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Originally known as the Cambria Slam Down tournament, for the past couple of years it has been called the Central Coast Slam Down or simply, the Slam Down. The Slam Down was not the first kayak tournament in California but it is the one of the original kayak fishing tournaments on California’s Central Coast and remains one of the State's premier events. On Saturday September 16, the 6th Annual tournament took place in benefit of the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. Myself along with most of the ProKayakFishingTeam again geared up to compete against some of the best saltwater kayak anglers...

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Like many kayak anglers, when I got started in this sport I was an angler first and foremost. I did not give much thought to the kayaking aspect. But, after some unplanned swims, difficult attempts at getting back on my boat in deep water, and a couple of embarrassing yard sales at the beach, I soon realized that learning and honing the skills to be a proficient paddler were as important as honing my fishing skills. Recently, I had the good fortune to attend a class about self-rescue, rescue and recovery of others, and towing techniques. The training was led by Tom Reilly. Tom...

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At its core, kayak fishing is simple. All you really need to get going is a kayak and some fishing gear. That's it! With this simple setup you can go down to your local body of water, paddle out, and begin fishing. Kayak fishing is seeing huge increases in the number of people getting into the sport and this growth is leading to a boom in product development, innovation, tournaments, and at times a blurring of the lines between kayaking and boating. For me, this is an exciting time to be involved in the sport and I am always glad...

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