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Anglers Brave Brutal Cold At Hobie BOS Watts Bar Lake

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Anglers who took part in the Hobie Bass Open Series event at Watts Bar Lake in Knoxville Tennessee didn't just have to contend with the stiff competition, but also some brutally cold temperatures.
 The Watts Bar Lake event was the second stop of the series and presented some of the toughest conditions yet for the anglers. The 94 elite kayak anglers who launched for the two-day event braved temperatures that dipped below 20 degrees in search of bass.
 
Despite the challenging conditions the event still saw 251 bass being photographed, measured, and released. According to the tournament director, A. J. McWhorter, many of the competitors drove through serious ice and snow just to get to the event only to be met with miserable conditions on the water. McWhorter also stated how proud he was of the performance by the competitors over the weekend and how everyone still fished hard even in the face of everything that Mother Nature threw at them.
 
Ryan Lambert the Hobie T.O.C. Reigning Grand Champion from Jasper, Tennessee, didn't let the cold conditions hold him back and had a 74-inch haul of largemouth bass on the first day and 77 inches of bass on the second. This was enough to give him the edge over Ewing Minor of Charlottesville, Virginia, whose 149.25 inches fell just short of the 151 inches brought in by Lambert. Third place went to Kurt Smits from Cincinnati, Ohio with his 148-inches of bass. These three anglers were also the only ones to fill their limits on both ways. Lambert's victory is particularly impressive as it was only his second time fishing at Watts Bar Lake. It is his second win in a national-level bass fishing competition in the Knoxville area after taking the top spot at the 2020 T.O.C in November of last year. Lambert stated that between work and the weather he only managed about an hour of practice on the lake before the event. After finishing in seventh place on Saturday, Lambert kept working hard despite the cold on Sunday to nab the top spot just before the end of the event. Ewing Minor, finished ninth on Day 1 but led the leader board on Day 2 until being overtaken by Lambert.
 
For his first-place finish, Lambert took home $5250, Minor $3000, and Smits $2000. The total payouts for the event was $18,00 with Collin Lamkin, from Chicago, Illinois earning himself $400 for the Bassin' Magazine Big Bass. The next event, scheduled for March 6 and 7, 2021, is set to take place at Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma. Check out the official website for more information https://hobiebos.com/events/broken-bow-lake/
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