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!”
For more information including rules biographies, interviews, videos, location information and a whole lot more go to www.hobiefishingworlds.com