Here is how the Tampa Bay Slam Classic concluded and set the stage for a fantastic finish to the series year. In first place was William Lusk, who scored a four fish slam with 99.6”. William took the lion’s share of the $10,000 sponsor gear package, as well as the Bending Branches Big Fish Award and all that goes with it.
Joe Komyati also scored the four fish slam (two redfish & two trout) with a total of 91.4” for second place. Third place was hooked by Otis Coblentz with 57.2”. Otis also won the RAILBLAZA Action Photo Award with a great battle shot of a jumping redfish. Joshua Maitland took fourth place with 56.1” and three fish entered. Series leader Marty Meakin had a tough day, but managed to score 51” with three fish to capture fifth place.
With this order of finish, all of the winning contestants moved up the leader board in points in hopes of catching Marty Meakin. Joe Komyati was the closest before this tournament, and it looked like he was going to catch the leader. Prior to the photo weigh in, Meakin was sure he did not place in this event and had lost the series lead. Much to his surprise, his name rang out during the awards ceremony. Michael Teixidor was in his wake and finished in sixth place, adding to the drama.
The new scoring system put in place for the 2012 tournament series has proven to do exactly what the contestants wanted. The series standings are so close you could not put a fish scale between any of the top five on the leader board. Marty Meakin holds first with 792.1 total points, followed closely by Joe Komyati with 787.9 points. That’s only a 4.2 point separation, and many contestants are within striking range of a podium finish at the tenth tournament of the series. The Southern Redfish Classic, scheduled for October 13, will be hosted by the Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto, FL. This last tournament of the open series will determine who will be the 2012 Series Champion - who will win the Diablo Paddlesports “Adios” kayak and a share of $10,000 in sponsor gear prizes. But it does not end there.
On November 3, the Invitational National Championship presented by Diablo Paddlesports will be held. The points slate will be wiped clean, and it is every angler for himself. We congratulate all of the anglers, and thank them for helping us make this a great and exciting saltwater tournament series. To learn more about the Kayak Fishing ClassicS please visit www.KayakFishingClassicS.com