Somerton Leads Hobie Fishing World Championship (Updated)

Thomas Hansen of Denmark measures a pike on day one of the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championship. All photos courtesy Hobie Fishing World Championship.

Thomas Hansen of Denmark measures a pike on day one of the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championship. All photos courtesy Hobie Fishing World Championship.

By Paul Lebowitz

This Richard Somerton guy can really fish. The Australian champ of last year’s Hobie Fishing World Championship is leading all challengers after day one of the 2014 Worlds.

According to official results posted moments ago, Somerton logged a pike and a perch for 142 points on a weather-marred day.

The day one leaderboard, 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds.

The day one leaderboard, 2014 Hobie Fishing Worlds.

Team America’s Steve Lessard is only ten points behind in second place on the strength of one pike and one perch.

Lessard said he had trouble establishing a pattern on practice day. Then he caught a break when he switched tactics to target zander and caught a good pike.

“Today was great with a giant pike that hit early. Then I switched tactics to perch and found a good pattern working a crankbait around docks and tree tops,” Lessard said. He feels the pattern will change. “I will have to adapt tomorrow,” he added.

Johnson Lee of Singapore is holding down third another ten points behind. Lee also tallied two fish. The rest of the field managed no better than one each.

Team America anglers Kyle Moxon (84 points), Justin Carter (78), Justin Ritchey (70) and Tom Michael (69) are lined up on the leader board from 9th to 14th place. Elias Vaisberg (32) is sitting in 19th.

Hobie's worldy anglers will compete in identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12's outfitted with Lowrance electronics, Ram Mounting Systems and Power-Pole micro-anchors. Live weigh-ins will take place on each of the three days of competition with anglers weighing three fish per day. Follow the action on the web at Hobiefishingworlds.com.

Jonathon Chen fishes on despite a spell of rough weather on day one of the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championship.

Jonathon Chen fishes on despite a spell of rough weather on day one of the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championship.