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.
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.
The river was up due to generation the night before but it still held a number of areas that required dragging yaks.
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.
The scenery was beautiful, and blended with wildlife it was even better.
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!
Mark your calendars for their next tournament on Lake Texoma.
The Red River Shootout will be October 4th.