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Yiznitsky Fights the Bull and Wins!

Late March, full moon at launch, then later, beautiful sunny skies and a mild 75 degree day greeted the 103 anglers, Mo-Yak’s largest field ever, for the first stop on the 2021 Mo-Yak Fishing Series presented by Everharts Outdoors.

Despite the excellent weather on game day, it wouldn’t be a spring derby on Bull Shoals without some curveballs. Anglers were faced with a 10+ foot rise from recent cold spring rains and crazy winds during practice. The winds scattered flooded debris all over the main channel making the morning run more treacherous for all who ventured there. Water temps were reported to be from the 40’s early to over 60 in the afternoon.

At the end of the day, it was Waynesville’s Jason Yiznitsky standing in first place with an impressive 93″ and big bass! Jason took home over $2,000 in winnings and propelled he and Jeremy Mitchell (81.5″) his “Yaktive Duty” teammate to their first win on the team side.

Jason broke down his day for us here.

1. What was your strategy going into the day?

I planned on finding the warmer, stained water and staying off the main lake because I anticipated the fish should be moving shallow. I was planning on locating pre-spawn fish in staging areas and to use reaction baits, predominantly Squarebills, to cover water quickly until I could find some fish stacked up.

2. Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

No. A great buddy and team trail partner was giving me good reports on water temps and how the lake was fishing. I also spent many hours on Google Earth and Navionics during the week in preparation.

3. What was your best finish on Bull Shoals before this one?

Never fished the lake before.

4. What was the general tackle you used to win?

My Smallmouth came on a Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver and the rest of the fish came on a Lucky Craft 2.5 Squarebill.

5. Anything else special about the day? Big bass story? See any wildlife worthy of mentioning? Lose any bigguns?

I landed all of my larger fish. One came unpinned that might’ve culled my smallest one. As for wildlife, just the amazing fish that Bull Shoals produced. It was an amazing fishery and I’ll definitely be back.

6. How far did you have to travel to find your fish?

1/2 mile from my launch location.

Derby Stats

Anglers 103 – New Missouri kayak club record!
Fish caught – 296
Total limits – 27/103
Margin of victory – 3.25″
Smallest Bass Award – Steve Earls 7.5″
Air temp at launch – 48
Air temp at takeout – 86
Reported water temp ranges
48 main lake
Low 60’s in backs of coves

Tommy Tames Taney

The first annual Taney 20 started off with an icy shotgun start Saturday, March 20. Seventeen of the twenty who qualified last season battled it out on frigid and flooded Lake Taneycomo in Rockaway Beach, Mo.

In the end, it was Tommy Probst who claimed the victory with 76.75 inches and a 19.5″ Big Bass.

For his efforts, Tommy won $500 cash, Big Bass award and an engraved medallion that he promised to wear at every live event of 2021… we have witnesses, Tommy!

Mr. Probst was gracious enough to answer some questions after the tournament. Here are his replies;

1. What was your strategy going into the day.

I thought the lake was going to be muddy so I packed up for fishing muddy water. I was planning on dragging creature baits along the grass lines, throwing a lipless, or a square bill where the bull ties into the main lake.

2. Were you able to prefish and did you find anything that helped you on game day?

No. Didn’t want to go out in the storms the weekend before and had to work all week

3. What was your best finish on Taney before this one?


4. What was the general tackle you used to win?

Caught 3 on a 7″ power worm
1 on a jig
1 on a 3″ Senko

5. Anything else special about the day? Big bass story? See any wildlife worthy of mentioning? Lose any bigguns?

I was not smart enough to check the weather forecast in enough detail to see how cold it was going to be in the morning. Didn’t have anything on except a sweatshirt over a thin long sleeve shirt and sweatpants. Luckily I got a late start so I missed the worst part of it but I was freezing until I finally started getting bites. Caught 4 of my fish from 8:44 to 10:04 and then didn’t have another bite until 2:45 when I had pretty much given up and was going to call it a day.

Big bass story?

