The Kayak Fishing ClassicS conducted the ninth of ten open tournaments on September 15 in Tampa Bay and the finish was so close that determining who will be the series champion will come down to the last tournament and the last cast. That’s competition and it is what everyone wanted in 2012.
Here is how the Tampa Bay Slam Classic concluded and set the stage for a fantastic finish to the series year; in First Place was William Lusk who scored a four fish slam with 99.6 Inches and captured the Bending Branches Big Fish Award and all that goes with it. William took the lion’s share of the $10,000.00 sponsor gear package.
Second place was captured by Joe Komyati who also scored the four fish slam, 2 redfish & 2 Trout, with a total of 91.4 Inches. Third Place was hooked by Otis Coblentz with 57.2 Inches who also won the RAILBLAZA Action Photo Award with a great shot of a jumping redfish doing battle with him. Fourth Place was earned by Joshua Maitland by scoring a total of 56.1 Inches with three fish entered. Marty Meakin, the series leader had a tough day but managed to score 51 Inches with three fish to capture Fifth Place.
With this order of finish, all of the winning contestants moved up the leader board in points in hopes of catching Marty Meakin. Joe Komyati was the closest to him before this tournament and it looked like he was going to catch the leader with his workman like efforts. Prior to the photo weigh in Meakin was sure he did not place in this event and had lost the series lead. Much to his surprise, his name rang out during the awards ceremony and fifth place was awarded to him. Michael Teixidor was on his wake and finished in sixth place, adding to the drama.
The new scoring system put in place for the 2012 tournament series has proven to do exactly what the contestants wanted. The series standings are so close you could not put a fish scale between the top five on the leader board. Marty Meakin holds first with a total of 792.1 total points closely followed by Joe Komyati who has a total of 787.9 points. That’s only a 4.2 point separation and many contestants are within striking range of a podium finish at the tenth tournament of the series, The Southern Redfish Classic scheduled for October 13 will be hosted by the Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto, Florida. The last tournament of the open series will determine who will be the 2012 Series Champion, who will win the Diablo Paddlesports Adios kayak and a share of the $10,000.00 in sponsor gear prizes but it does not end there.
On November 3rd the Invitational National Championship, presented by Diablo Paddlesports will be held. The slate will be wiped clean and it is every angler for himself. We congratulate all of the anglers in our series and thank them all for helping us make this a great and exciting saltwater tournament series. To learn more about the Kayak Fishing ClassicS please visit www.KayakFishingClassicS.com