## Alex Greisdorf

Just another yakka looking for the GF tittle. Runner up on my home turf in 2017 honing to go one better away in 2019.

## Andrew Death

Andrew has been fishing in kayak tournaments for several years.

## Andrew Hancox

Shorty Hancox I have been fishing hobie comps for the past 3 years, In this time I have made the 2018 Australian championship at foster and represented Australia at the 2018 world’s on the gold coast, was also invited to fish the china open .. I love fishing hobie comps and meeting new friends and getting away fish new and old waterway that u wouldn’t normally fish. I have meet some get new friends for all over the world and that wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t hobie comps fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish

## Ben Harrison

I’m a 43 year old angler from Adelaide , South Australia. This is my 9th season in the Hobie kayak series. 9 years of travelling to some of the best fisheries in Australia competing against some of the best anglers in Australia is what keeps driving me to continue with this passion.

I’ve been fishing my whole life and love every minute that I spend on the water.

## Ben Oakes

West Australian. Electrician. Father of three. Enjoys fishing for breams.

## Bogdan Zisu

If there’s water, I will fish it. Privileged to have fished for bream on the flats, the deepest oceans, the streams of the Amazon and most things in between.

## Brendan Pieschel

Residing in Harrington, NSW. I spend a lot of my time fishing the Manning River, targeting mainly Yellow fin Bream in the estuary or Australian Bass in the upper (fresh) reaches of the Manning. A keen Angler my whole life, I began tournament fishing with Hobie in 2016. My first round at Forster was a really awesome and grounding experience, although I didn’t get many fish I learnt a lot, met some great people and knew that this was something I was going to stick with. Qualifying for my third consecutive Championship I’m really looking forward to getting to the Bemm River 2020. I’ve enjoyed Hobie’s previous rounds at Bemm and have had reasonable results there. The Championship format is my favourite tournament and as I’ve had reasonably good results at Bemm previously, I’ll be going into the Championship with some confidence. I have owned many Hobie Kayaks, with quite a few at home to suit my fishing and lifestyle, including a Revo 11 and an inflatable; however, my Tournament rig at the moment is a 2019 MD180 outback, which I obtained from the 2019 Championships. I’d like to thank my sponsors at Hunter Waters Sports and for the continued support of my local tackle stores, Manning River Marine and Harrington Bait and Tackle. At present my go to fishing gear is my Samurai Infinite rods coupled with Diawa Certate reels, running a combination of Diawa J Braid and FC Rock fluorocarbon leader. My favourite styles are fishing are chasing Bream in the oyster leases with either surface lures or plastics and Bass on surface lures in the skinny water. My favourite lures are Zman 2.5 inch (Motor oil) grubs, Cranka Crabs and Atomic Crank baits.
Its going to be a great Championship with some exceptional Anglers taking part. Good luck to all of the competitors.

## Brett Crowe

I am just a old bloke having a crack, thanks to the Hobie Bream Series I have been able to improve my angling ability to catch these pesky fish. I use the Hobie Australian Championship qualification as my yearly goal. The traveling to great tournament arena’s up and down the east coast of Australia from my home in Huskisson camping out with good mates just makes this my past time of choice. Of course there are times when you don’t do so well and that is hard to take but there is also next round. I fished 2018 Hobie Australian Championship with a top 10 qualification and I fished the 2016 Hobie World’s at the Netherlands. It is very difficult to talk about yourself when you don’t like talking about yourself for 300 words and I have well and truly run out of things to say, so as any good angler would do I will talk about the one that got away, for me the most disappointing lost fish would be not so much a fish but a whole tournament where I double donuted on my home water of St George’s Basin in the last round. I didn’t prefish the Friday I left that to the people who live a long way from here. I did have a look around prior to the prefish ban and got a 2.7kg bag and thought that would do me, unfortunately on the first day I couldn’t get anything on my spot. Day 2 being the pig headed person I am I stuck with the same plan as day one, shallow hardbodies not deeper than 1 metre and failed again. I have a love hate relationship with ‘the basin’ sadly Moree hate than love, maybe I should fish it more, anyway that’s my word limit.

