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Monday, 12 October 2020 10:55

Coley McGowen Wins Coosa River Chain Hobie Bass Open Series

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The Coosa River CHain Hobie Bass Open Series took place on 9 October 2020, marking their last open event of the season. 
Along with the event title, the final Angler of the Year points plus three qualifying sports for Hobie's Tournament of Champions was also on the line.
According to Tournament Director A.J. McWhorter, the event lived up to expectations, and the 87 kayak anglers participating measured and released 655 bass. In fact, the competition was so fierce that the top three finishers were separated by just two inches as anglers battled it out until the final minutes. 
The first place eventually went to the 25-year old Coley McGowen, an Alabama native, who managed 181 total inches of catch and release largemouth bass for the two-day event. Hot on his heels was 26-year old Joshua Sharp, from Franklin Tennessee while bronze went to 38-year old Lance Coley from Calera, Alabama. All three of these anglers qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions and were handsomely rewarded for their efforts. McGowen walked away with $5,100, Sharpe took home $2,750 and Coley made a respectable $1,600. In total, the tournament paid out $16,100 through ninth place. Bassin' Big Bass honors went to Eric Siddiqi who got $348 for the 22-inch largemouth that inhaled a Z-Man ChatterBait on the first day.
McGowen stated that his local knowledge helped him a lot in the tournament because there is so much water to cover on the river and its impoundments. He faced the unenviable situation of discovering that the stretch of water that was so productive during pre-fishing came up cold on Day 1. This forced him to put his head down and cover water to scrape up what he could, resulting in a sixth-place finish at the end of the day. Fortunately, the bass was back where he expected them to be on Day 2 and by 9 a.m he already had his limit and had to start culling. 
Sharp, on the other hand, finished in 15th place on Day 1 but was optimistic about his chances on Day 2. A strong finish saw him leading the pack on Day 2, but with just five minutes to go a bass that looked to be over 20 inches long managed to slip his jig and got away. Sharp conceded that it might have been the one to put him over the top, but was happy to have accomplished his best scores for both a single day and a tournament total. 
Finally, McGowan ran into some bad luck when he broke a paddle on a rock or stump at around 2 p.m. on Day 2 that effectively ended his fishing. This resulted in some tense moments as he kept an eye on the leaderboard to see if his score would hold up. Both McGowan and Coley were competing in their first Hobie B.O.S event and were impressed by what they experienced.
Naomi Bolton

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