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Wednesday, 23 September 2020 11:55

Tie-Breaker Win At Lake Dardanelee Hobie B.O.S. Event

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The 2020 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) saw its narrowest margin of victory thus far in the recent two-day Lake Dardanelle tournament. 
Both anglers finished with 171 inches of catch and release largemouth bass. In the end, Drew Gregory just managed to edge ahead of Eric Siddiqi via a tie-breaker. The third spot went to Jody Queen, who was 4.25 inches behind the leaders. Queen also nudged ahead of fourth-place finisher Rus Snyders by less than an inch in Hobie's Angler of the Year standings. This means that Hobie's B.O.S. Coose River Chain Event in Gadsen, AL, and the Bo.O.S. Shootout in Knoxville, Tennessee will be especially exciting. These events, which take place on October 3 and 4, and November 13 respectively, marks the last opportunities left to settle A.O.Y. honors.
The Lake Dardanelle event saw the participation of 112 kayak anglers, of which many were elite competitors. The ended up tallying 693 largemouth and spotted bass. Gregory, a 41-year old from Ravenna, Ohio, is a Z-Man, Raymarine, and Daiwa Pro, who walked away with $6,848 for his troubles. Siddiqi, a 36-year old from Cincinnati, Ohio, scooped up $3,300 for second place while the 55-year old Queen from Bluefield, West Virginia, cashed out with $1,800. The total payouts for the top 12 finishes topped $20,000 in total. Siddiqi, along with Justin Patrick who finished fifth, and Garrett Morgan who managed sixth-place also qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions. This event is scheduled for November 14 and 15 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A.J. McWhorter, Hobie B.O.S. Tournament Director has stated that it is events like the Lake Dardanelle tournament that really showcases the skills and heart of the competitors. He also noted that the fishing was a little tough due to the significant traffic on the water, but that the participants all really knew how to compete. This saw them dig in, make changes on the fly, and in the end, manage to put together some very respectable limits. McWhorter also acknowledged how accomodating Lake Dardanelle and the town of Russellville, Arkansas, is to high-caliber bass tournaments. He added that the people, facilities, and waters in this area were terrific and really added to the success and enjoyment of everyone who participated.
In the end, it was a 21-inch lunker largemouth that sealed the victory for Gregory. He finished fourth in the Hobie BOS Susquehanna River event last month and attributed his overall success to heavy pre-scouting. Before putting his kayak in for practice, Gregory spent a day-and-a-half driving around the entire lake. He stated that it is important to look at all the water before you pick a section to fish and that dropping in to sample the first good-looking spot you see means you'll miss even better water somewhere else. He advises other anglers to target more than productive looking spots and to keep looking until they find small ecosystems that favor big bass.
Meanwhile, Siddiqi began by prospecting in deep water looking for channel swings and riverbeds. Unfortunately, he couldn't find the structure he liked and shifted his efforts to shallow waters. This strategy paid off when he pushed through a culvert he had discovered while pre-fishing to get away from boat traffic and ended up getting him a 19.5-inch bass. He returned to the culvert area on day two when the water was deeper and wrestled aboard a 19.75-inch brute with minutes to go in the tournament. It was enough for the tie, but Gregory ultimately took the top spot with the bigger fish. However, due to his second-place finish, Siddiqi has the distinction of a first, second, and third-place finish in B.O.S. events over the past two years.
The final Open of Hobie's 9-event season will see anglers heading to two famous lakes of the storied Coosa River Chain in Gadsden, Alabama next. This will take place on October 3 and 4, 2020, so check out the official website for more details and registration (www.hobiebos.com.)
Last modified on Friday, 02 October 2020 12:11
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