Hobie Bass Open at Kentucky Lake Dam Village

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June 3-5, 2016 – Epic Bass Fishing Event

If you are a kayak angler and you fish for big bass, you will want to be sure to check out the third annual Hobie Bass Open.  Presented by Marshall County Kentucky Tourism and Kentucky Dam Village, the classic event will take place at Kentucky Dam Village State Park, June 3-5, 2016.

The Hobie Bass Open will be one of a series of qualifying events in the United States and Canada for the 2016 Hobie Fishing World VI Tournament.  The winner will not only take home the crown, cash and prizes, but will also be invited to join Team USA at the World’s next fall, all expenses paid!

Anglers are invited to register for the event by logging onto iAnglerTournament.com.  There is an adult division and a youth division.

The event is conservation oriented and may be setting the accountability checkpoint pace for the way all bass tournaments might be run someday using catch, photograph and release (CPR) rules.  Tournament anglers measure and photograph their top three bass during each of the two days, to be scored by total aggregate length.  Eligible species include largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass on human-powered kayaks.   No electric motors are permitted in this one.

There are not many tournaments that pay out 100% of the entry fees, but this one does.  That means big bucks for the top anglers.  For non-competitor visitors, there is much to watch and learn from these professional kayak anglers.  Above that, visitors and families will find there is a “Hobie Fun Fest” event held simultaneously from Kentucky Dam Village Beach.  Hobie invites all competitors and the general public to bring their family and friends to join in the festivities that will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5.  The Hobie Fun Fest is FREE and adventurists who enjoy kayaking will discover the incredible opportunity to demo the many forms and sizes of Hobie kayaks, including those cool, new SUP’s (Stand-Up Paddleboards) that you can fish or catch a few comforting sunrays from.  Even elder retirees are saying that these new craft are comforting to them because they offer warm thermal sun ray heat and exercise at the same time.  Check ‘em out here.

There will be raffles and prizes, food and fun, plus media coverage and a look at big fish catching techniques to be shared by onlookers and competitors.  The 1st and 2nd place finishers will qualify for the 6th Hobie Fishing World Championship.  Along with the prize money, the overall winner will collect top prize money plus free airfare, accommodations and entry fee covered courtesy of Kentucky Dam Village and Hobie Cat Company.

Questions about the tournament location and facilities, contact Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville, KY, 42044; phone: (270) 362-4271; web link: http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/ky-dam-village

Competitors with questions can contact Hobie tournament supervisor, Morgan Promnitz, at MPromnitz@hobiecat.com.

Tournament Sponsors include Lowrance, Power-Pole, Ram Mounts, YakAttack, Fugoo, Daiwa, St.Croix Rods, Bassin’ Magazine, Marshall County Kentucky Tourism and Kentucky Dam Village.