Team USA (plus one Canadian) is headed to Australia for a world-class kayak fishing throw-down against 15 other national teams. Several on the US / Canadian fish-hunting squad are proven winners, boasting tournament honors from across North America.
Hobie’s Fishing Worlds will be contested Down Under this year from October 30 through November 3, over a little gamester the home-standing Aussies call bream. Let’s get to know some of the US / Canadian team. -KF
Meet Team USA’s AJ McWhorter (Plus One Canadian)
Casting from Kentucky to Australia for the Hobie Fishing Worlds
As Told To Paul Lebowitz
It is a very exciting opportunity to travel to Australia and represent Team USA in such a special event. This will be my first time being outside of the country.
A bream back home is considered a pan fish and to many, bait for other targeted species. But I understand that [Australian bream are] different and a prized game fish. I am excited to put my light tackle and finesse skills to test.
It will be very tough to adjust to new styles of fishing in such a quick time frame, but working together as a team and staying dialed into subtle changes will be important for Team USA.
I have floated the New River for smallmouth and muskie and fished Pensacola bay for Spanish mackerel. While neither can probably prepare me for Australia, I have had a great time fishing this month.
McWhorter is a Hobie Regional Fishing Team member. He fishes for Shimano and BC Lures and is the founder and director of the Bluegrass Yakmasters Fishing Club.
Hobie's worldy anglers will compete in identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14'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.