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Thursday, 19 August 2021 14:04

Jody Queen Crowned Victor of Harrisburg, PA Hobie Bass Open Series Event

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In early August, the Hobie Bass Open Series Anchored by Power-Pole took place at the Susquehanna River's world-class smallmouth fishery in Harrisburg, PA.
A total of 139 entrants participated in the event, which saw a whopping 1,259 fish being caught and released. Competition was fierce for the podium wins, and the top five finishers all broke the 180-inch barrier for their two-day combined, catch, photograph, and release 10-fish limits. The top spot on the leaderboard eventually went to Jody Queen of Bluefield, WV, who proudly retained his crown from last year's tournament on the same waters.
 
According to tournament director A. J. McWhorter the Susquehanna River is a prime example of the type of "bucket list" bass waters for which the series is known. He added that the smallmouths in the area are plentiful, thick, and generally angry, which made for amazing shallow water action. McWhorter also praised the host town of Harrisburg, PA, saying that they couldn't have treated the participants any better.
 
Queen bested his winning total last year by a full foot when he tallied 183.5 inches of bass. The silver spot went to Ewing Minor of Charlottesville VA, with his 182.75-inch total. Drew Gregory from Kent, OH, grabbed the bronze with his 181 inches of smallmouth. Queen is the 2020 Tournament of Champions grand champion, and his win has qualified him for the year-end event at Lake Eufaula, Alabama. The event is scheduled for November 12 - 14 and will see a limited field of 50 qualifying anglers battling it out for the guaranteed $35,000 winning prize. Entries for the Tournament of Champions are earned by the top three non-qualified finishers at each Hobie B.O.S event. Since Ewing and Drew had already qualified this year, joining Queen from this event is fourth- and fifth-place finishers Jay Wallen and Jordan Marshall.
 
Queen left the event with $7,350, Ewing earned a respectable $4,050, and Gregory earned $2,450. The Bassin' Big Bass prize of $400 went to Ryan Lambert of Chattanooga for a 21.25-inch smallmouth he bagged on Day two. Chuck Bahan of Metairie, L.A, earned the Dakota Lithium Power Move Award for jumping from 55th place on Day 1 to 14th on Day 2. In addition, the top 100 anglers received valuable points towards the ANgler of the Year award presented by FarWide. Only two more events remain on the Hobie Bass Open Series schedule this season. The Mississippi River in La Cross, WI, is the next stop on August 28, while September 18 sees anglers gathering at the Lake Pickwick event in Counce, TN.
 
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