Who's ready for a great time both on and off the water!!
If that's you, then join us June 20th for a weekend full of fishing, camping and a down right fun time! as anglers from across Missouri and Illinois will be heading to Lake Wappapello for their chance to bring home the money at the 2020 KAMO Trail Series Stop 4 event!
Wappapello was requested again this year after all the positive chatter regarding last years event. We invite both members and non-members alike to join us! To register for the event head over to www.TourneyX.com. This year promises to be another great time with Lots of cash and prize giveaways. A Big shout out to "The Camp at Lake Wappapello" for being the KAMO host for this event and to all of the amazing KAMO sponsors!
Hope to see you there!!
Amidst the Covid 19 pandemic and having to postpone the April tournament, excitement was definitely in the air as 41 anglers geared up and made their way to one of Missouri’s top bass lakes to participate in stop 3 of the KAMO Trail series.
Stockton lake is one of Missouri’s top reservoirs located in southeastern Dade County, northeastern Dade County and southwestern Polk County covering 39 square miles, with 298 miles of shoreline. Social distancing was still the requirements and thanks to the TourneyX management system, anglers were able to enjoy a day of kayak bass fishing and seeing their fishing buddy’s while abiding to the restrictions.
Joe Bailey took the big bass lead early in the game with a 17.50” keeper with Chris Smith on his tail with a 17.25”. Unfortunately it was not close enough as hour 3, Joe Bailey was able to add to his 5 fish limit a nice 19” largemouth which would eventually give him the numbers to earn himself a 1st place victory! Bailey and Smith, both from the Kansas City area battled it out all day leaving Smith with a second-place finish and a newcomer to the KAMO series Collin Lamkin of Illinois in 3rd place with Justin Jacks of Joplin taking 4th and Shaun Bollinger of Barnhart, Mo. in 5th. Unfortunately Joe did not enter the Big Bass pot so that gave the Big Bass victory to Mr Lamkin.
Finishing up the Stockton Top Ten and taking home over $350.00 in prizes donated by our amazing sponsors were:
6th Place Alan Berding
7th Place Ryan Cummings
8th Place Brent Rodgers
9th Place Lance Fischer
10th Place Justin Coon
Once again Congrats to the winners aka "Essential Anglers" LOL for a job well done! Oh and by the way if you did not receive an "Essential Angler" decal handed out at the event, see any of our board members and grab one. They are free for the taking while supplies last!
A big shout out to KAMO Sponsor “The Bait Shop” who was also our onsite host, they enabled us to meet up while abiding the social distancing recommendations and enjoying a great time of fellowship and fish chat! The Bait Shop is located just outside of Stockton at 15680 S. State Hwy 39.
Stockton turned out to be another successful tournament and we want to thank All of our sponsors for all they do to make our events great. Next Stop Lake Wappapello for a Wappalooza of a Great time!
Hope to see you there!
Not pictured: Justin Coon, Alan Berding, Lance Fischer and Brent Rodgers
So you want to be a kayak tournament angler? Sounds easy doesn’t it? I just need a kayak and a fishing pole. I catch fish all the time from my bass boat or at my local pond, right? Well, I was that guy four years ago and got a rude awakening my first tournament. I have been an avid kayaker for over 20 years. Yes, I’m that old.
I primarily kayaked only on creeks and rivers in my Perception Patriot 12. It was a great kayak and did what I needed. My first kayak fishing tournament came in 2016 and it was my first time on a large body of water in a plastic boat. I took everything I thought I needed to catch fish. Well, everything that works in the creek and at the pond. I was in awe with all the angler setups. From the sit on top kayaks to “what the hell, that thing has pedals”! Look, are those fish finders? Needless to say, I had my butt handed to me. Mostly because of not being prepared and of my arrogance.
Now that I have got the newbies rethinking this easy sport, I will discuss the basics to get started so maybe it will help someone coming into the scene. I am by no means a professional at this sport, but I do have hundreds of hours in the tournament seat. The main focus is to have fun and learn.
Kayak: Let’s start with the most important item, the kayak. I cringe when I see a post about “what is the best kayak”. Everyone is going to respond with their brand and the person asking will end up buying the popular suggestion because that’s how
people are. I am going to say, GO DEMO AT LEAST 6-10 KAYAKS BEFORE BUYING! Your second or third should have been your first purchase. With all the propulsion options, get a kayak that fits you not everyone else!
PFD: Personal Floatation Device. This is of the highest priority, no questions asked! This is mandatory at any sanctioned tournament. There are only two accepted types: inflatable and standard. You need to make sure it fits comfortably because you will be wearing it for 10-12 hours in different types of weather conditions. Also make sure it floats your body. A sinking PFD does you no good in a time of need.
Measuring Device: Kayak Tournaments are CPR (Catch Photo Release) based. You will need an approved measuring device. Luckily there are only two to choose from. The Hawg Trough and Ketch boards are the only accepted devices.
