5th Hobie® Fishing World Championship Tournament Rules

PUBLISHED 01/09/2015. Updated 12/11/2015


The 5th Hobie Fishing World Championship is an invitational event involving top kayak anglers from across the globe in three days of competition. Qualification for the event shall be determined through a competitive format, or by bid selection in each competing nation and by special invitation.


All contestants shall follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is a credit to themselves, to Hobie, Hobie’s sponsors, Chinese Angling Association (CAA), the sport of fishing and Hobie’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules of the event.
  • Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
  • Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
  • Anglers are not to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while competing. Legally required blood alcohol levels must be adhered to and the IHFWC reserves the right to request a blood alcohol test prior to the start of the competition or at any time during competition hours.
  • Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization globally.
  • Any comments, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of this section. This includes verbal communication and social media.
  • In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, the Tournament Director shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete. A disqualified angler shall forfeit their entry.


  • The event shall provide a PFD to all Worlds anglers. All anglers shall wear the provided PFD at all times on the water.
  • At the morning check-in each competitor shall be issued with a numbered key tag for that day only. Anglers shall be issued with a different key tag number each day.
  • All anglers MUST return their key tag to the key tag board when they return to the event site at session finish time regardless of whether they are measuring fish or not.
  • In the event of angler/s not returning their key tag to the key tag board, by the session finish time, the event organisers shall commence a search for the missing angler/s.
  • IHFWC will encourage CAA, Fisheries and Boating Officers to attend all IHFW tournaments to police safety regulations, registration (if required), relevant boating legislation as well and alcohol and drug laws.
  • IHFWC sportsmanship principals dictate that care of fellow anglers is of the upmost importance. If an angler or boat is in distress, it is expected that other anglers will assist. Remember that safety is more important that your day’s catch.
  • Emergency calls should be made to a tournament official when possible.


  • All anglers shall fish from the supplied, identically rigged, Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayaks.
  • No decals, mounts, fittings or modifications shall be made to the factory supplied kayaks.


  • Attendance at daily briefings is mandatory for all anglers.
  • See event information sheets for exact briefing times.
  • Arriving late to a briefing may incur a starting time penalty of not less than 5 minutes.
  • Failure to attend a briefing shall result in that angler being disqualified for the day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.


  • Check-in times shall be announced at the Competitor Meeting. ALL anglers must collect their key tag before the start of each days briefing. Failure to do so shall result in time penalties at the rate of 5 centimeters and/or 50 grams per minute late or part thereof.
  • After the morning check-in each day and before the start, anglers’ kayaks may be checked for safety equipment.
  • Session start method shall be announced by the Tournament Director at the Daily Briefing.


  • Once instructed to leave the dock, anglers shall make their way to the starting area (See event location map).
  • The starting line shall be between the two Pro Angler 14’s with event flags.
  • For details on starting procedure see Start Procedure Diagram.


  • Anglers must abide by all of the local fishing and boating regulations. Hobie and CAA Inspectors may patrol the tournament waterways.
  • ALL session start times shall be announced by the tournament director the previous day and posted to the official notice board.
  • Kayaks should remain a cast apart (30 metres) while fishing.
  • All three species must be at least the minimum legal length. Fish below the minimum size should be immediately.
    • The legal lengths are as follows:                  
      • Chinese Perch: 25 centimeters;
      • Top Mouth Culter: 30 centimeters;
      • Yellow cheek Carp: 30 centimeters
    • If an angler presents an undersize fish to the scorer they will be disqualified for that day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.
    • 1 Chinese Perch, 1 Top mouth Culter, 1 Yellow Cheek Carp shall be the daily target (unless otherwise advised by the Tournament Director).
    • It is the angler’s responsibility for the well being of the fish.
    • Any angler on the tournament waterway outside of session times will be disqualified for that day.


