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Vinkeveen Plassen, Friday October 10, 2014  – The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack came to a close today as 47 of the world’s best kayak anglers tussled for, not only the prized world champion title, but for the bragging rights of being a top ten finisher in an incredibly competitive field. After the third day of action on the water at the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack, a new world champion Steve Lessard from Baton Rouge in the USA was crowned.

The day started out with the national anthem of the Netherlands being played over the waters of Vinkeveen Plassen for the last time during the competition, as anglers stood with a sense of anticipation and excitement, mixed with a feeling of sadness at the realization that the annual Hobie event was coming to a close for 2014. The Power-Pole starting line looked amazing in the early morning twilight as anglers began to jostle for a front row position to briskly head to their favoured location in the crucial early hours of fishing in the final session.

Lessard was nervous but excited as daylight began to break on the Power-Pole starting line. He pedaled off on the final day of his first world championship with the attitude to just do his best. He worked the same area in the far small lake of Boshol that had given him the numbers to sit in second position after day one. On day two Boshol presented him with the Pike and Perch that moved him to the top of the Lowrance Leader Board with a 252cm aggregate score and giving him a 72cm lead going into day three.

The weather conditions were a great improvement today. It was reasonably windy early and picked up a further 10 km/h around 9am with an associated temperature drop that saw the coolest period throughout the event. As the front passed the wind slowly subsided and for the first time waves danced on the water in a more rhythmic, rather than the chaotic fashion that had made life so uncomfortable on the southern side of the lakes for anglers on competition days one and two.

Fish refused to strike early in the morning with Lessard beginning to become a little panicky as fish resisted his power presentations. If tempted at all, they were timid on the take, when most anglers thought the fish would show their most aggressive nature. The Pike appeared to generally like the conditions a little later in the day and were hungry to feed from around 9am when they began to respond to teasing lures and smashed those that were presented to them with an identifiable shake and a roll.

There were obvious changes in strategy by a lot of anglers today with areas of the arena that had previously seen a lot of fishing deserted and other spots like the small lake of Boshol to the south, more crowded than at any other time over the past three days.

Lessard was ecstatic after finding out his score today of 112cm from a Pike measuring in at 83cm and a Perch at 29cm was enough to win him the world championship.

“Wow! What a tournament, what a world championship! I am so excited to have won. I just can’t tell everyone at home how much I thank them for their support all these years, I’m just thrilled. The competition here is just incredible. A wonderful tournament staff accommodated us in every way, thank you so much. Thank you to all of the competitors for being so courteous, working together and for the tough competition. Anyone of us could have won, it’s just that it was my day and I want to once again thank everyone who has supported me, Wow!”

“Today I struggled for the first two hours with the pattern that I was on yesterday. That pattern didn’t pan out so I had to make an adjustment and the power fishing that I had been doing was not working. The fish had moved and I went to finesse fishing, I went to a small jig and I caught my first Pike and was able to stay with that pattern and upgrade that Pike to another one. I went from a 65cm up to an 83cm with my second Pike. Then I went Perch fishing and immediately I got it in the area that I wanted to be in I caught the biggest Perch, I caught in the Tournament a 28. So I’m just very, very excited”.

Silver Medalist Kyle Moxon from Ontario, Canada was always up for a real battle with Lessard and landing five Pike showed this excited, 24 year old was real class.

 “I’m lost for words right now, I held my second position. I couldn’t catch the American but I had a great time. I’d like to thanks everyone at home for all of the support it’s been awesome and I’m really happy to represent my country here and I’m sorry I didn’t bring the title home but I’m happy with my second. I caught five Pike today my biggest went 66cm and I went after Perch and my biggest went 28cm. I’ve been at a lot of tournaments at home but this is the biggest stage that I have been on. What a great time, what great people this has been a real special experience”.


Having won a tournament just over two weeks ago to qualify and limited in preparation time bronze medalist Kevin Varty from Nowra, New South Wales, Australia was mesmerised by his podium finish after having come from a long way back at seventeenth position overnight.


“On day one of fishing I didn’t catch any fish at all and I was pretty unhappy with that. On day two I got a 76cm Pike on 3lb braid and 3lb leader and that put my heart in my mouth there for a few minutes. I was panicking a bit for a while there. Then just as I got him in the net the line broke, but I had him, so that was all good. Coming into today I just didn’t know what to expect. Could I get another Pike? I didn’t know, but I just went back to the same spot I’d been to the previous day and did the same thing. Just casting under the trees and letting the lure sink to the bottom, slowly hopping it back to the kayak and it paid off, I got my Pike at 95cm.


