Over the past few years, the sport of kayak fishing has gained a lot of momentum. So much so, that there are now events similar to Bassmaster tournaments. In fact, the Kayak Bass Fishing National Tournament took place on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in Paris, Tennessee this last weekend, with over 750 people competing for the largest kayak fishing payout ever . . . $100,000.

And the man that won it all has direct ties right here to East Texas.

Dwayne Taff is from the Houston area, but he is actually one of the fishermen from the local tournament trail, East Texas Kayak Fishing. They fish all around East Texas, on lakes such as Lake Palestine, Lake Gilmer, Lake Conroe, Lake Naconiche (Just outside of Nacogdoches, in case you didn't know), and, of course, Lake Sam Rayburn, among others.

Kayak Bass Fishing
Kayak Bass Fishing

So, out of nearly 1,000 other fishermen, he won the top, six-figure prize. And he wasn't using a big, decked-out bass boat, with a huge Mercury motor on it. He was on a kayak, meaning that he had to row himself out on the lake, find a good spot - or several - and then row back to shore for weigh-in. And he did it all.

So, congratulations to Dwayne Taff! Now, the local kayak fishermen are going to have to step up their game.


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