After a long, cold, snowy winter, the Kayak Anglers of Missouri (KAMO) season kicked off with the March Online Event. Competitors were eager to get back into competition and try to snag the first Angler of the Year (AOY) points. A very large field of 73 anglers signed up to compete making for a large payout and some serious bragging rights. Those 73 anglers caught a total of 420 bass throughout the month with the largest bass at 21.50 inches caught by Aaron Simms of Saint Robert, Missouri. The lingering winter added a few different challenges but those willing to tough the weather out or drive to open waters still put up some impressive lengths.
In April there are 2 exciting tournaments. The first is the Members Only Online Monthly Challenge where anglers will be competing throughout the whole month for cash, prizes and points. At the end of the Online Monthly Challenge season, which runs through September the top 10% will receive an invitation to compete in the 2019 KAMO Classic Championship.
Becoming a member and competing in the Online tournaments are a great way to get started in tournament fishing. Month long online tournaments allow anglers to fish on any Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) public water, alleviating travel requirements and the pressure of having to fish a new body of water and catch all your fish in one day. To join KAMO and enjoy members-only opportunities, go to https://www.kayakanglersofmissouri.com/become-a-member.html. The second stop on the 2019 KAMO Trails series takes place on April 13th and includes both Stockton and Pomme De Terre Lakes. This single day onsite tournament will put the best kayak anglers in Missouri in a battle for AOY points, bragging rights, and what promises to be a great payout of prizes for the top ten. Even if you’re not ready to compete, come fish and have a great time with fellow KAMO anglers.
2019 KAMO March Online Trails Series Event Top 10 & Big Bass
1st - Justin Coon - 93.25” - $1,021
2nd - Brandon Prince - 92.00”- $498
3rd - Jeff Hook - 89.00” - $274
4th - Cody Pender - 87.50” - $249
5th - David Pilgrim - 87.50” - $174
6th - Aaron Simms - 85.50” - $149
7th - Tj Mcmurray - 84.75” - $125
8th - Jonathon Dominguez - 84.50” - $75 SheAngler Custom Baits gift card
9th - Melody Isaacs - 84.50” - $50 OMTC gift card
10th - Rick Lemar - 84.25” - $25 Extreme Outdoors gift card
Big Bass - Aaron Simms - 21.50” - $440
2019 KAMO Trails Series AOY Leaderboard
2019 Tournament Schedule
As we fish into 2019, we would like to pay tribute to Everhart's Sporting Goods for being KAMO’s title sponsor! We spent some time visiting with the team of fishing and hunting professionals who are there to help you each time you visit, and here's what we learned.
Why Everhart's Sporting Goods?
Come on out and check out what we have to offer, because here at Everhart's Sporting Goods, we are not a big box store; we are outfitters for just about every sport you have in mind. Our goal is to get you ready to be involved in your activity of choice. It's not all about selling you a new kayak, but rather to see more people ready and able to get out on the water and enjoy the sport.
The Everhart name in fishing and hunting has been around since 1945 here in Clinton, Missouri. It began as a hardware store that sold everything. Now, operated by a 3rd generation, Everhart's has evolved into a full-fledged outfitter with a 10,000 square foot showroom and a 7,500 square foot warehouse right off of Truman Lake.
Our wide selection of products and knowledgeable staff will get you ready for all forms of hunting and fishing. We have a large variety of guns; long guns, pistols, rifles. One unique thing you'll find is our indoor archery lane where people can get a bow and then test it. Customers can sight in their choice of bow right inside the store.
We can get you outfitted for all types of hunting, from waterfowl to deer hunting, and for the trapping enthusiast, we have all the traps. And that is just to name a few of the many hunting accessories you will find here at Everhart's.
On the fishing side, we are a complete tackle store. Everhart’s carries all the soft baits, hard baits, even live baits such as goldfish, minnows, worms, and frozen shad. We keep up with the latest trends, so if there is a new lure you’re wanting, chances are we will have it. You'll find our live bait section that will help you catch bass crappie white bass trout, all the fishing species. You won't want to miss out on our extensive assortment of fishing rods. We carry everything from bass rods, big catfish rods, even snagging rods for spoonbill.
