Kayak fishing champion crowned

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Dwayne Taff won the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship held on Kentucky Lake, in Paris, Tenn., taking home $100,000.

Torqeedo, which has a longtime commitment to kayak bass fishing, returned as the 2018 tournament as title sponsor.

Taff’s 10 fish total measured 173.5 inches, besting his closest competitor by less than two inches. Last year’s champion, Kurt Smits, won with 188.5 inches.

Torqueedo Inc. president Steve Trkla says 2.4 million people fished out of a kayak last year, and that number continues to grow.

             Dwayne Taff with the spoils of victory

Dwayne Taff with the spoils of victory

"The Torqeedo Ultralight 403 allows kayak anglers to stay on the water longer and reach more remote areas,” said Trkla in a statement. “Torqeedo has been involved with this sport since its infancy and it’s been incredibly fun to watch the best of the best face off."

Added Chad Hoover, host of Kayak Bassin’ TV and the tournament organizer, "The Third Annual Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship brought 750 of America’s best kayak anglers to fish for the largest payout in the sport's history over the two-day tournament,".

He continued, “The bass fishery on Kentucky Lake is world-class and the competitive spirit was incredible during some unpredictable and changing weather conditions. This is a competitive sport and we have the top competitors here fishing for serious money.”

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