The August Homestretch Kayak Tournament Report

Jon Hummel | September 11, 2019

August is the homestretch of the 2019 season for the kayak bass fishing clubs here in Georgia. Two of the four clubs—Chattahoochee Kayak Anglers (CKA) and Peach State Kayak Anglers (PSKA)—wound down their season, while East Central Georgia Kayak Anglers (ECGKA) and Reel Krazy Kayak Tournament Fishing (RKKTF) will both finish up their seasons in early September.

PSKA took to the Etowah River on Saturday, Aug. 3, the first of two events they hosted in August. With open water from the Allatoona dam down to the soccer fields in Rome, anglers had the chance to spread out and fish some uncrowded water. The fish were active, with 20 of 30 anglers turning in a full stringer. Unfortunately for most anglers, the fish being caught were in the 12- to 14-inch range. Zack Turner put up 86.5 inches to take first, followed by Jason Hopper in second with 83.5 inches. Rok Ly rounded out the top three with 79.25 inches. Jason Hopper and Will Clements tied for big-bass honors with 18.5 inches.

Charles Armstrong, 1st, RKKTF

The following weekend found RKKTF headed north to the Tennessee River basin. With another opportunity for anglers to spread out, spread out they did, from Nickajack to the Chickamauga dam. Jason Barnes took third with 76.25 inches. For the second consecutive week, Jason Hopper finished second and took big bass (80.25 inches and 20.25 inches). Taking the win by 2.5 inches was Charles Armstrong III with his 82.75-inch stringer.

Jason Hopper, 2nd, RKKTF

The first of our clubs to finish up their season was CKA, chasing shoalies on the Flint River on Aug. 17. The water was low, and anglers were forced to drag their kayaks at times to get to the good holes, but the bite was on! Jeremy Stamp took the win and big bass with 81.25 inches and 20.5 inches. Jim Clark and Eddie McRae were both on his heels with stringers of 78.5 inches, with the tie-break going to Jim.

Jason Barnes, 3rd, RKKTF

Peach State closed out the season on lakes Burton, Seed and Rabun. Anglers had the option to fish any of the three lakes. The bite was tough for most anglers, but Jim Clark turned in another good performance, getting on a couple big largemouth—21.25 inches and 21.5 inches—and taking the win with 88.75 inches, as well as big fish. Rok Ly turned in 79 inches to finish in second, well ahead of Greg Murphy’s 71-inch third-place stringer.

Jeremy Stamp, 1st, CKA

The final event of the month was the ECGKF on the Ocmulgee River on Aug. 31. With a tie for first at 84 inches, the tie-breaker of biggest bass made newcomer Josh Diehl the winner over Adam Cawley. Third place went to Clay Brantley with 82.25 inches. Wes Johnson took big-bass honors with his personal best shoal bass, an Angler Award worthy 20.25 inches.

Jim Clark, 2nd, CKA

We’ve got two final events left in September and our field for the 2019 State Championship will be set. Check back next month for the final tour recaps and the all the information on the State Championship in October.

Upcoming Tournament Schedule
Sept. 14: Etowah River, RKKTF
Sept. 14: Oconee River, ECGKA

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