Location: Charlotte shop
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Time: 2 – 4pm
Erick is a 14 year kayak fishing veteran and has been affiliated with Wilderness Systems for the past 5 years. He originally started a fishing team to fish in the Extreme Edge Kayak Tournament Series. The original team, Team eAngler placed in the Top 3 in several events, took home 2nd place in three events and finished 1st in one event. The original three members, (Erick, Todd Llewellyn and Mark Michael) have fished in various events across the country both as a team and individuals. Todd and Erick won the Florida Sportsman Super Lure Tournament as the only kayak anglers competing against a field of 29 other teams in power boats. That was a first in that particular event and winning in a respectable fashion by weighing in two redfish that bested the field by almost 3 lbs. Erick is also a past 1st place winner in the redfish division of the Osprey Bay Kayak Tournament and 2nd Place in the trout division of the TJM Celebrity Charity Event. He also competes in other tournaments, including the world renowned Jacksonville Kayak Classic, where he won largest trout in 2009, and for the past several years has had the privilege and honor of being one of the judges.
His current team is now Team Wildy, part of the Confluence fishing family with Wilderness Systems and AT Paddles. He continues affiliations with Hook 1, along with using rods and reels from Quantum and part of the Columbia Sportswear Pro Staff. Erick competes mainly in individual events today, as well as taking part in other kayak fishing related events. He is also active in several online kayak fishing communities posting either under his real name Erick, or as erayyak.
Erick is best known for “The OLC” or “The One Lure Challenge”. A kayak fishing tournament series that he started 5 years ago on a whim to see what gold spoon caught more fish. The single event turned into an annual 4 event series that offered kayak anglers the opportunity to participate in a fun, yet competitive challenge. Each angler is only allowed to fish with the lure chosen for that particular event within certain boundaries, therefore eliminating many of the advantages someone may have by using their favorite lure, or fishing their favorite fishing hole.
After leaving Florida to return home to North Carolina, “friends” from the kayak fishing community at paddle-fishing.com held the first “Erick Bell Memorial Tournament” as part of their PFTS (Paddle Fishing Tournament Series). Although, still much alive, it follows a similar format to the OLC series he started down in Florida. This is an annual event, and a great reason to go back each year for a great time with good friends and to fish in a tournament. Plus, he wants to make sure everyone knows he has only moved and still has a passion for kayak fishing.
There is no charge to attend but we do ask two things:
- If you are planning to attend, call our Charlotte shop so we can get some idea of how much room to make.
- If you find the clinic useful, consider making a small donation to our local chapter of Heroes on the Water.
Dates, Time and Locations for all our Kayak Fishing Workshops can be found here