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Monday, 18 March 2019 16:38

Huge Catches At The Hobie Bass Open Series on Lake Shasta

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The second tournament of the Hobie Bass Open Series took place a while a ago on Lake Shasta, California. Headwaters Adventures, as well as the US. Forest Service sponsored the event, which was a huge success by all accounts. A large number of spotted, largemouth, and smallmouth bass were caught over the course of the two-day, equal opportunity event, which operated under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
All 64 of the registered anglers fished the event and were allowed five fish per day of the two-day tournament, according to the tournament director, Bryan Rusk. This included any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. The tournament was off to a quick start on the Saturday and within a minute or two after anglers were allowed to have lines in the water they were already posting fish. In fact, Rusk stated that someone already had his five fish within 30 minutes, which was further evidence of what a really good fishery Shasta is year 'round. 
 
Although the first day featured cold, overcast conditions followed by snow, sleet and rain, it didn't deter the anglers from catch loads of fish. Out of the 64 anglers, 49 of them limited out on the first day. The weather conditions improved on the second day and after some drizzle in the morning things began to clear up and get sunny, which resulted in bigger fish being logged. Despite the second day being an hour shorter due to daylight savings time, it still ended with 498 fish being logged. 
 
Rusk mentioned that the competition ended up being very close thanks to the average fish on Shasta being about 14.5 to 15 inches. Because there are so many of them, the leaderboards continually changed on both days. With about 930 fish for the two-day tournament, it meant that the average was about 14.5 fish per angler, which is quite impressive. According to Rusk, pretty much everyone was catching fish as about 50 of the 64 anglers got their five fish each day, which ensured a lot of excitement.
 
The Day 1 leader was Kong Her with 82.75 inches, followed by Greg Blanchard who had 77.5 inches. These two anglers were tied on Day 2 after culling some fish in the last hour. However, Greg ended up with some bigger fish, which netted him the win. The angler, from Seneca Falls, New York, said that he credits his win to doing something a lot different than most of the other anglers who took part in the tournament. According to Greg, he found found a really good finesse-style jig bite on long tapering points, picking up reaction bites. This really worked in his favor and every fish that he ended up catching for the tournament was on a jig. Greg Blanchard hosts his own kayak fishing YouTube channel, so check it out for his tournament recap and more (https://www.youtube.com/user/gjb123123/videos).
 
Greg Blanchard with his first place of 165.25 inches, along with the Top 7 at the event, all qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Mountain Harbor Resort on Arkansas' Lake Ouachita, on November 9 and 10, 2019. The rest of the results are as follows:
 
2nd place: Kong Her - 165.25 inches
3rd place: Tim Arthur - 163.25 inches
4th place: Dang Xiong  - 161 inches
5th place: Jeremy Thomas - 160.25 inches
6th place: Lawrence Simms - 159.75 Inches
7th place: Vinny Dau - 158 inches
 
The rest of the event takes place on March 9-10, 2019; Kentucky Lake, Kentucky, May 18-19; Lake Fork, Texas, June 1-2; Lake St. Clair, Michigan, June 29-30; Lake Guntersville, Alabama, September 21-22; and the B.O.S. Shootout, November 8 on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and Tournament of Champions, also on Lake Ouachita, November 9 and 10. 
 
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