Australia’s Day 2 Surge Pushes USA’s Justin Carter to 5th at Hobie Fishing Worlds
Home-standing Richard Somerton, Chris Burbidge, and Jason Meech are 1-2-3 with one day to fish
By Paul Lebowitz
The Australian team came out swinging hard in defense of their home turf on day two of the Hobie Fishing Worlds in Marlo.
Richard Somerton started the day only .05-kilograms in arrears of day one leader Justin Carter of the US. Somerton surged into lead on the strength of two big bream off snags and another off a rock wall – with just ten minutes to go. His two-day total stands at 5.61 kilograms.
Somerton’s Australian teammate Chris Burbidge improved his position from fourth to second, but he’s nearly a full kilogram behind the leader.
Jason Meech (4.49 kilograms) maintained his third standing. Australian Bryce Beechey (4.23 kilograms) sits in fourth.
Justin Carter’s bass know-how didn’t serve him well on day two. He pedaled up-river to work fallen timber, but it ultimately wasn’t the right pattern. He managed two bream for a daily total of .69 kilogram, enough for the fifth spot overall. His US teammate Tom Michael holds down the seventh spot.
The issue is far from decided. Somerton isn’t comfortable with his margin. “A good lead in Marlo is 2 or 3 kilograms. Tomorrow is going to be pretty tight, hopefully I can get out there again tomorrow and strike the same pattern on the rock walls and we’ll see how it goes. Regardless, I’m loving the competition, it’s been great fishing in Victoria for some big black bream and the Pro Angler 14’s are just incredible,” Somerton said according to a Hobie Worlds press release.
The 2013 Hobie Fishing Worlds will conclude on Sunday (Saturday afternoon and evening US time). Strong winds are in the forecast.
Hobie’s worldy anglers are competing in identically rigged Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14’s outfitted with Lowrance electronics, Ram Mounting Systems and Power-Pole micro-anchors. Live weigh-ins will take place on each of the two remaining days of competition with anglers weighing three fish per day. Follow the action on the web at Hobiefishingworlds.com.