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Tournament Planning => CKA's Cross Canada Tour!! => Hammond River Kayak Fishing Tournament => Topic started by: stroover on December 24, 2010, 09:52:35 pm


Title: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on December 24, 2010, 09:52:35 pm
Mark your calendars folks! July 16 & 17, 2011! The Hammond River Classic will be taking place in full force! This multi-species event will be part of the CKA Cross Country Tour, and will take place on the Hammond River in Nauwigewauk, NB. Headquarters will be at the Hammond River Angling Association lodge, like last summer. Free camping will be available on site, with restrooms available in the lodge. As this event takes place on tidal waters and since it's catch/photograph/relese, no license is needed! (even for out-of-province/international participants!)

Like last year, on the first day (the 16th) camp set-up will take place, followed by the bar-b-cue and captain's meeting. The social with live entertainment will follow.  Bright and early the following morning, fishing will begin at 6am and will resume at 4pm with "weigh-in" and awards ceremony.

To sign-up for the tourney, as well as additional information (maps, directions, etc), please visit http://xkfx.ca/2011_cka_cross_canada_tour/hammond_river_classic (http://xkfx.ca/2011_cka_cross_canada_tour/hammond_river_classic) .
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Troutasaurus on January 09, 2011, 10:49:22 am
I can't wait man! Last year was awesome!

Nick
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on January 09, 2011, 11:28:16 am
Good news! the event might be covered by CTV!  ;D Long story: I just got interviewed by CTV News about fundraising $100k for the Search & Rescue organization I'm with, and the interviewer (Mr.Mike Cameron) noticed my CKA sticker on my truck and we started talking about kayak fishing off camera. He said he'd like to cover the tourney. Yee-ha!

By the way, we sure could use your support! Just go to this site: http://www.refresheverything.ca/lostwithoutyou (http://www.refresheverything.ca/lostwithoutyou) and vote for us!  :)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Admin on January 09, 2011, 11:32:00 am
Thats great JC! Keep us posted on that stuff!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Hammondriver on February 14, 2011, 06:45:40 pm
Good news! the event might be covered by CTV!  ;D Long story: I just got interviewed by CTV News about fundraising $100k for the Search & Rescue organization I'm with, and the interviewer (Mr.Mike Cameron) noticed my CKA sticker on my truck and we started talking about kayak fishing off camera. He said he'd like to cover the tourney. Yee-ha!

By the way, we sure could use your support! Just go to this site: http://www.refresheverything.ca/lostwithoutyou (http://www.refresheverything.ca/lostwithoutyou) and vote for us!  :)
This year there seems to be a lot more people should be a great tourny again
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on May 11, 2011, 07:27:42 pm
Just to reiterate, the Hammond River Classic is a species tournament, which means the winners will have caught the most individual species of fish. This makes for an interesting tournament as anglers who are proficient at catching a few species don't necessarily know how to catch ALL available species, and therefore must hone their lesser skills to compete. It makes for an even playing field for everybody. In the event of a tie, total fish lenght will be the tie-breaker. But beware: If Jeff has a 5 foot sturgeon and a 19 inch smallie, and Dave has an 8" yellow perch, a 9" white perch, and an 8" pumpkinseed, he beats Jeff. So don't go spending most of your day trying for the long fish like sturgeon and the eels. Concentrate on numbers, not lenght.
Again this year, a garbage bag of trash picked-up during your day along the river bank will count as a fish species.

Here are the available species within the tournament boundaries:
-Smallmouth bass 
-Largemouth bass
-Stripped bass
-Chain pickerel
-Atlantic Sturgeon
-Shortnosed Sturgeon
-Yellow Perch
-White Perch
-Pumpkinseed
-American Eel
-Brown Bullhead (Catfish)
-Brook Trout
-Sea-run Brook Trout (will count as an individual species if caught)
-Tiger Trout
-Rainbow Trout
-Brown Trout
-Sucker
-*** There are also a few varieties of hybrid fish which, if caught, will count as individual fish species. You will know you caught one, as you will ask yourself "what the heck is THIS?"***

You still have two months, folks! Better do your homework and figure out how to catch the most variety on this list!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: getmoresoon on May 12, 2011, 10:38:52 am
Garbage pickup along the river is always fun!
Good thing it's catch and release.. otherwise, where would I put my fish??!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: John Gibson on May 12, 2011, 12:49:11 pm
good on ya for picking up the trash though!!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on May 12, 2011, 01:39:59 pm
The HRAA and the community thought that was such a good idea last year, that they requested we do it again this year. Everybody had a lot of fun with that, too.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: getmoresoon on June 14, 2011, 02:24:37 pm
So, since this IS in tidal... are we good for multiple lines in the water simultaneously as we were ok for in the NB Paddlers Derby? I don't think that question came up last year.

