KFL WEEK ONE RECAP - Knights Fall Short on Lake Chick
KNIGHTS vs SHINERS | LAKE CHICKAMAUGA | JUNE 04, 2022
The Indianapolis Knights opened the 2022 Kayak Fishing League (KFL) season on the road against the Tennessee Shiners, losing their opening contest 184 to 161.75. The teams fished the storied Lake Chickamauga, near Chattanooga.
The Knights fished hard all day, staying close to the KFL’s “Dream Team” from Tennessee, but just couldn't find the fish they needed to top the Shiners. Jason Cassetty led the Knights with 101.25 inches of largemouth bass and contributed six fish to the team’s total of 10, including his biggest fish of the day – a 20.50-inch lunker. Cassetty was named the Knights’ TRCcovers.com Player of the Week.
2019 Kayak Bass Fishing’s National Champion Mike Elsea, Head Coach Sam Jones, and 2021 KFL All-Star Adam Murray started alongside Cassetty.
The Knights had a strong game plan heading into the event, based off a good few days of practice on Lake Chickamauga. The team was confident they could muster up a decent limit on the famed fishery and challenge the Shiners on their home waters.
Gameday proved difficult, however, and many of the fish that were there for the team in practice had moved out of the spots the Knights had chosen to fish.
The Knights’ Murray and Jones launched in Soddy Creek and headed to their target areas. Murray hoped to find the same topwater success he had found in practice, however, that bite never materialized, and he was forced to head to his second area. The move paid off, and Murray was able to find keepers throwing a stick bait around shallow grass and wood cover. Jones began his morning in a pond at the back of Soddy Creek. He caught several fish, although none met the KFL minimum size of 14 inches. Seeking larger fish, Jones moved to the main creek channel, but was met by a steady stream of local boaters and fellow kayak anglers and he was unable to land any scorable fish.
Elsea and Cassetty went up-river, also fishing a similar pattern around shallow wood cover and grass. Elsea couldn’t get on the board until late in the day, adding one keeper to the Knights’ team total. Cassetty led the Knights all day, catching fish early and often. His six fish totaled 101.25 inches and included the 20.50-inch monster bass.
Many of the two teams’ anglers also fished the Hobie event that coincided with the KFL opener on Lake Chick. There were some unique challenges to working together as a team, while also competing in an individual event (Hobie), where Angler of the Year points and cash payouts were up for grabs. The Knights did an excellent job of balancing competing together versus the Shiners, and individually in the Hobie.
Eric Siddiqi led the Shiners with a total of 166 inches.