Everyone truly always loves going to fish Fayette because plenty of fish are always caught and for whatever reason many people report that the fish always fight a little harder on that lake! It also is a very pretty lake with no build up and is very natural, plus the fog rolling off the lake with the power plant working in the background always makes a cool back drop.Even though this is one of our more popular lakes, I was still in awe that we had 140 anglers this past weekend! That is three tournaments in a row with over 100 kayak anglers competing, some impressive numbers this year so far!
Wind was projected to be brutal and definitely didn’t disappoint, at one point the middle of the lake had some pretty impressive white caps! Fayette always produces and has great numbers of quality fish, and my prediction was that someone would win with a total stringer in the upper 90’s. The competition was extremely tight, one of the longest amounts of time I have had to spend verifying it was so close! From 22nd place to 7th place was only separated by a total of 3.25 inches, talk about close!
After all was said Mr. Michael Bayer who has been around since KATS’ inception won first place standing way above the competition with an impressive total of 101.75″. He was followed by Mr. Michael Lammers who took second with 95″ and Dennis Dicarlo who took 3rd with 94.75″. Jacob Moeller placed 4th with 94.25″ followed by Kenneth Davis with a total of 94″. In our Social Division we had Mr. Jason Nored take first with an impressive total of 91.5″ followed by Greg Sterley with 84.25″. Mrs. Patt Martin took third with 82.5″ followed by Ms. Hollie Baker who took fourth in her first tournament with 82.25″. In fifth we had Kenneth Snell with 81.75″. The Big Bass award and a whopping $1,400 went to “The Mash” as we like to call him,or as you may know him, Mike Mashl.
We awarded the custom Yak Attack BlackPak to Hunter Amidon who was the youngest competitor at the event and also caught a 20.5″ fish! The winner of the pitching contest was Andrew Dixon, and he took home the awesome Kistler Argon rod used in the competition. The mystery tackle bag, or tackle warehouse gift certificate in the amount of $470.00, went to Zach Konieczny. The NRS prize pack which included a Chinook PFD, Guide Pants, and H2 Core Hoodie went to Mr. Mike Van Nattan! The charity raffle kayak, a beautiful Blue Camo Feelfree Lure 13.5, went to a new competitor this year Mr. John Huffman! Thanks as always to our awesome sponsors and everyone who came out to make Fayette an unforgettable event. Cannot wait to see everyone at Coleto Creek!
-Ryan Schaper, KATS Tournament Director