Getmoresoon
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on June 14, 2011, 03:23:56 pm
Yes, multiple lines are allowed.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: getmoresoon on June 14, 2011, 09:55:15 pm
Not like fishing multiple lines is easy mind you... esp if the darn bottom feeders are hitting like they were at NB Paddlers derby!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on June 15, 2011, 09:16:16 am
What I was doing was trolling with a top water for shad/white perch and a deep water for stripers. Also, while anchored I had one line at the bottom with a worm ball, while I was casting for bass and such. I wouldn't have had two lines on the bottom at the same time, as you're asking for trouble the way the catfish were hitting!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Transplant on June 29, 2011, 03:19:56 pm
I'm all paid up for the derby folks, you're stuck with me now. Anyone want to fill me in on where all the fish are?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 01, 2011, 09:14:26 am
Ryan, check out the hotspot map on the website. That's just a general idea, as there's fish quite litterally all over the place there. The trick is to use your expertise to find where what specific fish you're after are: i.e.- river junctions for big bottom feeders like sturgeon, eels, catfish, etc; piers or other structure for panfish, perch, etc.; fallen trees, big rocks for smallies; weedlines for pickerel; channels and deep holes for stripers; connecting inlets for white perch, fallfish, etc,; and the list goes on!
I'm hearing reports that shad are still in the area, and a friend of mine caught a SMELT on a fly this week!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 02, 2011, 10:03:17 pm
I guess Im gonna make this after all. 8)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 03, 2011, 08:15:21 am
me too Im in!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 03, 2011, 10:26:54 am
where as I have never fished a multi species tourney...I was wondering what I would need in order to do this? like rod n reel and what lb test? how long of an anchor line I would need?Lures n such?...going into this kind of blind! I have a 10' wally world striper rod. 2 ugly sticks and a lightwight rod.the 2 ugly sticks have 10'lb test and I believe 50lb test on the striper.Anyone have a check list of things I would need?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 03, 2011, 01:34:18 pm
bring worm hooks and a weight system you like. A few spinners, some kind of bass baits and you should be fine. Light action rods like your zebcos will work alright for sure. The 50# stuff is a bit overkill there. I havent seen any fish be caught over 30 lbs from the guys in the area aside form one sturgeon. And you can catch the sturgeon on light gear if you play it out.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 03, 2011, 02:54:40 pm
oh ok...sounds good.should I register now and how deep is the water?.I need to pick up an anchor line and a new dip net.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 03, 2011, 03:20:11 pm
not that deep. But I havent fished a whole lot of the river. So Im not sure how deep it gets.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 03, 2011, 07:53:29 pm
I'm registered! 8)I'm stoked!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 03, 2011, 08:02:57 pm
Hey JC. Whats the event schedule look like? Is there an area for campfire? Im car camping. How late does the bar stay open :) Is the parking lot far? haha This will be my last weekend on the east coast :( Good way to go out :)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 03, 2011, 08:45:59 pm
Hey JC. Whats the event schedule look like? Is there an area for campfire? Im car camping. How late does the bar stay open :) Is the parking lot far? haha This will be my last weekend on the east coast :( Good way to go out :)


lol...git R done!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 05, 2011, 05:49:22 pm
hey Jeff, you'll be car camping with me! We'll park in the parking lot (or you can park down in the grass area where all the tents will be). The bar will be open until we say it's closed. (F.Y.I.: nobody will be checking your tents/coolers for what's inside. Just keep you "personal" refreshments outside of the lodge for legal reasons, to cover our butts type-of-thing).
As per live entertainment, I don't think we'll be getting a band this year, but the beer will be cold, and if any of you guys play a musical instrument, bring it and we'll do a jam session/kitchen party deal!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 06, 2011, 02:03:38 am
hired gun, the water rarely gets over 12 feet but count on 16, most is just a foot or 2. you probably won`t need the anchor, there is almost always some easy spot to back into shore. tide will make a difference and the water will flow in and out with the tide with the flow from the Hammond itself adding in. this can make the paddle back a chore. leave the surf rod in the car for later, instead line up one of those ugly sticks with 20 lb, stripers aren`t to likely but you don`t want to break off a monster, same for the sturgeon there. i consider 17lb the lightest i`ll use for stripers although i have landed them on as little as 14lb. after over a 45 minute fight with my last one, i was glad i had it on 20lb, but it`s up to you.

no real place there for the camp fire Jeff, maybe we can arrange for a portable fire pit. the parking lot and the parking spot by the camping area are all one extended location, and there is a place to eat just on the other side of the river, Canadian and Polish i believe. about 10 minutes each way to tim hortons and macdonalds, about another 5 minutes to a canadian tire.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 06, 2011, 02:07:56 am
let me know if some one needs a tent. i have a couple one mans and a big 2 room besides the one i`ll use. if some one needs a yak i have a spare sis (the one i used at the hammond last time, freshly stripped and reglassed)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 06, 2011, 06:57:22 am
Au contraire! We have a designated area for a campfire. We just have never had one there before, but the executive director said we could light one up. We didn't have one last year even though we could (nobody was interested?).
As per water depth, depending on where you fish it can range from one or two feet like ipop said, as deep as 12 + feet in some pools and on channels (if you so wish to venture off along where the Hammond dumps into the kennebecasis, for example).  As far as currant goes, the natural flow of the Hammond in the tidal stretch is negligeble, and as for the tidal flow, not a big issue either. I think what ipop is refering to is the fact that last year on his way back, he had to deal with the tide, the currant, AND the big wind we had. Those three pushing all in the same direction can be an issue if you have bad arms, yeah.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 07, 2011, 11:53:05 am
its getting closer! I have been getting my gear together for a bit now...still can't locate my tent...since we moved here 3 years ago..I also picked up a new rod,n reel combo with a quantum octane reel...more buttons than i know what to do with cuz all I ever used was a spinning reel. Maybe somone can school me on that.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BKiley on July 07, 2011, 12:22:32 pm
 ;DLooks like I might be able to make this one - I'll know for sure by Sunday.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 07, 2011, 12:29:51 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 07, 2011, 03:31:52 pm
Sounds like we will be having a great turnout!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 08, 2011, 01:48:54 pm
curious...what do we have for numbers?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 08, 2011, 02:43:12 pm
Hey JC... if I came down Friday night would I be able to camp at the lodge?  Or is it only Saturday I can camp there?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 08, 2011, 03:21:18 pm
Bob, I'll make a phone call and find out for sure, but I'm pretty sure there'd be no problem. The only issue would be if there was something going on there friday night. I'll let you know asap. By the way, do you have the remainder of the hats, or does Jeff have them? I need to get the swag bags together.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 08, 2011, 03:56:56 pm
I have the hats and I will bring them down with me.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 08, 2011, 04:46:30 pm
bob can you send me a hat number. I was thinking there should be 12 but I need to make sure to cover the rest.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 10, 2011, 10:39:09 am
not many sleeps now! anyone else excited? I think I'm going to bring a permanent marker and get everyone to sighn my kayak!That's what I call custom! 8)lol
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 10, 2011, 11:17:45 am
Id be worried about what some of these folks would write on the yak man. ha
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 10, 2011, 12:32:27 pm
i`m excited. i`m worried. i can`t wait!!! lol :)

