The Carolina Yakfish Tournament Series Finale 2013 concluded June 1st at Randleman Reservoir, located in Central North Carolina. The series main purpose is to generate funds for the non-profit organization, Heroes on the Water, Ft. Bragg NC Chapter. Chapter leader, Michael Ortiz, along with two fellow servicemen, joined us from Fayetteville.

Thirty-four anglers descended upon the Southwest Park location of Randleman Reservoir. Clear skies and pleasant temps were served up in the early AM, giving way to breezy and warm conditions in the afternoon. Catching was good with 22 of 34 anglers catching a three fish limit. The top 13 were separated by just 7″. The atmosphere of the series has always been based on friendly competition. Despite a few broken rods and one angler losing some gear due to flipping, attitudes have always been on the positive side, even with occasional bad weather and sometimes slim catching .

My catching began pretty quick with two Bass, a 13.25″ and 17.5″ within the first half hour. Fifteen minutes later and I’m hooked into a monster. Pleading that the fish would stay hooked I played it for almost two minutes. As it rose close to the surface I caught a short glimpse of it’s length before it pulled drag descending again. Hmmm, that looks narrow? It’s fighting just like a Bass, wish it was a Bass but turned out to be a nice 27″ Blue Catfish that wasn’t too happy about the forced visit to my kayak. Not until close to taking out at 1:30PM did I land my final third fish, another 17.5″.

At the conclusion of the series the Angler of the Year is determined by the greatest accumulation of an anglers three best scores out of four tournaments. Native Watercraft has been a strong supporter of Heroes on the Water since it’s founding. For the second year in a row, Native has donated the Angler of the Year grand prize, this year a Slayer 14.5. The race was extremely tight and in the end, for the second year in a row, Shelly Efird bested the closest competitor by just one point. Congratulations Shelly!

Randleman Results:

1st – Chris Gravely – 3 Bass limit of 53.5″

2nd – Jason Scott – 3 Bass Limit of 52″

3rd – Jeff Ratliff – 3 Bass lint of 51.5″

Congratulations of Wayne Butler and John Stokes for their respective 4th and 5th place finishes winning them each a $50 gift certificate from Get:Outdoors.

For complete results see Carolina Yakfish

The final amount of charitable funds donated to Heroes on the Water to be announced soon.

Deserving of thanks goes out to Bob Dainton and Joey Sullivan for having the vision and drive to organize and operate the series. Joey Benevenia for the charitable donation of I.D. lanyards and of course all the competing anglers. Well done and hope to see everyone next year!