A 15-Year-Old Wins Hobie Bass Open Series on Dardanelle

The record breaking regular season of the Hobie BOS – Bass Open Series Anchored by Power-Pole Total Boat Control concluded in dramatic fashion on Lake Dardanelle today.

A 2- day cumulative total of 165 inches was caught by the top two anglers. The champion was going to come down to a big fish tie-breaker in a stacked field of 141 anglers from all over the country.

Winning the tiebreaker and the event was first-time kayak angler, 15-year-old Jackson Roumbanis (AR). Jackson was a quick learner in the kayak game and it complimented his skills as a young angler well on his home lake. His longest fish in this Catch, Photo, and Release style tournament measured 18 1/2 inches and was just enough. Jackson takes home $8,100 for this impressive showing.

Some may know but Jackson is the son of professional angler Fred Roumbains who fishes the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour and Cup events all over the country. The Roumbanis family makes their home in Russellville on Lake Dardanelle.

On the short end of the Tie-breaker was BOS veteran Francis Tran (MS). While securing his 165 inches his big fish only measured 18 inches. And although he was only 3/4-inch from winning the tie-breaker, he was still able to take home $4,200 for his equally impressive total and a 2nd place finish.

Reigning Angler of the Year, Jordan Marshall (TN) battled hard today for a strong limit and 2-day total of 163 1/2 inches. His 3rd place finish was worth $2,300.

All 3 anglers earned the final automatic qualifying spots for the upcoming $100,000 Guarantee Tournament of Champions on Caddo Lake in Shreveport – Bossier City, La.