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Non-boating Know How Sponsorship Secrets Lure Sounds

BREAM
Crash Diving Crankbaits Kayak Grand Final Hicksons BREAM Box

BASS
Timeline to Success Ice Jigging Magic Finesse Plastics

BARRA
Tools of the Trade Sounding for Barra Barra Baits Breakdown

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Tournament Season 2013


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your species or series and youre in for a great year on the tournament trail. Lets see whats in-store.

tournament option in 2013. Just like ournament season 2013 is building as one of the best in many years. Bream, bass, kayaks; you name Bonuses including cash bonuses from Club Marine and Yamaha to the mix and anglers are in for a lucrative year. with the BREAM Grand Final if you win the BASS Kayak Grand Final youll earn yourself a spot in AFC. 2013 is definitely the year of the kayaker.

BASS
If you thought the 2012 BASS season

Its Showtime
ABT will continue to deliver unrivalled media exposure in 2013, with its websites revamped for the new season, weighin live streams improved, and its media partners in the form of Fishing Monthly Group, www.lureandfly.com.au and AFC Outdoors taking tournament fishing to the masses like no one else can. This years Tournament Angler Guide is packed full of information to get you out on the tournament trail, with bream, bass and barra anglers all catered for in Australias premier tournament fishing publication. Kris Hickson, Matthew Mott and Jon Millard let us peak into their one boxes for tournament fishing, while crankbaits for bream, finesse plastics for bass, and fishing rod options for barra anglers are all dissected. Its tournament angling coverage like only ABT can do.

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BREAM
The number one bream tournament series in the country welcomes a new series sponsors for the new year, with Humminbird taking the reins of the Humminbird BREAM Series. A welcome return for the inaugural BREAM series sponsor from 2000, and one that ABT is excited to see. Bird is definitely the word for 2013. Five new venues feature in the eight qualifying event series, with the popular stops of the Gold Coast, Clarence River, Gippsland Lakes and Hawkesbury River featuring in 2013. The BREAM Grand Final week heads south to Victoria in early November with Mallacoota playing host to the BREAM Classic Championship and Gippsland Lakes the venue for the Humminbird BREAM Grand Final. Itll be a black bream smack down for the climax of the series. ABT welcomes another new naming sponsor for 2013 with Yamaha headlining the BREAM Australian Open. Anglers arent just in for a new sponsor for The Open with the event now taking place in March and run in conjunction with the Rosehill Boat Show. With the weighing taking place in front of a huge crowd at the show itll be an open like weve never seen before. Itll be a Sponsor Bonus megafeast on the BREAM trail with Mercury up-scaling their Mercury Bonus to now include cash bonuses for the top three Mercury owners at each BREAM Qualifier. Ford are following suit and are now offering the highest placed boater at a BREAM Qualifying event and the highest placed angler at each round of the DaiwaHobie BREAM Kayak Series a $250 bonus. In 2013 it definitely does pay to be a Ford owner. Add another a dozen plus Sponsor 8 TOURNAMENT ANGLER GUIDE 13

have for you this year. Smak Lures return as the BASS Pro Series naming sponsor, and after a successful first year at the helm, are pumped to see the season kick off at the opening round at Glenbawn in February. St Clair, Boondooma, and Somerset are to follow and lead into the Grand Final week thatll be back in Queensland in spring. Cania Dam will be the venue of the BASS Pro GF, while the Megabass BASS Megabucks will return to Queenslands big bass Mecca, Lake Somerset, in September. Roll on spring and roll on bass fishing. The Bluefin Boats BASS Electric Series will receive a facelift for the new season and will adopt the less is more approach that has been so successful on the BREAM and BASS Pro front. Eighteen venues will feature and play host to one event each, while a handful of rounds will feature two-day formats and receive increased ranking points. If you want to be at The Electric Convention at Bjelke Petersen Dam in October you better get you batteries charged and you better get bassin.

With Thanks
Last, and by no means least, a big thank you to all those who have helped and continue to help ABT and the development of tournament fishing in Australia. To the ABT staff, Chris, Elliot, and James your efforts never go unnoticed and are crucial to our success. To the crew at www.lureandfly.com, thank you for your selfless dedication to our sport and the professionalism that you bring toit. To ABTs sponsors (past and present) and competitors thank you for your ongoing support, without you ABT wouldnt be here, and tournament fishing wouldnt have grown into what it is today. So there you have it, the plan for 2013. Get out there, get fishing and well see you at tournament soon.

Kayak
For kayakers its a super sized season in 2013, with the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series the biggest ever. Series five of the popular tournament series will feature 21 rounds, including Qualifiers, Super Series and Worlds Qualifying events. Its kayak tournament fishing like only Daiwa and Hobie can do and culminates with the Grand Final in November. Wheres the final going to be? Well youre going to have to wait till later in the year to find out. And remember if youre a kayak breamer and you want to make it onto AFC, all you need to do is win the Grand Final. Bass is also on the menu for kayakers this year, with BASS kayak qualifying rounds and a Grand Final giving kayakers another

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Non-boating Know How Sponsorship Secrets Lure Sounds

BREAM
Crash Diving Crankbaits Kayak Grand Final Hicksons BREAM Box

BASS
Timeline to Success Ice Jigging Magic Finesse Plastics

BARRA
Tools of the Trade Sounding for Barra Barra Baits Breakdown

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he close battle of the 2012 Humminbird BREAM and BASS Pro Angler of the Year titles illustrates perfectly the current state of play for nonboaters and showed that tournament talent isnt just limited to those with a boat.

Lets take a look at the top two Humminbird AOY anglers from the Daiwa BREAM Series and Smak Lures BASS Pro Series and get an insight into how they achieve their tournament success.

THE CREAM RISES


TOP CRANKERS 1. Make-Pontoon 21 Model- Red Rag Specs- 36mm, 6.1 grams, depth- 1.2m, oating 2. Make- Maria Model- MC-1 D38F Specs- 38mm, 4.5g, depth- 2m, oating 3. Make- Lucky Craft Model- Clutch DR Specs- 42mm, 6g, depth- 7, oating 4. Make- Lucky Craft Model- Cra-Pea DR Specs- 38mm, 2.9g, depth- 7, oating 5. Make- Zipbaits Model- B Switcher MDR Midget Rattler Specs- 43mm, 8g, depth- 5, oating 6. Make- Lucky Craft Model- Cra-Pea Bottom Specs- 38mm, 3.7g, depth- 10, oating 7. Make- River 2 Sea Model- Baby Crank D40F Specs- 40mm, 5.5g, depth- 8, oating 8. Make- OSP Model- Dunk 48SP Specs- 48mm, 5g, depth- 3-4m, suspending 9. Make- Smith Model- Camion Magnum Dredge Specs- 36mm, 3.9g, depth- 3m, oating

WELL TRAVELLED
Phil Nix from New South Wales and Troy Hamilton from Victoria are models of consistency on the BREAM scene. Phil has four event wins in his 10+ years on the tour while Troy was red hot in 2012 with three top fours for the season. Two of the most consistent anglers on the BREAM scene, they attribute much of their consistency and success to being adaptable. As a non-boater you dont get to choose where youre going to sh, thats really up to the boater. So you need to be ready to sh

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Consistency for non-boaters can be hard to achieve. The dynamics of shing with different boaters with varying, and sometimes conicting, shing styles can often make it hard to consistently catch sh. Nevertheless, cream always rises to the top. Regardless of the venue or the bite pattern, there were the ever-present anglers who place event after event that show the new, and not so new, non-boaters the way to tournament success.

where they want to sh and, to a certain degree, how they want to sh, said Nix. A long-time travel partner of Atomic Bream Pro Graham Franklin, Nix has shed most tournament venues throughout the country and has learnt a host of different techniques. Fishing different waterways has enabled me to become procient at a range of techniques. One month I can be ripping jerkbaits for big black bream on the Derwent while a month later I can be shing deep with plastics for yellows. This variety certainly helps you become more tournament ready, saidNix. For Humminbird BREAM AOY runner-up Troy Hamilton its his love of the outdoors and passion for shing that fuels his tournament success, rather than an underlying knowledge of varying tournament arenas and bream techniques.
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Peter Phelps showed the way at the 2012 Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro shing nesse plastics through the ooded trees to claim his maiden ABT win.

Motts Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew Mott Carl Jocumsens 2012 Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Morgan BASS Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT Telling it Like it Is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Sissins Rattle n Hum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Seeto Timeline to Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Byrnes Seeing is Believing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Coleman Millards Money Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simon Goldsmith Tools of the Trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Byrnes BARRA Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT ABT Entry Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT

FINESSE
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TEXT: DEAN SILVESTER PHOTOGRAPHY: SIMON GOLDSMITH , JEFF CLELLAND

Finesse plastics have been simmering away on the backburner of bassing techniques for many years. Now, many anglers who have largely ignored them in the past are starting to explore them, with impressive results. If youre not a nesse convert, read on to nd out why this approach could be well worth your while.

A handful of plastics, jigheads and a willingness to go light and trim things a little is all you need to get started with nesse plastics.

inesse plastics have been something I have played around with since my rst tournament as a non-boater in 2005. I shed with a bream angler who was using 3 jerk minnows in the weeds at Glenbawn with good results. Since then I have trialled many different styles of plastics with varying success depending on time of year. Put simply, nesse plastics shing involves cutting down paddle-tails and jerk minnow plastics and shing them on jigheads no heavier than 1/6oz. The nesse side is all about matching the hatch, having a plastic that looks and behaves exactly

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The nesse approach in many instances ends with the lure itself, because in a lot of cases youre casting the lure into rugged terrain and shing locked drags, stiff rods and heavy leaders in an attempt to drag sh from cover. This brutal approach means that
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Caught in the middle of nowhere this sh was located, pin pointed, its mood worked out and lure presentation tailor made using a state of the art sounder. Seeing is believing.

like the bass prey. Paddle-tails can be used in full size or cut down so theyre not much bigger than the diminutive no. 2 hook jighead that they can be rigged on. Jerk minnows also respond well to being cut down, even if its just to get the body size correct to match the hatch.

The Ecogear ZX blade is a gun deep and dirty water lure, with plenty of vibration so the sh can home in on it.

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humminbird BREAM Series
The Humminbird BREAM Series is Australias premier bream fishing series and the only pathway to AFC. Eight qualifying rounds, featuring five new venues makes up the series in 2013, with the BREAM Grand Final heading to Victoria in November. The Humminbird BREAM Series is Australias only boater/non-boater bream tournament series and the only place youll get the opportunity to fish with champions such as Russell Babekuhl and Tristan Taylor. So whether youre an elite angler or a developing angler the Humminbird BREAM Series is for you. BREAM Qualifiers Boater $220, Non Boater $110, $100 cash pro option available at briefing.

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DATE 19-20 Jan 23-24 Feb 9-10 Mar 15-17 Mar 13-14 Apr 4-5 May 18-19 May 6-7 Jul 10-11 Aug 5-6 Nov 8-10 Nov STATE SA VIC NSW NSW VIC TAS WA NSW QLD VIC VIC LOCATION Glenelg River Mallacoota Hawkesbury River Sydney Harbour Gippsland Lakes Derwent River Blackwood River Clarence River Gold Coast Mallacoota Gippsland Lakes EVENT BREAM Qualifier #1 BREAM Qualifier #2 BREAM Qualifier #3 BREAM Australian Open BREAM Qualifier #4 BREAM Qualifier #5 BREAM Qualifier #6 BREAM Qualifier #7 BREAM Qualifier #8 BREAM Classic Championship BREAM Grand Final SPONSOR Atomic Sunline Gladiator Yamaha Hobie Shimano Mercury Yamaha Austackle Polar Kraft / Evinrude Humminbird

BREAM KAYAK SERIES


DATE 19-20 Jan 3-Feb 16-17 Feb 17-Feb 3rd Mar 9-10 Mar 17th Mar 6-7 Apr 14th Apr 27-28 Apr 4-5 May 5th May STATE LOCATION SA/VIC NSW VIC WA NSW NSW NSW VIC NSW TAS NSW WA Glenelg Brisbane Water Bemm River Upper Swan River St Georges Basin Narrabeen Burrill Lake Marlo Clyde River Ansons Inlet Forster EVENT DAYS ORGANISER ABT *GHS/HOBIE STAFF ABT/HOBIE STAFF Craig Leatt-Hayter *GHS/HOBIE STAFF ABT/HOBIE STAFF HOBIE STAFF ABT *GHS / HOBIE STAFF ABT ABT Craig Leatt-Hayter ABT *GHS / HOBIE STAFF ABT HOBIE STAFF ABT ABT GTS/NCFB ABT ABT/HOBIE STAFF ABT WEB www.bream.com.au www.fishingcomps.com.au www.bream.com.au www.wabreamclassics.com.au www.fishingcomps.com.au www.bream.com.au www.hobiefishing.com.au/ www.bream.com.au www.fishingcomps.com.au www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au www.wabreamclassics.com.au www.bream.com.au www.fishingcomps.com.au www.bream.com.au www.hobiefishing.com.au/ www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au www.fishingcomps.com.au www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au Worlds Qf # 1 2 Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier Super Series Qualifier Qualifier 1 2 1 1 2 1

Worlds Qf # 2 2 Qualifier Qualifier Super Series 1 2 2 1 2 1

Murray River -Mandurah Qualifier Blackwood River Georges River Redcliffe Lake Tyers Gold Coast Canals Mooloolabah Ballina Patterson Lake Port Macquarie TBA Qualifier Qualifier

18-19 May WA 26-May 29-30 Jun 13-14 Jul 25-Aug 7-8 Sep 28-29 Sep 29-Sep 12-13 Oct 2-3 Nov NSW QLD VIC QLD QLD NSW VIC NSW TBA

Worlds Qf # 3 2 Qualifier Qualifier Super Series Qualifier Qualifier 1 1 2 2 1

Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series


The 2013 Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series is the biggest in the five season history of the popular kayak fishing tournament series. 21 events make up the series, and includes events run by ABT (Qualifier events, Super Series & Hobie Worlds), Hobie and selected BREAM Classic organizers. WA, SA, VIC, TAS, NSW and QLD play host to rounds, with the venue for pinnacle event of the series, the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final still yet to be decided. The final will once again receive the full Hobie treatment with anglers fishing from factory supplied Hobie kayaks. Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak - $50 per day of competition, Pro additional $50 cash. (Qualifier events, Super Series & Hobie Worlds)

Worlds Qf # 4 2 Grand Final 2

*GHS= Gamakatsu Hobie Fishing Series

BASS ELECTRIC SERIES


DATE 2-3 Feb 3rd Feb 23-24 Feb 3rd Mar 9-10 Mar 23-24 Mar 7th Apr 14 Apr 27-28 Apr 5th May 19th May 2nd Jun 23 Jun 14th Jul 27-28 Jul LOCATION Danjeera Dam Cania Dam Bjelke Petersen Dam Lake Lyell Brogo Dam EVENT BASS Electric Series #1 BASS Electric Series #2 BASS Electric Series #3 BASS Electric Series #4 BASS Electric Series # 5 DIRECTOR Dave Mann Chris Horne Terry Allwood Glenn Hayter Dave Mann Shane Anderson Adrian Melchior Tony Payne Trevor Stead Mal Draper ABT Trevor Stead Shane Anderson CONTACT 0417 232 652 0410 716 701 0400 860 122 0427 786 877 0417 232 652 (07) 4153 4747 0415 587 900 0409 260 977 0427 114 207 0418 402 803 (07) 3387 0888 0427 114 207 (07) 4153 4747 0427 114 207 EVENT TIMES 2.30-6.30pm, 5.30am-11.30am 7am-1pm 2.30-6.30pm, 5.30-11.30am 6am-12pm 2.30-6.30pm, 6am-12pm 2.30-6.30pm, 6am-12pm 1.30am-7.30pm, 5.30-11am 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm TBA 6.30am-12.30pm 12-5pm, 7am-1pm 6am-12pm 7am-1pm

Isis Balancing Storage BASS Electric Series #6 Toonumbar Dam Clarrie Hall Dam Borumba Lostock Dam Hinze Dam Maroon Dam Lenthalls Wivenhoe Dam Lake St Clair Lake McDonald Moogerah Dam Cressbrook Dam Bjelke Petersen Dam BASS Electric Series #7 BASS Electric Series #8 BASS Electric Series #9 BASS Electric Series #10 BASS Electric Series #11 BASS Electric Series #12 BASS Electric Series #13

BASS Electric Series #143 Trevor Stead BASS Electric Series #15 BASS Electric Series #16 BASS Electric Series #17 BASS Electric Series #18 BASS Electric Series Convention

Luke Mullholland 0423 951 323 Paul Fleming Rory Saint Brad Clark ABT 0488 232 249 0415 445 142 0448 588 955 (07) 3387 0888

BlueFin Boats BASS Electric Series


BlueFin Boats headlines the BASS Electric Series again in 2013, with the grass roots bass series hitting a swag of quality bass lakes as it travels its way through QLD and NSW. Single and two day events are once again on the menu for anglers with ultimate goal to qualify for the BlueFin Boats BASS Electric Convention in October. Check out the calendar to find out where and when you can get your BlueFin Boats BASS Electric fix. BASS Electric Entries - $20, and optional $20 Pro option on the day.

4th Aug 24-25 Aug 1st Sep 28-29 Sep

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BASS PRO SERIES


DATE 16-17 Feb 20-21 Apr 15-16 Jun 17-18 Aug 14-15 Sep 17-18 Sep STATE NSW NSW QLD QLD QLD QLD LOCATION Glenbawn Dam Lake St Clair Lake Boondooma Somerset Dam Cania Dam Somerset Dam EVENT BASS Qualifier #1 BASS Qualifier #2 BASS Qualifier #3 BASS Qualifier #4 SPONSOR G.Loomis Samurai Reaction Club Marine TT Lures DATE 9th Feb 24th Mar 11th May 24th Aug 16/17 Nov STATE NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW

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LOCATION Brogo Dam Lake St Clair Lake McDonald Maroon Dam Toonumbar EVENT Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier Grand Final

smak lures BASS Pro Series


After a successful 2012 anglers will be chomping at the bit to hit the water for the 2013 Smak Lures BASS Pro Series. This years series will feature four qualifying rounds and will culminate with the Grand Final at Lake Cania in September. Angler of the Year Titles for both boaters and non-boaters, ranking points and the title of Grand Final Champion combine to make the series the must-do for all competitive bassers BASS Pro Qualifiers Boater $220, Pro (boater) $320, Non Boater $110, Pro (non boater) $210

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to Win
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With the trophy in his hands Heath had achieved the ultimate goal in bream fishing, the BREAM Grand Final crown.

Twenty-one hours of fishing in rain, wind and sunshine. No caddy. No coach. Its just angler against fish. When you look at the numbers of hours it takes to win the ABT BREAM Grand Final you begin to wonder how anglers hold the drive and concentration to convert those critical seconds into a Grand Final win.
Heath Blaikies road to victory at the 2012 Daiwa Bream Grand Final was more than just 21 hours of fishing brilliance at the event, it came down to planning and setting attainable goals over a number of years. This article will explore the road to Blaikies Grand Final victory and how he maintained focus over a testing
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event, how he looks to develop as an angler and the lessons he learnt along the way at the biggest event on the BREAMcalendar.

Seek and you shall find


While many current anglers may think that Blaikie has been fishing ABT events since

2011, the reality is that it all began at his first event in 2004, a BASS Electric at Queenslands Lake Lenthalls. Dad and I picked up a copy of the 2004 Tournament Angler Guide and it really all started from there. We picked a number of events that we wanted to fish and pencilled them in the diary and worked towards those events, said Blaikie. This forward planning was important for him and would prove a vital step to his Grand Final win in 2012. His 2004 and 2005 seasons where not filled with full bags and winners cheques, but Blaikie did learn a lot of lessons and gained valuable experience.

Off into the wilderness


After each event he attended Blaikie became more and more hooked by tournament fishing; an affliction that would eventually see him hooked on luring for bream. With inconsistent results in the beginning, Blaike soon realised that he had many lessons to learn before he could become proficient at catching these finicky fish on a regular basis. I was very fortunate to draw Kaj Busch (Bushy) as a boater. Throughout the day he would explain that he was applying techniques he had mastered on his home water, and applied them throughout Australia. I knew this is what I needed to do to become a better angler, saidBlaikie. Kajs words stayed with Blaikie and while he took a hiatus from fishing ABT events he spent many hours on the water honing and developing his fishing. Even though he learnt a huge amount about fishing in the short time he competed, he also understood that to further himself as an angler he would need to focus on learning his home water and exploring the style of bream fishing that suited him.

I brought a Coleman canoe and headed out to my local system every week. It was about applying the lessons I learnt in those early non-boating experiences and developing techniques so I had confidence in them, said Blaikie. In addition to his weekly fishing trips, Blaikie also began to keep a fishing log;

knew what I was doing and that I had the confidence to catch quality fish. When I started in 2004 I really didnt have this, said Blaikie.

Honey Im home
Despite having limited time to fish due to work commitments, Blaikie studied

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documenting his trips, the conditions and what worked and didnt work. This journal gave him a method of active reflection, allowing him to see what parts of his bream fishing needed work. I needed to learn more about my fishing. I already knew that I wanted to get back into tournament fishing but for me I wanted to go in there feeling like I his fishing journal and planned times for tournament trips and social fishing. Time is so limited these days with all the commitments that come with life but I feel I have made a good balance. And with my diary in my hand Im confident that I making the best of the time that I have on the water. I plan all my tournaments months in advance, that way I can manage my work load to ensure I get the best out of both my fishing and my business, said Blaikie.

Blaikie honed many of his fishing skills chasing bass and fishing from a canoe on his local waters.

FIRST GF Win
2011 was a big year for a non-boating Blaikie. He had two top ten finishes and a Grand Final qualification. I had a great season even before the Grand Final. I had built this base of fishing knowledge and I was able to catch fish with the best of them, but I made sure I learnt lessons off each and every boater, saidBlaikie. Like a sponge Blaikie soaked up knowledge everywhere he could, from acting as an observer every opportunity he could to watching anglers like Kris Hickson cast into pontoons and docks. I would ask questions and observe the areas that successful anglers targeted, continually asking the anglers why. Im sure some of them found this annoying but it was the best way for me to gain this knowledge, said Blaikie. This thirst for knowledge is a vital part of what helped Blaikie become the 2011 Daiwa Non-boater Grand Final Champion. After winning the Grand Final I began to feel more confident as an angler. I really wanted to push myself; I was catching fish in tournaments but now I wanted to see if I could make the on-water decisions that
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Blaike worked hard for his fish at the final, fishing multiple techniques and overcoming horrendous weather conditions to claim the win.

Insert left: The Bribie BREAM Qualifier in August was were Blaike felt it started to fall into place for him as a boater (21st place), back at the same venue three months later he would improve yet again, this time winning the Grand Final. Insert right: With a win as the champion non-boater at the 2011 BREAM Grand Final Blaikie was on-track for further greatness, little did he know that he would be champion boater 12 months later.

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are needed to be successful as a boater, saidBlaikie.

Prep time
Four days on the water can take it out of an angler and when you add the pressure of a Grand Final, it takes it to the next level. Like in many sports, Blaikie also looked outside the fishing when it came to preparation. He set himself fitness goals for the month leading into the event. His new fitness plan involved quitting smoking and running three

Stepping up
Blaikie again went to his diary and planned his 2012 tournament calendar, setting the goal of finishing inside the top twenty at each event and qualify for the Grand Final as a boater. With a non-boater Grand Final qualification guarantied, Blakie felt less pressure to qualify for the final and felt that he could use the season to settle into the role of being a boater. Struggling early in the season Blakie admits that early on he didnt deal well with all the responsibilities of being a boater. I didnt concentrate on fishing the moment, I was thinking too far ahead to where I though the fish might be. It wasnt until the Bribie Qualifier that I really felt settled and fished to a plan the whole event, said Blaikie. While Blaikie may have had an unsettled season and didnt catch limits as consistently as he would have liked, a new GF qualification system based on AOY points saw him with enough to get into the final. It was very satisfying to make the GF in my first year as a boater. I was looking forward to being in control and having to make all the decisions, said Blakie.

lessons he learnt in the 2011 season. In 2011 I had never targeted bream on the flats until the GF, so in the weeks leading up to it I began to fish the structure I thought I would target in the final and get my eye in and make sure I had confidence when fishing these areas, said Blakie. With all the prep done at home it was finally time for the biggest event of the year and getting out on the water.

Each time I dropped a fish I felt the pressure spike a little more
to five times a week. I knew the final would take a lot out of me and I wanted to be at my best every day, and maintain my focus through out the whole event, said Blaikie. Researching the arena played a big role for Blaikie, after fishing the Bribie Qualifier he had an understanding of what structure types hold fish in the system. Rather than just finding these locations on Google maps Blaikie also began targeting these structure types on his home waterway reflecting on

Its showtime
Blaikies thinking was like many anglers, You cant win the final on the first day, but you can certainly lose it. As always, he relied on preparation and planning to give him confidence on and off the water. It was all about getting quality fish in the boat and setting a pattern for the weekend. Each day I would sit under the car port in the shade and rig up for the coming day and think about what worked and didnt work. It really helped me refocus and once I left the car port I could switch off the fishing thoughts and enjoy the time with my kids and wife who made the trip with me.

D-Day
The morning of day three could have been one of the toughest starts in ABT BREAM Grand Final history with 30-40 knot winds howling through the tournament arena. For

The last angler to weigh-in, Blaike did it easy, blowing Steve Eldred out of the hot seat to win the 2012 Daiwa Hobie BREAM Grand Final.

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Blaikie the conditions may not have suited how he was fishing but it did help him focus his energy on the task at hand. I was pumped to go out on Sunday, I knew after such a tough day on the water whoever won on the day truly deserved it. And having a healthy lead made me feel confident I had been making the correct decisions, said Blaikie. Heading straight to the flat that produced for him on days one and two, Blaikie still felt confident that he was going to catch fish. Keeping focussed on the task, Blaikie tried to go through the motions that produced on the previous mornings working over different sections of flats always with the mindset that the next cast could start the dayrolling. I got one fish early but with the wind holding the tide in, there was half a foot more water on top of the flat; as a result it just wasnt producing. In the previous days Blaikie had fished the canal system late in the session, but with only one fish in the boat at 10.30am he knew it was time for a change. With the canals only a short drive away he had confidence that the area would produce the fish he needed. While in the canals Blaikie continually kept himself on the ball by talking through

what he was doing in order to keep his focus on the task at hand. I think my observer thought I was a little bit wacky but I really tried to keep telling him what I was doing and why I was doing it. It was to give him an insight into what I was doing, plus keep my mind analysing how I was fishing, said Blaikie. Within an hour, his refocusing started to pay dividends with a quality 30cm fish hitting the deck. With his confidence and excitement growing, he began to feel that he was on to a winning pattern. It was not a perfect session for Blaikie with the angler dropping some quality fish. Each time I dropped a fish I felt the pressure spike a little more, said Blaikie. Rather than crumble, Blaikie would step back from the boat, reflect on what happened, and then refocus his energy on what he was doing correctly and begin fishing again. This refocusing time meant he got the most out of every cast and didnt fall into the pitfall of a bad pattern. It was all about getting the one percenters correct, something he had learnt through nonboating. I noticed that the best boaters take the time to get everything spot on, from rigging their lures straight to positioning the boat. It really showed me that when you add

all those little things up it makes a huge difference, said Blaikie. Heading back to the final weigh-in, Blaikie had done everything he could to take the win. It all came down to the scales and what the other anglers had done. Blaikie took a comfortable win and in the process became the first angler to win two BREAM Grand Finals. Its a dream come true to win one, let alone two, said Blakie.

