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.