For the first time since the inception of the LCKFT, the day was beautiful and the weather was spectacular! Keep in mind that launch time the first year was an icy 28°F, and the second event’s temperature hovered around the mid-90s with somewhere around 100% humidity. The returning anglers were quite grateful for the overcast morning, afternoon sun, and better than 70°F temperatures.
Two of the tourney sponsors, Canoe Kentucky and Quest Outdoors, were set up waterside, with many kayaks available for visitors to check out as well as take to the water for a demo paddle. Other sponsors at the tournament were The Energy Guy, YakDaddy.net Kayak Rigging Supplies, and Fat Man’s Barbecue (who also provided the post-tournament meal).
The winners of the LCKFT were:
- 1st Place: TJ Strong- 37.5" winner of a Jackson Coosa
- 2nd Place: John Walters - 32.5"
- 3rd Place: Chris Hays "Sriperyak" - 32"
As with the first two tournaments, Susan Powell of Somerset, KY organized this year’s tournament and paddlefest. Participation has continued to grow, with 33 anglers fishing this year. Susan dedicated this year’s tournament to Heroes on the Water (HOW), and the profit of close to $2,000 is going to their cause. Great job, Susan!
I’m sure all of the Kentucky Yak Anglers will be anxiously waiting for the date of next year’s tournament. I know I will be!