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Lafourche Parish to host world fishing championship

Lafourche Parish to host world fishing championship

The Bayou Lafourche Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that Lafourche Parish will host the 2016 Hobie® Fishing World Championship the week of December 4-11.

The kayak fishing tournament will draw in 50 anglers from 25 countries around the world to Leeville.

The Hobie® Fishing World Championship takes place in a different country each year and is only hosted in the United States every four years.

Lafourche Parish was chosen for the sixth annual tournament for the abundance of fish and the unique inshore topography that is attractive to kayak fishermen.

Hobie® Fishing Worlds Tournament Director, Keeton Eoff, says hosting the championship in Leeville is a great way to showcase the culture of Lafourche Parish and give anglers an opportunity to experience a place like no other in the world.

"We chose the Leeville area of Lafourche Parish based on the quality of fishing during the fall and winter, the vast, easily accessible water for kayak fishing, and the culture and hospitality of south Louisiana," said Eoff.

The area’s traditional fish species will be targets for the anglers including redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. All fish will be Catch Photo Release. The angler with the highest cumulative length over the three-day period of competition will be crowned the 2016 Hobie® Fishing World Champion.

Hobie® will be airing the tournament on CBS Sports and Fox Sports networks in late February or early March of 2017.

Lafourche Parish will be showcased on a national and international platform as the tournament is expected to garner significant media coverage. Hobie® Worlds and participating anglers will have a heavy presence on social media platforms leading up to and during the tournament.

“Events like Hobie® continue to shine a bright light on one of Lafourche Parish’s best assets; fishing,” said CVB Executive Director Timothy P. Bush. “The visibility of this event will help potential visitors see the recreational value of our destination and why they should experience it firsthand.”

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