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Kayak Angler Tournament Series (KATS)

Written by Johanna Kraus-Darden
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Christopher Pearce, 1st place pro with 93 inches. Christopher Pearce, 1st place pro with 93 inches.

On January 23 at 7:15 a.m., 62 kayak anglers competing in the Kayak Angler Tournament Series (KATS) parted the morning mist, all with an angle to hook a big bass. The boat dock at Decker Lake rumored the sun would warm up the cold conditions, and it did… at 2:30 p.m., when the fishing had just about ended. Competitors arrived with tales of catfish, swamped kayaks, and a long day of tempted bass.

Our first-place finishers showed the possibilities of Decker Lake. Chris Pearce (Pro), who also took Big Bass, finished with a 23.5" catch and 93" total stringer. Phillip Vela entered 78" (Semi-Pro), and Beau Reed (Rookie) caught a total of 63.75" of fish. In the Pro division, pay outs were as follows:

  1. Chris Pearce - 93" Payout: $724
  2. Chris Coufal - 91.25" Payout: $402
  3. Mark Nordstrom - 89.75" Payout: $225
  4. Steve Garcia - 87.75" Payout: $161
  5. Ervin Coonrod - 83" Payout: $96


Chris Pearce also walked away with an extra $490 for catching the biggest bass, giving him a total of $1214! There’s something big to be said for all of the competitors, as no one expected a 40° F cold snap when weather predictions were topping out at 75 ° F.

Thanks to the many KATS sponsors, including our platinum Decker event sponsors KATS and Rodbenders LLM, the prize table was longer than anyone’s stringer. Nearly everyone went home with some new gear to better their luck at Lake Bastrop on February 23. We want to particularly thank Patron sponsors, Kelty, Diablo Paddlesports, Bending Branches, Malone Trailers, and Yak Gear, who have gone above and beyond to ensure for a great 2013 year.

PH Kellner Custom Rods and Feel Free Kayaks, as well a bunch of others listed on the website , will be sponsoring the next event . You can expect even more prizes this time, and we know you've all been looking forward to the hyped up raffle for the camo-colored Feelfree “Moken 12.5” kayak. A portion of the proceeds for that raffle will benefit the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), so be sure to sign up!

If you’re trying to compete for Angler of the Year, be sure to register for the Pro division to qualify. If you need info for sign-up and dates, want to do a little smack talking, or need to access the rules, visit the tournament website at www.FishKats.com.

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