Mark Young – Australia
Hobie Fishing Worlds 8 –

31 year old, family man, Mark Young is from Kincumber on the central coast of New South Wales, in Australia. He will be competing in his second world championship after an exciting time on the waters of Lake Vanern, in Sweden where he finished in a creditable 16th place.

At HFW7 in Sweden the biggest thrill for Young was catching his first pike, but his biggest surprise was the honour of being chosen as the winner of the “Angler’s Choice Award”. Singled out by his peers, for sportsmanship, camaraderie and for sharing the “Hobie Spirit”, Young won a free trip, and entry into Hobie fishing Worlds 8 (HFW8).

On day one in Amal, Sweden, in his first world championship, and fishing for pike and perch for the first time, Young showed he is a true all-round angler, catching two legal pike measuring 114cm. But he was unable to back up his metre plus pike bag with any perch, on his first day of representing his country in foreign waters.

On day two he bagged out with pike at 145cm and found what was needed to get his perch technique working, bringing 60cm into his Hobie kayak, and accumulating an excellent day two total to 205cm, the 6th longest measure of the day.

On day three he was unable to get another double-double and landed a single pike for 56cm and two perch for 61cm with 117cm in his bag, his total score climbed to 436cm. Not bad for an Aussie fishing for two new species in an unfamiliar environment.

Back on the Gold Coast in 2019 things will be quite different, as Young has fished the worlds venue on a couple of previous occasions.

He qualified and competed in the 2016 Australian Championship where he finished 37 in a field of 50 of Australia’s best kayak bream anglers, but at the time he was unfamiliar with the Queensland location.

Young followed that tournament up in 2017, in one of Australia’s Hobie Kayak Bream Series rounds. Having learnt from his experience the previous year, while competing in the Australian Championship, he finished the tournament in the money, and in third place, just 90g behind the winner. Young learns quickly and now has form and success on the world’s arena, and could be a real threat come July.

“I started in the Hobie bream tournaments in 2015 competing against Australia’s best, and after two seasons of learning and qualifying for the Australian championship, I set a goal for a big season and to try and qualify for the “worlds” in Sweden”.

“When I made the Australia team I was stoked to have to have achieved my goal! After a great time in Sweden, I was even more rapt with getting the “Anglers Choice Award” and receiving entry to the world champs on the Gold Coast. I was also fortunate enough to be on the Australia team to compete at the China Open, which was an awesome experience and I came away with a place in the top ten”.

“I want to thank Hobie Asia Pacific and the International Hobie Fishing Worlds Association for these great opportunities and fantastic experiences”.

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