He was all smiles about his finish and his share of the $10,000.00 in sponsor prizes.
Joe Komyati with his 25.6" Redfish "Big Fish Award"
Joe Komyati used High Roller Lures and was right on Joe’s wake with a score of 83.1 inches with his 2+2 Slam. Komyati earned the Second Place Podium, the Bending Branches Big Fish Award (with a 25.6” red), and the RAILBLAZA Action Photo Award, as well as his share of the sponsor gear – and he had to have help carrying it all to his truck.
Joe Komyati earns second place
Series leader Marty Meakin, had a look of concern on his face. After wresting away the lead some time back, he has managed to hold off all challengers but it has been very, very close. Marty did not manage the 2+2 Slam, but he scored a total of 56.9” with one redfish and two trout using a combination of D.O.A. Lures and a MirrOlure “MirrOdine” to retain the series lead. Perhaps he breathed a sigh of relief - but only for the moment, as Komyati, Coblentz, and Lusk are trying to dial in on Meakin, a talented angler who always seems to come up with just what he needs. It’s harder than it may sound as he duels with a very competitive fleet of kayak anglers.
Eric Van Gorder captured his first ever podium finish in fine fashion. Eric scored a total of 44.5” with one redfish and two trout to hook fourth place. Eric fooled his catch with the D.O.A. Shrimp, and has convinced his friends that he really does go fishing.
Fifth place was won by William Lusk, who used the D.O.A. Popping Rig and D.O.A. Shrimp for a score of 30”. He continues to put pressure on the top of the leader board, as Meakin, Komyati, and Coblentz can attest. Lusk is always right there, and is now in striking distance of the top spot with only two to go in the ten tournament series that concludes in October.
As you can tell, the fishing was tough with all of the heat and rain the area has had. When you put some of the top Gulf Coast anglers on the water at the same time, there are going to be fish caught, and released. As mentioned, there are only two more open tournaments to go in the 2012 Series year before the invitational national championship in November. Then it is on to the new 2013 Series, which will feature Gulf Coast and East Coast divisions. The Series consists of five tournaments in each division and one invitational national championship.
Having two Series and only five tournaments in each will allow more anglers to follow the entire Series in their area. There will be two Series champions next year, one in each division, and one national champion. For more information visit the ClassicS at www.KayakFishingClassicS.com and thanks for reading.