Saturday, August 15, 2015

Kingston Canadian Open 2015 - Day 3 Final Results

(Photo Courtesy of John Whyte)

A shortened version of the Kingston Canadian open is in the books and this year the winner is not only a Canadian but a local Kingstonian,  Lenny Devos with a 2 day total weight of 52.3lbs.. Congrats Lenny, enjoy that $16,000 prize.

Lenny had a solid day 1 and found himself sitting in 3rd place with just over 24lbs.. and followed that up on Day2 with a new tournament record of 28.05lbs' that included the weekends biggest fish (5.75lbs).

In 2nd Place was Cal Climpson who made a short climb from 4th place after day 1 and was just ounces ahead of the Chris Johnston who's second day 21lb bag saw him slip from 1st to 3rd place

below image was borrowed from event MC, Big Jim Mclaughlin and is a screen grab of the official tournament results. Once fully available on-line i will update this page accordingly.

Congrats also goes out to out top Am's in this years event, (1) Brenton Roebuck (2) Tom Streek and (3) Dave Flindall,

I offical pass my 2014 crown to Brenton who takes home a Lund Boat package valued at $3,000.. believe me when I say, get it early Brenton.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Kingston Canadian Open - Day 1 & Day 2 Results

It's that time of year again, a time in which many of Canada's top anglers flock to the city of Kingston on search of monster bronze back on the world class fishery that is Lake Ontario. You might say they also come to test their skills again two Peterborough Boys (Chris and Cory Johnston) and one American (Jeff Coble) who have been dominating the event the past few years.

With one day in the books the Open has a very different look to it this year, first off, the participation level took another huge drop this year seeing last years low of 61 boats cut by yet another 20.. I remember when this event pulled in 100 boats and 200 anglers.. another change can be seen on the leader board, as last years winner Jeff Cobble had a tough day 1 only weighing in 2.3lbs (he set a record last year with over 72lbs for the 3 days.

Here's your top 30 Pro's after Day 1

As always there are some familiar names on the leader board, including the the Johnston Brothers (Chris in 1st and Cory in 9th). The Izumi family also make an appearance with Darren finishing a solid 6th, Uncle Wayne in 16th and Bob at 26th place.

a personal favorite John Whyte is sitting in 22nd and as always is poised to make a run on Day 3.

As for the Amateurs their top 30 is as follows....

Due to High winds Day 2 of this 3 day event has been cancelled, with no word as of yet if the event will be a 2-Dayer or push into Sunday. Tomorrows forecast is calling for a turnaround weather wise and it will be interesting to see if the fish change and how these anglers will react.

Good luck out there.

Monday, August 3, 2015

YoloTek AquaStick.. Don't GoPro without it

Ever since I purchased my boat earlier this year, I have had the itch to finally break back out my old Hero2 GoPro camera. I've had it for a few years now, but in all honesty the head and or chest mount did nothing for me perspective wise so I had just tucked it away giving it very little use from the time I purchased it until now.

But after purchasing my first boat earlier this year I began to search for better ways to utilize my GoPro camera via the various mounts that were available. As a first time boater and casual GoPro user I was looking for an easy to use, but durable product that wasn't going to break the bank.. Id already spent hundred of dollars on GoPro gear (including extra batteries and the Wifi backpack) and didn't want to add another item that I may or may not get a tone of use out of.

Enter YoloTek, I wish I could tell you that my extensive searching found them and their line of dare i say "angler selfie-sticks" (my wife words not mine) but in fact I found them while trolling this years ICAST best of show winners. Their new product the YoloTek PowerStick took home top honours in the gift wear category. And although it was not exactly what I was looking, for it did lead me to their website where I found the AquaStick.

How it works:

The AquaStick is a non-powered adjustable GoPro camera mount that can be plugged into your front or rear navi light ports. It comes either threaded or standard and can quickly be popped in and tighten down in order to withstand speeds up to 30mph. And although I haven't quite hit those speeds I have done 40Km/h with no issues.. I'm Canadian and mph math scares me.

Once in place you can adjust the rods length from 15' to 43", I usually extend it fully to give it that great outer worldly view while on the water. The Camera mount portion is also adjustable if your would like more of an upward or down facing angle, I'm pretty traditional and have been mostly just shooting straight on. 

Options & Choices:

AquaTek has a few options available to anglers, the AquaStick being the entry level product that runs around $59USD . For those with some extra cash or looking to run with the pro's you may way to look at the PowerStick Pro, a powered version of the AquaStick that is not only beefier, (50mhp) but it also provides more height (48") we all as USB ports in order to keep your GoPro powered up and running all day long. It is much pricey at $169USD, but for what I can tell its value would be endless.

For those who spent some time in the salt water, you YoloTek offers the O'l Salty a rig that allows you to get the best salt water footage above and below the water. This is not yet available, but they don't have a signup list for those interested.

Last but not least is this years ICAST winner, the YoloTek PowerStick, is a short pole with 2 USB ports turning your navi lights into a charging station. You can also rig up your iPhone for quick selfies on this little dude, giving it dual purpose. $49USD

Note: If your on the Fence on going Original or Pro, I will admit that I have been kicking myself for not investing in a powered version. My GoPro batteries die out long before my day on the water is over, and that added juice would be welcomed.

I have now had my AquaStick out on the water for multiple trips, it truly has reinvested me in what a GoPro camera can do for you out on the water.  This is one of the best gadgets I've added to my arsenal this season, and like it or not,  your about to see a lot more GoPro footage and stills coming your way. 

 Trust me, once your start this will quickly become a normal part of your boat launch prep.. remove the straps, insert the plug, attached the Hummingbirds and plug in the AquaStick, Go Fishing 

Be sure to check out YoloTek's Facebook page HERE as well as their Instagram Page HERE they are offering prizes for those who post on water images using a YoloTek product