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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 06:25

Ryan Lambert Wins Hobie Bass Open Series Tournament of Champions Featured

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The Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Tournament of Champions (T.O.C) sponsored by Power-Pole featured an elite field of 50 kayak bass fishing sharpies and ended with Ryan Lambert taking the win. 
The 34-year old from Chattanooga, Tennessee, had no trouble on his home waters and had a tally of 186.25" for the two-day event. This was enough to finish ahead of Jordan Marshall, another local angler, and Kristine Fischer, who finished second and third respectively.
 
Lambert took him a respectable $30,000 for his first-place finish while Marshall got $8,000 and Fischer collected $5,500. The top ten finishers earned a whopping $61,000 in total. An additional $1,000 also went to Cole Kleffman who took the Bassin' Magazine Big Bass honors with his 20.75" catch. Lambert narrowly missed out on this accolade with a catch that was just a quarter-inch smaller. A total of 437 fish were caught, measured, and released by the competitors, with the bronzebacks being the ones to dominate the money spots. Along with the cash prize, Lambert also qualified for the Hobie Worlds 10 and the 2021 T.O.C with his win. A special mention should also go to Fischer for finishing higher than any other female competitor in a kayak fishing national championship event.
 
Lambert qualified for the championship back in March at the Lake Norman B.O.S event in Mooresville, North Carolina. For 2020 he took part in four B.O.S events and captured the Kayak Anglers Society of Tennessee (KAST) State Championship during October. He revealed that it was the KAST competition, in particular, that was the key for his win as it was on the same Knoxville waters where he now claimed his Hobie Crown. The hot spot he discovered during the KAST competition once again delivered for him. Nevertheless, it was a tough challenge and Lambert confessed to having tears of relief in his eyes upon claiming his final fish of the tournament.
 
Although all fifty of the participants were battling for the T.O.C. championship title there was also serious competition for Hobie's Angler of the Year honors. In the end, it was Drew Gregory, from Ohio, who secured the title with Ron Champion of Georgia taking second place. The first-place prize package for this year's A.O.Y included $5,000 cash and a fully rigged, custom-colored Hobie Mirage 360 Pro Angler 14 outfitted with a Power Pole. The Top three A.O.Y winners also received their invitations to the Hobie Worlds 10.
 
For the final T.O.C. standings check out the official website at https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/hobie-bos-tournament-of-champions.
 
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