The annual Hudson River Striped Bass Fishing Derby has been taking place for years, and it has become a local much talked about institution. It is organized by the Hudson River Fisherman’s Association (HRFA), and attracts striper fans from the Northeastern United States, from New England to as far south as North Carolina. This time the tournament will be headquartered in Newburgh, NY.
Participants have two days to fish the cold water of the Hudson, and present their catch to several weighing stations along the river. Proceeds from this striper fishing competition benefit The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and its’ Youth Angler Programs.
Being a large river where many fast motorboats go, and located in a cold region, the Hudson isn’t a place where you’d expect to see many anglers who fish out of kayaks. In fact, local anglers are far more likely to use traditional motorboats for this purpose, starting from big and powerful vessels such as bass boats and center console boats to smaller craft such as jon boats. However, this year the tournament organizers have decided to offer a Wavewalk 500 F2 fishing kayak as first prize, because it is a good platform for striper fishing in such conditions: It is stable, dry and comfortable like no other fishing kayak is, and it offers good protection from cold weather as well as from motorboats’ wakes.
Interestingly, when the W500 is outfitted with an outboard motor, it can travel dozens of miles a day at speeds going up to 8-10 mph, and thus offer a fairly good range of travel to anglers who get impatient with fishing in one spot and want to try fishing in other locations along the river.
Native Americans who lived along the Hudson river called it “the river that flows both ways” due the the presence of strong tidal currents in it. These currents can flow in and out at the same time in different parts of the river – yet another reason to consider using a motorized kayak.
We look forward to this popular fishing contest that attracts hundreds of striper fishing fans every year!