It was a grueling 5 weeks of non-stop bass catching action for the Kayak Bass League July Online Event hosted by the Tackle Trap…but the participation and results were incredible! A total of 61 anglers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana registered for the event and competed to earn one of the top 6 places! We cannot thank everyone enough for joining us and we applaud all of the hard work you all displayed out on the water!
Just to put things in perspective here are some of the stats from this month’s event…
- 61 anglers competed in this event
- A total of 40, five fish limits were caught
- 26 bass were weighed in over 20 inches long
- 88 bass were weighed in over 18 inches long
- 231 bass were weighed in for a total of 3955.5 inches or an average of 17.12 inches per fish
- Biggest largemouth bass weighed in was 22 inches and was caught by Justin Beer
- Biggest smallmouth bass weighed in was 21 inches and was caught by Tony Lam
- A total of $1480 in cash and prizes will be awarded for this event
- Over $500 will be donated to our Chicagoland chapter of Heroes on the Water
Now on to the results…
In sixth place, continuing his pursuit of big bass catches this season is Tony “Hawgs Only” Lam with a total of 97.75 inches. Tony walks away with $95 in cash.
In fifth place, coming in with an impressive bag of scales is Matt “Red, White and Blue” Williams with a total of 98 inches. Matt walks away with $110 in cash.
In fourth place, constantly venturing out to find some of the best water that Illinois and Wisconsin had to offer was Joe “The Beard” Palmer with 98.5 inches. Joe walks away with $125 in cash.
In third place, trying to maintain a consistent showing in this year’s events was Alan “Fluke” Wiedmeyer with 98.75 inches. Alan walks away with $150 in cash.
In second place as well as big bass, having his impressive catches speak for themselves out of Central Illinois is Justin “Big Rig” Beer with an outstanding 100.25 inches as well as a monstrous 7 pound, 22 inch largemouth. Justin walks away with $300 in cash.
Last but not least, in first place with an incredible showing in his first KBL tournament and blowing away the competition was Jason “The Rookie” Welker with 105.25 inches. Do the math and that was over a 21 inch average! Jason walks away with $300 in cash as well as a $400 rod/reel combo courtesy of The Tackle Trap!
Rounding out the top 10 included…
7th Place: Patrick “Pooti” Tharp with 96.75 inches
8th Place: Eric “Smallmouth Whisperer” Schaaf with 96.75 inches
9th Place: Don “The Magic Juan” Thompson with 94.5 inches
10th Place: Brian “Butters” Butterfield with 94.25 inches
We cannot thank you all enough for your participation and the $400 dollar donation you all helped to make for Heroes on the Water. The KBL members added to that donation themselves by donating $1 for every day they fished this month. If you type in the hash tag #KBL4HOW in Facebook you will see all of the great posts the members made documenting their experiences in support of getting our wounded warriors out on the water.
We also want to thank the anglers outside of the KBL for stepping up and participating in this event with us. It is amazing that we can assemble a group that has this much talent. As far as we are concerned, the Midwest has some of the best kayak fishermen out there…period!
Lastly, we want to thank our sponsors especially the Tackle Trap for helping put this tournament together and supporting us as a group. We cannot do these great things without them!
Until next time, enjoy your prizes and have fun out on the water!