This late in the season it’s unusual to see 60 anglers compete, especially on a windy, choppy lake, like Lake Fayette. 41 Pro’s and 19 Socials raced off from the banks early on Saturday morning with the reservoirs’ power plant smokestacks lighting the way across the lake. Thanks to our generous sponsors this was yet another awesome event, and a test for many trying to make it to the Classic Ranks in the last three events of the qualifying trail.
place with Chris Coufal who took third with 93.75 inches. In a close 4th place, Hobie Fishing team member, Ryan Herzog kept his lead for Kayak Angler of the Year and Overall Series Leader with his 93.25 inch stringer. Steve Garcia (Wilderness Systems fishing team) came in a quarter inch short for 5th place with 93 inches.
In Social, Bryan Tucker took the lead with 93.5 inches followed by Larry Fisseler with 88.75 inches. Dustin Lee grabbed third with 88.25 inches. The Social division is growing and bringing fresh faces to the sport, making KATS one of the fastest growing kayak fishing tournaments in the world.
Many members went home with some of the latest and greatest kayaking gear from the totally free raffle thanks to our 2014 sponsors, including a Diablo Paddlesports Amigo Kayak raffled to benefit local charities taken home by a happy Matt Morton. Requested by some of the crew, the fun kept going with a last minute casting competition in the wind. Aaron Spry knocked the crowd out with one shot to win the Yak Attack Blackpak during the casting competition to close out the day.
As the end of the season nears, the last couple of events are make it or break it for some. With only the top 20% of the leaderboard going to the Classic Championship, anglers will be giving it their all at Ray Roberts on May 10th, and Choke Canyon on May 31st. Until then, it’s never too late to join in on the series, read about how to get started here!
Register for the next event (Lake Ray Roberts) here.