On November 15th, Hobie Fishing announced it’s new kayak bass fishing trail, and I’d say they did a great job at spreading the field across the country! At first glance, with the limited details we still have, you can see info like the schedule, entry fees, and a 100% payout structure.
Getting into the known details, the entry fee per event is $200. From a kayak anglers perspective, that’s kind of steep for a non-headlining event. This is the standard for the Hobie Bass Open Series. Not including the Tournament Of Champions and the BOS Shootout, you’re looking at 6 overall stops across the country. If you intend on competing in all of the events, then you’re looking at $1200 in just entry fees, plus travel, lodging, and any additional gear, licenses, or whatever you might need. It’s starting to look more like a professional trail, already, where there’s a lot more risk for the potential rewards. It will be exciting to see if they can fill the 200 angler cap per event.
Checking out the schedule, you’ll see a pretty good spread, starting in Tennessee and then heading straight out to California, about two weeks later. Then, on to Kentucky Lake on the 18th & 19th of May, which is where their annually hosted Hobie Bass Open has been for years past. This will be the 6th year running, and it will be interesting to see if there’s an attitude shift with the fun factor of the event with seemingly more on the line.
After just two weeks, they’re headed to Lake Fork at the beginning of June, and then at the end of the month, they’ll head up to Michigan for Lake St. Claire. Priming up for early fall fishing at the end of the September, I’m sure they’re hoping for a solid frog bite down on Guntersville for the final stop of the series before the Shootout and the Tournament of Champions.
Details for the Shootout and TOC have not been released, just yet, but we’ll follow closely and weigh-in on the location.
As far the TOC goes, there’s only only room for the top 50 of the entire series to go. That will add a unique dynamic, as up until this point, most “major” events have been about numbers. This one is going the opposite direction, which might just be the ticket for some great media coverage and publicity.
While they haven’t given us much insight to anything, we do know that there’s a total of 7 qualifying spots for the Hobie Fishing Worlds within this series. We could assume it’s the winner of each event, but we’ll see.
They’ve hit the nail on the head with some top quality bass fisheries around the country, and we’ve seen how well their Hobie Bass Open has been received each year, so it’s definitely nerve-wrecking to see an event morph into something new, hoping for the best.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this will stand out against the current gorilla in the room, otherwise known as KBF?