BR native wins international fishing tournament
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Baton Rouge man landed the largest catch at an international fishing tournament this week in Europe.
Steve Lessard beat out 46 other anglers from 20 countries in the fourth Hobie Fishing World Championship in the Netherlands.
Lessard ended the tournament with a total catch of six fish measuring 356 cm (140 inches) total. Canada's Kyle Moxen came in second with five fish measuring 274 cm (nearly 108 inches).
Lessard said he grew up fishing out of pirogues before going pro. He said he was unfamiliar with the pike, zander and perch species which populated the waters used by this year's Hobie Worlds tournament.
"Wouldn't it be a Cinderella story to see a guy win by sheer instinct?" he told one fishing website before the tournament.
Lessard is the defending IFA Kayak Tour Championship winner. It's the first time a visiting angler has won the Hobie World Fishing Championship in the event's history.
IMAGE: Hobie World Fishing Championship