the water level is dropping a bit, although after yesterdays rain i`m sure it`s back up. it`s supposed to be nice all week, so the water should be back down to below what it is now, which is just a bit higher than last year in the tourney area.

i hope to have some stickers by then. not enough to give out to everybody that enters if it`s a big turn out but a bunch anyway - i have to save some for my yaks. remind me HiredGun and i`ll save you one.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: rocketball on July 10, 2011, 01:13:12 pm
i`m excited. i`m worried. i can`t wait!!! lol :)

the water level is dropping a bit, although after yesterdays rain i`m sure it`s back up. it`s supposed to be nice all week, so the water should be back down to below what it is now, which is just a bit higher than last year in the tourney area.

i hope to have some stickers by then. not enough to give out to everybody that enters if it`s a big turn out but a bunch anyway - i have to save some for my yaks. remind me HiredGun and i`ll save you one.

worried?  :o must be the thought of getting beat in your own back yard  :P JK buddy....what type of stickers u got?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 10, 2011, 01:59:22 pm
i have bumper sticker size..stickers, or will by then i hope. i`m supposed to pick them up tuesday. they are Cail`s Custom Kayak stickers.

i comfident but worried. i try not to underestimate the competition..and jimmy looks to be taking his son. he knows the area way better than i do. he was stuck there with nothing to do but fish, and he loves to fish. i think he caught his personal nb best sea run speck there on wonder lure. and he will not tell me his pickerel spot there!!!! and he`s my nephew!!!! but he didn`t make it last year... ::)
and of course, i didn`t know you guys last year. Bobd may not be from there, but he fished the whole area last year.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: rocketball on July 10, 2011, 02:18:45 pm
Cails custom kayak sticker? that should be enteresting knowing what type of character u are haha...cant wait to see them

Obviously lots of guys gonna be there that know how to catch fish....it may just come down too "who the fish wants to win"  ;)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 10, 2011, 03:20:17 pm
Does anyone at the Hammond or in NS want to buy these from me? They are great kayak stabilizers.
http://store.springcreek.com/Stabilizer-Floats/Kayak-Stabilizer-Floats/Spring-Creek-HD-Kayak-Stabilizers-Complete-Package-p1581.html (http://store.springcreek.com/Stabilizer-Floats/Kayak-Stabilizer-Floats/Spring-Creek-HD-Kayak-Stabilizers-Complete-Package-p1581.html)
All that is needed is this 10$ part from these guys. http://store.springcreek.com/Stabilizer-Floats/Kayak-Stabilizer-Floats/Brackets-on-Deck-w-bolts-p1579.html (http://store.springcreek.com/Stabilizer-Floats/Kayak-Stabilizer-Floats/Brackets-on-Deck-w-bolts-p1579.html)
You can also add a sail kit for another little bit of money if you wanted to go all out.
Canoe Sail Kit (http://vimeo.com/12186869)
They are in perfect condition. I just dont think the place I am moving into right away when I get up north has room for most of my junk.

Give me an offer. Dont be afraid to lowball me :) I like it.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 10, 2011, 07:13:45 pm
Cails custom kayak sticker? that should be enteresting knowing what type of character u are haha...cant wait to see them

Obviously lots of guys gonna be there that know how to catch fish....it may just come down too "who the fish wants to win"  ;)

Win or loose it will be an awsome time!If I win somthing great,but I'm mainly there to meet the guys, fish and enjoy the time!

I have some stickers as well....
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 10, 2011, 09:03:48 pm
bob can you send me a hat number. I was thinking there should be 12 but I need to make sure to cover the rest.

