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In the end, Josh Stewart held off Steve Owens and the rest of the field to earn the title of Hobie BOS Guntersville Champion and a check for $4,100. His 178.5” two-day total bested Owens – who earned second place and a check for $2,250 – by three inches. “It felt really good to get my first BOS win,” says Stewart. “I was so close at Kentucky Lake, but this feels really, really good – especially to win against so many top-quality anglers.”
Matthew Brannon of Moncks Corner, South Carolina took third place and $1,300 with a two-day total 174.5” – just an inch behind Owens. Fourth place through ninth place also earned paychecks, rounded out by Clayton Shilling (4th), Eric Thomason (5th), Ryan Lambert (6th), Chris Walters (7th), Jordan Marshall (8th), and Cole Kleffman (9th). Grass – specifically, broken beds of hydrilla and eel grass – turned out to be a key in most successful patterns throughout the tournament, with most fish being caught on frogs, topwaters, soft plastics, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits.
Hobie BOS Tournament Director, A.J. McWhorter, comments on the hospitality, resources and professionalism of the Guntersville BOS venue sponsor, the Marshall County Alabama Convention and Visitors Bureau: “We’re extremely grateful to the entire team at the Marshall County CVB for their assistance and hospitality in helping us conduct such a tremendous event. They have an incredible resource in Lake Guntersville, and they worked extremely hard to make sure all our anglers and tournament staff received the best possible treatment, welcome and experience. Anyone looking to fish Guntersville or explore the surrounding area should check out their helpful website or give them a call. They won’t be disappointed!”