Again, Team MKF wins the Worldwide Kayak Fishing Championship!

The largest, most prestigious and brutal 10 month Kayak Wars Tournament ended December 14, 2013   on an impressive note for Michigan’s Team MKF. Team MKF, short for “Michigan Kayak Fishing,” consists of five pro and semi-pro team members (listed by points); Dan Marshall, Lucian Gizel, Craig Hefner, Nick Cazan and Dan Dalton. Once again Team MKF crushed the world competition of 250 five anglers each teams in 2013, with a total point standing of 19,220. As a reference point, that’s a lead of nearly 8,000 points over their closest competitor. Team MKF’s aggressive fishing tactics earned them once again the world title of the “2013 Worldwide Freshwater Multispecies Kayak Fishing Champions.” The final results are posted on the Kayak Wars Website,

Team MKF’s win was a tremendous achievement. When the Michigan based team was breaking ice to fish their world competitors in Australia, Hawaii and even Texas, the competition was fishing in shorts. In November and December Team MKF had to deal with bulky gloves, heavy winter coats and de-icing their rod guides. While the icy cold weather did greatly affect Team MKF’s daily catch ratio, Team MKF still ran away with the win!!!
During the 10 month tournament, Team MKF caught 117 Michigan Master Angler Award fish, with 10 different species. Each team member again this year agreed to only submit a few of their best fish per species to the Master Angler Awards, in an effort not to monopolizing the program.

Although this is a team based tournament, Capt. Dan Marshall AKA Kayak Daddy took the “2013 Individual Worldwide Freshwater Multispecies Kayak Fishing Champion”, with a lead of 590 points.

Team MKF represented the club “Michigan Kayak Fishing.” The Michigan based kayak fishing club has a large active regional club membership and had over 6 million web hits last year according to Google’s tracking. Visit the club’s website and informational Blog at

Two of Team MKF’s members are Licensed Coast Guard Master Captains, Paddling Instructors and kayak fishing guides. Capt. Lucian Gizel kayak guides anglers primarily in Michigan on Lake St. Clair, the Great Lakes and their connecting river systems. Capt. Dan Marshall (Kayak Daddy) guides from Michigan on the Great Lakes and its river systems to the Continent of Africa and many other worldwide locations.
2013 Team Standings provided by Kayak Wars Tournament Administrators
Angler Name Kayak Points
Salmonslayer Dan Dalton Ocean Kayaks 2125
Lucian Capt. Lucian Gizel Ocean Kayaks 4025
Battle Hardened Craig Hefner Ocean Kayaks 2720
Kayak Daddy Capt. Dan Marshall Ocean Kayaks 8205
Tac Nick Cazan Ocean Kayaks 2145
      The team's total number of qualifying fish submitted in 2013 was 1556.

From everyone on team MKF, have a great year on the water!

Kayaks Used

Trident Series

Got fish? With the help of our Modular Fishing Pod you soon will. Featured on the Trident 11 and 13 this central command center provides unmatched flexibility for rod mounts along with sports trays for odd-shaped lures, and it even has a built-in ruler to make sure that catch is legal. Read More

Prowler Series

One of the most popular angler kayaks on the market, the Prowler 13 combines performance with features. A large bow hatch, an oversized tank well and several places to mount fishing gear, the Prowler 13 was designed to produce results. Read More