St. Croix Pro, Guillermo Gonzalez, Wins 2021 YakAttack KBF National Championship, Also Crowned 2021 KBF Trail Series Champion
Massive fish caught during pre-fishing provided an intriguing preview to the historic limits of bass that would show up during the actual competition, including multiple daily five-fish limits totaling over 100 inches and - for the first time ever in KBF National Championship competition - two different three-day catch-photo-and-release limits totaling over 300 inches.
At the end of the drama and excitement, Texas angler and St. Croix Rod Pro, Guillermo Gonzalez, bested a field of 349 of the nation's best kayak bass anglers to win the KBF National Championship, while also taking home the 2021 KBF Trail Series title.
A kayak-tournament veteran of more than ten years, Gonzalez isn't new to winning tournaments and championships. The 2017 KATS Angler of the Year has been on a hot streak of late, posting three top-ten finishes and a win in this year's Hobie BOS, as well as a KBF Trail Series win on the Trinity River. In addition to taking home the 2021 Realtree Fishing KBF Trail Series Championship title, Gonzalez remains squarely in the hunt for the Hobie BOS Angler of the Year title, which will be determined after the Hobie BOS Tournament of Champions (TOC) scheduled for November 12-14 at Alabama's Lake Eufaula.
The 2021 KBF Trail Series Champion says he went into the KBF National Championship at Shreveport-Bossier City last weekend with a spinnerbait pattern he fine-tuned during practice. That single presentation, it turned out, would hold up throughout the three days of competition.
"I was fishing a spinnerbait with white painted blades, Gonzalez reveals. "I've been experimenting with new blade combinations in tannic water… generally combinations of copper and white. Day one I was catching some fish on copper and white blades and I switched to solid-white painted blades and started catching bigger bass. I stuck with it for all three days and averaged over 100 inches of bass each day."
Because so much of successful bass fishing hinges on what's happening right now - not yesterday or even a few hours ago - it's rare that tournament anglers commit themselves to a single presentation over the duration of a tournament, much less one that lasts for three full days. Nonetheless, Gonzalez bested a talented field of 348 other anglers with his spinnerbait and a single St. Croix rod.
Gonzalez wishes to thank and congratulate KBF organizers for putting on such a well-run championship event and tournament trail. "The KBF team, their sponsors, and hosts do a great job at making these events fun and easy," he says. "Last weekend's event in particular was one of the smoothest I've ever been involved with."
He also tips his hat to the folks in Park Falls, Wisconsin. "I've been a part of the St. Croix family for a few years now and can't say enough about them. Of course, you've got these amazing fishing tools which make my job of competing so much easier and more fun, but it's the people behind the brand that I appreciate just as much," he says. "I love the fact that the rods I use are handcrafted by hardworking Americans whose passion for excellence matches my own passion for fishing. And whenever I talk to someone at St. Croix or need anything I'm always treated like family. St. Croix is a rare and special company and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of that team."
For complete information on the KBF organization, tournament and season results, and opportunities to compete in 2022, visit kayakbassfishing.com.
To learn more about the Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS) Anchored by Power-Pole, visit hobiebos.com.