Salah el Barbouchi already secured a spot on team Europe for the Hobie Fishing Worlds 7. He won the World Predator Classic Kayak Event in Hellevoetsluis last June. In September he will make a attempt to end up on the podium during the 4th Hobie Fishing European Championships powered by Lowrance & C-MAP. This is how he prepares.

This is your first Hobie Fishing Euro. What do you expect?
Yeah exactly, this will be my first Hobie Fishing European Championship, but not my first Hobie kayak event. So the expectations are the same for me now as in the past. I just want to spend some time with other like-minded kayak anglers. So 3 days, where I only have to talk about kayaking and fishing! Of course, I also want to catch fish and land in at least the top 10. At the end of the day the experience you take from such competitions is worth its weight in gold.

Ja genau, das wird meine erste Hobie Fishing European Championship , aber nicht mein erstes Hobie kayak Event. Deshalb sind die Erwartungen wie bei den letzten Malen auch. Ich möchte einfach gerne eine coole Zeit mit anderen Kajakverrückten verbringen. 3 Tage, wo ich gerne nur noch übers Kajak und Angeln reden kann . Natürlich will ich auch Fische fangen und mindestens in den Top 10 landen. Aber schon alleine die Erfahrung die man aus solchen Wettbewerben mitnimmt ist Gold wert.

The Vinkeveense Plassen is a new water for you, how can you prepare yourself?
I think I’ll just do what I always do when I fish on foreign waters. I try to get as much information as I can beforehand. For this I use primarily the Internet (forums, Youtube, pictures, etc.). Otherwise, I also question friends who know the water. Of course, I will also get some practice in at least 1 or 2 times on the water itself to explore and create my own impression of what lies ahead.

Ich denke mal, dass ich so vorgehen werde, wie sonst auch immer, wenn ich auf fremden Gewässern angeln gehe. Ich versuche vorher an so viele Infos zu kommen wie es nur möglich ist. Dafür nutze ich In der Regel hauptsächlich das Internet ( Foren, Youtube , Bilder etc. ). Ansonsten befrage ich auch Freunde, die das Gewässer kennen.
Natürlich werde ich auch mindestens 1- bis 2-mal das Gewässer selber beangeln, um mir einen eigenen Eindruck zu schaffen.

What is your favourite fishing technique and why?
I like to fish! That consists of lots of throwing, jigging and twitching. I prefer soft lures in a medium size between 9 and 13 cm. I stick to the opinion that such a medium sized lure is great for catching all fish sizes and species. On deeper waters with good fish stocks, I like to fish pelagic style. This is not an easy thing to do in a competition, but it could be the key to success if the fish are not at the bottom of the water or are unwilling to bite.

Ich fische gerne aktiv! Das heißt, viel Werfen, Jiggen und Twitchen. Ich bevorzuge Softlures in einer mittleren Größe zwischen 9 und 13 cm. Ich bin der Meinung, dass man mit solchen
mittleren Köder, alle Fischgrößen und Fischarten fangen kann.
Auf tieferen Gewässern mit gutem Fischbestand, befische ich gerne die Sprungschicht gerne pelagisch. Bei einem Wettbewerb ist das zwar keine einfach Sache, es könnte aber der Schlüssel zum Erfolg sein, wenn die Fische sich nicht am Gewässergrund aufhalten, oder einfach gerade nicht fressen wollen.

What was your most special tournament moment? What made this moment special?
This question I can answer immediately with a smile on my face, because my special tournament moment was just a few days ago. I was able to win the World Predator Classic 2017 and thus secure my participation in the Hobie Fishing Worlds. It was important for me to meet the trust of my sponsors. One cannot lose sight of his goal in order to reach success.

Diese Frage kann ich ab sofort mit einem Lächeln im Gesicht beantworten, denn mein besonderer Turniermoment ist grade mal paar Tage her. Ich konnte die World Predator Classic 2017 gewinnen und mir somit eine Teilnahme bei der Hobie Fishing Worlds sichern. Es war mir einerseits wichtig, dem Vertrauen meiner Sponsoren gerecht zu werden und das man trotz eines eventuellen Missgeschickes weiter sein Ziel nicht aus den Augen lässt um selber für sich erfolgreich zu sein.

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Miguel Garrido represented Spain during the 6th Hobie Fishing Worlds held in Louisiana, USA. This year he will represent Spain during the Hobie Fishing European Championship powered by Lowrance & C-MAP, in chase of a spot on Team Europe for the Hobie Fishing Worlds 7.

You fished the 6th Hobie Fishing Worlds, how was the experience?
The experience at the Hobie Fishing Worlds in Louisiana was amazing. A new fishing environment, a very large country with a great variety of species for fishing but above all: a lot of fishing fondness. Also, the fact of meeting fishermen from different countries has been another great experience. The day to day activities with all of them has been very cherishing and exceptional. Sharing our fishing chronicles and even exchanging all kinds of techniques and lures. Honestly, it has been unforgettable and I’m really looking forward to the next event.

