- 2015 Hobie Bass Open winner Tyson Peterson takes 2018 crown
- Peterson and Komyati to fish Hobie World Fishing Championship 8
- Eric Siddiqi takes back one-day tournament record
- Kristine Fischer (3rd place) earns first Top Five finish by female angler
By Mike Pehanich
The 2018 Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake, won by Tyson Peterson, featured a plethora of records and firsts.
Gilbertsville, Ky — Tyson Peterson rode out rough water and a heavy charge from the field to post a 121.75-inch total and a wire-to-wire win at the 2018 Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky and Barkley lakes.
“Being the first to win the Hobie Bass Open twice and returning to the Hobie Worlds is amazing,” said Peterson who took home a $5,000 winner’s purse from the event, sponsored by Hobie Cat and the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Hobie Bass Open is a Catch/Photo/Release event with scores based on the best cumulative length drawn from three-fish daily limits. This year’s tourney featured other noteworthy performances and highlights:
- Joe Komyati’s second place finish, coming in only his second kayak bass tournament, earned him a spot on the Hobie World Fishing Championship roster with winner Tyson Peterson.
- Kristine Fischer became the first female to place in the Top Five. Her 114.75-inch total earned her third place and $2,000.
- Cincinnati area angler Eric Siddiqi saw his Hobie Bass Open one-day tournament record topped by leader Tyson Peterson on Day One, but he regained that record on Day Two with a 65-inch total.
- Defending champion Jay Wallen, also from Lexington, KY, earned a sixth place finish with a 105.25-inch total.
- Perennial contender Ron Champion (fifth place) caught 19- and 18-inch bass casting crankbaits in the final minutes of the tournament to notch a 110-inch total and another Top Five finish.
- Anthony Shingler’s 11th hour decision to fish the tournament paid off when dropshot and Carolina rigs took him to a 114-5-inch total and fourth place.
- Cole Kleffman recorded one of the tournament’s largest smallmouth, a 19-incher, to win the youth division.
- Matt Scotch, from Ft. Worth, Texas, captured the overall Big Fish crown with a 22.5-inch largemouth that edged out Eric Siddiqi’s 22.25-inch fish for top honors.
Joshua Stewart, Drew Russell, Guillermo Gonzalez and Joe Meno filled out the Top 10.
First to repeat at Hobie World Event
Peterson, who won the tournament on the same waters in 2015, is the first repeat winner in the event’s five-year history. He and runner-up Joe Komyati (117 inches) qualified for the 2019 Hobie World Fishing Championship as the tournament’s top two finishers.
Hobie will announce the site of Hobie World Championship 8 later this year.
Tyson Peterson is looking forward to his return to the event, which pits top anglers from around the world on waters few of them have fished.
“The Hobie Worlds are amazing,” said Peterson. “You pick up so much from other anglers and from fishing new waters and species.”
Does the new champ have a preferred location?
“Australia would be cool,” said Peterson. “But fishing the World’s itself is enough. The destination doesn’t matter.”