After a month of back-and-forth action, the first-ever Cheeky InstaBass Classic wrapped up in exciting fashion on September 30. Tom Hunt of Arizona won the All Tackle division with a tournament-best 21.25" smallmouth, while Brian Hasty of Virginia claimed first place in the Fly Fishing division with a 20.5” lunker.
Brian Hasty poses with his 20.5" bass caught on the fly.
The Classic’s conclusion capped off what proved to be an epic month of smallmouth bass fishing for anglers all over the country. Over 100 anglers from 23 different states competed in this year’s tournament, the first Instagram-only smallmouth bass tournament of its kind. While many participants set new personal bests during the event, the real winner was the TU Costa 5 Rivers Program. Every tournament entry helped raise money for the program, which is designed to help mold the next generation of conservative-minded anglers.
Both the All Tackle and Fly Fishing divisions saw leaderboard changes down to the very last day as anglers hit their honey holes in search of the winning bass. Rounding out the podium for the All Tackle division was Cody Rubner of the University of Maine, who pulled in a 21.00” personal best, followed closely by Joel Anderson, who caught and released a 20.75” smallmouth in Massachusetts. In the Fly Fishing Division, college angler Daniel Zazworksy of Pennsylvania landed a 19.50” bass for second, while Cody Ruber found his way back onto the podium with a 18.00” smallmouth for third.
Cheeky would like to thank everyone who participated in the InstaBass Classic and helped raise money for the TU Costa 5 Rivers Program, as well as all of the Cheeky InstaBass Classic sponsors. The tournament could not have happened with your support!