By Jerry McBride
The primaries are over, and the Hobie Fishing World Championship regional winners are gearing up for the main event. Seven North American representatives are among 47 competitors from 19 countries converging on Shang Lake, China November 9-16. At stake: The Hobie world championship of kayak fishing.
Targeted species: Chinese perch, topmouth cutler, and yellowcheek carp. For the record, those species appear to have nothing beyond gills and fins in common with the perch and carp that Americans typically identify with. From photographs, the Chinese versions appear to be voracious, predatory gamefish.
The following five North American qualifiers will join 2014 Worlds champion Steve Lessard and 2014 IFA Redfish winner Benton Parrott:
Bob Neuweiller, Jamaica Bay Classic, Brooklyn, New York
Tyson Peterson, Hobie Bass Open, Kentucky Lake, Gilbertsville, Kentucky
David Lesar, Border City Classic, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Tim Percy, Border City Classic, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
David Jaskiewicz, IFA Kayak Tour Event, Georgetown, South Carolina
Anglers will compete in Hobie Worlds using identically rigged Pro Angler 14,s outfitted with Lowrance electronics, Power-Pole MICRO anchors, RAM Mounts and Yak Attack measuring boards in a catch, photograph and release format, submitting their three best lengths in aggregate each day. Highest cumulative length over three days wins.
For more information between now and the completion, log on at hobiefishingworlds.com.