This is the 2nd time I have fished in the Yak Attack
tournament hosted in Rockport, TX. It is a very fun event designed to be a
good time for all. I decided to take my wife to the event this season, as it
offers a variety of opportunities and fun prizes. Unlike most tournaments,
since this is a fundraising event, live bait is permitted.
My wife and I left our home around 3:30 pm Friday and
drove to the check in. We pulled in at approximately 6:30pm, just in time to
eat and be part of the pre-tournament drawings. The food was good and fun was
had by all.
We decided to camp at the Fin and Feather in Aransas Pass
so we could fish Stedman’s Reef in the morning. We woke up to howling
winds. The wind and water were a bit to rough for my wife so I
decided to take her to the leeward side of Hog Island. This would
provide shelter from the wind and waves.
Once there, we found a few small trout. I had a
bit of dead mullet and threw on a piece. I was hoping for a nice over-sized
redfish or a large hard-head. There is a “No Respect” prize for the fish
closest in percentage to a current state record. The state record for a
hard-head is only 23″ so I figured that would be my best bet at winning
this division. I caught no redfish, but did manage to hook a nice sized
hard-head measuring 15.75″. This is 68% of the state record.
My wife, Kristen was throwing a red Gulp Swimming
Mullet under a popping cork. I wasn’t sure this would work but it landed her
two redfish. Her largest was 24″.
We continued fishing. We moved to another island to
hide behind. We fished along the edge of the barge. We found no
fish there. We decided to move to a point that has produced trout for me in the
past. Once arriving we were greeted with strong winds and unruly waves, so we
moved on again.
Along the way, I landed a lizard fish.
Kristen caught a weird-looking puffer fish.
At this point, we saw a slick pop up. A slick sometime
means feeding trout. I chased the slick around for a bit and landed a few
trout. I finally landed one measuring 16.2″. Small trout were plentiful.
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Our time was running out so we headed back to the
tournament check-in. We got there shortly before the deadline. Once
again the food was good and there were tons of drawings and prizes.
(We won a drawing and received an Igloo cooler full of fishing
goodies.) After the score board was updated for the last time this
is what we saw. I was on the board twice. However, being a charity event each
individual is only qualified to receive an award for one event.
The tournament director was quick in tallying the final
results. He finished much earlier than his goal. The good company, the drawings
and the beautiful landscape made the time pass quickly. We were surrounded by a
bunch of hungry hummingbirds during the event. They were quite entertaining. We
managed one nice picture.
When the final standing were announced my wife Kristen
was shocked to find herself in 3rd place in the Ladies Division.
She won a new TFO rod, a crystal bowl, along with the
plaque for her accomplishment.
She was very proud of her shiny new plaque.
I could have placed 2nd in trout division, but the rules
stated you could only win in one category. Therefore, I was awarded 1st place
in the “No Respect” division. The prize for 1st place in this division was
greater than the 2nd place prizes in the trout division so I really can’t
complain. (It’s just a little embarrassing winning a prize for a hard-head.)
My prizes included a new rod by TFO, a
Shimano reel and a new plaque to add to my collection. The event was
a success. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and we will definitely
participate again next year.
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