OCEANSIDE, Calif. - In a fiercely competitive tournament that featured one of the strongest kayak bass fishing fields ever assembled, 112 anglers tested their skills against a stellar smallmouth fishery in the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Susquehanna River event. Included among the elite kayak anglers were Hobie B.O.S. current national champion Jody Queen, Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) 2016 national champion Mike Ball, multi-tournament winner Cody Milton, highly regarded Kristine Fischer, 17-year old bassin’ phenom Jaxton Orr, bass sharpie and host of Hooked on Wild Waters, Drew Gregory, plus indomitable bass pro, Mike Iaconelli, making his kayak bass fishing tournament debut.
Prior to the event, Queen, from Bluefield, West Virginia, predicted it would take at least 170 inches of smallmouth bass to secure the top spot in the two-day event and he was, literally, right on the money. With a tally of 171.50 inches to capture the crown, he held off a hard-charging field on Day 2 of the competition. For his efforts, Queen earned his second B.O.S. title of 2020 and a $6,400 purse. Runner-up, Cody Milton of Searcy, Arkansas, pocketed a cool $3,300 with a total of 170.5 inches of bass. Finishing third, Matt Ball, of Little Hocking, Ohio, drove away with an extra $1,800 in his pocket for his haul of 169.75 inches of bronzebacks. In total, the catch-and-release event paid out over $20,000 to the top 12 finishers. Additionally, Ball, fourth-place finisher Gregory, and fifth-place Stephen Sisto, qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions (TOC). Queen and Milton had already qualified.