Then I went after the Perch. I got one at 30cm and I was just about to take the photo and he flew off the measuring board and into the drink. I was really panicking then, shouting out ‘Oh! No’. I quickly cast my rod back into the same spot and I pulled out one at 35cm.


Seriously this is a great place, I love being here, I just had a great time. Great sponsors, great people, everybody’s been awesome. I couldn’t have imagined it could be so good and I’m stoked to be third in the world”.


Rhino-Rack the tournament naming rights sponsor has supported the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship in an absolutely incredible way. Ernie Fernandez from Rhino- Rack was present at every moment throughout the event and was overjoyed with the way the tournament was run and won.


“The event was a great success, all of the anglers are back after three days of competition which at times was a tough slog in some challenging conditions. The main thing is that everyone got out there to enjoy their fishing and each day positions in the top ten were a really close fought battle. For newly crowned world champion Steve Lessard, it was a well, deserved win. He is the ‘Pike Whisperer’ for the tournament and he really knew how to catch that fish. Today for every strike, the fish was landed, so congratulations to a very competent and professional angler”.


The now famous ‘Elusive Zander’ was the target for a portion of the field today, who found themselves at the bottom of the ladder with no chance to catch the leaders. Hobie Kayaks Europe had graciously provided a prize of a Hobie Revo11 kayak for the biggest Zander caught over 52cm as an incentive for the anglers . Zander was even more so than previously, the prize catch of the tournament. As other competitors caught their Pike and Perch double, they joined in the Zander hunt. It is one of the great mysteries of the tournament, Zander remain exclusively, elusive and the question has to be asked ‘Where do the Zander Meander’. The Revo 11 kayak stays with Hobie Kayaks Europe.


The top ten on the Lowrance Leader Board at the end of the Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack, has a surprising twist from yesterday’s positions with some great leaps up the ladder, to knock off some in what appeared to be comfortable positions. The top ten at the end of the world championship are:

  1. Steve Lessard   USA   364cm
  2. Kyle Moxon   Canada   274cm
  3. Kevin Varty   Australia   206cm
  4. Edi Brader   Austria   196cm
  5. Justin Ritchey   USA   185cm
  6. Scott Baker   Australia   179cm
  7. Rob Appleby Goudberg   Great Britain   174cm
  8. Jonathon Chen   Australia   165cm
  9. Patrick McQuarrie   Australia   161cm
  10. Lars Lundberg   Sweden   157cm   

The Lowrance Leader Board may have had a lot of twists and turns throughout the tournament, but Steve Lessard from the USA performed so consistently, that the “Pike Whisperer from Louisiana” was always destined to be the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Champion. 

You did an absolutely brilliant job Hobie Kayak Europe. Congratulations on all of the hard work in getting this wonderful tournament to be such a momentous occasion for all competing anglers, their followers, their families and lovers of the sport of kayak fishing worldwide.


What a tournament! What a champion!
Bring on Worlds 2015.

The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack could not have gone ahead without the great support of our tournament sponsors Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts.

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Lessard-leaps-aheadOctober 9, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Thursday October 9, 2014  – The penultimate day of 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack commenced today from the Power-Pole starting line with half the field needing a massive day to stay in the race for the championship title. The leading group of four anglers, headed by Richard Somerton from Australia, were the only competitors to have bagged two fish and were sitting on scores over the hundred mark. There was a spread in the top ten of 72 cm from number one down to ten with twenty five anglers giving Somerton a 142cm head start today.

The weather, conditions, improved slightly throughout today with a drop in wind velocity that had troubled anglers yesterday in the open water and southern sides of the lakes. The rain that had been present at times yesterday and over night, stayed away from the tournament arena. Patches of open, blue sky were visible for the first time and the temperature remained reasonably mild.

Today the fishing was reasonable early, as the day was developing and while the overnight cloud cover had not broken. If you could find them, Perch and Pike were on the bite if teased while lying in wait of their prey in most locations around the three lake areas. Like yesterday no Zander were caught by any angler from any nation and Zander remains the prize catch of the tournament.

Richard Somerton’s huge Perch measuring 47cm yesterday is still the largest of the species caught with Jason Reid from Australia giving chase today, landing a 45cm Perch early on. The largest Pike at 106cm yesterday maintained the top spot as the biggest Pike caught today by Daniel van der Post from the Netherlands came in at 101cm.

The priority of most anglers today was to land a Pike and then Perch and once happy with one of each species on their camera cards, they then took the opportunity to chase the elusive Zander that has so far not been caught in the tournament.

