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Monday, 28 June 2021 10:20

Hobie B.OS. Lake Sam Rayburn Event Sees Impressive Scores Despite Super High Water Levels

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The recent Hobie BASS Open Series Anchored By Power-Pole Event on Lake Sam Rayburn in Jasper, Texas, took place during challenging conditions, to say the least.
The region experienced flooding, which saw the waters of the 140,000-acre reservoir rise between 8 and 12 feet above normal in some areas. However, the largest lake in the Lone Star State is a "bucket list" destination for many bass fans, and the 114 kayak anglers who participated were not put off by the conditions.
 
The two-day photo, catch and release tournament saw 1,406 largemouths measuring up to 24-inches in length being tallied. Nearly two dozen of these were longer than 20-inches, which is quite impressive. Tournament director, A. J. McWhorter expressed his pride in the participants for always rising above any challenge Mother Nature throws in their way. Many of the launch ramps and access points were closed to the flooding, but not even this could deter the anglers. 
 
The competition was so fierce that by the end of Day 1, there were already 88 anglers who filled their five-fish limits while another 84 did so on Day 2. The event also saw the top seven finishers measuring at least 170 of bass for their full two-day ten-fish limit. The top score, however, went to the 32-year old Bryan Scarberry from Boerne, Texas. He put up a solid haul of bass measuring 86.25 inches, which netted him the seventh spot on Day one. Scarberry then followed this up on Day 2 with a whopping 97 inches, which was enough for his first-ever Hobie B.O.S event victory. Silver went to 51-year old Jim Ware of Rome, Georgia, for his 177.5 inches of bigmouths. Caleb Helbig, a 26-year old from Connor, Texas, grabbed third place with a 176.26-inch total, which is not a bad way to finish your first Hobie event. 
 
Scarberry took home a $6,300 first-place check while Ware netted himself $3,450 and Helbig $2,150. The three anglers also qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions at Lake Eufaula, Alabama, a 50-angler event scheduled for November 12-14. The $400 check for Bassin' Magazine's Big Bass award went to Jeff Isham of College Station, Texas, for a 24-inch brute he bagged on Day 2. Meanwhile, the Dakota Lithium Power Move award winner was Robert Harris, from Dallas, Texas, who jumped from 61st place to tenth place. 
 
Naomi Bolton

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