This year’s format was slightly different than last years and was a best 5 out of 7 tournaments to be in the running for KATS most coveted award, Kayak Angler of the Year. Everyone had their eyes set on the newcomer from New York, Greg Blanchard, who was sitting in first place going into the event at Gibbons Creek this past Saturday. Several anglers were only a few points behind and the winner all depended on how the day at Gibbons Creek unfolded.
The Kayak Angler of the Year package for the 2015 season was quite impressive (if we do say so ourselves) thanks to our generous sponsors! The package included a completely decked out Malone Trailer with every accessory possible, A custom color Old Town Predator 13 made specifically for KATS, a Werner Paddles Kalliste Straight Shaft Paddle, Supernova Fishing Light Kit made specially for the Predator, a Lowrance Elite 4 Fishfinder, a Custom YakAttack BlackPak: Gibbons Creek Edition, a Yak-Gear Deluxe Anchor Trolley, and a Railblaza Rod Holder! The second place prize was an awesome Yeti Coolers package that included a Yeti Tundra 65, a 30 oz Rambler, and a Yeti Hat! The third place winner received a NRS tailwater tackle bag and a Kokatat Gift Certificate!
Now you may be wondering which lucky anglers took home the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Kayak Angler of the Year award so without further ado, here are the winners. Greg Blanchard took the most coveted title of 1st Place Kayak angler of the Year due to his 4th place finish at Gibbons Creek. Diablo Pro staffer Guillermo Gonzalez took 2nd place due to his impressive 2nd place finish at Gibbons Creek. Last but certainly not least, with his impressive win at Gibbons Creek, Hobie Pro Staffer Ryan Herzog jumped into 3rd place for Kayak Angler of the Year! You can see the top 22 qualifiers for the Classic Championship here (not including the Wild Card event at Lake Athens this fall).
Thanks to everyone for making this an awesome season and as always to our more than generous sponsors! We wouldn’t be the series we are without them. We saw everything this season from computer crashes, to breaking our attendance record twice, record stringers, and too many toads to count. We really appreciate everyone who puts in the time and effort it takes to travel/prefish for these events and show up consistently! It’s been a great 2015 season thus far! Now who is ready for the Classic?!
Your Tournament Director,