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2017 Mission Bay Classic entrants prepare to launch.
For those of us that have it in our blood, fishing can be a cathartic thing; a way to purge stress. The more one can quiet the noise of human hustle and bustle, the better. That’s what draws one to the sport of kayak fishing.
Fishing has proven beneficial as a physical therapy; it is a non-impact activity. I remember casting dummy lures in my physical therapist’s parking lot in El Cajon because I wanted to get back to fishing before anything else after an elbow injury. She had said that it might not be a great idea and I wanted to show her that I could do everything involved without any jolts to my frame. After a few minutes of her guiding my arm while I mimicked the motions of casting and reeling, she said something to the effect of “Oh, this is good”.
This Saturday, the kayak-fishing tournament, the Mission Bay Classic will kick off with a shotgun start. There are two divisions, Halibut and Bass, and entrants can choose either, but not fish both. Bait is allowed for the halibut division, artificial lures only for the bass division. Last year’s event had 132 entrants. This is a human-powered only kayak tournament.