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Saturday, 22 August 2020 16:00

Jody Queen Takes Second Hobie B.O.S Win This Year

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The Hobie Bass Open Series Susquehanna River event saw 112 anglers take on a stellar smallmouth fishery. 
The result was a fiercely competitive tournament and what was without a doubt one of the strongest kayak bass fishing fields ever assembled. Several elite kayak anglers took part including big names such as Jody Queen, the Hobie B.O.S. current national champion, Mike Ball, Kayak Bass Fishing 2015 national champion, Cody Milton, a multi-tournament winner, and many others.
 
Queen, who is from Bluefield, West Virginia predicted that it would take at least 170 inches of smallmouth bass to secure the top spot in the two-day event. His prediction proved to be uncannily accurate and he also proceeded to tally the 171.50 inches needed to capture the crown. His win earned him his second B.O.S. title of 2020 as well as $6,400. Hot on his heels was Cody Milton of Searcy, Arkansas, who had a total of 170.5 inches enough; enough for a second-place finish and $3,300 purse. Matt Ball, of Little Hocking, Ohio took him $1,800 for his third-place finish thanks to 169.75 inches of bronzebacks. The top 12 finishers had winnings of over $20,000 in the catch-and-release event. In addition, three anglers qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions, where they will be joining Queen and Milton who had already qualified.
 
Kevin Nakada, Fishing Team and & Events Specialist for Hobie described the event as a real "Who's Who' of kayak bass fishing legends and rising stars. He also added that the anglers didn't just complete for the money, but that a lot of pride was also at stake.
 
This sentiment was shared by Hobie B.O.S. Tournament Director, A.J. McWhorter, who added that it was definitely their most talented field of anglers. He also mentioned how great it was to see so many competitors come out on short notice considering the current state of affairs.
 
While the Saturday saw plenty of jockeying on the leader board most of the dramatic results came from the Sunday, which saw plenty of notable performances. Not only did Matt Ball climb 17 places to capture bronze, but Kristine Fischer moved up an amazing 27 spots for a sixth-place finish. Other anglers delivered similarly impressive results, but it was the steady performances by Queen and Milton that won the day. They both opted to take a shallow water approach to key on larger fish, which is a strategy that paid off for them.
 
Queen has already had 20 top-ten finishes on the kayak bass trail this year and mentioned that this event was at one of his favorite fisheries. He knows the river well and focused on a slice of it that has produced well for him in previous tournaments.
 
Next up will be the Lake Dardanelle event in Russellville, Arizona, which will take place on September 12-13.
 
Naomi Bolton

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