Hobie launches ‘elite level’ kayak tournament series

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Photo courtesy of Bassmaster

Photo courtesy of Bassmaster

Hobie launched the Hobie Bass Open Series, which kicked off last weekend in Dayton, Tenn., and runs through November in various locations. The tournament — an offshoot of the Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake — is a response to demand for a kayak fishing circuit.

The Hobie Bass Open Series will comprise six open events, 11 satellite tournaments, one last-chance shootout and a Tournament of Champions in November on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas, hosted by Mountain Harbor Resort. The top angler from each open tourney earns a spot on the North American team for the Hobie Fishing Worlds 9, and the top six finishing anglers earn a spot in the 50-angler Tournament of Champions.

“We’re excited to help provide this opportunity for the anglers,” said Hobie global strategy director Keeton Eoff in a statement. “This latest initiative definitely jibes with our continued work over the last decade to help the sport of kayak fishing move mainstream, and we’re proud to provide the exposure to a group of anglers who can hold their own in any arena.”

The event schedule is as follows

  • March 9-10, Lake Shasta, Calif.
  • May 18-19, Kentucky Lake, Kentucky
  • June 1-2, Lake Fork, Texas
  • June 29-30, Lake St. Clair, Mich.
  • Sept. 21-22, Lake Guntersville, Ala.
  • Nov. 8, Lake Ouachita, Ark. (B.O.S. Shootout)
  • Nov. 9-10, Lake Ouachita, Ark. (Tournament of Champions)