Caught the big bass from a steep bank area that I’ve never had a bite on and on a lure that I probably haven’t thrown in 3 or 4 years.

Lose any bigguns?

No. I missed the first bite I had on the power worm but caught everything else that bit. The 19.5 had me worried, It was a very healthy fish and I forgot to load my net before I left home. Had to play it a lot longer than I wanted and then had to flip it into the kayak by grabbing the line because it wouldn’t calm down enough for me to lip it.

6. How far did you have to travel to find your fish?

Traveled up Bull creek a little past the island. Once I saw the bottom in 9-10 of water I turned around.


Tournament Stats

Fish caught – 47
Total limits – 4/17
Margin of victory – 7.5″
Air temp at launch – 27
Air temp at takeout – 60
Reported water temp ranges
42 main lake
Low 50’s in backs of coves

2020 Year in Review

MoYak tournament trail 2020 recap.
*does not include championships 2020

MoYak membership – 178 anglers

Average # of anglers per tournament- 66 anglers.
Highest angler turn out- Table Rock, 87 anglers.
Average # of fish caught at each event- 311 fish.
Most fish caught in a tournament- Lake of the Ozarks, 388 fish.
Least amount of fish caught in a tournament- Taneycomo, 228 fish.
Total fish caught – 2,178 fish.

State Champion – Brandon Prince

Angler of the Year – Lance Burris

Rookie of the Year – DJ Williams

Team Champions – H&H Bass Destroyers (Jim Harding & Dorman Hughey)

Sportsman of the Year – Jay Harman


Adam Isaacs – Bull Shoals- 87.75″
Brian Hillman- Lake of the Ozarks- 85.75″
Darian Beedle – Pomme de Terre- 93.25″
Dorman Hughey- Stockton Lake- 89.00″
Jim W. Harding- Truman lake- 100.50″
Marty Hughes- Table Rock- 84.75″
Dorman Hughey- Taneycomo- 85.50″

The Growth of anglers at events.
Table Rock

  • 2018- 28 anglers competed.
  • 2019- 55 anglers competed.
  • 2020- 87 anglers competed.

Bull Shoals

  • 2018- 17 anglers competed.
  • 2019- 23 anglers competed.
  • 2020- 58 anglers competed.

Stockton lake

  • 2018- 26 anglers competed.
  • 2019- 37 anglers competed.
  • 2020- 57 anglers competed.

Pomme De Terre 2018

  • 22 anglers competed.
  • 2019- 38 anglers competed.
  • 2020- 60 anglers competed.

Lake of the Ozarks

  • 2019- 43 anglers competed.
  • 2020- 66 anglers competed.

2020 MoYak tournament series WINNINGS
Here is a breakdown of the top 16 money winners in 2020! 52 different anglers won money in a MoYak tournament in 2020.

  1. Dorman Hughey $5,980.00
  2. Brennan Banks $3,108.00
  3. Brandon Prince $3,030.00
  4. Lance Burris $2,579.00
  5. Jim W. Harding $2,298.00
  6. Richie McMichael $1,965.00
  7. Troy Enke $1,842.00
  8. Darian Beedle $1,580.00
  9. James Iken $1,165.00
  10. Brian Hillman $1,141.00
  11. Kerry Evans $1,109.00
  12. Marty Hughes $1,106.00
  13. Richy R Laughery $847.00
  14. Adam Isaacs $834.00
  15. Jared Wray Fosnow $752.00
  16. Jeff Mellencamp $650.00

Isaacs Wins on Bull Shoals – Recap

I started my tournament morning out on the upper ends of Bull Shoals pulling up to my spot and noticed there were four or five other kayaks putting in at the same place I was.  Immediately, I was nervous that they might paddle out and sit on my spot.  A spot that I had been fishing for the 3 days prior to the tournament. As I watched, each one of them took off and paddled right through and over the spot I planned to fish.

