DRAFT 2018 CALENDAR DATES FOR HOBIE KAYAK BREAM SERIES 10
The Hobie Fishing Team has released the draft tournament calendar for the 2018 Hobie Kayak Bream Series, and the 10-year anniversary of the premier national series has some exceptional innovations included.
In 2018 the tournament tour will venture to new and exciting venues as well as revisiting some of Australia’s favourite tournament waterways.
Anglers competing in Bream Series 10 will no longer be required to have an ABT membership. Instead, an angler after entering online for their first event of the year will be issued with a Hobie Club membership number, and a specially designed Hobie Club card will be posted to the address included in the angler’s entry. The Hobie Club membership will be free of charge to all competing anglers.
The series is again supported by Daiwa, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, JML Anglers Alliance, Power-Pole, Mortgage Corp and Pro Lure. Two fantastic new sponsors, Lurefans from China, who have supported the Hobie Fishing World Championship over the past two years and Australia’s sensational lure company Cranka.
The Divisions introduced in 2016 will continue in our 10-year anniversary series. We hope to see a lot more, young anglers, women and keen older fishos join this welcoming, friendly and exciting national series. Don’t forget that if you are a first-time competitor you still enter online, come along and get your first taste of tournament fishing and pay no entry fee. However, if you choose the no payment option you will not be eligible for the large cash payouts on offer. If, on the other hand, you choose to pay the entry fee you will be eligible for any cash prize and sponsor prize packs offered in the Open Division.
To assist eager anglers from across the country to start competing early in the season, rather than having to wait for the Hobie circuit to work its way closer to your favourite or accessible locations, the calendar structure has changed. In previous years, the events calendar would focus on one region e.g. East Gippsland, where we’d do three events and then move to another region. This year back to back tournaments in a particular region will not happen. After a tournament is completed, the next Series 10 event will be held at a more distant location, with the possibility of returning to a region later in the calendar.
All that bi-catch in a tournament can get pretty, frustrating, especially when bream are the only species that count at the end of the day. Well, what about this little bonus? On Saturday’s we will be introducing a “comp within a comp”. A flathead or mixed-bag comp will be added within Bream Series 10 tournaments. These species will be scored separately from the bream leaderboard and will have dedicated prizes awarded. More on this will come later.
The Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10 Australian Championship is also undergoing a major time change. The big news is that the championship will now be held in February of the following year, and will be the opening event of each season. The location for the 2018-19 Australian Championship will be announced later in the season.
But Wait! There’s more! This is going to raise a few eyebrows. 2018 will see the introduction of two totally awesome stand-alone tournaments. The Hobie Kayak Fishing Snapper Social Open and the Hobie Kayak Fishing Yellow Belly Social Open. Whoa! Can’t wait to get your hooks into those two? Hold onto to your rods, we’ll get you more details on these events soon.
It is going to be another sensational year on the Hobie kayak fishing tournament scene with enough rounds and heaps of variety to keep everyone happy. Spread the events calendar around and let’s get new anglers involved. They’ll bring with them more competition, more challenges, greater prizemoney and fantastic social opportunities, making Australia’s ultimate kayak fishing series even better.
For full details check out our 10th Anniversary Calendar below or head to hobiefishing.com.au
2018 CALENDAR DATES FOR HOBIE KAYAK BREAM SERIES 10
Round MonthDates Location/State
Round 1 February10 - 11 Bemm River, VIC
Round 2 March10 - 11 Foster / Wallis Lake, NSW
Round 3 April7 - 8 Sydney, NSW
Round 4 May5 - 6 Metung, VIC
Round 5 June2 - 3 Gold Coast, QLD
Round 6 September15 - 16 Central Coast, NSW
Round 7 October13 - 14 Hopkins, VIC
Round 8 November3 - 4 Lake Macquarie, NSW
Round 9 November24 - 25 Mallacoota, VIC
Round 10 TBA
Round 11 TBA
Australian Championship - February 2019 Date and Venue to To Be Advised
Subject to change due to weather and permit requirements. While Hobie takes every care to confirm dates we reserve the right alter the calendar and will not be held responsible for changes outside of our control.