2018 California Kayak Angler of the Year


Monday, January 1, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018


Rules and Regulations

1. All fish entered must be caught (i.e. hooked, fought, and landed) from a kayak in the state of California, no county boundaries present the whole state is fair game, without the aid of a professional guide, motor, or powerboat (mothership) and using methods deemed legal by the state of California.

2. Photographs with a digital camera providing evidence of the fish size with total length (except Yellowtail and Barracuda is Fork length as per DFW rules) of fish.
A. Photo must be the whole fish taken from directly above the fish
B. If any of the pictures are blurry due to operator or climate they will be disqualified. It will be up to the AOTY committee if accepted

3. The fish and measuring device should be on a flat surface. Having a measuring trough to assist is mandatory and makes taking good pictures much easier. No laying measuring tape on top of fish must be under fish. We have them for sale see link below.

4. Dates to enter fish will be January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Fish caught prior to January 1, 2018 are ineligible. Fish caught prior to payment of entry fees are also ineligible.

5. The California Angler of the Year (AOTY) covers the following 23 species Lingcod, Rockfish, California Halibut, Cabezon, White Seabass, Barracuda, Yellowtail, Surf Perch, Greenling, Saltwater Bass, Sheepshead, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Panfish, Kokanee, Trout, and Salmon.

6. Only top 10 Species will count towards total for the year. But your largest of each species can be changed as often as you catch a new one as well as species can change as well.

7. No out off season or undersize or oversize may be entered. This includes proper measurement for all fish that have a minimum size. So for fish that have a minimum inch or max size they need to be measured with an attempt to keep the mouth closed. Fish that appear that they are short will be disqualified. So that means if your fish is borderline short measure properly with mouth closed so there is evidence the fish is legal.

8. Entries must be posted within 15 days of being caught and photographed.

9. Panfish any of the following sunfish Bluegill, Green sunfish, Redear sunfish, Redbreast sunfish, Spotted sunfish, Pumpkinseed, Warmouth, and Sacramento Perch as well as Yellow Perch.

10. Trout will include the following species Rainbow, Browns, Brooks, and Cutthroat.

11. Saltwater bass will include Calico Bass, Barred Sand Bass and Spotted Bay Bass.

12. Please refer to California DFW handbook for all size limits and any further questions regarding species qualifications.

13. Grand Prize (TBD) will be Raffled off with a ticket given to each angler that registers for the event, every angler will be given an additional ticket for every 200 points obtained. Top 5 anglers will be given additional tickets being 1st place getting “25” extra, 2nd place getting “20” extra, 3rd place getting “15” extra, 4th place getting “10” extra and 5th getting “5” extra tickets.

14. Only approved boards are the Hawg Trough (https://goo.gl/ig0YqE) and the Full Moon Floating Board (https://goo.gl/EL3HNu) any other device will need approval by the AOTY Committee.

15.All local water rules must be followed at all times.

16. Any questions about rules please email RYAN@CentralCoastKayakFishing.com

Lingcod = 5.5 points per inch
Rockcod = 8 points per inch
California Halibut = 5 points per inch
Salmon = 5 points per inch
Cabezon = 8 points per inch
White Seabass = 4 points per inch
Barracuda = 5 points per inch
Surf Perch = 13 points per inch
Greenling = 12 points per inch
Saltwater Bass = 9 points per inch
Sheepshead = 8 points per inch
Yellowtail = 5 points per inch
Largemouth Bass = 8.5 points per inch
Smallmouth Bass = 10 points per inch
Spotted Bass(Freshwater)= 9 points per inch
White Bass= 13 points per inch
Striped Bass = 5 points per inch
Catfish = 6 points per inch
Crappie = 12.5 points per inch