Not yet a month in and 2016 is shaping up to be quite a competitive year.
The tournament schedule is showing fourteen tournaments in the UK, five world events (including Ireland) and four social meets. Then there are the boat and fishing shows of which I think there are five, all of which I should attend with Hobie.
It’s time now to decide on how many and which events I want to compete in, also how much holiday I can allocate to them, I’ve still got the family to think off. I love my family, but I also love to compete.
Llangorse European Championships, The Plaice Chase, The Swanage Classic, The Plymouth Classic and Oxwich European Championships are always the first for me to book as definites. But then there are the European events.
I missed the World Predator Classic in Holland last year, my nephew wouldn’t move his wedding date. The WPC is a tough event, it’s also a qualifier for the Hobie Fishing Worlds. An announcement of where the seventh Hobie Fishing Worlds are going to take place, the favourite on the grapevine is Canada, never been, would like to go.
If I don’t do the WPC or qualify at the WPC then it’s try and qualify at the Hobie Euro’s in Sweden. That’s going to be a 3,400 km round trip by car … not fished in Sweden since I was fifteen, a long time ago.
There is also the chance of being invited back to China to the Shengzhong Kayak Fishing Open Championships, these are likely to be immediately after the Hobie Fishing Euro’s, so I need to keep five days holiday back for that, just in case.
It’s good to see so many freshwater events on this year's calendar. I love predator fishing and it’s taking up more and more of my time. I tend to only fish saltwater for the comps now, plus when I’m on holiday. Other than that my time is spent fishing rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs always from the kayak, its all very civilised and sometimes there’s the chance of stopping off for a pub lunch.
Whichever events I end up doing and regardless of where I place, there is one thing I won’t have to worry about is this year is staying warm and dry, thanks Palm for watching my back.
About the author
About the author
David is the founder/owner of anglersafloat.co.uk an information site with a popular forum. He’s been kayak fishing since 2003 and fishing since a young lad, spending most of his summer holidays in Sussex on his aunty's farm fishing their private twenty acre lake.
If he’s not fishing, he’s thinking of fishing, or planning for the next tournament.