February 6, 2021
Bainbridge GA
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Lake Seminole

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Lake Seminole – Bainbridge GA


February 6, 2021
February 7, 2021

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The first stop on the 2021 Hobie Bass Open Series – Anchored by Power- Pole, takes us back to the historic Bass fishing destination of Lake Seminole.  The Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers come together to provide endless opportunities to catch giant largemouth and even shoal bass.  As we saw last year, there is potential for HUGE limits and a shot at a personal best Bass.  You don’t want to miss this one!

Anglers will be fishing for large cash payouts and the top 3 anglers will automatically qualify for our 50 angler Tournament of Champions held up the Chattahoochee River on Lake Eufaula, in Eufaula AL.  This event will be the first point bearing event counting towards the coveted Angler of the Year Title presented by FarWide – the Outdoor Access App.




With a two-day event that showcased a super-talented field of competitors, the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole® kicked off its 2021 season at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Georgia, last weekend.

Doubling down on last year’s success at this 37,500-acre impoundment of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, 175 kayak bass anglers from across the country descended on the world-famous bassin’ hole. All were intent on working up big fish and record-breaking totals.

Some would get both as an impressive 891 bass hit the measuring boards in the catch, photo and release tournament (CPR). “This was the largest event we’ve had in terms of competitors,” said tournament director, A.J. McWhorter. “With $34,125, paid out through the first 18 places, plus $400 for the Bassin’ Big Bass award, it also had the biggest payout ever for the series. To top things off, the first- and second-place finishers both broke the all-time Hobie B.O.S. two-day event record for total bass limits.

What a great way to set the tone for an amazing season ahead.” To be sure, not every angler was on fire throughout the tournament, as a drop in water temperature between practice fishing and Day 1 competition seemed to chase a lot of pre-spawn fish off the flats. Those anglers who stayed shallow tended to have a tough time, while those who pulled back to deeper staging areas pushed their way up the leaderboard. When all the drags had stopped screaming, Bryan Howell, 28, of Dallas, Texas stood alone atop the field, the proud holder of a new Hobie B.O.S. two-day event total haul record with a whopping 205.5” of bigmouth bass.

winners Lake Seminole

Also breaking the former record was second-place finisher Joey Vanyo, 29, of Northfield, Minnesota, with a tally of 201.5”. Finishing third with a very respectable 184.5” was Zack Hall, 30, from Birch Run, Michigan. Reigning Angler of the Year (A.Y.O), Drew Gregory, of Ravenna, Ohio, took fourth with a 178.5” total. The 2021 A.O.Y. award is presented by Farwide, the Outdoor Access app. The previous all-time Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole® two-day record was 194.5”, set at the 2019 Lake Fork, Texas, event in June, 2019. Howell noticed a change in the bite from practice to game day immediately upon setting out on Day 1. “I was feeling good because I had found a little stretch of shallow water where I drew quick hits from several quality fish during practice,” he revealed. “To reach it, I had to launch my Hobie Pro Angler 14 360 through about 20 feet of reeds. I headed straight for that spot once the competition began and drew a big zero – not even a bite! Luckily, I had found a couple of back-up spots, so I made a move after about an hour and started connecting immediately along a 100-yard stretch of bank. I pulled a limit in an hour on a white Z-Man JackHammer® ChatterBait and began to cull. Everything I was catching was a quality fish. At 99”, I decided to let that spot rest and headed over to another where I quickly drilled a 19.75” fish to end the day with 101.75” – my personal best for a single day of competition.”