  • Cast-and-retrieve only – no trolling, no live baits, no dead baits.
  • Only artificial lures and flies shall be used during competition.
  • Alabama style rigs or multi-rigs are not allowed.
  • Drift fishing is allowed. Anglers may drift up to 50 metres between casts. Once an angler has drifted 50 metres, the angler must retrieve the lure and recast.
  • Commercially sold scents may be added and used.
  • Only ONE rod, either a casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod shall be used at any one time.
  • The rod must be hand held whilst fishing at all times.
  • Hobie shall supply fish grips to all anglers. Only fish grips supplied by Hobie shall be used.
  • Hobie shall supply landing nets to all anglers. Only landing nets supplied by Hobie shall be used.
  • ALL fish shall be caught in a conventional sporting manner. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may select another rod.
  • Anglers shall not catch or measure fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.
  • ALL fish must be caught from the provided Hobie kayak. If the angler is out of the kayak, for any reason, between casting and landing of the fish, the catch shall not be permitted.
  • During the hours of competition, contestants shall not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a non-competitor’s boat; the placing of markers by a non-competitor; being towed by or riding on motorized vessels; or receiving electronic, voice or data communication from a non-competitor.


  • The fishing location shall be Shang Lake as seen in the supplied event location map.
  • The event lake map will list off limits or out of bounds areas. GPS coordinates will be provided whenever possible.


  • Anglers kayaks shall not be inside any off limits or out of bounds area, anglers lure and line shall be considered to be an extension of the kayak.
  • Anglers shall not cast, land a lure or fish in any out of bounds or off limits location.
  • South Western entry to the canals labeled TBA has been removed.Northern TBA Boundary is confirmed as out of bounds / off limits. GPS coordinates to be provided when possible.
  • Anglers must remain within the boundaries set out by the Tournament Director. Failure to adhere to this rule shall result in disqualification for that day and a penalty of 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.


  • Anglers fishing in the 5th Hobie Fishing World Championship will not be allowed to access the tournament arena Shang Lake from and including the Monday the12th October 2015, until and including Tuesday the 10th November 2015.
  • A pre-fish ban means anglers are not allowed on competition waterways and linked systems for ANY REASON.
  • During the pre-fish ban no contestant shall be on tournament waters, and no person shall be on tournament waters to locate fish or gain fishing information on a contestant’s behalf.
  • The Lowrance Navigation Day shall be held for all anglers on Wednesday 11th November.
  • During the Lowrance Navigation Day, anglers may sound out fish but shall not take any fishing tackle in their kayak.
  • The Power-Pole Pre-Fish Day (where anglers can catch fish) shall be held on Thursday November 12th.


The Hobie Fishing World Championship shall consist of one Navigation session, one Pre-Fish day and three days of competition, The breakdown of these days as follows:

Monday Nov 9
Arrival Day

Tuesday Nov 10
Registration, Welcome lunch and Championship Briefing and Opening Ceremony Dinner

Wednesday Nov 11
Briefing, Lowrance Navigation Day & Kayak Allocation, Hobie Cat Australasia Banquet Dinner

Thursday Nov 12
Briefing, Power-Pole Pre Fish Day

Friday Nov 13
Briefing, Rhino-Rack Hobie Fishing World Championship Day 1 China Angling Association Dinner

Saturday Nov 14
Briefing, Rhino-Rack Hobie Fishing World Championship Day 2

Sunday Nov 15
Briefing, Rhino-Rack Hobie Fishing World Championship Day 3, The Sports Bureau of Changshu & Changshu Yushan & Shangchu Tourist Resort Presentation Dinner

Monday Oct 16
Check out


  • Key Tags shall be placed on the key tag board immediately on return to the event site, at completion of the session finish time. Tags not returned by the allotted time shall be penalised at the rate of 5 centimeters and/or 50 grams per minute.
  • If an angler returns later than 15 minutes after session finish time, the angler shall be disqualified for the day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.
  • Penalties shall be deducted from the anglers accumulated weight and length and may incur a negative score.
  • Tournament staff are NOT permitted to place the key tag for anglers. The Key tag shall be placed on the key tag board by the angler.
  • Kayak anglers may return to the scoring location earlier than the allotted time, however, once their key tag is placed on the key tag board, the angler’s session is deemed over and they shall not return to the water. All anglers shall wait until the designated scoring, to weigh in / submit their catch cards.


The event may be a combined Weigh-in / CPR tournament based on weather conditions, the well-being of the fish and the decision of the Tournament Director.

Weigh in procedure

In the event of a live weigh-in, the only species to be weighed in shall be Chinese Perch and the following rules shall apply. The species to be photographed and measured shall be Top Mouth Culter and Yellow Cheek Carp.

