Team Jackson Kayak member James McBeath won the Inaugural Musky Fly Fishing World Championship in Tennessee this weekend; reeling in the winning 38-inch fish in a Coosa kayak. More than 50 anglers from across the globe participated in the tournament, which was held on the Caney Fork and Collins Rivers near McMinnville, Tenn.

The championship is a catch-and-release tournament. It benefits conservation efforts for the musky, a member of the pike family, and the local chapter of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

“McMinnville is such an amazing region,” said James McBeath, director of marketing for Jackson Kayak.  “We had ‘follows’ and fish on the line for most of the day. Thanks to Jase of Stones Throw Adventures of Tennessee and the Vermont Fly Guys, we were able to pull a few fish into the kayak.  This tournament and the fact that we had constant action on the river is a testimony to how well local fishermen treat the musky.”

McBeath is an experienced whitewater kayaker and avid fisherman. He has been kayaking and fishing for most of his life and uses his skills in both areas to explore most of North America’s freshwater in search of the perfect catch.

For more information about the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and conservation efforts for musky fisheries, visit

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