In an amazing upset, the smallest angler with the smallest fish just trounced the competition in the Hawg Bowl’s Eastern Conference Championship and is headed to the Big Dance. Nine-year-old Ryan Yi’s first ever fish has taken him on a wild ride, from a narrow victory in the October Hawg of the Month Contest to his impressive shellacking of the competition here in the Eastern Conference title game.
Through much of the week, the lead changed hands frequently and Mike B’s big ass sea bass looked to be the front-runner. Then, thanks to a good turnout of fans, Chris’ near-death steelie lept into the lead. That’s were things got interesting! Later in the day on Thursday, just hours after Chris took the top spot, Yi’s fish took a major jump forward…and buried everybody for good.
In the end, Yi, received 45.7% of the 602 votes, followed by Chris’ Steelie (20.9%) and Junior’s Frozen Steelhead was a distant third with 12.1% of the vote. For his efforts, the kid will face off on Christmas Day in the Hawg Bowl against the winner of the upcoming Western Conference Finals.
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