Reaction Tackle Sponsors EKF!

We are excited to announce Reaction Tackle as an official sponsor for EKF!

Reaction Tackle is known for its quality fishing line, accessories, and terminal tackle, and we will have some to give away at each of our 2024 events. All premium EKF members also receive 20% off online sales (some exclusions may apply).

We look forward to working with Reaction Tackle this season. Please give them a like and follow!

Also, if you’re interested, they have a growing Pro Staff team and are always looking for great anglers who can help promote the brand. If that’s you, click here.

Doomsday Tackle Co. Sponsors EKF!

We are happy to announce Doomsday Tackle Co. as an official sponsor for EKF!

Doomsday Tackle Co. makes high-quality rods—light, sensitive, but durable and strong—at a budget-friendly price, perfect for the everyday angler to the tournament pro.

They also have a small line of soft baits available (but not the turtle; that’s a different company).

Two lucky anglers will receive one of Doomsday’s 47 Series rods at our regular-season events, and we will be giving away two J-D.A.M. Series rods at our Championship event!

In addition, EKF premium members receive 30% off purchases (some exclusion may apply, of course). Not a member yet? Join here!

We’re very excited to work with Will and Doomsday! Please give them a like/follow, and support those who support us.

EKF Partners with Power-Pole!

We are excited to announce Power-Pole as an official sponsor for EKF!

Power-Pole provides anglers with the most essential anchoring systems in the sport of bass fishing, from their bigger hydraulic anchors to their electric Micro Anchor, which are ideal for kayaks.

And at each event, we will be giving away to one lucky angler a Micro Anchor system and 8-foot Ultra-Lite Spike!

We’re looking forward to working with this amazing company and showcasing their products to you all. Give them a like/follow!

Official Outfitter for EKF: Black Hall Outfitters

We would like to welcome Black Hall Outfitters as the official kayak retailer for Elite Kayak Fishing!

To celebrate, Black Hall Outfitters is offering EKF members INSANE prices on select, in-stock Hobie models! These prices are exclusive to EKF members, so if you’re a member, check your e-mail for all the details and more!

Ted Douglas, whom many of you know, has also moved to Black Hall Outfitters, so if you need rigging, Ted’s your man.

(You may also recognize the guy in the photo above.)

We are very excited to partner with Black Hall Outfitters and are confident they will provide our members with quality service that is second to none!

February Membership Drive!

Good afternoon!

Starting February 1, our new paid membership model will go live on Fishing Chaos. This annual membership fee will be $50. It will expire each year on December 31 and will not auto-renew.

To show our appreciation for those who sign up early, we will be offering this free and exclusive members-only T-shirt to anyone who joins in the month of February!

This high-quality, black Gildan heavy cotton shirt will only be available during this membership drive!

We will have a limited number of shirts available at the upcoming New England Fishing Expo in Marlborough, MA, February 2–4, so be sure to come by our booth and sign up (or show us that you’ve signed up) and grab a shirt if we have your size.

If we run out of shirts or don’t have your size at the show, we will be placing an additional order at the end of the month and will mail them out once the shirts are printed.

Our shirts are done by Triumph Printing Co. Check them out if you’re looking for quality screenprinting.

The artwork was done by Stevie Weeks. If you like it and are interested in commissioning some work, please reach out and we will connect you with him.

If you have any questions, let us know!

2024 Season Teaser

As many of you saw, we had some technical issues with last week’s livestream. We will re-address what we discussed then on our next livestream.

Until then, here is a quick teaser on some of the changes we have planned for 2024 and beyond…

A Tribute

We recently lost one of our own, Scott Rhodes.

The currents of mental illness can be swift and unpredictable, and though Scott was making big strides over the past few years, he unfortunately took his own life.

He was our friend, and will be greatly missed.

We want all of you to know that we are here whenever you may need someone—and we’d like to think that “we” isn’t just us at EKF, but this entire kayak fishing community. If you ever find yourself adrift or drowning, call someone, text, private message, dial 988, just reach out.

We are here. Always.

Rest in peace, rest in power, Scott.

In the Hunt: Lake George (S2 E6)

Check out season two, episode six, of In the Hunt! The final episode of 2023!

Please like and subscribe! We’ll see you in 2024…

2024 Schedule Reveal and Livestream Discussion

We are excited to visit some new locations in 2024!

If you want a more in-depth look into the 2024 season, check out our livestream below…

Ryan Matylewicz Wins Angler of the Year After Epic 2023 Season

Consistency is one of the defining characteristics of any Angler of the Year. To earn the title, one must be consistent not for one event, not for two, but for an entire season.

This year, Ryan Matylewicz had one of those seasons.

The 2023 EKF season took us to some of the Northeast’s most premier fisheries, and Cayuga lake is arguably at the top of that list. Known for its world-class fishing and trophy bass, Cayuga Lake churned out fifteen limits over 90 inches, and many more close to it, at our first event of the year. Ryan’s limit of 96.75 inches, however impressive, was only good enough for third place—the first of four top-three finishes in 2023.

Following Cayuga Lake, EKF stopped at the famed Lake Champlain where challenging weather presented difficult fishing conditions. Ryan’s ability to adapt allowed him to net a limit of 97.75 and a second-place finish.

The third event of the season took EKF anglers to the St. Lawrence River, known to many as Smallmouth Disneyland. With many anglers fishing the river for the first time, the competition was wide open for those who located quality fish. Ryan’s 92.75 inches of fierce river smallmouth was enough to secure his first-ever EKF victory!

The final regular-season event of the year took anglers to scenic Messalonskee Lake and Great Pond. With both bodies of water known for their impressive smallmouth bass population, it presented anglers with a difficult decision on tournament day. Ryan decided that Great Pond would provide him the best opportunity for success, a decision that would pay off, landing him once again in third place with a limit of 94.5 inches.

With four strong finishes, Ryan was well-positioned in the Angler of the Year standings heading into the championship event on Lake George.

October brought shorter days and dropping temperatures after a period of record-breaking highs in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Anglers had to come up with multiple strategies to provide them with the best chance to take home the championship trophy.

After day one, Ryan found himself sitting in sixth place and well-positioned in his pursuit of Angler of the Tear.

The second day of the championship saw anglers resorting to their backup plans and making on-the-fly adjustments. While Ryan remained consistent between both days, other anglers stumbled on day two. This opened the door for a fifth-place championship finish and the well-earned title of 2023 EKF Angler of the Year!

Congratulations on a steller season!