Having no time or area limitations placed on competitors today meant that the chances of seeing a competitor bring back a full bag of one Pike, Perch and a Zander for the first time were high.

Unfortunately, as it turned out the “elusive Zander” remains exactly that, and none was brought aboard a Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak today.

Steve Lessard from Baton Rouge in the USA, who went into today in second place behind Richard Somerton, now sits in a very comfortable position at the top of the Lowrance Leader Board.

“Today went well, my game plan came together, I knew I had to get my Pike early before this weather change hit. I knew we were going to have a weather change with sun and bright blue skies and that was going to move the fish so I knew I had to get them early. I got my Pike early and then I switched over to Perch, I got a couple of Perch. I went through about a dozen before I got a keeper. I tried the rest of the day to upgrade but conditions worsened and it was more and more difficult as the day went on to catch Perch at all. So I was fortunate to get what I have early”.

Kyle Moxon from Ontario in Canada was in eigth place going into today and has moved up the ladder just holding on to second position after two days of competition.

“Today I was sitting in eigth place, so I thought I’d put on some big baits and string for the fence as some people would say. I caught a Pike early on and then I went right away to try to catch a Perch. I caught a good size Perch and then I went to upgrade my Pike and it was just one problem after another out there, so hopefully it holds up”.

Rob Appleby Goudberg from Great Britain has been performing consistently over the two days of the tournament and with a fifth place standing after day one he has now moved up to challenge the lead in third position.

“Today started off very quiet, I knew if I was to get a big Pike it would be in the first 90 minutes and it didn’t happen. So I decided on a bit of a game changer, I went to get some Perch instead and got a Pike which was good news! I spent the rest of the day chasing Perch. I had two which were undersize then I lost a good sized Perch right next to the kayak. It’s been difficult there’s no doubt about it, but let’s just say, yeah, it’s been a good day”.

Dan Andre Aarsvold from Norway was one of the big movers on the Lowrance Leader Board today, jumping from thirteenth position to now sit in fourth place and within reach of a podium finish if he has a good day tomorrow.

“Today was alright for me, I caught a Pike very early and then I also lost one very early.

The one that I measured was 76 or 77 something like that. I also caught an undersized Perch, so all in all it was a good day. I have at least three places now where lives Pike so I’ll be there first thing in the morning”.

Going into the world championship European champion Daniel van der Post from the Netherlands was the tournament favourite. After a tough day one presenting no fish, today was his day to turn things around. And turn things around he did recovering from no score to sixth place at the end of day two.

“ I had quite a good day I think. I started really well I hooked a large Pike in the first five minutes or so, so it was a good start. It was just over a metre so it really helped me with that. So from then on I was targeting Perch and Zander. I caught a few smaller Perch and midday I found a bigger Perch . I lost one that was 30cm or so next to my kayak but lucky enough about five minutes later I caught another one, his brother or sister I was happy with that. After that I was going for the Zander but the Zander was difficult as was expected. It was a good day today”.

Patrick McQuarrie from Australia was in the top ten yesterday with an 85cm Pike but has fallen into sixteenth place after a tough day on the water today.

“I started the day out confidently,sitting in sixth place. I headed to the same place that I caught my Pike yesterday, fished the same technique in the same canals and all I could catch today were some undersized Perch. It was pretty disappointing day for me, but I’m going to get out there tomorrow and give it another crack”.

Ma Xiao Hong from Chengdu in China had a better day today and now has a score on the board and sits in twenty fourth place.

“I was very lucky, it didn’t take too long, maybe in the first half hour, I caught my first fish which was a Pike at 54cm. Then I tried to fish for a bigger one and nothing showed up. Then I turned on another occasion to fish for some Perches and I caught a lot of undersized Perches. But after all it was a lovely day and I am wishing to have the same sort of luck tomorrow. Thank you to all”.

Kevin Varty from Nowra, in New South Wales, Australia had a much better day today on the Netherland’s lake, which took him up to seventh place.

“I went a little better today, I managed to get a 76cm on 3lb braid and 3lb fluro leader. Just as I got the net under him and Snap! the line broke. Luckily I caught him just as he went into the net. I lost a couple of other Pike, smaller ones and I couldn’t land a decent Perch. I’m feeling a lot better today than I was at the end of yesterday”.

Frantisek Zderka from Jarok in Slovakia is fishing in his first Hobie Fishing World Championship and is grateful for the privilege to just be here in Vinkeveen Plassen competing against the world’s best kayak anglers.

