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Friday, 02 July 2021 10:43

Kayak Anglers Battle Wind and Waves at Lake Champlain Event

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The elite fleet of kayak anglers had to battle each other and the elements at the Hobie Bass Open Series Lake Champlain event.


With 587 miles of shoreline and 435 sq. miles of surface water along with a solid population of largemouth bass, the big lake is a bassin' haven. It is also one of the top smallmouth fisheries in the United States and the only Northeast stop on the B.O.S trail for 2021.


However, during the event, the wind picked up to a point where it was gusting between 15 and 20 knots at times. This resulted in waves that crested over four feet high in some of the open areas of the water. None of this deterred the 73 anglers who took part in the event, though. In total, 620 fish were submitted in the two-day catch, photograph, and release event. Anglers managed to rack up 13 90-inch limits on the first day, with eight more on the second.


Tournament director A. J. McWhorter praised the participants for battling Mother Nature and coming out on top. The event winner, Travis Von Neumann, summed it up by saying, "Some days, you've got to battle the elements as much as the fish, so you just dig in and get the job done." Von Neumann, a 29-year-old resident of Columbus, OH, fished primarily on rough, open water as he won with 97.25 inches of bronzeback on day one and 98.75 inches on day two. This resulted in a two-day limit of 196 inches, which won him $4,350. The second slot went to Drew Gregory of Kent, Ohio, a Hobie B.O.S regular and reigning FarWide Angler of the Year. He finished with a 187.5-inch total for the $2,450 prize. Finally, in third was Katherine Field of Ivins, UT. Her total of 185.75 inches got her the $1,750 check and her first tournament top-three finish. Their wins also guaranteed them entry in the 50-angler Hobie Tournament of Champions, scheduled for November 12-14 at Lake Eufaula, Alabama.


The Bassin' Big Bass $400 prize went to Von Neumann for his 21.25-inch tank of a smallmouth he caught on the second day. The Dakota Lithium Power Move award of a Dakota Power Box with a 10-am lithium battery went to Alan Bender of Sewell, NJ, who jumped from 58th place on day one to 43rd place on day two.


The next event on the Hobie trail is the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa, which is scheduled for July 31 - August 1, 2021.

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