The 2021 Massachusetts Kayak Bassin’ Knockout Series has come to an end!
We started with forty-eight anglers in April and over the course of four rounds and forty-five matches, just three remained: Shawn Dominik, Greg Krasnowiecki, and Valber Santos!
These three anglers had their championship match this past Saturday at Webster Lake, along with thirty-seven others who were fishing the MAKB Championship. The bite was tough for them, like it was for many fishing that day.
While the MAKB Championship lasted until 4 PM, the Knockout Series Championship ended at 1 PM, and when all was said and done, just three small fish were submitted, one from each angler.
Valber would only catch one fish all day, a 9.5-inch nibbler. Not a win, but still a solid payday after a great run to the championship.
Like Valber, Shawn struggled Saturday, but he did end up finding the fish in the MAKB Championship. Unfortunately for him, he was two minutes too late for Knockout Series Championship. His first fish of the day, a 12.50, came at 8:40 AM. He wouldn’t catch a second fish until 1:02 PM, a 15-incher that would have crowned him the Knockout Series Champion, but was just after the buzzer.
So with just a 13.50-inch smallmouth, the 2021 Knockout Series Champion is…
Maybe not the kind of match they hoped for, but you can’t say it wasn’t competitive. It was a close one either way!
Congrats, Greg! Great job, well-deserved! To Shawn and Valber as well.
The longest limit of the series went to Matthew Conant, who hauled in a 58-inch bag in round one.
Round one also saw two anglers haul in the biggest fish of the season. Both Matt and Ronel Mullen put up a 21.50. Based on next biggest fish, Matt’s 18.5 trumps Ronel’s 16.25, giving Matt this one as well!
Thanks to everyone for participating this season. We’re going to make some changes for the 2022 season, which we’ll announce in the new year.
If you want to check out this year’s matches, click here.