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Bluegrass Yakmasters First Annual Open Tournament

Written by AJ McWhorter
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One of Randy Collins's 3 bass of the day. One of Randy Collins's 3 bass of the day.

On April 6, kayak anglers gathered at Cedar Creek Lake near Standford, KY to participate in the largest kayak fishing tournament ever held in the state. Over seventy-five participants from five different states entered the event for a shot at a large cash prize, a chance to catch a fish of a lifetime, and to enjoy good times with fellow anglers.

The event was a huge success, as over half the field checked-in fish. Almost 2,000" of bass were checked in, including six over 20"!

Cedar Creek Lake kayak fishing tournament

Cedar Creek Lake kayak fishing

Joe Maione Kayak Fishing at the BGYM Tournament

YakAngler Pro Staff member Joe Maione and his daughter Taylor.

With the $35 entry fee, there was a prize pool of over $2,600 to be split among the top ten anglers. The Grand Prize of $1,000 was won by Randy Collins, a long-time fisherman who was fishing in a kayak for the first time. The Top Ten finishers are:

1st: Randy Collins - 59.75"
2nd: Jay Wallen - 59.5"  (won tie breaker with a big fish of 21.25")
3rd: Gavin Davis - 59.5"
4th: Drew Russel - 56.6"
5th: Brain Slone - 53.25"
6th: Joe Simmel - 49.25"
7th: Tyson Peterson - 47.5"
8th: Chris Setters - 45.75"
9th Tony Thompson - 45.5"
10th: AJ McWhorter - 45.25"

BGYM Checkin 2

Anglers line up at the check in.

Randy Collins takes first place

Randy Collins accepting the grand prize of $1,000.

After the check-in and prize money distribution, there was a raffle including over thirty prizes from the club sponsors. There were five prize packs that each totaled close to $200 in value, with a grand prize of a Wilderness Systems “Ride 115” rigged by Chad Hoover from HOOK1 and www.kayakfishinggear.com. Tim Robinson was the lucky winner of the brand new Kentucky blue Ride 115.

The Bluegrass Yakmasters will start their qualifying events beginning April 27t on Lake Cumberland. Participants are trying to fish in enough events (five of eight) to qualify to fish the two-day Classic on Cedar Creek Lake later this year. The Classic prize list will include cash, another Ride 115, Shimano rods, and much more.

In addition, anglers will earn points at each event to try to win the Angler of the Year title. The winner will receive a NuCanoe “Frontier”, entry into the 2014 Kayak Bass Fishing Invitational, and much more.

You can follow the Bluegrass Yakmasters for tournament updates here on yakangler.com, or visit them on Facebook.

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 18:15


# Travis Abner 2013-04-25 10:34
Hey, that's me in the third pic down! Great event put on by a great group of guys. Huge thanks to HOOK1 as well, Chad Hoover and his crew are blowing up the kayak fishing industry!
Also, for what it's worth, Sara Dunham took most of the pics that have been posted.
+1 # YAKuza 2013-04-25 13:52
Great write-up of a great event. Couldn't be happier how it turned out, and that everyone seemed to have a great time. Thanks to all that came out to fish with us, and join us for the balance of the year!
# wolfewiz 2013-04-28 21:14
Wow...I just read this....first time that dude fished from a kayak! What are the odds?

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