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Friday, 10 May 2019 05:43

Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open Won by Korostetskyi

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Early in May, 2019, more than 100 anglers took part in the inaugural Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open at Nickajack Lake presented by YakAttack. 
Of course, only one person could walk away as the overall winner and this time it was Bogdan Korostetskyi, a 23-year old from Michigan. The Ukrainian born angler caught a two-day total of 174.25 inches of bass, which means he won by just a slim 2-inch margin. Korostetskyi was also the highest-finishing angler in the Dee Zee contingency program, which netted him an addition $2,500 Dee Zee gift card on top of the $5,000 for his win.
 
Korostetskyi, who is a college student in Michigan, said that he struggled to find a consistent bite anywhere but on the bank during practice. However, he was determined not to focus his tournament in the same spots where the rest of the anglers in the field would be fishing. His determination paid off when he found a few grass offshore humps, which he mentioned made him feel right at home as it is pretty much what anglers in Michigan fish.
 
Korostetskyi caught a limit by 7:15 on Saturday when he found his fish schooling on his two best spots and quickly got to work. He fished the same places on Sunday, but did so in reverse order by tackling the hump that took him 48 minutes to reach first. Conditions were a bit more challenging on Sunday as the bass were not schooling and Korostetskyi also had to contend with muddier water as well as the fact that the wind direction flipped a complete 180 degrees compared to the previous day. It took him an hour to catch his first keeper as he had to figure out how to hold in the wind while lining up the right casting angle for bites. H caught his fish with a 1/2-ounce Evergreen/Z-Man ChatterBait Jackhammer with a Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ trailer. 
 
Korostetskyi described the win as surreal as he had been going on three hours of sleep. He also stated that it was unexpected as his goal was just to do his best, but it just worked out despite being very stressful.
 
For the full results head on over to KayakBassFishing.com but here are the top 10 kayak anglers: 
 
1st:          Bogdan Korostetskyi, Livonia, Mich., 174.25 inches
 
2nd:         Ryan Lambert, Chattanooga, Tenn., 172.25 inches
 
3rd:         Jordan Marshall, Maryville, Tenn., 170 inches
 
4th:         Cody Milton, Heber Springs, Ark., 169.75 inches
 
5th:         Jason Cassetty, Morgantown, Ind., 169 inches
 
6th:         Cory Dreyer, Randleman, N.C., 166.75 inches
 
7th:         Joshua Howell, Cold Spring, Ky., 166.75 inches
 
8th:         Jody Queen, Rocky Gap, Va., 166.5 inches
 
9th:         Brian Coyne, Hilliard, Ohio, 166 inches
 
10th:       Ron Champion, Richmond Hill, Ga., 164.75 inches
 
The top 100 finishers have made it through to the second event, which is the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup in Hot Springs, Arkansas presented by YakAttack. The top 20 of them will receive entry while the rest of the qualifiers will have to pay a $500 entry fee. The Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup is going to take place on August 8-10, 2019, on a lake to be announced soon in conjunction with the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton. 
Last modified on Saturday, 01 June 2019 05:51
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