Baton Rouge kayak angler Steve Lessard wins the fourth Hobie Fishing World Championship _lowres


Baton Rouge kayak angler Steve Lessard dominated the field for three days and claimed the title 4th Hobie Fishing World Championship that ended Saturday on the Vinkeveen Plassen in The Netherlands.

Lessard, a member of the U.S. team, led anglers representing 19 countries for the first two days, then braved a cold front and falling temperatures throughout the final day to win the prestigeous title.

Lessard was the only angler to catch two fish each day. The field was fishing for pike, perch and a species called "zander.' Lessard hauled in an 83 centimeter-long pike and a 29 cm long perch on the field day for a 112 cm total. Australian angler Kevin Varty beat Lessard on the final day with a total length of 130 cm, but Lessard's catches the first two days totaling 252 cm had puit distance between him and the rest of the field.

His three-day total measured 364 cm (143.3 inches), and was 90 cm better than second-place Kyle Moxon from Canada. Moxon caught five fish. No one else in the field caught more than 4 of the three species during the three-day event.

Lessard's U.S. teammate Justin Ritchey finished fifth with four fish that measures 185 cm.