Electric boat motor manufacturer Torqeedo said kayak angling is the second-fastest-growing outdoor sport and is generating competitions on a national level.
The inaugural Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship, held March 19-20 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn., was sponsored by Torqeedo, which said it has advocated for small-boat fishing.
Chad Hoover, a popular TV host and kayak angling superstar, organized the championship and helped local clubs with qualifying events that identified anglers who would move on to compete for the national title. More than 200 anglers gathered from every corner of the country to participate.
Competitors persevered through two days of cold weather and high wind to vie for what Torqeedo said was the highest payout ever recorded for a kayak bass fishing event. Matt Ball, part of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers group of West Virginia, brought home the grand prize totaling more than $32,000 for his five-fish stringer, according to a statement.
No longer restricted to docks and deep water, kayak fishermen are discovering shallower and more remote fishing spots — where the biggest fish reside.
Torqeedo developed the first electric propulsion system designed for this application, the Ultralight 403, which weighs 16 pounds, including its lithium battery.