5504th Place: $350Admin Fee Breakdown (Total $180):PayPal Fees paid upon registration: $3.93 per entry ($141.48)Amount Remaining for upkeep and trail fees: $38.52Summary:Total Funds Paid In: $4500.00Total Funds Paid Out: $4461.48PARTNERED TRAILS:#KBFpartner#nvkba#yakbassin#VKBC#VKT#slaynationSPONSORS:Oak Tree OutfittersOne ObjectiveYakAttackAmped Outdoors LLCKetch Products Inc.STANK STICKNauti Fish OutfittersTail Chaser BaitsSavur OutdoorsTorqeedo See MoreSee Less
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Going "LIVE" tomorrow at 7PM to discuss the following items:-tournament recap-payout restructuring-James River boundaries-A/V changes-TourneyX operation-gear/fund donations for Tony Bryant and his fishing partnerLooking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow 👀 See MoreSee Less
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If anyone lives close to the state park and can go back tomorrow and see if you find a FX Customs fishing rod and a set of keys in the parking lot, I’ll be forever in your debt… 👍. The rod is down by where the banners were and the keys would be where the trailer with two kayaks was sitting. See MoreSee Less
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