NTKBF Tournament on The Brazos

by • August 14, 2014 • Fishing Reports, Tournament ReportsComments (0)5085

On August 9th, under a full moon, 30 brave men set out on the Upper Brazos (River) for a chance to claim the prize in the NTKBF (North Texas Kayak Bass Fishing Club) tournament.

Tournament participants prepare to launch at the boat ramp.

Preparing to launch


The temps soared into the triple digits and the Texas sun was high in the sky. The trip was a 9.1 mile paddle starting at the boat ramp below Lake Whitney and ending at the 2114 bridge (Dick’s Place). Many of the participants commented that they logged over 12 miles during the tournament.

Brazos River route map

map showing the route


The river was up due to generation the night before but it still held a number of areas that required dragging yaks.

low water drag area

Photo credit James Belekanich


Photo credit James Belekanich


Contestants fished from 6AM until 6PM working spots both up and down the river hoping to catch the 3 fish bag that would win the tournament prize. There was quite a variety of kayaks on the river that day. We had folks fishing from Native, Wilderness, Diablo, Jackson, Ascend, Ocean Kayak, and many more. Most of the contestants fished with conventional tackle but myself and James Belekanich fished “on the fly”. I alternated between my 6wt TFO fiberglass rod and my 8/10 TFO Mini Mag rods throughout the day catching a lot of fish but none that measured.

Photo credit Kevin Dismuke

Photo credit Kevin Dismuke

The scenery was beautiful, and blended with wildlife it was even better.

Tournament participant fishing against the beautiful rock background.

Dustin Doskocil photo.

A bald eagle spotted on the river amonst other wildlife seen.

Photo credit Dustin Doskocil

When everything was over and the  tallied the results were as follows:

1st Place – Chris Anglin with 56.75 inches

2nd Place – Jay Pershin with 56 inches

3rd Place  – Jason DelFraisse with 53 inches

Big Bass – Jay Pershin was 21.5 inches

Props to Tom Hansen and Jason O’Brien for putting together an awesome tournament!

Photo credit Kevin Dismuke

The Old Man on the river.


 Mark your calendars for their next tournament on Lake Texoma.

The Red River Shootout will be October 4th.

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