Tennessee Angler, Justin Patrick, provided a dominating performance at the renowned largemouth destination of Chickamauga Lake to win the 2022 Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) event. The win also provided Patrick a $10,500 check and a ticket to the Tournament of Champions this November.
Dropshot Wins 2022 Hobie B.O.S. Lake Chickamauga
Patrick sat atop the leaderboard through both days of fishing on the winding reservoir just north of Chattanooga June 4-5. According to Hobie’s event report, Patrick implemented a drop shot along ledges.
The tactic paid off well. Patrick ended the first day with five bass totaling 97.5 inches. The Memphis-based angler tallied 102.75 inches on day two. Patrick finished the 2022 Hobie B.O.S. Lake Chickamauga tournament with 200.25 inches of largemouth scribed into his limit. His total tally 20 inches more than the next competitor, and the third-highest Hobie B.O.S. 10-fish limit of all time.
“I was torn between the shallow bite and the ledges,” Justin Patrick said at the awards podium of the 2022 Hobie B.O.S. on Lake Chickamauga.
Patrick arrived on Wednesday to practice for the weekend event and spent three days on the water finding his fishing hole and technique which would provide him the win.
“I wasn’t feeling the ledge bite until late Friday afternoon. I motored out to a spot, started catching fish on a drop shot, and that was really all I had,” Patrick explains. “Going into day one I got out to that spot pretty early and caught a 20 incher. I filled out my limit on that spot and just started exploring. There was a creek channel not far down from the ledge I was at. For whatever reason it seemed like the drop shot was all they wanted.”
Water Trail To Caddo Lake Continues
Ethan Jett, also of Tennessee, finished second, and 2021 Tournament of Champions winner Kristine Fischer capped the podium in third place. The three competitors secured a berth at the 2022 Hobie B.O.S. Tournament of Champions on Caddo Lake near Shreveport, Louisiana this November.
The Hobie B.O.S. continues June 25 at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Stay tuned to Kayak Angler for coverage of the Hobie B.O.S.