André Jones – Portugal

.André Jones is a 33-year-old angler from Setubal, in Portugal. On the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, in July this year, he will be representing his country for the first time at a world championship.

Jones gave us this small insight into his fishing background.

“I fish in both salt and fresh water. In saltwater my target species are Sea Bass and White Sea Bass. Currently, my personal record is a white sea bass weighing in at 39kg. When I fish in freshwater, I dedicate almost 100% of my efforts to Black Bass”.

“I have competed in tournaments for 8 years in freshwater targeting Black Bass, and in 2015 I was vice national champion. From 2015 until now I have only participated in the Bass Nation Portugal events, where I have accumulated some exciting victories”.

Jones decided to break that habit and compete in the European Championship targeting the unfamiliar species of Pike and Perch, with the lure of a chance to represent his country in a world championship.

“I´m a member of the Hobie Fishing Team and I managed to qualify for HFW8 by finishing in 6th place in the 2018 Hobie Fishing European Championship which was held on Lake Lacanau in France. It was the first time that I had ever fished for Pike and Perch, but I was able to adapt myself very well and the results came”.

“This will be my first time representing my country in a world championship, and it will be a dream come true representing Portugal in the best kayak fishing competition in the world. It will truly be an honour for me to fish with the best anglers from all around the globe in Australia”.

“I can´t wait to go to the other side of the world to catch my first bream. It will surely be one of the best experiences of my life”.

Will the Portuguese Bass master be able to adapt to a new species once again? We’ll know the answer to that question in mid-July this year at Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 (HFW8).

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