OCEANSIDE, Calif. (March 11, 2021) - With 62 top-ten finishes in 84 kayak bass tournaments over the past four years, Rus Snyders is no stranger to the winner’s circle. Last weekend the 39-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee found himself in the money again as he tallied 170.5 inches of bigmouth bass to lead the 2021 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole® Broken Bow event from start to finish. Taking second was Justin Brewer from Lincoln, Arkansas, with a total of 168.25 inches. Luke Aryan of Owasso, Oklahoma placed third with a 164-inch ten-fish two-day total. All told, 110 competitors decked 586 bass while competing for over $21,000, plus valuable points towards the B.O.S. Angler of the Year award presented by Farwide, The Outdoor Access App.
“It really was a great weekend,” said tournament director A.J. McWhorter of the catch, photo and release (C.P.R.) event. “This was our third tournament of the year and we saw plenty of fish, dished out substantial prize money, and kayaked on some beautiful and remote waters here in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. This was our first stop ever in the Sooner State and it didn’t disappoint. I was glad to see so many anglers from across the country make the trip. Broken Bow offers a solid bass fishery in a picturesque setting and the nearby town is welcoming with some great restaurants and entertainment venues. If you’re looking for an awesome place for a vacation that celebrates the great outdoors, this is it.”
Snyders wasted no time getting out of the gate on Day 1 as he found a nice bite that lasted for the first two hours. “I hadn’t fished this lake before,” said the perennial bass tourney title contender who was fishing his second Hobie B.O.S. of the year. “Still, the waters here reminded me very much of some of the lakes I fished growing up in northern California, like Lake Berryessa and Lake Sonoma. In fact, Broken Bow Reservoir to me looks a little like a Tennessee lake and a California lake got together and this was the result, so I felt comfortable right from the start here.”