Swanage Classic Prizes announced
With the 2016 Swanage Classic getting ever nearer it's time to announce some of the prizes. Remember you have to be in it to win it and the prizes could be won by anyone, see you on the 21st of May at Prince Albert Gardens for registration, it's going to be most excellent.
Swanage Classic - 1st Prize
Very excited to announced that this years Swanage Classic's first prize will be a Hobie Revolution 16. It's times like this that I wish that I could compete at the Swange Classic as well as ensure that everything runs smoothly and everyone remains safe.
The Revolution 16 is the perfect ocean going fishing kayak, its fast, manoeuverable, and with the Hobie Vantage seat it's also very comfortable and well behaved when things get a little exciting.
For those that like the odd paddle then you won't be disappointed with the way she behaves with a more 'traditional' method of propulsion, not that you'll want to paddle once you have tried out the Mirage Drive.
For those that like some specifications to wet their appetite:
Fitted Hull Weight: 34kg/75.5lbs
Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
A huge thank you to the Hobie Cat Centre, Rockley Park, Poole for their sponsorship of this years event.
You can learn more about the Hobie Mirage Drive range of fishing kayaks at: hobiecatcentre.co.uk
Swanage Classic - 2nd prize
Big thank you to Raymarine UK for supporting the Swanage Classic 2016 and supplying this years 2nd place prize the rather superb Raymarine Dragonfly 5Pro with GPS, dual channel CHIRP sonar with DownVision™ and WiFi enabled. The all weather high definition screen helps you see whats going on even in the brightest sunlight. I don't fish without my Dragonfly onboard my Hobie Revolution 13.
For more information about the Raymarine Dragonfly range of of FishFinder/GPS's check out
Palm Equipment - Special Prize
Last years Swanage Classic's Palm Equipment Raffle was a huge success. So once again Palm Equipment have agreed to support the event again. All competitors will be given a raffle ticket as they sign off the water at the end of the tournament, this will hopefully encourage everyone to sign off quickly so that we can stand down the safety boats.
During prize giving we will be pulling one lucky ticket from a hat, the owner of the ticket will win a £200 voucher to spend on any Palm Equipment products.
VE Paddles - Support the Swanage Classic
VE Paddles design and manufacture White Water, Touring / Sea Kayak, SUP and Canoe Paddles. All their paddles are custom made to order. They use the best materials and manufacturing processes currently available to ensure that you the customer get the perfect paddle for your needs at the best value for money.
VE Paddles are offering a £100 voucher of any of their range of custom paddles to one of winners at this years Swanage Classic.
Want to learn more about VE Paddles visit:
BerleyPro UK - Sponsor a prize
BerleyPro UK have added one of their brand new Berley Pro Orb Kayak Safety Light to our prize table.
The BerleyPro Orb is a 12v, 3 piece collapsible light perfect for that boat or kayak. With IP68 LEDs orientated at 360 degrees and angled over head this can be used as either an anchor light or permanent running light on your kayak. Our specific selection of LEDs are bright enough to let you land that tricky fish at night or setup your gear. This light runs on 12v so no more forgetting to charge your battery or paying for expensive smaller batteries as this can be connected in parallel with your fish finder.
This light is easy to install with only 2 wires needing to be connected and it comes with everything you need in the pack including a Railblaza Mount.
For more information visit: berleyprouk.com
Biggest Bream Competition at the Classic
Although the Swanage Classic is a Catch Photo Release competition many of the competitors who find a nice Bream will probably take one home for the pot. With this in mind last year was the first time we had a prize for the Biggest Bream which was sponsored by Reuben Heaton, distributors of Trokar and Eagle Claw.
For 2016 the Reuben Heaton Biggest Bream will be part of the Swanage Classic once again, with a great prize package for the angler with the largest Bream brought to the Reuben Heaton Weighing Station before registration closes.
For more information on Reuben Heaton, Trokar, and Eagle Claw ranges visit :
Big thank you to H2O Kayaks and iCOM UK for their support of this years Swanage Classic.
