2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds Qualifier Announced
By Jerry McBride
With the 2015 world kayak fishing competition in China finally about to commence, Hobie announced the dates for one of a series of qualifying events for the 2016 Hobie Fishing Worlds contest.
Hobie will re-enact the Hobie Bass Open at Kentucky Lake Village June 4-5. Kentucky Lake is where 2015 winner Tyler Peterson punched his ticket to China. The runner-up in the 2016 event will also qualify for the Worlds.
The human-powered kayak qualifying event is a catch, photograph and release tournament. Anglers can submit their top three bass—largemouth, smallmouth or spotted—each of the two days, and the catch will be scored by aggregate length. Anglers can register for the event online.
Meanwhile competitors in the Hobie Fishing Worlds 5 presented by Rhino-Rack must be getting incredible itchy to actually catch a fish, but they did get their first on-the-water, up-close look at Shang Lake during Lowrance Navigation Day Wednesday as they prepared to actually wet a line during Thursday’s practice session. Many of the kayak anglers, who hail from 20 countries, are still adapting to a distinctly unfamiliar time zone and surroundings.
"This is my first international tournament and the first time leaving my country," said David Jaskiewicz. "I’m both excited and anxious. I’ve been so focused on the fishing part of this event that the adventure of being in a different country with people from across the world has just started to sink in.”
“I’m thrilled to be in an event with like-minded people from around the globe who share my passion,” he added. “To be fishing alongside some of the superstars of our sport, including past Hobie Fishing Worlds winners Scott Baker, Richard Somerton and of course USA's own Steve Lessard, is an opportunity of a lifetime by itself."