“Water conditions were very good but yesterday’s problem of rain changed with the sun. I did not catch big fish, only little Perch under 25cm. I am very happy that I got an invitation to the world championship. I am having a lot of fun because there are a lot of very good people here”.

The top ten on the Lowrance Leader Board after day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack, sees three new faces appear and a shuffling of the remaining positions. Amazingly nine different nations are now represented in the top ten which is testament to the strength, equality and diversity of international kayak fishing. The top ten as at the end of day two are:

  1. Steve Lessard USA 252cm
  2. Kyle Moxon CAN 180cm
  3. Rob Appleby Goudberg UK 174cm
  4. Dan Andre Aarsvold NOR 143cm
  5. Richard Somerton AUS 142cm
  6. Daniel van der Post NLD 130cm
  7. Staffan Jorup SWE 123cm
  8. Johnson Lee SGP 122cm
  9. Gianluca Aramini ITA 104cm
  10. Justin Ritchey USA 99cm

[Full Results Table]

Despite Steve Lessard’s comfortable lead, the final day of competition could see anything happen. It appears that everything is far from predictable in this year’s Hobie Fishing World Championship, particularly the fish.

After two days Zander have been seen and brought alongside at least one Hobie kayak but never landed. The question still remains, will anyone catch the elusive Zander and be the first to log in all three predators? And if so, could that Zander be the fish that wins the world championship for one lucky angler?


Tomorrow we find out!

The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack could not have gone ahead without the great support of our tournament sponsors Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts.

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Day One is in the books!October 9, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Wednesday October 8, 2014  –

The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack got off to a great start yesterday as competitors from the 20 nations commenced the first of three days of competition. As daylight hinted its presence anglers stood for the national anthem of the Netherlands and then with the cry of “Power-Poles up” the tournament director sounded a siren for the start of what is already building to be a fantastic event.

The weather, which could be a big leveling factor in the tournament demonstrated by yesterday’s extreme conditions, was uncomfortable at times but never threatening. Widespread rain pelted down occasionally during the day, consistent winds blew at around 35kmh and forced many anglers to fish in protected canals, away from the rough open water and the southern side of the lakes.

There was no reduced session time placed on competitors by the tournament director today. With a 7:30 am start anglers were open to fish the whole arena and were required to hand in their measuring boards and key tags by 3:00pm. A safety system devised to allow event organisers to monitor the arrival of all anglers back at the Rhino-Rack Event Site.

With the first day of competition over, any angler can still take out the title but the bottom half need to improve greatly over the next two days. Day two will separate the field and if any of the top performers from yesterday do well today, it could set them up in a position from which they will be hard to dismantle.

No matter what position anglers are sitting in this morning they shared a day on the water that they will never forget. For all the memories will be good ones but for half the field being on the scored board would improve those memories greatly.

Lars Lundberg from Sweden had a tough time in the Daiwa Pre Fish Day but was really happy to be out on the water for the first day of competition.

“It was an interesting day on the water, the fish were not really biting that well, I caught a few small Perch and I had a couple of Pikes that were too small. I had a few good bites but they were very careful and just spat it out straight away. All in all it was quite a tough day and when the wind picked up I tried to change to the other side of the lake, from the south to the north and I carried on trying and trying, I put my best lures on but they did not appreciate them”.

Staffan Jorup from Stockholm in Sweden is competing in his second Hobie Fishing World Championship after his first experience in Australia last year.

“Today was not fantastic I caught a couple of smaller Perch and then I tried for Pike but I didn’t manage to get one. I hope to get a Pike tomorrow instead. The weather was on and off, in came a little shower but it was ok I think. The wind came up a bit in the afternoon but it was still ok, I think”.

Manfred Gerg from a small town outside of Heidelberg in Germany had a great day in the Daiwa Pre Fish and was unlucky, but happy with his day one on the Vinkeveen Plassen.


“Today was a better day for the strikes, but not for catching the fish. In the morning I was expecting to go for the Zander, I got two strikes for the Zander droping lures to the bottom and lifting the lure up slowly maybe 50cm and then dropping it down. Then I changed my water going to the south side of the lake. Going to fish for a Pike, I caught three small Pike and when I worked my way back across the lake, when it was windy, the Pike were getting larger but they were difficult to catch with no sting on the bite. I lost a large one on the landing, I got him through the gills and on the landing a large wave came from behind and I dropped it”.

The 2011 world champion Scott Baker from Mornington in Victoria, Australia was upbeat about competing in his fourth straight world championship.

