Clash of the Kayaks to Benefit First Responders, Veterans, Active Duty Military

Two local non-profits will host a kayak fishing tournament and fundraiser at the Channel Islands Harbor in October in an effort to raise funds to take veterans, first responders, active duty and Gold Star families fishing.

The Clash of the Kayaks tournament will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on October 12, 2019. The tournament will start at the temporary launch lane at Kiddie Beach Park, located at the northwest corner of Victoria Ave. and San Nicholas Ave.


Clash of the Kayaks is a simple tournament, top three fish are scored based on their length.  The angler with the longest combined length of their top three fish wins!   Top three places are awarded prizes.  There will be a BBQ and Raffle following the tournament. Participants and spectators are encouraged to join in on the raffle, and some great prizes are up for the taking.

The cost of entry is $85, with proceeds of the tournament benefiting Mission FISH (Fishing, Interacting, Sharing & Healing) and Heroes on the Water Central California. For more information please visit:

Mission FISH

Mission FISH is a local non-profit who organizes and plans fishing day trips and provides “FISH” therapy for PTSD and TBI for veterans, active duty service members, first responders, and Gold Star families. Most recent on Sept. 13, 2019, Mission FISH took more than 140 of America’s brave and courageous fishing free of charge out of Channel Islands Sportfishing. In total, Mission FISH has taken 11 trips and has served more than 800 people, according to its website.

Heroes on the Water Central California

Heroes on the Water Central California holds kayak fishing events where veterans and active military are invited to enjoy a day of kayak fishing with guides as volunteers.  In August 2019, Heroes on the Water Central California took over a dozen participants out kayak fishing at the Channel Islands Harbor.

Editor’s Note: this story was originally published on Sept. 26, 2019.