Back to the future


With a Grand Final win from the front and the back of the boat, what is next for Blaikie? After two stellar seasons what goals does he set for the next year? Setting goals is always important for me. As more of the ABT calendar is based around black bream I really want to set myself the goal of making the final and, hopefully, the cut on the final day. Fishing ABT events has really helped me learn as an angler. In the last two years I think I have learnt more than I could have in 10 years by myself, I cant wait to hit the road and keep learning and growing as anangler. Blaikies skills as an angler gives him a possibility to join Matthew Mott as a three time winner of an ABT Grand Final.

Finding a balance between work, family and fishing is always foremost in Blaikies mind. The most precious of all those, his family, were there to witness his Grand Final win.

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Light fluorocarbon line, a handful of lures and some tricks to get things a deeper are all you need to dive to new depths.

Tournament bream anglers have been using bibbed, hardbodied lures with great success for many years now. Considered a shallow bite pattern, these lures were quickly stowed away and replaced by plastics and blades when a deep bite started. However, through clever design and innovation techniques, crankbaits are now diving deeper than they ever have before.

fish than ever before. In many ways its a new frontier when it comes to crankbait for bream.

How Deep Is It Here?


So what are tournament anglers taking about when they say deep? In days gone by, 2m (7ft) would have been the range of most bream-sized lures that were labelled as a deep diver. Today, however, when were talking deep diving were looking at 4m and beyond. While not easy to achieve, with the right tackle, rigging methods and techniques it can be accomplished.

he main challenge with fishing crankbaits deep is that of physics. The bib is what makes the lure dive and when youre using small bite sized lures theres a balance between the size of the bib that can be used and how effectively and deep it will dive. Simply getting a small lure and putting a big bib on it isnt the answer. Sure you can try it, and while it may make the lure swim deeper, how easy will it be to use, and how well will it cast. Big bibs generally dont make for aerodynamic lures, and if you cant cast a bream crankbait very far then youre not going to able to get it to swim very deep. You can look broader than the proven bream baits that are being used and find a lure that will dive to 8m (26ft) but theyre generally larger lures designed for species other than bream. Lures ideally need to be between 35-50mm in length. Sure you can catch fish on lures larger than this size range, but youre not going to catch many and youre not going to consistently catch them. Tournament

angling is about playing the percentages and being consistent. Every tournament angler would love to be ploughing a 70mm plug through the depths of St Georges Basin and be throwing 1kg fish out of the well and upgrading them, but the truth is, there is more chance of being struck by lightning than that scenario happening.

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Why would a tournament angler want to target the depths with crankbaits and not something more traditional, and in a lot of cases, easier to use? Because a bibbed crankbait is one of the best reaction baits for bream going around, with fish often willing to simply hit a crankbait out of instinct, often while other lures will draw a blank. The question is why? Fish are not necessarily always looking to eat a hardbody when they hit it. A lot of the time they might just be hitting it to see what it is or to chase it out of their area. This is why many fish are hooked in the lips or on the face rather than having the lure fully in their mouth. Think about all those frustrating days when bream are only tail biting plastics and you are just not getting the hook up. The fish are probably just pecking at it to see
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Problem Solving
The last few years have seen advancements in lure design to solve these deep diving problems. Features like, weight transfer systems allow lures to be cast further, and in-turn swim deeper. Lures designed to suspend in saltwater (rather than the old-school lures that were tuned to suspend in freshwater making them buoyant in salt) also allows for greater depths to be reached, as does advancements in creative hydrodynamic designs. Add to this the growing popularity of using lighter line, and denser, quicker sinking lines such as fluorocarbon have opened up more and deeper areas to

what happens or to check it out. Throw a crankbait in there and theres a good chance those short strikes will turn into hooked fish. When fish are feeding aggressively and eating the lure and getting pinned in the mouth things can seem easy, but unfortunately fish arent always like this, and in times like these you need something that just might work, and a crankbait down deep might just be it.

fish it slower than a blade yet still with the vibration that you need to get fish to bite.

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The vibration and sound a lure makes is very important. I cant stress enough the vital role it plays in getting fish to bite. Ask a bass fisher how good a Jackall TN60 is at calling in bass and youll find out what the right sounding lure can do. Lipless crankbaits are the lures with the strongest sonic signature. Crankbaits, while not as extreme as a lipless, still have a strong underwater presence and as result can achieve a similar ring it and they will come pattern of attraction on fish. This isnt just confined to active fish but also to less active more inquisitorial fish that will simply check out a lure to see what all the noise is about.

Ease Up on the Heavy Metal


Metal blades have been the go-to deep lure for a few seasons now, but their one major draw back is the speed they need to be fished to get them to work. While theyre largely fished like a soft plastic they do need to be worked a bit harder and faster than a plastic to get them to vibrate. And if they dont vibrate then the fish generally wont eat it. So where does a deep crankbait fit in the scheme of things? If you choose the right lure and get it down deep, youll be able to

you make a standard cast and crank it back in, how deep will it get? One of the originals when it comes to getting deep is the Smith Camion Magnum Dredge. A lure that will easily hit the 3m mark and can be cast 20m. Add a couple of modifications to its use and itll event hit the 4 metre mark. More recently theres been some new kids on the block when it comes to lures. The Smith Camion Dredge, Jackall DD Chubby, Atomic Hardz Cranks 38 Double Deep, OSP Dunk and the new Austackle Sakana-Deep are all capable of diving to 3m and with a few tricks, can get even deeper. The first three have caught loads of fish, cashed plenty of cheques and should be considered must-have deep divers in a BREAMers lure box, while the last two are the newest kids on the block and are starting to muscle in on the old favourites.

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How deep you can get the lure comes down to the straight dive? In other words, when

Getting Tricky
So what are the tricks to getting them really deep? As mentioned before, the line you use can make a big difference, and the king is 2-3lb fluorocarbon. Fluoro dominates this technique because you dont have a braid-leader knots to deal with and the line is denser (sinks quicker) than using PE or braid. The outcome is longer casts and line that will run deeper. If maximum depth is what youre after,

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Make- River 2 Sea Model- Baby Crank D40F Specs- 40mm, 5.5g, depth- 8, floating Make- OSP Model- Dunk 48SP Specs- 48mm, 5g, depth- 3-4m, suspending Make- Smith Model- Camion Magnum Dredge Specs- 36mm, 3.9g, depth- 3m, floating

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10. Make- Megabass Model- Griffon MRX Specs- 45mm, 7.3g, depth- 3-5, floating 11. Make- Ecogear Model- CX40HS Specs- 40mm, 4.6g, depth- 2-2.6m, floating 12. Make- Jackall Model- DD Chubby Specs- 38mm, 4.7g, depth- 3 metres,floating

13. Make- Atomic Model- Hardz Crank 38 Double Deep Specs- 36mm, 3.9g, depth- 1.8m, floating 14. Make- Austackle Model- Sakana DD40F Specs- 40mm, 5g, depth- 2m, suspending 15. Make- Predatek Model- MicroMin M40D Specs- 40mm, 3.4g, depth- 2.1m, floating

16. Make- Strike Pro Model- Cyber Crank Deep Specs- 40mm, 4.6g, depth- 6, floating 17. Make- Cranka Model- Deep Crank Specs- 35mm, 3.4g, depth- 1.6-2.0m, suspending 18. Make- Daiwa Model- Wise Minnow 50FS Specs- 50mm, 5.2g, depth- 1m, sinking

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then a technique that they use in the US known as longlining may be the way to go. Essentially, it involves positioning the boat on one side of a fish holding position and casting over it, then leaving the bail arm open and motoring up to a 100m to the other side of the fish holding position before beginning the retrieve. This means the retrieve can be much longer than it is possible to cast, and the lure in turn will swim deeper than on standard cast and retrieve. As long as the lure doesnt move while youre moving the boat, its legal in ABTevents.

when bait fishing, except when using it for crankbaits swap the hook and bait for a lure.

A Balancing Act
As always, the trick is to use the right amount of weight, which is just enough to keep the lure on or very close to the bottom. This kind of technique feels very strange at first because the normal feel of a bite just isnt there. Its deadened by the weight in front of the swivel and the angle created from the rod tip down and having the leader trail back. Bites tend to feel like a dead weight, the key is to keep slow winding until youre sure its afish. This technique is definitely not something you want try for the first time on a prefish or tournament day, as it takes confidence to know it works. The next time the fish are on the chew in the deep give it a try and see what it feels like. It should also be mentioned that this is not the technique for snaggy areas. Arenas like Lake Macquarie or St Georges Basin where there are large open expanses that hold fish are where you want to give it a run.

On Your Knees
Likewise, the good old kneel and reel method, where you are on your knees with the rod tip a few feet under the water surface, gets the lure deeper than a standard cast and retrieve presentation. Just 2ft of rod tip in the water really helps because every little bit of extra depth can count. Some of these methods for maximum depth on a standard retrieve are not always viable because of the sheer depth or factors such as strong winds. In these cases dabble with different rigging methods of your crankbaits. Americans have a rigging method called Carolina rigging. Its like a standard sinker, swivel and trace set-up that you use

option and essentially are just adhesive lead strips that can be stuck on the lure. Doing this can turn a floating lure into a suspending lure or if you go really heavily handed you can end up with a sinking lure. Be careful though because the more you add the more you can deaden the action of the lure. Where you position the weight is also important. Too much towards the front of the lure and itll sit nose down, and likewise when you place it near the tail. Use a less is more approach and add a little bit as you go to find the right balance between lure position in water and the right amount of weight to take your lure deeper than the same lure straight off the shelf. Trial and error is the way to go.

Let it Sink
Last, but not least, is the sinking bibbed hardbodies. Again there have been a lot of advancements in this type of lure in the last few years. Years ago they tended to sink like a stone and need a fair bit of speed to get them to work, which limited their use on bream. Enter the ever-trusty Japanese lure designers to fix the problem, with Japanese trout and light saltwater game market spawning a few useful lures that work well in the deep. One of note is the Daiwa Wise Minnow, a lure that has found the perfect balance between sinking at the right speed and the right action when retrieved at slow speeds. As mentioned before, a lure that sinks too fast tends not to work at slow speed. Fishing lures like the Wise Minnow can take some patience to learn how they work and how to fish them, but the results are certainly worthit. Having patience and investing time into learning different lures and techniques can be hard going, especially slow sinking presentations, such as Russell Babekuhls ultra light deep plastic approach and Steve Morgans stick minnow in the deep technique. But as their tournament results show, dedicate yourself to learning and fish new methods and lures can really pay off.

Getting sticky
One of the other options to getting your lure down deep is by adding weight to the lure. Sticky weights are the most user friendly

Morgo fished the bridges on Sydney Harbour with Atomic Hardz Crank 38s in 2010 to win the Grand Final. Three years on they continue to produce.

Cranking Ahead
Cranking the deep is by no means a cracked code but most people will agree that bream are becoming hard to catch when on the tournament clock. So being able to show them something different just might be one of the keys to BREAMsuccess. The tools are now available to unlock this potential and its only a matter of time before anglers key into these new opportunities and start tapping into bream down deep on crankbaits.
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The challenge of having to streamline a tournament seasons worth of lures into one box was never going to be easy. I had to consider both yellow and black bream, different locations, habitats and seasons; the selection could easily blow out to multiple trays and take up space that I just couldnt afford.

pace is at a premium on board a tournament boat so I only had room for top shelf lure choices. The list of lures that made the final cut this season was whittled down to fit neatly into one tray. Not an easy task to do might I add. So here it is, my must-have box of lures for life on the bream tournament trail.

1. Soft Plastics
75mm Squidgy Lobby 80mm Squidgy Wriggler 100mm Squidgy Wriggler Ecogearaqua Bream Prawn Medium Ecogear Grass Minnow 2 1/2 Atomic Paddle Tail While I fish a lot with soft plastics I keep the selection simple. Grenade coloured Lobbies cut right back are my crab pattern in dirty water, while a dusk coloured Lobby is used as an oyster, prawn or bait fish pattern. Even though the profile is not like a baitfish or a prawn it seems to work well in these situations.
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Kris Hickson loads up on bream during AFC Series 8 at Forster, NSW.

An angler of many skills and techniques Hickson as a broad range of lures that he uses during the year and has pride of place in his one box.

I use wasabi Wrigglers for a baitfish pattern in clear water. The bloodworm Wrigglers are a true all-rounder and I use them just about everywhere in the country. I bring into play Ecogearaquas for very specific situations, and almost solely on a worm hook. If I cant catch the fish on anything else, then these lures tend to do the trick. However, the bream have to be in a specific mood to really be on these baits; but when they are on, they are brutal! The paddle-tails are ideal for surface plastic fishing. The Ecogear Okiami is a given, as it just works and is easy to see the fish eat it. I also find the Atomics in the natural colours work really well as a prawn imitation.

1/40oz and 1/28oz models for slow sinking baits around structure. Theyre awesome for skipping Lobbies quietly around formations. Ill also use 1/16oz and 1/12oz for similar situations if there is a bit of wind or current or if you need the stealth but also to get the baitdeeper.

quite as deep as the Dredge but are still two of the most effective crankbaits. I tend to use the Chubby when I want to get a reaction out of the fish and need a bit of noise, where as I use the Atomic when I want to be a bit more subtle. These three lures work best when banging into structure.

3. Worm Hooks
I use an assortment of brands with various gape and gauge. I match the gape to how the fish are bitting and the gauge to the sink rate and strength that Im after. I use these fishing paddle-tails on the surface and in Ecogearaquas.

5. Mid depth Crankbaits


Smith Camion DR Cranka Deep Crank Daiwa Baby Crank Zipbait Rigge 35 Deep These are possibly the most used bunch of crankbaits in my box. All dive to around 3ft and have great action at slow speeds. I use these around shallow structure and gravel beds, bridge pylons and shallow weed margins. I nearly always fish these baits on a soft rod using 2-3lb fluoro. Natural colours work best. The Camion was once my go-to lure. It is dynamite in the Manning River and a proven fish catcher in most systems. The trebles supplied are barbless and fine so I generally change to a similar-sized set in either light gauge to keep it buoyant, or heavier gauge to keep it a bit more neutral. The Cranka is essentially a larger profiled Camion that I use when I need some extra
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2. JigHeads
TT Tournament Series HWS jighead The TT Tournament Series 1/20oz I use for pitching at shallow structure, the 1/12oz and 1/8oz are better for deeper or harder running water. In both cases in size #1 and #1/0 hooks and I mainly use light wire as they tend to have better hook penetration. For situations where you have to pull a bit harder on heavier line or fishing hard structure I use a heavier wire as the tips tend to be less prone to roll over. When using HWS jigheads I favour

4. Deep Crankbaits
Jackall Chubby Atomic Crank 38 Deep and Double Deep Smith Camion Dredge These are the lures I use when I need to get down to a fair depth, generally used over rocky terrain, steep drop-offs or punching deep into snags. The Dredge is the one I use most as it is so versatile with its square bib, preventing it from rolling on its side and hooking up on structure. It can be worked over shallow areas into deeper holes and also dives quite quickly, which is great for steep banks. The Chubby and the Atomic dont get

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48mm 3g Sinking

Tackle House Mini Sinking Cicada


28mm 2.1g Sinking

Little Jack Moebix


35mm 5g Sinking

Runner Blade
40mm 7g Sinking

IMA Tetra
40mm 3g Floating

Tackle House Elfin Shrimp Smash Bait Prawn


45mm 3.2g Floating 50mm SoFt plaStic

Bait Breath Moebi


80mm SoFt plaStic

IMA Foxy Fry


60mm 5g SuSpending

Bait Breath Fish Tail


60mm SoFt plaStic

Bait Breath Rush Craw


50mm Soft plastic

Bait Breath Fish Tail Shad


60mm SoFt plaStic

Elite Industries Worm II


50mm SoFt plaStic

Smash Bait Tails


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Tackle House Elfin Platy


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Kozami

50mm + 60mm 3.2g + 6.5g Floating

Bait Breath Shift Tail


50mm SoFt plaStic

Shiver Vibe
40mm 5g Sinking

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distance in casting, and if I need to keep the lure in the fishs face on the pause as they suspend. Theyre a great fat-bodied black bream crankbait. Daiwa Baby Crank runs slightly deeper than the previous two but not a lot. It has a powerful action but no rattle and relies on the vibration to attract the fish. It also works really well weighted with stick weight under the chin to improve casting and get the lure down a little deeper. Its natural buoyancy is great for rolling over structure. The Rigge 35 Deep is used the same as the rest, but it shines when a slimmer profiled

lure is needed. The hook-up rate can be better due to the slimmer profile.

7. Deep Jerkbaits
Daiwa Double Clutch Zip Baits Khamsin Jr Dr These lures dont get taken out of the lure box much, except when Im in Tassie. Ive found they work best with a super aggressive retrieve over rock bars and steep rock walls. The key to success is to allow the lure plenty of suspending time. I use the Double Clutch when there are long skinny baitfish around and the Khamsin when there are slightly fatter fodder about.

6. Shallow CrankBait
Shallow Chubby For someone that fishes so much shallow water I rarely use really shallow running crankbaits, however when I do its normally a shallow Jackall Chubby. These lures run at barely a foot and are really good at running over the tops of racks and shallow weed beds thanks to their buoyancy and action at slow speeds.

8. Shallow Jerkbait
Lucky Craft Flash Minnow Daiwa Presso Minnow Duel Hardcore JB-65SP Up until I did a trip to Tasmania I only had a handful of these in my box and they almost never got used. However, after all the talk of the success of this type of lure on Tassie blacks, and blacks in general, I had to learn how to use them. Now I wont go to a black bream arena without them. The Presso is a must-have in Tasmania in chrome colours, while the Duel performs the same roll, albeit at a slightly deeper depth. The Flash Minnow I bought to take to Tassie and forgot to take it, not a lure I would normally throw for yellows, but this is the best lure I have found to replicate baitfish in super shallow weedy areas. Its subtle action can be worked in ultra shallow water, its small bib hangs up on less weed.

Hic kson punches out a cast during a Hawkesbury River BREAM Super Series event.

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9. Subtle Shads
Ecogear SX40LC Zipbait Khamsin Tiny Dr These are the two baits I use when all the others dont, and sometimes even before I try the others! They are extremely versatile baits and work on black and yellowfin bream. They have a subtle action and can be rolled or jerked to good effect, and are great on timid fish. The SX40 is the first Japanese style bait that I can remember throwing, and they pretty much brought hard lures back into a soft plastic-crazed market. They cast well (for that time) and roll well over structure. I went off this bait for a few years but the introduction of the LC version gave it a little extra casting distance that made me look at them again. I find these lures most effective around hard structure like jetties, bridges and oyster racks, but they will work nearly anywhere. The Khamsin Tiny is a scaled down version of the Khamsin Jnr and has a subtle action that can be jerked or rolled. A great lure for jerkbaiting pontoons, shallow snags and rolled over weed flats.

Kris loves his Ecogear pink grubs nearly as much as this Hawkesbury River bream did.

10. Khamsin JR SR
Darren Dizzy Borg got me onto this bait a few years ago at the Forster Megabucks they were so different to anything at the time. He educated me on how good these things are rolled over weed flats out in Wallis Lake. A subtle action, silent, fairly large shad style lure was a far cry from the fat-bodied heavy mid diving lures I had been using. The sliding weight is key to this lure, making it cast like a bullet and suspend in the fishs face. It is also great around pontoons.

Carmen red and the bluegill with a foil finish is my go-to on the flats and the natural clear colour in the clear waters aroundpontoons.

11. Stickbaits
Tiemco Stick Minnow Crystal Alive Shrimp Tiemco Stick Minnows are a must-have in any box, they catch fish in nearly every arena in the country in just about any type of structure you come across. They imitate a small baitfish perfectly and are an easy size for a legal bream to fit in their gob. They

definitely fish best on light line, preferably 2-3lb fluorocarbon, and a soft rod that helps avoid pulling the small hooks. They are great twitched and paused across flats or slack-lined vertically around structure. The key is to watch the line for indications of a bite, as fish tend to hook themselves! The Crystal Alive is a more specific type of stickbait that is in the kit at any arena that has prawns in it. During summer I always have at least one tied on in the larger size for when you see bream sucking prawns off thesurface.

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They are best fished when you spot a feeding fish, cast past and roll it back on the surface, so it looks like a prawn, and drop it back in the vicinity of the action. Fish will hit it off the surface but mostly strike on the drop. Similar to a surface plastic, but has trebles for better hook-up.

12. Vibration Baits


TT Switchblade TT Ghost Blade Ecogear VX35, ZX35, ZX40 While not a style of lure I use a lot, I recognise that metal blades have their place. A great lure choice for working deep reef, the bases of poles and open mud and cockle beds. I find the most consistent colours in these lures are black, browns and other natural dark colours. The best part about these lures is they cast like rockets, even in the wind, so you can cover tonnes of ground and get out to where the fish arent so spooked. I nearly always fish these lures on a short soft rod and 3lb fluoro. I like the TT Switchblade 1/6oz in the smallest profile switch blade as I find it is easier to keep contact with the fish and feel bites, especially if it is windy. I have had great success with this lure over both shallow rocky bottoms as well as in open water in lakes and open bays. Red nightmare is the standout colour. The TT Ghost Blade is used more while fishing steep banks when I cant get a crankbait to the bottom to the fish. I also use it in the open water on really still days as it sinks a bit slower and looks a bit more natural. For some reason, the Ecogear VX35 just catch fish. They are small and have a great action right from the first moment you move the lure. I use them in the same places as the TT blades when the bite requires it. They are as good on black bream as they are yellowfin. They work really well over shallow gravel beds in places like the Manning River. Ecogear ZX35 and 40 can be used in the same areas as the other blades when the fish are not quite hooking up on the trebles. The twin single stingers, although small, pin the fish well in the lips at the slightest touch. I also use these in realy snaggy country as they tend to snag a lot less without the trebles. The spare hooks for these lures work well on the TT blades in replacement of the trebles for snaggy reef areas.

bit of commotion and spray on the water. I think the noise these lure make can actually sound like other fish fighting over a bit of fodder, which draws other fish in to have a look. And to some extent they also look like a skippingprawn. The Skinny Pop is best fished with one set of trebles replaced with Ecogear ZX spare hooks. The Skinny Pop pop, walk and skip to imitate a prawn as well as any lure Ive used, and the slim profile tail gives it a great hook up rate for a top water lure.

bite-sized and easy for the fish to get under and eat.

15. Bugs
Smith Bisen Tiemco Magnum Cicada Tiemco Soft Shell Cicada Some of my earliest bream luring was with cicada imitations on the Manning River in summer. It is great fun and super effective. The key to this lure is to use it when the cicadas are buzzing. Hot weather and still days are when the fish really eat these lure. Cast them as close to overhanging trees as possible and leave it there for as long as you dare. Through high sun times get the lure right into the shade as this is where the bream will be waiting. The Bisen is my favourite of these lures as I find it has the best hook-up rate; its downside is it is light and hard to cast so its best suited to more open areas. The Magnum has the biggest presence on the water and gets used when I need to draw fish in from a distance. The silent and soft, Soft Shell Cicada get tied on when its still and the fish are spooky. So there you have it, my whittled collection of bream baits for the 2013 tournament season. With a host of different venues on the calendar and plans to fish as many of those events as possible theres a good chance that everything in the box will get used. And if all goes according to plan, will also catch fish!

14. Surface Walkers


Bassday Sugar Pen Zip Baits Fakie Dog Atomic K9 Walker I like to use walking style topwaters when the water is super calm. Their streamlined profile means they cast a mile and bream find them annoying as the side to side action is hard to catch so they just want to grab it, drag it under and see what it is. These lures work well with long pauses in between short walks. These take a bit of practise to use to their full potential. I use the Fakie Dog when I need to cast a long way and the baitfish are big, like gar. These are fantastic in Wallis Lake and Moreton Bay. I like the Sugar Pen when there are prawns or smaller fish around as they hook up a little better. In fact it is possibly one of the most consistent walk-the-dog lures around. The K9 is a gem for when there are small baits around and the fish are a bit fussy; they are

13. Surface Poppers


Zipbait Skinny Pop I tend to use popper style baits when the water is slightly rough as they cause a
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SWs Heath Blaike had a fairytale 2012, turning his victory at the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Grand Final as a non-boater into a boater Grand Final title at the 2012 Bribie Island final. 2011 Grand Final Champion Russell Babekuhl continued his winning ways in 2012, with round wins at St Georges Basin and Bribie Island seeing him finish the year as the number one ranked boater, and the inaugural winner of the national Humminbird BREAM AOY Title. Phil Nix secured the Humminbird BREAM Nonboater AOY Title, with a consistent year on the road cementing his position as the standout non-boater for the season. The money earners list for 2012 reads as a whos-who of tournament talent with Steve Morgan finishing the season as the highest earning ($63,186), while 2008 Grand Final winner Darren Borg holds onto 2nd ($62,425) despite a quiet year on the tour, followed by Scott Towner (3rd), Russell Babekuhl (4th) Chris Wright (5th) and Kris Hickson (6th). With Russ having a hot year on the tour in 2012 and cashing in to the tune of $9750, hell be the one to watch to chase down Morgan in 2013. 2012 was a big year for kayak anglers with

a host of events and new venues delivering kayakers their biggest season ever. Kayak debutant Shane Taylor had a dream year claiming victory in the Bemm River Grand Final Victoria, while Grand Final runner-up Richard Somerton finished the year with two titles on his mantel- piece, the 2012 BREAM Kayak AOY crown and the number one bream kayaking rank. The Skeeter BREAM Classic Championship hit Queenslands Gold Coast, with young guns Alex Roy and Tom Slater from Team OSP/Toray claiming the win over

Australias best breaming teams. Russell Babekukls hot form followed him into the BREAM Classic events with the Taree breamer finishing the year as the number one ranked BREAM Classic angler. The number one rank wasnt all his though with his team mate Trent Fahey also finishing the year as the number one ranked BREAM Classic angler. For full records and rankings visit www.bream.com.au. ABT would like to acknowledge and thank Gary Beazley for his contribution to the collation of the BREAM statistics for 2012.

NATIONAL GRAND FINAL CHAMPIONS


2001 - Michael Metcalfe, QLD 2002 - Matt Fraser, QLD 2003 - Chris Metcalfe, QLD 2004 - Tim Morgan, QLD 2005 - Chris Wright, NSW 2006 - Steve Duff, VIC 2007 Ben Godfrey, QLD 2008 Darren Borg, QLD 2009 Steve Morgan, QLD 2010 Shaun Clancy, VIC 2011- Russell Babekuhl, NSW 2012- Heath Blaikie, NSW

2004 - Jay Morgan (190/200pts) 2005 - Kelvin Williams (196/200pts) 2006 - Travis Davies (194/200pts) 2007 Darren Borg (196/200pts) 2008 Robert Kwiatkowski (196/200pts) 2009 Steve Morgan (285/300pts) 2010 Steve Morgan (293/300pts) 2011- Tristan Taylor (195/200pts)

2004 - Chris Wright (195/200pts) 2005 - Chris Wright (198/200pts) 2006 - Dave Welfare (193/200pts) 2007 Cameron Whittam (199/200pts) 2008 Shaun Clancy (198/200pts) 2009 Brad Hodges (198/200pts) 2010 Chris Wright (196/200pts) 2011- Cameron Whittam (197/200pts)

NEW SOUTH WALES


2001 - Steve Starling (198/200pts) 2002 - Tim Morgan (196/200pts) 2003 - Tim Morgan (199/200pts) 2004 - Michael Metcalfe (194/200pts) 2005 - Darren Borg (379/400pts) 2006 - Warren Carter (372/400pts) 2007 Darren Borg (389/400pts) 2008 Andrew Howard (360/400pts) 2009 Kris Hickson (375/400pts) 2010 Steve Morgan (387/400pts) 2011- Russell Babekuhl (384/400pts)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
2003 - Geoff Spadaccini (198/200pts) 2004 - Ian Sewell (198/200pts) 2005 - John-Paul Cronin (196/200pts) 2006 - Dror Pietsch (199/200pts) 2007 Szarn Tink (200/200pts) 2008 Szarn Tink (196/200pts) 2009 Dror Pietsch (198/200pts) 2010 Szarn Tink (199/200pts) 2011- Alex Griesdorf (198/200pts)

BREAM Anglers of the Year OVERALL


2012- Boater- Russell Babekuhl (392/400pts) 2012- Non-boater- Phil Nix (383/400pts)

QUEENSLAND
2000 - Mike Delisser (286/300pts) 2001 - Tim Morgan (200/200pts) 2002 - Chris Metcalfe (200/200pts) 2003 - Chris Metcalfe (193/200pts)
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
2005 - Mick Pressnell (200/200pts) 2006 - Scott Towner (100/100pts) 2007 Shaun Ossitt (100/100pts)

VICTORIA
2003 - Kevin Gleed (190/200pts)

2008 Wayne Friebe (193/200pts) 2009 Dean Truman (100/100pts) 2010 Warren Carter (100/100pts) 2011- Hugh Wirth (100/100pts)

Event / Super Series OVERALL QUEENSLAND

399.70kg at Tweed River, July, 2007. Super Series: 848 bream between 103 anglers 1.88kg - Nigel Webster, Gippsland Lakes, 2004. For 388.55kg at Gold Coast, August 2007.

