Tournaments and events, and outfitters that offer guided trips and instruction:
Kittery Trading Post Route 1, Kittery, Maine
Hosts a Wade, Walk and Paddle-Fishing Rodeo June 23-24 to benefit Stripers Forever, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the striper a game fish. Kayak-fishing seminars are scheduled the week of May 15, leading up to Kayak Demo Day, May 20.
Charles River Canoe and Kayak 2401 Commonwealth Ave., Newton
Clinics May 8 and 16 address how to rig a kayak for fishing and provide general kayak-fishing tips.
King Cove Kayak Center Wequetequock Cove, Stonington, Conn.
Hosts the Third Annual Northeast Kayak-Fishing Rodeo June 10-11.
Bent Rod Charters 242 Ocean Ave., Block Island, R.I.
Hosts the Block Island Kayak-Fishing Tournament Sept. 22-24.
Mountain Road Trading Post 68 Mountain Road, Raymond, N.H.
Hosts its second freshwater kayak-fishing tournament June 25 on Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham, N.H.
NewEnglandKayakFishing.com Hosts the 2006 Mass. Bay Striper Shootout Aug. 4-5 on Winter Island in Salem.
Northeast Kayak and Guide Services Stonington, Conn.
Run by Jerry Sparks, offers kayak-fishing trips and instruction along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts; $135 without rental gear, $190 including kayak and fishing gear, for four hours.
Fin and Feather Lodge 95 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, R.I.
Offers individual and group lessons ($65 an hour or $150 for three hours for individuals; group lessons vary) and guided trips ($295 for four hours and $450 for six hours).
Goose Hummock Shops Route 6A, Orleans
Offers guided kayak-fishing trips and instruction in the Nauset Estuary, Monomoy Flats, Cape Cod Bay, and rivers around Orleans. Four- to six-hour guided trips, with instruction, range from $225-$395 for one person; $75 extra for an additional person, maximum two people.
Seaspray Kayaking 412 State St., Brunswick, Maine
Offers guided kayak-fishing trips with instruction and kayak rental ($75 per person for three hours and $150 for six hours; children half price). Hosts the Maine Saltwater Kayak-Fishing Tournament July 16-17.
Orvis 8 North Market Building, East End
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Runs kayak-fishing seminars throughout the year, and begins offering one- to two-day kayak-fishing courses in June.
Seacoast Kayak 210 Ocean Blvd., Seabrook, N.H.
Kayak-fishing specialists offer a two-hour talk and slid show on kayak-fishing gear and techniques, May 22, 7 p.m.; kayak-fishing talk and a tour of the Seabrook/Hampton Harbor, June 24.