## Byron Hill

Byron would like to start by thanking his two biggest supporters – Wife, Maddy and Son, Peter. They both pick up the slack when I am out doing what I love – Fishing.

Byron has been fishing the series since 2015 and has really enjoyed the friendships and opportunities the series has provided. He is part of the Hunter Water Sports Team and whilst fishing competitions can be solo event; you will often find him having a good laugh with fellow competitors. Byron enjoys producing VLOGs to promote the sport and encourage new fishos to give it a go. If you ever have questions about competing in the Hobie Bream Series, he is always available.

This is Byrons fourth invitation to the Australian championships, he recently attended the China Open Invitational where he came 5th – A big accomplishment for him.

Byron finished 17th in AOY in 2019 – this was a disappointing result for him, but he is pumped on what 2020 and has his eyes set on Worlds 10.

Byron both supports and is supported HWS and Hobie Fishing/Hobie Polarized/Power-pole.

## Carl Dubois

Carl has been fishing since he was 4 years old (that makes it 52 years fishing so far) and is a seasoned tournament competitor with over twelve years experience in Hobie kayaks. You’d think he would’ve learnt something by now. He lives near the George’s River just south of Sydney and fishes with lures to catch Bream, Bass, Kingfish, Tailor and Flathead. Not Bonito though.

Carl has fished nearly all the various kayak tournaments since they started in Australia and has managed 6 wins and 12 top 3 placings over the last 8 years and was Hobie Angler of the Year in 2016. YES!

Carl was the creator of one of Australia’s first ever kayak fishing DVD’s, ‘Kayak Fishing Sydney’. He has also written numerous articles published in International and Australian magazines such as ‘Kayak Fisherman’ and ‘Sport Fishing Australia’. Carl creates videos for YouTube and has his own channel, ‘Carl Dubois Fishing’.

The highlight of Carls kayak tournament career was being selected as part of the 11-man squad of the Australian Hobie Kayak Fishing team to represent Australia in the China Kayak Open Fishing Championship at Shengzhong Lake in 2014. Placing 3rd and collecting his trophy and prizes in front of 10,000+ spectators is something he will never forget. In 2015 he once again placed 3rd and in 2017 he placed 8th. This year, Carl aimed for the number 1 spot but felt it better to sacrifice himself to allow other team members to shine!

Recently Carl has been shadowed by a long lost relative, McItchy. He is quickly learning the ropes and is expected to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. Although not qualified for this AC, he’s expected to make an appearance which will surely make a few anglers, especially that Mitch bloke from Texas, shake in their boots. There is also a strong rumour that McItchy’s cousin, McChoker, will turn up too…

ps Little does Mark Young know that his own son sold him out and gave the luckiest rock to Carl. Mwah ha ha ha

## Chris Purnell

Hobie Kayak, SUP, Eclipse & Sailboat dealer based on the South Coast of NSW.
In truth the passion for fishing came about 15 years ago when I met my wife. From there we now live & breath fishing and in particular HOBIE kayak fishing.

## Corey Gallagher

Corey is 42 year old based on the Victorian Surf Coast, spending his weekends chasing estuary and freshwater species in the numerous bays, lakes and rivers throughout Victoria. From targetting Spring time Snapper in Port Phillip Bay on plastics to Winter trout on hard-bodied lures in the crater lakes in southwest Victoria Corey loves to mix it up. Bream, however, have always taken up the majority of Corey’s time on the water. He loves the challenge of decoding the bite on any given day and the challenge that a wary big Victorian Southern Black Bream presents. In recent years Corey has attended more interstate tournaments and thoroughly enjoys the impressive pulling power of yellow fin bream and the challenge it presents.

Corey fishes out of a 2019 Hobie Outback using a combination of Miller and Daiwa Rods and Daiwa and Shimano reels. Corey has been involved in the Hobie Kayak Bream series for the last five seasons growing into an accomplished and consistent angler.

