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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:13

First Elite-Level Tournament Circuit Launched By Hobie

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Hobie is well known for their range of fishing kayaks, but last month also saw the launch of their Hobie Bass Open Series (BOS).

The series kicked off on Lake Chickamauga on the 23rd and 24th of February in Dayton, Tennessee. What sets it apart is that it is basically the first elite-level tournament circuit in kayak fishing and it will consist of six Open events, along with 11 satellite tournaments, a last chance shootout, as well as a Tournament of Champions. The Hobie BOS follows on from their popular Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake, which generated a great response from anglers as well as a demand for more events.

Hobie aims to impress with their inaugural season of the series and has set their focus on providing not only a true open format, but to also capture an elite feel for kayak anglers taking place. The top finishing angler for each Open can earn a spot on the North American Team for the Hobie Fishing Worlds 9, while the "Tournament of Champions" which is the 50 angler culmination of the season, beckons for the top 6 finishing anglers. 

Hobie is also sticking to conservation-based practices for the tournaments, which means anglers will follow the "Catch, Photo, Release" (CPR) format. Each day anglers are able to turn in their longest 5 bass, scored in inches, with the winners earning some high-end payouts. Hobie has stated that all of the entry fees will get paid back out to the anglers throughout the season, while the top 10% of the field will go home after each event with money in their pocket. Although the event features Elite level qualifications and an exclusive year-end championship, it is open to all kayak anglers, with no restrictions on the brand of kayak that they favor.

The first event in Tennessee took place last month, but anglers still have events on Lake Shasta in California, Kentucky Lake in Kentucky, Lake Fork in Texas, Lake St. Clair in Michigan and Lake Guntersville in Alabama to look forward to. After that, the B.O.S Shootout will take place in Arkansas Lake Ouachita in November, which will be followed by the Tournament of Champions on the same lake. 

Hobie's Director of Global Strategy, Keeton Eoff, has commented that the brand is excited to provide this opportunity for anglers and it is part of their continued work to assist with making kayak fishing a more mainstream sport. Check out the image below for more information about the dates for the Bass Open Series events. 

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