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Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:05

Records Crushed At The Hobie Bass Open Series Lake Seminole Event

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February saw the start of the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S) 2021 season with things kicking off at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia. 

The 37,500-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers is a world-famous bassin' hole and this year 175 kayak bass anglers from across the country took part in the event.

According to the tournament director, A. J. McWorther, it was one of the largest events that they've had in terms of competitors. Thanks to $34,125 paid out through the first 18 places along with the $400 Bassin' Big Bass award, the payout was also the biggest ever for the series. The competitors certainly brought their A-game as both the first- and second-place finishers broke the all-time Hobie B.O.S. two-day event record for total bass limits.

Not all participants were that fortunate, though, as a lot of pre-spawn fish were chased off the flats by a drop in water temperature between practice fishing and the first day of the competition. This meant that anglers who stayed shallow faced an uphill battle while those who venture out to deeper staging areas climbed the leaderboards.

At the end of it all, it was 28-year-old Bryan Howell of Dallas, Texas, who emerged victorious thanks to a new Hobie B.O.S. two-day event total haul record of 205.5" of bigmouth bass. This is quite an accomplishment considering that the previous all-time Hobie Bass Open Series two-day record was 194.5". Joey Vanyo, a 29-year-old from Northfield, Minnesota, finished in second place with a record-breaking tally of 201.5". Zack Hall, a 30-year-old from Birch Run, Michigan took the third-place spot with his very respectable 184.5". Fourth place went to Reigning Angler of the Year, Drew Gregory of Ravenna, Ohio with his 178.5" total.

According to Howell the change in bite from practice to game day was immediately noticeable to him. On Day 1 he set out through about 20 feet of reeds to the spot where he had drawn quick hits during practice only to end up without a single bite. After an hour with no luck, he decided to go for some of the back-up spots he had in mind, which proved to be a wise choice. Meanwhile, Vanyo lamented the loss of what looked to be a 24" long fish that unbuttoned about halfway to his kayak.

Howell ended up taking him $9,600 for his first place along with the Bassin' Big Bass honors he earned. Vanyo earned himself $4,88, while Hall and Gregory won themselves $3,00 and $2275 respectively. The top three finishers also automatically qualified for the 50-angler Hobie Tournament of Champions in November, which takes place on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama.

For more information on the Hobie B.O.S. Anchored by Power-Pole®, or to register for an event, visit: Hobie Bass Open Series (hobiebos.com).

Naomi Bolton

Yakangler's Community Manager and Editor - in charge of sourcing news and articles for the website.  If you have any ideas for new content, please do get in touch with me at: [email protected]

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