Corey has had a consistent 2019 season regularly placing in the top ten, qualifying for the Australian Championship by placing third at the St Georges Basin round, a venue he had previously never fished. Corey is best known for his remarkable victory in the 2017 China Open.

Bemm River is a favourite venue of Corey’s, he regularly fishes there over the warmer months. Black bream on surface lures and along shallow flats is his preferred way to fish.

Corey has been a regular at the Australian Championship attending three of the last four years however he has yet to finish inside the top ten with his best finish being 15th at Lake Macquarie in 2015. Fishing in his homes state at this year Australian Championships leaves Corey is in a great position to finally crack the top ten.

## Cullen Di Mattina

Cullen’s 2019 series would not have been possible without the help of his sponsors. Hunter Water Sports, Hobie Fishing, Hobie Polarised, PowerPole and Spida Sports. Their efforts have made his 2019 series as successful as possible. Not to mention the work Hobie puts into running such high-level events.

Having just turned 17, Cullen has only been on the Hobie scene for one year. He is constantly striving to learn and better himself as an angler in order to further him in his goal of one day becoming Angler of the Year.
Fishing has been a part of Cullen’s life from an early age and this is reflected in his early results. Being a young angler Cullen hopes to grow the sport and make it more accessible for more people to get involved.

Cullen has established his name as the young gun of the Hobie scene and has proven his knowledge is well beyond his age. Cullen has big goals for his future in fishing and his first goal is to become the Angler of the year.

Cullen has had a consistent 2019 series and has managed a number of top ten finishes. He managed to qualify at the Nelson round this year taking out the win. Being his second Australian Championships, he hopes to better last year’s result of 11th place and get into the top ten.

Gear:
It is well known that Cullen loves to use gulp crabbies and nemesis in the camo colour. These two plastics have brought in multiple results for him and continue to catch fish.
Cullen fishes with all daiwa rods and reels and his current favorite is the daiwa commander snowfinch.

Cullen is very excited to have afforded the opportunity to compete against the best at the 2019 Australian Championships.

Special thanks to Hobie for running such an amazing series, the countless hours and effort you guys put into the series is admirable.

## Danny Jobson

My name is Danny Jobson, I’ve been competing in the Hobie Kayak Bream Series for 2 seasons now.

I love the format, the comradeship and the competitiveness but most of all I love to learn. These comps are a great way to learn and enhance your skill set.

My home waterway is Lake Macquarie in NSW but I love the challenge of travelling up and down the coast challenging myself by fishing different systems and scenarios. I’m looking forward to the 2018 Championship and the 2019 series ahead.

## David Hedge

Dave Hedge from Lake Macquaire NSW. I have been fishing the Hobie kayak series since the beginning and fishing all my life.
I found my passion fishing out of a Hobie kayak in the lakes, rivers and harbours i grew up on.

## David Shanahan

Born in Orbost and grew up in the Orbost/Marlo area with a passion for fishing with dad Tom Shanahan and local legend, in his own mind, Allan Allan Allan Lavell. Now living in Yinnar (a 3.5hr hour drive from Bemm River) with very understanding and patient wife Lynley letting me fish all around Australia in the Hobie bream series and Vic bream comps.
Started fishing with lures about 7 years ago after watching Romeo Prezioso consistently catching bigger bream on lures in an annual work fishing comp at Marlo.
I love fishing out of the hobie kayaks, getting to places I never thought fishable and enjoy the added challenge of trying to catch fish against the clock with like minded people.
This year has ticked two top items off my bucket list, namely representing Australia in the Hobie Worlds and getting an opportunity to compete in the China open, with the latter being an extra special experience by taking out the win.
With such a great year I must pass on a big thanks to the Hobie organisation for the opportunities given to me and the Australian team mates before and during the comps. With respect to the China Open I would personally like to thank Carl Dubois and Matt Pettie for their effort in organising the event and finally the much deserved 2019 AOY champ, Simon Morley for all the tips, finding fish and letting me catch (or poach) enough fish to take out my first win.

