02. April 2017 · Comments Off on 2017 ICKA Trail Stop #1 – Warrior River · Categories: 2017 Events

The Iron City Kayak Anglers got off to a smooth start for 2017 with a stop at the Warrior River. Anglers from across the Birmingham Metro Area competed for prizes from ICKA sponsors Mark’s Outdoors, Orca Coolers, Osprey Rods, and Cahaba Brewing Company. Based on the fish submitted, fishing was tough, but those who battled through it were rewarded with solid fish and good stories.

Allen Fowler, in his rookie debut on the ICKA trail, demolished the ICKA 3 fish limit record with a total of 57.50″. This allowed him to best the field by over 8″, sending him home with $250 cash, an Orca Coolers Alabama state flag cup, and Cahaba Brewing sign. Allen was also the Mark’s Outdoors Bonus Program winner which gave him an additional $250 gift certificate.

Consistency seems to be the key for Robbey Stanford with the Warrior River. Once again Robbey placed 2nd in the ICKA kick off event with a 3 fish stringer of 49.50″, including a monster, and club record, 22.50″ Warrior River bass. Robbey said he spent over and hour trying to catch her and it clearly paid off. Robbey took home $140 cash, an Orca Coolers Alabama state flag cup, and the Osprey Rods Big Bass award worth $120.

2016 AOY Brian Wilkes got off to a strong start in 2017 with a stringer of 49″ that was good for 3rd place. Brian won $50 cash and a pair of Fish Monkey gloves courtesy of Mark’s Outdoors.

Joseph Watts was the unfortunate soul to take home the Mark Whitlock Skunk award for this event. Joseph, and his cell phone, took a swim in the Warrior. According to Joseph, he had an audience during his fall who said “it seemed like you were falling for 8 minutes”. Thanks for being a great sportsman Joseph, and we are glad you came out with us today.

Next up for for the Iron City Kayak Anglers is the Coosa River Keeper event on Neely Henry May 6. ICKA members will have the ability to add to their Angler of the Year totals by participating the CRK event. All proceeds go to CRK, who specialize in conservation for the Coosa River system.

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