Our fishing kayaks are NuCanoe™ and Bonafide™, and we offer a full range of accessories with a selection second to none in west-central Missouri. We have a massive selection of kayaks accessories, from brands you know and trust like Yak Attack, Yak-Gear, Bass Assassin, Bending Branches, Boon Docks, and NuCanoe. We offer Minkota™ trolling motors, we are also Hummingbird™ electronics dealer so we can fix you up with a state-of-the-art depth finder.
We also provide complete clothing lines to fit all your sporting needs. Boots, waders, decoys, life jackets, paddles, tackle, and trolling motors, if you hunt or fish, it's here. We also have a small city lake that is a really great place to demo a kayak. We want you to know you are buying the right boat. We care about our customer and want to gear you up for that. When it comes to bow-fishing, kayaking, crossbow or rifle hunting, or any other sport you can think of, we have someone here who is knowledgeable and ready to help you get exactly what you need.
Make plans to come out on February the 23rd when we will host Crappie Days, which means a huge sale for our customers. There will also be lots of professionals out here to talk with folks right here on the floor along with many manufacturer representatives that are prepared to answer any questions that people may have.
Everhart's always gives military discounts, and all KAMO members get a discount with us, so be sure to tell your friends. Find us on Facebook
@Everhartsoutdoorstore and check out our Website https://www.everhartssportinggoods.com .
Hermatige Days Warsaw Missouri 2018
About the Author: Lacey Chantel Keenan is a gritty writer living in the River Valley of Arkansas. She writes both fiction and non-fiction stories about local events, inspirational people, environmental issues, and human rights. KAMO is proud to have Lacey on our team of writers. Read more of her work on her independent News-based Website “Straight From the Panic Room News” http://www.laceychantelkeenan.com
The 2019 tournament's ahead will kick off KAMO's second season, which promises to hold plenty of excitement, friends, fun, family, and FISH! Here's your hook up for plenty of chances to compete for cash prizes, earn AOY points, and even learn from some excellent anglers. Remember, the Trail Series is open to all anglers, however only members are eligible to win those coveted AOY points. Start making plans now to be ready for the month-long Trail Series Online Kickoff on March 1st, where you'll get the chance to earn points towards the Angler Of the Year series. Register by the 28th before 10:00 pm on Tourney X to get in on this competition.
Next up, on April 13th, you'll get the opportunity to try your luck on either Stockton Lake, or Pomme De Terre Lake, angling among those beautiful bluffs and tree covered hills in a roadrunner style tournament. Make sure you attend the Captain's Meeting to find out the boundaries for each lake and the time of the Official FIRST CAST. This is another chance to rack up on those "Angler Of the Year" points for all KAMO members who enter this competition.
Also, in April the Members Only Monthly Challenge is just like the title suggests. A month-long opportunity for KAMO members to fish and compete for a spot in the KAMO Classic Championship, earn AOY points, and work towards that chance to be crowned the KAMO Online Angler of the Year, plus opportunities to win more of our fabulous prizes and cash. The monthly online challenges for members only starting in April are a separate series where anglers can fish any MDC managed or assisted waters and earn AOY points too. More information on these challenges is coming soon.
As the weather warms up on May 18th, anglers get another shot to test their skills roadrunner style on Table Rock Lake. And again, Angler Of the Year points going out to all KAMO members who enter. Beat the deadline and make sure to register on TourneyX by May 17th, 10:00 pm. Once more, the competition is sure to heat up in June with the Lake Wappapello roadrunner style tournament scheduled for the 15th. Get registered by June 14th to beat the cutoff and be sure to attend the Captain's Meeting to learn what boundaries are in effect and when exactly is the Official FIRST CAST.
Anglers are always faced with choices like, which lure? Which rod? Or, which Lake? In this case, fish your choice between Lake Taneycomo, or Bull Shoals on July 13th, in yet another roadrunner style competition. This competition offers chances for prizes, cash, and AOY points. Competitors must attend the Captain's Meeting on June 12th, online, at 6:00 pm. Be sure to look at our 2019 Tournament Schedule Page for all the details.