I'm bringing 17 hats.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 11, 2011, 12:46:35 pm
i thought i would invite the out of towners to go striper fishing in the reversing falls area if you are here a day early, as john, not ipops kayak fishing tours.

we would be looking at a couple possible times and levels of challenge, and we should pick one of these. if there is a big group that wants to go, i`ll see if i can do 2 outings. these times overlap. you start close to the launch.

thurs. night from 10:30 to 3:30 this is an intermediate level time for most of the area. expert level is available and the fishing will most likely be best at the beginning and end. for the expert part we can split off from the rest and do it only one or two at a time.  most of this is intermediate/moderate level outside he expert area with lots of drift time and a fairly easy paddle, complicated mostly by it being nighttime, and more paddling at the end. this is high tide.

early  friday morning from about 2:30 to 7:30, again best at the beginning but the end may be a hot bite too. this is moderate to expert, leaning on the expert side. there will be a lot of paddling, say about 5 to 1 paddling to drifting, but there are places to tuck in for a break. there will most likely be strong current and cross currents, and it will at least start out in the dark.

these times would be 1 hour later the next day.

i can lend the lures. you would need to bring: pfd (i`m not taking anyone near this area without one on. period.); knife (to cut line fast if needed); light (hat light is good); noise maker (most people start screaming on their first good striper run, but you know what i mean); a rod set up with 17-25lb line. you could get away with less, i have, but you will lose any real monster, much more and you can`t break it from the yak (knife!!); your regular yak gear. if you need any of these let me know, i have extra gear, line, rods etc. if you want to bring your own lures, bring floating or suspending cranks from 4" and up, swim baits, big poppers, flukes/super flukes or other big plastics.

this isn`t for every one...but the stripers are running and i thought i would offer. you have a very good chance that any striper you land will be a trophy.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 11, 2011, 12:52:58 pm
I wish I could come :( Im not going to be there till about 7pm or so Friday night.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 12, 2011, 10:19:20 am
Cant wait to meet a few of you guys that I havent met yet! Sure hope we get good weather for the event!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 12, 2011, 10:38:18 am
IPOP.. as awesome as that sounds I wouldn't be able to make it there.  I hope you get some takers!  That would be quite a tale I would think.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 12, 2011, 10:57:13 am
I just found out the tourney isnt till Sunday :) Shows how much I pay attention. lol. I though it was a two day event this whole time. What about Saturday Ipop?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: rocketball on July 12, 2011, 11:12:55 am
IPOP....frig thanks for the invite. wish i could make that. maybe sometime in fall a few of us could hook up for a striper fish?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 12, 2011, 02:30:34 pm
Cails custom kayak sticker? that should be enteresting knowing what type of character u are haha...cant wait to see them

Obviously lots of guys gonna be there that know how to catch fish....it may just come down too "who the fish wants to win"  ;)

Win or loose it will be an awsome time!If I win somthing great,but I'm mainly there to meet the guys, fish and enjoy the time!

I have some stickers as well....

Oh, you'll likely win SOMETHING, man. We'll bring it up at the captain's meeting, but I'm guessing the guys will all want to do like last year and at the NB Paddler's Derby where, all the prizes are on the table and 1st place gets to go up first and has 1st pick at a prize, then 2nd place, etc etc etc until everybody goes up or we run out of prizes.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 12, 2011, 02:35:27 pm
John, if you want to whip up something for the Saturday before regestration and captain's meeting, you might get more takers. Just try to get them all back by 6 at the latest (if they're pre-paid, they don't have to be back before 7 or 8pm Saturday). Heck, if you go out early enough Saturday, I might even give 'er a go!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 13, 2011, 08:46:44 am
saturday we could do early morning for the dawn bite, so as early as possible, the bite will be done by about 8:30 am , the other tide that day is around noon - unless it`s a dark day, we wouldn`t have much luck at noon with the stripers but i could show you the area. dawn would be better. they are hammering the stripers right now. leave a post on this lead so i have an idea how much gear to bring. launch would be at the end of kennedy st. beside the power boat club (easy launch - please don`t block the ramp except unloading). to find it in saint john, drive to the bottom of main st. in the north end (small park ,irving tug boats, ends at bridge st.). now go back up hill one st. that`s kennedy.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 13, 2011, 09:08:16 am
I doubt I am going to be getting up and out of my jeep at 4 or 5. lol. How much distance is it from the Hammond lodge to where this is proposed? Id love to go out for sure I just have to watch my pennies for my upcoming move. Im lucky Im getting the green light to hit the HRC. Have to make a lulu lemon crack trade as Ouird would call it.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 13, 2011, 09:22:23 am
thats why i was thinking midnight bite on friday night, however we could get out as late as 6-6:30 am on sat morning, or even 7 i suppose, the dawn bite extends the fishing time quite a bit, and the best fishing time is always when you can make it on the water. it`s about 20 minutes from the hrfa spot, about 3 miles drive up from the reversing falls bridge.

there are stripers in the tourney area, it`s just not the numbers we would be fishing in the north end, or anything like the challenge
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Transplant on July 13, 2011, 09:28:56 am
i noticed a couple of launch spots marked on the hot spots maps that are a distance from the headquarters. How is this going to work? I assume we keep the gear on the car and drive to wherever we want when the 6:00 bell goes?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 13, 2011, 09:31:40 am
Im up for that early morning on Saturday John. I will leave the yaks on the roof Friday night. Hired gun is coming with me so I assume he is gonna wanna come. He has a striper rod and so do I. I have all the gear I need as well as its the same as pike/musky gear and Im loaded up. I will bring my saltwater crap along then as well. Cool deal only 20 mins away!!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 13, 2011, 09:40:02 am
sounds good guys.
 rocketball, we can do a striper hunt, let me know when you can make it.

where does it show the other launch sites? and does this mean we can end there too?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 13, 2011, 09:40:46 am
What kind of havoc is the salinity there where we are going? Is the water super salty? Im thinking of my reel choice. Im trying to stick as much crap on my moving truck as possible to open as much room in my jeep for the drive. I suppose I could flush the reel hard at the hammond. Do they have hoses and things there?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 13, 2011, 10:02:14 am
this will be almost pure salt. flush them at the hammond, i`m sure i remember a hose there.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 13, 2011, 10:56:29 am
i noticed a couple of launch spots marked on the hot spots maps that are a distance from the headquarters. How is this going to work? I assume we keep the gear on the car and drive to wherever we want when the 6:00 bell goes?

