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Taff wins Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship and $100K on Kentucky Lake

Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media
Published March 27, 2018

Dwayne Taff won the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship held on Kentucky Lake, taking home $100,000. Torqeedo renewed its longtime commitment to the sport and returned to the 2018 tournament as Title sponsor.

Dwayne's 10 fish total measured 173.50 inches, besting his closest competitor by less than two inches. Last year's champion, Kurt Smits, won with 188.5" inches.

"The Third Annual Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship brought 750 of America's best kayak anglers to fish for the largest payout in the sport's history over the two-day tournament," said Chad Hoover, host of popular Kayak Bassin' TV and tournament organizer. "The bass fishery on Kentucky Lake is world-class and the competitive spirit was incredible during some unpredictable and changing weather conditions. This is a competitive sport and we have the top competitors here fishing for serious money."

"2.4 million people fished out of a kayak last year and that number continues to grow," said Steve Trkla, President of Torqeedo Inc. "The Torqeedo Ultralight 403 allows kayak anglers to stay on the water longer and reach more remote areas. Torqeedo has been involved with this sport since its infancy and it's been incredibly fun to watch the best of the best face off."

Torqeedo's Ultralight 403 was the first electric motor system developed specifically to efficiently propel canoes, kayaks and other small boats. Updated with a 915 WH lithium battery for 2018, the Ultralight 403 C model weighs just 22 lbs, has a top speed of 6 mph and a maximum range of more than 75 miles at 2.6 mph.

The Ultralight 403 C comes standard with GPS and onboard computer, with a convenient USB socket that charges a phone or powers a light or other electronics. For more functionality, paddlers can add a foldable solar panel or the optional TorqTrac app, which displays all motor information on a smartphone.