## Glenn Allen

Glenn Allen is a born and bred local Central Coast fisho. He started out as a little tadpole and then a young little fella fishing on family holidays before hitting anything that swims with fins while he moved up the ranks earning his stripes on the local rocks as a young gun angler that could throw a lure all fly with super speed and precision and turn lookers into takers . He is now getting old and fishers for Bream in a Hobie kayak and is renowned for coming up and pulling Keggers from under peoples noses that had been sitting on a spot all day and breaking hearts. With consistent results he has fished six international events and six Australia championships. Who would of thought he still hasn’t won a Hobie kayak round yet .. anyway that’s a different story. Over the years he has been lucky enough to travel Australia and the world meeting new friends while doing what he loves . He says he would love to thank all the people who have supported him over the years especially his family and friends. He was also very tied after his profile late at night and happened to full asleep … z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z Z z z z z ZZ Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z 🙂

## Jack Gammie

My only goal is to beat Simon Morley and Mitchell Maddison!!
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## Jason Reid

I’ve lived in the Sutherland shire all my life, with the George’s river and the port Hacking river been my local water ways I’ve grownup chasing bream and flathead around the oyster rack in woolaware bay and around the pontoons and sand flats around the port hacking

## Jon Clisby

Jon Clisby is a Victorian based angler who fishes mostly in the Hopkins River at Warrnambool. A past Australian Team member who competed in China and has enjoyed the places and lifestyle the Hobie tournaments have offered him. Specializing in soft plastics fishing, he is keen to do well at Bemm River after a tough 2018 grand final series at Forster. while predominantly using soft plastics, Jon can happily turn his hand to cranking his favorite Prolure S36 or D36…Matt Black of course. Jon is lucky enough to be sponsored by Pro-Lure Australia and he enjoys using the full range of their lures finding that each of them has their important place in his arsenal. Jon has competed in boat tournaments as well as kayak tournaments but finds the kayak series really suits his style of shallow water fishing. In fact, in his view, the shallower the better. He often finds that his fish are caught in areas that are overlooked by other anglers when they deem waters to be to shallow or lacking in structure. This year, Jon has had a mixed season with a couple of solid results and a few less solid efforts. His season was highlighted by his 8th placing at St Georges Basin. He was very happy with this result as it was fishing tough and it was his first tournament in the venue. Currently, Jon is sitting in 35th position in the 2019 Angler of the year with one tournament to go. Marlo is the last comp for 2019 and a good result here will see Jon rise up the AOY ladder and cap off a good season. While there is little chance of a top ten finish, top twenty to top fifteen is possible and that will be a solid end to the season

## Jonathan Chen

Yo yo yo its your boi chenbomb also know as the worlds worst interpreter.
I was born and bred in the nation capital where The closest bream is over 2hours away. I start my passion for catching fish on lures at a young age targeting golden perch, Redfin and Murray cod in the local lakes and rivers walking the banks. Only targeting salt water species when on holiday down the south coast.
I have been fishing these Hobie kayak series since the begin of time and still enjoy it today. Kayak fishing has taken me to some amazing places around Australia and overseas and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way and learn so much from every single one of them.

I enjoy mixing it up between bream and bass competitions in the kayak with a mulwala classic invitational cod competition chucked into the mix it keeps life interesting.

I’m really looking forward to getting back down to victoria and chase some big black bream especially to Bemm river which is such an amazing fishery and one of my favourite fishing locations. My first time to Bemm river was when the last Australian championships was held there and I try and get down there whenever Hobie hold a competition there.

I can’t wait to rip some lips and sink some drinks. It going to be a Australian championships to remember and I know everyone will catch fish which will make a it a great competition for everyone and it could be anyone that takes the title. It’s a location where you can catch them on any technique. Can’t wait to catch up with everyone and have a good time in the pub. Lets hope the weather is good and the fish are on the chew and the beers are cold.

## Joshua Phillips

I’m a rookie bream angler, having caught my first ever black bream on a lure in April 2017. Through 2017 I spent hundreds of hours on the Swan River to hone my bream angling skills in preparation for a debut tournament angling season in 2018. To my astonishment, I won two events (including the Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10 Swan River), placed second in another, and took out two big bream prizes in my debut 2018 season! I have grown to love bream angling and am thrilled to compete in the Series 10 Australian Championship.

