KFL WEEK TWO RECAP - Knights Win Opening Home Game!
KNIGHTS vs HAMMERS | LAKE MANITOU | JUNE 04, 2022
There’s nothing like a little home cooking.
The Indianapolis Knights took advantage of an early-morning flurry of fish by Chip Romanovich, and held on to defeat the visiting Alabama Hammers 172.75 to 165.75, earning their first win of the young Kayak Fishing League (KFL) season. The victory kept Indianapolis undefeated at home in KFL play.
Romanovich landed 164.75 inches and contributed four fish to the team’s limit of 10 – including a 17.75-inch largemouth that earned him big bass of the game. His 164.75 inches also put him in the Top 10 in the KFL’s overall individual standings.
Romanovich was named the TRCcovers.com Player of the Week.
The Knights’ first win of the season mirrored their wins on their home lake of last year … a team effort with solid contributions from all four starters. Romanovich, Head Coach Sam Jones, and 2021 KFL All-Stars Adam Murray and Bryan Sparks each played a major role in the Knights’ win.
Following a pattern of launching in groups of two, and then each player setting out on their own and covering pre-determined areas, the Knights found fish all over Lake Manitou. Romanovich and Sparks put in together, and both had strong starts.
Romanovich used soft plastics early in the day and found success from the first cast. By the end of the first hour of competition, he had six fish on the board – including three over 17 inches. Sparks also caught fish all day, landing more than 10 fish on the day, using a variety of moving baits, and contributed four fish to the team’s total.
Jones and Murray put in together on the opposite side of the lake, and each found fish to add to the team’s lead. Jones threw focused on offshore areas and found fish and was able to land a key bite early. Murray stuck to some of his more productive areas from last year and found some success doing so, however his main area was not as hot as previous home games in 2021.
Although they fell behind early, the Hammers never gave up. The talented group from Alabama showed why they’re one of the more solid teams in the KFL, slowly clawing their way back into the competition. Led by Jon Lessmann and Harvey Pinson, the Hammers put 20 fish on the board, led by Pinson’s 17.50 inch beauty.
The Knights enjoyed a bye week in Week 3, and will now join the league in a brief hiatus until July 9, when competition resumes in full.