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news release: fish’n’tip 0607 fishing news by rob paxevanos
Dated: 20 October, 2011
Anglers from all over the world are coming to compete here in NSW.

Rob’s weekly FISH’N’TIP 0607 written for the week of Wed 19/10/2011


Hobie Cat Australasia in conjunction with Daiwa Australia, announce that eighteen competitors from five nations, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, USA and Australia, will compete in the inaugural Hobie world kayak fishing championships. The tournament will be held in Australia, on the New South Wales mid north coast, starting on October 27 at Camden Haven on the Camden Haven River, moving to the Hastings River at Port Macquarie on October 29 and 30.

The 1ST Daiwa Hobie® Kayak World Fishing Championships is the concept of Steve Fields, General Manager of Hobie Cat Australasia. Steve is a former sailing world and national champion in multiple Hobie Cat Catamaran classes.

Steve Fields, stated, “Hobie Cat has been hosting Hobie sailing world championships since the first Hobie 16 titles held in Hawaii in 1976. They are fantastically competitive and ruthless events on the water but they are great social occasions as well”.

“People from all over the world with similar interests not only compete but share expertise, knowledge and skills. In the end, there is one World Champion, but everyone goes home feeling better about themselves, with new friends, new skills and having had a cultural experience in a part of the world they otherwise may never have visited.”

“Hobie Cat has grown and diversified into new areas since those early days. Our venture into kayaks has built a huge, worldwide Hobie kayak fishing fraternity. I wanted to bring these people together somehow and came up with the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships. I put the concept to Daiwa Australia and they loved the idea so much they jumped straight aboard, as the major sponsor of the first such event ever to be held.”

Day one of the International competition will be a standalone event. However, on the starting signal, at 7am on the weekend of October 29 – 30, the spectacular sight of 67 pedal powered Hobie MirageDrive® Pro Angler kayaks will leave the beach. The world championship competitors will be joined on the water by grand finalists from the 13 rounds, held throughout Australia, of the Daiwa Hobie ABT Kayak Fishing Series.

Live weigh-ins of the catches will take place on the waterfront grassed area at the Water’s Edge Boutique Hotel, Buller Street Port Macquarie, from 2pm on each of the three days of the world championship competition.

For more information or photos please call Bob Findlay Office: +61 2 4441 8400 Mobile: 0412 127 454 or keep up to date at and the event site at

Western Native Fish Roadshow coming to a town near you

Western NSW communities are being encouraged to get involved in protecting inland river systems and native fish stocks as part of NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (NSW DPI) Western Native Fish Roadshow from 7-18 November 2011.

“The fish roadshow gives western NSW communities a unique chance to find out all about native fish and how we can all play our part in protecting their habitats,” NSW DPI Conservation Management Officer, Rodney Price, said today.

“The roadshow brings together a series of community and school events along the river including in Collarenebri, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Louth, Wilcannia and Menindee.

“School kids will get the chance to learn all about native fish and healthy habitats, with the roadshow visiting western NSW classrooms.

“Kids will learn about issues affecting their local river systems and the importance of healthy and sustainable rivers for recovering native fish populations.

“NSW DPI staff are also conducting sessions at the Dubbo and Walgett schools of distance education to ensure remote and isolated kids have the opportunity to get involved in the fish awareness week.”

“NSW DPI’s education trailer, ‘Perchy’, will be on tour and chock-a-block with resource material and a scale model of a fishway and a mini carp separation cage,” Mr Price said.

“People can find out all about fish breeding patterns, migration and friends and foes of our native fish populations.

“There’re lots of interesting and quirky things people generally don’t know about native fish – such as Australian Smelt smell like cucumbers or that Murray Cod needs to lay its eggs on a snag.

“The forums will be interactive and allow participants to ask questions on native fish facts and speak to experts who have practical experience in native fish management.”

Media contact: Steve Green on (02) 6391 3686 or 0427 192 658

Information on native fish community sessions
November 7
Collarenebri Club, 6pm
November 8
Walgett Sporting Club, 6pm
November 9
Brewarrina RSL Club, 6pm
November 10
The Northy, 6pm
November 14
Port O Bourke Hotel, 6pm
November 15
Shindy’s Inn, 6pm
November 16
Wilcannia School Library, 6pm
November 17
Albermarle Hotel, 6pm

See you on the water.

Rob Paxevanos

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