OCEANSIDE, Calif. - There will be more on the line than the ultimate event title at the prestigious Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole 2nd Annual Tournament of Champions (T.O.C.) when an elite fleet of kayak anglers swarm Knoxville’s famous Tennessee River bass waters this coming weekend. Also at stake will be Hobie’s highly coveted Angler of the Year (A.O.Y.) Championship, which – in addition to recognition for superior performance throughout the season series – comes with significant cash and product prize packages, plus a heaping serving of personal pride.
“It’s an award these kayak anglers take very seriously,” says B.O.S. Tournament Director, A.J. McWhorter,” and you can bet those in the running will battle it out through the final seconds of the T.O.C. to try and come out on top. Several anglers have been locked in a close race all season long for the A.O.Y. points lead, but it’s still anybody’s game heading into the final event of the year. Anglers have been competing for the 48 guaranteed spots in the T.O.C. since the opening B.O.S. event on Lake Seminole back in February, but the A.O.Y. honors are going to have a nail-biter finish as many of the top names in kayak bass fishing remain in the hunt.”
Hobie’s Angler of the Year standings are based on the culmination of points earned from an angler’s top three B.O.S. open event finishes during the current season, plus their T.O.C. performance. The Top 100 anglers in each of the season’s nine open tournaments receive points starting at 100 for first place and decreasing by a point for each additional place (i.e., 99 points for second place, 98 points for third, etc.). Extra points are awarded for catching the largest limit or biggest bass of the day for an angler’s counted events. Any ties for A.O.Y. honors will be broken by the angler with the highest finish in the T.O.C.