Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published May 30, 2017
At last year's Hobie Bass Open, Ron Champion and Matthew Scotch punched their tickets to the Hobie Fishing World Championship. They took on different strategies. One ran long and the other fished local. They were both winners. What will it take to grab a hotly contested qualifying spot this year?
We'll find out soon. The 2017 Hobie Bass Open qualifier for Hobie Fishing Worlds 7 will be held at lodging host sponsor Kentucky Lake Dam Village State Resort Park in Kentucky, June 9-11. Calvert is the host city, and the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the tournament sponsor.
The Open is part of a series of qualifying events to be held in the U.S. and Canada that will produce six Hobie Fishing World Championship spots on the North American team. First and second place winners will be invited to join Brendan Bayard and two-time Hobie Fishing Worlds champion Steve Lessard at the next edition of the Hobie Fishing Worlds competition (to be announced later).
Camaraderie and hot competition go hand-in-hand at the Hobie Bass Open. The ledge fishing is world-class. The water is big and the fishing options seem wide open.
The event on Kentucky Lake is a catch, photograph and release (CPR) tournament where anglers measure and photograph their top three bass during each of the two days, to be scored by total aggregate length. Eligible species include largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass caught on human powered kayaks, canoes or SUPs.
One hundred percent of entry fees will be paid out with a ratio of one place for every 10 entrants. The top prize is $4,000 based on a field of 150 kayak anglers. The first-place finisher will have his/her airfare, accommodations and entry fee covered courtesy of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park and Hobie Worldwide.
There will be raffles and prizes as well as other awards including one for the biggest bass each day. Sponsors include Hobie Polarized, Lowrance, YakAttack, Bassin' Magazine, RAM Mounts, St. Croix, Daiwa, Power-Pole, Mustad and Gerber.
The Hobie Fun Fest is open to the public and will be held simultaneously along the lakeshore by the dam, Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hobie invites all competitors to bring their families and friends to join in the festivities. All will have the opportunity to demo Hobie fishing and recreational kayaks, SUPs and sailboats as well as Hobie's Mirage Eclipse stand-up pedalboard.