NEW SOUTH WALES


Qualifier: 522 bream between 114 anglers for 255.12kg at Clarence, 2004. Super Series: 800 bream between 123 anglers for 401.34kg at Clarence, May 2008.

TASMANIA
2006 - Steve Morgan (100/100pts) 2007 Scott Towner (197/200pts) 2008 Scott Towner (196/200pts) 2009 Steve Morgan (196/200pts) 2010 Shaun Clancy (198/200pts) 2011- Steve Morgan (197/200pts)

1.54kg - Steve Chenoweth, Sanctuary Cove, June 2002.

NEW SOUTH WALES


1.78kg - Jack Olmos, Clarence River, 2005.

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Heaviest Winning Weight in a BREAM Qualifying Event / Super Series OVERALL


Qualifier: 10/10, 12.89kg Leigh McKenzie, Derwent River, March 2007. Super Series: 15/15, 18.05kg Spiro Spyropolous, Derwent River, March 2011.

1.88kg - Nigel Webster, Gippsland Lakes, 2004. Qualifier: 583 bream between 76 anglers for WESTERN AUSTRALIA 429.27kg at Mallacoota, March 2010. 1.71kg - Miriam Melis, Perth, June 2004. Super Series: 108 bream between 50 anglers TASMANIA for 78.6kg at Gippsland Lakes, April 2008. 1.84kg Steve Steer, St Helens, February 2009. TASMANIA SOUTH AUSTRALIA Qualifier: 300 bream between 57 anglers for 1.55kg - Craig Seignor, Port River, 311.53kg at Derwent River, March 2008. September 2006. Super Series: 375 bream between 58 anglers Biggest Limit of Five Bream for 369.25kg at Derwent River, March 2010.

QUEENSLAND
Qualifier: 10/10, 7.77kg - Jay Morgan, Gold Coast, July 2005. Super Series: 15/15, 9.52kg, Ben Godfrey, Gold Coast, August 2007.

OVERALL
5/5, 7.055kg Chris Wright, Derwent River, March 2008.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
150 bream between 37 anglers for 78.46kg at Port River, February 2009.

QUEENSLAND
5/5, 4.47kg - Tim Morgan, Gold Coast, 2004.

Most Bream Weighed at a BREAM Grand Final


916 bream between 110 anglers for 699kg at Mallacoota, November, 2010.

NEW SOUTH WALES


Qualifier: 10/10, 8.32kg - Andrew Howard, Forster, July 2001. Super Series: 15/15, 12.21kg Jack Olmos, Hawkesbury, May 2007

NEW SOUTH WALES


5/5, 4.88kg - Andrew Howard, Forster, July 2001.

BREAM Classic Grand Final Champions

VICTORIA

VICTORIA
10/10, 11.30kg - Chris Wright, Gippsland Lakes, March 2006. Super Series: 11/15, 8.75kg Mark Mangold, Gippsland Lakes, April 2008.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
10/10, 7.32kg - Dror Pietsch, Walpole, 2004.

TASMANIA
10/10, 12.89kg Leigh McKenzie, Derwent River, March 2007. Super Series: 15/15, 18.05kg Spiro Spyropolous, Derwent River, March 2011.

2007 Squidgy (Chris Cleaver & Zachias Crombie) 2008 Pflueger/Evinrude WESTERN AUSTRALIA (Andrew Homann & Neil Foley) 5/5, 4.35kg - John-Paul Cronin, Albany, 2009 Squidgy April 2005. (Chris Cleaver & Bill Kayayannis) TASMANIA 2010 Colac Tackle 5/5, 7.055kg Chris Wright, Derwent River, (Stephen Parker & Dan Mackrell) March 2008. 2011- Manning River Marine SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Kris Hickson & Daniel Brown) 5/5, 4.75kg Warren Carter, Nathan Alsop, Port 2012- OSP/ Toray River, September 2005. (Tom Slater & Alex Roy) 5/5, 6.34kg - Michael Rantall, Gippsland, March 2006.

Most BREAM Event Qualifying Wins


Chris Wright (7).

Heaviest Winning Weight in a BREAM Classic Grand Final


10/10, 11.86kg Colac Tackle (Stephen Parker & Dan Mackrell), Gippsland Lakes, Oct 2010.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
10/10, 6.45kg - Scott Towner, Port River, September 2006.

Heaviest Winning Weight in a BREAM Grand Final


12/15, 14.09kg - Chris Wright, Gippsland Lakes, October 2005.

Most Bream Weighed at a BREAM Qualifying Event / Super Series OVERALL


926 bream between 106 anglers for 399.70kg at Tweed River, July, 2007.

Biggest Bream in a BREAM Classic Grand Final


1.7kg Steve Gill (CritterOz/Honda Marine), Gippsland Lakes, Oct 2010.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
476 bream between 78 anglers for 253.03kg at Walpole, 2004.

Biggest Bream in an ABT BREAM Event


1.99kg - Chris Wright, Forster MegaBREAM 2004

Most Bream Weighed at a BREAM Classic Grand Final


408 bream between 71 teams for 178.59 at Clarence, Nov 2008.
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QUEENSLAND
Qualifier: 926 bream between 106 anglers for

Biggest Bream in a BREAM Qualifying

TOP 75 rankings bream


boater
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Russell Babekuhl Steve Morgan Kris Hickson Tristan Taylor Graham Franklin Warren Carter Cameron Whittam Don Johnston Steve Gill Wayne Reed Darren Borg Steve Eldred Chris Wright Scott Butler John Balcomb Grant Kime Jarrod Healey Chris Britton Steve Parker Chris Seeto Michael Maas Codie Stewart William Lee Wal Balzan Ross Cannizzaro NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW VIC VIC WA NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW QLD NSW NSW VIC QLD VIC NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW NSW 456 392 378 277 277 272 255 242 236 231 205 200 200 200 197 176 172 171 165 164 160 157 152 151 148 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Wayne Friebe Shayne Gillett Mark Mangold Ian Seeto Tony Thorley Shaun Clancy David McKenzie Aaron Sharp Anthony Wishey Matthew Finney Charlie Saykao Drew McGrath Daniel Brown Spiro Spyropolous Mitch Birt Mark Healey Anthony Thorpe Alex Greisdorf Greg Seeto Dean Hammond Kendall Soo Peter Cashman Brad Hodges Andrew Krushka Nabeel Issa VIC NSW NSW NSW NSW VIC QLD QLD QLD NSW WA QLD NSW VIC NSW NSW NSW WA NSW NSW QLD QLD VIC TAS QLD 143 142 142 141 140 133 131 128 125 124 114 112 106 106 104 103 102 102 100 99 97 96 93 93 92 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 Shaun Chapman Dror Pietsch Shane Barling Dean Gamble James Ison Kevin Attard Simon Sczepaniak Wayne Robinson Ben Hill Darryl Baird Robert Kwiatkowski Mark Gercovich Michael Starkey Heath Blaikie Matt Fraser Grayson Fong Damien Domagala John Timbrell Dean Pateman Tim Morgan Mick Torley Adam Sczepaniak Paul Malov Jack Dawson Graham Green NSW WA VIC VIC NSW NSW NSW NSW TAS VIC QLD VIC NSW NSW QLD QLD VIC NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW VIC WA WA 90 88 87 85 85 85 85 84 83 82 81 81 81 80 79 79 77 76 75 74 72 72 72 71 69

TOP 60 rankings bream classic


1 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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Russell Babekuhl Trent Fahey Kristoffer Hickson Mark Healey Adrian Neoh Darren Borg Tracey Mammen Scott Butler Daniel Brown Tristan Taylor Warren Carter Chris Britton Cameron Whittam David McKenzie (TNB) Rob Kwiatkowski Steve Eldred Matt Finney Aaron Sharp Beau Startin John Startin

428 428 427 414 411 399 389 380 371 361 352 345 345 340 332 331 327 317 313 313

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Tim Morgan Steve Morgan Peter Macor Troy Vankampen Anthony Wishey Anthony Thorpe Rodney Thorpe Dean Hammond Craig Simmons Michael Hodges (VIC) Jeff Brundson Wayne Bale Brian Everingham Brendon Hughes Scott Greentree Alan Loftus Mark Holman Jake Stewart Joshua Kirkness Ross Cannizzaro

305 304 302 302 301 296 296 296 292 286 282 282 282 282 282 279 279 278 271 271

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

Wayne Reed Anthony Duff Alex Greisdorf Nathan McInnes Greg Wirth Hugh Wirth Shaun Chapman Codie Stewart Grayson Fong Ben Collins Will Lee Michael Corbett Nathan Wolhuter Shane Wolhuter Aaron Horne Scott Lear Warwick Cregan Mark Hayes David Seaman Chris Cleaver

271 268 268 267 267 267 260 257 255 254 254 253 246 246 243 234 233 232 232 231

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 GeoffreyBorg PhilipNix LexCourt Vaughan Lewis Nathan Tuskes Jonathon Thompson Andrew Dibley Jim Xyga Decla Betts Andrew Wallace Troy Hamilton James Smith Tim Olsen Mike Hodges Darren Evans Heath Blaikie Andrew Williams Glen Sturrock Peter Godfrey Tom Slater Rodney Thorpe Shane Wolhuter Peter Mazey Mark Hayes Steven Cefai NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW Vic Vic Vic NSW VIC NSW ACT VIC NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD Vic Vic NSW 284 249 219 209 200 200 199 181 177 162 152 149 149 143 141 136 136 131 129 123 123 123 122 121 119 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Greg Cooper Chris Findlay Daniel Stead Michael Burman Suzanne Siranovic Jack Dihm Mace Boyer Bernard Kong Scott Marcinkowski Alex Franchuck Justin Conn Colin Gunning Gary Middleton Jeffrey Esperitu Nick Georgiadis Dion Bull Chris Maas Daryl Hislop Angus Collins Tyler White Tracey Mammen Richard Linossi David Packham Glenn Hayter Karl Rembacher WA NSW QLD WA WA NSW Vic NSW NSW Vic Vic WA QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD Vic QLD QLD QLD Vic NSW NSW QLD 119 116 110 108 107 106 105 105 101 98 98 97 97 96 86 86 85 85 85 84 84 82 82 80 77 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 Nathan McInnes Alan Loftus Rohan Soulsby Thuan Huynh Richard Somerton Corey House Zig Domagala Paul Siemaszko Greg Wilson Mark Healey Mitchell Martens Scott Sutherland Anthony Tedesco Alan Wilson Nathan Leicht Dean Pateman Brad Dolman Scott Angel Thomas Gray Damian Coleman Matt Williams Oliver Seear Isaac Harris Ben Kingaby Ross Beinke NSW NSW NSW WA Vic WA Vic WA QLD NSW QLD NSW NSW Vic NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD QLD QLD WA TAS QLD QLD 75 73 72 71 71 71 70 69 69 67 66 66 66 64 63 62 62 61 60 59 45 39 34 30 11

TOP 60 rankings KAYAK


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Richard Somerton Nicholas Meredith Jason Meech Greg Lewis Scott Baker Peter Woods Chris Burbidge Matt Petrie Luke Kay Joel Crosbie Dave Hedge Jonathan Chen Andrew Death Martin Fellows Scott Sandilands Stewart Dunn Shane Owens Scott Lovig Steve Fields Kevin Winchester 374 370 369 331 326 318 316 296 290 278 269 254 252 251 245 244 241 239 233 229 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Denis Metzdorf Gary Beazley Stephen Maas Tony Pettie Neil Carstairs Jason Reid Scott Brownlees Peter Bostock Carl Dubois Scott Marcinkowski Will Lee Josh Carpenter Andrew Krushka Clark Wilson Brian Rutledge Scott Brown Rhett Gill Guy Struthers Jason Lambert Justin Thompson 224 222 220 211 203 203 195 192 186 183 180 162 158 158 152 151 151 150 147 135 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Ronnie Sonter Phil Pluis Ben Hough Luke Rogan Bob Boss Warren Cossell Steve Thomas Darryl Head Nick Mace Daniel Brown Gary Cooke Shane Taylor Richard Creighton Mark De Cruz Jordan Trusty Jim Barrie Dale Baxter Dennis McMahon Tristan Taylor Jon Clisby
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Bream Earnings* 2012


Steve Morgan Darren Borg Scott Towner Russell Babekuhl Chris Wright Kris Hickson Tim Morgan Mark Mangold Chris Britton Andrew Howard Warren Carter Ben Godfrey Tristan Taylor Anthony Wishey Cameron Whittam Shaun Clancy Steve Eldred Craig Simmons Robert Kwiatkowski Ian Miller Michael Starkey Wayne Reed John Balcomb Andrew Homann Martin Richardson Graham Franklin Nigel Webster Jack Olmos Dror Pietsch Daniel Brown Spiro Spyropoulos Szarn Tink Kaj Busch QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW VIC QLD QLD QLD VIC VIC QLD QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW WA NSW VIC WA NSW $63,186 $62,425 $54,000 $50,736 $48,533 $43,789 $39,911 $37,000 $30,895 $28,125 $26,021 $25,600 $20,756 $19,450 $19,250 $17,300 $16,849 $15,300 $15,270 $14,350 $13,601 $13,575 $13,500 $13,200 $13,125 $13,056 $13,050 $12,550 $12,350 $12,275 $11,823 $11,550 $11,400 Jay Morgan Ross Lamotte Michael Horn Adam Ward Steve Starling Brad Hodges Michael Collins Stephen Duff Gavin Dunne David Welfare Wayne Friebe Russ Williams David Mckenzie Jarrod Healey Andrew Cowling Daryl Schroder Chris Metcalfe Trent Short Steve Steer Patrick Sullivan Chris Martin David Beer Michael Metcalfe David Gibson Dean Silvester Michael Maas John Startin Simon Vaughan Chris Russell Mark Healey Steve Parker Matt Fraser Dean Nash NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW VIC NSW VIC QLD NSW VIC NSW QLD VIC NSW NSW QLD QLD TAS TAS NSW WA QLD NSW QLD QLD NSW Qld NSW NSW VIC QLD NSW $10,600 $10,350 $10,200 $9,850 $9,300 $8,820 $8,800 $8,475 $8,450 $8,445 $8,095 $8,000 $7,900 $7,900 $7,500 $7,500 $7,450 $7,400 $7,250 $6,925 $6,850 $6,516 $6,500 $6,350 $6,245 $6,100 $6,075 $6,000 $5,950 $5,925 $5,875 $5,700 $5,500 Clayton Gusmerini Stephen Wilson Aaron Horne Matthew Finney Ben Turbott Glen Helmers Ian Seeto Will Lee Damien Domagala Geoff Spadaccini Greg Lee Patrick Debattista Mark Gercovich Scott Lear Wade Eaton David Otway Scott Butler Trent Butler Darren Seckold Leigh Mckenzie Gregg Flett Travis Davies Drew Griffiths Jay Perham Peter Kelleher Peter Macor Steve Gill Shane Dyason Simon Sczepaniak Karen Scully Don Johnston Ian Sewell Beau Startin NSW QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD VIC WA NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW TAS NSW QLD QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW WA WA NSW $5,400 $5,400 $5,350 $5,350 $5,264 $5,150 $5,100 $5,025 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $4,950 $4,800 $4,800 $4,750 $4,650 $4,600 $4,561 $4,500 $4,200 $4,200 $4,050 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $3,965 $3,900 $3,900 $3,825 $3,800 $3,790 $3,725

kayak Earnings 2012


Greg Lewis Jason Meech Nicholas Meredith Richard Somerton Chris Burbidge Will Lee Dave Hedge Scott Baker Matt Petrie Joel Crosbie Stewart Dunn
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$10,320 $5,615 $2,960 $2,800 $2,325 $2,260 $2,230 $2,190 $2,045 $2,010 $2,000

Andrew Death Daniel Brown Jordan Trusty Peter Woods Justin Dingwall Luke Kay Shane Owens Steve Fields Scott Lovig Jason Reid Wayne Robinson

$1,930 $1,775 $1,500 $1,445 $1,425 $1,400 $1,325 $1,225 $1,210 $1,170 $1,150

Tristan Taylor Gary Cooke Shane Taylor Stephen Maas Carl Dubois Rhett Gill Martin Fellows Brad Turner Kevin Winchester Jonathon Chen Nick Mace

$1,100 $1,025 $1,000 $1,000 $950 $920 $850 $800 $730 $700 $700

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Total Earnings
Stuart Mckinnon Anthony Thorpe Robert Irons Michael Torley Adam Sczepaniak Peter Mckinnon Ross Cannizzaro Kelvin Williams Kevin Gleed Michael Geary Shuan Chapman Aaron Sharp Jesse Lomas Darren Georgeston Roderick Walmsley Nick Cuccovia Adrian Neoh Adam Todd Alex Griesdorf Drew Mcgrath Matthew Kelly Steve Kanowski Tyson Detheridge Robert Dawson Adam Oconnor Richard Potter Kevin Attard Andrew Krushka Daniel Mackrell Jack Dawson Wade Stenhouse Charlie Saykao Dean Truman VIC NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW Qld QLD NSW QLD WA NSW SA WA QLD NSW QLD NSW WA NSW NSW NSW TAS VIC WA WA WA SA $3,650 $3,625 $3,600 $3,525 $3,500 $3,500 $3,450 $3,400 $3,400 $3,350 $3,325 $3,300 $3,300 $3,250 $3,200 $3,150 $3,075 $3,070 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $2,950 $2,900 $2,900 $2,850 $2,820 $2,800 $2,800 $2,750 $2,700 $2,650 Grayson Fong Shane Barling Tom Deer Dean Hammond Peter Morgan Shaun Ossitt Mark Dunphy Phil Jagger Murray Jeffery Grant Kime Michael Passau Rudy Holzfiend Joe Crust Shayne Gillett Chris Cleaver Ben Sandman Matt Taylor Ricky Cooper Mark Ward John Schofield John Timbrell Mick Pressnell Miriam Melis Dave Robinson Josh Batterson Ron Ashman Jorg Van Husen Nabeel Issa Mark Holman Nathan Sewell Arthur Hatzipetrow Matthew Williams David Tosland QLD VIC SA NSW QLD SA NSW WA WA NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW VIC ACT QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD QLD QLD NSW $2,625 $2,500 $2,500 $2,400 $2,350 $2,320 $2,300 $2,300 $2,280 $2,275 $2,200 $2,200 $2,175 $2,100 $2,050 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,900 $1,850 $1,850 $1,850 $1,800 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,700 $1,700 $1,600 $1,600 $1,575 $1,550 $1,500

$1,507,361
Lance Sulkowski Micheal Rantall Norm Kemp Peter Cashman Grant Manusu Codie Stewart Peter Herbst James Graham Ash Hazell Ben Scullin Darryl Dimmick David Oreilly Gary Newell Stephen Tracey Max Frost Peter Jarvis Warren Drew Andrew Hyslop Chris Lemessurier Graham Green Graham Taylor Isaac Harris Michael Colotourous Nathan Gilders Wal Balzan Rodney Thorpe Craig Seiginor Kendall Soo Paul Osullivan Robert Harvey Stuart Gordon Chris Deland Ian Clift NSW VIC NSW Qld NSW NSW QLD WA WA VIC QLD WA NSW Qld NSW NSW WA NSW WA WA VIC TAS NSW WA NSW NSW VIC Qld QLD VIC WA NSW SA $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,425 $1,375 $1,350 $1,350 $1,320 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,150 $1,125 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,088 $1,050

* Money earners over $1,000 published.

Total Earnings
Josh Carpenter Nigel Webster Tony Pettie Bob Boss Andrew Krushka Neil Cartairs Scott Brown Wayne Bone Scott Marcinkowski Gary Beazley $690 $650 $650 $630 $610 $585 $550 $520 $500 $495 Denis Metzdorf Clark Wilson Guy Struthers Raymond Stork Tim Moszekiari Chris Lacey Robert Greetham Scott Sandilands Grayson Fong Derek Steele $480 $465 $450 $420 $420 $400 $400 $390 $380 $370 Eric Wood Tim Maas

$81,195
$350 $350 $350 $320 $300 $300 $300 $300 $280
Money earners over $200 published.

Mark Thompson Brian Rutledge Bryan Lazzaro Darren Borg Dale Baxter David Varney Ben Harrison

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The cream of the crop


efore even reaching the GF, Richard won the AOY race with two wins and three second places for his best five finishes for the year, an outstanding result, especially considering the breadth of locations in which he dominated. From the Glenelg River in South Australia all the way up to the Tweed River on the New South Wales/Queensland border, Richard managed

The qualifying rounds of the 2012 Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Series was dominated by the sheer consistency of one angler, Richard Somerton. His superb form was destined to carry him to success through the ultimate event of the year, the Bemm River Grand Final. However, nobody counted on the relative unknown Shane Taylor who toppled the number one favourite off the first-place podium.
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It was kayak fishing royalty at the Bemm River Grand Final with 52 of Australias best kayak anglers doing battle in the biggest event of the season.

top ten finishes on both black and yellowfin bream. It was no wonder Somerton was the GFs number one pick to take out the win. In complete contrast, Shane Taylor fished only one event (his first ever kayak comp) in May this year at Mallacoota and took the third of four qualifying places offered. Taylor, who had no experience of the Bemm River and didnt normally fish for black bream, proved

that even the most green of rookies can have what it takes to win.

Lets Rumble Downunder


Forty-nine qualifiers and three wildcards descended upon the small Victorian township of Bemm River for the biggest event of the year, this year however there was a twist even before the event started.

There was a two week prefish ban as normal, but this year no fishing was allowed on the prefish day. Anglers had the option of sounding the lake and river out, testing the new Pro Angler 14 kayak and looking around the arena, but strictly no fishing. The idea was to keep a smaller more sensitive fishery in tip-top bream producing fashion for the two tournament days.
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A flotilla of kayaks headed off each morning to do battle with the Bemms XOS bream.

The local word around town was that there were multiple patterns and areas working. Large schools of weighty pre-spawn fish were spotted up the river itself, there were also large post-spawn fish spread throughout the lake near the only just-opened but tide-driven entrance, and some true monsters were sighted in some sneaky little backwater lakes only accessible by a kayak. The prefish day confirmed this with a handful of anglers braving the windy conditions on the Friday to get the lay of the land. Some made the long pedal up river and some scoped out the bottom contour of the lake for that perfect transit zone for fish moving from holding areas towards feeding areas.

without the wind but as the skies cleared the wind began to blow. Many anglers reported the fish in a different mood altogether, especially those who made the trek upriver for the schooling fish around Dollys Garden where the fishing was much slower. The wind tends to make the shallower bite better and the lake seemed to fire.

the playing field when a complete newcomer who has never been to the arena and doesnt usually fish for blacks to have two consistent days on the water to take the win. All 52 anglers fished from identical Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayaks fitted with Lowrance Elite 5 sounders, Hobie anchor trolleys, Stakeout poles, Hobie drift chutes and a Hobie livewell system. It was truly a level playing field.

Hot at the Top


The hot seat changed many times during the day two, and final weigh-in, but in the end only two anglers were left. Richard Somerton holding the hot seat with a day two limit of 2.815kg, and a total bag of 5.750kg, and the relative unknown from NSW, Shane Taylor needing 2.565kg to take a wire-to-wire victory. Taylors bag tipped the scales at a fraction off the magical 3kg mark for the second day in a row, weighing 2.980kg it easily sealed the victory, in-turn inscribing his name into the BREAM record books. It is a testament to the idea of a levelling

Newfound Fortune
Shane had never been to Bemm River before and didnt even look around on the prefish Friday, instead he stayed with what he knew and looked for an area that had all the hallmarks of a good bream spot in his home waters weed beds in 1.5-2m of water that would hold baitfish. He headed for the eastern side of the basin and set up a long wind drift using the drift chute to slow his movement across the flat and made long wind-assisted casts with a prototype Hurricane Fatty Crank before slow

Lets Get Started


Day one saw the blowy conditions from Friday ease into better conditions on the water. The total prefish ban paid dividends with 46 of the 52 anglers bringing in a full limit. The mixed patterns and areas proved true with a diversity of fishing locations from the top four place-getters: Shane Taylor fished around the flats of the lake; Joel Crosbie fished towards the mouth; Richard Somerton fished in and around Mud Lake; and Matt Petrie worked well upriver. Shane Taylor managed to break the magical 3kg mark with 3.185kg, with Joel Crosbie and Richard Somerton close on his heels with 2.98kg and 2.935kg respectively. Plenty of the field however topped 2.6kg for their three fish limit and anybody was in with a chance; a 3.5kg bag is not an inconceivable feat on the Bemm. Day twos forecast was for the wind to return and scattered showers through the morning. For better or worse, at least they didnt both happen at once. There was some heavy localised rain in the morning in areas
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Scott Lovig, Shaun Taylor and Richard Somerton were the cream that rose to the top in the 2012 GF.

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Shane Taylor rose to the top to claim victory in the hard fought final, breaking 6 kilos to secure the Grand Final title.

The flats tend to get beaten up by a lot of anglers and if 10 people go up the river chances are only two will come back with fish. So fishing the features up towards the mouth was my pick, said Lovig. He noted the depth that fish were being found at and then kept looking for that depth. He used a Z-Man Grub slowly so he could keep it in front of the fish as long as possible, he also used the Grub weedless when necessary. Scott altered this presentation throughout the day with an Atomic Crank in muddy prawn around the colour change. Quite often Scott was on one side and Richard Somerton on the other.

A Big Future
Overall the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Grand Final will go down as a great success with nearly the entire field bringing full limits to the scales. The new Hobie Pro Angler 14s got a proper on water test by the best kayak tournament anglers and plenty of fun was had at the Bemm River Hotel, which helped host the event. 2013 will be an even bigger year for the kayak series and heres hoping its Grand Final will provide even bigger fish and weightier bags to the anglers lucky enough to qualify.

rolling it back. The Hurricane got down and ran just above the top of the weed and stayed in the fishs face the whole way back, said Taylor. This approach paid off big on the first day. Shane got his limit, as well as the Hogs Breath Boss Hog cheque for the biggest fish on day one. Knowing this area held good fish, he made the crucial decision to leave the area rather than sting the fish that could make his day two bag. There is no point catching 6kg worth of fish on the first day if theyre not there to catch on the second day. Shane went into prefish mode looking for a plan B if the productive flat he had just fished did not work the next day. He ended up tallying 12 more legal size bream; none of them upgraded those from his honey hole.