Yep. I'll have "guards" at the designated launch spots, and you'll have to show your token to them and have them take your pic with your yak at the launch spot to prove that's where you launched from.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 13, 2011, 11:13:21 am
jimmie will be pleased. where are they? he will be rowing/paddling his inflateable and wasn`t looking forward to rowing the extra half a km, especialy if the wind comes up - it`s got a huge bow.
if one is where i think it is, be carefull of the mud bank - slippery! lol! i fell down carring my yak to the water at the covered bridge last week - at least it was a soft piece of mud.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 14, 2011, 08:22:24 pm
hiredgun, if you still need a tent, let me know, i can lend you a one man tent.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 14, 2011, 09:13:07 pm
Thanks Ipop however I found one..its an old one but it'll work...I own a north face ...spent a good dollar on it... and now I think it has gone camping by itself!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 15, 2011, 12:33:39 pm
so long as it`s having fun...lol!!! 8)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Transplant on July 15, 2011, 07:15:18 pm
I'm not sure if I'm going to make it out now or not guys. My little girl broke her collar bone yesterday, she's curled up on the couch beside me right now. If I do get there it'll be late tomorrow night. I'm going to try my best, but if I don't make it somebody be nice and draw my name out for the kayak :)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: John Gibson on July 15, 2011, 08:10:20 pm
All the best to your Girl Ryan... Bummer she got hurt..
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 15, 2011, 09:12:42 pm
i`m sorry to hear she was hurt. i hope she gets well soon. one of the other fishers had a different problem with his young daughter today on the hammond. she thought his camera was looking a little warm, so she dunked it in the water to cool it down...
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BKiley on July 15, 2011, 09:19:11 pm
Ryan, sorry to hear about the wee one's accident.  Hope she's alright and heals quickly.  For everyone attending the HRC, good luck to all of you.  I thought I was going to make it up, but unfortunately I've got a shed to build.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 15, 2011, 10:47:14 pm
I'll be heading down as soon as I get up in the morning.  All packed up, just need to put some food in the cooler.  And get some sleep...

Ryan... I hope your daughter feels better soon and you get to make it.  If not take care.  I'll remind JC to put your ticket in the draw.  :)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 16, 2011, 09:03:59 am
one more short nap and i`m ready for the last pre fish and the registration/capt.s meeting

one thing to keep in mind, tidal water starts at the train bridge (green) and down from there, including in front of the salmon  lodge is fly fish only and you do need a license for it. so you have to go down stream a 1/4 mile from the lodge, past the next bridge down for any other fishing or fishing with no licence required.

the little stream (Palmer's brook) that comes into the Hammond right across from the lodge is c&r in that area only now also.

water has dropped a lot in the Hammond. expect a hot and sunny day today.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: rocketball on July 16, 2011, 10:56:38 am
Ah that sucks about your daughter Ryan...Hope she heals up fast so u can get some fishin in soon!! U coming to the Salty Slam in august?

Enjoy building that shed bruce....your retired so why cant it wait untill monday haha

I am not going to be able to make it down untill sunday morning. So going to miss all the stories tonight but have a good time boys. I plan on leaving freddy at 3:15am and unloading the kayak at 4:45am at the bridge by the lodge. I'll be nice and quite so u guys over sleep!!

Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 18, 2011, 07:11:06 am
Most of us are back. I will wait for JC to post the official results. The weekend was a fun time. Some just showed up for the day of the event so I wasnt able to chat much with them regrettably but some were there Saturday night.
The river has a very diverse landscape. There are some deeper holes 16-20 foot cuts and then most is average 6 foot. It was a monster area to figure out in a day. And the way the river split off 50 times and then joined up makes it so that you come back to the next year event to fully figure out. Fishing was pretty cruddy. I might have caught 15-20 fish the entire day. Every fish was under 12 inches. I tried bottom bouncing worms to get eels and catfish. No luck. I tossed spinners for pikeral and finally found one. I ended up with 3 species, bass, pikeral, yellow perch. The winner had 5.
It was amazing to finally meet some of the guys off our site and hang out in such a beautiful area of Canada. Hammond River Angling Association has some great land overlooking a Salmon sanctuary. We watch Atlantic Salmon jumping in the spring fed cove while drinking Ale. Great times.
John Cail took Scott and I out on the St.Johns River for Stripers in the Am Sat morning. We didnt catch anything but it was cool to see some of the reversing falls area and Thanks to John. I hope your guide service flies dude!! Would be great to see that happen.
All and all Scott and I had a fun time in NB this weekend. We saw a lot of sites and met a lot of people. Fun Times for sure.
JC please post the fixed official numbers :) No way I came in 14th. lol Im guessing somewhere in the middle of the pack. And I blame it all on having to guide you around the entire time and keeping you from getting lost. haha.
Hope to get a chance to do that event again some day for sure.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Transplant on July 18, 2011, 09:18:05 am
I would like to second that the fishing sucked. I was all over the smallmouth all day, probably caught 50 of them. But only 1 was over 10". The yellow perch were big though, and hitting hard. But if you're bragging about yellow perch that's justification for saying the fishing sucked. I did catch one lowly pickerel, but only because Jeff found a small area that seemed to be full of them, and after catching his fish took the time to come back up to me to let me know about them. Despite the shitty fishing though, I had a blast as always, I know the river a lot better and can waste a lot less time next year, and hopefully be able to get on fish a little earlier so I can spend some time going after sturgeon and stripers. Thank you JC and the HRAA for hosting us, the location and the cabin we stayed in were top notch. 

Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: hoc on July 18, 2011, 09:23:43 am
Any sturgeon or stripers caught during the tourney?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 18, 2011, 11:29:13 am
No sturgeon or stripers caught during the tourney to the best of my knowledge.Even though I did not catch a whole lot of fish the time there was awsome.Meeting the guys and striper fishing EARLY Sat morning with Ipop(john Cail) on the St John River.
I got to say the Hammond River is definatly a unique maze however I think the best part for me was sitting out on the deck of the HRAA with Bob,JC,Jeff and a few others with John Cail who cooked up some of the best striper I think I ever had. Just hearing and sharing the fishing stories while Salmon sprung from the water was awsome,I couldn't imagine a better setting sitting along side of the Hammond River in a beautiful facility.Thanks for an awsome time guys! You will see me there again! Muchly appreciated!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 18, 2011, 11:36:41 am
There was human error in the tally: I forgot to type-in Jeff's chain pickerel, so he's right. He shouldn't have been in 14th place. As soon as he gets all move-in with internet and sees this, he'll remind me of the size of his pickerel and I'll post the final tally.

I thought there would have been many more participants due to the very nice weather, but we still managed to have 20 participants (not counting me, as I fished but wasn't participating as my camera wasn't working).

No hoc, there were unfortunately no sturgeon nor stripers caught despite the fact that a few participants dedicated a few hours to getting some. All the species were: white perch, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, and pumpkinseed. There should have been some eel, catfish, and several other species caught. EVERYBODY should have caught AT LEAST 5 fish. It was very strange...

I think next year we'll tweek the tourney a bit: We'll have the captian's meeting at 4pm on the Saturday, and as soon as the meeting is over participants will be allowed to begin fishing for approximately 24 hrs at their leisure until 4pm Sunday. What do you guys think?

Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: getmoresoon on July 18, 2011, 12:12:04 pm
That is one heck of an interesting idea.... are there any regulations about fishing after dark on tidal? (Not that I'd necessarily plan to) It would make for a unique tourny, with some definite strategy thinking being required.

I personally like the idea, but wonder if the uniqueness would dissuade others who are just in it for the day?

BTW, Great time JC. Thanks again for organizing the event. And it was great meeting up with all you guys again! Great bunch of folks all around.

Getmoresoon
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 18, 2011, 12:49:13 pm
I think its the best way to go. Eel, catfish and stripers are more on the prowl at night. Also the risk to fish hard at night drains you for the day a bit. So there is an offset. The guys going hard just during the day still have the chance in a normal year to get catfish and eel. So there is no big advantage. Essentially we are saving the hassle for the tournament morning having people show up last minute. Also the prepayment stuff will be getting better figured. Makes way more sense to us organizers to set a high entry fee for those that do the last minute payment. Its to hard to plan and budget with people showing up in droves last minute. WE want to give you guys good events with goodies and things and not have to give stuff to just a few guys tha prepaid.
Thanks to HRAA and JC for planning this awesome event. I forgive you for making me look worse than I already did fishing in the salmon sanctuary with a spinner upon my arrival with my 14th place finish :) haha. Thankfully I suck at fishing enough that I didnt hook a salmon in there :) ha
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 18, 2011, 01:19:42 pm
LOL...We jokingly dubbed Jeff the looser in the poaching catagory.
 I would be up for the night fishing as well,cool idea for a chance at some big ol sturgeon and stripers!This event was definatley well organized at a great venue,also some terrific prizes and everyone left with somthing.I left with a prize a sore butt and some awesome memories.Hopefuly I will get a chance to do it again next year.Looking now at the Diablo yaks!

One more thing. I just want to thank Jeff for inviting me on his last Maritime hoorah before he moves to Yellow Knife,Muchly appreciated bro! I'm also sure we will see him here again 8)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: Transplant on July 18, 2011, 01:54:20 pm
I agree that the overnight opens up some more gamefish opportunities, but we were talkign about increasing participation from the locals. The crazies that show up at every derby will happily fish through the night, but it's going to make things a lot less accessible for those folks borrowing yaks or showing up in canoes, and these are the people we're supposed to be encouraging to come out and give it a try. They'll be the newcomers on this site after the events, and the ones spendig a bunch of money on sponsor goods, which is what they want. Maybe if the derby was split in some way, with a night derby on the Friday night, and a day derby on Sunday? Make the night derby a cash only event with most of the prize money going back to the competitors. Anyone crazy enough to go out there will certainly do it to try to win a few bucks. Then save the prizes for Sunday.

One thing I'd like to throw out there for next year, get the winners some trophies! Seriously, if you win a derby, you should get a little plaque or a trophy to throw on your mantle at home. Not all of us derby winners ended up with a kayak to show off, we need something :)
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: John Gibson on July 18, 2011, 02:24:05 pm
who won the kayak?
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 18, 2011, 03:19:20 pm
Transplant has a very good point.  While we may be willing to do a nighttime fishing tournament, we will get very few people willing to 'try' the sport if they have to commit multiple days or night fishing.  The idea of fishing from a kayak is exotic enough for some newcomers.