I launched, pulled out onto the point, and waited for the bite to take off. I rigged a Texas-rigged plum apple ten and a half-inch Zoom Ol’ Monster worm. I knew from days prior that when the fish bit they would bite real good, but you never knew what time they were going to start biting. Close to about 7:15 am I got my first bite and caught five fish in about 10 casts! By about 7:45 the bite had died but I knew the fish were still in the area. So, I continued to fish the point I had been on from 5:45 a.m. until 2:35 p.m.

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to sit on one spot and fish for that long. At about 2:30 pm I had floated off of “The Spot”.  I found myself out further from shore than I had been all day. With time winding down, I turned around and made a hail Mary cast back towards the bank. As my bait was falling to the bottom I noticed the line twitch and set the hook.  What I was thinking was a walleye turned out to be my biggest fish of the day at 19″. By the time I landed the fish and submitted the picture it was 2:35 pm. I decided to call it a day in hopes that what I had caught was enough and as it turns out, it was!

Beedle Brings the Juice at Pomme

Veteran member Darian Beedle absolutely demolished the field at the Mo-Yak Fishing Series stop #5 on Pomme de Terre to grab not only his first win but to also set the record for the largest margin of victory in a live event and tie for all-time Big Bass!  Follow along as he shares his day.

It all started with prefishing the weekend before the tournament. We had started in Pittsburg on the lake and I caught a few on crankbaits but not enough, so my team partner and I loaded up and went up into the river and caught some but saw what we needed to see.

On tournament day we got to the put-in and there where probably 10 kayaks putting in on the river section. At first launch, everyone took off, most went down toward the lake but my partner and I followed 3 other kayakers up the river.

I started off by throwing a wiggle wart, buzz bait, and whopper plopper but quickly realized topwater wasn’t the answer so I just continued on with the wiggle wart. I had my first 2, both 18.75s, on the wiggle wart by 7:30 and caught the other 2 about an hour later by adding in a spinnerbait. Then the bite just died but I just kept throwing the wiggle wart and spinnerbait.

It wasn’t long after we turned around and headed back toward the ramp that I tossed my spinnerbait over a laid down tree in the water and as soon as I zipped it over and let it drop over the log a fish knocked the crap out of it. Well, that was the big fish for the day. It weighed 6.6lbs, my personal best to date.

After that I caught 2 or 3 more but nothing that helped me. But, overall it was an amazing time on the water. I learned my biggest lesson that day though, you can always catch fish behind other people just stay confident and keep that line in the water.

Truman – Jim Harding’s Recap

The MO-YAK Fishing Series Tournament on Truman Lake was a great time. I was able to spend some time practicing leading up to the tournament. The lake was being drawn down every day up until tournament day leaving many of my fishing areas dry. Focusing on the main Lake during practice I caught some good quality bass out of flooded bushes and even on the riprap of the Truman Dam. This bite was slowly fizzling out so I decided to try some river arms.

Practicing on one of the tributaries flowing into Truman, I was catching bass behind small islands and out in front of sloughs that had become dry or just had inches of water in them. I believe the fish had spawned in the sloughs and as the water fell they were making their way back into the river.

Arriving on tournament day, the water levels had dropped even more leaving the areas that I knew held fish, dry. With only a small limit around 10 in the morning, I decided to start hitting every piece of wood cover and brush piles I could. This paid off quickly with two 18 inch bass.

Knowing that I needed to get a good limit I tied on a buzz bait with the big storm rolling in and started rapid-firing cast to every laydown and brush pile I could I caught two more 19-inch fish and started improving my limit. With my confidence gaining momentum I worked into a dead-end slough that had some big log jams in it. Noticing some movement near a brush pile, I flipped a black and blue flipping tube into the pile and my line took off when I set the hook I knew I had a good one. Quite the battle took place and I eventually got the bass in. It was the big fish of the tournament at 22.50″!

Knowing that I had a good limit I decided to get all of my fish entered and even thought about calling it a day and getting back to Clinton. I checked the leaderboard and saw Lance Burris was in second place with around 93 inches, I believe, and I just didn’t feel safe.

