Tyson Peterson Wins The 2018 Hobie Bass Open | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media

After a grueling two days fighting wind, party boats and other bass anglers, Tyson Peterson from Lexington, Kentucky won the 2018 Hobie Bass open with a six fish total of 121.25 inches. His win comes with a nice payout of $5,000 and an automatic, paid bid to the 2019 Hobie Worlds Tournament. A total of 123 anglers signed up for the kayak fishing tournament, with the top 11 spots being paid out. 

Tyson hasn’t been tournament fishing much in the past year, but he came back with a vengeance. He held the top spot both days of the two-day kayak fishing tournament. Tyson took advantage of Kentucky Lake’s summer ledge bite, in his Hobie Pro Angler 14, with a worm and big creature bait. 

After a record setting day one with 62.5 inches, Tyson had to deal with high winds. Kentucky Lake is known for being dangerous for all anglers on high wind days, especially kayak anglers. The winds on day two blew a lot of anglers away from their offshore ledge spots, resorting to searching for straggler bass that hadn’t yet made their way to the deep water.


Photo courtesy: iAngler.

Joe Komyati took second place with 117 inches and a $3,000 payout, in only his second kayak tournament. Joe’s win also earns him a spot in the 2019 Hobie Worlds Tournament.

Kristine Fischer took third place with 114.75 inches after a day two pivot that really paid off.

Tyson is the first angler to win the Hobie Bass Open two times, and he did it in style. Congratulations to all the winners and to Hobie for putting on a great tournament year after year. 

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