After 6 month of competition, the 2012 Kayak Angler Tournament Series has come to an end. The six events held this year proved to be a lot of fun as well as challenging due to various weather and wind patterns. Anglers came out to compete in groups of 40-60 throughout the season, making this one of the biggest KATS seasons ever.
The first four tournaments tested the anglers and produced a list for the series rankings. The Top 10 anglers qualified for the Classic Championship on June 2nd. A Wildcard event held on Decker Lake yielded an additional five entries into the Classic. Last Saturday, June 2nd, the 2012 KATS Classic Championship and simultaneous Team Charity competition took place on Lake Bastrop in Bastrop Texas. The Top 15 anglers from the series launched early, around 6:00am and were due back by 2:00pm for scoring. Meanwhile, the charity folks launched a bit later and returned just before 2:00pm.
Steve Garcia secured the Kayak Angler of the Year title earlier in the season with a trio of 1st place wins. A fully loaded Malone Microsport Kayak Trailer with a Feel Free Moken 10 Kayak was provided by our sponsors as his prize. In addition to this prestigious title, Mr., Garcia also secured the King of the Fish award, an award for the angler producing the most total inches over the entire series. 489.25 inches won Garcia a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. Congratulations on your wins, fishing, and prizes!!!
Bobby Lebeuf went home from Bastrop a 2012 KATS Classic Champion. He won this sought after title with 100.25 inches and also took home the Big Bass award for the event with a 22.25 inch bass. In second place, Brandon Campbell had 95.75 inch stringer followed by Mark Nordstrom in 3rd with 93.25 inches.
The Team Charity event helped raise money for the Core Health Fishing Pier Initiative and Tye Blackshear, with his team partner Ryan McDermid, took first place with a 102.25 inch stringer taking home a two-night stay at any one of Costa Ventures’ vacation homes. In second, Mark Bullock and Chris Pierce brought in 66.25 inches, and third place went to Eugene Reinhart and Wayne Mack with 43 inches.
ACK and Austin Kayak Fishing want to thank all of the participants for this year and we look forward to seeing you out at future KATS events. Big thanks are also in order for our more than generous sponsors who helped make these events possible.
KATS Tournament Director