I decided to tie on a Lucky Craft 1.5 and start hitting some laydowns near the boat ramp. I caught a few fish that would not upgrade me and then upon seeing a bluegill try to get away from something near a big laydown log I cast a few times before deflecting the square bill off the log and finally hooked up with a bass, the bass hung itself around the log and I eventually got it free and knew I had another good one this bass turned out to be a 21.50″!

I decided to call it a day after this bass and headed back to Everhart’s. It was just one of those days where everything worked out and the quality fish showed up.

LOZ – Brian Hillman’s recap

Practice Day – Friday

I arrived at the Gravois Mills ramp Friday morning ready to pre-fish for the upcoming tournament on Saturday. We received a lot of rain in the area for the last several days and storms were forecasted for Friday and Saturday as well. I was expecting to find dirty to muddy water when I arrived. To my surprise, the upper Gravois water conditions were much cleaner than I expected. My game plan, based on map study, was to run to the very back of a two-mile creek arm and search for bass in the shallows. I spent most of the day throwing spinnerbaits, square bill and a creature bait up on the bank and around docks. The bite was decent, and I had the most of my luck on the square bill. My most productive water was in the back half of the creek arm on the shallow side. I caught a lot of fish, but most were 12-14 inches with my biggest going 17.75”. I ended the day with probably 78-79 inches. That evening I went back and forth in my mind as to where I wanted to fish on tournament day. I knew what I caught on Friday was not good enough to win or even possibly finish in the top 10. By the end of the evening, I decided to launch and fish the same area since I had fish located and hopefully could catch a couple of bigger fish by grinding it out.

Tournament Day – Saturday

I woke up Saturday morning at 4:30 am and was at the ramp by 5:00 am. During my short drive to the ramp, I was going over the game plan in my head. I was not completely confident with my plan of running all the way to the back of Little Gravois Creek since all I caught were smaller fish in that area the day before. My mind kept running through other options as I was getting ready to launch. I launched at 5:30 and had the Torqeedo on high cruising across the main channel headed straight for the creek.

When I arrived at the mouth of Little Gravois Creek, instead of turning left to go into the creek I stayed straight and ran two miles down the lake to fish around a long row of docks. I decided to fish main lake docks hoping to find bigger pre-spawners staging on the docks. Talk about a game-time decision! I arrived at my starting spot a few mins before 6:00 am (first cast). I pull out two rods that had crankbaits tied on and got my kayak in position for the first cast. It only took a few casts to hook into my first fish of the morning on the square bill which was about 8”. I threw it back and felt that was a good sign there were fish in the area. About 3 or 4 docks and 30 minutes later, I hooked into my second fish. I fought it for a few seconds before it jumped and spit my crankbait. Probably a 15-16 incher. I continued to work the row of main lake docks for the next hour with no bites except for a single fat crappie. I was starting to get a little nervous that I made the wrong decision to fish the main lake instead of running up the creek. I checked the TourneyX leaderboard and noticed not many fish had been submitted yet. This told me the bite was slow for everyone this morning.

I came up to a little cove that had probably 8-10 docks in it. I contemplated skipping over the cove since I was still committed to the main lake docks. However, something in my head told me to go into the cove and fish it quickly just in case. I ran all the docks in the cove with my square bill with no bites. When I got to the very back, I decided to make a quick change and throw something slower. I dropped my Power Pole and tied on a shaky head with a baby brush hog.

My first cast with the baby brush hog was to a little private boat ramp in about a foot of water. I hopped it a couple times and felt it get heavy. I set the hook and it immediately started peeling drag from my spinning reel. After a decent fight, I landed my first fish of the day which was a 19.75”. Instant mood changer! I continued working the back of the pocket and caught five more fish off a little sea wall. Within 15 minutes, I had my limit with a kicker. Before leaving the cove, I put all my crankbait rods away and tied on a second baby brush hog and made the decision to only run the backs of coves and pockets the rest of the day.