“I had a really good day today, I fished with Richard (Somerton) but I dropped a couple of Perch early on and Richard caught a few. Then we headed into a bay, came out and I got a 68cm Pike, and my legs started to shake. I couldn’t even pedal I was that excited. I dropped a couple of other fish near the boat, but that’s fishing. I watched Richard land some absolute behemoths, so that was great fun”.

Steve Lessard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in southern USA, enjoyed his first day in a Hobie Fishing World Championship. He was interviewed after coming straight off the water and unknown to him at the time he finished day one of the world championship sitting in second place.

“I’m so excited to be here and day one of competition is over, it’s in the books. I had an awesome day. I caught two out of the three species which was very satisfying. I got a Pike and a Perch, a very nice Pike and my Perch is a legal Perch, it’s a 25 but that’s good enough. I’m very excited to try and duplicate that tomorrow and if so, I’ll be in good shape”.

Outstanding Australian angler Richard Somerton form Melbourne and the current World Champion has again confirmed his status, as one of the elite anglers of any kind in the world today, by leading the tournament after day one.

“I did alright today, it started off pretty slow, I could find fish but getting them to bite was pretty hard. I ended up getting a couple of Perch pretty early, so that was alright. Then I gave Scottie (Baker) a bit of a hand with one of his fish and then I picked up a nice Pike myself. I upgraded a Perch later on, while looking for Zander. It was a cracking Perch too, 47 I think”.

The top ten on the Lowrance leader board after day one of the Hobie Fishing World Championship sees a healthy mix of nationalities.

  1. Richard Somerton AUS 142cm
  2. Steve Lessard USA 132cm
  3. Johnson Lee SIN 122cm
  4. Gianluca Aramini ITA 104cm
  5. Rob Appleby Goudberg UK 98cm
  6. Patrick McQuarrie AUS 85cm
  7. James Darke NZ 85cm
  8. Kyle Moxon CAN 84cm
  9. Justin Carter USA 79cm
  10. Justin Ritchey USA 70cm

[Full Results Table]

At the event dinner tonight Tournament director Keeton Eoff compared the start of the world championship today with the 2012 event in America.

“The spread of anglers in the top ten spans seven different countries and is a reflection of the way the 2nd Hobie Fishing World Championship began in Texas in 2012. Many including those outside of the leaders have a chance to improve their positions on day two, just as happened in the USA”.

Day two is set to be the turning point in the world championship for competitors, who will either see all chance of a podium finish disappear, their positions improved and moving them into a situation where a lucky day three could give them a chance taking a place anywhere in the top ten or for some consolidate further a potential winning position.

As it stands at the completion of day one, anyone still can become the champion of the world, with two solid performances and a little luck thrown in. With day one’s Lowrance Leader Board now posted, there will be a change of plans for many anglers and for those at the top of the board, possibly a repeat of the same successful tactics already employed. However, this is fishing and you need to be where the fish are and where the fish are biting, then lure presentation and lure choice come into play. If this mix doesn’t gel together, the fish won’t come aboard anglers Hobie Pro Angler 12’s and the points required won’t go on the board.

Will anyone catch the elusive Zander and be the first to log in all three predators. Let’s hope the fish are on the bite for day two of this brilliant Hobie Fishing World Championship.

The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack could not have gone ahead without the great support of our tournament sponsors Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts.

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Day one of competition weather reportOctober 8, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Wednesday October 8, 2014  – Day one of competition is upon us in the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack. As our competitors make their last minute adjustments the weather predictions are for significantly calmer conditions than yesterday on the event arena.

Anglers will have a full day on the water with no adjustments to the schedule as winds are set to continue from the South but at a more consistent and agreeable 23km/h (14mph). Temperatures are expected to reach a cool 12ºC (53.6ºF) with good cloud cover and a 60% chance of rain.

We will keep you updated as the day progresses with reports from the Rhino-Rack Event Site.

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Daiwa Pre-Fish DayOctober 7, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Tuesday October 7, 2014  – The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack took a step closer to competition today as 47 extremely excited international anglers loaded their tackle and pedaled off from the Power-Pole starting line in their Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayaks. All competitors were eager to have their first taste of targeting the big predators, the Pike, Zander and Perch of Vinkeveen Plassen in the Daiwa Pre Fish Day.

The weather was windy, blowing at approximately 20kph with patches of light rain as anglers took off at first light. Their anxious wait to employ what they had learned on the Lowrance Navigation Day yesterday was over and it was time to pick up some hard earned knowledge that will be needed to chisel back the advantage held by the Dutch anglers who regularly chase the fearsome predatory species that terrorise the smaller fish in Vinkeveen Plassen.