Richie Rules
Richard Somertons second place cements him as probably the most consistent and most adaptable kayak angler in Australia at the moment. It puts him on top of the kayak rankings list and makes him the man to watch in 2013. He started both days in the entrance channel to Mud Lake, which has such a shallow entrance it is inaccessible to power boats and sees less fishing pressure as a result. Filling his bag by 8am on day one with a PML custom coloured Smith Jade, he was upgrading by 8.30am. He moved towards the entrance to the Bemm system and fished the colour change as the tide came in looking for even bigger fish using Jackall Chubbies. He had a harder start to day two with only two legal fish caught from the entrance channel, mixed in with a bunch of undersize. However, a move to the flat just in front of the Mud Lake entrance immediately rewarded him with an 800g fish. From there it was time to chase the colour change again towards the front, but finding upgrades was a slow process.

Richard Somerton was the hottest angler on tour all year, winning the AOY crown and finishing second at the Bemm River final.

Fingers-Crossed
Day two saw a reverse-order start with Shane going out last, which made for a few nerves as he hoped his spot from day one would be untouched. Arriving with no one there and getting a fish on the first cast was the best way to calm his nerves. The fishing was tougher but a change in lure to a suspending Maria MJ1 got the fish biting. He got another fish each drift of the flat. With the wind strength increasing quickly, by 11.30am his spot was unfishable. It didnt matter as he had amassed enough to take the title and earn himself a spot on the 2013 Australian Fishing Championships TV show.
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Third place was wildcard entrant and AFC angler Scott Lovig with a full limit of six fish for 5.14kg for the two days. Scott made the decision to fish the front of the system two weeks before the event for a few different reasons.

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The 2012 BREAM and BASS Series saw some of the hottest competition for many years. Proven champions were pushed to their limits by a pack of hungry new anglers. And the battle wasnt just confined to boaters. Non-boaters are stepping up and showing their desire to fish and compete hard on their own stage.

As non-boater you get the opportunity to fish a host of different boaters with varying skills, strengths and preferences. Being adaptable when it comes to your fish is one of the keys to success as a non-boater.

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Lets take a look at the top two Humminbird AOY anglers from the Daiwa BREAM Series and Smak Lures BASS Pro Series and get an insight into how they achieve their tournament success.

The Cream Rises


Consistency for non-boaters can be hard to achieve. The dynamics of fishing with different boaters with varying, and sometimes conflicting, fishing styles can often make it hard to consistently catch fish. Nevertheless, cream always rises to the top. Regardless of the venue or the bite pattern, there were the ever-present anglers who place event after event that show the new, and not so new, non-boaters the way to tournament success.

Well Travelled
Phil Nix from New South Wales and Troy Hamilton from Victoria are models of consistency on the BREAM scene. Phil has four event wins in his 10+ years on the tour while Troy was red hot in 2012 with three top fours for the season. Two of the most consistent anglers on the BREAM scene, they attribute much of their consistency and success to being adaptable. As a non-boater you dont get to choose where youre going to fish, thats really up to the boater. So you need to be ready to fish

where they want to fish and, to a certain degree, how they want to fish, said Nix. A long-time travel partner of Atomic Bream Pro Graham Franklin, Nix has fished most tournament venues throughout the country and has learnt a host of different techniques. Fishing different waterways has enabled me to become proficient at a range of techniques. One month I can be ripping jerkbaits for big black bream on the Derwent while a month later I can be fishing deep with plastics for yellows. This variety certainly helps you become more tournament ready, saidNix. For Humminbird BREAM AOY runner-up Troy Hamilton its his love of the outdoors and passion for fishing that fuels his tournament success, rather than an underlying knowledge of varying tournament arenas and bream techniques.
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Once you do it, you find yourself wanting to do it again and again. Practise does make perfect with Nix finishing 3rd place in 2012, 1st in 2010 and multiple top tens since his first visit in 2009. With a similar love for hardbodies, Hamiltons stand out arena is Mallacoota. Home to XOS hardbody lure-loving black bream it was on a red hot final day in the 2012 Rapala Mallacoota BREAM Qualifier that saw Hamilton charge up the scoreboard from 21st to claim a podium finish and finish 3rd. It was a bite pattern that I absolutely love, aggressive flats bream eating hardbodies, and big ones to boot, said Hamilton. Weighing in a 4.38kg bag on the final day gives credence to the saying, fish to your strength and fish what you enjoy most. Hamiltons belief in this saying was crucial to his success at the event and, in turn, his AOY success in 2012.

Bass Buddies
While there are many differences between the BREAM and BASS Pro Series the question from a non-boaters point of view is, what, if any, similarities exist when it come to achieving tournament success? The top two from last years hard fought Humminbird AOY race, Ray Holmes and Dylan Mott give us their take on how they make it happen come tournament day.

I havent fished as many locations as some of the other guys, such as Phil. What I do have instead is an insatiable appetite to fish hard and try things that I havent necessarily tried before, said Hamilton. Hamilton fished a host of new venues in 2012, so hell soon have experience to add to his tournament arsenal. A formidable addition to an already impressive skills set.

Respect This
Both these champion anglers believe there is an unspoken non-boater etiquette that should be present at all tournaments. It is built around respect for your boaters boat and, most importantly, their space. Youre a guest onboard their, sometimes very expensive, craft. So treat them and the boat likewise, said Nix. Hamilton agrees and adds, Show your boater respect and you may just end up fishing up front with them. Respect is an important facet within the sport that should be shown by both boaters and non-boater. The ABT motto of Who Shares Wins should remain in the back of our minds at all times.

Planning to Win
Humminbird Angler of the Year Champion Ray Holmes had the year from heaven in 2012. With an event win and three top tens for the year the Brisbane BASSer was a model of consistency throughout the season; an achievement that Holmes puts down to well organised planning and practise. You generally dont do well in tournaments by chance alone. Being prepared plays a huge part. So I make sure I prefish an arena leading up to an event, then use the experience and knowledge that Ive gathered so I can hit the ground running come tournament day. Prefishing non-local events however can prove a little tougher and in these situations Holmes draws upon his past experience on the waterways and his ability to quickly adapt to the prevailing bite patterns. My main focus each tournament is to weigh in two bass each session. To do this you need to be able to swap techniques and pick up on the cues of where the fish are and what theyre biting on, said Holmes. With this at the forefront of his mind,

Relax and Do It
Of course tournament success isnt all about the mechanics of throwing out a lure and winding it back in, in many instances its just as much about what goes on in the anglers mind. Going out and enjoying myself is what fishing is all about, and this definitely applies in tournament fishing. If I stay relaxed, keep a clear head then Ill more than likely have fun and catch fish, said Hamilton. Phil Nix has a similar upbeat approach to his tournament fishing, especially when it comes to disappointment. Its just about going fishing and having fun. If you come back in with double donuts its not the end of the world. It just makes the good results that much sweeter.
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Love What You Do


Success more often than not comes from doing what youre best at and doing what you love the most. For Nix, this is throwing hardbodies on an arena that hes had much success on over the year, Tasmanias Derwent River. Theres nothing I love more than throwing hardbodies along the rocky edges and rubble flats of the Derwent. The technique is fairly aggressive as are the bites and the quality of the fish you catch are the best in the country.

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Holmes is able to key in on bite patterns quickly and formulate plans for whats going on at the present time and for the next fishing session.

I believe if you have the right gear, the right technique and right frame of mind then its only a matter of time until you catch fish.

Push Hard and Train Hard


Few non-boaters have the pedigree and training of Dylan Mott. The son of three time BASS Pro Grand Final winner Matthew Mott, Dylan has been living and breathing bass fishing since he first held a rod, and his abilities reflect that. Ive been fortunate to have my Dad there showing me the way and sharing his knowledge on bass and tournament fishing, said Mott. While developing the skills set to catch bass Dylan has also acquired the mental attributes needed to succeed, in particular the ability to fish hard, and push hard, right to the end. A never-say-die attitude is important in tournament fishing. If you keep yourself up and keep fishing hard right until the end of the session youll have the edge over guys whos focus wanes, said Mott. This simple philosophy fuels Motts primary goal for each tournament year to fish as hard as he can at each tournament and leave nothing behind.

Mr Nice Guy
When asked about etiquette as a non-boater during tournaments, both Ray and Dylan echoed the sentiments of our top BREAM anglers. The game is about respect and manners. Dylan explains: I believe its a must to offer your boater money for fuel and stay down the back of the boat unless told otherwise. I also try and keep my casts confined to the back half of the boat. Showing good manners and respect goes along way when youre a non-boater. Ray echoes these sentiments as being essential and adds, I always help my boater net his fish. We all appreciate the hand and it means theyll also be there to net mine when I need it.

the fish is always good for your confidence. Its easier to stay upbeat and think that at anytime youre going to get onto the fish, said Holmes. In contrast, Motts confidence in his fishing ability and gear is more than enough to catch fish. You cant control your draw or where youre going to fish. Focus on things you can control, namely your fishing ability and your tackle. With the number one non-boater BASS Pro ranking next to his name, who can dispute Motts rationale? Confidence and ability to catch fish in any tournament, regardless of the draw.

Future Success
Looking at these top two BREAM and BASS Pro anglers you can see the things that bring these anglers to the top of their game. Their ability to stay relaxed, have fun, plan and work hard on their tournament fishing and seek out things to help them improve are all measures that breed success. What unites them and sets them apart from the pack are things that all anglers can adopt, not just non-boaters. Add them to you skill set and success will surely come.

Lucky Draw
While Holmes and Mott have many similarities in their approaches, when it comes to the issue of drawing a good boater they have a slightly different take on it. Getting a good draw and being paired with an angler whos more likely to be on

Start Taking Notes


Mott doesnt just rely on his memory when it comes to accumulating experience, he relies heavily on keeping records of what hes done and also what other anglers have done. I like to keep a record on where Ive caught fish, how Ive caught them, and how tournaments are won. If I gather all this information then Ive got something that can help me predict how a lake is going to fish, said Mott. Motts record keeping is a vital tool in his fishing success and something that all anglers could adopt.

Non-boaters can only take so much tackle with them, choosing carefully so you have all your options cover is the key and often a hard task.

Confidence is the Key


Both these anglers have blazed a trail through the BASS circuit with consistent results, podium finishes and victories in both QLD and NSW. Mott and Holmes possess a level of consistency and quiet confidence that any angler would be happy to possess. I repeat to myself in my head over and over to be confident. Having this positive mental state is crucial to being successful, said Holmes. Just like Holmes, Motts tenacity and fight gives him the confidence to find fish even when the chips are down.
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Ice Ice Baby


Text: Simon Goldsmith Photography: Simon Goldsmith , jeff clelland

If one lure stood out as the must-have on the 2012 BASS tour it was the ice jig. Responsible for multiple top ten finishes, cashed cheques and tournament victories, there were many events throughout the year where if you didnt have one tied on you were back in the pack and struggling to stay in-touch with the front runners.

The shallow flats at Lake Somerset are prime areas to target for bass and therere few lures better for catching them than an ice jig.

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o why were they so hot on the tour in 2012? Who mastered the art of ice jigging during the season? And how did they do it? Lets chat to the best in the business and find out how they go about ice jigging the bass on the tournament trail.

The Kings Speech


Three times BASS Pro Grand Final winner Matthew Mott has few peers when it comes to ice jigging and has chalked up multiple event top tens using them, his 2009 Grand Final victory at Lake Somerset being the most notable. Having fished ice jigs for nearly 20 years Mott has seen a lot of changes, particularly with regards to the design of the lures. In the early days we were fishing solely imported ice jigs that were designed for European and North American species. They worked to a certain degree, but the hook-up to land rate on our bass wasnt great. While they were great when social fishing they werent reliable as a tournament technique, said Mott. Research and development in lure design

and refinement in ice jigging techniques has seen things improve for the better with ice jigging now considered one of the most reliable and consistent techniques doing the tournament rounds. Losing fish after fish is now a thing of the past; you can now go out find the fish and be super confident that youll get them to eat a jig and that youll land them, said Mott.

Who Are You?


An ice jig was designed to be fished through a hole in the ice for temperate species, however when it comes to bass fishing in warmer tropical water, what is the ice jig actually meant to be imitating? Matthew Mott explains: I dont think an ice jig is an exact imitation of any one thing in particular. To a certain degree it may look a shrimp or small bony bream darting around, but I think its more about how it annoys fish and triggers them to respond out of aggression rather than out of a feeding instinct. 2012 Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final
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Callum Munro is one of the hottest anglers on the BASS Pro circuit at moment and regularly uses an ice jig to turn on shutdown bass.

runner-up Callum Munro follows a similar line of thinking when it comes to why ice jigs press a bass button. I think its less about what they imitate and more about how they trigger a bass to strike. There are few lures out there that will turn shut down bass on as effectively as an ice jig. The darting-in-your-face action of the ice jig is hard to top, said Munro.

Were Flat Out Here


Even though few places are better suited to ice jigging than flats and open water areas, they can also be hard places to fish with bass often inactive and sulking on the bottom. This is when you reach for the ice jig, when theyre scattered, hard to the bottom and not moving, said Mott. Mott follows this non-schooled mentality so much so that if he sees fish starting to cluster together when ice jigging, hell leave them alone and go find more solitary fish. I tend to find the schooled fish to be smaller and less inclined to eat an ice jig. Theyll often look at it, move around it, but not eat it. Using the less is more approach when it comes to congregations of fish, Mott looks to take advantage of the loner mentality when it comes to catching bigger specimens. When the fishing gets hard late in the season and the schools start to break up, the bigger fish will hang wider and hug the bottom. Once you pinpoint them with the sounder you can drop the lure right on their nose and more often than not get them to bite, said Mott.
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Motts not alone with his flat out approach. Munro turns to ice jigs on a regular basis to catch his bass, particularly when things are getting tough. When you find bass hanging tight to the bottom and unwilling to eat anything is when you tie on an ice jig. You can fish it right in their face and if you annoy them long enough theyll usually bite it.

Best of Both Worlds


While ice jigs are red-hot on the flats, the perception that many people have is that they can only be fished there, nowhere else. Matthew Mott said this couldnt be further from the truth. There is no doubt that they are dynamite on the flats but if you only fish them there youre selling yourself short. Flooded trees, points and drop-offs are all places that bass gravitate towards and areas that can be fished with an ice jig. The key is picking the appropriate jig for the job and getting the retrieve just right. Trees are the favourite ice jig location for Mott and Munro, however they both have contrasting approaches when it comes to fishing them. On the flats Ill use a gliding lure with a longer tail, while on the trees I go with a darting model with a shorter tail. This option allows me to work the lure more aggressively in a smaller area and with less snagging up on the tree, said Mott. With inactive bass, in particular, holding tight to structure the objective of keeping

the lure in as small a strike zone as possible makes perfect sense. While Mott opts for a different lure when fishing the trees Munro keeps things the same as when hes fishing the flats. I just fish what Im confident with. The majority of the time when Im ice jigging Im fishing the flats and doing it with a glider, so thats generally what I reach for when Im fishing the trees. Its the lure that Im most confident with, said Munro. Munro also winces at times when it comes to the lure losses. Being able to work a lure close to timber and in the fishs face will get you a lot of bites; the trade off is that with three sets of hooks hanging off the lure you get hung up a lot and lose a lot of lures, said Munro.

Munros approach when ice jigging involves locating the fish with his sounder then dropping his lure straight down until it hits the bottom. Once the lure is on the bottom Ill engage the reel, wind up the slack then stop. While holding the rod in my left hand Ill bang the butt of the rod with my right hand. This will cause the lure to jump and dart around. Ill then sink it back down to the bottom, pause the retrieve, then repeat the process. Adjusting how hard and regular you bang the rod and make the lure move is the key to the retrieve.

Matthew Mott is the master of ice jigging and always has his eyes on the sounder so he can read the mood of the fish and in turn get the retrieve just right.

Time for Action


Using the right the lure is important, but if you dont how to work it youre wasting your time. Callum Munro explains: The secret to success is all about the action and how you get the lure to dance and dart around. On inactive fish Munro goes super aggressive, while on more active fish hell pull things back a little and adopt for a more reserved approach. Despite seeming counterintuitive, Munro has a method to his madness. When theyre shut down you want to work that lure hard in their face to get them worked up so theyll eat it. On active fish you dont need to overwork it to get a fish to bite, saidMunro.
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You need to keep experimenting until you find what the fish want. Dont get locked into the same pattern, keep changing until they tell you what they want, said Munro. Paying sound attention to whats happening on the sounder while working the lure is an important step that cant be overstated. You can tell the mood of the fish by how they look on the sounder. If you know their mood than you can more easily match the retrieve to get them to bite. Mott uses a similar looking-down approach. With his target fish pinpointed and his eyes firmly fixed on the sounder, Mott will disengage his reel and free-spool his lure until it hits the bottom. Hell then engage his reel, wind up the slack and position his rod tip so it sits just above the water. The next move then ranges from a bump of the rod butt to get the lure to dart to a series of sharp lifts that has the lure zipping all over the place. Regardless of how aggressive the retrieve is, the key is to keep the lure in contact with the bottom. After about every four lifts Ill freespool the lure back to the bottom. Paying attention to your sounder so you know what your lure is swimming over is also very important. If you do this and keep your line as vertical as possible youll maximize the action of the lure and the likelihood of getting a bite, said Mott.

Barry Bags Out


2012 TT Lures Somerset BASS Pro winner Barry Reynolds learnt how to ice jig at the tutelage of Matthew Mott and loves them for their ability to turn bass on and keep fish biting. Once you cracked the pattern of the retrieve youll find that you can keep catching them. So if youre hooked up on fish get your fishing partner to get a lure down there quick smart because the chances are that hell also hook-up on a fish, said Reynolds.

Motts synopsis. Successful ice jigging is about taking the lure right to the fish and feeding it to them. If youre not tuned into your sounder, then you wont know where they are, what mood theyre in and how they want the lure presented to them and worked. If you dont have all this going on youre fishing blind and just guessing.

Any Icy Future


Time is at a premium in tournament fishing so the ability to minimise wasted fishing time is something thats always sought after. Advancements in technologies, such as sounders and electronics, play a vital role in reducing wasted time, but so do selective techniques. Ice jigging, as we witnessed in 2012, is high on the list when it comes to ticking this box. 2012 Somerset BASS Pro victor Barry Reynolds perhaps gives the most succinct final explanation for their growing effectiveness and popularity. The most important thing that ice jigs give me is confidence. When I fish one Im always confident that Im going to catch fish. And the more fish that I catch, the more confident I become. With confidence comes success, and ultimately thats what all tournament anglers are fishing for.

Having All the Pieces to the Puzzle


While having the right location, lure and technique are fundamental for success being able to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together is essential to catch fish, and to catch them consistently when ice jigging. You need the complete package when it comes to ice jigging. Your lure, retrieve, sounder and electric need to be all connected and working together. Your sounder is the first piece to the puzzle, you need to know how it works, have confidence in what its showing you, then use your electric motor to position the boat so you can present your lure to the fish in the most effective way, said Mott. Munro couldnt agree more with

Bump & Dart Keep the rod tip close to the water and bump the butt of the rod with your hand to get the ice jig to dart and jump around.

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Finesse plastics have been simmering away on the backburner of bassing techniques for many years. Now, many anglers who have largely ignored them in the past are starting to explore them, with impressive results. If youre not a finesse convert, read on to find out why this approach could be well worth your while.

A handful of plastics, jigheads and a willingness to go light and trim things a little is all you need to get started with finesse plastics.

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Peter Phelps showed the way at the 2012 Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro fishing finesse plastics through the flooded trees to claim his maiden ABT win.

inesse plastics have been something I have played around with since my first tournament as a non-boater in 2005. I fished with a bream angler who was using 3 jerk minnows in the weeds at Glenbawn with good results. Since then I have trialled many different styles of plastics with varying success depending on time of year. Put simply, finesse plastics fishing involves cutting down paddle-tails and jerk minnow plastics and fishing them on jigheads no heavier than 1/6oz. The finesse side is all about matching the hatch, having a plastic that looks and behaves exactly

like the bass prey. Paddle-tails can be used in full size or cut down so theyre not much bigger than the diminutive no. 2 hook jighead that they can be rigged on. Jerk minnows also respond well to being cut down, even if its just to get the body size correct to match the hatch.

A Fine Line
The finesse approach in many instances ends with the lure itself, because in a lot of cases youre casting the lure into rugged terrain and fishing locked drags, stiff rods and heavy leaders in an attempt to drag fish from cover. This brutal approach means that
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Glenbawns bass are suckers for a well presented finesse plastic.

to finesse plastics. Dan likes Glenbawn for its varying structure types; he can fish shallow weeds one minute and steep rock walls the next. While his choice of location may vary his willingness to go finesse, its something that he does use all year round, adapting it depending on the location of the fish. The main thing for me is what the fish are feeding on, he says. Knowing that allows me to pick the right lure to replicate it. In certain locations and with the right matching-the-hatch lure tied on, the finesse approach can see Clancy catch numerous fish while other lures can draw a blank. In the really clear parts of Glenbawn the sun hitting the water can drive fish to cover and makes them really shy, he says. This is where the finesse approach comes into play and will catch fish when other methods wont.

Slow n Steady
When fishing steep edges Dan says he prefers a slow technique, allowing his soft plastic time to follow the contour of the ledge. Slow rolling a plastic can be deadly but there are times when you need to add a pause or sharp rip every few winds, he explains. When fishing the weed I try to pick up the pace and keep the lure touching just the top of the weed.

Tinkering With Your Tackle


Dan says he modifies his plastics a lot. I am very particular about having my plastic swim perfectly with the technique Im using, he explains. When necessary I trim plastics, dip tails and change rigging styles to suit the area and style of fishing. youre often treading a fine line when fishing finesse. Fish too light and youll get done over by fish, go too heavy and youll pay the price of fewer bites and a less lifelike presentation. I find in heavy structure 8lb leader is the ideal choice. Any lighter and youll lose too many fish. In heavy structure fish are often deep in the cover so your casts will need to be accurate and your retrieves spot-on. I like to cast slightly past the structure to give the lure time to get to the correct depth before it reaches the snag. Using an underhand cast is advantageous and allows you to keep the loop in the line at a minimum, allowing you to maintain contact with the plastic as soon as it hits the water. Bites when finesse
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This is where the finesse approach comes into play and will catch fish when other methods wont.
fishing are often only felt as a tick on the line, so having good contact with your lure will greatly increase your catch rate. When fishing structure, Dan tries to find small, concentrated areas of either rock or timber that attract fish. If he has a small area he can concentrate and take his time getting the fish there to bite, rather than having the urge to keep moving around. Dont ever lose focus! he says. Its easy to miss the subtle bites when youre not concentrating.

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Dean Silvester Dean says he fishes with a lighter than average drag when finesse fishing. If Im fishing heavy structure and need more drag I feather the spool to add more drag, he explains. This way the small hook feels heavy pressure only when absolutely needed. Daniel Clancy Fishing finesse plastics is very time consuming so Dan likes to rely on his sounder. I read the mood and behaviour of the fish on the sounder, he says. If they are active I adjust my technique to whats needed to make the best of the bite period. Peter Phelps When fighting fish Pete says being patient is the key to success. If I get snagged by a fish I get over the top of the snag and work it free, he says. Doing this generally allows me to get the fish out. Phelps has spent over five minutes see-sawing a fish through the timber on 6lb and still got it out. Wayne Reed Wayne says the best tip he can give about finesse fishing for bass is to choose the leader size you need to get the bites. Dont chose it based on the structure youre fishing, he says. Concentrate on getting the bite, then worry about landing the bass.

draw a strike after working over an area, he knows he has to change something. Pete has found that the finesse bite in spring slows as the bass start to target larger baits. Going to a larger plastic and leaving them full size still gets him results.

Change Is Good
While prefishing Pete constantly changes his retrieves, incorporating pauses, twitches and burns into a standard slow roll. He waits for that one bite to tell him what the fish want. When it comes to leader size, Pete finds 6lb to be more than enough. If my knots are 100% Im able to put a lot of hurt on big fish in tight cover, he explains. Petes approach when fighting fish is to go hard from the start and give the fish nothing. I test my reels before I start fishing, tightening the drag to a point where I can barely pull line of the reel with my hand, he says.

PHELPS KNUCKLES DOWN


Peter Phelps is no novice when it comes to finesse fishing for bass, using the finesse approach to claim victory at the 2012 Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro. Petes favourite plastic for finesse fishing is a 3 Slider Grub. He finds their soft tail wrist and ability to swim at super-slow speeds ideal for bass fishing. He prefers natural colours; green and brown are his two favourites in clear water, while during low-light periods he likes to dip the tail of the plastic in chartreuse glow.

Follow Me
Like Clancy, Pete targets bass on finesse

plastics all year round. I get to spend plenty of time on the water so I usually have a handle on where the fishing are holding regardless of the season or the month, he explains. In the cooler months he targets bass in shallower water on the edges, and as it warms he moves deeper. Peter finds the fishing to be at its best during low-light periods, when the fish are more active and sitting wider on cover. When the light increases the opposite happens the fish hold tighter to cover, so casts and retrieves need to be perfect to draw a strike. While prefishing for a tournament Peter always throws a finesse plastic. If he doesnt

Just a Trim
Pete trims the tail wrist on his plastics and boils them to get them super supple and swimming just right. He generally cuts down the plastic so the hook bend comes out just before the tail wrist, giving the lure a small profile and getting the hook as close to the tail as possible. A 1/8oz jighead is Petes go-to choice for shallow water and a 1/4oz when fishing deeper. He likes his jighead to look as lifelike as possible, even going so far as to paint the jighead and glue on some eyes.

Tickling the Trees

A retrieve that has the lure touching the trees as it goes is a prime method for tempting timber dwelling bass.

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Peter Phelps chases the shade when finesse fishing the edges, with the low light conditions keep the fish high in water column rather than retreating to the safety of the deep.

When a fish does bite, Pete adopts a less is more approach to getting a hook up. Never strike at a fish eating a plastic, he says. When you feel a bite, bump or rattle, just continue the retrieve until you can feel the weight of the fish. Often the smallest bumps are the biggest fish.

Stick It To Them
Waynes go-to finesse plastic isa 3 minnow or stickbait. The brand doesnt matter, he says, as long as it is green or brown. Reed cuts the plastics down to match the size of the bait at that time of the year. However, regardless of the time of year he always cuts the nose off the plastic so the jighead can butt up snugly against the lure. Waynes jighead of choice to suit the cutdown plastic is the TT Tournament Series, mainly 1/8 and 1/6oz heads with a no. 2 hook. The deeper the water the heavier the jighead. Wayne prefers a heavy wire hook when casting soft plastics to the edge and when fishing around sunken trees. When you think you are fishing slow, go even slower, he says. Too fast and you will go home with nothing. I have learned this one from experience.

Reed matches the hatch


Wayne Reed is a veteran bass angler and is one of the pioneers of finesse plastic fishing in the tournament circuit. Wayne pays attention to the bait sources in the dams to determine what style of finesse plastic to use. Two of Reeds happy hunting grounds, Lake Glenbawn and LakeSt Clair, are home to gudgeons and smelt, and its these that Reed tries to emulate. Wayne finds stickbaits to be the most productive, and he says the finesse approach is at its best during the cooler months. The time of day doesnt matter for Wayne; if he feels it is a finesse bite he will stick with soft plastics all day. When I cant catch a bass on a spinnerbait or lipless crankbait I use the finesse plastic approach, he says. Thats my rule of thumb.
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when a hooked fish is running along the edge of the weed bed there is always the chance they will run at him. A 1000 size reel will result in slack line and when this happens youll lose fish, he warns. Wayne stays away from fast taper rods, believing they rip hooks from the bass mouth. When finesse fishing I use small hooks and a slow taper rod to add some cushioning to the connection, he says. Waynes leader size is often determined by the clarity of the water. In clear water he goes as low as 3lb, while in the dirty stuff he goes up to 6lb. He finds he needs to use at least one rod length of leader when fishing finesse plastics to the edge.

