What an awesome weekend to kick off the NAKA Tournament Trail. It’s a start to earning your way to Angler of the Year sponsored by Fort Hampton Outfitters, LLC and the potential to winning a new NuCanoe Flint to fish in 2019 season.
The threat of potential inclement weather did not put a stop to Friday night’s Meat and Greet at Goose Pond Campgrounds. It was a Meat and Greet because there was so much delicious food coming hot off the grill, it made your tongue slap your brain. Turns out it was also a perfect night for camping with no rain and perfect temperatures.
Saturday mornings Captain’s meeting came early and literally started out with a bang for most of us with a quick passing severe thunderstorm right at “lines in time”.
The NAKA season opener is now in the books. Guntersville never fails to test our fishing abilities, with the wind, rain, and finicky bass and just when you think you got it all figured out; the Sun comes out and changes the game again in search of that one trophy bass. We had 75 anglers this year and it’s the first time I can remember that no phones or cameras went swimming. A few folks did take a dip in the cool water for a quick minute, don’t worry; they all were fine and lived to tell their story in person and were compensated with some cool soft plastics from our sponsor 412 Bait Co by Donald Corbett. Also interesting, was the fact that a fish was pulled from the removable center console after swimming under the kayak and got tangled under the peddle propeller. I believe the glitter rockets watching were kind of freaked out by seeing a bass pulled from the middle of the boat! Honorable mentions are split pants trying to save a Power-Pole Total Boat Controlmicro anchor from being ripped from a kayak and also a few muddy individuals that appeared to just be back from the Bonnaroo Music Festival mudslide. All in all, it was a great day to be fishing and trying to figure out what to do to get the fish to bite.
Thanks to everyone who came out and fished with us.
Congratulations to Ryan Lott for pulling out the win with 57.25” and bringing home $735. He is now qualified to fish the NAKA Classic September 22nd with a chance at a large Big Green Egg from Allsport Powersports Inc.Ryan’s win also carries on the tradition of NO repeat winners in the Open or better yet, any NAKA tail stop. Lanny Watkins took home second place with 54.75” and took home $335. Lanny also won the tournament BIGBASS with 20.50” and is now qualified for a custom made rod from our BIGBASS sponsor Osprey Rods at the end of the season, but only if his BIGBASS carries throughout the season. Sloan Finnerty took home third place with 54.75” and $140.
We are truly appreciative of all of our sponsors that help make our trail one of the best in the state to fish. Riley Johnston took home an NRS Chinook PFD provided by The Kayak Store. Michael Putman took home $50 Gift Certificate from HOOK1 Outfitters. Jack McRoberts took home a $50 Gift Certificate from YakAttack. Braxton Strawder, DA Annerton, Matt Brooks, Jimmy Skinner each took home $75 Gift Certificates from Leaf in Creek Earthpedition. Jeremy Self, Jeremy Caquelin, Chris Hatton took home various plastic baits from 412 Bait Company. Shawn Shelton took home a $25 Gift Certificate from Mud Creek Outdoors