## Kevin Varty

I am a competitive kayak angler from Nowra in New South Wales. I am currently a fishing team member for Compleat Angler in South Nowra.
I started competing in Hobie Kayak Bream Series tournaments back in 2012. I have had a number of top finishes since those beginnings and when I am able to make a round I regularly finishes in the top half of the field.
In 2014 I finished the St Georges round and won a place to complete in my first Hobie Fishing World Championship, which was held on Vinkeveense Plassen, outside of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Trailing in 17th place going into the final session of the Worlds, I pulled off a piece of magic, dragging aboard an impressive pike that rocketed me up the leaderboard and into 3rd place in the world. I was the first Australian, an achievement that has only occurred on one occasion since.
I represented Australia once again in Leadville, in Louisiana, USA at Hobie Fishing World 6 where I finished in 20th position, the 4th highest finishing Australian.
Hobie Kayak Bream Series 11 Australian Championship at Bemm River in Victoria will be my 3rd appearance at an Australian Championship. I previously competed at Australian Championship on the Gold Coast, Queensland in 2016 and then at Forster, New South Wales in 2018.

## Luke Rogan

Luke Rogan is a 33 year old angler from Alexander hills in Queensland, Australia. Rogan has been fishing the Hobie Kayak Bream Series since 2013. The first tournament he competed in was at malolaba in Queensland, finishing in the top/ bottom half of the field. But that round was enough to drive him to compete in more Hobie tournaments in Queensland, mainly Bribie Island, Redcliff, and the Gold Coast when they appeared on the Hobie calendar over the following years. His favourite location is fishing the flats all around the islands in Morton Bay up in Queensland. But if there is a canal system in any of the waterways where a Hobie round is contested it’s more than likely that you will find Rogan throwing at the pontoons and boat hulls, a strategy that has won him a few, and placed him in the top ten in many a tournament.

Eventually he ventured into tournaments contested in New South Wales, having tasted a fair degree of success in a few and he got a taste of other states like Western Australia and Victoria, making the Australian Championship on a number of occasions.

He experienced a bit of disappointment along the way as well. In 2014 Rogan led the Gold Coast round after day one with an excellent bag. He had a good sized back up bag on day two as well, travelling way up the Nerang River beyond all other anglers. That bag would have easily won him the tournament, but he misjudged the time it would take him to travel back to the event site and ended up more than 15 minutes late. His day two bag was disqualified and he received a 750g penalty, the ordeal cost him around \$1000 in prize money and sponsor prizes. Not a scenario that Rogan is likely to repeat.

Since he started competitive Hobie comps in 2013 Rogan has consistently been one of the top two Queensland anglers. Regularly sitting lower on the Angle of the Year pointscore than his skills suggest he should, the only thing holding him back has been the location of tournaments, and his ability to get time off work to travel the long distances to compete in the sport he loves. If Rogan can get a fair crack at a solid number of tournaments and his luck holds, he’s a cert to represent Australia at the World Championships, sometime in the near future.

## Michael Walker

I’m from Moruya on the south coast of nsw. I’m lucky to have some of the best black bream fishing available in the country right at my door step. Fishing in the hobie bream series has been the best thing I’ve done in years I’ve meet a lot of great fisherman and made many friends over the last two years. Life’s better with a hobie 🙂

Main reason i fish is to out fish jack gammie. This will be my second championship and i couldnt be happier to be invited. Since fishing the hobie series my passion for fishing only grew. Each event is a date on the calender i bet we all look forward too. Cant wait to get down to Victoria and fish for black bream with a good group of anglers.
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## Paul Burton