Still, it would be a blast, and this past weekend would have been perfect.  Clear sky, low wind, full moon... couldn't have asked for a better time. 

So the trick would be... how could you accommodate both?   Tricky!

You also need to worry about the safety of the anglers.  Who wants to navigate the Hammond swamp at night?  If you thought it was easy to get lost during the day... yikes.  Maybe the better idea is to have a 'night' category that is specifically targeting stripers and sturgeon, and it is run entirely from sturgeon alley.  That way we are all clustered roughly together in case of trouble, and to help each other out getting good pictures and measurements.

HiredGun... it was nice meeting you!  Glad you made it out.

BTW... I learned a very important lesson.  Don't rely on a single watch/clock.  Somehow my watch lost a little over an hour during the day.  I don't know when or how, but as I sauntered into the lodge at 10 minutes to 4 (weigh in time) everything was done.  Apparently it was 5:20 then... ack.  I'm glad I had a sucky day fishing results, otherwise I'd have been really miffed at myself.  This way I can still laugh about it... but lesson learned!!!   Afterwords ipop told me about the alarm clock he has in his kayak...
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: JeffGoudreau on July 18, 2011, 03:35:59 pm
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Afterwords ipop told me about the alarm clock he has in his kayak...
omg!lol!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 18, 2011, 04:47:42 pm
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Afterwords ipop told me about the alarm clock he has in his kayak...
omg!lol!
We were going to call thge local SNR to go look for you,Luckily Jeff had your number!
Ipop is full of suprises!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 18, 2011, 06:53:28 pm
i had a great time at the classic - thanks jc!

it was a tough bite. i agree the bbq watching the salmon in the river, watching my cajun striper dissapear to approving grins, and exchanging stories was some of the best time. it was to bad the stripers didn`t cooperate when i took out Jeff and Scot, but that`s fishing and it was a nice morning. it was a simmilar bite this morning but we had a 36" follower, a couple of nabs and saw a couple stripers pound some bait fish right out of the water for a couple minutes - wild! my client was very pleased. we went an hour over and never even noticed.

i was so busy racing back to the check in, i didn`t notice i had broken off half of one of my paddle blades. this is a little funny since i wanted to get a paddle as a prize (i need more paddles for my kayak fishing tours as i go from 2 to 4 yaks). since that paddle is wood, i can fix/rebuild it, and it gives me a reason to fininsh the paddle i have still as a blank waiting to be shaped down. i would go search the area (again - i tried for it after the tourney) but it`s a big area and i didn`t notice it break, so i have a lot of searching to do. it was a 30 year old paddle given to me as a gift, so i deffinately will get it fixed up and back into the water.

i think i finished 12`th, my poorest showing ever, but that`s fishing. i managed to get a sturgeon bite towards the end when fishing down by Bobd, but didn`t get a hook up when the fish went with it - it looked like the hook was too buried. that would have been nice to land! reeling in the baits when it was time to head back (yup, i had an alarm clock in sight the whole time lol), i pulled in a pile of weeds, getting hung up in the grass..and i could see a fish on the line! i was sure it was a cat fish..until i managed to get to it - it turned out to be a small mouth! rats!

it was agood tourney - i`ll be back!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 18, 2011, 07:14:06 pm
even though it would be fun, i wouldn`t go to a 24hr or even 2 day format, unless as mentioned above, it was treated as 2 seperate tourneys. i say this because few people these days have 2 days off in a row. we are only missing the striper bite and some eels, sturgeon and most other fish hit day and night (of course, there is my golden shinners that shut down just as i arrived at the spot at 6:30 am - i guess i should have paddled faster! lol!). i have a friend that missed all three tourneys this year because he couldn`t get the time and i doubt making more 2 day/24 hr events will make it easier for newbies. myself, i can do this, but i`m an extreame angler...and single!!! lol

carp tournies do 24 hr and even week long events, but they are big cash prize events and not for everybody. i have run bass tournies that were weekend fishes - it was hard to see the leader go home after the first day because he had to work the next day - this was for numbers of smallies with a lunker prize...and he was ahead by 6 fish. i have only seen him at the sturgeon tourney since. remember half the people staying in bed the second day of the smallie slam? or not even fishing the second day due to conditions and where they were placed? it`s okay for dedicated anglers but not to get people interested in the sport.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 18, 2011, 07:17:31 pm
Here are the results (adjusted for my human error):
1st: Nick Colpits (5 fish totalling 117.5 cm)
2nd: Mike Donavan (4 fish totalling 112.5 cm)
3rd: Steve Delaney (4 fish totalling 103 cm)
4th: Neil Murphy (4 fish totalling 97 cm)
5th: Ryan Anderson (3 fish totalling 88.75 cm)
6th: Nick Fenn (3 fish totalling 88.5 cm)
7th: Nathan Robinson (3 fish totalling 87 cm)
8th: Richard Little (3 fish totalling 86 cm)
8th: Jeff Goudreau (3 fish totalling 81.75 cm)
9th: Scott Knowles (3 fish totalling 78 cm)
10th: Ryan Bienvenue (3 fish totalling 76 cm)
11th: Peter Fenn (3 fish totalling 73.5 cm)
12th: John Cail (3 fish totalling 54 cm)
13th: Sam Hunter (3 fish totalling 42 cm)
14th: Brendan Jones (2 fish totalling 48.5 cm)
15th: Gregory Hunter (2 fish totalling 45 cm)
16th: Arlyss Wilson (2 fish totalling 43cm)
17th: Liam Murphy (2 fish totalling 36 cm)
18th: Dave Stott (2 fish totalling 22 cm)
19th: Liam Hunter (0 fish)
20th: Bob Duschesneau (2 fish, but was unfortunatly disqualified for arriving after the alloted time due to a faulty watch)

