The majority of the competitor lineup on Saturdays 7th KATS tournament of the season was not local. In fact, most if not all of the winners on Saturday come from the Austin area which made it that much more impressive that they pulled limits, and big fish out of the unfamiliar lake. Sam Rayburn, the largest lake wholly contained within Texas, proved to be beautiful, vast, and good fishing.
Mike Mashl was in the spotlight on Saturday after taking first place in the Pro Division with 89.5 inches (and having lost 2 big fish during the day). Mashl also broke the Big Bass tie (23.75 inches) with second big fish of 20.25 inches. Mike was all smiles during the ceremony but the fun wasn’t over yet. Mashl’s name was called for the winning draw of the Diablo Paddlesports Amigo Kayak Charity raffle. A welcomed surprise to the least, Mike took the Amigo out for more fishing just a couple of hours later. If you haven’t met Mike Mashl, you really don’t know the definition of a true passion for fishing.
In second, Brandon Campbell (who tied for Big Bass with a 23.75 inch) lugged in a 85.5 inch stringer. His big bass broke the 2nd place tie with Daniel Peters (who took third with his 85.5 inch win). In fourth place, came King of the BBQ Chris Siebenthaler with a close 83.25 inches. See full results.
In social, Cody Fisseler did great again with a total 75.75 inches followed by Sam Henkels in second with an even 70 inches.
Thanks again to ALL of our generous sponsors for 2014 and a special thanks to our Patron Sponsors Bending Branches, Malone, and Ocean Kayak for making this series possible. A big thanks to Texas local Diablo Paddlesports for providing the Amigo kayak for the raffle.And, finally thank you to all of the hardworking fisherman that made the drive to the distant lake of Sam Rayburn to join us in the beautiful national forest.