My name is Paul Burton I am 35 years of age and started fishing at the age of 5 (From what I can remember that is). I grew up in a family that was pretty keen on the outdoor lifestyle and with that I found my life long love for fishing. I grew up in a suburb of Perth western Australia called salter point. Our home was only a very short walk to the canning river so as my passion for fishing grew and grew I spent more and more hours down in Aquinas bay and the point itself. Sometimes fishing but also lots of time casting. From fly gear to bait caters Ok tought myself how to cast over hundreds of hours down at the river in my younger days. At about the age of 15 once bream were becoming a regular catch I rode my bike to ian sewells tackle shop anglers paradise to purchase some bream lures. This was the beginning of a pretty big spending spree on tackle that well and truly still exists today. I think my first bream came on a 4 inch finess worm by snapback. Then slowly but surely bream became a regular catch on lures. Fast forward to 2016 I got the chance to finally fish my first comp. Managed to get big bream and that kicked off what is my main passion in life. Tournament fishing. I’ve always followed the comps I Perth but felt you needed to be a super star Fisher man to get involved. 3 years later and I’ve surprised myself with what I’ve achieved. Can’t wait to get to bemm and have a chance of taking out another championship. One can dream. I’ll be studying hard to make sure I rock up with as much knowledge as I possibly can. Really look forward to seeing everyone!

## Paul Dunlop

51 yr old plumber from Newcastle nsw competes in bass and bream tournaments.
3rd year competing in hobie series.

## Richard Benson

My name is Richard Benson, I love fishing. I qualified to fish on the Australian kayak fishing team to compete in Hobie Fishing Worlds 7 in Sweden. I’m excited to get invited to the 2018 Australian Championship as well.

## Richard Patterson

Have been tournament Bream fishing for around 6 years now In the boat events but have recently made the move to kayak events. Love all styles of break fishing but mainly like fishing plastics around structure. Part of the Pro Lure Australia team and love designing and testing new products.

## Richard Somerton

I #m 47ye#rs old #nd h#ve been fishing in one w#y or #nother for ne#rly 43 ye#rs.
I grew up in inl#nd Austr#li# ch#sing some of Austr#li#’s iconic species including our Murr#y Cod. Unlike most tr#dition#l introductions to fishing I credit my Mum for getting me into fishing #nd even these d#ys she loves to wet # line with me. But now the roles #re reversed #nd I te#ch her how to fish.
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Over the l#st 10 ye#rs I h#ve competed in both the Bre#m #nd b#ss k#y#k series #nd enjoy the c#m#r#derie, sh#ring of knowledge #nd of course the fishing. Looking forward to competing in my 2nd Australian Championships at Bemm river and the three day format will be a real test at this venue.
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## Sean Hill

Hi my name is Sean Hill and come from the south coast of NSW. I have been a keen fisherman for a long as I can remember, mostly beach and rock fishing. About 4 years ago I was introduced to kayak fishing competition through a local kayak club. As my knowledge and love of the sport grew, I progressed to competing in the Hobie tournaments. Over the past 2 years I have competed in as many of the Hobie rounds as I have been lucky enough to be able to attend. I have enjoyed the friendships, comradery and friendly competitive atmosphere that I have experienced. I have travelled to and fished at some fantastic and beautiful areas of Australia. I really enjoy the challenge of working out a new waterway and just spending time on the water. I competed in my first Australian Championship last year and was lucky enough to make it a real family affair with my wife, children and granddaughter accompanying and supporting me. I am truly thankful to be able to compete in my second Australian Championships.

## Shane Owens

I’m from Perth, Western Australia and have been competing in bream tournaments for over 10 years. In that time I’ve fished in tournaments across Australia thanks to Hobie’s kayak series and enjoyed a level of success that im satisfied with.

This will be my eighth Hobie championship and after a few top ten finishes in years gone by I hope I can do so again and even better, go all the way in this event.

Prior to my days of tournament fishing I grew up living a lifestyle dominated by outdoor activities from fishing and camping to cricket and football. My dad was a major influence in my early days and I have him to thank for exposing me to this wonderful side of life. Therefore it was little wonder why tournament fishing has me hooked and I certainly can’t wait for this upcoming championship event at Forster.