My Torqeedo played a big role in this plan as I was running back and forth across the main channel hitting every cove along the way. I only fished the back 1/3 of each cove as I found that to be the most productive water. Just like the day before, I caught a lot of smaller fish but was fortunate to find one more 19.75” kicker before the end of the day. That fish finally put me in the lead after sitting in 2nd place most of the day behind Richie McMichael. He and I exchanged a few friendly texts throughout the day. I was not expecting to break 80” but making the adjustments to fish only the backs of coves and pockets proved to be a good one.

Shoutout to my fellow Drum Snatcher teammate, Troy Enke for helping me load my kayak at the end of each day. I was still managing a broken hand and his help is greatly appreciated!



Enke wins on Table Rock

Mo State Championship – Enke’s Recap

Brian Hillman and I began prefishing up the James River arm of Table Rock on Wednesday near McCord Bend. We found 76-degree water and lots of surface activity. Clouds of shad were swarming the flat across from the ramp. I headed for them and immediately hooked up with a fat 16″ largemouth on a black and blue zMan Chatterbait in 3 feet of water at the edge of a shade line. I continued fishing the flat with a shad colored Rat-L-Trap and hooked into a giant that I never got to see. It straightened one of the trebles and left me wishing I would have upgraded those stock hooks. We both had decent limits by noon, high 70″s for me and mid 80″s for Brian. Although the area was full of 13″-15″ bass and absolutely packed with baitfish, I never got comfortable there. I knew there would be a lot of pressure in that area of the James as it traditionally holds winning fish during Table Rock tournaments. Also, the water was dropping. I wasn’t sure how that, combined with the coming weather change, would affect the baitfish. Forecasts were calling for a mixture of clouds and sun, highs in the mid 80’s, chances for storms and potential 30mph gusts… so, typical Missouri weather, lol.

6am, Thursday prior to the tournament, I decided to launch at the Old Hwy 86 Public Use ramp and fish the islands in front of Clevinger cove and probe some of the shallow cuts near its mouth. The lake was calm and it was 74 degrees. Water temps were 77-79. There was a bass boat on the first island so I kept pedaling my PA12 to the north shore of Clevinger. After getting no love on the first bank with a Whopper Plopper, I noticed a submerged point on my Garmin and got on top of it in 10′ and threw out into 25′ and hooked up with a 17.75″ smallmouth on a brown/orange 3/4oz Pigsticker Quick-5 football jig with a magic craw colored 3″ Berkley Chigger Craw trailer. I got another bite on that point and missed it. I made a move to the shore and picked the Whopper Plopper back up and didn’t set it down for the rest of the morning. I caught three more bass on the plopper over 15″ in the next hour, one a 20.5″ brute on the main-lake side of an island. I hadn’t fished in this cove since I was 10 years old but I knew where I was going to fish all weekend. I packed up and headed to the house around noon.

Friday was spent running errands. Brake line repair on my truck, trailer light fixed, re-rigging baits, paring down tackle, meal prep, etc. Then, it was off to checkin where I dropped off supplies for Sunday’s post-tournament nacho bar and finally headed back to Nixa to try and get some sleep.

I normally take about 30lbs of tackle with me, because, I’m a freak. I ended up taking 3 small Plano waterproof boxes, a Ziploc full of plastics, some terminal tackle, and eight rods. After the dust settled Sunday, I really only needed to take 3… one with a jig, one with a plopper and one with a pop-r.

Saturday morning I began the same way I had practiced on Thursday. I hit the island first and lost my first four fish on topwater with the Yellow Magic popper and Whopper Plopper. One a heavy 15″+ that came off at the boat as I was reaching for my net. I kept pedaling and firing. I knew I was around quality fish and I just needed to make as many good casts as I could. I knew the weatherman had said southerly gusts to 20mph later in the day, so I headed for the north shore while I could hold there safely. I caught a 15.5″ with the Plopper there, if memory serves, to get the skunk off and get me on the board. It felt so good to get some redemption after losing those first four, it’s almost like they were short-striking in the low light conditions that morning.

