Team Australia

Scott Baker

FROM: Mornington, Vic

DOB: 24/8/73

AGE: 38

Scott holds the Australian ABT Hobie Kayak Record for biggest bream: 1.78kg Marlo, in 2010. He Started fishing when he was 5 years old with his dad targeting freshwater fish. His first cast was with a rod he took from his dad's boat and cast a celtar lure and landed his first fish. This set the hook literally. Having grand- parents who lived on the Gippsland Lakes, he chased bream with bait for 6 out of 7 days a week for 20 years. All of Scott's school holidays and spare time was dedicated to chasing this wonderful species. When he got older fishing became the reason for a sea change and he spent most of his spare time chasing snapper and bream on artificial lures. Kayak fishing kind of started for Scott by accident. Given a kayak to spear fish with, he thought, "Why don't I try fishing out of this thing?" That was over 8 years ago now. A dedicated bream angler, he has competed in the Hobie Kayak series from its inception. Scott has only missed 5 events over the past 3 seasons. His passion has translated to his oldest son who is 6 and already has his own Hobie Sport.

Greg Lewis

FROM: Burrill Lake. NSW

DOB: 14/11/75

AGE: 35

2009 Kayak Angler of the Year
2010 Kayak Angler of the Year
2011 Kayak Angler of the Year

Greg regularly fishes many of the NSW South Coast estuaries and Lakes, targeting bream. He had a particularly great time competing in all rounds across Australia in the 2009 Hobie/ ABT Bream series. The man who all competitors need to keep an eye on, Greg is one of the favourites to take out the championship title.

Kevin Winchester

FROM: NSW

DOB: 12/7/73

AGE: 35

Kevin has been kayak fishing for bream for 3 years now. He has been a Hobie dealer for 7 years and in the Hobie arena for 18 years. Bream is Kevin's thing and yes he is standing up in the photo.

Steve Fields

FROM: Sanctuary Pt, NSW

DOB: 06/10/55

AGE: 56

Steve started fishing at an early age in Florida (USA) for Large and small mouth Bass, as well as, other fresh water fish. A former Hobie Catamaran World Champion and Australian National Catamaran Champion in multiple class', Steve has now turned his hands back to his original love, fishing. He now gets a thrill out of kayak fishing and finds fishing in Hobie's kayak events a real blast. Steve says "If you haven't tried competing in these events then why not give them a go?" He is currently the Managing Director of Hobie Cat Australasia which is based in Huskisson on the New South Wales south coast and is a great supporter of kayak fishing events in this country.

Matt Petrie

FROM: Rosebud, Vic

DOB: 18/04/68

AGE: 43

Matt started fishing (mostly land based) at the age of 5 at the family holiday spot in Waratah Bay. He spent his teenage years dedicated to playing football then followed by family and work commitments, fishing had to take a back seat. Matt moved to the Mornington Peninsula in 2006, which re-ignited his passion for fishing. He discovered kayak fishing in 2008 and quickly becam addicted. Matt has competed in the Daiwa/Hobie Kayak Fishing Series from 2009 to 2011.

Scott Lovig

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FROM: Mornington, Vic

DOB: 16/10/71

AGE: 40

A life spent sailing and fishing has resulted in Scott being able to make of living as one of Hobie Cat Australasia's busiest Hobie dealers. He regularly sails a Hobie Tiger and has participated in Hobie regattas all over the world. The last seven years have also seen Scott embrace kayak fishing and bream tournaments. He won the very first ABT Bream Grand Final and, as a result, has earned a position on the Australian Fishing Championships (AFC) television series. Scott is also the ringleader of the SLH Crew, a keen kayak fishing team that attends as many ABT rounds as possible. The team strikes fear into the hearts of other hopeful Aussie angler competitors.

Stewie Dunn

FROM: Sydney, NSW

DOB: NA

Age: NA

Stewie is a regular on both the ABT Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bream Series and the Squidgies Southern Bream Series. He loves the social aspect of these competitions and he has developed many great friendships from them. Stewie really enjoys the challenge of trying to locate bream and work out ways to catch them in different locations. His favourite breaming technique is fishing oyster racks. When he is not fishing in bream comps he can be found fishing the flats for mixed species on light lines.

Jason Meech

FROM: Central Coast, NSW

DOB: NA

Age: 30

Jason has been lure and fly fishing for well over twenty years. He joined the Hobiesports team at the start of the 2010 season and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with taking second place at the second ABT round at Narrabeen. He again claimed a second place at St Georges Basin and another top ten result with a fourth place at Bemm River, Jason's reputation in the ABT Hobie Kayak Series is secured as Mr. Consistency. Jason finally cracked a number one spot and his second Boss Hog Big Bream at the Scamander round, fishing against AFC competitors Tristan Taylor and Scott Lovig. From there Jason continued his fine form seĀ¬curing a third place at Marlo and then hit the number one spot again at the Camden Haven round on the NSW mid north coast, where Day One of the Worlds will be held. In 2011 Jason is currently ranked 2nd on the Australian Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Bream Series rankings.