  • Fish shall be at least the minimum legal length and shall be measured mouth closed, to the tip of the tail. Any undersized fish presented at weigh-in shall result in the angler being disqualified for that day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.
  • Only live fish are eligible for weigh in.
  • Only Chinese Perch are allowed in the livewell, no other species shall be held in the live well at any time.
  • Only One Chinese perch may be allowed in the live at any one time.
  • Fish shall be weighed in order of angler arrival to the holding tank line up.
  • Weigh-in details shall be established during the briefing prior to the start of the event.
  • Each angler may weigh only 1 fish per session.
  • Fish that are unable to swim away from the release point shall be reweighed and deducted from the anglers’ score.

Catch Photo Release (CPR)

If no live weigh in takes place the following rules shall apply to all three species.

  • Fish must be photographed on the provided measuring device, clearly showing the length of the fish with the key tag visible.
  • More than one photo of a fish may be taken. Anglers shall record their selected image number on the catch card. Alternate images may be used in the event of a discrepancy.
  • Length shall be determined from the forward-most point of the fish with the mouth closed to the longest point on the tail. The tail may be pinched to assist in determining length.
  • Fish must measure above the minimum length to be scored. Any undersized fish presented to scoring shall result in the angler being disqualified for that day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.
  • The Tournament Director shall review the photos to verify results.
  • The Tournament Director is responsible for the final call in all matters.
  • A maximum of 1 target fish, per species, per day shall be presented to scoring.


  1. Minimum legal size for the target species
  • Top Mouth Culter:30 centimeters
  • Yellow Creek Carp:30 centimeters
  • Chinese Perch:25 centimeters
  1. Measurement

We shall adopt a custom, positive, points scoring system per species. i.e. in a field of 60 anglers, the longest and / or heaviest scores 60 points, the second heaviest or longest scores 59 points and so forth. Zero catches would receive 0 points.


First, we will keep each competitor’s aggregate length / weight per species (not combined) over the 3 days and will have a ranking table. Then we can use the positive points scoring system to decide their final scores. i.e. the winner should have the maximum points of 180. 60 points maximum per species.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the largest fish caught in the last session; If a tie remains, by the largest fish in session 2. If a tie still remains, by the largest fish in session 1. If all are the same, the Tournament Director will make a decision.

The tables as follow will show how we score:

Results- Top Mouth – Units centimeters

Species Top Mouth Unit CENTIMETERS
Names Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Points
Comp.1 45 cm 75 cm 91 cm 211 cm 60
Comp.2 38 cm 88 cm 75 cm 201 cm 59
…. 38 cm 78 cm 67 cm 183 cm 58
Comp.58 35 cm 38 cm 45 cm 118 cm 3
Comp.59 0 0 0 0 0
Comp.60 0 0 0 0 0

Results- Yellow Cheek Carp – Units centimeters

Species Yellow Cheek Unit CENTIMETERS
Names Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Points
Comp.1 45 cm 75 cm 91 cm 211 cm 60
Comp.2 38 cm 88 cm 75 cm 201 cm 59
…. 38 cm 78 cm 67 cm 183 cm 58
Comp.58 35 cm 38 cm 45 cm 118 cm 3
Comp.59 0 0 0 0 0
Comp.60 0 0 0 0 0

Results- Chinese Perch – Units centimeters or kilogram.

For the table below the example below is shown in kilograms.

Species Chinese Perch Unit CM or KG
Names Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total Points
Comp.1 0.8 kg 1.2 kg 1.5 kg 3.5 kg 60
Comp.2 0.7 kg 0.75 kg 0.99 kg 2.44 kg 59
…. 0.6 kg 0.61 kg 0.78 kg 1.99 kg 58
Comp.58 0.55 kg 0.8 kg 0.4 kg 1.75 kg 3
Comp.59 0 0 0 0 0
Comp.60 0 0 0 0 0

TOTAL Results-Ranking

Names Top Mouth Culter Yellow Cheek Carp Chinese Perch Points
Comp.1 60 60 60 180
Comp.2 59 59 59 177
…. 58 58 58 174
Comp.58 3 3 3 9
Comp.59 1 1 1 0
Comp.60 1 1 1 0



