The KATS Wildcard event was a battleground event as competitors took a chance at securing one of five spots for the 2012 Classic Championship. Thirty-two competitors lined the shores of Walter E. Long Lake also known as Decker Lake in Austin, Texas. Although the competition was tough and focused, when asked what about KATS keeps them coming, the most common response from competitors was “the camaraderie, the people”.
Anglers who had already secured a spot into the Classic were eligible to participate in last weekend’s event for prizes (including an NRS Inflatable Pike Fishing Kayak), but the five Classic entry’s were reserved for hopeful competitors.
Unlike the first four events of the series, the Wildcard was all one division. Ryan Herzog took 1st place with a 93.25” stringer, as well as the NRS Pike grand prize, and one of the Classic entries. Mark Nordstrom secured second place with 91.75” as well as Big Bass with a 21.25’er! Michael Bayer took third place with a 21 inch bass over Daniel Peters which tied with 91.25”.
Ryan Herzog, Mark Nordstrom, Michael Bayer, Daniel Peters, and Cornelius McDermott all earned a spot into the 2012 Classic coming up on June 2nd.
It has been announced that the Classic Championship will take place on Lake Bastrop. The Classic event is the final and most sought after event of the KATS series. The Top Ten finalists from the series will join the five Wildcard finalists in a competition to battle it out for Classic Champion. This event will also help determine the Kayak Angler of the Year and King of the Fish winners. The Charity Team Fishing Challenge will be open to all anglers (even those that have never fished any of the events) Benefiting the Core Health Foundation’s ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier project on Lady Bird Lake in Austin.
For official details for both events, click here.
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.