OCEANSIDE, Calif. - The next stop on the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored By Power-Pole is the mighty Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. Recognized as one of the premier stretches of bass water in the entire country, Old Man River seems to always be on its game. That has a super-competitive field of elite kayak bassers chomping at the bit to get their lines in the water and in front of the chunky mix of largemouths and bronzebacks for which these waters are renowned.
“We had a great tourney here last year, and we’re expecting another action-packed event this year on pools 7, 8 and 9,” says Hobie B.O.S. Tournament Director, A.J. McWhorter. “In 2020 our competitors submitted nearly 1,000 bass during the two-day catch, photo and release (C.P.R.) contest, and things got pretty exciting down the stretch with a ton of fish in the 15- to 17-inch class helping keep the top of the leader board nice and tight. I expect this year will see more of the same with the ultimate winner finding a way to squeeze a few 18-inch or larger bass into the mix. The potential for exciting surface action here adds to the fun as the many weedy stretches are ideal for frogging while the open waters can see bass explode on walk-the-dog style retrieves.”