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Thursday, 27 August 2020 10:15

Daniel Balaba Wins Hobie's California Delta B.O.S Event

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The hotly contested Hobie California Delta Bass Open Series took place mid-August, 2020, and was dominated by the 42-year old Daniel Balaba of San Bruno, California. 

Tournament director, A. J. McWhorter commented that despite the extreme heat and tough conditions the event had 50 competitors giving it their all. He added that every fish caught the weekend was truly earned and by wrapping up time the challengers had caught and released nearly 520 bigmouths. McWhorter expressed how impressed he was by the dedication and hard work displayed by the top-level kayak anglers who participated. He also appreciated the fact that everyone followed the Covid-19 guidelines, which due to the situation in California required the entire event to be in a virtual format.

Balaba, who emerged as the clear winner, concentrated his efforts south of Mildred Island where he slugged it out with the bigmouths buried deep in the hyacinth. The 94.50 inches of bass he racked up on the Saturday and 86.50 inches for the Sunday brought his total to 181 total inches, which was enough finish first.

Second place winner, Pua Yang, finished in the 19th spot on the first day but raced to the top on day two. He tallied 167 inches total, which put him just ahead of the third-place winner, John Myers, who had a total of 166.25 inches. For taking the win Balaba earned $3, 280 while Yang received $1,99 and Myers got a tidy $1,250. All three of them also qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions.

According to Balaba, he managed a couple of fish on crankbaits and Z-Man ChatterBaits, most of his strikes were thanks to a 1.5-ounce punch jig with a Missile Baits creature trailer. He said the crankbaits worked around wood while the ChatterBaits produced results around scattered grass in shallow water. He also noticed an interesting pattern with the punch baits that saw the bass keying on hyacinth growing amongst primrose. Balaba lives in the Delta area and knows its waters intimately, so he was hoping to contend for a money spot heading into the event.

Second place winner, Yang, stated that he was thrilled with his performance in the tournament. Not only was it his first kayak event, but he had to reroute his efforts on the first day after the first spot he tried had the gates closed. However, he said despite temperatures hitting 105 degrees at one point the tournament ran great and he couldn't be more pleased with how things turned out.

Myers, a 57-year old California Delta resident from Atwater said that he has been entering fishing tournaments on waters in the area since 1986. However, it was his first B.O.S event and he came away very impressed. He stated that he had to work hard for every fish he managed over the weekend and that with a kayak you have to be extra versatile and carefully plan which stretches you need to fish.

The next event on the Hobie B.O.S schedule takes place on September 12 and 13, 2020, at Lake Dardanelle, in Russellville, Arkansas.


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