Anglers spread out across the three areas of the arena. They travelled to the deep channels on the east, to locations around the Dutch polders to the west, and to closely guarded secret locations unknown to anyone but themselves. They went out on the north and on south sides of Vinkeveen Plassen, which is divided by a road, each side accessible via a channel under a drawbridge and some fished the small adjoining lake of Botsholl, in the far south.

Competitors moved around the arena looking at a variety of options, not staying too long in any one particular place, making the most of the non-competitive nature of today’s fishing. Anglers were confirming or throwing away plans that they had tentatively made after yesterday’s navigation session, when they sounded out what lay within the depths of the lake.

From today’s session Justin Ritchey from Orlando in the USA realised he needed to return to basics after his time on the water in the Daiwa Pre Fish Day.

“I definitely felt like I over prepared for a tournament as big as this, with all its hype and excitement. I think a lot of people including myself got a little worked up and tried to over prepare for what they actually needed on the water. When you’re comfortable doing a certain type of fishing you only need to do a handful of things. I think I took my whole tackle box on the water in the Daiwa Pre Fish Day today and I tried fifteen to twenty different lures. Now, I realized I’m going to feel a whole lot more comfortable only throwing three or four for the whole world championship tournament. I now know exactly what colours I want to throw and I know exactly what presentation I want to throw. I weeded out a lot of loose ends today, in a pretty short period of time”.

After yesterday’s Lowrance Navigation Day many anglers were pleased with the outcome of the plans they had developed overnight, confirming today that they had made the right choices. Numerous anglers caught a lot of Perch and many had their first Pike on board. We witnessed one angler practice using his 1.2m Yak Attack measuring board measuring a 94cm Pike. There was a lot of smaller fish caught today but a wide variation of legal lengths caught, as well ranging up to a huge Pike that’s length, the ecstatic angler refused divulge except to say that, “It was massive”. At this stage no reports of Zander catches have filtered through to the Ram Mounts Media Room.

Others competitors, not having achieved their hopes for today, found the scenario they had worked on didn’t pay off and they now have to come up with a completely different strategy and approach for the first day of competition. Some believe, that while their plans didn’t pay off for them today, they might just work for them tomorrow. Only time will tell.

Herve Martin from Tours in France has found his starting location for day one of competition from today’s exercise.

“This morning I tried to find a spot for Zander, but I think I also found a good spot for Perch as well. I caught a good one, which was around 26cm to 27cm, so it was a good one for me. After I tried to catch another one, I got a heavy bite and it probably was a Zander because the tail on my lure was deeply scratched and I don’t think the Perch can do this. So from that experience I think tomorrow morning it should be a good spot to start”.

At the daily briefing held at 6:30am this morning at the Rhino-Rack Event Centre anglers had been warned that a predicted change in weather conditions around 2pm would see a turn for the worse. As a safety precaution the tournament director Keeton Eoff reduced angler’s time on the water and stipulated that all Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayaks should be back at the Daiwa Launch Location by 1pm.

As the day went on weather conditions were comfortable but unstable as they continually fluctuated, the wind, dark clouds and rain, coming on suddenly and for the most part passing just as quickly.

Then at around 11:45am conditions on the southern lake started to deteriorate earlier than expected, surprising more than a few anglers. Wave sizes increased significantly, whipped up by stronger winds causing anglers to move to shelter.

By 12:00pm things became more serious with winds over 60kph, lightening, hail, teaming rain and unexpectedly large waves. Kayakers who hadn’t already done so, sought any shelter they could find.

As safety comes first, all competitors are supplied with, and must wear Hobie Yoke PFDs, they are instructed to exercise safety as a priority and with three rescue craft actively patrolling the arena, all anglers were accounted for and safely returned to the Daiwa Launch Site by 1:00pm.

Conditions are set to improve tomorrow for the first competition day of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack. After twelve months of planning and preparation, it’s time to complete the final task. Perch, Pike, Zander Beware! Warning Notice issued.

We’ll be back with you for an early morning weather report and updates throughout the day, progress scores, a daily report and a photo gallery will be posted late in the day, Amsterdam time.


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Lowrance Navigation Day & Welcome DinnerOctober 7, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Tuesday October 7, 2014  –

The 4th Hobie® Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack got off to an excellent start yesterday, as anglers took to the waters of Vinkeveense Plassen in windy and choppy conditions.

