2018 Elite series A "Reel" Success
coming down to 2 champions taking the series with 2 hands.
Here's a little about our series national champion's, and what they had to say about the series for 2018:
Neal Palmer (SA) ELITE
When I moved back to Adelaide from the mid North 5 years ago one of the first things I did was buy myself a fishing kayak.
I reckon I've been on one every weekend ever since, I just love it.
The Elite series has been the highlight of my fishing year no doubt about it. Meeting new like minded Hunters from all over the state at different venues targeting different species is not only a whole lot a fun but it certainly has improved my fishing. The awesome prizes are a great bonus - I'm pumped for next season, can't wait!
Bruce Tozer (NSW) PRO AM
My kayaking started on beautiful Lake Macquarie in the Hunter NSW.
I fish weekly if i can with my neighbour Geoff Barry and enter as many Yak Hunter events as possible with terrific fellow fishers.
Neal taking victory in the Elite class winning himself a Wilderness systems Radar 135 kayak from Paddle Pro Australia.
Along with Bruce taking out Pro am winning himself a Perception Pilot pedal drive kayak from Melbourne Paddle Sports.
But lets not forget those who took out the title of state champion for their series class in their state!
Here's what they had to say.
Joshua Bell (QLD)
Hi i'm Josh from Brisbane, I have been kayak fishing for about 5 years now. I enjoyed the social approach the organisers took with this series and i feel that helps ensure everyone has a fun day on the water. Thanks again to Yak Hunters and all of the sponsors involved in putting on a great series.
Greg Rigby (NSW)
I started kayak fishing on the Sunshine Coast in 2013 but since moving to Newcastle a few years ago I have really enjoyed the friendships formed within Yak Hunters.
This has driven me to compete more and expand my skills and techniques.
The Elite Series has been a great way to further those skills by sharing advise and a few beers with great people in a social environment. I cant wait to see where it goes from here.
RICHARD ORCHARD (QLD)
I first started kayaking and kayak fishing as a kid on the Darling Downs in a kayak that my father built for me, that is over 40 years ago.
I now live at Birkdale on Moreton Bay, a fantastic spot with all kinds of options for kayaking and fishing close by.
The best part of the series is the concept of having a tournament that includes all states competing at the same time but still keeping it at a state level. Brilliant.
Mathew Bini (SA)
I’m from Golden Grove, in Adelaide’s North Eastern suburbs.
I purchased my first kayak in December 2016, after stumbling across kayak fishing vids on Youtube, and started fishing from it 3 months later (March2017), in between heavy work and study commitments.
I saw kayak fishing as an opportunity to mix 3 passions in my life…fishing, fitness and adventure. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable and learning experience with lots of species caught in the short time I’ve been participating in kayak fishing.
The Yak Hunters elite series provided me with the opportunities to fish different areas, target different species, and do it all in the company of some great people, and in a friendly competitive environment. Also, taking on a leading role here with the Yak Hunters team has been very rewarding.
John Rao (VIC)
I live in Geelong and started kayak fishing about 1 year ago.
The thing I enjoyed most about the Elite series was meeting new people who love fishing and fishing new waterways and different species of fish. I'm looking forward to next year i can't wait.
There we have it. 2018 series has come to a close. with many hyped for 2019. We hope to see you then.