Edited: 6/14/2017 with corrected scoring
Over 60 anglers competed in NAKA’s 2nd 2017 tournament trail stop at Smith Lake including a large number of first time kayak tournament anglers. Once again we had a great turn out for the camp out and cookout the night before the event even though a short rain shower got everyone wet. Anglers had to fend off wake boarding boats, jet skis, and wind in the search for the elusive giant spotted bass. The bad storms held off until after the event was over.
We congratulate Chris McNeill for his win with an impressive 57.5” stringer of spotted bass earning him $675. Once again there still has not been a repeat winner in one of the trail stops.
We also congratulate Sam Dean for taking the 2nd place prize of $310 with 53.5” and Blake Neal finishing 3rd with 53” and taking home $130. Also, in the money was Brandon Watson taking 4th place with 51.75”, Donny Lukima taking 5th with 47.75”, John Taylor taking 6th with 47.25” and Lanny Watkins taking 7th with 47”. Charlie Brewer’s monster 20.25” earned him $275, a prize pack and the Big Bass award presented by Osprey Rods
In addition to the top finishers several lucky participants won door prizes from our sponsors. Ryan Lot won a paddle courtesy of Bending Branches, Will Clark won a Manley Rod from Manley Fishing, Steve Smith took home the $100 gift card from Allsport Powersports Inc., David Meeks received an great arrangement from Yak Attack, Kyle Sloan won some jigs from all All-Terrain Tackle and gift cards to 412 Bait Co by Donald Corbett, Jason lack won the Big Wills Outfitters swag pack including NRS straps. An assortment of NAKA stickers courtesy of Wallace Performance Printing and Apparel went to first time tournament participants.
All anglers entering and scoring a fish have earned Angler of the Year points. AOTY will walk away with a Jackson Kilroy from Leaf in Creek, Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, Bending Branches paddle and an Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. The angler catching the largest bass in a trail stop will earn a custom rod from Osprey Rods and the angler catching the largest bass in all of our tournaments, including the NAKA Big Bass events; will win a $150 gift card from The Kayak Store in Decatur Alabama. We are down to one trail stop and 2 NBB events to earn your way to the top of the field. The top 15 spots earn their way into the NAKA Classic on September 23rd and the top ten will be invited to the state wide 2017 Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic on the Coosa river on October 21st.
Again, we would like to thank all sponsors and anglers for making this a successful event. We hope to see you all again at the next NAKA Trial Stop, the River Stop.