## Steven Pryke

Fishing is more than just a huge part of his life, it’s his passion and living in Lakes Entrance makes it easy to fulfill that passion. Since his earliest memories his family has been into fishing and from that background Steven’s obsession developed to the point where he started competing in the elite Australian fishing tournaments, the Hobie Kayak Bream Series, ABT bream and Vic Bream in 2014 when he was just 16 years old. At the age of 19 I purchased my first tournament boat being a nitro700 lx and making the step to become an Abt boater and competing against the highest ranked anglers in the country

Over the next three plus years he has rapidly risen through the ranks and earned a respected position in the Hobie Kayak and powerboat tournament scene making a name for himself as a young gun of the sport. He has been lucky enough to compete at the highest level in Australia and was chosen to represent Australia in the China Open in 2017 and 2018 along with the 2018 Hobie worlds in Amal Sweden.
I’m lucky enough to get wok in the industry running a Gippsland based fishing magazine known as the Gippsland fishing and outdoors .im lucky enough to speak to wide variety anglers throughout Gippsland and I’ve learnt a great deal form each individual

This will be my 4th Hobie grand final and I’m extremely excited to see a Victorian grand final with Bemm river being a well-known water way and a fishery that I have grown up fishing with it being just under a hour from home

I appreciate the great support he has received from Hobie Polarized and Frogleys Offshore ( Atomic lures , Bassday , Gamakatsu ,Unitika lines, Samurai rods ,Fuji along my mother and father who supported and encouraged me and given me the drive to reach the levels he has achieved today.

## Tony Pettie

I have been fishing the Hobie Kayak Bream series since round 1 at Bemm River in 2010. During this time I have managed to win several rounds and have a number of top 3 & top 10 finishes which have helped me to qualify for 9 Australian Championships. Although I have not had the best results in previous Australian Championships I hope to do well in this years event.
Hobie Fishing has been an amazing series that has let me fish in some great waterways around the country. It has also encouraged me to meet new people and create great friendships.
Hobie Fishing has also sent me around the world to fish in some amazing locations. These locations include, The 5th Hobie Fishing Worlds on Shang Lake in Changshu City, China, where the target species were Chinese Perch, Top Mouth Culter & Yellow Cheek Carp. The 6th Hobie Fishing Worlds in Leeville, Louisiana, USA where the target species were Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder.
The 7th Hobie Fishing Worlds on Lake Vanern at Amal, Sweeden where the target species were Pike & Perch. The 9th China Open on Shengzhong Lake, Sichuan, China where the target species were Chinese Perch, Top Mouth Culter & Red Tail.
Hopefully I can qualify for the next Hobie Fishing Worlds where ever that might be and be able to meet up with old friends and make new friends.
This is where you can cut this part out because 300 word personal profile is not the best fun to write. My god I have 42 more words to insert so that I can save this profile and continue on with my application to the hobie kayak bream series 11 australian championships as this has taken a long long long time and I am ready to go to bed. I have done it at last conquered the 300 word barrier and if i keep going I may get to 320 words.

## Tyson Hayes

’m a Sunshine Coast local bream fisho, most of my hours are spent fishing reefs and man made structures – eg: pontoons, docks, moored boats, ect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I’ve been fishing the Hobie Kayak Bream Series for 10 years now with quite a few good results.
2018 was my best year for aoy
I finally got the 5 rounds I needed to get up in the top end of the field and managed to take 5th place over all which qualified me for the 8th Hobie Fishing Worlds event held on the Gold Coast Somewhere I fish more than my local waterway socially and competitively I ended the comp in 6th place which I was over the moon with . . . . . . . . .

My aoy score also got me a invite to the Chinese open a trip I couldn’t say no to. The comp was held on lake shengzhong in the western part of China just outside Chengdu it was a event I’ll never forget even though fishing was tough
for me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

China was a great experience and learning curve for me and I look forward to earning the trip again in the 2020 hobie series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
My thanks goes to TT LURES & Estuary clothing for suporting and supling me with great pruducts along the way. No doubt they have put me where I am today. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

## Warren Cossell

I like kayak fishing.