June 27-28, 2020


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The Catch n Kayak is back again in 2020! Presented by the City of Bathurst, Bass Attack Fishing, and Drift Fishing, this is a one of kind striped bass kayak fishing tournament held in the Chaleur Region. We are also proud to be one of the stops on the Hook and Paddle Fishing Series.

This event will offer two divisions:

  • Kayak anglers

  • Shore anglers

This is a catch and release style event, with prizes being awarded based on length of fish. 

Be sure to follow our facebook event page to stay up to date on all the current event information. 

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Kayak division - $50 (tax & fees incl)  

Continental breakfast and hot lunch included on Day 2. Kayak anglers will compete for $2500 in cash prizes plus plenty of great product prizes!  

Shore division - $20 (tax & fees incl) 

Shore anglers will compete for 50% of all proceeds raised in the shore division, plus plenty of great product prizes! 

Free participation for all Children 12 and under in both divisions when accompanied by a registered adult.


To register, please click below to visit our online registration site. 


The Catch 'n Kayak takes place on the Bathurst  harbour and the breathtaking Bay of Chaleur - member of "The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club" !

Due to the topographical nature of the area, the on water division is limited solely to kayaks.  Adverse weather conditions may limit access to the bay, however the inner harbour offers great fishing and protection from rougher seas.    

For a detailed view of the region and fishing boundaries, click below. 



All Participants are compelled to follow the rules in all tournaments, promoting safety, sportsmanship and conservation, leading the way by example.



Rules and Ethics

  • The Catch n Kayak organizers make the rules. 

  • The Tournament Marshalls shall administer and enforce the rules. 

  • Tournament organizing committee shall interpret if the rules were violated. 

  • It is the intention of the Catch ‘n Kayak to provide honest, sportsmanlike tournament. Contestants are reminded that the spirit of the rules will prevail in all judgment cases. 

  • Unless otherwise noted, failure to abide by the rules will result in disqualification. 

  • Disqualification means no prizes will be given and entry fees will not be reimbursed.



  • Only registered Catch ‘n Kayak participants may collect prizes. 

  • Only striped bass caught by the participant may be submitted by the participant - using fish caught by someone else will result in immediate disqualification and will be reported to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.  

  • All fishing must take place inside boundaries indicated on event map. 



  • All federal, provincial, coast guard, angling and boating regulations must be adhered to. 

  • It is the responsibility of the angler to know all the regulations and to obtain all angling licenses and related permits.


Kayak Division - $50.00 per person

  • All kayaks must be inspected by tournament officials prior to the tournament at the start of the event.  

  • After kayak checks nothing shall be added to the boat unless approved by a tournament official. 

  • All kayaks must display tournament identification stickers in easy to see location.

  • Kayaks can be propelled by paddles, peddles and battery trolling motors.

  • Each contestant in the kayak division is required to have the following safety equipment with them on board at all times:

    • Lawfully approved personal flotation device (PFD). Must be worn and fastened at all times. 

    • Bailer or bilge pump (not required for sit on top style kayaks) 

    • Throw rope (minimum length of 15 metres) 

    • Sound signalling device (i.e. whistle) 

  • All fishing must be done from a tournament inspected boat, leaving the boat to catch fish is prohibited. 


Shore division - $20.00 per person

  • May participate from any shoreline within the designated fishing boundaries.

  • Must register their catch no later than 12:00 p.m. on June 28th. See angling hours for further details.  


Kids division (12 & under) – Free

  • Must be accompanied by a parent, or legal guardian. 

  • Parent or guardian must be a registered participant.

  • Kids are permitted to participate in either shore or kayak divisions.

  • Anyone caught letting kids enter fish they did not catch will be disqualified.


  • Cellular phones are permitted to contact a spotter or in the case of emergencies. 

  • Cellular phones or digital cameras are permitted in order to document your catch. 

  • Transmitting information concerning the aspect of taking fish during a tournament is prohibited. 

  • Carrying an underwater video camera during a tournament is prohibited.

  • The use of fish finders is permitted.



  • Each contestant will be allowed a maximum of one line in the water at any time. 

  • Additional rods may be rigged and ready.


  • Only artificial lures and artificial baits are permissible during a tournament. 

  • Single barbless hooks only. 

  • Possession of baits other than artificial will result in disqualification. 

  • You may have treble hooks in your possession - but must not be used.