The month of August brings two separate tournaments running back-to-back at Mark Twain Lake, the KBF Regional Trail Event, & the KAMO Trail event on the 3rd. Both will run during the same hours, but will each have their own fees. Those boundaries will be announced at the Captain's Meeting. Deadline to enter is the 2nd at 10:00 pm.
We are excited to bring you September's event, which will be a roadrunner style tournament where you can test your skills on some great waters in the northwest region on the 14th at any of the following landings; Smithville, Pony Express, Grindstone, or Cameron. KAMO's Classic Championship will be a roadrunner style event held on Truman Lake on October 5th & 6th. Keep watching our website and Facebook Page for new details as they develop.
We want to give a big shout out to our Sponsors who ensure our continued success while always making sure all KAMO's anglers have the chance to have a good time and get on board with the best equipment and fishing supplies out there on the market today! Tell your friends about KAMO's Title Sponsor Everharts Outdoor Store. Put Tri-State Trolling Motor and Extreme Outdoors on your list too. Check out She-Angler Custom Baits, Liv & Jen's Bait Bucket, and Kayak Tuff Lights by Joe Florida,Yak Attack, OMTC. Other businesses that are offering great products/services and awesome experiences are Vicious Fishing, For Fun Embroidery, Yak Lights, and TourneyTag , so tell folks about them every single chance you get to help us grow our affiliation and show our appreciation for these businesses' continued support of KAMO.
So whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned fisherman, KAMO is looking forward to having you come on out and join us and help make 2019 our best year yet!
About the Author: Lacey Chantel Keenan is a gritty writer living in the River Valley of Arkansas. She writes both fiction and non-fiction stories about local events, inspirational people, environmental issues, and human rights. Read more of her work on her independent News-based Website “Straight From the Panic Room News” http://www.laceychantelkeenan.com
With the end of our first season just around the corner, KAMO would do nothing short of seeing to it that it goes out with a BANG! Check out the flyer below to see whats going on now and how you can join in on the fun. KAMO Stop 8 Mark Twain lake is Saturday September 15th and members as well as non-members will be fishing for cash and prizes. To register head over to www.TourneyX.com and sign up. A Very Special Thank You to Vibe Kayaks for helping make this an Extra fun ending to an AMAZING first season! We look forward to seeing you there!!
Kayak Anglers of Missouri (KAMO) stop 3 was held on a gorgeous Saturday in May on Lake of the Ozarks. Twenty-four anglers would need to find the top five fish in 54,000 acres of lake holding 646,000,000,000 gallons of water to take the crown. Not an easy task. Add to that the fact that Lake of the Ozarks is the most popular recreation lake in the state of Missouri, and those anglers would have their work cut out for them.
The day started like any other tournament. Calm winds, very little boat traffic, and nearly perfect conditions. Anglers had their choice of fishing shallow or deep. Chunk rock was plentiful. Docks were everywhere. It didn’t matter what your strength was, Lake of the Ozarks offered prime bass fishing habitat for all of the KAMO anglers. A peaceful day where everyone could concentrate on just pulling in bass without any distractions. And then the clock struck 11am.
Like some sort of a cruel joke, the weather changed and the wind became a huge factor for the competitors. The strong wind made it a challenge for all to keep their kayaks anchored, even if they were deep into coves. Calm water suddenly turned into Gulf of Mexico like conditions, complete with rolling waves and the occasional whitecap. Yep. It just got real. But Lake of the Ozarks wasn’t finished yet.
