Category: Organization News

Jake Angulas Secures Number Four!

On May 4, the Dakota Lithium Elite Kayak Fishing Series presented by Black Hall Outfitters hit Great Sacandaga Lake in New York for the first event of the 2024 season.

This event marked an exciting change for EKF: the debut of EKF LIVE, a live-stream broadcast that brought a hyrbid of live commentary, pre-recorded angler spotlights and interviews, and more. EKF LIVE provided viewers with a “front-row seat” to all the angling action, allowing them to follow the highs and lows of the competition in real-time.

And what a thrilling battle it was!

This was a tournament within a tournament. With an abundance of smallmouth to be caught (no largemouth were submitted), the true challenge for the 56 anglers competing in this event was finding those “Sacandaga unicorns”—a bass over 17 inches long.

In a competition where every quarter inch mattered, the anglers managed to submit an impressive 512 bass (surpassed only by last year’s Cayuga Lake event, which had nearly double the anglers and 518 submissions), but only nine surpassed the elusive 17-inch mark. Jon Richardson hauled in the Fresh Baitz Big Bass of the day—an impressive 20.25-inch smallmouth. A unicorn, indeed!

As with any tournament, it had its twists and turns. Canada’s Antoine Desrocher-Gagnon’s caught the same bass twice, three hours apart on the same spot, which resulted in the latter being denied. This dropped him from fifth to sixth place, allowing Nick Audi to clinch the fifth-place slot. Both Desrocher-Gagnon and Audi finished with 85.75 inches, but Audi’s larger fish was the tiebreaker.

In fourth place was Christopher Nielsen with 86 inches, while Pennsylvania’s Dylan Miller made an impressive EKF debut, securing third place with 86.25 inches and being the only angler to land multiple fish over 17 inches—an 18 and an 18.25.

     

As the tournament neared its end, Benjamin Bornhost seemed poised for victory until a late surge by Jake Angulas catapulted him to the top spot by a mere three-quarters of an inch. Bornhost settled for second place with 87 inches, while Angulas claimed his fourth EKF victory with 87.75 inches.

Angulas’s winning strategy of cycling through seven different rods with seven different jerkbaits (read that again) proved effective in enticing quality smallmouth from Sacandaga’s rocky terrain.

With the excitement of Great Sacandaga Lake behind us, we now look forward to the next event at Pennsylvania’s Raystown Lake on June 22. Register here!


Updated Rules Addendum

As we head into tournament week and prepare for the first EKF event of the season, please take a look at our rules addendum, which has been updated for clarification.

Though KBF has recently put an end to their Trail Series, we will still mirror their Rules Standard as our main ruleset. This may change next year, but for this season, out of convenience for our anglers, KBF rules apply unless otherwise adjusted in our rules addendum.

Please read both thoroughly. If you have any questions, reply to the message in the Fishing Chaos app or shoot us an e-mail.

Thanks!


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…


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…


2023 Elite Kayak Fishing Season Update

2023 Elite Kayak Fishing season update! If you have any questions, ask in the comments.

Join our Facebook group to catch future videos live.

(And yes, there is a typo in the intro. We know. We’re sad. John has been thoroughly flogged for this transgression.)