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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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Results Day 1October 8, 2014

News / Results - By: Hobie Fishing

Current world champion Richard Somerton from Australia defends his title on day one of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship with a total of 142cm for two fish. Team USA’s Steve Lessard is currently placed second with two for 132cm followed in third by Johnson Lee from Singapore with an aggregate length of 122cm for 2 fish. (more…)

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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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Image Gallery – Daiwa Pre-Fish DayOctober 7, 2014

News / Photo Gallery - By: Hobie Fishing

With all anglers returned to the Rhino-Rack Event Site from the shortened Daiwa Pre-Fish Day, there was still plenty of time for some quality fishing!

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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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Image Gallery – Lowrance Navigation DayOctober 6, 2014

News / Photo Gallery - By: Hobie Fishing

47 Anglers receive a detailed run though of their fully rigged 2015 Hobie Pro Angler 12’s at this morning’s briefing prior to heading out for the Lowrance Navigation Day.


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RegistrationOctober 5, 2014

News / Press Release - By: Hobie Fishing

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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Image Gallery – SetupOctober 5, 2014

News / Photo Gallery - By: Hobie Fishing

The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12s are having their final adjustments as the 47 competitors from around the world begin arriving at check-in. It’s getting very close now! Check out the gallery below as we keep you updated throughout the day.


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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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