Anglers trying to secure a ticket to the Classic Championship took the trip up to North of Denton, Texas to compete in the season’s last roadrunner style tournament. A new stop for KATS and most of the competitors, Lake Ray Roberts was tough fishing and windy, but beautiful. 41 competitors joined the fun on Saturday for KATS’ second to last qualifying event leading up to Choke Canyon.
Diablo Paddlesports pro-staffer Bobby Lebeuf took first with one of the only four limits of the day, 87.5 inches. In second, Matthew Scotch brought in 83.25 inches and Native Watercraft pro-staffer Daniel Peters reeled in 78.25 inches putting him in the lead on both the Kayak Angler of the Year, and King of the Fish leaderboards. Shaun Russel, a Ray Roberts local won Big Bass with a 22.5 incher.
In Social, Will Norris took first with 74.25 inches, while Kevin Stutes took second with 14.25 inches. Larry Fisseler placed third with 13.75 inches and also won the charity raffle Thule Xsporter Rack! See the full results here brought to you by our Patron Sponsors Bending Branches, Ocean Kayak, and Malone. The qualifying season will end with the next event on Choke Canyon Reservoir on May 31st. This will be the last opportunity for the series leaders hoping to secure the Kayak Angler of the Year title and the winning prize of a full-blown Malone kayak trailer with an Old Town Predator 13 kayak among other great gear. Lake Ray Roberts State Park was a great place to stay and we recommend visiting, even if just for fun! It’s never too late to join in on the series, read about how to get started here! Register for the next event (Choke Canyon) here.