Future Finessing
Youll have noticed there were many similarities between the approaches of these four pros, but there were also a handful of noticeable differences. Take note of all of these, add them to your repertoire and see how the bass respond. Youll not only be a better angler, but youll also be a more educated and better equipped for your next BASS event.
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The Big Kahuna, Motts been at the top of the bass game for many years and relies on a tackle tray of tournament favourites and proven winning lures as his tools for success.

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Motts BASS

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Text: Matthew Mott Photography: Simon Goldsmith, jeff clelland

Few bass anglers have a list of achievements as impressive as Matthew Mott. Three time Grand Final champion, six time BASS Pro winner, AOY victor in 2011 and over $30,000 in career earnings Mott has achieved all there is to achieve on the Australian BASS tournament scene.
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inned down in the off season at the end of 2012 Mott shared with us his one box. His single bass box to end all bass boxes for life on the tournament trail. It wasnt an easy task for him to cull down a boat load of tackle into one tray, but with clear standouts and tournament favourites always at his finger tips, Mott refined his selection to a detailed list of musthaves. If youre a BASS angler its time to start taking notes. This is what he had to say about his selection:

is the way to go when the bass are a lot more active. I generally catch bigger fish when using the 3/8oz and my colour choices are the same as the 1/4oz a natural, a light and a dark. I like to use them when the water is a little deeper (6ft+), fishing it with either hops or vertical jigs, and it was this lure that I used to win the Grand Final at Boondooma in 2011.

I use the 12g model when Im chasing bigger fish in deep water. I also find the extra weight helps on those windy days.

5. SMAK 7G ICE JIG


This bait works well on really pressured fish and also on very calm days. I have had a lot of success with this lure down south on Glenbawn and St Clair, as the bait tend to be smaller.

3. TT SWITCHBLADE 1/4 and 3/8oz


With less vibration than the Evergreen Little Max, the Switchblade is more suited for fish that are more shut down than super active. Ill use the same technique with these as I do with a Little Max. Theyre great on Somerset late in the season and also work well in dirty water.

6. MASK VIB 19g


These are one of my favourite baits, I have caught a lot of big fish on them. It is my go-to bait for catching big bass. They have been extremely successful in dams such as Somerset and Boondooma. I use them on spin rods, and with the right set up you can cast them a mile. I use them aggressively with really sharp hops in the mid water at the start of the season, and hopping along the bottom later in the year.

1. LITTLE MAX BLADE 1/4OZ


Great all round bait, I use it in shallow and deep waters. Perfect for casting to the banks and vertical jigging, the Little Max is a compact bait that works well straight out of the packet. The only thing Id change, and its a personal thing, is Id put a treble on the rear of the lure. You get a better hook rate when you do this. Little Maxs have a lot of vibration and are a great searching bait. I can cover a lot of water really quickly when using one of these. The 1/4oz is the perfect size with fish everywhere willing to eat the bite-sized blade. As far as the colour goes my favourites are a natural, a light and a dark.

4. SMAK 12G ICE JIG


Naturally I am going to use the Smak 12g Ice Jig I designed it! As people know I have used ice jigs for many years, but none of the others were really designed for Australian fish. They had flaws and it showed when it came to catching fish. The Smak in contrast was made solely with Australian bass in mind and took over 12 months to design and get just right. A lot of people think ice jigging is easy, but this couldnt be further from the truth.

7. JACKALL TN50, tn60 and tn70


Everyone knows how great Jackall TNs are for catching bass. Their choice of colours is endless and the bass absolutely love them, especially on the dead roll. The TN60 I use a lot in spring, while the smaller TN50 is a go-to when I need something a little smaller and less aggressive. Theyre a must-have for your tackle box and are perhaps best thrown with spin gear.

2. LITTLE MAX 3/8OZ


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The biggest of the three, the TN70, is the big fish bait option, with brown dog colour the go. While I dont throw them a lot theyre a must-have in the tackle box, especially when fishing Somerset Dam.

10. SMAK Mini Coops 3/8oz and 1/2oz


While smaller in size they have a lot more vibration than the big 1/2oz and 5/8oz tandems. I tend to fish these slower than the tandems and a lot more methodically. I use baitcaster tackle and a reel with a gear ratio of 5.9:1 or slower so I dont fish it too fast or overwork the lure. I probably use these more than any other spinnerbait with their compact size making them super versatile. When fishing weed beds I will often use them on baitcaster gear and in conjunction with a Jackall TN60. In deeper water, such as around trees, and on steep banks Ill fish them on spin gear so I can cast them further and get them deeper.

prefer to fish them as a wake bait. Theyre really easy to use and theyve caught me some good fish in the past, especially at Borumba and St Clair.

8. CRANKBAITS
Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR Jackall Deep Chubby Dual 3D suspending I tend to tie on a crankbait when fishing weedy lakes such as Lake St Clair, and to a lesser degree Lake Glenbawn. They are great for tickling the tips of the weed on the retrieve, and for tempting fish holding in the grass. They are the point of difference to what everybody else is throwing. Theyre also a good option at Boondooma and can work there at different times of the year.

12. JIGHEADS
Nitro 1/4oz-5/8oz TT 1/6oz, 1/8oz, 1/12oz A broad selection of jigheads is a definite for each venue that you fish so you can have every fishing situation covered. I favour the Nitro jigheads for when Im slow rolling Sliders and Ecogear Power Shads. I use these a lot in the bigger Queensland dams. My rule of thumb is the deeper the water the bigger the jighead. I also let the weather govern the size of the jighead, the windier it gets the heavier I will go. I use the TT jigheads mainly down south when casting Gulps, and smaller plastics to the banks. I throw them with a painted-head, courtesy of Bass to Barra Marine.

11. TOP WATER


Lucky Craft Sammy 65 Lucky Craft Gunfish 75 Massey Pop The Sammy is my favourite surface lure; not only is it a great searching bait, but it also catches a lot of fish. You can fish it fast if you want to cover a lot of ground or use it like a popper and fish it dead slow. When it comes to catching big fish the Lucky Craft Gunfish is the king. I dont catch a lot of fish on it, but when I do they tend to big ones. I will fish the Gunfish first up in the morning really fast, so the fish have a small chance to eat it, if they dont they miss out. The Massey Pop is the lure that I turn to when the fish arent really hitting the surface. You can fish them as a surface lure but I

9. SMAK SPINNERBAIT 1/2oz and 5/8oz


There is no better way of catching bass than with spinnerbaits the fish like them, they hit them hard and theyre dynamite in spring and autumn. Tandem configuration models are the best choice because you can fish them fast. Ill use a 1/2oz on sloping banks and through the tops of trees, and Ill go for a 5/8oz when I want to keep it closer to the bottom, and in deeper structure. Ill throw both of these on 7ft baitcasters with 16-20lb line.

13. SOFT PLASTICS


3 Sliders 3 Ecogear Power Shads 3 Berkley Gulp Minnow 3 Berkley Bass Minnows It was hard to whittle it down to only a few plastics as I use such a wide range. Sliders can be used everywhere, leave them full length and use them in Somerset and Boondooma. Or cut them down and use them in dams such as Glenbawn and St Clair. I pick two natural colours, one dark, one light. I use Ecogear Power Shads in conjunction with Sliders; rainbow trout is the dynamite colour and works everywhere. Gulps I mainly use in St Clair and Glenbawn. Everyone knows how good Gulps are down there, especially in deep water. A must-have in the tackle box. Bass Minnows are much the same as the Gulps, but work best fished on 1/8oz and 1/12oz jigheads cast along steep banks. There you have it my one box for life on the bass trail. It wasnt easy culling a 20ft boat full of tackle down to one tray, but Ive done it and the end result is a tray full of proven tournament performers and bass catchers. Have I given you everything that I use? Well almost, you wouldnt expect me to give away all my secrets, would you?

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Motts plastics are a shopping list of proven performers, Sliders, Ecogears, and Gulps all get a run in his boat.

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Text: Steve Morgan. Photography: Carl Jocumsen

There arent too many tournament anglers in general or bass tournament anglers in particular that arent aware of Aussie angler Carl Jocumsens push to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite trail.

A week of solid practice at Cayuga fitted Carls style nicely.

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hen Carl Jocumsen won the ABT BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake St Clair in 2008, he won a trip that started a chain of events that ultimately led to his acquisition of a US Sportsmans Visa and a multi-year, six-figure-expenditure assault on the sports highest levels. He hasnt quite made it yet, but this young Aussie is still full of drive, ability and is knocking on the door of the toughest bass tournament trail on the planet the Bassmaster Elite Series. We all know Carls story how his mum used to drive him to the boat ramp when he had his boat license but was too young to drive a car but lets take a more in-depth look at his 2012 season and the highs and lows of the Bassmaster Opens trail. Starting in an ice Oklahoma in February..

get his golden ticket with the remainder of his lifes savings and a solid sense of adventure. So back to icy Oklahoma in early 2012.

CENTRAL OPEN #1
Lake Lewisville, Texas. Place: 15th (9lb 7oz).
After such a disappointment in Florida, Carls determination was fierce. Hed allocated 10 days of pre-fishing time to Lake Lewisville in Texas and drove straight there after the Florida event. Although the weather was warm for the first five days, he averaged only one fish per day in practice and struggled to find any patterns at all on this traditionally tough fishery. On the sixth morning, a cold front arrived and temperatures plummeted. Ice covered everything that morning and Carl had to go and buy some more cold weather gear. Also, Carl didnt catch a fish for the next five days. On the last day, he did get a couple of bites on an isolated rockpile he found on his Humminbird side scan unit and decided a spinnerbait pattern would be his best chance. Day One I went to work with a spinnerbait on a new piece of bank and put a 3lb fish in the boat straight away and at 9.30am I had three bass in the boat for nearly 10lb out of shallow grassbeds, said Carl. The fishing was so tough, that put him in 6th place. And although Carl couldnt get a bite on Day 2, he still finished the event in 15th place and right on track for his Central Open campaign.

SOUTHERN OPEN #1
Harris Chain of Lakes, Florida. Place: 171st (3lb 11oz)
Arriving in Oklahoma, Carls travelling mate, Fred Roumbanis, had retrieved Carls F250 and Skeeter from storage. It sat in front of his place, covered in snow. Full of enthusiasm, Carl drove the rig to Florida to pre-fish the nine different lakes in the chain for six days. I actually found the winning fish in my practice during the tournament Chris Lane (1st) and Clifford Pirch (2nd) were fishing in the same area, but I suffered through having no Power Poles, Carl said. Sight fishing for spawning bass in 5 to 7 feet of water requires the ultimate in stealth and each time Carl would correct his position with the trolling motor, his fish would spook. Because of my limited budget, Id spent $5,000 on that event, so I had to make the decision and not fish the other two Southern Opens as there was no way that Id be able to make the Elites with that result on the scorecard, Carl lamented, I had to put all my eggs in the other two baskets and concentrate on the next tournament coming up.

WHATS AN OPEN?
Firstly, let us start by putting what Carl wants in context. He wants to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series. Its a tournament trail where around 100 of the worlds (read: mostly American) bass anglers fish the central and eastern USA for largemouth bass. The entry fees are big (circa $5,000 per event), the prizemoney is big (50th place or higher takes away a minimum of $10,000), the rigs are big (everyone runs 21-footers with 250HP and all the bells and whistles) and the egos are there to match. But you cant just rock up and fish. You have to qualify. Thats where the Bassmaster Opens come in. Opens are the next level of competition down from the Elites. Theyre a qualifying series of three events each in three geographic regions Southern USA, Central USA and Northern USA. Typically fished by fields of 150 to 200 boats, they are populated by a mix of local gun anglers, current Elite pros looking for an extra payday and people like Carl, who are trying to get a ticket to the top level. The competition is brutal, there are no practice bans on the lakes and only the top 12 anglers get to fish the final day of the three day event. Like ABT BREAM and BASS events, its a random draw, where you fish with a non-boater each day. The Co-angler limit is three fish, while the Pro fishes for five. Each year, BASS takes the top five finishers from the three Open circuits AOY (Angler of the Year) races and offers them a ticket to the big show. So, in a nutshell, Carls goal was to finish top five in any of the three AOY races to

One of the many skills Carl had to learn was the subtleties of the multi-bait Alabama rig.

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The lilies in the background are ideal for throwing a topwater frog. Open water isnt required.

CENTRAL OPEN #2
Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Place: 21st (27lb 15oz).
Carl prepared well for the second Southern Open, fishing an FLW major as a co-angler and getting a real dirty-water flipping lesson with JT Kenney. His cousin Fish-n-Bits Kris George travelled over and practiced with him (and fished the event as a co-angler). At the end of the practice period, Carl had worked out a solid pattern on a skirted jig and an Alabama rig on steep bluff walls. This translated to a solid Day One performance, with Carl again sitting in 6th place overnight with a bag just under 17lb. Day Two, though, was when things got interesting. I have a bit of history of not adjusting on Day Two and at lunchtime, I had no fish

in the well. I knew I had to make changes. I pretended I was prefishing and started hitting new banks. At my fifth new bank, I found them again and caught them quick and upgraded. They werent the size to keep me in the Top 12, but I was proud that Id made a successful adjustment, said Carl. This put Carl in a fantastic position in the Central Opens, with an average place in the high teens. Another finish like that and Carl could consider the Elite ticket punched. There was, however, the entire Northern Open schedule in between the second and third Central Open. With luck, Carl could make the last Central Open result a moot point. If he performed well enough on these northern fisheries.

NORTHERN OPEN #1
James River, Virginia. Place: 13th (22lb 11oz).
Carl had fished this event as a boater in 2011 and had learned a lot from his threedigit finish. The James is a big, muddy, freshwaterbut-tidal river, but around 100km away theres a lily-filled tributary called the Chickahominy River. That river is clear and the topwater bite is insane. I used 65lb braid straight through with a weedless frog and had a great spinnerbait backup pattern and I went into this tournament very confident, Carl explained. Carl fished a great tournament but made a mistake in the first two casts on the first day. I pulled up on an isolated lily patch

Carls first day at the Table Rock event was one where everything came together.

Theres no better feeling than boxing some quality largemouth bass in a Bassmaster event.

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Big, bad smallmouth and lots of them were one of Carls major disappointments for the season at the Detroit River event.

committed a week of pre-fishing to the third Northern Open venue Lake Cayuga he decided that it was still worth fishing. After all, if you win an Open event, you get a Wildcard entry to the worlds biggest bass fishing stage the Bassmaster Classic.

NORTHERN OPEN #3
Cayuga Lake, New York. Place: 14th (29lb 5oz).
With five days of pre-fishing on this largemouth and smallmouth fishery, Carl and Fred worked out an excellent flipping pattern in the matted weed. Unfortunately, it was an afternoon deal. On the first day of competition, Carl didnt have a fish in the well at 1pm. The pattern kicked in and he landed his 5th bass with 10 minutes to go the 13lb bag landing him in the Top 20. I knew that I needed to find a morning bite, so I went to some areas Id identified on my previous trip here and landed three key fish on topwater frogs a 3, 4 and 5 pounder, Carl explained. With four fish in the well for the morning, I left for the afternoon flipping bite and filled out my limit, weighing 17lb for the day. This jumped Carl into another strong, but just outside the cut finish and gave him some confidence going into what would be the most important tournament of his life to date the final Central Open on Lake Fort Gibson in his home state of Oklahoma.

with a 6 pounder in it. I knew it was there and it wasnt going to move. First cast, it boofed the frog and I shot another cast in there without squeezing the water out of the bait. You have to do that (squeeze the water out) or the hooks dont set properly. The big girl ate it and fell off after fighting for 10 seconds, Carl lamented, It was a brain explosion and cost me a spot in the Top 12. Carl caught a limit each day quite easily on frogs but landed key upgrades on the spinnerbait pattern later in the day. This was the third tournament in a row that hed finished well and it looked like the bombs of the past were all behind him. Unfortunately, this sport is fishing and nobody is immune from a bad event.

busting off a string of four to six pound fish on 6lb leader, he realised that he didnt adjust quickly enough for the abrasive effects of Zebra mussels in the current. Again, Carl takes the losses in his stride and chalks the 98th finish down to experience. Hes supremely confident that in 2013, hell turn the winning patch of smallmouth into a win. And with his Australian open-water fishing credentials beyond question, we all know that its just a matter of time. Unfortunately, though, this event basically axed his chances of making the Elites through the Northern AOY. As hed

CENTRAL OPEN #3
Lake Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Place: 31st (18lb 1oz).
This was it. Southern Opens fail. Northern Opens missed. It was up to Carl to finish

NORTHERN OPEN #2
Detroit River, Michigan. Place: 98th (30lb 7oz).
If there was ever a tournament I was sure of winning, this was it, Carl explained, Id found a mother lode of huge smallmouth and I could catch them easily. There was no way that I was going to come in with less than 25lb per day. Of course, theres nothing like a weather change to throw a spanner in the works and a 180 degree shift in the wind changed and increased the currents in the area he was fishing. Still, Carl adjusted and hooked the fish he needed to make the top 12 cut, but after
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Carl chose to target largemouth at the Cayuga event.

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After three months of waiting for acceptances and declines, Carl sat two places short of his Elite qualification. Thats basically a single upgrade at any of the Central Opens. Heartbreaking. In his usual manner, though, Carl shrugs it off and looks at the brighter side. If I learn anywhere near as much in 2013 as I did in 2012, Ill be a much better angler when I finally do make the Elite series, Carl says. And hes right. The good ol boys had better watch out when this motivated Australian bass champion starts firing on all cylinders.

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super-tough. He was only getting a couple W.Va Kansas Missouri James river of bites a day. Virginia Kentucky The first gibson day of that event fort Ark. Tennesee Oklahoma North Carolina was possibly the best table rock tournament day Id ever South fished, Carl beamed, I ran Carolina Miss. my spots and basically caught Georgia Ala. fish at each of them on different Texas techniques. I had my limit by 10.30am when lots of other anglers hadnt even La. gotten a fish. lewisville Florida Weighing in a full limit was Carls chain is r r goal, but his 12lb bag landed a h him in 20th spot. All he needed was a limit on Day Two and the job was done. Wed all done the maths. You can get an idea of the miles that Carl travelled when you look at the locations of Understandably nervous, could you the Bassmaster Opens that he fished. imagine what ran through Carls mind at 10am, when all of his previous days spots well in this final event of the season to stake yielded nothing? his claim in the Elites. Two years, $150,000 of his savings, Importantly and as hed done 200,000km of driving on the road and water throughout his entire Central Open and thousands of hours of practice came campaign he ignored all of the dock talk down to the final hours of competition. and went out to find his own fish. Finally, by 2pm hed scratched out three, For seven days in a row he practiced small keepers. on the Lake mostly looking at his side With 10 minutes to go, he measured a 4th imaging electronics to try and find little fish that was inch short of the 13 limit. He sweet spots that other anglers miss. made it back to the finish with only seconds He eventually keyed into some ultraon the clock. shallow rock piles in 2 of water on nothing Weighing only three fish, he dropped to looking clay banks, fishing with a skirted jig. 31st place and had a sinking feeling that There were no real patterns emerging he hed missed his Elite qualification by inch. gradually put together a milk run of small, He was right. isolated spots on a lake that was fishing

Keep in Touch
Heres some places you can keep up with Carls USA results. Hell be fishing the Central and Northern Opens as well as some PAA Tour and some FLW events in 2013. Want to help him out? Contact him via his Facebook page for details and a 2013 Prospectus. www.carljocumsen.com for Carls own updates and schedules. Facebook: Like Carl Jocumsens public page. www.australianbass.com.au - theres a button on the right hand side that links to all of Carls blogs from 2012 until today. www.bassmaster.com for direct livestreams of Opens results and career stats. Make sure you cater for the time differences. www.fishpaa.com for PAA events and results has a live scoreboard feed. www.flwoutsoors.com for any FLW events that Carl fishes.

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ark Lennox finished 2012 on a high with victory in the end of the season Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake St Clair. One of the closest finishes in Grand Final history, it was Lennox who reigned supreme over Callum Munro (2nd), Alan McNamara (3rd) and 2012 Humminbird BASS Pro Angler of the Year Daniel Clancy (4th). Clancy capped off a hot year on the BASS Pro tour with the 20 year old basser racking up the highest AOY title in ABT history (295/300 points) to finish the year as the Humminbird AOY champ. Matthew Mott (275 points) had another consistent year to claim the number one BASS Pro Boater ranking, with the three time Grand Final champion comfortably claiming the number one spot over Callum Munro (234 points) in 2nd and Daniel Clancy (215 points) in 3rd. Keeping the number one rank in the family was Dylan Mott with the Dalby basser finishing the year as the number one ranked nonboater on the BASS Pro tour. 2012 delivered four new BASS Pro round winners with Matt Johnson (Boondooma), St Clair (Daniel Clancy), Glenbawn (Peter Phelps) and Barry Reynolds all adding their names to the BASS Pro winners list. Dave Trinder retained his No.1 Austackle BASS Electric ranking, whilst at the same time securing the Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric AOY Title. The Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Series returned to Hinze for the first time in many years with Jeremy McConnell finishing the year on a high with victory at the BASS Electric Convention. For full records and rankings visit www.australianbass.com.au. ABT would like to acknowledge and thank Peter Jenkins and Chris Horne for the contribution to the collation of the BREAM statistics for 2012.
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TOP 25 RANKINGS BASS PRO


BOATERS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Matthew Mott Callum Munro Daniel Clancy Alan Mcnamara Stephen Kanowski Mark Lennox Steve Chang Wayne Beazley Dean Silvester Baden Sparrow Mark Mangold David Green Steven Richards Gregg Flett Wayne Reed Michael Henare Simon Barkhuizen Steven Otto Ian Wratten Mark Reinbott Ben Pepperall Dave Reynolds Matt Johnson Aaron Mogg Brad Clark 275 234 215 208 207 205 185 183 182 172 161 158 156 151 148 146 143 143 136 122 121 121 119 119 103

NON-BOATERS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Dylan Mott Luke Parsons Greg Mitchell Ray Holmes Peter Holmes Mal Draper James Reid Luke Novak Karen Fontaine Stephen Noble Joshua Evans Terry Alwood Steve Babbage James Browning Jayson De Forrest-Haddleton Greg Eslick Walter Scieet David Mcdonald Luke Mulholland Deborah Kowalczyk Stephenn Mclean Gary Mccabe Robert Stewart Dylan Glover Jay Gillespie

244 192 188 169 166 165 163 161 153 152 151 146 143 143 139 126 120 115 114 108 106 98 96 95 92

26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Andrew Mcbride David Aseguinolaza Arthur Allen Bronte Bartlett Shaun Falkenhagen John Noble Dave Trinder Joshua Schwerin Hilton Smith David Mann Todd Cormack Denise Graham John Picton Tom Reynolds Greg Munro Dean Thompson Dave Harrington Ross Stacey Ken Brider Dave Hedges Steve Lowcock Shane Anderson John Ciancio Barry Reynolds Dan Mallory

92 88 87 87 87 87 85 84 81 74 72 71 69 67 66 63 57 57 56 47 44 42 42 42 39

TOP 60 RANKINGS BASS ELECTRIC


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
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Dave Trinder Andrew Low Andrew Baunach Stuart France Shaun Falkenhagen Shane Anderson Tom Reynolds Jesper Noiesen Rob Hinton Barry Oxford Christian Manolea Glen Hayter Adrian Wilson Roy Souter Adrian Manolea Dave Mann Ian Galloway Jeremy McConnell Jack Gold Mark Petersen
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389 353 340 337 334 333 326 307 307 291 289 275 274 269 268 232 231 231 224 222

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Wayne Baunach Hans Jensen Chris Horne Brian Rutledge Graham Dodds Jeff McKee Brett Kleinschmidt Matt Johnson Tim Steenhuis Darryn Love Paul Gray Joseph Urquhart Ricky Simmons Steve Noble Denis Shaw Stephen Turner Charles West Dylan Glover Kenny Lebherz David Bullard

212 209 202 190 189 183 181 181 178 176 170 169 168 167 165 162 157 157 151 148

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

David West Paul Phillips John Noble Brenton Smith Pete Bostock John Ski Steve McLean Allan Rooks Ken Jackson John Picton Adrian Melchior Brett Dinham Freddy Sawyer Robert Butler Wayne Beazley Steve Otto Sam Madelaine Paul Holmberg Paul Gillespie Scott Hutchison

144 137 130 129 128 127 127 124 122 117 114 114 110 108 108 105 103 100 99 99

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BASS Pro Angler of the Year (Boater)


1999 Brett Thomson (592/600pts) 2000 Brett Thomson (780/800pts) 2001 John Schofield (798/800pts) 2002 John Schofield (767/800pts) 2003 Stephen Kanowski (278/300pts) 2004 Andrew Robinson (281/300pts) 2005 Stephen Kanowski (291/300pts) 2006 Carl Jocumsen (294/300pts) 2007 Stephen Kanowski (294/300pts) 2008 Carl Jocumsen (289/300pts) 2009 Wayne Beazley (283/300pts) 2010 Carl Jocumsen (294/300pts) 2011 Matthew Mott (288/300pts) 2012 Daniel Clancy (295/300pts)

Most Points in a BASS Pro Qualifying Event


LENGTH: Tim Morgan (10/10,4255mm) Round 4 2000,Boondooma Dam. WEIGHT (10 fish): Gavin Dunne (9/10,16.10kg) Round 1 2002, Somerset Dam WEIGHT (6 fish): Tim Morgan (6/6,12.24kg) Round 1 2003, Glenbawn Dam.

Best Performance by a Grand Finalist in the USA


Carl Jocumsen, 2nd at Lake Mead, Oct 2009.

Most Fish Measured in a BASS Qualifying Event


519 fish by 124 anglers totaling 721.42kg, 2003 BASS Pro Round 1 Lake Glenbawn.

BASS ELECTRIC GRAND FINAL WINNERS


2001 Jason Ehrlich (6/6, 4.76kg, Maroon Dam) 2002 Peter Keidge (6/6, 7.68kg, Lenthalls) 2003 No Grand Final. 2004 Convention: Ian Galloway (3/3, 3.16kg, Hinze Dam). 2005 Convention: Garry Fitzgerald (3/3, 7.82kg, Wivenhoe Dam) 2006 Convention: Ben Pepperall (2/3, 2.64kg, Lostock Dam) 2007 Convention: Ian Galloway (3/3, 2.13kg, Wivenhoe Dam) 2008 Convention: Jesper Noiesen (2/3, 3.48kg, Bjelke Petersen Dam) 2009 Convention: David Trinder (3/3, 4.26kg, Boondooma Dam) 2010 Convention: Shaun Falkenhagen (3/3, 2.07kg, Cania Dam) 2011 Convention: Freddie Sawyer (4/4, 4.41kg, Borumba Dam) 2012 Convention: Jeremy McConnell (4/4, 3.71kg, Hinze Dam)

Most Points in a BASS Pro Grand Final


LENGTH: Harry Watson (10/10,3640 mm) 1999 Grand Final, Maroon Dam. WEIGHT (10 Fish): George Voysey (10/10, 10.02kg) 2001 Grand Final, Cania Dam WEIGHT (8 Fish): Carl Jocumsen (8/8, 8.3kg) 2008 Grand Final, Lake St Clair. WEIGHT (6 Fish): Craig Simmons (6/6,12.00kg) 2002 Grand Final, Lake St Clair.

BASS Pro Angler of the Year (Non-Boater)


2011 Karen Fontaine (288/300pts) 2012 Ray Holmes (290/300pts)

Most Points in a BASS Pro Qualifying Event Session


LENGTH: John Schofield (2/2,990mm) 2000 Round 2, Glenbawn Dam. WEIGHT: Ian Pfingst (2/2, 5.68kg) 2005 Round 5, Somerset.

