Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 – Angler Two
Joe Komyati – USA
The Second qualifying angler to register to compete at Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 (HFW8) is 42-year-old Joseph (Joe) Komyati from Raleigh, in North Carolina. Komyati who’ll turn 43 before he arrives in Australia, will be representing the United States for the second time in a world championship, after competing in HFW6 in Lee County, Louisiana in 2016.
In a ripping current, on the Leeville bayous, Komyati was chasing Speckled Trout and Red Fish along with 48 anglers from around the world. A disappointed Komyati had no luck on day one, sitting in 42nd place, at the bottom of the field, along with 8 other anglers with only a donut (no fish) in their bag. Day two saw 6 of those anglers remain on a donut, while Komyati jumped up into 35th place, ahead of 14 other competitors. On the final day of the championship he caught a sweet 30 inch (76.2 cm) Red Fish, which moved him up the leader board to finish in 27th place in his first world championship.
Komyati had no luck in the worlds qualifying rounds, for the next worlds in Amal, Sweden in 2018. But, he qualified for HFW9, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, by coming second to Tyson Peterson in the 2018 Hobie Bass Open, picking up $3000 USD along the way.
Back home in the USA, Komyati is a competitive kayak tournament angler who competes in the IFA Kayak Tour, the Hobie Bass Open Series and the KBF Series. He is also a member of the Hobie Fishing Team.
Komyati specialises in saltwater fishing, from Virginia to Louisiana, but he can always be found at the local bass tournament pulling monster ditch pickles. His favourite fish to catch is Saltwater Red Drum and Snook.
He credits his beautiful wife, Sydney, for introducing him to kayak fishing 8 years ago, and thanks her for all of her support in his fishing adventures.