3 Baits I Used to Win the Hobie Bass Open TOC

Fischer cashed a $35,000 check with her win at Eufala.
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Kristine Fischer won her biggest kayak tournament to date at Lake Eufala in Alabama. Hobie Bass Open Series

The best kayak bass anglers in the world descended on Lake Eufala in Alabama from Nov. 12 to 14 for the 2021 Hobie Tournament of Champions. After three days of fishing, I stood alone, beating out 49 other anglers, and cashing a $35,000 check to win the most prestigious tournament in our sport. I’d never fished Eufala before, but knew the fishing would be tough, and that conditions were going to change with a drop in water temperature each day. Here’s how I won the TOC.


Day 1: Warm Water and Rested Fish

  • Water temperature: Started at 61°F; ended at 68°F. Conditions were calm and cool in the morning, warming up throughout the day.

This was the warmest day of the week, and since it was a Friday, the fish had several days to rest from the previous weekend’s local bass tournament. So, I picked up…

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