OCEANSIDE, Calif. (February 15, 2021) - With a two-day event that showcased a super-talented field of competitors, the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole® kicked off its 2021 season at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia, last weekend. Doubling down on last year’s success at this 37,500-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, 175 kayak bass anglers from across the country descended on the world-famous bassin’ hole. All were intent on working up big fish and record-breaking totals. Some would get both as an impressive 891 bass hit the measuring boards in the catch, photo and release tournament.
“This was the largest event we’ve had in terms of competitors,” said tournament director, A.J. McWhorter. “With $34,125, paid out through the first 18 places, plus $400 for the Bassin’ Big Bass award, it also had the biggest payout ever for the series. To top things off, the first- and second-place finishers both broke the all-time Hobie B.O.S. two-day event record for total bass limits. What a great way to set the tone for an amazing season ahead.”
To be sure, not every angler was on fire throughout the tournament, as a drop in water temperature between practice fishing and Day 1 competition seemed to chase a lot of pre-spawn fish off the flats. Those anglers who stayed shallow tended to have a tough time, while those who pulled back to deeper staging areas pushed their way up the leaderboard. When all the drags had stopped screaming, Bryan Howell, 28, of Dallas, Texas stood alone atop the field, the proud holder of a new Hobie B.O.S. two-day event total haul record with a whopping 205.5” of bigmouth bass.