Remember the part about Lake of the Ozarks being the most popular recreation lake in the state? Seems as if all of those recreational boaters remembered it as well, because they all seemed to launch at the same time and hit the lake in force. While it isn’t unusual to fish a tournament surrounded by boats, Lake of the Ozarks adds a special twist. It just happens to be incredibly popular with the owners of cigarette boats. We all know the wake a jon boat can create. The kayak anglers at Lake of the Ozarks all now also know the kind of wake a 48’ long cigarette boat travelling at 80 mph can create as well. And they often run in packs. At one point during the day, I saw two of them running at full clip in the main channel and pointed them out to Steve Leaman who was fishing nearby. Those two were followed by at least another dozen traveling just as fast. Just to make sure we knew that we were fishing on “their” lake, they had a helicopter following them for just a bit more impact. Only on Lake of the Ozarks.
Although the really big fish seemed to be hiding well, there was no shortage of smaller fish and this would be the theme throughout the day. Pulling a 15” bass into the kayak could have a significant impact on the anglers standing on the leader board and the leader board changed often during the day. In the end, Travis Ueke would pull out the win with 81.75.
Travis was followed by Jarred Saffle in second with 75.25 and Billy Reynolds rounding out the top three with 70.25.
Kevin Rockwell would take home a check for big bass by hooking on to a 19.25.
The top ten and their prizes are listed below…..
4th - Justin Coon from Springfield, Mo. 69.75"
5th - Aaron Sims from St Robert, Mo. 69.00"
6th - Steve Leaman from Herculaneum, Mo. 66.50"
7th - Simon Tapprich from Nixa, Mo. 64.00
8th - Kori Whitchurch from Quincey, Il. 63.75"
9th - William Bastura from Springfield, Mo. 60.50
10th - Tyler Hibdon from Lees Summit, Mo. 58.50
A special thank you goes out to all of the sponsors. KAMO has become extremely popular and continues to grow and much of that growth is because of the solid support offered by the sponsors. This is the real deal folks. While everybody loves to take first place, every KAMO tournament is a fight to get into the top ten thanks to the valuable prizes offered up by the sponsors. This has helped turn the competition into high gear because everyone fishes until the final minute knowing that there is a good chance of being rewarded for their efforts.
Next Stop........ KAMO Stop 4 Memorial Weekend Special Event Online Challenge. But until then
Tight Lines everyone!
Article Credits: KAMO member Billy reynolds from St Louis, Mo.
Billy Reynolds www.billyreynoldsfishing.com
JanPro of St. Louis
So what is the deal with kayak tournaments? I’ve been fishing them for the last seven years or so but I also understand that to the general public they remain fairly unknown. Other anglers always seemed shocked on the water when I mention that I am fishing a tournament. People I work with always have questions about how my tournaments work, where do you keep the fish, and how do you keep people from cheating? This article will hopefully shed a little light on the subject and at least explain how the kayak bass fishing tournaments that I’m involved with are run.
In a time where the trend seems to be a downsizing of bass boats, downsizing of tow vehicles, and a great expenditure of energy in making the American dollar go farther it only seems logical that many people are turning to kayaks as a more economical solution to getting out on the water and catching fish. These “little plastic boats” are low maintenance, easy to transport, beginner friendly, and can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make them. Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes. Your local big box store will have selections ranging from $200 right on up to some of the top of the line offerings that may run you several thousand dollars. How much you spend is up to you but all of them will get you off the bank and out on the water enjoying the fun.
Kayak tournaments aren’t very discriminating when it comes to your choice of paddle craft. All types are welcome whether you own a sit-on-top (SOT) or a sit-in-kayak (SINK), whether you prefer paddle or pedal powered, and even thosethat opt for the electric motor powered kayaks are able to join in most events. The largest nationwide organizing bodycurrently hosting kayak tournaments is KayakBassFishing.com or KBF as most of us refer to them. The group was founded by Chad Hoover, a retired Navy Officer, that
after leaving the service has poured his heart into getting more and more people on the water in kayaks and more recently is making strides at uniting the kayak bass clubs across the nation by hosting regional events, trail stops, and having a National Championship event each year that brings us all together for a single “main event” where we not only compete for a substantial monetary prize but where we also get to enjoy the community, put faces with names from social media, and just plain have some fun!
