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Hobie Fishing World Championship: Day One

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Competitors on the first day of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands.
↑ Tang Chuan and Ma Xiaohong, representing China, are pictured in action.
↑ Scott Baker, of Australia, shows off a fish he caught on the first day of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship.

Current World Champion, Richard Somerton, set the pace on a tough first day in the Netherlands of the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack.

The Australian finished first out of the 47 competitors from the 20 nations taking part and led the Lowrance Leader Board after day one with 142 cm.

“It started off pretty slowly. I could find fish, but getting them to bite was pretty hard. I ended up picking up a couple of perch early and then caught a pike after giving Scotty Baker a hand with one of his fish,” said Somerton.

“I upgraded a perch later on while looking for a zander – it was a cracker too. About 47 cm.”

In second place was Steve Lessard (USA) with 132 cm, while Johnson Lee (Singapore) was third with 122 cm.

The spread of anglers in the top 10 spans several different countries and is similar to the way the second Hobie Fishing World Championship began in Texas in 2012.

Tournament Director, Keeton Eoff, said: “Many anglers, including those outside the leader board, still have a chance to improve their positions – and that is what happened in the US.

“Day two is set to be the turning point for competitors who will either see all chance of a podium finish disappear or improve their standing to give them a chance of a place in the top ten on the final day.

“As it stands anyone can still become champion of the world with two solid performances and a little luck thrown in.”

The 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship presented by Rhino-Rack is sponsored by Daiwa, Lowrance, Power Pole and Ram Mounts.

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Lowrance Leader Board

  • 1 Richard Somerton (Australia), 142 cm;
  • 2 Steve Lessard (USA), 132 cm;
  • 3 Johnson Lee (Singapore), 122cm
  • 4 Gianluca Aramini (Italy), 104 cm;
  • 5 Rob Appleby Goudberg (UK), 98 cm;
  • 6 Patrick McQuarrie (Australia), 85 cm;
  • 7 James Darke (New Zealand), 85 cm;
  • 8 Kyle Moxon (Canada), 84 cm;
  • 9 Justin Carter (USA), 79 cm;
  • 10 Justin Richey (USA), 70 cm.
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