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This year was easily the most we have traveled in the history of KATS! Our season kicked off on Lake Somerville, we then traveled to the ever popular Sam Rayburn in the middle of our season, and rounded out the schedule with some old favorites like Fayette, and LBJ.
We had a great 2017 KATS season, with over 350 total anglers and a record breaking 166 anglers at our first event, we were looking forward to a competitive championship. For this years KATS Classic Championship we return to our two day format, with the top 25 anglers competing for two consecutive days, that were individually scored to give us our champion.
Combining his best five events, with a grand total of 483 points, Guillermo Gonzales was crowned our 2017 Angler of the Year at the final KATS event in our regular season at Lake Travis. We caught up with him to chat about this season and what we can expect from him in the future in both fishing, and life.
This year we kicked off our Junior Angler of the Year program thanks to a wonderful anonymous KATS angler that donated a fully-rigged fishing kayak! We chatted with our first ever winner Kayden Drake about all things fishing, from early memories to mentorship, to get a better picture of the guy behind the title.
We are now in our 11th year of KATS, and the tournament series has come further than we ever could have expected, in largest part thanks to our amazing sponsors! <insert picture of sponsor banners from event> Most of our generous sponsors have been with us for many years and we have been more than happy to welcome them back with open arms.
Hunter Amidon is one of our youngest KATS Anglers, but also one of our most enthusiastic! Not only did he finish in the top 5 at our last event on Lake Travis, he also qualified for the National Student Angler Federation tournament in Florence, Alabama. We caught up with Hunter to see how he is preparing for the tournament and ask how KATS has helped him in his fishing career.
Good food, a good tent, long hikes, a robust campfire, and some whiskey is all I need for a happy camp-out.
“I want to be a role model for the younger generation and learn from the older, and enjoy every short minute that we have here on earth to the fullest extent.”
2016 was the tenth year for KATS Texas, and it was one for the books!