The sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship will take place in La Fourche Parrish, Louisiana, December 4-10 2016. Located in Southern Louisiana 90 minutes from New Orleans, La Fourche Parrish is the gateway to Cajun Country and the Gulf of Mexico, offering a distinctly Louisiana “bayou” way of life and promising a memorable experience for both U.S. and international competitors. And then there is the fishing. According to Hobie’s Keeton Eoff, this could easily be the kayak fishing capital of the world.
Anglers from around 25 countries are expected to compete for the chance to be crowned this year’s Hobie Fishing World Champion. All competitors will fish for trout, flounder and redfish (40 to 50 inchers are common that time of year) from identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14s provided by Hobie Cat Company and outfitted with Lowrance Electronics and Power-Pole MICRO Anchors.
The tournament will be a traditional CPR (Catch, Photograph and Release) format in which each competitor will enter his or her three best lengths in aggregate each day. The angler with the highest cumulative length over the three-day period will be crowned Champion. By qualifying, anglers will have earned their ticket to an experience of a lifetime with plenty of prizes to boot.
A series of five qualifying events being held in the U.S. and Canada gives anglers the opportunity to qualify for six coveted spots on the North American team. Benton Parrott, the USA’s only qualifier as of this date, will compete in his 4th HFW, attempting to dethrone Chinese 2015 winner, Ma Xiaohong. “Everyone loves Ma, it’s the funniest thing,” mentioned Keeton. “And he doesn’t speak a lick of English.”
Benton adds that “every competitor will catch a lot of fish and some of them will be trophies, but we should all catch good fish. I promise you. Just last week I was fishing a trout hole in the area in two feet of water and caught a 33-inch red. When you fish there, you can launch in one spot and find all your species. The estuaries go for miles. And there are no bad places to fish.”