This years prize table is growing by the day, we are going to have some very happy competitors going home with some nice new gear.
Junior Kayakfishermen/women - Classic Training
We have had a fantastic offer from Kayak Fishermen Mark Radcliffe and Keith Ward, both are previous winners of the Classic and well known and respected kayak fishermen. On Sunday 22nd May the lads have offered to take out any juniors with their parent/guardian who have fished the Swanage Classic and teach them a few of their fishing tricks and techniques in the hope of catching a few species in the safety of Swanage Bay.
I'm sure there are a few adults who would jump at this opportunity as well, but its not for them.
Come and sign up for this offer at the Swanage Classic registration on 21st May 2016.
Action Hat - BerleyProUK
I've been trying to get my hands on an Action Hat since first seeing one in one of the US Kayak Fishing Magazines. When I heard that my sponsor BerleyProUK were going to be bring them into the UK I dove in and asked to have one. Well it's arrived and I'm pretty damn excited.
The Action Hat looks like a standard baseball cap, but look a little closer and you will notice a series of reinforced holes around the cap, in fact there are five sets of holes, these are all mounting points for an action cam or cameraphone, allowing the wearer to mount a camera facing forwards and backwards, from the front, back or sides of the cap. Brilliant.
Internally the cap has a reinforced foam lined shell to take the weight of the action cam and stop the hat from collapsing.
Really looking forward to getting out on the water and reviewing for AnglersAfloat it's going to give another angle to my video's.
More information can be found on the BerleyPro website, but order from BerleyPro UK.
Swanage Classic - New Logo
Thought it was time we had a new logo for the Swanage Classic. Hope you like it. Don't forget its on the 21st May 2016.
Hope to soon have some exciting news on the first prize for this years tournament. Stay tuned.
Swanage Classic 2016
21st May 2016, pop the date in your diary, make sure you can get the time off work if you are a weekend or shift worker. For the second year running Hobie will be sponsoring the Swanage Classic along with Raymarine UK and hopefully a few more companies will join in along the way.
The format won't be changing, the rules will remain pretty much the same as last year. If you want to get on the winners podium best start getting to know the venue, how it has fished in previous years and where the main holding grounds for the species are. There are plenty of fish in the bay with up to 21 species caught overall in previous years.
Hold fire on booking any camping, we are looking at different venues this year and hope to create a more sociable environment for all that attend, will keep you posted when we have more to tell.
AnglersAfloat Annual Species Hunt.
Members of the forum may have noticed that David Blair has kindly decided to run an Annual Species Hunt on the AnglersAfloat Forum, this is for members only and will be run on the forum, where you can check out the rules, who's entered and even organise and enter yourself and a few mates in as a team.
At this stage its all for a bit of fun and banter, but David thinks he might be able to get some prizes together if enough competitors.
Landing Net Review
I’m always amazed at how few anglers take a landing net with them when tournament fishing, I wouldn’t be without one… last year I lost two fish when competing, both times I could have upgraded the fish in the bag, but was busy filming and not thinking about the size of the fish I was playing, both were in the water to long and escaped whilst I adjusted the angle of the camera. One of the fish may have got me a 10th place rather than 12th, and onto the prize
table, should have had my game face on! - More
An old Palm favourite
For the past season I have been wearing the new Palm Ion bib and brace under my tournament shirts. I used the old Sidewinder bib & brace some years ago and always loved the comfort that they gave me out on the water.
The new Ion is available in two colours, Saffron and Jet Grey, I went for the Jet Grey it doesn't show the dirt so easily and a lot of my launches involve mud!
An important factor when choosing paddle trousers for me is that they have a high back, water creeps up external clothing and you can soon end up with a damp back, the high back on the Ion keeps my back nicely warm and dry. and with a breatable mesh I don't cook when the sun comes out.
The only thing I would change is the braces, I would permanently attach to the back rather than the front, I'd find it much easier to put them on.
I will be continuing to wear the Ion for as long as I can before I have to get back into my drysuit.
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