Event Preview: The 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds Are About To Begin (Video)

The third largest lake in Europe, home to monster pike, will host a group of the best kayak anglers from around the globe

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Forty-two of the best kayak anglers from around the world will launch on Sweden’s Lake Vänern, on August 12-14, to compete in the 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds. One angler will come out on top, crowned Daiwa–Hobie Fishing World Champion.

Lake Vänern Hosts 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds

Lake Vänern Hosts 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds
Lake Vänern. Image: Hobie Fishing Worlds / YouTube

Competitors in the Hobie Fishing Worlds will gather in the town of Åmål, on the shore of Lake Vänern, which is the third largest lake in Europe. Vänern is home to 38 species of cold and warm-water fish, including monstrous pike. These toothy game fish can easily exceed three feet on Vänern and will be the major target of competitors in this world championship.

Pike won’t be the only species kayak anglers will be on the hunt for though. The rocky coastline, tucked-away bays and scattered islands will also provide anglers with the opportunity to land beautiful perch. Each day of the competition the athletes will cast for the daily target of two pike and three perch, and record length totals via catch, photo and release.

Familiar Faces Competing For A World Title

Eighteen countries will be represented at the 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds. This will include a collection of US and Canadian athletes well known in the competitive fishing scene.

The US will represent a strong showing on Lake Vänern with nine of the 42 positions in the competition. US anglers include Jordan Marshall, Kristine Fischer, and Eric Siddiqi, among the well-qualified lineup.

Angler with pike Sweden
Image: Hobie Fishing World / YouTube

Canada will be represented by three anglers. Jamie Stevenson, Richard Ofner, and four-time Hobie Worlds competitor, Tim Percy.

Opening ceremonies for the 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds begin on Tuesday, August 9. Contenders will then have two days of practice before this world championship officially kicks off Friday, August 12, and concluding Sunday.

Stay tuned to Kayak Angler for ongoing coverage of the 2022 Hobie Fishing Worlds.


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