  • “Angler Assist” shall be allowed when handling large fish. Anglers may summon a nearby competitor for assistance in measuring and photographing the fish in order to get a clear measurement and ensure safety of the fish. Photo must be taken with the angler’s own camera.
  • Participants shall only use digital cameras with removable memory cards for recording fish (cameras shall not be shared by anglers). Smart phones with removable memory cards may be used.
  • Images may not be digitally altered or enhanced in any way.
  • Anglers must bring their removable memory card and signed catch card to the scorer and place in the supplied zip-lock bag. Anglers will write their name and that day’s key tag number on the bag.
  • The tournament scorekeeper shall be able to read most standard memory cards; however anglers should bring a USB cable for their camera / Smart phone to ensure that their photos may be downloaded.
  • Anglers are to ensure that their camera cards work prior to the tournament.
  • Memory cards must be blank at the start of the tournament.


  • All criteria must be met or the photo will not be scored.
  • The whole fish, tip to tail (Aside from your hand, the fish must be clear of any devices. Mouth/fins/tail cannot be obstructed in the photo).
  • Laying with the tip of the lip at the beginning of the ruler.
  • Supplied lip grips may be used as long one of the fish’s lips is touching the beginning of the ruler and they do obstruct the photo.
  • Measurement markings on the measuring board shall be clearly visible.
  • An angler’s daily assigned key-tag shall be visible.


  • One overhead photo (taken from directly above, not at an angle).
  • Photo criteria for extremely large fish will require angler assist and 2 measuring boards to be laid end to end as per demonstration at briefing.
  • A nut and bolt shall be supplied with each kayak to attach the 2 measuring boards at the tail end of the boards.


  • It is the angler’s responsibility to write down on the Catch Card their longest fish.
  • The angler shall nominate the picture ID to each of the fish lengths. (No picture equals no points and no key tag in photo equals no points).
  • Anglers shall be given 20 minutes after the session finish time to return the signed completed catch cards and photo memory card in the supplied plastic bag with that day’s key tag number and their name clearly visible on the bag to the scorer.
  • When filling in the catch card, fish shall be rounded to the nearest full centimeter (EG: 30.5 cm and above shall be rounded up to 31cm, 30.4cm and below shall be rounded down to 30cm).


  • The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to communicate fishing information or to make contact with any one, including family members, during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Anglers caught communicating in the ways listed shall be DSQ for that day and penalised 750 grams and/or 75 centimeters.
  • Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by non-electronic methods.
  • Emergency calls are permitted and should be made to a tournament official if/when possible. Emergency numbers will be posted on the official notice board if applicable.


  • All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Director, in writing, along with a $100 USD cash deposit, within twenty (20) minutes of the end of the session time for each day.
  • Any concerns regarding clarification of rules shall be discussed with the Tournament Director BEFORE the start of the session each day.


  • Sponsor prizes may be awarded.
  • Rhino-Rack Big Fish Prize will be awarded to the largest fish per species per session.


  • ALL anglers must have a valid Resort Fishing ID.


  • In the event of unfavourable weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, a minimum of 4 hours over the 3 days shall constitute a world championship. In the event of less than 4 hours being fished, no World Champion shall be declared for that year.


  • During competition hours only approved event apparel and hats shall be worn by all anglers.


  • Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director and/or the IHFWC. Decisions of the Tournament Director and IHFWC are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
  • If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.
  • Any/all rule changes will be posted for viewing on the event notice board and on the event website prior to session starting times each day.
  • All rules are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Tournament Director and/or the IHFWC.
  • ALL rules are applied as interpreted by the Tournament Director and/or by the International Hobie Fishing Worlds Committee (IHFWC) and the Director’s decision is final.
  • The Tournament Director and or the IHFWC has the right to modify, change or move the arena location.








Updated: 12/11/2015

  • Clarification fish grip usage in Photography.
  • Update of out of bounds / off limits areas

Updated: 11/11/2015

  • Clarification of fishing boundaries GPS points provided.
  • Clarification of measuring extremely large fish

Updated: 10/11/2015

  • Clarification of fishing boundaries.
  • Multi rig or Alabama style rigs disallowed
  • Clarification of live well rules. Only one (1) Chinese perch only allowed in live-well at any time.

Updated: 09/11/2015

  • Clarification of fishing location and arena.
  • Location of boundaries.
  • Starting location and procedure,

Updated: 21/09/2015

  • Included information regarding provided fish grips and landing nets to Fishing methods section.
  • Included information regarding PFD to Safety section.