La experiencia en el Mundial de Hobie en Louisiana fue impresionante. Un nuevo entorno de pesca, un país muy extenso y con gran variedad de especies para la pesca pero sobre todo mucha afición a la pesca. También el echo de conocer a pescadores de diferentes países a sido otra gran experiencia. La convivencia con todos ellos ha sido muy nutrida y excepcional. Compartiendo nuestras crónicas de pesca e incluso intercambiando todo tipo de técnicas y señuelos. Sinceramente inolvidable y con ganas de estar en la siguiente cita.

How do you think fishing from a kayak gives you an advantage?
It gives certain advantages, especially the possibility of getting to sites that would otherwise be complicated in any other way. It is silent way of fishing and you’re a part of the environment. Specifically from my Mirage ProAngler 14 the fishing is even more impressive. Ease of navigation, speed  and stability when fishing.

Da ciertas ventaaj, sobre todo la posibilidad de llegar a sitos que de otra forma seria complicado en cualquier otro medio. Es una pesca silenciosa en comunidad constante con el medio ambiente. Concretamente desde mi Mirage ProAngler 14 la pesca es aun mas impresionante. Facilidad de navegación, rapidez de desplazamiento y estabilidad en acción de pesca.

What fishing techniques do you use from a kayak?
The technique I use to fish from my kayak will depend on the time of year in which it is practiced. But I usually practice Power Fishing, an active fishing and especially destined to cover large bodies of water to find active fish.

La tecnica que utilizo para pescar desde mi kayak va ha depender de la época del año en la que se practique. Pero normalmente practico el Power Fishing, una pesca activa y sobre todo destinada a batir muchas masa de agua para encontrar peces activos.

What do you expect from the Hobie Fishing Euro in Vinkeveen?
I hope it will be a meeting with all the colleagues from Hobie Europe and especially the step before the Hobie World Cup 2017. Meet some mates in an unknown but striking environment. With different species, a challenge but, above all, a new experience held by Hobie Europe. Let’s hope the weather goes along and the fishes too!

Espero que sea un encuentro con todos los compañeros de Hobie Europa y sobre todo el paso previo al Mundial de Hobie 2017. Encontrar a compañeros de convivencia en un entorno desconocido pero a la vez llamativo. Con diferentes especies, todo un reto y sobre todo una nueva experiencia de la mano de Hobie Europa. Esperemos que el tiempo acompañe y los peces también.

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Edi BraderLet’s start out with last year. You finished 1st in the 2nd Hobie Fishing European Championships powered by Lowrance & GoFree in France last year.  You are still the Champion. Do you feel the pressure?

No, I don’t feel any pressure at all. Winning the Championships last year was much more than I ever expected. I am just glad to see HOBIE-family again and looking forward to fish a lake I have never been to.

Tell us about your journey to the event site last year!

Haha…  yeah that was a funny one!
I went with Christian Schöndorfer, who started at the Championships as well. We had a 1500 km ride ahead, 2 kayaks on the roof, and tons of equipment in my car.

Everything went perfect until we reached Clermont-Ferrand, somewhere in the middle of France. Suddenly my car broke down. No chance to get it running again. We called a towing service, which was an adventure itself if you don’t speak French. We reached a garage and asked there if they could repair the car. they could if I would give them 5000€ and 2 weeks time! Not an option, we had 48 hours until the event started. Try to find a rental car in in the middle of nowhere in which you can put two ProAngler 12 and all the equipment in!

Don’t ask me how but Christian made it possible and organized a rental car! There was only one thing I had to promise him for that: I had to win the Title!

…and this is the only reason why I won the 2nd Hobie Fishing European Championships, I simply promised it!

The way back home was not much less exciting but this would go beyond the scope of this interview! I just have to say thank you to Frantisek Zderka, the Slovakian team and Michael Mairhofer from Adventure Fishing Store, a good friend from Austria, who made it possible.

How did you get started in kayak fishing?

 

Again the story starts with Christian Schöndorfer who was a Hobie fishing team member. Austria had a wildcard for the World Championships in the Netherlands and don’t ask me why but he asked me if I want to fish there! I finished 4th there without having any experience in how to ride a kayak and that’s how the story started. This shows perfectly how easy these Hobie Mirage driven kayaks can be handled.

What do you consider your primary strengths and weaknesses on the water.

This is very hard to answer. I think I always fish best when the conditions are rough. Strong winds, lots of rain, temperature drops, all these things make fishing from a kayak difficult but I like challenges. Fishing in Austria is often very hard and it was hard fishing in France as well. So, if you want to you can say this a strength of mine.

My weakness is maybe my greenness in kayaking, especially when it comes to land big fish combined with strong wind.

