Conditions were again windy and cold yesterday as competitors headed out after a delayed start. Our 49 anglers headed off the Power-Pole Start Line at 10:30 with the sun high in the sky. The late start was to allow for the weather front from day one to pass though making for a little easier going on the water.
Despite the later starting time, it was a tough day on the water, the cold front and a reduced water level had resulted in a significant temperature drop in the water reducing the willingness of our target species to feed.
At the close of the shortened second session there had been a lot of movement on the results table. Matthew Vann from the USA jumped from 9th to 3rd after adding a 28″ Redfish to his tally. Richard Somerton from Australia, also added a 28″ Redfish to his score card and climbed three places to finish the day sitting in 2nd. And in what is looking like a repeat of Hobie Fishing Worlds 4, Steve Lessard, USA, is heading in to Day three in 1st position after 32″inches for A Red and a Speckled Trout.
While the conditions on the water were easier going, many anglers found the conditions tough today with the cooler water temperature shutting down the bite. Day One leader Matthew Scotch found the going tough but remains confident with a plan heading in to Day Three.
After the daily results were announced last night, Steve Lessard spoke about his day saying…”It was tough, the North wind continued to blow, the tide continued to fall and we had real muddy water. I knew I had to find my fish early but my plan didn’t work out so I had to scrap around and try to find any fish I could and I ended up managing both a Trout and Redfish so I’m very happy with the result and the whole competition. With these really challenging conditions, the number of anglers who still caught fish is amazing.”
Somerton went in to the day chasing Reds with a plan to follow up with a Trout later in the day. “It was tough, I went up to some channels that I’d spotted previously and there was just no water up there. I saw a small 20″ Red on a bank and cast out a crab and landed him so I was on the board and that took a bit of the pressure off. I managed to upgrade him to a 28″ off the same bank and then went looking for trout. I caught a few undersize that I couldn’t stretch and that was pretty much my day. I’m happy to be sitting in second and only 10″ off Steve. This is a fishery that can deliver a 40″ red that can just rub out anyone’s lead so I’m hopeful.”
As anglers hit the water again this morning in improving conditions, Somerton and Lessard, both former World Champions, will be fighting it out in the hope of picking up a second world title. The leader board is still incredibly close and given the right circumstances anyone of the top ten could take out the tournament. One thing is for sure, tonight we will be crowning a new Hobie Fishing World Champion! Stay tuned for details as they come to hand.
Full results are online at: http://2016.hobiefishingworlds.com/rhino-rack-day-two-results/