Next, I headed to the south shore of Clevinger as the wind started to pick up. I kept the Hobie in 3-5′ of water as I worked back and forth in the coves near the outer third of the creek. I limited out with the T1000 colored Whopper Plopper 90 on 25lb test Trik-Fish mono with my Daiwa Tatula elite reel on a 13Fishing M/H Blackout rod. I checked the leaderboard and noticed I was in 2nd with nearly 81 inches. As the south wind increased, I pedaled out to a point near the 3mm of Long creek and picked up the jig. On my first cast, I landed a beautiful 18″ smallmouth which put me in the lead. I continued fishing the point and noticed my graph was lit up with fish in the 20-25ft range. My next few casts were swings and misses as it felt like the fish were picking it up and dropping it before I could get a hookset. This bank was loaded with feeders!

22.25" beast for Troy EnkeFinally, I tried casting up to the shelf rock at the edge of a channel swing. My jig landed in about 12′ and was smashed by a 17.75″ largemouth. I put her on the board now I’m flirting with 90″! Just unbelievable. My next cast was to the base of a cedar sticking out of the water on a shelf in 10′. The shelf dropped down into 30′. At the bottom of that lay the largest tournament fish I’ve ever caught. She slacklined the PigSticker jig and I could barely keep up with her as she rocketed to the surface. I kept the line tight and drug her out over deep water where I let her tire herself out, which, seemed like an hour but was probably only a minute or two. Finally, I put the net under her and just sat there stunned at what just happened. 94″ before noon, on table rock, in late summer, in a kayak tournament, that’s not normal.

I had a 10″ lead on 2nd place and decided to head back to check in early. I had to try and get my mirage drive repaired before OMTC closed and I needed to get some more jigs and trailers. Jason at OMTC took care of me but my tackle shop was closed for inventory. I got back to the house and found one more PigSticker as insurance in case I lost my first one.

As I launched at 6, the wind immediately began blowing out of the southeast. I headed in that direction to try and keep the wind in my face to help with boat control. I fished toward the back of Clevinger and noticed lots of surface activity but they wouldn’t take the Plopper or Yellow Magic. I kept pedaling and firing. Around 8:00am, I worked my way back out and as soon as the bank rocks started to get larger I hooked up with a 18″ and a 14″ and got on the board.

There was a bit of a lull and around 10:30, I checked the scoreboard and noticed something terrible had happened. I mistakenly wrote TJC instead of TJZ on my identifier card. I was beset with all kinds of emotions. Anger at myself for making such a bonehead mistake, rage about the fact that we have to physically write something on a piece of paper in order to deter cheating, but mostly, regret for not double checking my card at the ramp before I launched like I always do. I kept pedaling and firing.

I was in the outermost cove on the south shore and I continued to throw the Plopper as I worked this sheltered area as best I could picking up two 15″ers while the wind howled overhead and whitecaps crashed onto the north shore. Nobody had been on that bank in two days in the afternoon. I knew the wind had pushed bait up there and I knew the normally gin clear Table Rock water would be cloudy. I just needed one of those typical Missouri hourly weather changes to happen.

A few minutes later, the storm clouds to my west began to form and the wind died just enough that I could make it to the north shore. I kept firing as the wind pushed me along the bank. 100 yards into my first bank at the base of a huge willow tree an 18″er erupted on the “Willy-P” in 4ft of water. I immediately hit the power pole and anchored while I boat flipped the thrashing largemouth. Pro-tip, never boat flip a green fish with a mouth full of Plopper. I narrowly avoided a treble hook to the shin, toe, hand, finger, and the elbow as she bounced all over the floor. I got her on the board around 1:50 and began fan casting while the power pole held me in place. Waves began crashing against the stern again as the storm clouds grew darker. With no more bites in that area, I began drifting again and threw the Plopper at the base of another willow tree. A 14″er smoked it and after entering it into TourneyX, I could finally relax. REDEMPTION. I was euphoric. I was so happy with myself for deciding to keep pedaling and firing even though my first 32″ were DQ’d. I never gave up. Ike knows and now I do too. You are always in it. Just keep firing at em’.

