Event Information

Richard Somerton

Age
43
Country
Australia
Home Town
Melbourne
Favourite species to catch:
Trout
Favourite technique:
Flyfishing
Favourite location: 
Alaska
Worlds Experience: 
First Hobie Fishing World Champion, NSW Australia, 2012 Texas, USA, 2013 Victoria, Australia, 2014, Vinkeveen, the Netherlands

richard-somerton

I started fishing and caught my first fish when I was 3 so you could say I was a early learner. I am 43 now and have fished my whole life chasing any species that was available to catch but my favourite species are trout/salmon using Fly fishing techniques. I have fished in many parts of Australia Catching Barramundi in the north to Sea run trout in the south and have fished overseas as far Alaska chasing Silver Salmon and Papua New Guinea for Black Bass.

I started Kayak competition fishing a few years ago out of a Hobie Outback and now own 2 Pro Anglers which I also social fish out of as much as possible. I compete in both our Bream Series and recently Australian Bass series and have made some great friends and learnt so much and enjoy the fun of competing.

This will be my 4th Worlds event and again look forward to meeting new people, making friends and catching up with friends I have made in the past Worlds.

How are you feeling as time counts down to the world championships in China?
I’m really looking forward to the whole words experience again and of course having the chance to catch a new species.
Have you been doing your research?
A bit of online and of course talking to a few Chinese fisherman at the Sheng Zong comp.
What are your thoughts on the target species for the worlds Chinese Perch, Top Mouth Culter and Yellow Cheek Carp?
Looking forward to trying to catch a yellowcheek, I think they are going to be the key. I have caught the other two species but not of a great size.
What rods, reels, lures are you taking?
Mostly Aussie Bass stuff, like baitcasters and a couple of 2500 spin reels and a bit of a mish-mash of lures.
Have you formulated a plan of attack?
Mmmm? Not really.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge?
Again catching the Yellowcheek and the conditions of the lake.
What do you think of your chances in the worlds are?
Like anyone else. If you can crack that pattern you will be in with a chance.
Which team do you think will be the biggest threat? Why?
Of course the Chinese it’s there backyard and there are some great anglers in their team.