How do you prepare yourself for a tournament?

Nothing special at all! I just try to fish as much as possible.

Favorite lure? Favorite accessories?

I do have some favorite lures. These are for example the Keitech Easy Shiner in 3, 4 and 5” but also some hardbaits from Lurefans like the Cunning Cub and the Mepps Aglia 3.

My favorite rods are my beloved Abu Garcia Rocksweepers and my new Hearty Rise Evolution II

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How did you get into kayak fishing?

I wanted to be able to reach the spots that I couldn’t reach from the shore. I started to watch YouTube videos of a guy fishing from a Hobie Outback. I thought that was the perfect way to do it so I went out and bought my own.

You went to China last year to represent Denmark in the Hobie Worlds 5. Tell us about your tournament record. 

Just to get to compete in the Worlds in China was a dream come to true for me. But catching that +50 lb. Yellowcheek on light tackle was just unbelievable. I knew from the research before the tournament, that Yellowcheeks can grow very, very big, and are aggressive fighters. My goal from the start was to catch a Yellowcheek. Catching the dreamfish 30 min. into the prefish day, is something I definitely will never forget.  I managed to land this huge fish, after a long and intense fight, and on some very light gear, with only a 10 lb. leader.

What´s your plan for Lake Mjörn this year?

My plan is to do my research, look closely on the depth chart over the huge lake.
Then I will try to find the local competitors and stay close. trying to sneak out some tips and tricks.

If you are not fishing, what do you like to do?

When I’m not fishing, I am using a lot of my time creating my own lures (Wild Out Lures). That is something that I started to enjoy quite a lot. Otherwise I am spending time with my girlfriend, daughter and dog.

Who are your sponsors this year?

Leech Eyewear, Mustad, Lowrance and Kajakkaeden.

Facebook?

I can be found on different pages:

Private: Facebook

Our Fishing Team, Team Wild Out Facebook

Our Lure Creating:  Wild Out Lures Facebook

Show us your latest kayak caught CPR:

My latest CPR fish was caught from my Pro Angler 12. Its a decent Pike that couldn’t resist one of my homemade lures, that I was out testing for the first time.

Finn Sloth Hanssen

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Ready for another tournament?

Well I’m ready for some vacation and I approach a tournament as a vacation so I’m always ready for a tournament!

What do you like about fishing a kayak tournament?

What I most like about a tournament is the social aspect. Just spending time on and off the water with people who share the same passion.

What is the best advice you ever received from another angler?

Have you seen my results?!? I’m still waiting for that advice!

You fished the Worlds in Holland and China as well as HFE1 & HFE2 and several other kayak tournaments. If you had one piece of advice to give to a kayak fishing tournament beginner, what would it be?

Stay confident in what your doing. When you fish a tournament you make a plan but often the fishing is tough and you lose confidence. Stick to the plan and keep on fishing your A-game!

Show us your latest CPR!

Ronald Traas

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German Hobie Fishing Team member and competitor of the 3rd Hobie Fishing Euorpean Championship powered by Lowrance & GoFree, Torge Schindler gives thoughts about tournament fishing and the preparation.

My first Kayak Fishing Tournament was the HFE14 at „De Banaan“, Netherlands. I had bought my first Fishing Kayak only some weeks before and was caught from the very first moment on the water. The event was so much fun, meeting so many kayak anglers from all over Europe to compete at such famous water for predator fishing. From that time I’m trying to take part in as many tournaments as I can. Sadly there is nothing comparable in Germany because of the environmental law. So in the last two years I visited great fishing waters in France and the Netherlands. And I’m looking forward to my next trip to Sweden where the Hobie Fishing Euro’s will take part in September.

I prepare for tournaments by finding out as much as possible about the lake. Google is your friend. And I try to get me a map of the water body. That’s the easiest part, because I use a Lowrance sonar (HDS7 Gen.3). Therefore I can comfortably watch the structure of the lake on my notebook by using Insight Genesis. And so I’m sure as well to have a detailed map in my sonar when the tournament begins.

The most exciting part of a kayak tournament for me is to compete with so many ambitious kayak anglers. Some new faces, some I know already. Some locals and some, who travelled two or three days (From New Zealand, HFW4!) to take part of the tournament. Incredible.

Torges kayak

My sponsors are: Sport Mohr, Hobie Store since 1986 and manufacture of OneDesign dry suits made in Germany. And my new and very appreciated sponsor Fiiish Lures. My kayak is a Pro Angler 14, full wrapped (Design by Detlef Mohr) and SEADEKed. It’s a heavy beast on land but there is nothing better on the water. I love it.

In tournaments my favorite lures are lipless crank baits to find active fish and medium sized lures as the Black Minnow 120 which work with every tournament species (perch, zander, and pike).

If you want to ask me some questions about fishing in my “house lake”, the Baltic, feel free to contact me at facebook

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