Category Archive 2017 Tournament Results

2017 West Texas Kayak Fishing Angler Of The Year – Shane Hunter

Congratulations Shane Hunter on one heck of a year and earning the WTKF 2017 Angler of The Year along with an awesome Feel Free Lure 11.5  donated by Happy Trails Outdoor Goods & More. If you didn’t read all the hype going into the last event for the AOY race you can find that article here. Although Shane and Daniel both did well in San Angelo tournament (Daniel took 5th and Shane finished 14th) that had 45 anglers competing, Daniel was just 11 inches from forcing a tie breaker and a fish off for the Championship.

Shane started off the year with a win at the biggest event WTKF has ever had to date. He beat 63 other anglers on Lake O.H. Ivie and never looked back. The next two tournaments he finished 2nd on Alan Henry and Oak Creek. Some might have just called it quits there and rode out the win (which he could have done), but that is not what happened. Shane was one of only 6 anglers to compete in all 6 events and he cashed a check in all but two events. Even at the two events he didn’t place in he still went home with a prize of some sort. At Mackenzie he took home some Yak Attack swag and at San Angleo he had to make room in the back of his truck for the new Feel Free Lure 11.5 provided by Happy Trails Outdoor Goods & More.

Here is a breakdown of Shane’s winning year and a few pics of his prizes that he won kayak fishing the WTKF trail. Please congratulate him in the comments below as he put together a very impressive year against some stiff competition out in West Texas. Congrats again Shane on leading the Angler of The Year from start to finish. That is impressive!

O.H. Ivie – 1st Place
Alan Henry – 2nd Place
Oak Creek – 2nd Place
White River – 8th Place
Mackenzie – 2nd Place
San Angelo – 14th Place

2017 San Angelo Results

Wait….pump your brakes kid! Before the 2017 San Angelo Road Runner event the largest 5 fish stringer that was turned in was 86.25 inches by Corbin Craft at the 2017 Oak Creek Tournament.  Then on July 22nd during the Road Runner event held in San Angelo these were the top 6 stringers (of five fish each) turned in.

  1. Brandon Utley -93.25 = $810 for 1st & $450 for Big Bass & $200 prize pack see below for details
  2. Lance Reynolds – 89.75 = $230
  3. Stephen Sonnenberg – 89.5 = $108
  4. Layne Grant – 88 = $68
  5. Daniel Merritt – 78.75 = $67
  6. Blake Neatherlin – 77 = $67

Let that soak in for a minute…..

Congratulations to Brandon for absolutely destroying it on a hot summer day that pushed the mercury into the triple digits and turning in what could hold up as the biggest #WTKF stringer for the foreseeable future. His stringer was anchored by an absolute toad that had to be over 10 pounds and almost tied the record for biggest fish ever caught  in a WTKF tournament (See Jensen Phipps 25.75 inch record here). Brandon also had a 15+ inch smallmouth bass which in itself is pretty rare considering the boundaries of the San Angelo Tournament.  Not only did he win over $1200 in cash, but he also earned a $200 prize pack that includes $100 entry fee for the TOC open and 2 nights stay courtesy of Scenic 515 Cabins on Lake Fork. Congrats again Brandon for job well done on a day that proved to be pretty darn good.

Congratulations to the rest of the field as well. San Angelo has a lot of good fish that can be difficult to catch on hot summer days. You all did a fantastic job of showing us what the Concho River and surrounding areas have to offer. Thank you Happy Trails for letting us use invade the much needed AC and your storefront for the weigh ins.

Here are the full results for the 2017 San Angelo Tournament.

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2017 Lake Mackenzie Results

Wow was I ever wrong about the prediction of biggest 5 fish stringer ever caught in a WTKF tournament. There was a storm 2 nights before the tournament and when I got to the lake on Friday night everybody seemed like they had caught some fish during prefishing. However I believe the full moon combined with the bluebird sky’s and 25ish mph wind all day on tournament day made the bite really tough. It ended up being a really tough day for everybody and a 3 fish stringer ended up winning the tournament.

And with that being said congratulations to Daniel Merritt for winning his second tournament in a row during a really tough day of fishing. Not only has he won 2 in a row but has fished 4 events this year and never finished below 6th place. It looks like it is going to come down to the last fish of the year to see who wins the brand new Feel Free Lure 11.5 and payed entry to the Tournament of Champions on Lake Fork. Make sure you come out and see the showdown in San Angelo on July 22nd to see who will be taking home an extra kayak.

AOY Leaderboard

Download the 2017 West Texas Kayak Fishing Mackenzie Lake results here.

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2017 White River Results

On Saturday May 20th #WTKF invaded White River Lake near Spur, TX USA. As luck would have it a big cold front came in the night before and at the captains meeting the air temp was in the high 40’s. There were 21 anglers that showed up to try and tackle the lake that handed most of the anglers a zero on the scorecard at the 2016 WTKF White River event. We will post some pics of the event later, but in the meantime please be sure to hashtag #WTKF on all social media platforms with your pics. Here is a list of the current #WTKF social media links. Facebook #WTKF — Instagram #WTKF — Twitter #WTKF

Congrats to the following 6 anglers who all caught 5 fish stringers and the top 4 for earning some cash. Jason Hoffman won big bass with this 20.25 inch big one.

Daniel Merritt – 79.5 inches – $410
Layne Grant – 77.5 inches – $126
Bobby Rex – 75 inches – $63
Clay Williamson – 74 inches – $32
Jason Hoffman – Big Bass of 20.5 inches – $210

Also with 5 fish stringers.
Casey Oldham – 72.5 inches
Lance Reynolds – 68.5 inches

Download PDF here.

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Jason Hofffman big bass. 

Layne Grant 

Clay Williamson 

2017 Oak Creek Results

West Texas Kayak Fishing Oak Creek Tournament Results

Another big day out in West Texas Kayak Fishing tournament scene. Not only was the biggest fish ever caught in a WTKF tournament landed, but the largest 5 fish stringer was also turned in. The weather and wind were brutal, but anglers found a way to land some nice fish. We had 47 anglers show up to compete on what we all knew would be a windy cold front day. Thank you all for continuing to show up and fish for fun.

Congratulations to Corbin Craft for crushing the competition and winning by more than 10 inches and turning in the largest 5 fish stringer in WTKF history. He had a monster 24 inch bass that would have won big bass at almost any other event around the State (not just West Texas). Way to go Corbin! That was impressive from start to finish. Although he is no stranger to tournament Bass fishing I do believe this was Corbin’s first Kayak fishing tournament and we all know how taking pics of fish is almost as challenging as catching them sometimes. Throw in some nasty wind and it gets even more difficult.

And as you all have probably already seen congratulations to Jensen Phipps for landing a 25.75 swamp donkey of a bass. This was by far the largest fish ever landed at a WTKF event. Congratulations again to Jensen. If you are following the WTKF scene this is the second tournament in a row that a female angler landed Big Bass. Great job ladies.

Check back soon for AOY standings updates and pics that Megan Oldham took from the event. Thank you Megan they are awesome!

Here are the results in PDF format.

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