When he heard that Hobie Worlds 6 was coming to Louisiana to chase redfish, flounder, and speckled trout Matthew M. Scotch knew he had to find a way to get in on the fun. A former chef turned kayak tournament angler and fishing guide, Scotch runs kayak guide service Lone Star Kayak Guide based out of Fort Worth Texas. “We target a wide variety of fresh and saltwater species including redfish, speckled trout, and flounder, so I’m definitely familiar with how to catch all three fish species going in to Hobie Worlds 6,” he says.
Scotch grew up fishing the inshore marshes and bays of the upper Texas coast with his dad. “My family had a place on East Matagorda Bay where I spent the majority of my childhood really learning how to fish. Growing up we fished a lot from our bay boat. I didn’t get to experience the joys of kayaking on the coast until later in life. About six years ago I finally took my Hobie Mirage Pro Angler out in the salt and I couldn’t believe how well it handled the shallow water. I found out pretty quickly my Pro Angler was a shallow water assault vessel made for serious fishing applications. If I’d only had one when I was younger,” Scotch says.
Matthew qualified for Hobie Worlds Six at the Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake in June 2016, finishing just half an inch behind the winner Ron Champion. “I wanted to win of course but qualifying for the Worlds was my ultimate goal,” he says. Also attending the event is Scotch’ roommate and good friend Guillermo Gonzales. “It’s definitely going to be a little more special knowing one of my best friends is going to be there in attendance. Guillermo is as talented a kayak angler as there is and a heck of a good guy I couldn’t be happier that we both qualified for HW6.”
Scotch is looking forward to meeting and getting to know and fish with all the international competitors in attendance. “It’s been a dream of mine for some time to participate in this event and I can’t wait to get down to Leeville in December and finally join in on the fun,” he says.