Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown Winners | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
A person in a kayak holding a sailfish they just caught. Photo Courtesy: Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament

On the weekend of February 17 a group of extreme kayak anglers competed in leg one of the 2018 Sailfish Smackdown. They battled the most extreme conditions ever presented. In the end, the best of the best fished in three to five-foot seas and went three for nine on sailfish in the competition. These anglers really put "Extreme" in Extreme Kayak Fishing! Once again an out-of-towner won the Smackdown. This marks the third time in its history the locals have not won the EKFT Billfish Crown. The Sailfish Smackdown also had a Texas angler finish 3rd in the event. Stay tuned for Leg Two of the Sailfish Smackdown coming April 7th and 8th. 


1ST – Jacksonville angler and first time offshore kayak fisherman Franco Natividad took home $5,000 from TURBO USA and RAILBLAZA with a Global Fishmounts Sailfish Trophy and a YETI Hopper Two 30 Cooler worth $350

2ND – Seasoned angler and local fisherman Rob Rodriguez won $2,000 from RAILBLAZA with a Sailfish plaque from GLOBAL FISHMOUNTS and a Yeti Hopper Flip 18 Cooler worth $250

3RD – Texas angler Erik D'aloise was happy to receive $1,000 from Nautical Ventures with a Sailfish plaque from GLOBAL FISHMOUNTS and a Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Cooler worth $250
Benny Scoca - $1,000 Bonafide Kayaks Kingfish Calcutta

Brian Nelli - $500 Nautical Ventures Dolphin Division

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