Chad Hoover, the founder of KayakBassFishing.com
I’ll use the KBF National Championship tournament as my example here. There will be slight differences in tournament rules and structure depending on what club you choose to look at but it seems that most groups pattern themselves off of KBF since it has been proven to work and be successful. Just like boat tournaments we have a five fish limit per day for the events. Where we differ is in the fact that most kayaks don’t have the deck space or carrying capacity to hold a “livewell” capable of keeping five fish alive all day. A new format had to be developed that removed the need for bringing fish into the scales for an actual weigh in. Catch-Photo-Release has become the accepted standard in kayak fishing tournaments. CPR events are based off of the length of fish rather than a weight. Because we aren’t carrying the fish around all day in a livewell fish mortality is greatly reduced. We simply catch our fish, measure their length, snap a quick photo and then they are released.
In order for this to work everyone must use the same model of measuring device, have a unique identifier in the picture to prove the fish was caught during the event, and follow the same set of rules as to the positioning of the fish on the measuring board. For example we all use the Hawg Trough measuring device. It is a concave plastic ruler with a bump stop or fence at the end and has raised lines on the board in ¼” increments. The fish must lie on the board facing to the left, with mouth closed, dorsal fin facing up, lip touching the fence, and the tail cannot be pinched to try and gain extra length. Cell phones are used to capture the photograph. The cell phone geo-tags the photos with position information as well as a time stamp.
This picture shows the correct orientation of the fish on a Hawg Trough measuring board. Also note the
unique identifier on the hawg trough that ensures the photo was taken during the event.
In order to keep all these fish straight and maintain the tournament standings we utilize a website called TourneyX.com. Dwayne Walley, a kayak tournament angler and Wilderness Systems Regional Manager for the Gulf Region, developed the site as a way of hosting tournaments and speeding up the process of fish submissions and judging. He also developed an app for smartphones that streamlines the process and simplifies it for anglers that already have enough to worry about on the water. After taking a photo of your catch you simply open the app and submit your fish to the leader board.
Dwayne Walley – the man behind TourneyX.com
The software automatically culls your fish to only show the five largest that have been submitted and maintains a “real time” leader board for the tournament so that you can see how you’re doing compared to your competitors throughout the day. Judges are employed by KBF to check each fish picture that is submitted to ensure that the fish conforms to the tournament guidelines, the correct identifier is visible in the picture, and that the angler entered the appropriate length for the fish. If the picture was taken correctly and all of the guidelines are met then the fish is approved and your total length is tallied by the software. At the end of the tournament day everyone can see how they did and can view the pictures of each fish on the leader board by simply clicking on an anglers name and each of the fish are displayed.
Kayak fishing tournaments provide different things for different people. Some folks, like me, grew up fishing bass tournaments from boats and for whatever reason have now become part of the kayak community and like to maintain that competitive aspect of the sport that tournaments provide. Other people came into kayak fishing as a way to get away from the bank and view tournaments as a way to further hone their skills to become more proficient at putting fish in the boat. Kayak tournaments in general are a little more laid back than boat tournaments. There seems to be a greater sense of community and those that are struggling to figure out the fish are more apt to receive help from a fellow tournament angler. We consider each other as family and genuinely want to see everyone succeed while out on the water. If any of this sounds like something you’d be interested in then contact your local kayak fishing club and consider joining them for their next event. You’ll find that there are people of all ages, genders, and experience levels in every club. All are welcome in the kayak fishing community!
Post Credit: A Big Thank you to Matthew and Amanda Brannon authors of "The Outdoor Power Couple" for writing this awesome article and allowing us to share it with our viewers. Matthew and Amanda are an inspiration to the kayak fishing community and spend a lot of their time sharing their journey and love of the outdoors in hopes to bring more couples outside together to enjoy such past times as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and kayaking.
Until Next time,
We’ve all heard the saying. “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb.” Well, the anglers who competed in KAMO’s inaugural event, are still waiting for that lion to hit the road. It came in and never left.
A total of 54 anglers signed up for the KAMO March online tournament. All public waters in the state of Missouri were eligible. All an angler had to do to win was catch the five biggest bass, take a picture of them on an approved measuring device, and then let them happily swim away. Sounds simple, right? Not even close!
