Felix Frey – Sweden
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Felix Frey from Linköping, Östergötland in Sweden is a 23-year-old angler with a huge future ahead of him. At such a young age he has already accumulated a wealth of kayak fishing tournament accolades, including representing his country on home soil, in 2018, at the 7th Hobie Fishing World Championship (HFW7) in Amal on the shores of Lake Vanern in Sweden.
Fishing for pike and perch Frey was one of the favourites going into the event having had previous experience at the same arena and performing extremely well in tournaments leading up to the worlds. Frey won his place in HFW7 by coming second at the European Championships to another young Swede, Albin Falk, who also won a HFW7 qualifying spot. The two were set to take on the world’s best kayak anglers.
On day one of the championship, a calm, yet enthusiastic Frey pedalled off with 47 anglers from the compact harbour in Amal, to take on the pike and perch in Europe’s third largest lake, which had only just thawed after the winter ice-over.
Frey was one of 39 anglers who caught pike his 72cm and 76cm fish were just under average size for the day, with the biggest caught by the eventual day one leader, Finland’s Janne Koivisto at 106cm. Frey was unable to back up his two pike with a perch, a common scenario with only 14 anglers measuring the species, only eleven anglers getting a perch and pike double, and even more importantly only eight filling their bag with two of each species.
Day two was crucial if he was to stay in the mix and Frey, sitting in 20th place, headed straight to tried and true fishing grounds that had worked for him in the past. But after a 148cm bag on day one, his day two bag came in at a shorter 121cm, and he dropped two places on the leaderboard to 22nd.
On the final day of competition, Frey, out of contention for a podium finish, his best hope now being, making the top ten. He bagged out in pike for the third straight day, his two fish measuring 124cm. However, for the first time he came home with a full bag, of two pike and two perch, measured. His perch came in at 68cm giving him a solid day three bag of 192cm.
Frey finished in 15th place in his first world championship with an accumulated total of 461cm for 6 pike and a solitary perch. It was a great comeback, but the chance to match the winner Salah el Barbouchi from Germany on 653cm, swam away with the perch he needed in his tally.
Frey said, “I have been fishing my entire life. It’s always been a big passion of mine to head out on the water in search of some big fish. Together with my younger brother, my father and grandparents, took me on some trips when I was very young. I guess that sent me on the path to where I’m today”.
Nowadays, Frey is one of the younger European kayak anglers competing actively in the European competition scene. But with two podium places in the last two Hobie European Championships, one in Holland 2017 and one in France in 2018, and a aim of improving his HFW7 placing, Frey is eager to do well at the upcoming Hobie Fishing Worlds in Australia.
“It will be a dream come true, to be able to travel the world and represent Sweden in this amazing event. I’m already counting off the days. I’m super excited about the format, and using the new Hobie Livewell V2 in the competition, it will be so much fun trying to catch the elusive Yellow Fin Bream”, said Frey.
“I’m truly looking forward to meeting all of the amazing anglers who are going to Australia from all over the world”.
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