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Hobie Fishing World Championship: Day Two

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Day two of the Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands saw pike (pictured) and perch boated – but no zander.
↑ Staffan Jorup, of Sweden, finished the second day in seventh place.
↑ The UK's Rob Appleby Goudberg has been a consistent performer, moving from fifth on the first day to third.

Zander have proved elusive so far in the 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands and anyone catching the elusive prey today could turn the tournament upside down.

Not one zander has been caught during the first two days of the competition so the first angler to do so – and the first to log all three predators on his catch card – could see that fish being his ticket to the World Championship.

As it stands after day two, Steve Lessard, from Baton Rouge, USA – second after the first day – leapt into the lead with 252 cm. That is 72 cm ahead of current second place, Kyle Moxon, of Canada, who moved up from eighth place.

The UK’s Rob Appleby Goudberg is currently in third place with 174 cm.

Lessard said: “Day two went well and my game plan came together. I knew I had to get my pike early before the weather changed and I added a couple of perch as conditions worsened.

“The rest of the day was spent trying to upgrade, but it become more difficult as time went on. I was fortunate to get what I did early.”

Dan Andre Aarsvold, from Norway, was one of the biggest movers of the day on the Lowrance Leader Board, jumping from 13th place to sit fourth and within reach of a podium finish today.

European Champion, Daniel van der Post, from the Netherlands, was the tournament favourite going into the championship, but returned home after day one fishless. He fared better yesterday to move from no score to sixth place.

First day leader, Richard Somerton, of Australia, slipped down to fifth after a frustrating session yesterday.

Lowrance Leader Board

  • 1 Steve Lessard (USA), 252 cm;
  • 2 Kyle Moxon (Canada), 180 cm;
  • 3 Rob Appleby Goudberg (UK), 174 cm;
  • 4 Dan Andre Aarsvold (Norway), 143 cm;
  • 5 Richard Somerton (Australia) 142 cm;
  • 6 Daniel van der Post (Netherlands), 130 cm;
  • 7 Staffan Jorup (Sweden), 123 cm;
  • 8 Johnson Lee (Singapore), 122 cm;
  • 9 Gianluca Aramini (Italy), 104 cm’
  • 10 Justin Ritchey (USA), 99 cm.
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