The weather was a huge factor throughout the state. March gave us a few sunny days, but we also had plenty of rain, a bit of snow, sleet, and incredibly high winds. I myself made a last day effort to improve my standings while fishing in wind gusts in the 30-mph range. If you haven’t been in an 80-pound plastic boat when the wind is pushing close to tropical storm levels, then you haven’t experienced extreme kayak fishing. In every aspect, the inaugural tournament of Missouri’s fastest growing kayak fishing club was a grind, but the anglers persevered and made the event one to remember.
With 440 fish having been submitted, the quality of the fish that were judged was incredible. Winner Jordan Isaacs put up an impressive 96.25”. That is an average size of 19.25”.
Considering the state of Missouri recognizes anglers in their Master Angler program for catching a 22” largemouth bass, Jordan’s numbers are astonishing. There are a lot of quality bass in Missouri and the submissions by the KAMO anglers just help to prove this fact. Let’s hope everyone can continue this trend throughout the year. It isn’t unreasonable to think that some future events may take over 100” to win.
Gina Ueke took second place with 94”. Gina came on strong and never gave up.
Those of us who fished events with her last year, knew that she was going to be a force to contend with, and with an average size of just shy of 18”, Gina has shown that she knows how to find the big bass.
Third place in the event went to Jay Arnold of Galena, MO.
Jay was just ¾” shy of matching Gina’s total. This is a testament to how intense the competition was and shows how it’s never safe to crown a winner until the last cast is thrown.
Rounding out the top ten…..
4th Jerrad Saffle - 92.75" - $165.00
5th Tommy Probst - 92.50 - $129.00
6th Jeremy Miller - 91.25 - $110.00
7th Jacob Nunn - 87.75 - $75.00 prize pack from Sheangler Custom Baits and Yak Attack
8th Travis Ueke - 85.00 - $65.00 prize pack from Everharts and FishingSir
9th Billy Reynolds - 84.75 - $50.00 prize pack from Liv and Jen's Bait Bucket
10th Steve Sisson - 84.00 - $45.00 prize pack from Flat Creek Resort and Grill and Yak Attack
Steve Sisson also earned the big bass award with a 22.25”.
In a surprise twist, the awesome KAMO sponsors stepped up and ensured that everyone in the top ten was awarded a prize for their accomplishments including the winner of the "Mean Green" drawing. Cody Pender was the winner and received a $50.00 Gift card from OMTC!!
Well, that's it for March. We would like to give a BIG KAMO THANK YOU to all those who participated and to our amazing sponsors. We could not do this without you. Next stop, Tablerock Lake, Saturday April 21st as KAMO host it's first onsite event. Will Mother Nature cooperate only time will tell. You know what they say about April, "April Showers"
Tight Lines everyone!
Article: Billy Reynolds, www.billyreynoldsfishing.com
Photos: Mel Isaacs, www.sheanglercustoms.com
Well, it has begun! March 1st began the first of many tournaments to come for the 2018 season. Fifty four anglers signed up to fish the very first KAMO month long online tournament here in Missouri. Anglers will be fishing Missouri waters for there chance to win cash and prizes as well as the title "The First" winner of a KAMO tournament.
Who will it be? Let's take a closer look!
As mentioned earlier this is KAMO's very first tournament and our 2018 kick off event. It is a month long online tournament where anglers have been fishing any Public waters here in Missouri. Because it is the month of March, anglers were also given an option to add a little something extra to their photos (green of course) to have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to OMTC (Ozark Mountain Trading Company). We have definitely had some interesting photo submissions!
There will also be a few random drawings just because this is our kick off event. Who will have the "Luck of The Green? Here is the current top 20 standings, but with 5 days left it's still anyone's game. You never know who may be holding those monsters back until the very end.
One thing is for certain, with some of Missouri's most amazing anglers pushing hard for that top spot it looks to be a close tournament. If you would like to follow along over the next few days , you can click on the Big X link below and it will take you to our tournament page on TourneyX. Don't get to discouraged though on the last day after 3 as the leader board will go down at some point. Nothing better than suspense and surprises to top off a great tournament for both angler and peers!!