The lunker prize went to Nathan Robinson with a 46 cm pickerel.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 18, 2011, 07:19:58 pm
even though it would be fun, i wouldn`t go to a 24hr or even 2 day format, unless as mentioned above, it was treated as 2 seperate tourneys. i say this because few people these days have 2 days off in a row. we are only missing the striper bite and some eels, sturgeon and most other fish hit day and night (of course, there is my golden shinners that shut down just as i arrived at the spot at 6:30 am - i guess i should have paddled faster! lol!). i have a friend that missed all three tourneys this year because he couldn`t get the time and i doubt making more 2 day/24 hr events will make it easier for newbies. myself, i can do this, but i`m an extreame angler...and single!!! lol

carp tournies do 24 hr and even week long events, but they are big cash prize events and not for everybody. i have run bass tournies that were weekend fishes - it was hard to see the leader go home after the first day because he had to work the next day - this was for numbers of smallies with a lunker prize...and he was ahead by 6 fish. i have only seen him at the sturgeon tourney since. remember half the people staying in bed the second day of the smallie slam? or not even fishing the second day due to conditions and where they were placed? it`s okay for dedicated anglers but not to get people interested in the sport.
It wouldn't be a 2 day thing, just a one day. Starts at 4pm Saturday, ends 4pm Sunday.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BobD on July 18, 2011, 08:56:21 pm
BTW - I want to thank JC and Tom Benjamin for their hard work, and the use of the Lodge.  What an awesome place that is!  I know there is a lot of work and effort that goes into creating an event like this, so kudos to you both for getting it done.   

Also thanks to Jeff for all your hard work getting the Cross Canada Tour together and off the ground.  I suspect whatever form the tour takes next year it will be bigger and better than this year!  Thanks Jeff.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: rocketball on July 19, 2011, 11:16:38 am
First off thanks to JC for hosting such a great event. HRAA for letting us use there lodge even though I wasnt around to enjoy it saturday evening. Sounds like I really missed out. Thanks to Jeff and CKA for there support and it was great to fish along side Jeff and pull that Lunker Award winning pickeral right out from under his noes  ;D

As far as the Tourny format goes I like it the way it is. This is my 3rd time fishing this water and I got to say its tough fishing. Yes I would love if it was an allnight event and I am all in for the xtreme stuff. However the main goal here is to have fun and I think everyone had a great time. The results were very close and even the novice anglers can compete and be very competitive. It was great to see an increase in competitors compared to last year and that shows that JC is doing something right. So if its not broke, dont fix it!!

Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: ipop on July 19, 2011, 11:36:45 am
i just noticed that`s the lenght of 2 of my fish, you missed my third species stroover. 20cm pumpkin seed;19 cm yellow perch; 15 cm bass (tiny but should have been included in my total) that gives me 54 cm, 3 species.

we need to set up a basic excel form so this doesn`t happen again.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 19, 2011, 02:03:08 pm
Jeff is going to set up a spread sheet to be used at all tourneys,it will just need to be filled in and it will automatically do the numbers for you.

I also forgot to thank Tom! Thanks Tom. Had some great conversations with him as well! all in all I enjoyed the whole time with no sleep and a camera that went astray!
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: BorealPete on July 19, 2011, 06:13:23 pm
Hi Folks, just like to thank Tom & JC for organizing a great tournament. This was the first tournament for my son Nick and I and we had a ball! Camped out the night before, cooked eggs and toast for breakfast on the lawn and fished all day. Really appreciate the opportunity to spend quality time with my Son and so proud to see him beat me as well! I guess we'll be back again next year for sure.

Special thanks to Jeff. Couldn't imagine a better embassador for the sport of kayak fishing!!! Good luck up north buddy.

Pete,
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: stroover on July 19, 2011, 08:22:09 pm
i just noticed that`s the lenght of 2 of my fish, you missed my third species stroover. 20cm pumpkin seed;19 cm yellow perch; 15 cm bass (tiny but should have been included in my total) that gives me 54 cm, 3 species.

we need to set up a basic excel form so this doesn`t happen again.

You're right, man. I messed-up. Oh maaaaaan! Sorry dude! So that puts you in 12th place, and everybody below guts umpbed one spot.
Like Scott said, Jeff's gonna hook us up with a spreadsheet which will calculate everything for us by next year.
Title: Re: Hammond River Classic 2011
Post by: HiredGun on July 19, 2011, 08:58:22 pm
Hi Folks, just like to thank Tom & JC for organizing a great tournament. This was the first tournament for my son Nick and I and we had a ball! Camped out the night before, cooked eggs and toast for breakfast on the lawn and fished all day. Really appreciate the opportunity to spend quality time with my Son and so proud to see him beat me as well! I guess we'll be back again next year for sure.

Special thanks to Jeff. Couldn't imagine a better embassador for the sport of kayak fishing!!! Good luck up north buddy.

Pete,

I know if that was my son I would have been super proud as well,he seems to be quite the accomplished kayak angler! Says a lot for his upbringing Pete! ;)