What is Catch, Photo & Release (CPR)

We as a club want to follow best practices for protecting the environment and fish we have the pleasure of enjoying during our hobby of kayak fishing.  For this reason we practice the method of catch, photo, & release (CPR) during our tournaments.  CPR is the act of catching a fish, taking a photo of the fish on the measuring board, and releasing the fish unharmed back into the water. Below are the rules and examples of CPR.

Photo Criteria


  1. Photo must include the entire fish. View of the mouth and tail of the fish must be unobstructed. No part of the fish should be obstructed, meaning nothing should be covering any part of the fish!

  2. Fish grippers or fish stringers may be used to help retain your fish during the photographing process as long as the view of the lip, board and bump sticker is unobstructed.

  3. All fish must face the left with some part of the fish touching the “bump sticker.”  There will be a 1-inch penalty if the judge cannot clearly determine that the lip is touching the bump.If the fishing is clearly not touching the bump (off by ½-inch or greater) the fish will be disqualified.

  4. The dorsal fin must be facing upward. Upside down fish will not be scored.

  5. Get the most length out of your fish without harming the fish. You may not harm, mangle, mash, or maul the fish for any reason. Fish whose jaws appear to be damaged for any reason may be disqualified.

  6. Mouth may be open or closed as long as some part is touching the bump sticker.

  7. You may pinch the tail prior to capturing photo provided it does not harm the fish. However, the tail must be freely lying on the board in the photo. So, you may not use your hand or, say, tape to pinch the tail during the photographing of the fish.

  8. Fish must visibly unharmed. Any fish that appears to be sick or dead may be disqualified by the judges.

  9. Markings on the measuring device must be clear and legible to the ¼”.

  10. Photos must be taken directly from above, not at an angle.

  11. Each tournament’s assigned identifier must be visible in each photo.

  12. The photo must be taken by same angler who caught fish.

  13. Action cameras (e.g. GoPro) may be used to take pictures. However, it is the anglers’responsibility to ensure all photo criteria are met.





Getting your Hawg Trough NAKA Ready

We HIGHLY Recommend that you darken the lines on your Hawg Trough.  

We all know that adding your own lines to the Hawg trough is an annoying but necessary part of kayak fishing tournaments. We would like to point out some tips to making sure your board, and specifically your lines on your board, don’t cost you any money this

Our scorers have been instructed to look closely at marker lines this year and make sure they are where they should be.

We have added pictures below for best detail. Start by making sure you have your marker lines drawn in to the right of the corresponding raised lines on the board, NOT TO THE LEFT, and try not to be directly on top either.

Don’t forget that for all NAKA tournaments, you will also need a Bump sticker. We use this to write in each tournaments unique identifier/specifier code.

If you have questions, check out the videos on our YouTube page (linked below) and they will help you through the process of getting your measuring board ready.