Justin Carter, Team USA, leads all competitors after day one of the Hobie Fishing Worlds

Justin Carter, Team USA, leads all competitors after day one of the Hobie Fishing Worlds. Photo courtesy Hobie Fishing Worlds.

USA’s Justin Carter Leads the Hobie Fishing Worlds After Day One
Team’s Morgan Promnitz, Tom Michael and AJ McWhorter in the hunt in 6th, 9th and 10th

By Paul Lebowitz

Team USA is off to a strong start at the Hobie Fishing Worlds, currently underway in Australia. A day after Tommy Eubanks scored the best catches in the prefishing session, his teammate Justin Carter repeated the feat on day one of the three day tournament – when it matters.

Bemm River results at the official Hobie Fishing Worlds site show Carter first on the leaderboard with a score of 3.03 (presumably kilograms). The target species – bream – isn’t exactly huge. That number looks better posted as good old English (and US) pounds: 6.68.

Carter’s lead is a slim one, only .05 kg. He is followed closely by a quartet of Aussies, with Richard Somerton’s 2.98-kilograms very close behind. Hobie Fishing Product Manager Morgan Promnitz sits in 6th, with 2.22 kg. Tom Michael and AJ McWhorter completed the strong showing for the US team. They are lurking in range, in 9th and 10th position.

Carter fished fallen timber, as he does back home for bass. His three-fish bag included three “solid” 1-kilogram bream, according to a Hobie Fishing Worlds press release. Somerton fished open water, cashing in on an early bite.

The competition now heads for Marlo, where it will resume on Saturday and continue through November 3. Hobie's worldy anglers are competing 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 two remaining days of competition with anglers weighing three fish per day. Follow the action on the web at Hobiefishingworlds.com.