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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:24

5th Annual Hobie Fishing World Championship Team North America Announced

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Team North America is set for the fifth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship kayak fishing tournament. The North American kayak fishing team will have their hands full with 47 competitors from 19 different countries all fishing Shang Lake China for Chinese perch, topmouth cutler, and yellowcheek Carp. Read the full press release below.

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

Kayak fishing in China

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.

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:41
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


# biyakboats 2015-09-29 17:13
Dave Jaskiewicz won both of the IFA tournaments for our region this year. In the qualifier he not only won the tournament, he had a bonus for biggest redfish and a bonus for biggest trout. He had bonuses for catching each of the biggest fish on Penn reels, and he won a bucket of Gulp bait as a door prize. Total domination! That guy can flat out fish.

Go US!

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