BASS Pro Grand Final Winners


1999 Harry Watson (10/10, 3640 mm, Maroon Dam). 2000 John Schofield (10/10, 3570 mm, Cresbrook Dam). 2001 George Voysey (10/10, 10.02kg, Cania Dam). 2002 Craig Simmons (6/6, 12.00kg, Lake StClair). 2003 Jason Ehrlich (6/6, 8.44kg, Bjelke-Petersen Dam). 2004 David Green (6/6, 8.45kg, Lake Boondooma). 2005 Matthew Mott (6/6, 7.64kg, Lake Borumba) 2006 Tim Morgan (5/6, 6.99kg, Lake Glenbawn) 2007 Kerry Symes (6/6, 10.055kg, Lake Somerset) 2008 Carl Jocumsen (8/8, 8.3kg, Lake St.Clair) 2009 Matthew Mott (6/6, 8.27kg, Lake Somerset) 2010 Wayne Reed (6/6, 6.73kg, Lake Glenbawn) 2011 Matthew Mott (6/6, 9.06kg, Lake Boondooma) 2012 Mark Lennox (6/6, 5.93kg), Lake St Clair

Biggest Bass in a BASS Event


LENGTH: Phil Roebuck (540mm) 2001 Round 4, Bjelke-Petersen Dam. WEIGHT: Peter Morgan (3.65kg) 2011 BASS MegaBucks, Somerset Dam.

Biggest Bass in a BASS Pro Grand Final


LENGTH: John Schofield (490mm), 2000 Grand Final, Cressbrook Dam. WEIGHT: Kerry Symes (3.17kg), 2009 Grand Final, Lake Somerset.

Biggest Bag in a BASS Electric Qualifying Event


Ken Murray (2/2, 5.70kg) Lake Wivenhoe 2006.

Biggest Bag in a BASS Pro Grand Final


David Green (2/2, 4.43kg), 2009 Grand Final, Lake Somerset.

Biggest Bag in a BASS Electric Grand Final.


SIX FISH: Peter Keidge (6/6, 7.68kg) 2002 Lake Lenthalls. THREE-FISH: Garry Fitzgerald (3/3, 7.82kg) 2005 Wivenhoe Dam.

Most BASS Qualifying Event Wins


Matthew Mott (6)

Most BASS Grand Final Wins


Matthew Mott (3)

Biggest Bass in a BASS Electric Qualifying Event


Ian Galloway (3.235kg) Lake Wivenhoe, 2008.

Most Fish Measured in a BASS Grand Final


10 Fish: 186 between 30 anglers. 2001 Grand Final, Cania Dam 6 Fish: 148 between 29 anglers. 2004 Grand Final, Lake Boondooma 6 Fish (boater & non-boater): 237 between 58 anglers. 2011 Grand Final, Lake Boondooma.

Biggest Bass in a BASS Electric Grand Final


Dave Hislop (2.79kg) Convention, 2005, Lake Wivenhoe.

Most BASS Electric Qualifying Event Wins


David Trinder (11)

Most BASS Electric Grand Final Wins


Ian Galloway (2)
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275 234 215 208 207 205 185 183 182 172 161 158 156 151 148 146 143 143 136 122 121 121 119 119 103 102 101 100 99 97 89 85 80 78 78 78 76 74 71 65 64 63 57 51 39 38 35 33 31 27 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Dylan Mott Luke Parsons Greg Mitchell Ray Holmes Peter Holmes Mal Draper James Reid Luke Novak Karen Fontaine Stephen Noble Joshua Evans Terry Alwood Steve Babbage James Browning Jayson De Forrest-Haddleton Greg Eslick Walter Scifleet David Mcdonald Luke Mulholland Deborah Kowalczyk Stephenn Mclean Gary Mccabe Robert Stewart Dylan Glover Jay Gillespie 244 192 188 169 166 165 163 161 153 152 151 146 143 143 139 126 120 115 114 108 106 98 96 95 92 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Andrew Mcbride David Aseguinolaza Arthur Allen Bronte Bartlett Shaun Falkenhagen John Noble Dave Trinder Joshua Schwerin Hilton Smith David Mann Todd Cormack Denise Graham John Picton Tom Reynolds Greg Munro Dean Thompson Dave Harrington Ross Stacey Ken Brider Dave Hedges Steve Lowcock Shane Anderson John Ciancio Barry Reynolds Dan Mallory 92 88 87 87 87 87 85 84 81 74 72 71 69 67 66 63 57 57 56 47 44 42 42 42 39

Matthew Mott Callum Munro Daniel Clancy Alan Mcnamara Stephen Kanowski Mark Lennox Steve Chang Wayne Beazley Dean Silvester Baden Sparrow Mark Mangold David Green Steven Richards Gregg Flett Wayne Reed Michael Henare Simon Barkhuizen Steven Otto Ian Wratten Mark Reinbott Ben Pepperall Dave Reynolds Matt Johnson Aaron Mogg Brad Clark Peter Phelps Kylie Cornish Trevor Stead Bill Schloss Matt Anderson Mike Connolly Steve Eldred Tim Morgan Wayne Blundell Adrian Melchior Barry Reynolds Jason Shepherdson Toby Wilson Peter Jenkins Tony Thorley Mike Creighton David Williamson Paul Gillespie Jody Vernon Peter Fogarty John Cooper Allan Price Gavin Sticklin Greg Parkes Peter Leggett
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TOP 60 rankings BASS ELECtric


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Dave Trinder Andrew Low Andrew Baunach Stuart France Shaun Falkenhagen Shane Anderson Tom Reynolds Jesper Noiesen Rob Hinton Barry Oxford Christian Manolea Glen Hayter Adrian Wilson Roy Souter Adrian Manolea Dave Mann Ian Galloway Jeremy McConnell Jack Gold Mark Petersen 389 353 340 337 334 333 326 307 307 291 289 275 274 269 268 232 231 231 224 222 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Wayne Baunach Hans Jensen Chris Horne Brian Rutledge Graham Dodds Jeff McKee Brett Kleinschmidt Matt Johnson Tim Steenhuis Darryn Love Paul Gray Joseph Urquhart Ricky Simmons Steve Noble Denis Shaw Stephen Turner Charles West Dylan Glover Kenny Lebherz David Bullard 212 209 202 190 189 183 181 181 178 176 170 169 168 167 165 162 157 157 151 148 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 David West Paul Phillips John Noble Brenton Smith Pete Bostock John Ski Steve McLean Allan Rooks Ken Jackson John Picton Adrian Melchior Brett Dinham Freddy Sawyer Robert Butler Wayne Beazley Steve Otto Sam Madelaine Paul Holmberg Paul Gillespie Scott Hutchison 144 137 130 129 128 127 127 124 122 117 114 114 110 108 108 105 103 100 99 99

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Won more than 4 BASS Electric events Won more 4 Big Bass awards at BASS Electric events.
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Carl Jocumsen Tim Morgan Matthew Mott John Schofield David Green Steve Kanowski Harry Watson Michael Pascoe Ben Pepperall Mike Connolly Peter Keidge Gavin Dunne Gregg Flett Steve Eldred Jason Ehrlich Stephen Almond Matt Anderson Craig Simmons Daniel Clancy Callum Munro Mike Creighton Greg Walton Steven Otto Wayne Beazley Spiro Zantiotis Baden Sparrow Wayne Reed Mark Mangold David Young Wayne Blundell Andrew Robinson Brett Thomson Matt Johnson Alan Mcnamara Brad Smith Trevor Stead Simon Barkhuizen Kerry Ehrlich Mark Lennox Bill Schloss Adrian Melchior Peter Phelps Justin Scott Jay Morgan Ashley Sims Dean Silvester Colin Singleton Garry Hardman Andrew Homann $56,808 $33,435 $32,454 $24,325 $24,143 $23,437 $20,500 $19,033 $14,343 $14,245 $13,900 $13,455 $13,223 $12,195 $11,800 $11,800 $10,320 $9,787 $9,325 $7,817 $7,800 $7,600 $7,520 $7,430 $7,350 $7,075 $6,930 $6,925 $6,145 $6,025 $5,900 $5,852 $5,775 $5,750 $5,525 $5,400 $5,225 $4,900 $4,750 $4,730 $4,675 $4,250 $4,235 $4,200 $4,170 $4,150 $4,075 $3,975 $3,950 David Reynolds Steve Morgan Mark Lawson Kerry Symes Greg Parkes Danny Robinson Steven Richards Chris Galligan Michael Collins Jody Vernon Dan Ryan Matt Fraser Mark Pertot Wayne Parry Brad Clark Kylie Cornish Trevor Foote Steve Chang Neil Scott Tony Payne Barry Reynolds Ian Wratten Dave Daniel Toby Wilson Peter May Glenn Helmers Dave Robinson Michael Clarke $3,813 $3,750 $3,570 $3,550 $3,525 $3,400 $3,250 $3,250 $3,250 $3,195 $3,150 $3,150 $3,100 $3,087 $3,075 $3,050 $3,050 $3,050 $3,000 $2,800 $2,800 $2,625 $2,552 $2,525 $2,500 $2,438 $2,400 $2,400 Mike Delisser Peter Leggett Jesper Noiesen Bob Town Ross Murray Mick Elsley Aaron Mogg Darryl Dimmick Zach Kronk Barry Oxford Paul Cooper Dylan Mott Marty Vanveghel Mark Reinbott Nicole Jovanovic Robert Smith George Voysey Mark Cutler Paul Dolan $2,300 $2,250 $2,200 $2,100 $2,050 $2,030 $2,025 $2,000 $2,000 $1,900 $1,875 $1,838 $1,802 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750

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Michael Starkey Dan Stead Ian Black Glyn Barkhuizen Jason Shepherdson Christian Serne Craig Johnson Mike Weger Grant Boyle Shaun Parkinson Ian Galloway Gary Percival Anthony Thorpe Rodney Thorpe Andrew Pullbrook Drew Griffiths Wayne Gordon Scott Dakin Shawn Ryan Michael Henare Bruce Anderson Chris Eldred John Fooks Tony Robinson Will Schloss Darryl Douglas Gary Prerost Jorg Vanhusen Tony Evans

$1,705 $1,675 $1,650 $1,625 $1,550 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,450 $1,400 $1,375 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,100 $1,100 $1,025 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $900 $900 $900 $900

Trent Butler Greg Beattie Joel Norman Steve Todeschini Joe Allan Peter Morgan Matt Hawkless Garry Sturdy Ken Murray Kris Hickson Graham Sabine Ian Miller Ray Sargent Steve Moran James Munro Jade Cornish Joshua Evans Dale Mullins Damien Norris Dave Hislop Dave Trinder David Mudd Dion Walker Greg Munro Ian Pfingst Mark Mate Mick Mee Miles Morgan Murray Morgan Paul Fleming Peter Robinson Phil Roebuck Tracy Johnson Ron Jones Anthony Thorpe Gavin Sticklen Bruce Moss Chris Gipps Craig Robertson Dexter Granada

$900 $870 $870 $850 $825 $750 $750 $700 $700 $650 $600 $550 $550 $550 $550 $525 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $450 $425 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400

Eric Grell Gavin Mckay Glen Stewart James Poolman Jayson Deforrest-Haddleton John Cooper Peter Fogarty Steve Bechly Steve Timperley Warren Morgenstern Andrew Galloway Peter Jenkins Steve Davies Joseph Urquhart David Hine Errol Hardke Jamie Hardman Kim Bain Lance Sulkowski Michael Lanagan Rod Studdert Steven Mcdonald Tony Thorley Richard Robson Eddy Studman Steve Starling Bruce Morgenstern Darren Borg Gordon Macdonald Mark Bowman Mick Clarke Ward Ellwood Freddie Sawyer Kevin Jones Ron Sattler John Starkey Billy Gibson John Brider Michael Fraser Shaun Taylor Brock Duncan Josh Kinghorne Luke Parsons Steve Lowcock Dylan Glover Steve Duff

$400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $375 $375 $350 $350 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $290 $252 $252 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $250 $200 $200 $200 $200 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $150 $100 $50 $50

Total Earnings

$732,417
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it like it is
Text: Brad SIssins Photography: Simon Goldsmith, steve Morgan

Telling

In 2008 Daiwas Marketing Manager Brad Sissins gave us an honest appraisal of sponsorship, tournament fishing and the relationship between the two. With a lot of changes taking place over the successive years, including the boom of social media, increased exposure opportunities, and the broadening of the tournament fishing scene, ABT have taken the opportunity to sit down with Brad and revisit the topic.
With the camera rolling and people watching being on your game and a good ambassador is the key to your value as a sponsored tournament angler.

be a trial and error affair. Some anglers may take a while to find their feet but are worth it in the end. Sponsoring too many anglers just limits the amount and quality of tackle you can supply to each individual and the time you can dedicate to the individual. There are budget restraints that allow a certain allocation of gear available to an angler. If you have a small team of sponsored anglers that receive good support from the wholesaler you will get a better result compared to sponsoring a vast amount of anglers with minimum support.

2. Sponsors are increasingly being approached by tournament anglers seeking sponsorship, approximately how many approaches would you receive a month?
Depending on the time of the year, but generally during November to March I receive upwards of 30 per week. This obviously coincides with anglers gearing up for the coming tournament season. Throughout the rest of the year we receive around 5-10 a week. There is a massive increase of anglers seeking sponsorship not just for tournaments. Anglers wishing to break into the media side of fishing is the main area that is growing, plus anglers who just perceive themselves as an angler of notoriety. The advent of social media like Facebook, Twitter, forums etc. has generated a new avenue for anglers to publicise themselves and we receive many requests from these social media anglers; most will post it on our timeline or just send it in our messages.

3. How many of those would be worth consideration?


Really nowadays with most of the well known or respected anglers on the tournament trail already having agreements with various companies, I would say have considered very few in the last few years. This is mainly due to the lack of professionalism from prospective anglers. Most who contact me get rejected for several reasons: They previously knew me as a friend after working in the industry for the past 20+ plus years and expect that because I run the marketing for Daiwa that I can help them out on a mates basis, this doesnt work for me. Im here to promote a company and not just give gear away to friends. They contact me with no previous reputation i.e. no tournament placing, never written an article for a publication etc. The

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aving worked in the industry for over 20 years, including his current role with Daiwa Australia and internationally as consultant with Daiwa Japan, Brad has plenty of insight into the world of sponsorship and gives us his honest and constructive thoughts on the issue.
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1. Do you see sponsoring anglers as a viable marketingtool?


Sponsoring anglers can be a good marketing tool if you choose the right angler and dont sponsor too many. The right angler can be difficult to find and on many occasions it can

worst case scenario is anglers who contact me saying Ive never fished tournaments but Im going to this year, Im a great angler and I will win for youwill you sponsor me? Or I will write for this publication. Everyone that contacts me I will do a background check on them, i.e. contact ABT about how they conduct themselves or Ill ring the editor of the mentioned publication and ask them. The new avenue for anglers is using social media and forums, while this is an amazing marketing tool it is not the ultimate as many believe. I will always checkout anglers Facebook profiles, most employers nowadays will do the same, so before you request sponsorship look at your profile and clean it up if necessary. Threatening comments the first time we have contact. The best of these always revolves around If you wont sponsor me Ill go to Shimano, as Im going to win and itll be your loss not mine. This is a very common statement and as soon as I get this comment, I know that they are just gold diggers. Playing off wholesalers is pathetic. Word gets out really quick between wholesalers on these types of anglers, despite a lot of us being opposition many of us have a friendly business association and communicate on a regular basis. Demand what they want to use. Literally every angler will send me their tackle requirements, some are conservative but most new applicants ask for an incredible amount of gear. This is so far out of control now that as soon as I see any letter or email containing a huge range of gear, I know that they will be trouble to deal with. Over the years I have had many anglers who have requested well over $10,000 worth of gear plus requests for money to pay for entry fees, petrol, boat maintenance etc. Prospective anglers should be happy with what we will give them. I want anglers to use the gear I wish to promote not what they wish to use. We wish to promote our mid range gear like Freams, Lexa, Caldia, TDX, not top end like Steez, Exist, Certate like anglers believe they need. These products dont need more promotion as they are now the dominant top end tackle, the more we give away of the top end products really wouldnt equal more sales. In business terms if you give away one reel, you need to sell 10 of the same to recover the costs if I give away an Exist worth $1000, the sponsored angler needs to provide enough publicity so 10 Exists are sold before we can even recoup the initial outlay. The maths would never add up, so the majority of anglers who are influenced

Being well presented, professional and articulate are values that the best sponsored anglers possess, and should be on display whether its a single day event, Megabucks tournament, or an AFC shoot.

by successful tournament anglers end up purchasing mid range gear like Freams, Black label, TDX, etc. Demand a ridiculous amount of gear, i.e. 8-10 matching rods and reels rather than asking what we can help out with. Requests for money to pay for entry fees, petrol etc. If you want to fish a tournament thats your choice, well help out with gear but not money. Daiwa make fishing gear, not petrol or hotels or caravan parks, if you want this sort of sponsorship talk to Shell or Great Western. The fishing tackle industry isnt an endless money pit; we just cant afford to hand out money. This is very evident with Megabucks style events, I always get requests to pay for entry fees at over a $1000; we would get very little in return from this sort of promotion. I can buy a pretty good ad in a national magazine and reach maybe 20,000+ people or send over 100,000 ads on Facebook direct to fishing related fans; a Megabucks event, well most of the time it would be just preaching to the converted, it wont generate the sales to compensate for the outlay. Anglers who have a history of chopping and changing sponsorships just because they get another offer.

4. What do you expect of your sponsored anglers?


Anglers should represent the company and promote us; I dont expect anglers to win. Winning is not important, being well respected is the most powerful tool of sponsorship as you are able to influence other anglers into purchasing Daiwa. They should be clean and presentable during competitions, especially during public times, and actively display the Daiwa name and promote us as efficiently as possible. We provide promotional items to

sponsored anglers and they should distribute them efficiently at competitions plus have a good knowledge of our products. Placing a sticker on the boat just doesnt cut in nowadays. Anglers should be available for public events like boat or fishing shows if we decide to display or attend the show. One thing that all anglers should do is keep me informed of what they have been doing, writing, tournament results etc. Some of our really good anglers inform me weekly to monthly of what they have been doing. But the majority will only contact me when they need gear; this immediately spells trouble as they are only really in it for free tackle. Anglers who contact me for gear need to understand that it will be sent to them at our convenience. Most anglers ring me days before they need it; I travel a lot overseas and around the country and cant often process it straight away, so they will go in the queue as to when we will deliver the goods. I will send gear when it is convenient and when we have good stock levels, I wont send gear when we have low stock levels as shop sales must come first before give-aways. An important aspect to being sponsored is that anglers should try and create a healthy relationship with their sponsor. As an example, Kris Hickson is one of the most respected anglers on the tournament trail, he is a great ambassador for our brand but also a good friend. Instead of just contacting me for free gear all the time he will just ring for a social call or visit for the same reason. That is very important to me.

5. What are you looking for in a potential sponsor?


Anglers who can sell themselves and dont expect me to sell them angling ability isnt everything. Its amazing the amount of anglers who want me to do the hard work for them,
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Making yourself available for promotional opportunities such as corporate days gives value to an anglers sponsor, the sport and an anglers individual brand.

perception of fishing. At present most of the general public see anglers as boozing yobbos, and unfortunately its not far from the truth sometimes. Lastly, personnel presentation and cleanliness is very important. Shaving, ironed clothes, deodorant go along way in sponsorship. Keep spare clean clothes in the boat or car and change at the weigh-ins, spray on some deodorant, etc. Its difficult to keep clean and well groomed during fishing but not impossible.

8. How often to do review your sponsorship arrangements?


Generally, I review most on a yearly basis. However, good sponsored anglers I rarely ever have to review their agreements. Depending upon the angler, good anglers who continually promote and sell themselves successfully, I never really assess their agreements as I dont need to. But Im now watching anglers, especially tournament anglers, very closely as the competition for sponsorship is more cutthroat than ever. I think that after a few years there is a breaking point for many anglers, some just cruise along with the shell be right attitude towards sponsorship, which is noted and when it comes to reassessment Ill bring that up with them. Many think that once they get sponsored that theyre in for good, but it doesnt work like that. Each year Ill review an angler very heavily and those who dont promote themselves and us will basically be cut from our agreements. Its not a nice thing to do but as a company we cant just give away gear to anyone, we need a return and if youre not willing to provide then there is no future for anglers versus sponsors.

like getting them in with magazines for writing or get photos of them. Anglers have to realise that they are selling themselves to me and Im not their personal manager, if they want me to manage them then I want a cut in their winnings in return. Every other professional sport works like this.

angling is the major strength in the industry, Id hate to disappoint them but bream and bass dont control the industry, they play an important part but are not the dominant style of fishing or the strength of sales.

6. Is angling ability and fishing tournaments the only thing that youre looking for in a sponsoredangler?
Angling ability is an important aspect but I dont require anglers to be constant winners. Often the best sponsored anglers are not podium placers but anglers who are respected as being approachable, friendly and willing to help out any angler who wants to learn the latest and greatest techniques or want to know about what Daiwa gear that they use and recommend. The best promotion we ever get is most often from anglers who dont fish tournaments, journalists like Jamie Robley, Warren Keelan, Dave Rae or David Seaman easily provide ten times the promotion than just about any tournament angler ever could. Then you get what I would regard as some of the best self-promotion anglers in Australia. The group of guys at lureandfly.com They have created an industry first and leading website along with a professional Facebook page thus creating a fishing/boating media hub that has made other fishing websites obsolete. On top of that they are the friendliest group of guys who are promoting fishing professionally and also just for enjoyment. Tournament fishing isnt the be all and end all of fishing. Many prospective tournament anglers come under the belief that tournament
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7. How important is personal presentation?


More than anyone would believe! The ability of anglers to present themselves in a respectable and professional manner is the most important part of sponsorship. Dressing well in clean, ironed sponsors clothing is expected. First impressions last forever. I visit many events over the years and Ill take a quiet approach from a distance and watch how anglers act and present themselves. Ive spent years working with people in the public and can judge a persons character very well. I have several hates at tournaments that turn me away from prospective sponsored anglers or anglers I wish to drop from our agreement. Firstly, drinking alcohol or smoking at weigh-ins or at briefings. For the brief amount of time that you are in the public eye Im sure you can wait until you get back to your accommodation or home. Drinking and smoking is a now unacceptable public event pastime and it is illegal in many cases. Secondly, loud-mouthed, swearing, spitting, rudeness, yobbish behaviour are all unacceptable traits. The general public dont accept them, so neither will we. Remember you are representing a now so-called professional sport, you dont see other sports people act this way. If we are to grow this sport to a more professional level and get some notoriety from the Australian public, governments and sporting community we need to raise the bar in the public

9. How should a tournament angler go about getting sponsorship?


Exactly the same way as you would approach a job application. Sending me in a letter with a good in-depth description of you with references to tournament placings, publications you have written for, fishing preferences, gear that you already use, and so on, are all good places to start.

Anglers should include the following:


Contact name with address, email, Facebook profile and phone number that I can call during business hours. Not a phone that is always turned off. I will contact all

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anglers who send in resumes, nearly all give me numbers that just go to answering machines and they rarely ever return the call if I leave a message. It must be convenient for me to be able to contact the angler; Personal references, especially from tournament organisers, well known anglers, etc. Nearly all anglers who send in resumes I will follow up who they are from organisations like ABT, fishing publications and look for their profile on Facebook, Twitter, forums andsimilar; A list of gear you already own or use; Tackle requirements with more emphasis on types of gear i.e. rod weights or reel sizes rather than, I need 5 Certates with 5 Steez rods, plus ten spools of braid Photographs or pictures of yourself; A list of what you can do for your potential sponsor. Other things to consider are to contact

the person in charge of sponsorship directly. Likewise, enquire to the distributor or manufacturer when they set their budgets for the following year. All companies have a budget time and if you submit your sponsorship enquiry after this time most likely it will be denied. If you do get denied sponsorship spend the next year improving your skills and try and promote the company you wish to be sponsored by. When it comes the time to enquire again you have 12 months of a resume to show them.

Do not:
Send your proposal to multiple manufacturers at the same time and their email addresses are included in the email. Its amazing the amount of times I receive a request that includes multiple email contacts of our opposition; Use a joke style email name, like crazywog69@ or muffdiver@, etc. These are actual email addresses I have received and they are just a reflection of your character; Send an email, message, letter just saying, I love Daiwa can you sponsor me? No other details, no contacts, etc. Requests like this just get deleted, I do not have the time to reply to an email with no information; Send an email with an attachment file, like a PDF, Word file, but with no introduction from yourself in the email; Hit me up at competitions or social events, especially in front of other anglers. This can be embarrassing for you if I reject your proposal. Simply, if you meet me at an event introduce yourself and ask for a business card and contact me privately; If you are rejected sponsorship from a company, do not criticise them to anyone, especially on public forums. This will get around and when you do approach another company and they have seen or heard about this they will not offer you support; Contact me via my personal Facebook, Twitter, Google accounts. That is my personal life, everyone deserves a personallife; Requesting sponsorship through our Facebook page. This can be highly detrimental to the angler and the company and posting a request for sponsorship can do several things: If we do not respond on our timeline, people perceive it as we are ignoring them and we are arrogant; If we respond in simple terms sorry we cannot sponsor you we are again perceived as arrogant; If we do answer then other fans may see it as wow if he asks then Ill ask, thus limiting your chance and making our decision even harder.

10. How not to request sponsorship!


This is an area that I see every day. Anglers looking for sponsorship often send the most simple or ridiculous requests. Heres a few donts that will improve your chances for sponsorship.

11. What should sponsored anglers realistically expect from sponsorship?


Anglers should expect support at our convenience, were constantly busy and I cant just drop everything for them. I will supply a reasonable range of gear that we see appropriate. The better the anglers ability or promotion the better the gear and bigger the range provided. Simply saying, the more you work for your sponsor the more support you will receive.

Sponsored anglers and shirts are thick on the ground at event these days, what sets anglers apart is their ability to promote the company and tournament fishing both within and outside the tournament fishing circle.

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This 100% FC leader has the ideal mix of suppleness for minimum interference on the lures movement and hardness for abrasion resistance. Excellent knot strength is boosted with the triple resin processing manufacturing technique which also improves abrasion resistance. Outstanding durability. 100m spool: 2lb to 20lb 75m spool: 25lb to 30lb 50m spool: 40lb to 50lb

Super PE
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Low stretch (max5%) for ultra high sensitivity giving you instant feeback on the slightest bite and the lightest touch of the bottom. Experience fewer problems and increase your lures movement. The super high strength allows you to use a thinner diameter than you would normally. Tight braiding and a smooth surface manuturing method help increase durability, casting distance and control. Available in Light green or White. 150m spool: 6lb to 50lb 300m spool: 6lb to 80lb 600m spool: 20lb to 80lb

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With virtually zero memory this 100% fluorocarbon line will lay perfectly on small spin reels. It features low elongation and high specific gravity plus a triple resin process for improved abrasion resistance and knot strength. 150m spool. 2lb, 2.5lb, 3lb, 3.5lb, 4lb. Made in Japan

RATTLE

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TEXT: CHRIS SEETO PHOTOGRAPHY: GREG SEETO, JEFF CLELLAND

Love them or hate them, hardbodied lures represent a winning strategy for bream fishing. With the market being flooded with new offerings, the challenge for anglers is picking the best bait to suit their needs and the conditions.

he classication of hardbodies brings a vast range of lures to the table; ranging from the Megabass Dog-X Jr through to the Ecogear VX35 and everything in between.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?


