Fifth Annual Hobie® Fishing World Championship: Team North America Gearing Up to Take the Crown Oceanside, California – September 28, 2015 – Dateline Shang Lake, China…November 9-16, 2015…Hobie Fishing World Championship (HFW5), presented by Rhino-Rack™ and hosted by Hobie Cat® Australasia. Four North American qualifier tournaments have taken place and the team has been named. Winners from each will join 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds Champion, Steve Lessard, and 2014 IFA Redfish Champion, Benton Parrott, to represent the U.S. and Canada. The six Americans and one Canadian are all gearing up, literally and mentally, to bring the Crown home.
The international field is daunting. 47 competitors from 19 countries will be vying for the chance to win the coveted World Championship title. Many competed to represent North America, including Canada, but the following five each made it to the top in their qualifying event, besting hundreds for #1 spots on the podium.
Bob Neuweiler - Jamaica Bay Classic – Brooklyn, New York
Tyson Peterson - Hobie Bass Open Kentucky Lake, Kentucky Dam Village, Gilbertsville, Kentucky
David Lesar - Border City Classic - Windsor, Ontario, Canada (representing the U.S.)
Tim Percy - Border City Classic - Windsor, Ontario, Canada (representing Canada)
Dave Jaskiewicz - IFA Kayak Tour Event - Georgetown, South Carolina
All competitors will fish for Chinese Perch, Topmouth Cutler and Yellowcheek Carp from identically rigged Hobie Mirage® Pro Angler 14’s, provided by Hobie Cat Australasia and outfitted with Lowrance® Electronics, Power-Pole® MICRO™ Anchors, RAM Mounts and YakAttack measuring boards. The tournament will be a traditional CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) format in which each competitor will enter his or her three best lengths in aggregate each day. The angler with the highest cumulative length over the three day period will be crowned Champion. Prizes will also be awarded to the top team representatives.
For more information between now and the competition, log onto hobiefishingworlds.com.