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Monday, 04 November 2013 17:10

Bluegrass Yakmasters Classic

Written by Matthew Schaefer
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On October 26, 2013, kayak anglers descended upon Cedar Creek Lake in Stanford, KY for the inaugural two-day Bluegrass Yakmasters Classic. Twenty five participants made the journey, having qualified for the tournament by fishing a minimum of five out of a possible eight regular season tournaments. Cedar Creek Lake is renowned for producing trophy fish and is considered by many to be one of the best bass fishing lakes in the state.

For those lucky enough to catch these elusive fish, our generous sponsors threw in a substantial prize pack, including a Wilderness Systems “Ride 135” kayak, Shimano rods, NRS PFDs, and many other great prizes.

On the first day of the tournament, competitors faced adverse conditions to say the least. The morning temperature plummeted to an icy 28°F. Kayaks left outside the previous night were left frozen over. Soon after the 8am launch a steady 15-20mph breeze arose, making it feel much colder than it actually was. The difficult conditions made locating the fish tough, but some anglers were still able the haul them in. After Day One, the Top Ten ranked as follows in the three-fish Catch-Photo-Release event:

  1. Matt Schaefer 50.25”
  2. Andrew Wolfe 38.50”
  3. TJ Strong 36.00”
  4. Mark Ferguson 30.75”
  5. Bob Brown 28.00”
  6. Tim Dunham 26.00”
  7. Andrew Adams 25.75”
  8. Eric Boggs 25.50”
  9. Zach Bishop 23.75”
  10. Joe Maione 19.25”


The second day of the tournament saw improvements in the weather. Highs reached the mid-50s and there was sunshine aplenty. Despite these improvements, fishing remained difficult. Water clarity was 6’-8’and the bass remained in transitional phase, waiting to move into the backs of creeks to gorge on forage. Most fish were caught on shallow grass flats adjacent to nearby creek channels. On the final day, Matt Schaefer caught enough quality fish to hold off the rest of the field and emerge as the champion of the first-ever Bluegrass Yakmasters Classic. A special thanks to all the sponsors who made this year possible. Here is how the Top Ten rounded out:

  1. Matt Schaefer 94.00”
  2. TJ Strong 83.25”
  3. Mark Ferguson 73.50”
  4. Zach Bishop 66.25”
  5. Jason Ransdell 51.25”
  6. Andrew Wolfe 47.75”
  7. Cameron Debity 43.00”
  8. Eric Boggs 40.75”
  9. Andrew Adams 38.75”
  10. Frank Gaydovchik 29.50”

About the Author: Matt enjoys nothing more than the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat that competition provides.

Last modified on Monday, 04 November 2013 17:22


# BigDfromTennessee 2013-11-05 17:20
That's a good idea to attach the identifier to rhe wrist like that. I've not seen that before.

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