The tournament venue of Vinkeveen is located approximately 20km outside the beautiful, canal lined city of Amsterdam. The region surrounds a huge man made lake, which was carved out of a low-lying peat wetland area, over a period of hundreds of years. This continual, long-term peat cutting has created bodies of water that separate narrow strips of land housing shacks, gardens and natural vegetation. The deep, cut out, canals offer protection from wind and related heavy chop when conditions turn foul. The small islands, where the cut out peat was originally piled to dry, provide structural habitat and overhangs from which the predatory Pike, Zander and Perch ambush their prey.

Vinkeveen was a buzz yesterday morning as anglers from 20 countries spanning 4 continents prepared for their first session on the tournament arena. The Lowrance Navigation Day provided the opportunity for competitors to reconnoiter the venue before the commencement of the three-day competition.

Hobie Kayak Europe supplied and kitted out the 50, of the new 2015 model Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayaks for the event. Seen for the first time on European waters yesterday, you could literally feel the excitement as the world championship anglers prepared the kayaks for the first time.

Personalised with individual competitor names and national flags on the bow of each boat, and branded with Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts sponsor decals, the lineup of kayaks was a sight to see as they gathered together on the water.

The rules for the session forbid any fishing tackle to be taken aboard the kayaks yesterday. Anglers were allowed to make visual observations and gather information about structure, locations, distances, and water conditions only. Using the Lowrance Elite 4 HDI sounders, mounted on the H-rail of each Hobie kayak, they surveyed the topography of the lakebed to locate and identify underwater structure and vegetation as well as locate areas where fish were congregating and to identify the species.

Staffan Jorup from Sweden offered his thoughts about the Lowrance Navigation Day. “It was incredible I had a steep learning curve and now have a good feeling about tomorrow. I can’t wait to see if the Pike I saw on the sounder will bite the lure as well. The weather will be interesting tomorrow. Different reports say that the fishing is going to be good, but others say that it may not be as good, so tomorrow may have a few surprises because I saw some big fish today”.

James Darke from New Zealand had this to say about his navigation session on Vinkeveense Plassen today. “I had a day off the water today, I had bad back issues, so I thought that if I was to miss a day on the water it might as well be the day I’m not fishing. I’ll try and make up for it tomorrow, get out and find fish and scout, all at the same time. Today I walked as far as I could around the arena on foot and a came across several Perch. I didn’t see any Pike or Zander, but as far as the Perch are concerned, I saw several that were over 40cm, so it will be interesting to see what’s hanging around when things get started”.

Ivan Pedro Aspas Asnar Spain’s sole representative said. “It was a great day for navigation. I found about 25 waypoints. I also saw several schools of fish with large predators underneath and I’ve got a couple of little secret locations that I’m going to investigate tomorrow”.

Sam Fu the Team manager of the Chinese team spoke on behalf of the competitors in the Chinese squad.n “The team has had pedaled around the whole lake, the south side and the north side and we have found a lot of Pike and groups of Perch, we haven’t seen any Zander yet but we have been working out some tactics so that in the Pre Fish Day we can catch one of them”.

Two time, Hobie Fishing World Championship competitor and Netherlands representative Daniel van der Post believed the navigation day to be a valuable exercise, but tomorrow is a higher level of importance. “I think the navigation day was well organized, Hobie had some good local fishermen show the competitors the area and all the potential fishing spots. Tomorrow the Daiwa Pre Fish Day will be more important when each angler can find his own way on the Vinkeveense Plassen”.

The official welcoming dinner closed out the day. Each angler was invited up to say a few words and receive their “Goodie Pack” donated by the event sponsors and Hobie Kayaks Europe. The great night was one of humour, camaraderie and team bonding, but anglers now have the rest of the night to think about the observations they made and the knowledge they gained on the water during navigation.

Some will share parts of their discoveries, others may share all they learned and others will keep the information gained to them selves. But all anglers will be putting the ideas they have formulated into practice today, in their first chance to take on the Perch, Zander and the massive Pike of Vinkeveen in the non-competitive Daiwa Pre Fish Day. A day that will provide, these elite kayak anglers the necessary information to develop a plan of attack to employ on Tuesday, the opening day of competition.

There is no doubt, the excitement continues to build!

The Hobie Fishing World Championship IV presented by Rhino-Rack could not have gone ahead without the great support of our tournament sponsors Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts.

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RegistrationOctober 5, 2014

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Vinkeveen Plassen, Sunday October 5, 2014 – After yesterday’s early arrivals the bulk of competitors from around the world are converging on the Vinkeveen venue for the 4th Hobie® Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack.