The ball bearing shifts from the head of the lure to the tail as you cast, providing additional momentum, extending the range of your cast and then returning to its normal position after a few cranks of the reel handle. This style of system is important for casting distance but will also impact the sound the lure will make in the water. Although these ball bearings help with

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR


Sound is an important attribute for lures. It goes hand-in-hand with action, diving depth and size, and arguably is more important than colour (who hasnt caught a sh on a colour they didnt think would work?). The sound is generally made from ball bearings bouncing around within purposebuilt chambers of the lure to create a rattling sound. Particular sized balls and changing from a metal to glass or plastic ball will create varying noises. These little balls arent only used because of the rattle that they create. Within many modern lures, the ball bearing system is used to extend casting distance through transferring the weight in the direction of the cast. This is most obvious when comparing the Ecogear SX40F and its brother, the Ecogear SX40LC, but is also found in the Atomic Cranks and Pro Lure Cranks.

for territorial bream, they just cant help themselves. It is not uncommon to throw a crankbait, hook a sh and see several angry friends come screaming out behind the hooked bream, trying to eat the bait right out of its mouth. They are the days that you want to be rolling loud crankbaits. The rattle seems to attract the attention of bream. The Megabass Baby Griffon has a deafening rattle, with several ball bearings

SELECTING THE RIGHT SOUND FOR THE APPLICATION IS THE MAIN CHALLENGE FOR THE ANGLER. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OPTIONS
sound, some lures have purpose-built mechanisms for the same casting effect allowing it to be a silent lure but have the advantage of the casting weight, like the Daiwa Double Clutch. creating sound by bouncing around within the belly of the lure. The increased number of ball bearings increases the sound that can be heard, and the challenge of squeezing this into a small body shape makes for a loud yet compact lure. Selecting the right sound for the application is the main challenge for the angler. There are
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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL


A rattling crankbait seems like a battle cry

ith the vast array of fishing styles Australia has to offer - from freshwater dams and inshore reefs to the deep blue currents of the Continental Shelf, compromise was always an issue and finding the ultimate fishing boat has long been an impossible task.

When it came time to purchase a new vessel I was faced with this compromise. I wanted something I could chase bass, bream and jew in the rivers, yet still be able to chase Kingfish and Marlin offshore without waiting for exceptional weather - which we all know never comes on a weekend. From the date of delivery, this Edgewater 170CC boat has been nothing short of performing beyond my expectations - from winning bream tournaments to catching blue, black and striped Marlin along the Shelf. This vessel has truly changed my fishing - having an endless amount of options available on any given weekend depending on what I feel like chasing. If you are after a boat with immense versatility without serious compromise, than an Edgewater is what you have been waiting for.

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The Ecogear ZX blade is a gun deep and dirty water lure, with plenty of vibration so the fish can home in on it.

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Rattle

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Text: Chris Seeto Photography: Greg Seeto, jeff clelland

Love them or hate them, hardbodied lures represent a winning strategy for bream fishing. With the market being flooded with new offerings, the challenge for anglers is picking the best bait to suit their needs and the conditions.

he classification of hardbodies brings a vast range of lures to the table; ranging from the Megabass Dog-X Jr through to the Ecogear VX35 and everything in between.

So how does it work?


The ball bearing shifts from the head of the lure to the tail as you cast, providing additional momentum, extending the range of your cast and then returning to its normal position after a few cranks of the reel handle. This style of system is important for casting distance but will also impact the sound the lure will make in the water. Although these ball bearings help with

What were looking for


Sound is an important attribute for lures. It goes hand-in-hand with action, diving depth and size, and arguably is more important than colour (who hasnt caught a fish on a colour they didnt think would work?). The sound is generally made from ball bearings bouncing around within purposebuilt chambers of the lure to create a rattling sound. Particular sized balls and changing from a metal to glass or plastic ball will create varying noises. These little balls arent only used because of the rattle that they create. Within many modern lures, the ball bearing system is used to extend casting distance through transferring the weight in the direction of the cast. This is most obvious when comparing the Ecogear SX40F and its brother, the Ecogear SX40LC, but is also found in the Atomic Cranks and Pro Lure Cranks.

for territorial bream, they just cant help themselves. It is not uncommon to throw a crankbait, hook a fish and see several angry friends come screaming out behind the hooked bream, trying to eat the bait right out of its mouth. They are the days that you want to be rolling loud crankbaits. The rattle seems to attract the attention of bream. The Megabass Baby Griffon has a deafening rattle, with several ball bearings

Selecting the right sound for the application is the main challenge for the angler. There are just so many options
sound, some lures have purpose-built mechanisms for the same casting effect allowing it to be a silent lure but have the advantage of the casting weight, like the Daiwa Double Clutch. creating sound by bouncing around within the belly of the lure. The increased number of ball bearings increases the sound that can be heard, and the challenge of squeezing this into a small body shape makes for a loud yet compact lure. Selecting the right sound for the application is the main challenge for the angler. There are
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Shake, Rattle and Roll


A rattling crankbait seems like a battle cry

Rattle free surface lures are best suited to clear and still water.

to aid with sinking. This lure combines some of the characteristics of a vibration bait with the benefits of the crankbaits.

Keeping quiet!
A loud rattle shouldnt always be the desired attribute of your crankbait. Knowing when to use a loud bait to fire up the territorial or schooled fish and when to use a silent bait to attract the fickle, picky fish is a good reason to have a broad range of lures. Silent lures are not completely silent, as hooks make sounds as they come into contact with the body of the lure and the lures action also emits a sound and disturbance in the water. Silent lures are better described as a rattle-less lure, lacking ball bearings or clickers. The disturbance or turbulence that rattleless lures make should closely resemble the disturbance a swimming fish would make when fleeing or when it is injured. This action or wobble is what is transferred up the line and through to the rod and angler. Silent lures are most effective when the Dirty water

just so many options; some lures are made of plastic or glass that change the sound, as well as the weight and swimming characteristics, while other lures are made from brass or tungsten, making louder, deeper sounds. Clear water

An interesting lure that puts a spin on the traditional is the Bassday Kangoku Vib. This little lure has a hinged rattle that swings from one side of the lure to the other; creating a rattle sound and also adding additional weight

Surface

Silty/ turbid water

Shallow

Mid

Deep

Clear water- silent lures dominate here, with lures such as the Austackle Shinku standouts. Subtle lures without rattles are the way to go, and colours ideally kept natural and low key.

Increasingly turbid and silty water- as the water starts to colour lures start to have more sound, rattles become more common and their actions start to becomestronger.

Dirty Water- fatter, stronger and wider action lures with plenty of noise are the pick in dirty water. Lures such as the Atomic Crank, Ecogear ZX and lipless crankbaits are the go.

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water is clear. Bream dont really need any help in searching out and finding the lure in such clear conditions and can often be finicky. The silent approach can help with less foreign noise in the water to spook thefish.

Less is more or is more just better?


So should we be using silent or rattled lures, metal or polycarbonate bibs? The answer lies in the conditions. When fish are aggressive and territorial, using a rattled lure can often attract the attention of the bigger fish, giving them reason to outmuscle and out swim their smaller peers. Steve Morgan outlines that crankbait selection depends more on the environment than a one-lure-fits-all solution. Adjusting the type of crankbait to suit the water clarity, Steve suggests, When the water is dirtier, my cranks get fatter and louder. An Atomic Deep Crank 38 or Ecogear CX35 usually fits. The dirtier the water, the more vibration and noise I think the bream need to find it. Also, Ill retrieve the bait slower in dirtier water. Fat crankbaits versus skinny crankbaits

Vibration
Metal blades emit a distinct vibration that help fish to hone in on the location of the bait. Some lures have a more distinct wobble, while others have a tight shimmy through the water. Regardless of how much lateral movement they have, they still create a disturbance, which the fish target.

Top water resonance


Top water lures rely on attracting fish. As they break the water surface, they rely on similar sounds to attract fish. It seems the disturbance on the surface, combined with the noise, helps searching fish find thelure. Scott Anderson of Nutterjuck Lures found that when making his solid timber surface lures, by adding metal bibs he was able to create the right sound. The metal bib seemed to resonate and transmit the sound further and more effectively, attracting and enticing fish into biting. This highlights the importance of the right sound travelling the right distance.

Diving Depth
With the sheer volume and choice of lures available, many come in a shallow or deep version; some even have different depth ranges available. The Atomic Crank comes in four depth models, ranging from the shallow (wake bait), mid, deep and the new doubledeep. Getting the lure near the fish is a good start, both casting accuracy and diving depth will help with this but some techniques require

Bream are suckers for subtle jerkbaits.

Top water lures also benefit from ball bearings as they weight the lure. Even though casting distance is an important aspect, changing the attitude of the lure can help with converting interested fish into tournament winning limits. Some top water lures benefit from the big brass ball bearings; they not only rattle, they can also convert a horizontal walking lure when retrieved into a vertical, easily eaten morsel when stationary.

displace different amounts of water with their action. Steve also identifies that the action of the crankbait can impact how easy it is for a fish to find a lure in excessively turbid water. Using Ecogear SX40s in clear water reinforces the importance of using a lure with a tighter action and smaller beads, emitting very little noise and not spooking the fish, while the louder, wider action of the Ecogear CX35 is much more effective in dirtier water.

a lure to dive down and continuously dig into the rock, mud or sand below. This in itself creates a sound and disturbance that can attract fish and get them foraging for your lure.

Sound
The sound required often depends on the surroundings. As a guide, clear water to dirty water is often a starting point for choosing the right bait for the occasion.

Having a Joint
Jointed baits take full advantage of the turbulence created by this style of lure. A jointed bait is a hard bait that has sections that move independently of the lure and often have a life like presentation. The swimming action of jointed baits is often very difficult to duplicate.
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Breaking It Down
Confused yet? Well, lets break it down a bit further. Combining the action (vibration), diving depth (deep, mid, shallow) and sound (silent or rattled) arent based on luck but on the conditions and what the fish want to bite. There isnt one lure to rule them all.

Putting it together
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Mark Lennoxs road to victory at last years Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final was a journey from first time angler in 2003 to Grand Final champion in 2012.

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Timeline to
Text: Chris Byrnes Photography: Simon Goldsmith

success
Commits to ABT tournaments Competes in numerous ABT events. Qualifies for first BASS Grand Final

Every sport has its champions. But what is it that really sets them apart from the countless other participants that try to achieve the same level of success? Which decisions played a role in taking them to the top? And what drives these champs to keep working towards their ultimate goal? 2012 Smak Lures Bass Pro Grand Final Winner Mark Lennox gives us an insight into his sucess.
MARK LENNOX: TOURNAMENT TIMELINE
Started reading Fishing Monthly magazines

2000

2002

2004

2006

2008
Starts competing as a Boater in ABT events

2010

2012

First ABT tournament (Non-Boater)

Competes in ABT BASS events only. Qualifies for Grand Final and wins

When and why did you start fishing tournaments?


In 1999 I started reading Fishing Monthly magazines and discovered ABT fishing tournaments. I have always enjoyed competing in sports that challenge me, and I believed tournament fishing would be ideal. However, I wasnt able to pursue this due to work commitments, so I didnt get to do my first tournament until four years later in 2003. I did one BASS tournament that year at Lake Glenbawn and, from that experience, I was totally hooked. Being a member of ABT exposed me to AFC, which made me more determined to get involved in tournament fishing as I wanted to emulate anglers like Tim The Bream Morgan. It looked like he had a pretty good time doing what he loved. Six years later in 2009 I finally decided that my work commitments were interfering with my desire to be able to fish in ABT tournaments, so I entered in as many BASS and BREAM comps as possible. I started as a non boater so I would get the opportunity to fish with different experienced anglers.

fishing knowledge and expertise with me and gave me the confidence to believe that I could also catch fish.

How was your experience as a non-boater?


I fished Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro in 2003 and was lucky enough to draw 2000 BASS Grand Final winner John Schofield as my first ever boater, which was brilliant. I really didnt have any prior lure fishing experience in dams and rivers, other than information I had read in the Fishing Monthly magazines, so in 2009 I decided to be a non-boater in four BASS

get any better than this! They were all happy to share information and their fishing techniques with me. I asked lots of questions and observed what and why they were fishing the way they did. I had a good year and achieved Non Boater AOY BREAM and 2nd Non Boater BASS Pro Grand Final. I won the Big Bream Prize at Bribie Island and Lake Macquarie.

When and why did you decide to become a boater?


I became a boater in 2010 because only boaters qualify to participate in AFC.

I qualified for the Grand Final and won. This was the absolute highlight! The time and effort I had put in on the water during the year had finally paid off.
comps and five BREAM comps. Fortunately, I drew very experienced anglers, such as Greg Flett, David Green, Mike Connolly, Tim Morgan, Steve Eldred, Scott Towner, Chris Cleaver, Simon Goldsmith, Steve Almond and Robert Kwiatkowski. I thought to myself, it cant

Did anyone mentor you?


Initially my mentors were AFC anglers, and then I was fortunate to be a nonboater with some really experienced tournament anglers. They all shared their

How was you transition to a boater?


I found it challenging, but I expected it to be I donuted my first three BASS comps. As a boater I not only had to catch fish for myself, but I was also responsible for making my non boaters experience a
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Taking it to the veterans on the tour, Mark Lennox (Grand Final winner) and Daniel Clancy (Humminbird BASS Pro AOY) secured BASS fishing two biggest titles in 2012.

positive one. I needed to work things out for myself and I knew I had a lot to learn.

What have been the highs/ lows so far?


2010:
I fished in all the BASS Pro tournaments, as well as some BREAM and BASSIN events, but only boated two fish in the last round of the last tournament. I was so pleased that I finally caught fish!

2011:
I boated in all BASS Pro events, and I fished in other events as well. I was one place outside the money in three BASS Pro tournaments and got to lead out first place in one of the rounds. But in the fourth tournament I donuted again! Nevertheless, I qualified for the Grand Final this was the highlight of the year forme.

and so I decided to concentrate solely on the BASS Pro tournaments. I amped up my prefishing to gain more confidence in my ability to catch fish with a focus on AOY. I had two tournament top tens, going into the last tournament sitting in third spot for AOY honours. But my result in the final tournament was a disappointment for me. Nevertheless, I qualified for the Grand Final and won. This was the absolute highlight! The time and effort I had put in on the water during the year had finally paid off.

in your ability to catch fish/keep focused and learn from every bad experience; Personal commitment to make it happen; Boat and tackle preparation and maintenance when your gear works properly, you get to spend more time thinking about fishing than thinking about repairs and maintenance; Go with prior experience but dont be afraid to take a chance; Enjoy it; Awareness.

What are the most important points to successful tournament fishing?


The best anglers never stop learning; Put time in on the water and get to know the dams and the seasonal changes; Ability to adjust to changing conditions; Mental preparation have confidence

What is your dominant technique?


Deep water fishing. It is what I am most comfortable with, but I like surface and will always try that as well.

2012:
I realised that I was stretching myself too thin doing both BASS and BREAM comps
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What are your strengths as a tournament angler?


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Open-minded to trying new techniques; Deep water fishing; Sticking to my plan.

What are your weaknesses as a tournament angler?


Having too many options messes with my head; Cant always make fish bite; Mid water fishing I have not mastered this technique yet.

What is your advice to an angler looking at starting tournament fishing?


Start as a non boater and do as many tournaments as you can. You will be paired with some awesome anglers. Take full advantage of the time and experience you have with them on thewater. Observe and ask lots of questions about what techniques they are using and focus on why they are doing it. These events are you best opportunity to learn so ask plenty of questions. I also fished a few BASS Electric tournaments and BASSIN tournaments as prefish practice to gain confidence for the BASS Pro comps. I even boated and non boated in a few of the BREAMcomps.

Making the jump from non-boater to boater wasnt easy for Lennox, he donuted at his first three events before finally catching a bass.

What does your tournament future hold?


I still have so much to learn and am looking forward to competing in next years comps. The knowledge and experience I have gained through associating and competing with other tournament anglers keeps me

coming back. With Lennox coming on in leaps and bounds since becoming a boater in 2009 his next challenge will be for a consistent 2013. With the Angler of the Year Title the goal of all bassers Lennox is sure to be fishing hard for a room mate for his Grand Final trophy.

Fishing bream events as well as bass events in his early days Lennox acquired valuable skills from a host of different anglers, AFC angler Scott Towner was one such angler.

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Caught in the middle of nowhere this fish was located, pin pointed, its mood worked out and lure presentation tailor made using a state of the art sounder. Seeing is believing.

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Seeing Is Believing
Youve got an hour, but then we have to start filming. I turned to my teammate, Geez! That doesnt give us long to find the fish!
Everywhere can look the same on a barra lake, here Daniel Grech is fishing a line of trees adjacent to a deep water drop off. A prime barra holding spot and an area that he couldnt have found without his Humminbird sounder.

Text: Matt Coleman Photography: Simon Goldsmith, craig grifiths

t was series 7 of the Australian Fishing Championship. My team mate, Al McNamara and myself were representing Team Mercury in the 2nd Round of the BARRA fishing events at Lake Monduran. We both live over a 1000km away from the dam so our familiarity with the local barra was basically non-existent, we had some decisions to make and they had to be made fast. If youre not on top of the fish when the film starts to roll the chances of doing well are extremely diminished. On top of that was the threat of elimination and the pressure of putting our fellow team mates behind in the chase for The side imaging fish finder revealed a another AFC Championship. cluster of 6-7 fish in one out of five bays we Finding Fish Fast scanned. Wed covered approximately 1km It had been approximately a week, if not a in 15 minutes and isolated a single point on little longer, since wed spent time on the dam. one of five identical bays as the place where We knew the conditions were changing daily and just looking at the boat ramp we knew the water level had dropped at least a foot since we were last here! Weve got three spots; I doubt the fish had moved far from those spots but we need to try and find them as soon as possible! Our high tech AFC boats were thankfully fitted with some of the latest electronics and accessories, which included the latest Humminbird side imaging or structure scan fish finders. fish were holding, quite a distance from For the uninitiated, side imaging involves where the fish were located a week ago, and a special transducer (sensor on the back exactly where we wanted to be when the film of the boat) that directs a sonar beam out startedrolling! perpendicular to the left and right of the boat; in some cases this signal can be out to Things Are Getting Better 300ft each side. Compare this to a traditional sounder where youre scanning approximately One of the biggest improvements in fishing over the past few years has been a third of the depth (eg. if its 12ft deep the exponential improvement in fishing the cone of the sounder is scanning approximately 4ft); youll be able to cover a lot electronics. Fish finders, sonars, echo sounders and the like have evolved into of area incredibly fast with side scanning.

devices that can be as complicated or as uncomplicated as the user chooses and, more importantly, they are now affordable. If you are a competitive tournament angler and you do not have one of the

I know where they are, echoes Craig, I know the distance between the fish and the boat, how far off the bottom they are these units show me everything!
latest generations of sounders on your boat, you are already behind the eight ball. ABT BARRA champions Craig Griffiths, Al McNamara and Jason Wilhelm all state that they could not fish effectively without their structure scan units. My eyes are constantly glued to that screen, I have the utmost trust in the images I see and they have led me to some of my best ABT results its a must have! said Wilhelm.
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Theyre not just fishing what they see above the water. The trees are just the tip of the iceberg and a sounder enables them to see all that lies below, including the fish.

Al McNamara revisits a time when the technology really paid off. Jas [Wilhelm] and I were fishing some deep water on one of the impoundments in a tournament. There was no structure anywhere, these fish were free swimming. Using the side imaging, we could see how many fish were near the boat, what side they were on, how deep they were and then we could actually target them! You just could not do that with a traditional sounder. I know where they are, echoes Craig, I know the distance between the fish and the boat, how far off the bottom they are these units show me everything!

WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY?


The main focus of the newer generation of sounders is the side imaging capability; being able to view a large area of the bottom of a lake or sea as if fully illuminated
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through a looking glass. Other incredible technologies include the down imaging or downscan imaging, which provides a 3D view of whats below the boat. The continuing improvements in the traditional sonar display also allows the user to change frequencies, colours and displays to their individual liking. Anglers can look at the same scenario in three separate ways, eliminating any confusion or guessing of what is being displayed below the boat. The integration of a GPS (Global Positioning System) means these systems are no longer just high tech fish finders, but also fully functioning navigation devices with some very unique abilities. For instance, if the side imaging unit locates some fish 60ft away from the boat, you can place a waypoint (a reference point for the GPS) where the fish are without having to motor

over the top of them and spooking them. This allows you the ability to target them at a later time, or approach them from a different angle or with a different technique. On some systems you can also create your own side imaging maps that can be stored in your sonar unit. This can help you locate trees, rubble and other fish attracting features that may give you that extra spot for one more fish and a full bag limit. Together with your own weather station or onboard barometric pressure readings, tide information and additional 3D rendered mapping charts, there is very little information that you wont have at your fingertips! Most of the units can also integrate with your outboard motor, giving you fuel consumption, rpm, water pressure, trim/ tilt well, you name it, you can display it. It

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puts all motor vehicles to shame intuitive gauges that are mostly customisable to display the information you want and how you want it.w Did I mention that the majority of these units have clear, crisp, colour screens up to 12 allowing the display of multiple functions at the same time? Or their ability to connect several screens to each other and share information across all of them!

WHATS THE ADVANTAGE?


The main advantage is that anglers have options to set up their boat how they like it. It is not uncommon to see a second sounder screen up the front of a tournament boat next to the bow mount electric motor. This allows the angler to focus on fishing at the front and not constantly having to travel to the back of the boat to see if conditions below have changed. Its networking ability means common data can be shared across the sounder units; data may include GPS positioning, waypoints, separate transducer information and the like. When Im tournament fishing, guiding or even social fishing, time is of great importance to me and these units allow me to find and catch fish fast, that is the true value of this technology, says Jason. For the not so tech-savvy the new technology can understandably be quite daunting. Thankfully the new systems are intuitive and will display excellent results on the basic auto settings. There is no need for a degree in astrophysics to get the sounder working, they will work straight out of the box.
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Ive got a fair bit of experience with these units but I always spend some time reading the manual and being familiar with the latest features so if I need to I can fine tune things. Basically everything on auto works absolutely fine for me, they are pretty much good to go straight out of the box, states Jason. I tweak the sensitivity when the water conditions dictate, and thats it. I know my sounder really well, I know what fish look like on my sounder and if I cant see them I move on, quotes Al.

Left: No guesses for what that it. The tell tail silhouette of a big barra as it swims past an anchored boat at Faust. Did they catch it? Yep, one cast, one bite, one fish, 112cm of barra was the end result. Top right: These are all barra sitting on 10 feet deep drop off on the right. The fished ranged in size from 60125cm. They landed four over a metre from the school, and five in the 90s. Bottom right: Barra can be easily seen sitting on a drop off on the right hand side of the screen, while on the down scan you can identify a concrete mooring block on the bottom.

Tuning In to Win
On the flip side, if high frequencies, Interlinks, NMEA2000 and other technical things get you excited, there is a high degree of customization available for the hands-on operators, which suits Craig Griffiths. I put my Side Imaging on 800khz to get the best resolution and often times scan using the front trolling motor at a slower speed, so I can really see the detail. At this speed I can see even the slightest feature, a point, gully or snag. And if I need to I can investigate it a bit further or simply stop and observe the area to see if its going to produce quality fish. ABT champion Daniel Grech talks specifically about his tournament tactics developed around this technology. The technology of Side Imaging is fool proof; it doesnt lie and only displays what it sees I trust it completely. When prefishing Im generally looking for structures and potential spots, like submerged weed beds or steep drop-offs, and then during

tournaments Im looking 100% for fish. Even if the pre-fish has been tough, the Side Imaging gives me so much more confidence, especially if the fish are starting to appear on the sounder. If you are new to the technology or simply looking to upgrade, it is advisable to spend some time with an experienced person. Whether an angler or product representative, get them to demonstrate the features of each unit so the individual person can decide whats best for them. The technology is continuing to improve and some of the features in production are amazing. From new transducers that rotate 360 around the boat to integrating the bow mount electronic motors to the sounders and GPS units. CHIRP sonar units that pulse multiple frequencies for crystal clear echo return and other integrating solutions, like allowing iPad and wireless (WiFi) devices, access to the units is simply astounding and opens up incredible possibilities. One thing is for sure, you need to watch this space.

Ian Black MEMORIAL TROPHY


Ian Black

nglers fish tournaments for a range of differnet reasons. The thrill of the hunt, the competitive urge and of course the accolades of our peers are driving forces for us to hit the tournament trail. However its the friendships that are forged and the experiences shared with our fellow anglers that are the most rewarding part for most of us.

Ian was a special person in the sport, and were dedicated to seeing that the things that he stood for are encouraged and acknowledged.
Smak Lures co-creator Matthew Mott.

The beloved Australian term of mateship is what it is all about. Ian Black is one angler in particular who embodied this belief. Lost to the sport with his passing in 2009, Ian Blacks spirit and presence have continued in the sport courtesy of the Ian Black Memorial Trophy (aka The Black Stump). Developed by some of his closest friends and the crew at Smak Lures, The Black Stump is awarded to an angler each year who has demonstrated the qualities that Blacky was known for and that the trophy represents; namely selflessness, compassion, and concern for others. Smak Lures and ABT are proud to announce that the Ian Black Memorial Trophy returns again in 2013 with the new BASS Pro Series naming sponsor (Smak Lures) eager to see the series flourish and Blackys legacy grow.
Mal Draper was awarded the Ian Black Memorial Trophy in 2012 for his generosity throughout the year and his willingness to help out his fellow competitors.

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big bream & bass 2013

has landed!
Breamers and Bassers, in 2013 you will all be vying for the Gladiator big bream and the Gladiator big bass! $500 is still your prize, but watch this space for more info to come

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Millards
Money Box
Text: Simon Goldsmith Photography:simon goldsmith, Jeff clelland and daniel grech

Condensing your lure selection into a reduced go-to assortment can be an agonising exercise for some anglers. Favourite colours, personal bests and preferred techniques all play their part in the decision process.

Jon Millard has honed his barra catching skills over the years catching quality fish like this metrey from Peter Faust.

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ith this in mind ABT asked Australias number one ranked BARRA Tour angler Jon Millard to survey his lure collection, select his favourite lures and explain the decisions behind hischoices.

are proven fish catchers. I always make sure I have plenty of these in my boat, saidMillard.

3. Surface StickBait
Reaction Innovation Vixen Rapala X Walk 13 Rapala Glidin Rap 12 The Vixen is the loudest of the three stickbaits; it makes a heap of noise in the water and is one of the easiest lures to walk across the surface. A great lure for turning on active fish and one of Millards favourites when theres a hot surface bite going on. If its big fish that Millards after then he reaches for the Rapala X Walk. Its weighted tail sees the lure sit tail-down when at rest, and its one of the easiest lures to walk-the-dog. It has accounted for more 120cm fish than any other surface lure he throws. The Glidin Rap is the point of difference over the other two it is more a subsurface
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2. Leads Lure
Hi Jacker Shad An old-school favourite with seasoned and clued-in barra anglers, Millard ties one of these timber lures on when hes looking for a silent approach. The shallow running Hi Jacker is one of his favourite shallow water twitch baits, and if fished correctly can be used as a surface lure. The Shad gets a run when he wants to fish a little deeper. Natural tones are his preferred colour choice, except when fishing dirty water, which is when hell opt for something a little stronger on colour.

1. Classic Lures 120 Barra


10+ 15+ These are Millards two go-to lures when fishing the trees at Peter Faust. Loud and proud with plenty of rattles the Classic Barra lures crank down easy when worked and float up at rest; making them ideal to work and pause around structure. Green is his confidence colour, with anything gold a close second. Classic Lures are bullet proof and

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lure than a surface lure. Fished in a similar fashion to the now discontinued Squidgy Boney Bream, the Glidin Rap can be ripped easily through weed and is dynamite for fishing over points. While only a relatively new lure on the Australia market, Millard has grown fond of it quite quickly.

action like this will out-fish those that dont, said Millard. Gold and natural colours are the standouts during the day, and white is his clear favourite at night. Transams have gained a strong following amongst barra anglers in recent years and

It is one of the first lures that hell reach for when the barra are shut down, especially targeting those that are sulking on the bottom.
4. Shallow Runner and SinkingShad
Halco Laser Pro 120 FLT (aka Jackall) Transam (20g) One of his gun shallow water baits, Millard favours the Laser Pro for its distinct action. The Laser Pro will twitch from side-toside when you work it rather than roll like a lot of other lures do. This means you can get more side ways action out of your lure and you dont have to move the lure as far forward to get it to work. Lures that have an
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when the barra are looking for something flash, that will dance and rattle in front of their nose. The Reidys and the Thunderstick arent deep diving baits, which makes them ideal for fishing in shallows and twitching them in the one spot. Barra find them hard to resist, said Millard. With the Reidys in particular being a northern favourite with barra anglers Millard is not alone with his opinion.