Angling hours

  • Hours are from 4:00 p.m. until dusk on June 27th and from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on June 28th unless otherwise specified by the tournament organizers.

  • Kayak participants must be back onshore at the designated launch area no later than the above noted times. A .5 inch penalty will be assessed for each minute a participant is late. 

  • All participants must have their photos submitted to tournament officials no later than 12:00 p.m on June 28th.  

  • In the event of environmental conditions, take off may be delayed at the discretion of the tournament officials. Extra time may be added to a maximum of 30 minutes at the discretion of the tournament officials.

Take offs

Kayak participants will be departing at the same time from the designated launch area under the direction of tournament officials. 

Pre-fishing & Off-Limits

All participants must be off the water by 6:00 p.m. on Friday June 26th. No fishing by any participants will be permitted outside of tournament hours on June 27th & 28th. 

Encroachment (kayak division)

  • Kayaks and or lure are not permitted within 50-feet of another boat that was at a location first. 

  • You may not crowd another boat of their location. 

  • You may only control water that is within 25 feet of your kayak if not anchored.

  • You may not block access to fishable water and the participant passing must reel in if within 25-feet. 

  • The 25-foot encroachment rule applies to trolling as well. 

  • Participants are expected to exhibit high levels of sportsmanlike conduct in situations such as these. 

  • Participants are allowed to aid fellow participant to measure their entry.

  • Any participants caught using the same fish as a fellow participant will mean the disqualification of both entries.

  • Spotter boats will be available to both aid in an emergency or help participants to measure their entry, cellphones can be use to contact a spotter and they will do their best to respond appropriately. 

  • The above encroachment rules do not apply if all involved parties are willing to waive this rule. I.e. Participants willingly wanting to fish together in closer proximity.  


  • Kayak Division: Cash prizes will be awarded in the kayak division based on the five longest catches of the tournament. Total prizes for each placement will be as follows:

    • 1st place: $1,000

    • 2nd place: $750

    • 3rd place: $375

    • 4th place: $250

    • 5th place: $125

  • Shore Division: 50% of all registration fees collected will be pooled for cash prizes and determined based on total number of registrations.

  • All paid participants who are not in the prize money will be entered to win a number of great draw prizes.  

  • In the event of a tie, prizes and monies will be added together and divided equally. Void placing will be eliminated. (I.e. tied for 2nd, 3rd is eliminated, next placing is 4th).


  • Both the kayak and shore division will be length of fish divisions - from the tip of the nose to the tips of the tail. 

  • Participants will each be given a special measuring device at event check in. Kayak division participants will be supplied a bump board, whereas shore division participants will be supplied a tape measure. 

  • On catching a fish - participants must use the designated measuring device to measure and take a digital picture clearly showing the measuring device and total measurement. Image must be free of debris (i.e. sand, seaweed etc.).  

  • Measurements must be taken with the nose of the fish against the bumper. 

  • Visual measurement in picture will be determined by officials. 

  • A 1/2" penalty will be incurred for the following: an obstructed view of the measurement (i.e. lip grip, hand, etc.), nose not in contact with the bumper (kayak division).     

Spotter boats

  • Spotter boats will be responsible for patrolling the designated fishing boundaries.

  • Spotter boats will be available to assist in the case of emergency or to help participants register their catch.




Saturday, June 27th


1:00 – 3:00 pm (Location: Youghall Beach Park

  • Pre-registered participants may check in with tournament officials and pick up their registration package. 

  • New registrations will be accepted. This will be the last opportunity to register. 

  • A review of rules and regulations will be provided and tournament officials will be on hand to answer any questions.

3:00 - 3:45 pm​ (Location: Youghall Beach Park

  • Boat drop off and pre-launch boat inspection.  

4:00 pm

  • Shotgun start, Day 1


Dusk (Exact time to be communicated on day of event) 

  • Conclusion of angling hours. Day 1  

  • Photo submission. All anglers must register their largest catch of the day with tournament officials

Sunday, June 28th

6:00 – 6:45 am​ (Location: Youghall Beach Park

  • Boat drop off and pre-launch boat inspection.  

  • Complimentary coffee and muffins courtesy of Tim Hortons.

7:00 am:

  • Shotgun start, Day 2 

12:00 pm: 

  • Conclusion of angling hours, Day 2  

  • Photo submission. All anglers must register their largest catch of the day with tournament officials


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Location: To be determined) 

  • Prizes presentations and door prize drawings 

  • Complementary post event meal. 


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