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Day 2 found Howell heading back to the same spot with the same bait and plenty of confidence. Two hours later, he hadn’t had a touch. “At that point I tried a red lipless crankbait and drilled two good fish, so I knew the bass were still in the area.” Switching to a green pumpkin Strike King Thunder Cricket with a little tighter action, he quickly connected with a 20.5” bass and decided to grind with that lure the rest of the way. “That fish told me all I needed to know,” said Howell. “For the rest of the day I had tons of bites. I was casting around lily edges and grass with some timber mixed in and 2 feet of water above. I would rip my lure through the vegetation and as soon as it came free those bass would wallop it. I knew Joey was having a tremendous tournament, too, so I just kept working. He was breathing down my neck the whole way. I had 200” of bass over two days and I was still looking over my shoulder until the very end. That’s wild. I’m so glad my spots held up through Day 2.” Indeed, Vanyo was enjoying his most productive tournament ever. During practice, he had found a stretch of water where every fish he hooked topped 20”. On Day 1, he tallied a limit there on just five casts before he started culling.  “I’ve believe strongly in looking for patterns rather than blind casting,” Vanyo explained. “I tried flipping shallow waters and looking for beds in pre-fishing but didn’t have much luck, so I figured the fish weren’t ready yet to move shallow and spawn. That prompted me to look deeper to find where they were staging. I found them in 15 feet of water, holding tight in some grass along the outside edge of a small depression in an old creek bed. On Day 1 I had to yo-yo those fish by ripping a ½-ounce Z-Man ChatterBait through the weeds. As soon as it emerged into open water, the bass would attack – but only as the lure fell. Day 2 saw the fish follow the same basic pattern, except they moved out of the weeds and into the middle of the depression, so it was actually easier fishing.”

Nice Bass Lake Seminole

As things turned out, Vanyo may have had the fish he needed to get over the top hooked-up on Day 1. “I had one that looked to be at least 24” long,” he lamented, “but it came unbuttoned about halfway to the ‘yak. That fish would have bumped an 18-incher. Wouldn’t that have made things interesting? Either way, congrats to Bryan. He earned this win. It’s a bummer that I lost with 200” but I gave it all I had. There wasn’t a fish left in my spot when I finally packed it in.” Hall, meanwhile, was also having his most productive kayak tournament ever. “I actually had some slow practice sessions, although I did stick a few quality fish,” he stated. “Despite the strong winds, I decided to concentrate on the main lake and work Jackall Rerange 130 and 110 jerkbaits both days. I was covering an area the size of a football field in 10’ of water with standing timber and two feet of hydrilla rising up from the bottom. I just kept rotating through different retrieves and the bites added up. I have a lot of confidence in jerkbaits, and I’ve caught some really big fish on them. Still, there was no catching Bryan and Joey. They were just on another level this weekend, so hats off to them both. What an awesome performance.” For his efforts, Howell took home $9,600 for first place plus the Bassin’ Big Bass honors he earned with a 23.5” brute decked on Sunday. Vanyo pocketed a cool $4,800, Hall walked away with $3,000, and Gregory collected $2275. The first three finishers automatically qualified for the 50-angler Hobie Tournament of Champions on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Alabama, this November. Both Vanyo and Hall were fishing in their first Hobie event and visiting Lake Seminole for the first time in their careers. “This really is the best-run kayak series in the country,” said Howell, who has several Hobie B.O.S. Anchored by Power Pole® events to his credit. “It has the highest payouts, runs smoothly, and has clear rules so you know everyone gets a fair shake. It draws the best kayak fishing anglers in the country, too – and we all have a great time even while competing. If you win here, you know you are on top of your game. You have to be. Nobody gets a free pass on this trail.” For more information on the Hobie B.O.S. Anchored by Power-Pole®, or to register for an event, visit: Hobie Bass Open Series (hobiebos.com).