I ended the day with 170.75″ and a 14″ lead over Arkansas, Justin Brewer on the KBF side. I also won the Missouri State Kayak championship with 176.25″ – 13.5″ over Lance Burris in second who only fished 10 hours during the two day derby!!!

Thank you to Joshua Boothe, Jeff Mellencamp, Richy Laughery, Brian Hillman and the whole MoYak Crew for organizing everything. Thanks to my wife, Rebekah, for letting me go play in the water on the weekends and to all the sponsors who help pay for these contests.

Rookie of the Year – Hayes Stays the Course

FORSYTH, MO. – Dittmer’s Joe Hayes wrapped up his first Mo-Yak Fishing Series season with the OMTC 2019 Rookie of the Year award. Accumulating 1331 points and 362 inches for the season put Hayes in 7th place in the Mo-Yak Angler of the Year race. He secured a berth in the 2020 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship and finished 74 inches ahead of his closest rookie competitor, Johnathan Dominguez of Lebanon, MO., who finished 12th in AOY with 91 points.

A zero at the first event of the season didn’t deter Hayes from staying the course.  Joe bounced back with 11th at Pomme and his first top ten of the season, 3rd at Table Rock!  His best placement of the season couldn’t have been more impressive as the Table Rock event was packed with 55 of the midwest’s best kayak anglers.  Joe put up 86.75″, just short of the top spot held by Kansas’ David Cruz by two inches.

“My favorite moment of the season would probably be a tie between coming in 3rd at the Table Rock event-while my family was there-and being told I was Rookie of the Year,” says Hayes.

Joe continues, “One thing I feel like I’ll always be trying to improve on is the process of getting a solid picture of any and every fish that’s worth putting on the hog trough. The bull shoals event still haunts me lol.”

For his efforts, Joe won a trophy and a $500 gift certificate to OMTC

When asked about his favorite Ozark fishery on the trail, Joe told us, “Table rock again would have to be a favorite event. It started slow for me and I sat through a lot of rain but when they started biting it seemed like every time I set the hook it was a quality fish. Also, it seemed to be one of the biggest events (based on the number of competitors) of the year and finishing as high as I did had a very validating feeling to it.”

For the 2020 rookie class, Hayes gave this advice; “To the new guys, I’d say just fish as many events as possible and try not to overthink every mistake you’ll undoubtedly make. Make yourself aware of the rules and try and get some practice getting those pics taken though for sure. All and all though just go fishing, meet a great group of anglers, and have fun.”

Congrats Joe, we look forward to what your sophomore season brings in 2020.

Hughey Holds On for AOY Crown at Bull Shoals

FORSYTH, MO. — Hollister’s Dorman Hughey, is the 2019 Mo-Yak Fishing Series Angler of the Year (AOY). Over seven events, Hughey straight up outfished and ultimately outlasted the other 108 Mo-Yak anglers who ended the season.

Hughey finished 3rd in the final event of the season on Bull Shoals. It was enough to lock up his second career AOY title, his first coming in 2015.

Along with the most prestigious title in Missouri kayak angling, Hughey earned $882 as Mo-Yak’s best angler in 2019.

His season had ups and downs out of the gate. He finished first in the opener on Lake of the Ozarks and followed it up with Top 25 finishes on the Pomme de Terre (22nd) and Table Rock Lake (23rd). Following up on those two subpar performances, Dorman dominated the rest of the way. He never finished out of the top seven for the remaining four events. With back to back wins on Taneycomo and Stockton he proceeded to close the door with a 7th place in the River Rat Challenge and finally, 3rd at Bull Shoals!

The rest of the 2019 AOY Top 5 are Lance Burris, Brian Hillman, Troy Enke, Richie McMichael, respectively.

Hillman takes Bull Shoals eventFor the final AOY event on Bull Shoals, Brian Hillman took first place with a five-bass limit measuring 83.5″. Hillman won $1000 and the KGB Swimbaits Wallhanger Award which is given to the angler who caught the longest bass of the season.  For his 22.5″ Taneycomo largemouth, Hillman also won a KGB Chad Shad swimbait and a trophy designed and built by Richie Laughery.