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Hobie Fishing World Championship: Final Day

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Hobie Fishing World Championship winner, Steve Lessard (centre) is pictured with runner-up Kyle Moxen (right) and third placed Kevin Varty.
↑ Steve Lessard, dubbed the Pike Whisperer from Louisiana, in action on the final day.
↑ Steve Lessard is the 4th Hobie Fishing World Champion.

Team USA’s Steve Lessard is the 4th Hobie Fishing World Champion following his victory in the Netherlands.

The Baton Rouge angler topped the field after his final day catch of 112 cm, which consisted of an 83 cm pike and a perch of 29 cm, was enough to see him finish on top of a field of 47 of the world’s top kayak anglers.

Lassard: ““Wow! What a tournament – what a World Championship! I am so excited to have won. Anyone of us could have done so – it was just was my day.

“Today I struggled for the first two hours with the pattern that I was on yesterday. It didn’t pan out so I had to make an adjustment as the power fishing that I had been doing was not working.

“The fish had moved and I went to finesse fishing, I used a small jig and I caught my first pike and was able to stay with that pattern and upgrade that pike to another one. I went from a 65cm up to an 83cm with my second pike. Then I went perch fishing and I caught my biggest perch of the tournament at 28 cm.”

In second place was Kyle Moxon, from Ontaria, Canada, who showed he was always up for a battle as he boated five pike to secure the silver medal.

Kevin Varty, from Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, shot from 17th overnight to third overall.

Lowrance Leader Board Final Standings

  • 1 Steve Lessard (USA), 364cm;
  • 2 Kyle Moxen (Canada), 274cm;
  • 3 Kevin Varty (Australia), 206cm;
  • 4 Edi Brader (Austria), 196cm;
  • 5 Justin Ritchey (USA), 185cm;
  • 6 Scott Baker (Australia), 179cm;
  • 7 Rob Appleby Goudberg (Great Britain), 174cm;
  • 8 Jonathon Chen (Australia), 165cm;
  • 9 Patrick McQuarrie (Australia), 161cm
  • 10 Lars Lundberg (Sweden), 157cm.

For more information and videos on the competition, log onto .

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