OCEANSIDE, Calif. — In the pre-event press release leading up to last weekend’s 2021 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole Lake Hartwell event in Anderson, S.C., local sharpie Lowell Brannan advised anglers to stay on the move and have a back-up plan ready because the bass here tend to roam around a lot, especially when the herring are spawning. His recommendations proved right on the money as the 56,000-acre reservoir, which has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Bass Lakes in America by Bassmaster Magazine, decided to shuffle the deck on Day 1.
“A lot of anglers reported solid sessions during pre-fishing only to find the bass had moved by the time the tourney got underway,” said tournament director A. J. McWhorter. “Just as Brennan suggested, competitors who were flexible, covered a lot of water and continued to grind all day long put themselves in good position toward the top of the leaderboard for Day 2 when the big lake revealed its true colors.”
Leading the charge was 19-year-old Ewing Minor from Charlottesville, Va., who has absolutely been on fire this season. A member of the renowned Carson-Newman college bass squad, he decided this spring to also try his hand at kayak bassin’ and has now cashed a check in each of his first three 2021 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) Anchored by Power-Pole events after placing second at Watts Bar and 12th at Lake Seminole. In this case, he used a consistent performance to steadily pull away from the field by tallying 90.25 inches of bass on Day 1, plus 84.50 inches on Day 2, for a winning total of 174.75 inches that included two impressive 17-inch spotted bass. Chris Grant of Tega Cay, S.C., took the second slot with a 168.75-inch total while Matt Hawj of Lenoir, North Carolina placed third tallying 165.50 inches in the two-day, catch, photo and release (C.P.R.) event. Adam Fillmore had the highest one-day total of the tournament with 92.25 inches on Day 2. He finished fourth with a 164.5-inch total while Brannan filled out the top five with a very respectable 162.5 inches.