We had a great 2017 KATS season, with over 350 total anglers and a record breaking 166 anglers at our first event, we were looking forward to a competitive championship.
For this years KATS Classic Championship we return to our two day format, with the top 25 anglers competing for two consecutive days, that were individually scored to give us our champion. Sam Rayburn was the lake choice for a road runner event, which proved to be a blessing and a curse on a lake of that size. Anglers were spoiled with launch points and fishing waters. The lake was off limits for a month before the championship event, with pre fishing allowed only the day before.
We had already crowned our Angler of the Year (and our first ever Junior Angler of the Year) at our last event on Lake Travis, but Classic Champion was still up for grabs, as well as King of the Fish.
The first day kicked off bright and yearly with the captains meeting at 5am and the anglers launching shortly after. The first part of the day was overcast with some light showers, then cleared away to sun and blue skies. Anglers were spread all over the lake with some driving up to an hour to their launch point. Numbers were all over the board when it came to weigh in, some anglers came back with big limits, while others had struggled to find a keeper. The most impressive catch was Cip’s 26.25” stringer that would hold out through the next day and clench him the title of Big Bass. First day concluded with Chef Bones on the grill, then to a hot and humid night of sleep.
The second day kicked off just the same with a captains meeting. The sun found its way out the second day and it was hot and humid East Texas weather for the anglers. It was the same story as the first day with scores all over the board, but it was time to announce our winner.
Joseph Sanderson took home both the title of Classic Champion and (for the second year in a row) King of the Fish. Right behind him in the standings was Guillermo Gonzales followed by Dan Peters to round out our top 3. All three anglers passed a polygraph test provided by Railblaza. Check out the full results here.
Thank you so much to our sponsors who make the Kayak Angler Tournament Series possible, we couldn’t do it without them. And thank you to all our anglers who competed not only in the championship but throughout the year. We are excited to see where 2018 takes us and can’t wait to get back out on the water!