In the days prior to the KBF Championships in Shreveport, the big story was the big fish that were being caught during practice. Beginning on October 9th, KBF held a “Pre Fish Big Fish” event where anglers could post their biggest catch of the practice period. In all, 27 bass over 20” in length were landed. Lance McWhorter of the Jackson Kayak Fishing team topped the list with a 23.50” giant. On October 8th, Virginia’s Robert Brown (Team YakAttack) landed a monster that weighed just under 12 lbs.
Those massive fish were just a preview of things to come.
Day 1 of the KBF Championship tournaments at Shreveport-Bossier City, LA was hot, but that didn’t prevent anglers from lighting fires on the Fishing Chaos KBF Ledlenser leaderboards. At the end of Day 1, 4 anglers had posted limits of over 100 inches, and several others were right behind them in the upper 90’s.
And big fish? It turns out the main event was as good as the undercard. On Day 1, Josh Duffel landed a 24.25” hog for the day’s biggest bass, followed by Jonathan Graham’s 24” and James Ware’s 23.50”
Let’s review how Day 1 went down in the following three events:
- The YakAttack KBF National Championship presented by Torqeedo
- The FishUSA KBF Challenge Series Championship powered by Dakota Lithium
- The Realtree Fishing KBF Trail Series Championship presented by Dee Zee
2020 KBF National Champion Matthew Conant struck early on the KBF National Championship and KBF Trail Series leaderboards, posting 85” in the early going. The exception was the Challenge Series leaderboard, where Ruben Martinez jumped out to a hot start with 90.75”. Virginia angler Casey Reed (Ketch Team) was close behind, followed by Jeff Penny, Cory Dreyer, Guillermo Gonzalez and Joe Lanzilotti. Those last two- Lanzilotti and Gonzalez – would begin to upgrade with huge catches over the course of the day.
The consequences of those catches played out on the KBF Trail Series. At the beginning of the day, California’s Daniel Balaba was in 1st place with Jody Queen close behind in 2nd place. By the end of Day 1, only 4 of the anglers in the top 10 at the start of the day remained there, with Queen falling to 15th place and Drew Gregory (Team Motorguide) having taken over 1st place. Angler of the year, and the anglers in DEE ZEE KBF THE TEN, will be decided on Day Two.
And here is where it got interesting. The winner of the Challenge Series Championship also earns a spot in the Ten House. At the end of Day 1, Joe Lanzilotti held 1st place on all 3 leaderboards. While he does not have the points to win Angler of the Year or qualify for DEE ZEE KBF THE TEN through the KBF TRAIL Series, he could win his way into the Ten House by winning the Challenge Series Championship. That trophy will also be decided on Day 2.
Lanzilotti held the lead with an impressive 104.25”. But Guillermo Gonzalez (103.50”), Matthew Scotch (103.25”), Cody Milton (100.25”) and Jonathan Graham (99.75”) are all close behind on the National Championship leaderboard. In sum, there are ten anglers within 10” of Lanzilotti’s lead, and another 340 who will have something to say about it on Day 2, as well.
The top 100 will continue to fish for the biggest prize of them all, the YakAttack KBF National Championship presented by Torqeedo, on Friday, October 15th.
Follow all of the Day 2 action here: https://app.fishingchaos.com/tournament/2021-kbf-national-championship
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