Garcia wins KATS on Decker Lake

The 2014 KATS season kicked off Saturday on Decker Lake with the largest field of competitors in the series to date.

Eighty-three registered anglers competed for a large prize pot, big bass payout and a custom engraved YakAttack BlackPak. Windy conditions followed a beautiful morning at launch and made for tougher fishing for most of the tournament.

Steve Garcia, 2012 Kayak Angler of the Year and King of the Fish, took first place in the Pro Division with an even 100 inches. In addition, his big bass of 23.25 inches secured the $550 big bass pot. Garcia was awarded $1251.25 for his performance.

In a very close second place, Marcus Villanueva took home $682.50 with 99.25 inches. In third place, Clinton Holstine, a newcomer to the series, secured $341.25 with 93.75 inches. Both also took home a KATS Decker Lake trophy. Robert Dockery has returned to the kayak fishing scene, placing fourth with 92 inches.

In the Social Division, Larry Fisseler won with 65.5 inches, with his nephew, Nick Fisseler, taking second with 33.5 inches. One of the youngest competitors, Dawson Merrel (13), took third and with a big 21.25-inch bas.

See the full results here.

The next KATS event is coming up fast — the Lake Conroe tournament is scheduled for January 25.

Photo by Autumn Villanueva, Shoot to Capture.