Day 2: USA’s Lessard Charges into Hobie Worlds Lead (Updated) – For the first time in the event’s history, a visiting angler is likely to win

For the first time in the event's history, a visiting angler is likely to win

Poised to win: Team America's Steve Lessard added another two fish on day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship. He has a 72 point lead on the eve of the final day of fishing. All photos courtesy Hobie Fishing World Championship.
Poised to win: Team America’s Steve Lessard added another two fish on day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship. He has a 72 point lead on the eve of the final day of fishing. All photos courtesy Hobie Fishing World Championship.

By Paul Lebowitz

Two fish a day keeps the other competitors at bay? Team America’s Steve Lessard tallied a 95-centimer pike and a 25-cm perch to add 120 points to his day one total. The day-over-day consistency rocketed him to the top of the Hobie World Fishing Championship leader board with only one day remaining.

Lessard’s score stands at 252 total points. “Today went well, my game plan came together. I knew I had to get my pike early before this weather change hit. I was fortunate to get what I have early." he said.

Lessard’s fellow Team America member Kyle Moxon of Canada also added a pike and a perch to his overall total, pushing him into second overall with 180 points and giving him a narrow 6 point lead over Rob Appleby Gouldberg of Great Britain, who sits in third.

Team America's Steve Lessard and Kyle Moxon stand 1-2 on the Hobie Fishing World Championship leader board, with one day remaining.
Team America’s Steve Lessard and Kyle Moxon stand 1-2 on the Hobie Fishing World Championship leader board, with one day remaining.

“I never thought I would even make it this far. What an emotional roller-coaster. I thought I'd put on some big baits and swing for the fence as some people would say. I caught a pike early on,” Moxon said.

Day one leader and defending Hobie Worlds champion Richard Somerton of Australia blanked on the day, but still remains in the hunt at fifth place with 142 points.

Steve Lessard's 95-cm pike was too big to fit in the picture. It's a worthy first place fish.
Steve Lessard’s 95-cm pike was too big to fit in the picture. It’s a worthy first place fish.

Home field advantage hasn’t played much of a role in the standings. The Netherlands’ Daniel van der Post is currently in sixth with 130 points after zeroing out on day one and adding two fish on day two.

“I had quite a good day I think. I hooked a large pike in the first five minutes or so. I caught a few smaller perch and midday I found a bigger perch,” Van der Post said.

Team America’s Justin Ritchey measured one 29-cm perch for a two-day total of 99 points. He stands tenth on the leader board. “Really, really tough competition. There are a lot of incredibly talented anglers and this is a challenging lake. Fingers crossed that I can make it one more day,” Ritchey said in a Facebook post.

Hobie's worldy anglers are competing in identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12's outfitted with Lowrance electronics, Ram Mounting Systems and Power-Pole micro-anchors. Follow the action on the web at Hobiefishingworlds.com.

Team America's Kyle Moxon is looking determined on day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship. He vaulted from eighth to second on the strength of a two fish day.
Team America’s Kyle Moxon is looking determined on day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship. He vaulted from eighth to second on the strength of a two fish day.