2018 was a heck of a year for KATS! With over 250 anglers and 7 events around Texas, the 25 anglers who qualified for the Classic Championship were excited to battle it out.
The Championship was originally scheduled to be held on Lake Buchanan, but heavy rainfall and historic flooding in the Austin area closed all the lakes along the Colorado River. Just a week before the Championship was set to take place, we had to make a lake change to Fayette County Reservoir. The anglers took the change in stride, and most showed up to the lake early Friday morning to get in a day of pre fishing. After a stormy month, we could not have asked for better weather that weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday were in the mid – high 70’s with sunshine and a light breeze.
The first day of the championship started early with a 5am Captains Meeting. Anglers were released shortly after to head towards one of the two launch points available on Fayette. With first cast set for 5:30am and weigh-in not until 4pm, the anglers had a long day ahead of them.
Fayette proved to be a challenge for some of our anglers. There was a morning flurry bite, but things slowed down in the afternoon. At the end of the first day, some of our anglers were able to set themselves up with a solid lead while a majority of the field was set in the 70” – 80” range.
Day 2 started the same with another early captains meeting. Even after a long first day, anglers were ready to get back on the water and use the knowledge of the previous day to find a limit. Scores the second day were much closer, but it was time to announce our winner.
Andrew Dixon was crowned our Classic Champion after an impressive score the first day of fishing that set him apart from the field. With a total of 180.25” for the two days, he took home a $3,000 cash payout, Old Town Predator PDL and Malone MegaSport Kayak Trailer. Second place went to Nick Parker who also snagged the Big Bass of the Championship title with his 21.75” catch on day two for a grand total of 177.5” for the tourney. He took home $1,500 cash payout for 2nd place and $650 for Big Bass, along with a Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp DI GPS fishfinder. Rounding out our top three was Tyler Howell, who’s solid performance each day landed him 176.5” along with a $750 cash payout and Yakima SlimShady Awning.
We also announced our King of the Fish. This title goes to the angler who caught the biggest limit of 5 fish throughout the season including the Championship. Jacob Moeller was crowned King of the Fish with a total of 115.75” throughout the season. He took home a Feelfree Lure 13.5 with Overdrive. Second place and a Diablo Amigo went to Tyler Howell with a total of 114” for the season, and Third was Alan Godso with 113” total and a new Yeti Tundra 45.
Thank you so much to our sponsors who make the Kayak Angler Tournament Series possible, we couldn’t do it without them. And thank you to all our anglers who competed not only in the championship but throughout the year. We are excited to see where 2019 takes us and can’t wait to get back out on the water!