The day was chilly with a 10kph breeze blowing from the NE across the lake as unloading of equipment from trucks moved into top gear. Throughout the rest of the day the hard working team from Hobie Kayaks Europe was busily setting up the new 2015 model Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayaks. Each Pro Angler 12 was fully kitted out with accessories for competitors, including Lowrance sounders, Power-Pole Micro Anchors and Ram mounts.

The massive YakAttack 1.2m measuring boards, attached top each kayak using Hobie’s new H-Rail system, are gathering noticeable attention from competitors who now realize just how big and difficult to handle some of their catches may turn out to be. All Pike, Zander and Perch caught, will be placed on the measuring board, photographed from directly above, to record their length, and released to swim away.

Today the anglers are not permitted on the arena waters and are here simply to register for the event, settle in and relax, get to know each other and to become familiar with their surrounding environment.

Tomorrow is the Lowrance Navigation Day where anglers have their first chance to get on the arena waters. However, they are not permitted to carry any fishing tackle of any kind with them. It is designed for competitors to become familiar with their Lowrance Elite 4 HDI sounders use them to scan the bottom of the lake for topographical variations, depths, structure and fish. They will travel, pedaling with their new and more powerful Hobie MirageDrive® with Glide Technology to assess distance, times taken to get to locations and to find areas where they feel they have a good chance of catching fish.

The Lowrance Navigation Day gives each competitor the first chance to build a strong knowledge base, followed by a second opportunity on Tuesday, which is the noncompetitive Daiwa Pre Fish Day. After these two days of assessment, combined with their earlier research, competitors will formulate their strategy and tactics for day one of the world championship on Wednesday.

The small host village of Vinkeveen, is filled with fluttering blue and white Hobie flags that signify that the world championship has come to town. The positive vibe, generating from the event build up, is spreading among the local population as the tournament’s infrastructure builds and as the international competitors walk among them for the first time.

On Monday morning anglers from around the world will wake up to the reality of why they are here in Vinkeveen. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s time to get the 4th Hobie® Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack started.

“Give it all you’ve got!”

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The First ArrivalsOctober 4, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Vinkeveen Plassen, Saturday October 4, 2014 – After a year of planning, organization and worldwide qualifying tournaments the first competitors have finally begun to arrive at the Venkeveen Plassen venue, just outside Amsterdam, for the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack.

The Australian team of eight, including the current world champion Richard Somerton from Melbourne in Victoria and 2011 world champion Scott Baker from Mornington in Victoria lead the team. The remaining six competitors who are all experienced kayak tournament anglers are appearing in their first world championship. Brett Crowe, Kevin Varty, Simon Morley, Patrick McQuarrie, Jason Reid and Jonathan Chen all won their places in this year’s world championship by finishing first or second in one of three world championship qualifying rounds that were held in different Australian locations.

While the Aussie contingent, are all experienced anglers, some with international tournament and recreational fishing experience, none have targeted all three species that they will be chasing in the world championship. This is a typical scenario that is reflected in the bios of many of the competitors in all teams from outside of the Netherlands.

Anglers from the 20 nations seeking the prized Hobie Fishing World Championship crown, will arrive tomorrow for check in. The sense of anticipation and excitement already obvious in the Australians will grow as the North American, Asian, European, New Zealand and Israel teams begin rolling in to Vinkeveen.

Even as this report is being prepared more eager early arrivals are appearing at the event location. Ian “DizzyFishHarris from the United Kingdom and Ivan Pedro Aspas Aznar from Spain have joined in the early excitement.

The tournament’s past reputation, while always a highly competitive and fiercely fought event, remains an occasion where liked minded people who share a great passion get together and socialise, talk fishing, make lasting friendships and go away a richer person for having been part of this truly unique event. The 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack is sure to continue this exceptional tradition started in Port Macquarie, Australia 4 years ago.

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The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack could not have gone ahead without the great support of our tournament sponsors Rhino-Rack, Daiwa, Lowrance, Power-Pole and Ram Mounts.

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Radio InterviewsOctober 3, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

Have a listen to our series of in depth radio interviews in which Steve Morgan from Australia’s Fishing Monthly catches up with some of the competitors and organisers of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship.

Keeton Eoff – Tournament Director USA

Richard Somerton – AUS

Scott Baker – AUS

Tom Michael – USA

Patrick McQuarrie – AUS

Justin Carter – USA

Steve Fields – Organiser

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Final Australian Hobie Worlds QualifierSeptember 10, 2014

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The final, Australian, Worlds Qualifier is set to kick off this weekend, the 13th and 14th of September at St Georges Basin on the News South Wales South Coast.


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