PlaceAnglerStateDAY 1
Fish 1
Fish 2
Fish 3
Fish 4
Fish 5
Fish 6
Fish 7
Fish 8
Fish 9
Fish 10
1Bryan HowellTX2221.520.519.751823.520.7520.519.7519.25205.5
2Joey VanyoMN20.2520.2519.7519.518.252120.7520.7520.520.5201.5
3Zack HallMI22.52018.518.2517.522.2519.7516.7514.514.5184.5
4Drew GregoryOH23.251918.51716.7517.2517.251716.2516.25178.5
5Jason BroachSC18.2518181815.7521.2519.251716.516.25178.25
6Robert BarnettGA1918.2516.251615.518.518.2518.251818176
7Matt BallOH17.516.7516.514.7514.521.2520.518.251817175
8Jake HarshmanPA19.751917.2517.2516.7520.518.516.751514.25175
9Allen SweatFL22.2519.2517.515.51318.517.75171716.75174.5
10Adam RiserTN20.519.751714.7514.2519.2517.751716.7516.5173.5
11Rus SnydersTN201816.751615.751917.2516.7516.7516.75173
12Ewing Minor19.2518.751817.2516.2519.7518.7517.7513.2512171
13Jordan MarshallTN18.517.2516.2515.7513.252218.7517.251714.25170.25
14Josh CounceFL22.519.7518.5171718.514.7513.7513.7513.5169
15Lance ColeyAL1716.515.2515.25152017.516.516.2516165.25
16Kurt SmitsOH19.7519.25181615.7515.7515.5151513.75163.75
17Jim ClarkAL1817.516.5161517.7517.751614.7514.25163.5
18Justin PatrickTN21.7517.517.25171521.2517.515.2513.75156.25
19Guillermo GonzalezTX20.2514.513.7513.7513.7518.7516.2513.7513.7513.5152
20Josh StewartTN19.517.514.51413.2515.51514.7514.512150.5
21Charles ShelnuttGA2014.513.513.2513.2516.7515.7514.2513.7513.25148.25
22Saturday MelNC18.51716.751615.7517.516.515.2515148.25
23Ron ChampionGA1817.516.7515.7515.52315.2513.512.75148
24Eric ThomasonTN19.7514.7514.512.752019.51816.512.25148
25Thomas PratherTX19.516.516.2513.2517.7516.2516.251614145.75
26Alex FiolkaMD19.518.516.7515.2515212116.75143.75
27David BorofkaCA20.2519.7517.51712.513.513.2512.7512138.5
28Mitchell WhiteGA15.515.515.515.2514.518.51514.2513.5137.5
29Tracy Stanford19.7518.518.2516.515.7517.7514.7514.25135.5
30Matt HawjNC16.516.51615.2514.7518.7518.2517.5133.5
31Brandon MartinTX211513.7513.251315.2515.2514.2512132.75
32Terrik WalkerOH16.515.7515.513.512.516.515.251413132.5
33Mike MooneyGA181716.2513.751817.51615.75132.25
34Daniel LyonsTN21.251817.751615.251514.2513.25130.75
35Brandon WatsonAL20.517.515.7515.7513.7517.2516.7512.75130
36Brian CoyneOH20.2519.7513.7512.7512.2518.2515.7515.75128.5
37David KittrellAL181615.51517.2516.515.7514.25128.25
38Brandon Hewlett1916.7523.2517.2516.7516.2515.75125
39Randall LangstonFL17.51716.7515.515.2514.251413.5123.75
40Jaxton OrrIN14.7514.513.513.512.7513.513.2513.2513122
41Andrew GreenLA1615.514.514.251415.751513.5118.5
42Jason IsaacsOH171220.518.51817.7514.25118
43Andy MiddletonGA16.751514.751413.751614.2513.5118
44Jay WallenKY18.7517.2516.7516.515.515.2513113
45Ben HerSC16.7516.2515.7515.516.2515.514.5110.5
46Tim IsaacsWV1713.518.7515.7515.251514.25109.5
47Matt VogtFL14.7519.7518.7518.751816.25106.25
48Joe GillWV15.7513.518.2516.7514.251413.75106.25
49Dylan LoweryGA21.251817.51514.517103.25
50Joshua DiehlGA17.7514.251413.7513.2513.251399.25
51Derrick BosticTN2217.516.514.2512.515.598.25
52Abel PatinoCA132019.751814.2512.2597.25
53Jason AlfordGA20.515.75151514.7515.2596.25
54Russell JohnsonPA19191512.251218.7596
55Dean TurnerLA17.2516.516.251513.2513.7592
56Larry WoodSC18.7514.2514.25121814.2591.5
57Owen WhitehurstGA2218.251816.51690.75
58Michael LawhonWV1613.7512.2520.75151390.75
59Richard ManningFL17.515.7514.251216.7514.2590.5
60Mike HusarIL19.5181817.2517.2590
61Chad Walden20.512.751215.515.2512.588.5
62Adam PetroneLA19.251621.2515.515.587.5
