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Saturday, 02 October 2021 16:10

Guillermo Gonzalez Wins Final Open Event of The Hobie Bass Open Series 2021 Season

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The final event of the Hobie Bass Open Series Anchored by Power-Pole took place in Counce, Tennessee, with 82 elite kayak bass anglers vying for first place.
The competition was fierce for winning the Pickwick Lake event championship, which was also the last opportunity to qualify for the prestigious Hobie Tournament of Champions. In addition, the Pickwick Lake event was also the final chance for anglers to improve their standing in the Angler of the Year competition, presented by FarWide, the Outdoor Access App.
 
Since the Pickwick Lake event was held during the last weekend of the summer, it placed some additional pressure on anglers. Along with the Hobie fleet, the lake was also home to other bass tournaments as well as private boat anglers who all converged on the famed waters. According to Guillermo Gonzalez, there was a serious fishing presence at the lake, but he took it as a blessing in disguise. It made him determined to get away from the crowds, which let him to some overlooked water. Although he didn't know much about the lake, he ventured far downstream because he heard there were big fish scattered throughout. This turned out to be a solid strategy for him as he tallied 181.25" of bigmouth bass in the two-day catch, photograph, and release tournament. It was enough to secure him his first Hobie B.O.S event win and net the $4,633 first-place prize.
 
Second place went to Kristine Fischer, a 33-year-old from Nebraska who brought in 179.75" to earn $2645. Matt Scotch, a 31-year-old from Weatherford, Texas, took the bronze with 177" worth $1,912. The $400 Bassin' Big Bass Award went to Garrett Ward for his monstrous 22.75", 7-pound 2-ounce largemouth on the first day. The angler with the greatest leap up the leader board from Day 1 to Day 2 was Jesse Halverson, who won the Dakota Lithium Power Move award for his efforts. Halverson jumped from 34th place on the first day to 12th place on the second, earning him a Dakota Power Box with a 10-amp lithium battery. Gonzales already qualified for the 50-angler limited-field championship event, so Jaxon Orr joined both Fischer and Scotch in qualifying for the Hobie T.O.C.
 
While this event wrapped up the open season, there is still the Hobie Tournament of Champions, held at Lake Eufaula, Alabama, on November 12-14 for all those who qualified.
 
Naomi Bolton

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