Keynsham man aims to reel in kayak fishing world title

November 06 2012
Keynsham man aims to reel in kayak fishing world title

A keen Keynsham fisherman who became hooked on kayak fishing six years ago has been selected to represent Great Britain in an international competition.

Keynsham man aims to reel in kayak fishing world title

A keen Keynsham fisherman who became hooked on kayak fishing six years ago has been selected to represent Great Britain in an international competition. Ian Harris

Ian Harris, also known as Dizzyfish, has travelled to Texas to compete in the World Kayak Fishing Championships, held from November 4 to 9.

The Keynsham resident and his GB teammates David Morris and Rob Appleby will face teams from 13 other countries on Lake Fayette near Austin, where the tournament will follow the CPR (catch, photograph, release) format.

Ian said: β€œIt is a great honour to have been chosen to represent my country at my chosen sport – hopefully it will create a lot of interest and get more people into one of the fastest growing sports in the UK at the moment.”

Team GB will be using Hobie kayaks - provided by sponsors The Hobie Centre, in Dorset - which can be pedalled like traditional kayaks or powered by a pedal system.

Ian was introduced to fishing at a young age, joining his father on his boat, and has since fished around the British Isles, switching to kayak fishing just six years ago. He mainly practices on the seas, rivers and lakes around Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and close to home in Somerset.

Ian also runs his own website, www.dizzybigfish.co.uk, which offers a free guide to kayak fishing for anyone interested finding out more about the sport. To follow all of the action at the World Kayak Fishing Championships 2012, log on to the website www.hobiefishingworlds.com.