Local knowledge ruled another extremely slow day of fishing China’s Shang Lake during the second day of the Hobie Fishing Worlds 5 presented by Rhino-Rack. While two qualifying fish were caught, the lead did not change. Meanwhile, the final day of competition is just hours from completion.
China’s Li Haiyang, the day one leader, brought a second Top Mouth Culter measurement to the scorers Saturday, the 34 centimeters fish increasing his aggregate length to 99 centimeters and maintaining his number one position with 45 points for the species. Speaking in front of a large crowd of Chinese and international spectators, Mr. Li said that he was very pleased with the result and was confident that he could catch one of the other species in the final session.
Ian ‘Dizzy’ Harris from the UK also managed to land one of the elusive target species. Ian’s Top Mouth Culter measured 36cm centimeters, placing him second against Mr. Li. When asked about his plan for day three Harris said, “I’ll probably do more of the same, it worked today. There’s fish there and it’s still pretty open. Someone could still have a good day tomorrow and take the title.”
Early reports from Sunday’s action (China is 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time) indicated very slow fishing yet again.
Despite the adverse fishing, the spirits of the anglers remains high and the spirit and tradition of the Hobie Worlds continues to bring together competitors from all over the world in a meeting of minds and a battle of wills.