The only words appropriate for describing the fourth and final qualifying event of the KATS series on Stillhouse Hollow Lake this weekend: “brutally windy”. Thirty competitors faced a tough day of fishing and some strenuous paddling throughout the day at Dana Peak Park, but a few managed to put themselves on top of fish.
The competition was again preceded by a camp out of diehards the night before allowing for fish tales, additional smack-talk and some interesting interactions with park host, “Handlebar Dave”. The Pavilion lights were switched on just past 5am and while competitors geared up for a breezy day and stern competition, ACK owner Chris Hackerd and staff member Joseph Dowdy filmed interviews amongst the troops with a comical spin (stay tuned). With the end of the series nearing, some competitors made predictions on what the Top Ten Leaderboard would look like; Bobby Lebeuf managed to make a close prediction, including his very own entry into the Top Ten after a hard day on the water.
As the horn blew and a few folks paddled in place against the wind, the tourney began with a race for the bests spots. The fishing was very tough this time around and the winners circle was full of familiar faces in the pro division with Steve Garcia (86 in.) once again taking the 1st place title, followed by a very close second for Marcus Villanueva (85.25 in.), and third by Matt Moccia (61.5). The amateur division had a first place winner Jacob Toy, a last-minute newcomer to the series.
The Top Ten Anglers of the series are now locked in for the Classic Championship in June. Five additional spots will be battled for by the remainder of the competitors at the Wildcard event on May 12th at Decker Lake in Austin, TX. The Wildcard event will be a one-division tournament with attractive prize packages. All anglers who have fished two prior events are welcome to participate. The 5 wildcard spots will only go to anglers who are not already qualified for the Classic.
Thanks to everyone that came out to join us at this event and we cannot thank our sponsors enough for providing the amazing prizes given out at each event so please do make sure to check them out and support them when you can.
If you have participated in at least two of the first four tournaments, please join us at Decker Lake on Saturday May 12th for the Wildcard event by signing up here.