Your phone required to upload pictures to the tournament scoring server, i.e. TourneyX or IANGLER. Make sure your phone is secured in a weatherproof floating case or a tethered leash. Of course you need fishing tackle. You will eventually figure out how many rods to carry. Some carry 2 or 3 and others can carry up to 10. I’m not going to say you need a fish finder, trolling motor, or any other super cool gadgets to help you win a tournament. That will be for you to decide. The interweb is your friend for how to videos and social media pages for kayak fishing. Do your homework and study the bodies of water you plan on fishing. I use Google maps and Navionics to dissect the water. It is especially helpful when I can’t prefish or have never been on a body of water. Lastly, be proficient with the rules of each tournament for they may change between organizations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, everyone was a beginner at one time.
There is always vast knowledge by seasoned anglers that will be shared. Have fun! Once the fun leaves, the sport is pointless.
2020 is in full swing and means a third year of excitement for the Kayak Anglers of Missouri. We had a record setting membership in 2019 and we are on track to exceed that number in 2020. The season will consist of the Trail and Online tournament schedule. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1745901928761835/ to keep up on all the action.
There are new events planned for the tournament season along with the standard trail series and online series. The first being B.A.S.S. Kayak Series. BASSMASTER has excelled to a new level with their first year in the kayak tournament spotlight. There will be regional and state tournaments with a chance to qualify to fish the Classic.
Also new to KAMO 2020, is the acceptance of youth to fish the trail and online series alongside the adults. Who knows, maybe the 2020 AOY will have to be chauffeured to check in. Check tournament rules for details.
New for 2020 is the All American Kayak Classic, presented by Everharts Outdoors in Clinton, MO. This will be an event with the best of the best competing for a huge payday. For more info, see rules and regulations.
We have again partnered with KBF to give anglers a chance to qualify not only for the National Championship in 2021 but the new KBF Partner Club Championship (more news to come on this so stay tuned!) in October of this year. KBF also has regional and online tournaments in which an angler can qualify. Check out the website for rules and regulations.
As always, KAMO is dedicated to the kayak community and promoting the sport. We invite you to check us out on Facebook and see all the exciting things that are happening.
About our author,
Avid angler, KAMO co-founder and KAMO's 2018-2019 president, Carl aka "Shady" is also a member of Team Nucanoe and makes his home on the banks of Bull Shoals. When not in full fishing mode you might find him riding his tractor enjoying the beautiful Ozark mountains on his farm or reminding his fellow anglers to "GETDANED" all the while, inspiring others with his true passion for the sport.
The first onsite and second leg of the Kayak Anglers of Missouri (KAMO) Trail Series took place April 13, 2019. Anglers had their choice of fishing either Stockton or Pomme De Terre Lakes. The bass were starting to become more active leading up to the tournament until early in the week when an artic blast dropped lake temperatures to the low 50’s and fish that were close to spawning decided to hunker instead. With air temperatures in the 40’s and high winds, this was a mentally and physically tough tournament. Not only did the anglers have to be on their “A” game with their fishing abilities, they also had to use all of their kayaking skills to stay on the spots they needed to fish. The 54 anglers in the tournament caught a total of 181 bass with the Big Bass awarded to Jeff Hook with a 20” fish. It was revealed at the check in that the angler who caught the biggest bass of the year from the onsite tournaments will win a completely decked out kayak!
The overall winner of the tournament was Travis Ueke with a total of 81.50”, earning him those ever-important Angler of the Year (AOY) points. On top of the AOY board is Jeff Hook with a 25 point lead.
It was also announced that since KAMO is a partner club with KBF and there were over 30 participants in this tournament, the top 10% would get invitations to the KBF National Championship 2020 if they were a current KAMO and a KBF member before the start of the tournament. The top 5 spots were given their invitations but only 3 had established KBF memberships. Congratulations to Travis Ueke, Bill Dipman, and Kevin Rockwell who have all punched their ticket to the National Championship! The next Trail Series event will take place at Table Rock Lake May 18th with more points, prizes and money up for grabs.
KAMO would like to give a Big Shout out to all of their sponsors for all their support and to KBF for their partnership!! For more information on all of our amazing sponsors and KBF click on the links below and to the right.
2019 KAMO Trail Series Stockton/Pomme De Terre Top Ten
1st – Travis Ueke – 81.50” - $808.00
2nd – Bill Dipman - 79.50” - $386.00
3rd - Jeff Hook – 77.50” – $239.00
4th – Kevin Rockwell – 77.00” - $165.00
5th – Tj Mcmurray – 77.00” - $120.00
6th – Jarred Anderson - 76.00” - $110.00
7th – Alan Berding – 76.00” - $75 SheAngler Custom Bait Box
8th – Justin Coon - 75.75” - $50 OMTC Gift Card & $15 of Yak Attack gear
9th – Jacob Nunn - 74.75” - $50 Liv and Jens Gift Card
10th – Brent Rodgers – 74.00” - $25 Everharts Outdoor Store Gift Card
Big Bass – Jeff Hook – 20.00” - $380.00
2019 KAMO Trails Series AOY Leaderboard
2019 Tournament Schedule
KBF Membership Details
About our author,
Nic Allen is an avid angler, fly tier and wildlife photographer but his actual job is creating Mission style furniture using traditional joinery in his 550 sq ft shop in Parkville, Mo. Nic became a KAMO member this year and has been an amazing asset to the club with his artistic talents. Find a peek of his amazing creativity below.
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