No, not those fuzzy things that roam the streets at night but rather the Kayak Anglers Tournament Series put together and managed by the good folks at If you are not familiar with, it’s a forum and resource portal owned by Austin resident Dennis Hermes and is dedicated to the sport of kayak fishing in central Texas. Since 2007, AKF has been organizing KATS as a way that kayak anglers can truly put their skills to the test. Unlike many kayak fishing tournaments, this one is unique in that it consists of 4-5 events on different lakes throughout the area. This not only gives kayak anglers a chance to redeem themselves if they didn’t do well a previous event, it also gives them an opportunity to experience different challenges in a variety of environments and weather conditions. While the tournament series is based out of Austin, Texas people from all over the state travel to each event to join in the fun.

This year, Austin Kayak Fishing is proud to announce the return of another season for the Kayak Angler Tournament Series. The line up of events has returned to 5 separate events, two new lakes have been added and most important, two separate divisions have been created so anglers of all levels of experience can participate. The first event is slated for January 29th at Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Keep in mind that pre-entry closes on the 26th though. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Austin Canoe and Kayak is once again honored to be a key sponsor offering a kayak as a grand prize along with a variety of kayak gear and store gift certificates at each event. Furthermore, we are hosting the first ever KATS Q&A at the Austin store this Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the history of the event, ask questions from the man himself, Dennis Hermes and you’ll also have the opportunity to sign up on-site.

If you’ve been thinking about participating in this event, we do encourage you to do it and hope to see you on the water on January 29th.

Planning to attend? We know you won’t share all of your secrets with us but we do want to know what kayak you are planning to use by commenting below.

Hope to see you there!

Roland J.
ACK Headquarters