Daniel van der Post – Netherlands
Hobie Fishing Worlds 8
Representing the Netherlands for the fourth time, and his second time at a world championship in Australia, is 43-year-old Daniel van der Post from Yerseke, a village situated on the southern shore of the Oosterschelde estuary in the province of Zeeland. Van der Post’s favourite target species are fresh and saltwater predators such as sea bass, pike and zander, but he will have his second go at targeting bream in Australia in 2019.
The first time Van der Post represented his country was at Hobie Fishing Worlds 3 (HFW3), in the East Gippsland region, of Victoria, Australia, in 2013. The area was remote, pristine and virtually in only natural surroundings. On day one of the championship van der Post only caught one legal fish but size wise it was the biggest Black Bream of the day, weighing in at 1.21kg. The fish more than twice the average size of bream caught in that year’s Australian series. He had no luck on the following days of competition and finished in 29th place in a field of 45 anglers.
In 2014 at HFW4 van der Post was one on the favourites to win the event, chasing his favourite species on Vinkeveense Plassen, in his homeland and just 20km south of the capital, Amsterdam. Unfortunately, van der Post caught no legal fish on day one which placed him in a very difficult position. On day two he made a masterful comeback, measuring the longest length of any angler on the day, his 130cm powered him up the leaderboard and once again a threat if he could pull a monster bag on day three. Again his favourite species weren’t interested in his presentations and he had to settle for 16th place.
Van der Post missed the cut for the European team to compete in HFW5 in China in 2015, but he made a reappearance for his country at HFW6 in Louisiana in the USA in 2016, chasing Red Fish and Speckled Pike. While the Big Reds had been on his bucket list, he couldn’t manage to pull a legal aboard, and finished with two Speckled Pike, one on day 2 measuring 15 inches (38.1cm) and another 12 inches (30.48cm) on day 3, for a 39th place finish.
Although coming close to a qualifying place, van der Post didn’t make the European squad to compete at the worlds in Sweden in 2018. But in 2019 he thrilled to be able to travel to the other side of the world to represent his country, and to having another crack at Aussie bream, this time in a built-up urban location, with boats hulls, docks, pontoons, rock walls, other structure and some natural areas.
“I am looking forward to another great adventure ‘downunder’, as I have very good memories of my first worlds appearance back in 2013.
It feels like I have completed a full circle as the 2013 worlds was my first ever tournament that I’d fished. Since then I have fished many tournaments in Europe and hopefully, I’ve picked up a few tricks here and there that will be useful on the Gold Coast. I know that bream fishing is a very special kind of lure, finesse fishing and that it will be very difficult to beat an Aussie in their backyard!
Nevertheless, I am looking forward to catch my first Yellow Fin Bream on the Gold Coast.”
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