Shang Lake, Changshu, China – This is the calm before the storm, after a year of planning, organisation and worldwide qualifying tournaments the competitors have arrived at the event hotel in Changshu, two hours inland from Shanghai, for Hobie® Fishing Worlds 5 presented by Rhino-Rack.The Hobie Cat® Australasia, Hobie Cat Company USA and Hobie Kayaks Europe event tournament teams have been working round the clock to put the finishing touches to the event site. As well as preparing the 50+ fully rigged Hobie Pro Angler 14's ready for the World Championship hopefuls as they ready themselves for the competition.
The Chinese team would appear to have the advantage going into the tournament as very few other anglers have targeted all three species that they will be chasing in the world championship. That said, this is fishing and there are plenty on nationalities ready to make the 'home team' work their hardest for the title.
Anglers from the 20 nations seeking the prized Hobie Fishing World Championship crown, will register this morning before the official briefing and the opening ceremony extravaganza.
The Anglers will hit the water for the first time on Wednesday for the Lowrance Navigation Day where they will have a chance to sound the waters and formulate a plan of attack. There is no actual fishing during the session. Anglers are allowed to make visual observations and gather information about structure, locations and distances using their knowledge, research and the Lowrance Elite 4 sounders.
Competitors will have their first chance to wet a line on Thursday during the Power-Pole Pre Fish Day. This is a non competition day where plans will be tested and adjustments made before the competition begins in ernest on Friday.
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The 5th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack is proudly supported by Rhino-Rack, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Yak-Attack, Daiwa, Ram Mounts, Lurefans, The Chinese Angling Association and Kayak Fishing Beijing.