Jay Yelas talks about fishing the 1988 Red Man Tournament of Champions in Hawai’i.  Photo Brenda Serrano.

Not many anglers can say they’ve fished bass in Hawai’i, let alone fished a bass tournament there. Jay Yelas, on the other hand, can say he’s done both and not only that, he won.

Yelas qualified to fish the 1988 Operation Bass Tournament of Champions – a year-end event that took the top anglers from each Operation Bass region and pitted them against each other to determine who the best of the best was.

Operation Bass only held two TOCs in Hawaii – thus making Yelas one of two anglers to ever win a national event in the island state.

In this video, Yelas talks about the tournament and what the whole event was like. Click the video to hear what he had to say.