2016 CKFC MULTI-SPECIES SERIES ANGLER OF THE YEAR
*** Alex Rojas ***
The 2016 Colorado Kayak Fishing Club Angler of the Year for the multispecies division is Alex Rojas.
Going into the last multispecies tournament of the 2016 season, I had indicated that “…we will use the highest scoring 3 of 5 tourney finishes to determine the top 5.” and “Anyone that has fished in a least two events and placed has a shot at the top 5.” Little did I know how prophetic the last sentence in my quote would become. Prior to the Granby tournament Roger Colledge, Mitch Salzman and Droptine Trev (Trev Stuckey) sat at 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Closely behind were a host of anglers who could move into the top 5, probably none of which thought they could lead-frog the top 3. Enter Alex Rojas who fished his first kayak tournament last year and finished 32nd in the 2015 AOY race. Although somewhat new to the competitive fishing scene, Alex is a sponge for information, tossing out what does not work and capitalizing on what does work.
2016 CKFC BASS SERIES ANGLER OF THE YEAR
*** Mitch Salzman ***
Congratulations to Mitch Salzman who is the 2016 CKFC Bass Series AOY! 31 kayak anglers competed in 2016 via the CKFC Bass tournament circuit to see who would be crowned with the Angler of the Year (AOY) title. Three bass only tournaments were held on different bodies of water spanning different times of the year, forcing anglers to adapt to different conditions and environments. A cumulative point system was used in each event, summing points in all 3 tournaments. Missing one event or not performing well in a single event pretty much guaranteed that an angler would not make the top 5. Mitch did not flinch and managed to adapt to the changes each lake presented. Congrats to Mitch Salzman!