“The first day I caught 35 or 40 fish. On Day 2 I visited the same long tapering points and I was hoping to find a new wave of fish. The sun on the second afternoon brought out a bigger class of fish and I only had about 12 bites but the fish were definitely of a better, bigger quality. I changed from green pumpkin to a black and blue jig on Sunday to match the dirty water and that definitely did the trick,” adds Blanchard.
“I’m definitely excited to fish the Tournament of Champions and the 2020 Hobie Worlds; both will be awesome experiences no matter how the fishing is. That’s definitely been my M.O. the past five years or so and that’s to travel and fish new places and meet new people.”
Greg Blanchard also hosts a kayak fishing YouTube channel and his tournament recap should be posted within the next week. He can be found by searching for Greg Blanchard on YouTube.
The Top 7 at the event all qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Mountain Harbor Resort on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita, November 9 and 10, including Greg Blanchard, First Place, 165.25 inches; Kong Her, Second Place, 165.25 inches; Tim Arthur, Third Place, 163.25 inches; Dang Xiong, Fourth Place, 161 inches; Jeremy Thomas, Fifth Place, 160.25 inches; Lawrence Simms, Sixth Place, 159.75 inches; and Vinny Dau, Seventh Place, 158 inches.
MORE ABOUT THE HOBIE BASS OPEN SERIES
Birthed out of their popular Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake, and in response to angler demand, Hobie has created what is essentially the first elite-level tournament circuit in kayak fishing, the 2019 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.). The BOS will comprise of six Open events, 11 satellite tournaments, one last chance shootout, and a Tournament of Champions (TOC) in November 2019 on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and hosted by Mountain Harbor Resort.
A Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) format—a conservation-based practice that actually finds its origins in competitive kayak fishing—will test an anglers skill on premier fisheries during prime conditions. Anglers will be able to turn in their longest 5 bass each day in hopes of maxing out a 10 fish limit, scored in inches, over the course of the two-day tournament.
The first event headquartered at Rhea County Welcome Center in Dayton, Tennessee, and follows with the 2019 Hobie Bass Open Series event on Lake Shasta, California, March 9-10, 2019; Kentucky Lake, Kentucky, May 18-19; Lake Fork, Texas, June 1-2; Lake St. Clair, Michigan, June 29-30; Lake Guntersville, Alabama, September 21-22; and the B.O.S. Shootout, November 8 on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita and Tournament of Champions, also on Lake Ouachita, November 9 and 10.
Keeton Eoff, Director of Global Strategy, Hobie, remarks: “What an incredible event. Not only was it one of the largest kayak events in the Country, but the fishing was truly phenomenal Shasta came through big time! Special thanks to all those who supported the event and made it happen.”