Thanks for stopping by and checking us out and we hope you will keep coming back for more updates! We also want to give a Big KAMO shout out to all of our 2018 Sponsors! You make it all possible!!
Tight lines everyone!!
We hear about it every day. Everybody loves to see things grow. Whether it is a business, or the flowers in your garden, anytime something gets bigger or more successful, it is viewed as an achievement. Well if growth is a measure of success, Kayak Anglers of Missouri, or KAMO for short, is on fire!
Since its inception early in 2018, KAMO has added 51 new kayak anglers as members. That is 51 new anglers who are now ready to hit the waters of Missouri in their kayaks and fish for bass. While this rapid growth is impressive in itself, what does it mean for Missouri and the supporters of KAMO? Well, let’s dig into it a little bit deeper.
There are now 51 new kayak anglers travelling across Missouri. These anglers will spend money on hotels, stop at gas stations for snacks and fuel, eat at local restaurants, and spend money at not only KAMO sponsor locations, but also at various stores, tackle shops, and even souvenir stores along the way.
The families of these kayak anglers will often join them. While the anglers are on the water, their families will be searching out activities to keep them busy and exploring some of the tourist attractions that Missouri has to offer. Or, they may just decide to hang out at the local campground and spend time with nature, enjoying some of the beautiful lakes and rivers that Missouri has to offer.
Thanks to the Catch, Photo, and Release (CPR) rules that the kayak tournament world works under, although the anglers will be catching hundreds of bass, they will all be released as quickly as possible causing as little stress to the fish as possible. This is a great way for anglers to compete, but also to ensure that one of Missouri’s natural resources will be there for other anglers to enjoy in the future.
New friendships will be made, and old friendships will continue. Children will find themselves surrounded by adults who want to teach them “this is how we grew up”. Sorry kids, but there won’t be a lot of time to watch TV or play video games. Those adults are going to make you run around in nature, spend time on the water, and wear yourself out enjoying the outdoors.
While the growth of KAMO is impressive, 51 new anglers doesn’t tell the whole story. The story will unfold as the season unfolds. KAMO sponsors, Missouri campgrounds and hotels, local eateries, and local businesses will all be a part of that story. So while 51 new anglers is great to see, the impact those anglers will have is the real success story and we can’t wait to see it happen.
Until next time,
Tight Lines everyone!
Well, it's official! Kayak Anglers of Missouri Inc. aka KAMO made their first public appearance as Missouri's newest elite kayak fishing club at last Saturday's "Guides and Outfitters" event. The event was held at the Bass Pro shop on the Branson Landing.
Tournament Director Mel Isaacs and member Dave Pilgrim were onsite throughout the day introducing the club and answering questions from the general public.
This will be KAMO's first year and already it has signed up over 25 paid members and is looking forward to continued growth as the public becomes more aware.
Janet Collins of Rockaway Beach, Mo. stopped by and visited and states " I Love fishing from my kayak and is cool to know there is a group where women can join in as well. I definitely want to know more on how to become a member"! Janet is an avid kayak angler and we look forward to having her join us! Janet was also the winner of the drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate from SheAngler Custom Baits held at the booth.
Live demos were given on the different types of equipment needed, such as the Hawg Trough, Tourney Tag, Tourney ID, life jackets, how fish are carefully handled and judged using the CPR (Catch Photo and Release) method to help preserve our fisheries, and the TourneyX applicatoin as well as how to measure fish using the Hawg Trough.
Bass Pro was also very kinds in giving us some awesome blankets to give away to those who stopped by. It was a fun time had by all and so awesome to be able to promote the sport of kayak fishing to young and old and getting to know fellow anglers!!
We would like to give a Big Shout out to Bannon Cobb and Cynthia Nunez for inviting us and to Rose and all the others at Bass Pro who helped us out in making the event awesome and last but not least to our members who are making this possible. We look forward to a GREAT YEAR and we hope you will join us!