After a short night, the anglers were enjoying a delicious breakfast at VVP verhuur followed by the morning briefing. The latest weather update for the anglers was way better than pre fish day. Winds from 2-3 Bft and a little bit of drizzle during the day. When the briefing finished, all anglers went out to prepare the kayaks for the first competition day of the 4th Hobie Fishing European Championships powered by Lowrance & C-MAP.
Everybody got on the water quickly and ready to go. After the Dutch national anthem played, the oh so familiar horn blew and all competitors rushed through the starting line onto the Vinkeveense Plassen. They have to be checked in again by 3:00PM and can bring 3 Pikes and 3 Perch to the scoring table.
The first reports that are coming in are positive, quite a some anglers are already scoring fish. Axel Heinlein (Germany) hooks into a new PB (97 centimeters) Pike early in the morning. “It was the right time to catch this fish. With all the rain, I needed a boost.”
Around noon, the rain moved on and made space for some sunlight. Dennis “BomBom” Skou was working hard for a full bag. “I got two pikes and two perch now. I hope to those last two fish to get me in the top of the standing.” He said hopefully.
Most anglers stayed around the check in area for the last hour just trying to upgrade their scorecard. Just before the check in rain and some thunder made all anglers come back to the check in straight away. After everybody got back safely, it was time to do the scoring.
“I struggled to get legal size perch. I caught a lot, but there was just one big enough.” Hervé Martin said. The results back up Hervé’s story. A lot of fish was caught today. 43 Anglers registered fish today. Mike Hendriks from Germany photographed the biggest fish today. A 100 centimeter pike landed him in 5th place totaling 119 centimeters. Dennis “BomBom” Skou ended up in the 4th position measuring 5 fish today with a total of 217 centimeter. Hobie Predator Open 2016 winner Tomasz Kurnik claims the 3rd place after day on with 218 centimeters. Albin Falk from Sweden ends up in 2nd place with a full bag measuring 243 centimeters.
Felix Frey from Sweden leads the ranking after day 1. He had a full bag with 300 centimeters of fish. “I had a good day, I have a good bag but it could have been better. I lost a couple of good size fish as well.” He said before the scoring was done.
Tomorrow will determine who will be the 2017 Hobie Fishing European Champion. Stay tuned.
Check out the result page for the complete standing.
Check out the photo gallery.