July Kayak Fishing Stays Hot
Now that July is in the books, it’s time for your July kayak bass tournament recap for Georgia! Three of the state championship clubs hit the water in July—Reel Krazy Kayak Tournament Fishing (RKKTF), Chattahoochee Kayak Anglers (CKA) and East Central Georgia Kayak Anglers (ECGKA). After two events in June, Peach State Kayak Anglers (PSKA) took the month off.
RKKTF fished over in Alabama for the second month in a row with a two-day event on Terrapin Creek and Neely Henry Lake on July 13-14. With the two-day format, anglers scored (up to) five fish each day toward their event stringer. After the first day, Andy Middleton’s 91-inch stringer—anchored by a 21.25-inch largemouth—had him in the lead over JR Young, who was right behind with 90 inches. Shane Young posted 87 inches to round out the top three after day one.
Day two saw some movement on the leaderboard. Jason Barnes made the jump from fifth to third by posting a 76-inch stringer to go with his 80.25-inch from Saturday, finishing with 156.25 inches for a $90 payout. Zack McElveen measured in at 84 inches, which with his 83.25 inches from day one was good for 167.25 inches, moving from fourth to second and taking home $140.
Despite all the day two movement, day one leader Andy Middleton kept his focus, putting up a five-fish stringer of 78.5 inches for the win with a two-day total of 169.50 inches. In addition to the $280 for the win, Andy’s big largemouth from day one took big-bass honors for the weekend and a $170 prize.
July 20 had CKA fishing their familiar West Point to Blanton stretch. With as well as these anglers know this water, it’s always bound to be a competitive event. This one certainly didn’t disappoint.
With some early morning generation from West Point dam, the bite was hot on the Chattahoochee, and some solid stringers were scored. Chris Patterson took his first CKA win with an 88.75-inch stringer and won big bass, as well, with his 20.5-inch largemouth. For the day, Chris took home $442.50. Jamie Dabbs finished second with 87 inches, good for $157.50. Nick Dyer finished just outside the money, coming in third with 86.75 inches.
Out I-20, ECGKA took to the Savannah River on July 26. In what seemed to be a theme this month, the ECGKA Savannah River winner also took home the big bass win for the event. Adam Cawley scored an 82.5-inch stringer, anchored by a 20.5-inch fish to take the win and big bass. Gage Coley put up 78 inches to finish in second, while Riley Hale came in third with 76.5 inches.
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