What an amazing year for KATS! Despite being one of the wettest years in Texas, the weather did not hinder the fishermen and women from competing in the tournaments. Over this past season, we have seen a large increase in the number anglers, setting several records for the amount of participants per tournament. For our first tournament in January at Lake Bastrop, we saw the most with 147 competitors. The following tournament at Houston County Lake, we saw the most anglers for an “away” tournament at 101 anglers. Tyler Howells remarkable performance for the season put him high above the competition with the best 5 at 479 points and best 8 at 742 points to earn Angler of the Year. This put him at least 25 points ahead from his closest competitor!
For the KATS Gulf Coast events, we saw the most anglers at Corpus Christi with 40 anglers. Phil Spencer dominated the events winning first place for all three events! Not only that, he set the record for the largest stringer of 84.5 inches for the Saltwater Series.
We had great success with the new Elite Series this year. Anglers now had to bring their “A” game to not one but three tournaments. This put many anglers on edge since the winner would have the highest cumulative stringer. Winning 1st place for one of the tournaments is impressive. However, winning 2 back to back may sound unbelievable but Guillermo Gonzalez himself made us into believers with his outstanding performance on Fayette County Reservoir and Lake Fork.
Another noteworthy angler is Joseph Sanderson. Coming at 2nd place in the Series Leaderboard and 1st place in King of the Fish, he broke the record of the largest stringer on the final Championship Elite Series event at Lady Bird Lake with 110.25 inches! Not to mention, it was he who set the largest stringer record last year at Decker Laker with 110.00 inches! Lastly, the biggest bass for the season was also caught at the final event. That bass was measured at 25.5 inches on Preston Wisenhunt’s Hawg Trough.
KATS is no doubt the largest freshwater kayak tournament in Texas and, with the results of this season, we can expect it to be even bigger next year. A great big THANK YOU goes out to this years sponsors! We hope you all enjoyed the 2016 KATS season as much as we did. Till next time, tight lines everyone!