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Most of us that know this Lady knows she can fish, well....she proved it again this past Sat 6-27-15 by winning the ladies division in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament in Pompano Beach, Fl. (EKFT) 

 

She is one of "The other guy's"

 

As Pam is new to off shore yak fishing this is quite an acomplishment for this woman and our sport. For her efforts on the day and all the prep that goes along with it, she walked away with a free trip and entry to the China Open Tournament.

What !! China, how awesome is that to have one of our own over sea's representing us and our sport.

 

Not only did she take the win, she also landed her first Sail Fish from a yak, in style with a 100lb+ fish! She will have to tell that story because it is quite spectacular. 

 

Dear Pam

I always enjoy our time on and off the water and could not be happier for a lot of firsts this past Sat, winning the Ladies Division, and, Your fist Sail on the Yak!!!!.......friggen awesome! Kick ass in China woman and show them how it's done!

 

Paul 

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Congradulations! 

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Pam I got your text that day but have been too damn busy to even think straight.

 

I am soooooo proud of you and I just knew you would get it done! What a fantastic accomplishment and it comes with all the recognition you deserve!

 

Well done my friend!

 

Paul- Thank you for posting this for us to see!

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Thank you Paul for starting this stream.

 

the day was crazy. Anticipation, excitement, tension .

 

The night before Paul, Derrick and I (mostly me) were double checking gear and getting our game plan together for the morning. I was using 50pound test leaders and was having issues tying on lures and King fish set ups. Thanks guys for the assist.

 

Morning came early...3:30 for me. Coffee, pack a cooler and off to the beach.

 

Unload, wheelies on yak...off to the beach. SIDENOTE: "captin Kirt" showed up out of nowhere and lugged my yak to the waters edge...thank you Sir!

 

Set ...I'm ready it's 5:30. First light is just beginning, beautiful, nervous...dang, need to put $ in the meters...ok first issue..meters won't take $ until 6am. Shoot off is 6:30. After waiting in line for 20 mins...meter is fed.

 

Next..get on the water.SIDENOTE: lost my webber paddle pre fishing Friday. Could be in Jacksonville by now. So entering the surf neede to be precise. Angain. Extreme was there. Assisting anyone who wanted a hand and gave my Native a push. This got me into deep enough water to get the peddle drive down.

 

Bait boat for bait...I'm using a new air system by KeepAlive. All goggle eye were healthy and happy when I went to grab them for the hook.

 

 

Shoot off...170 yaker a in assorted colors all taking off to hunt for the winning fish. We headed south, was trolling a lure. Stopped at about 70feet to drop a gog. We were passing seaweed when I saw a makeral make a couple of jumps. Threw my gog in that direction hoping a king had chased him. Nope..now I'm stuck in the sea weed.

 

Cleaned out of the prop and went out to about 200 feet. Another sea of weeds. Junk stuck in my prop again. Clean it out and look back at my bait. The line is covered in weeds. Dang. Start to pull in the bait...and the REEL IS SINGING!

 

Maybe I have my king...what did Derrick and captain Lynn Ziikle say? Chase the fish.. Start to peddle...Fricken sea weed! On the other side of the weed line, the fish jumps. Biggest sailfish I have ever seen. My mouth dropped. Have my line is gone and it still flying off my reel.

 

I'm clearing my prop. Peddling, reeling, clearing my prop, peddling reeling. Finally get some clear water and radio the chase boat. Then out of the corner of my eye I see a smaller, center console steaming my way. And he's headed between me and the sail! I am now yelling at him to turn, clearing the prop, peddling, reeling

 

 

Boat won't turn..sail does a magnificent double jump almost on top of the boat. The two guys finally realize what is going on and turn immediately away from us.

 

Sail changes direction and Jason from Riverview come up to keep me company.. It's been 20 minutes. No chase boat. I hear Derrick and Paul both call for the case boat. I'm now headed to Ft. Lauderdale at a clip. Paul said I zipped past him.

 

Clear water, finally getting some of my line back. I was so clues to being spoiled. Paul is yelling encouragement over the radio...the fish jumps again, I'm closer! And a monster cruiser is now bearing down on us. Dang...are you kidding me?

 

Jason paddles as fast as he can in his Hobie..right at the cruiser to get its attention and Chang course. It changes slightly, but enough to give me room to work the fish. Finally leader tag. Man this fish is big ...the chase boat is now in the area, about 50 yards behind me asking...where are you. Lol..you saw the photo above..I am wearing a shirt you could see from Tampa!

 

Boat yells. Land the fish! What? Land the fish. Ok, how? I'm not allowed to graft it. Grab it's bill! What, are you joking? No, grab it's bill!

 

Good thing I wear buff gloves to protect my hands from the sun. Bring the fish right next to me and after a couple of attempts...I've got the fish!!! I have a sailfish by it's bill!! How fricken crazy is that!

 

Diver jumps in, photos..ii unhook her...leader was fraded and just about to go..still holding the bill I slowly troll her until its struggling again to go.

 

I let her go and watched her swim away...wow what a morning. I was spent. Can't wait to see the photos. Derrick saw a photo and said it was a big fish.

 

Oh ya, later, after a diet coke and two bottles of water, I caught a bonito jigging. Only learned to jig on Wednesday. Lost a small tuna to a shark...

 

No one does this alone...

 

Thanks for all the people who have shared knowledge and spent time teaching me. Ha I'm going to list some of them because they deserve a thanks.

Sun baked Paul, my biggest cheer leader and has more patient than Jobe. Who needs A second set of keys

Derrick (deep enough) who let me go shark fishing with him and guided and kept me calm in the Bahamas.,

Captin Lynn Zirkle, who showed me how to rig for and catch a king fish.

Doug Perez, pompano, who showed me how to work a sailfish and to jig, just 3 days before the tournament.

Jason from river view who stuck with me and ran in front of that huge cruiser.

Phil from TOF..his never ending support

Sam at Bill Jacson, all the guys at Tamp Fishing Outfitter's

Maria and Joe Hector and all the staff at EKF.

 

All of you out there!! THANK YOU!

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Great job Pam!

 

The photographer said the sail was 160+

 

She won entry into the 2015 Hobie Fishing Worlds 5 in Shang Lake China and will be competing against anglers from 20 nations. It's a CPR event for Chinese Perch, Topmouth Cutler, and Yellowmouth Carp.

 

Watch out freshwater guys, you'll be getting a PM from her in 3...2...1... :)

 

http://www.hobiefishingworlds.com/index.php

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Good Morning Laurie and Pamela,

 

Just wanted to THANK both of you for helping make this event a HUGE success. It was our biggest and best event to date with 171 fishermen, 120 SUP Racers and 50 DFit competitors. Please check out this awesome short two minute video on the event last Saturday:

 

 

THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Maria Hector

 

Extreme Kayak Fishing Inc.

www.extremekayakfishing.com

 

 

"We're not your classic kayak folk...WE'RE THE OTHER GUYS!"

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Wow..it was thrilling just reading your report!! Awesome job!! I intended on going, but had to work. Sounds like it was a tough day for everyone, but you beat the odds and landed a super nice sail. Congrats!!

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Great story and nice video. You had me on the edge of my seat with the jitters. Your tough Pam, hands down! From a kayak I would've been too worried that that bill would have stuck me in the ribcage. We look forward to more photos.

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