| Yellows Crash Kayak Tournament
La Jolla goes off for Moyer Memorial.
BY PAUL LEBOWITZ
WON Staff Writer
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA – Scarcely two hours into Saturday’s Moyer Memorial Kayak Fishing Tournament, Thomas Steinhuer showed up to weigh a fat forkie. That’s when tournament organizer Matt Moyer realized it would be a great day.
“It was so early, we didn’t have the scale set up,” Moyer said. Within minutes, two more anglers toting ‘tails and hoping to win the event’s Dash for Cash and $465 checked in after checking out the early morning bait bite.
The yellows were just getting started. As the morning wore on, marauding schools popped up here and there, sticking around long enough for many competitors to cash in right up to the closing bell. Eventual champion Jasmin Grabic earned $1,000 for the 25.81-pound yellow he nailed on the iron.
Eric Edberg’s 23.94-pound ‘forkie secured second place. John McVey outwrestled an aggressive sea lion to hang onto third place, but not until the larcenous animal overturned his kayak.
Kerry Peeler’s 9.96-pound three-bass tournament limit topped the catch and release bass division. Ed Keil UniButter accounted for the jackpot calico, a 4.40-pounder caught shallow.
103 anglers registered for this ninth annual benefit for the American Cancer Society. Although attendance was down, Moyer said the crowd equaled last year’s fund raising total. Over its history, generous kayak anglers have raised over $100,000 to fight the vicious disease.