63Ronnie MurphyNC1413.251312.7517.7514.2585
64Jake SuvakFL17.7517.514.751419.2583.25
65Kevin WorkmanNE16.515.751816.751582
66Ian HaynesGA21.7517.2514.75141481.75
67Eric JacksonTN19.751914.7513.751279.25
68David BurtMD1917.7515.2513.512.7578.25
69Nathan GreenVA15.2519.515.751412.2576.75
70Dustin MurguiaIL19.7517.7513.7512.251275.5
71David BestTN21.2518.7518.2515.7574
72Coleman FowlerGA17.75151413.513.2573.5
73Quinn BrockAL16.251614.2513.512.572.5
74Neil Tomarchio19.513.2513.51312.7572
75Nick MatthewsIN20.251621.7513.571.5
76Ryan BackaTX15.2514.2513.51314.570.5
77Daniel KeyesTN2023.513.7512.7570
78Chad ThomasAL17.512.7519.518.2568
79Robbie SinkerSC12.516.2513.251312.7567.75
80Matthew VannFL13132219.2567.25
81Jonathan StanberryNC19.2517.51713.567.25
82Jeremy HughesNC12.7516.2513.25131267.25
83Shane WilliamsFL1614.2513121267.25
84Christian MartinME14.51312.751213.565.75
85Stacey MartinAL19.51716.2512.2565
86Michael KervaskiFL2112.515.515.564.5
87Craig Miller17.517.2516.2513.2564.25
88Arlie MintonNC17.514.514.512.7559.25
89Robert BrownVA1813.7513.7512.7558.25
90Wayne LobbLA1514.251314.7557
91Mike WatsonGA172017.554.5
92Sterling LeachMD1316.512.251253.75
93Ryan ThompsonMN1413.25131252.25
94Tom KazmierskiGA13.2513.2512.512.2551.25
95Frank WolfeSC12.25121312.7550
96Matthew Rogge17.7516.2514.7548.75
97Tyler SweetNY21.2514.2512.548
98Cole GarlandIN18.5161347.5
99Coley McGowanAL19.2515.2512.547
100Mike CheathamTN16.751614.2547
101Jim DavisTN18.751413.2546
102Cabe HarrisonGA18.515.251245.75
103Duayne DwyerFL1713.2514.544.75
104Caz Anderson17.2515.251244.5
105Josh WalkerGA15.7514.2513.7543.75
106Mike ManivanhGA15.7513.513.2542.5
107Jerry MeeceTX1712.751241.75
108Chuck BahanLA22.7518.2541
109Ryan LambertTN21.7518.2540
110Kristine FischerNE20.7514.535.25
111Bobby “BigGun” MorinFL18.751634.75
112James MinorTN1715.2532.25
113Issac PauleyPA17.2514.7532
114Jeremy MitchellMO19.251231.25
115Jim WareGA16.514.7531.25
116Brandon CarpenterOH16.251531.25
117Sean RastanisLA17.2513.7531
118Chris LoGA15.7514.2530
119Dan RehbeinNE14.514.7529.25
120Brandon Barton15.512.7528.25
121Katie BackaTX13.51427.5
122Mark WilkinsNC13.513.2526.75
123Dave SewellIN13.2512.525.75
124Ian Gileski12.51325.5
125Anthony JohnsonGA12.512.525
126Daniel NicholsGA12.2512.2524.5
127Stephen Benoit12.251224.25
128Frank ReedAL21.7521.75
129Tyler HutchinsGA21.521.5
130Joshua SharpTN19.2519.25
131Justin JohnstonTN18.518.5
132Francis TranMS18.2518.25
133Sean Johnson18.2518.25
134Rodney WilliamsVA17.517.5
135Chuck WiseAL16.7516.75
136Taran Parker16.516.5
137Benton Parrott16.516.5
138Gregory OaksVA16.2516.25
139Raymond LaPointeSC15.7515.75
140Michael DavisGA15.515.5
141Troy MorganGA15.2515.25
142Vincent Ferreri CommishSC15.2515.25
143Ben RayfieldTN1515
144Nick DyerAL14.7514.75
145Brand JacksonAL14.514.5
146Mark BinkleyTN14.514.5
147Jerry BurdineFL1414
148Rick HaxtonNE1414
149Simon MorganNY13.7513.75
150James QuinnVA13.513.5
151Daniel PerryAL13.2513.25
152Greg NosarVA1313
153Shawn FieldsGA1313
154Heather Brock12.2512.25
155Aaron FettermanDE1212
156Mike BairdKY0
157Lowell BrannanSC0
158Adam DewittNE0
159Brandon ElrodTN0
160Mike GayFL0
161Michael GrimsleyOH0
162Brad Hargis0
163Joshua HinzCO0
164Nick HuddlestonNC0
165Jason JonesAL0
166LeeRose Koza0
167Joe McElroyAL0
168Brian NelliFL0
169Brandon PalmerOH0
170Andrew PeakAL0
171Corey RacerNC0
172Joey RandallNC0
173Bobby Thompson0
174Fred Tomarchio0
175Buddy Walden0
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