6. Rapala X Rap
X Rap 10 X Rap 12 The go-to barra hardbodied lure for the last few years. Millard, like most BARRA Tour anglers, loves his Rapala X Raps and has two favoured sizes (10 and 12). The X Raps have a sound that barra just love, they swim deeper than any of the shallow runners that I fish and they are bullet proof, said Millard. Millard uses the size 12 when chasing big fish and downsizes to the 10 when hes going finesse. Downsizing is important if you want to catch fish when the bite is shutdown. His favourite day colours are natural, silver, and spotted minnow, and he reaches for an all white X Rap at night.

Millard is definitely a disciple. It is one of the first lures that hell reach for when the barra are shut down, especially targeting fish that are sulking on the bottom. Chartreuse/orange belly and mullet are his favourite colours.

5. Twitch Bait
Storm Thunderstick (11cm) Reidys B52 Another selection of sideways dancing jerkbaits, these two are the flashiest of all Millards choices. They come into their own

7. Squidgy Slick Rig


Squidgy Slick Rig 130 These lures are the most popular barra soft plastic by miles. Millard has well and truly bought into the hype of these fish catchers, but does things a little differently. Ill rig them on an assortment of Area 51 jigheads: I use a 3/8oz in the shallows, a 3/4oz in the shallow/deep and a 1oz in the deep, said Millard. Using a combination of the Area 51 Slick Rig and Snakehead jigheads, Millard has the flexibility to rig his plastics with either the hook point exposed (Slick Rig) or weedless (Snakehead). The horses-forcourses approach allows him to tailor his lure to the conditions and area hes fishing. The tailoring and modification of the lure doesnt just end with the jighead, Millard also trims the tail wrist of the plastic to give the lure more action and hell tip the tail in dye to add colour contrast. He has two favourite colours when picking his Slick Rig; pilchard during the day, and black and gold at night.

Jonny and another Rapala X Raps loving barra.

8. Other Soft Plastics


Storm Suspending Shad (3 and 5) Berkley Hollowbelly (3 and 6) The Storm Suspending Shads dont

get much press but the barra love them. When you want to fish a plastic to barra that are suspended or inactive then try a Suspending Shad, said Millard. Millard favours two sizes, the 3 and 5, and modifies the lure by adding a size one Owner treble to the middle eyelet. Millards other favourite finesse styled

soft plastic is the Berkley Hollowbelly. More subtle and able to be worked slower than a Squidgy Slick Rig, Millard ties one on when he needs to slow things down or wants something less aggressive. The 6 is his most popular size while the 3 is a finesse sized go-to. Purple tiger is his favourite colour.

Whether unmodified or pimped to the nines Squidgy Slick Rigs catch fish and are a must have in Millards Money Box.

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Tools of the

With many anglers turning to spinning outfits to target barramundi, we decided to explore the reasons behind the move away from traditional baitcasters. Are anglers simply following the latest trend or has the mighty baitcaster had its day in the sun?

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Trade

This is where your chosen tool really comes into play, get it wrong and youre increasing the chances of the fish getting away.

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e quizzed anglers and rod builders in an attempt to answer these questions. Their responses may leave you questioning everything you thought you knew

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DESIGN


Lets start by looking at the basic differences. A baitcast rod is designed to be used with the reel sitting on top of the rod. The guides, which run along the top of the rod, are each similar in size and spaced progressively closer as they approach the tip. The underside of the rod generally has a trigger underneath the reel seat that assists with finger placement and feel. The baitcast spool releases line directly through the guides, reducing friction during casting. A baitcast spool can be stopped quickly with the application of friction (i.e. a thumb) directly to the moving spool. These design features maximise casting distance and accuracy. A spinning rod is designed to be used with the reel sitting on the underside of the rod. The guides, which run on the underside of the rod, are progressively smaller in size (the largest size guide is nearest the reel). Like the baitcast rod the guides are spaced progressively closer as they approach thetip. The (stationary) spinning reel releases line in loops through the guides. The guides, through their design, progressively choke the looping line, allowing the angler to direct their casts. These design features maximise

ease of use and versatility. Duffrods Steve Duff dissects the issue, Baitcasters have always been strong shorter rods with plenty of power and the ability to place great amounts of pressure and control to the fish. Generally they are designed with longer handles and a more moderate blank action. Spinning rods for barramundi are designed with a lot of power in the butt of the rod, but with tips that are sensitive and designed to work lures and transfer the slightest touch to the angler. Their actions, depending on the model, range depending on the needs of the angler. Daiwas Brad Sissins makes the following observation, Realistically there isnt a great deal of difference in design, its more in the componentry. Generally a spin rod will require a softer tip to cast effectively and generally needs to be longer to cast efficiently.

CAST HIM OUT!


Accuracy and distance are key factors when it comes to casting. Top anglers recognise

and reiterate the importance of putting their lure in the right position to maximise their chances. Greater casting distance equates to the lure being in the water for a greater period of time, but increases the chances of losing fish when fishing around structure. Finding the balance and understanding the best application will ultimately increase an anglers chance of success. Anglers were unanimous in their choice of outfit for accuracy baitcasters. The ability to control the spool during casting allows the angler to instantaneously stop the lure when required. Matching rods provided the optimum balance of casting distance and action. Daniel Grech shares his thoughts, I prefer baitcast outfits for fishing hardbodied lures as they allow you to work the lure with a lot more feel. The feel comes from the normally slower action rods that are used in a typical barra outfit. Baitcasters also give you more accuracy in close to mid range casts. Without a doubt, baitcast outfits offer the best lure control. By gripping the reel at all

The ability to make the correct decision, especially in a tournament situation, was based on experience and a working understanding of each outfits parameters.
times you have a direct feel of the movement of the lure, its action and when a fish is interested in it. Steve Duff breaks it down, With the high quality rods built using the best available components these days, the gap between the spin rod and the baitcaster has narrowed significantly. However a baitcaster would still offer greater casting accuracy due to the line coming straight from the spool instead of spiralling from a threadline. Casting distance on the other hand was a far more difficult conundrum to resolve. The anglers interviewed had differing views on which outfit cast further. The majority of anglers felt that they achieved greater distance with spinning gear, in particular opting for spinning tackle in open water scenarios and around weed beds. The anglers interviewed also highlighted the ability to cast a large size range of lures with very little effort. Before you eBay all your baitcasters and

Baitcaster or spin, each has its advantages and disadvantage, knowing when to use one over the other will make you a better angler.

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Fishing spin outfits in open water is a common practice these days, especially for anglers looking for maximum casting distance.

embrace this wave of change, lets look at some of the facts. When a spin outfit is cast it creates friction as the line is dispensed. This is the sound you hear as you cast. The level of friction is increased as heavier, firmer line is used. A baitcaster spool dispenses line directly through the rod guides. The friction is largely limited to the reels internal braking system (centrifugal or magnetic for example), which is the predominant sound you hear as you cast. The level of friction differs significantly between the two outfits, with spin producing a much higher level. Simply put, friction reduces casting distance. Yet many anglers are now categorically stating that spin outfits cast further the facts just dont seem to add up! So is this movement simply a reaction to the dreaded backlash experienced by baitcast users? And if so, shouldnt it be a case of a good tradesman never blaming histools? For those anglers who have had the unfortunate experience of a baitcast reel backlash the memory is unpleasant. When it occurs in the heat of tournament fishing, it can fray even the calmest of individuals. Many anglers opt to use spinning gear to combat or reduce this problem, especially when casting into wind. Daniel Grech outlines the advantages of a spin outfit, Spin reels give me the ability to cast a huge distance with medium to heavy

lures. They also allow me to work lures more aggressively, which is perfect for surface and sub surface presentations. Spin reels are also really comfortable and easy to use which allows me to work the lure effectively for longer, therefore increasing the chance of a bite. Peter Price makes his case, The benefits of using a spinning outfit are longer casting distance, the ability to cast lighter line and lures, being able to retrieve the line faster when a fish swims towards the boat, better when casting into the wind and easier on the body after several hours of casting. Steve Duff shares a similar view, Greater distance is the domain of the threadline. The use of the longer rod with a bit more tip and generally faster actioned blanks allow these rods to create greater line speed that results in longer casts with less effort. Sissins opens up a can of worms, Many anglers believe spin reels cast further. This is far from the truth; with the same weights they will both cast the same. Whether anglers wish to believe one case or the other the most important thing is that you are confident with the outfit that you are using under the conditions when you are using it. Test each outfit to find out which performs better and ask yourself why. Practice with identical weights with both setups to ascertain which outfit casts further. You will gain valuable experience

and understanding of each setup, as well as formulating your own opinion of which outfit goes the distance.

WHEN ANGRY, COUNT FOUR; WHEN VERY ANGRY, SWEAR.


When opting for an outfit anglers need to be aware of the disadvantages as well as the advantages to each setup. Those anglers who understand the limitations of a setup increase the likelihood of hooking and landing the target species. Lets start with rod length, using the ever popular 7ft rod for example. A rod this length provides greater casting distance than a shorter rod, adapts to a wide range of lure and line choices and provides good overall line and lure control. Its disadvantages are when used with heavier lures, when twitching large hardbodies and when applying pressure to a hooked fish. Lindsay Dobe compares outfits, Spin rods are generally more comfortable when fighting heavy or fast fish in open water. The trend at the moment is to have short butts and foregrips on rods. This is great for casting and working lures, but with the rods being so powerful for their physical weight, short butts can get pretty hard on the wrists if you have a prolonged fight. Its definitely a consideration when choosing a combo. Steve Duff presents the argument that modern tackle makes the rod choice less
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TOP 60 BARRA RANKINGS


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Jon Millard Peter Price Daniel Grech Scott McAuley Craig Grifths Rob Wood Kerrin Taylor Michael Weick Glen Smith Cy Taylor Brendon Barnett Elaine Sanderson Ken Stanford Nathan Chapman Matt McArthur Keith Standford Geoff Newby Phil Lyons Craig Jarvis Karim De Ridder 278 256 236 219 217 169 155 152 143 126 117 97 92 85 76 72 71 71 63 55 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Colin Brett Tom Wood Jamie Bein Greg Mitchell Bill Schloss Brad Purdy Donovan Power Jason Crofts Matt McFarlane Daryl Pead Ben Durkin Steven Wright Luke Katsaros Patrick Morgan Shane Anderson Trent Power Simon Black Stephen Pill Katie Sanderson Shane Clarke 51 51 46 44 44 44 44 42 41 40 40 39 36 35 35 34 32 32 28 26 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Spencer Troxell Jarrod Dalton Andrew Black Drew Chapman Zac McFarlane Mick Jones Jacob Jones Nathan Smythe Quintin Maclean Brian Rake Jake Schwerin Gary Leather Shane Sanderson Dustin Sippel Noel Lobban Rick Napier Clayton Walker Jason Wilhelm Alan McNamara Beau Jarvis 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 22 22 21 21 21 18 17 16 16 15 15 15

BARRA EARNINGS 2012*


Cy Taylor Kerrin Taylor Jason Wilhelm Scott McAuley Jon Millard Alan McNamara Daniel Grech Craig Grifths Dean Silvester Simon Barkhuizen Peter Price Jason Crofts Jake Schwerin Matt Coleman Kris George Jock McPherson Jason Ehrlich Matthew Mott John Schoeld Phil Strader (USA) Carl Jocumsen Nigel Webster $12,510 $11,155 $7,100 $5,025 $3,930 $3,400 $3,360 $2,700 $2,600 $2,600 $2,500 $2,400 $2,150 $1,950 $1,900 $1,750 $1,650 $1,600 $1,500 $1,500 $1,400 $1,200 Mike Connolly Rob Wood Darren Lewis Harry Watson Chris Nagiello Heath Craven Lindsay Dobe Michael Starkey Mike North (USA) Kerry Symes Les Reibelt Nathan Ruth Paul McKay Spencer Troxell Tyson Robertson Warren Adams Willem Reichard Donovan Power Gareth Dunwoodie Jarrod Dalton Kevin Hulse Rick Napier $1,100 $1,050 $1,000 $1,000 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900 $800 $800 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 Rodney Collings Steve Kanowski Daryl Pead Nathan Champan Andy Thomson Barry Collett Ben Platten Craig Simmons Issac Toivanen Katie Sanderson Matthew Murray Michael Schneider Phill Lyons Steve Blaney Trent Power Gavin Dunne Aaron Mogg Jason Medcalf Keegan Hayden Lance Richards Trevor Cassidy $600 $600 $550 $550 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $450 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400
*Money earners over $400 published.

TOTAL EARNINGS
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Baitcasters are generally used in the rod tip down position making them ideal for twitch lures, in particular hardbodies.

open water into a weed edge. The focus is casting distance and retrieval speed. You want to show your lure to as many fish as possible each cast and alternate your retrieval speed with your soft plastic presentation. The wind is slight, but directly in your face. This scenario presents a number of options. A 66-7 spin outfit matched with the correct reel and line allows you to generate the necessary casting distance. The reel provides the ideal ratio for alternating your retrieves. The open territory does not appear to be inundated with snags, thereby allowing more line in the water with less risk. Alternatively a 66-7 slow action baitcaster outfit provides similar benefits depending on wind and lure weight. The key is not letting your individual outfit preference dictate the terms of your approach. Your approach needs to dictate the terms! The simple truth is that a few people used spin gear to target barramundi and promoted that you can catch barra on spin gear and everyone followed as a trend. Anglers are like that, even though it is not an efficient form of angling, Sissins plays a straight bait on tackle choices.

THE ART OF BALANCE


Using a balanced outfit is important. It will only impede your objectives if your outfit is set up incorrectly. Many tackle supply companies now sell ready to use rod and reel combinations, helping to take the guesswork out of the equation. So how does one go about putting together a balanced outfit? Lets look at this question from the anglers perspective, by asking Peter Price his thoughts. I basically start with the rod, I pick the rod depending on what I want to be able to do with it, for example tweak hardbodies. Then, based on the species/size of the target fish, I chose the line size and then match it with a reel suitable to that line type. I basically try to keep the overall weight of the combination down to a minimum, as the heavier the combo used the less feel you receive and the greater the effort required to use it. With a spinning outfit I like to have my rods balanced. I dont like tip heavy rods because I like to hold the rod tip up when slow rolling lures for better hook up rates. So I will select the size of the reel to get the balance I like, with the rule being the lighter the better. With a baitcaster outfit I like low profile reels with smooth drag and with a high gear ratio speed of at least 6:1. I prefer

imperative, I dont believe anglers put themselves at a disadvantage when using spin gear in tight cover as the updated reels and components on the rods these days allow the angler to recover line quickly and pull fish from cover. Especially with the technology available in the modern day blanks being super light with additional strength and tapers that are built for single purposes. Lets examine this point closer by looking at two scenarios. First scenario, you are fishing heavy, snag laden country. You are expecting to be casting short distances and attempting to land fish under extreme duress. The lure of the moment is a hardbody. The key is having an outfit that can apply the required pressure
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to hook the fish and dictate the terms of the fight. An ideal solution is a medium to heavy baitcaster outfit. It will provide the accuracy needed to cast in amongst the snags, the ability to work the lure effectively and the necessary action to extract the fish from its lair. Dobe is a traditionalist, but understands the importance of adapting to a situation, For me generally I use baitcasters for all barra type work unless Im casting really light baits or jig style fishing. If I want longer casts I simply use a longer baitcast outfit. For heavy cover where accuracy is premium and you are only casting shorter distances I use a shorter setup. In the second scenario, you are fishing

to wind my reel handle slower for a required lure speed than having to wind flat out. Having an unbalanced outfit is like trying to seesaw with your little sister. It will only end in tears. A balanced outfit is exactly that, balanced. See your casts and accuracy improve with the right pairing.

SHES SO POPULAR
If the grapevine is to be believed and spin is the new black, then what rods are the manufacturers and suppliers being inundated with orders for? Surely the waiting list is as long as betting queues on Melbourne Cup day? The truth of the matter is that current tournament trends and techniques dont necessarily impact traditional markets as quickly or heavily as perceived. For the angler who fishes only a handful of times per year the notion of updating an outfit to increase casting distance or facilitate a style of fishing are largely disregarded. Sissins with the sales breakdown, Baitcaster rods are 10 to 1 when it comes to sales. The main reason is 99% of anglers who fish for barra dont fish tournaments; they fish for fun and sport and realise they do not require a spin rod. Duff offers an alternative view, The spin outfit is now the most popular rod we build for targeting barra. Spin rods are viewed as being the most universal rod for casting lures of all types. From our sales perspective most anglers would prefer the ease of use a spinning rod offers. As with all tournament style fishing the fish are being pressured more by anglers. The spinning rod accommodates the light line necessary to get the bites in these situations. It also allows the angler to use reels with larger spools to gain more line back on the fish and to give line to the fish when needed. The lures are now constructed of lighter material and the spinning rod allows a greater ease of casting light lures. Top water fishing is such a popular way to fish for barramundi, that spinning rods come into its own here for imparting action to the lure. Ultimately the benefits and versatility of using multiple outfits provides a kaleidoscope of options for the tournament angler to explore. Harnessing the tools at your disposal will give you the added edge, regardless of the situation.

asked our contributors to nominate their favourite outfits. Contributors had to name just one outfit choice for barramundi angling and the reason for their preferences. Daniel Grech It would have to be the 66 ACM Barra caster, matched with a Daiwa Zillion and 30lb Suffix 832. It is a great all round combo that can handle all sizes of fish with ease. The rods length and slow action means it is more suited to larger lures, but when it comes to casting both distance and accuracy, it is a sniper rifle. Peter Price My favourite outfit is a 59 8kg Live Fibre Venom teamed with a 300E Shimano Curado spooled with 20lb Sunline PE braid and 45lb Schneider leader. For bigger barra I like to aggressively work Reidys Big B52 and the shorter stiffer rod allows me to crack the braid and add action to the lure. The bigger reel has more line capacity, which I like because sometimes it will give you time to remove the anchor and chase the fish. Craig Griffiths The baitcast outfit is a Dobyns 68, 10-17lb fast action rod teamed with a Calais reel spooled with 20-30lb braid. Brad Sissins Baitcaster in 66 to 610. Accuracy, control and distance. Steve Duff A Duffrods X-812sp, 69 4-8kg fast action spinning rod. I can use this rod in all situations. It covers topwater,

plastics and hardbaits with ease. Its got plenty of power but still with a tip sensitive to impart all the action required to work larger style lures. Its also my best selling spinning rod for the barra market. Given that the majority of anglers questioned nominated a baitcast outfit as their chosen outfit, the demise of the baitcaster appears to be extremely premature. While all the contributing anglers use spinning outfits, what was most evident was their understanding of when and where to employ each outfit. The ability to make the correct decision, especially in a tournament situation, was based on experience and a working understanding of each outfits parameters.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE


The use of spinning gear for barramundi may simply be the eternal quest for the latest and greatest, the promise of a new dimension to tournament angling. It shouldnt be spoken of in revered whispers, rather it should be seen for what it is, a welcome addition to an anglers arsenal that complements the existing tried and tested equipment. For anglers toying with the idea of overhauling their barramundi outfits just remember the adage that when your tools are your trade, dont trade your tools!

Spin outfits on the other hand are a best used with the rod tip up making them more comfortable for less worked retrieves.

PLAYING FAVOURITES
With the huge array of information and equipment available to todays anglers, we
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barra earnings, rankings & records


he JM Gilles BARRA Tour bounced back with a vengeance in 2012 with hot bites and eager young barra giving anglers the fishing fix theyd been sorely missing for the last couple of years. Peter Price (Faust & Monduran), Scott McAuley (Awoonga) and Daryl Pead reigned supreme as event champions for 2012, while Peter Price topped off his hot tour by claiming the BARRA Tour AOY Title. While Jon Millard secured the Northern BARRA Tour AOY, and his team mate Daniel Grech the Southern BARRA Tour AOY title. The southern stops of the tour showed theyve recovered from the floods and loss of fish, with Awoonga delivering the majority of teams fish, while the usually most-frugal round of the tour, Lake Monduran, saw a record number of fish weighed in. While the XOS fish of past tours are thinner on the ground for anglers, the throng of aggressive eager young barra keen to eat lures bodes well for next years tour. Claiming the lions share of the prize money on the tour was Peter Price ($1400), while Daniel Grech ($1250) and Jon Millard ($950) cashed in also to finish the year on a high.

Jon Millard finished the year as the number one ranked BARRA angler, while last years number ranked angler Kerrin Taylor slipped to 7th. The real mover and shaker in rankings was Peter Price who stormed through from 10th to 2nd courtesy of a hot 2012, while his team mate Scott McAuley had an equally impressive march up the rankings ladder from 15th to 4th. For further records visit www. australianbarra.com.au

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BARRA Angler of the Year


2005 Gavin Dunne (457/500 pts) 2006 Kerrin Taylor (381/400 pts) 2007 Cy Taylor (366/400 pts) 2008 Cy Taylor (396/400 pts) 2009 Cy Taylor (397/400 pts) 2010 Kerrin Taylor (298/300 pts) 2011 Jon Millard (297/300 pts) 2012 Peter Price (297/300 pts)

2008 Cy Taylor (297/300 pts) 2009 Jason Wilhelm (287/300 pts) 2010 Kerrin Taylor (298/300 pts) 2011 Peter Price (285/300 pts) 2012 Daniel Grech (198/200 pts)

Biggest Barra in an Event


Peter Price (130cm), 2011 Peter Faust Evening Event

Biggest Barra at each Venue


Tinaroo Warren Adams (118cm), 2005. Faust Peter Price (130cm), 2011. Teemburra Rodney Collings (110cm), 2005. Awoonga Jason Crofts (126cm), 2009. Monduran Rick Napier (124cm), 2009.

Barra Angler of the Year Nth Tour


2006 Kerrin Taylor (282/300 pts) 2007 Matt Coleman (277/300 pts) 2008 Jason Crofts (197/200 pts) 2009 Cy Taylor (200/200 pts) 2010 Jason Wilhelm (192/200 pts) 2011 Rob Wood (197/200 pts) 2012 Jon Millard (197/200)

Biggest Bag in an Event


5 Fish Limit Daniel Grech (5/5, 583cm), Lake Awoonga, 2009. 10 Fish Limit Jason Wilhelm (10/10, 1010cm), Lake Awoonga, 2009.

Barra Angler of the Year Sth Tour


2006 Jason Medcalf (278/300 pts) 2007 Phil Strader (USA) (278/300 pts)

Biggest Bag at each Venue


Tinaroo Kerrin Taylor (5/5, 363cm), 2006. Kerrin Taylor (6/10, 448cm), 2006. Faust - Kerrin Taylor (4/5, 405cm), 2006. Craig Griffiths (9/10, 866cm), 2011. Teemburra - Rodney Collings (5/5, 482cm), 2005. Cy Taylor (10/10, 732cm), 2009. Awoonga - Daniel Grech (5/5, 583cm), 2009. Jason Wilhelm (10/10, 1010cm), 2009. Monduran - Steve Kanowski (5/5, 411cm), 2006. John Schofield (6/10, 548cm), 2006.

Most BARRA Event Wins


Cy Taylor (7)

Most Barra in an Event


231 barramundi for 15,686cm between 64 anglers at Teemburra, 2009. (fish) 229 barramundi for 21,993cm between 58 anglers at Lake Awoonga, 2009. (length)

Most Barra at each Venue


Tinaroo 20 barramundi for 1,598cm between 28 anglers, 2006. Faust 124 barramundi for 7,885cm between 54 anglers, 2009. Teemburra - 231 barramundi for 15,686cm between 64 anglers, 2009. Awoonga 229 barramundi for 21,993cm between 58 anglers, 2009. Monduran - 100 barramundi for 5,207cm between 20 anglers, 2012.
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TOP 60 BARRA rankings


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Jon Millard Peter Price Daniel Grech Scott McAuley Craig Griffiths Rob Wood Kerrin Taylor Michael Weick Glen Smith Cy Taylor Brendon Barnett Elaine Sanderson Ken Stanford Nathan Chapman Matt McArthur Keith Standford Geoff Newby Phil Lyons Craig Jarvis Karim De Ridder 278 256 236 219 217 169 155 152 143 126 117 97 92 85 76 72 71 71 63 55 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Colin Brett Tom Wood Jamie Bein Greg Mitchell Bill Schloss Brad Purdy Donovan Power Jason Crofts Matt McFarlane Daryl Pead Ben Durkin Steven Wright Luke Katsaros Patrick Morgan Shane Anderson Trent Power Simon Black Stephen Pill Katie Sanderson Shane Clarke 51 51 46 44 44 44 44 42 41 40 40 39 36 35 35 34 32 32 28 26 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Spencer Troxell Jarrod Dalton Andrew Black Drew Chapman Zac McFarlane Mick Jones Jacob Jones Nathan Smythe Quintin Maclean Brian Rake Jake Schwerin Gary Leather Shane Sanderson Dustin Sippel Noel Lobban Rick Napier Clayton Walker Jason Wilhelm Alan McNamara Beau Jarvis 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 22 22 21 21 21 18 17 16 16 15 15 15

Barra Earnings 2012*


Cy Taylor Kerrin Taylor Jason Wilhelm Scott McAuley Jon Millard Alan McNamara Daniel Grech Craig Griffiths Dean Silvester Simon Barkhuizen Peter Price Jason Crofts Jake Schwerin Matt Coleman Kris George Jock McPherson Jason Ehrlich Matthew Mott John Schofield Phil Strader (USA) Carl Jocumsen Nigel Webster $12,510 $11,155 $7,100 $5,025 $3,930 $3,400 $3,360 $2,700 $2,600 $2,600 $2,500 $2,400 $2,150 $1,950 $1,900 $1,750 $1,650 $1,600 $1,500 $1,500 $1,400 $1,200 Mike Connolly Rob Wood Darren Lewis Harry Watson Chris Nagiello Heath Craven Lindsay Dobe Michael Starkey Mike North (USA) Kerry Symes Les Reibelt Nathan Ruth Paul McKay Spencer Troxell Tyson Robertson Warren Adams Willem Reichard Donovan Power Gareth Dunwoodie Jarrod Dalton Kevin Hulse Rick Napier $1,100 $1,050 $1,000 $1,000 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900 $800 $800 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 Rodney Collings Steve Kanowski Daryl Pead Nathan Champan Andy Thomson Barry Collett Ben Platten Craig Simmons Issac Toivanen Katie Sanderson Matthew Murray Michael Schneider Phill Lyons Steve Blaney Trent Power Gavin Dunne Aaron Mogg Jason Medcalf Keegan Hayden Lance Richards Trevor Cassidy $600 $600 $550 $550 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $450 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400
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Total Earnings
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Club Marine
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MERCURY
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HOBIE
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Strike Pro
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TiCA
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TiCA
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TT Lures
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Pontoon 21
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DATE 16-17 Feb 20-21 Apr 15-16 Jun 17-18 Aug

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LOCATION Glenbawn Dam Lake St Clair Lake Boondooma Somerset Dam

EVENT BASS Qualifier #1 BASS Qualifier #2 BASS Qualifier #3 BASS Qualifier #4

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NOTE: A $100 (cash only) Option Up (Boater & Non-Boater) is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2013 rules are available online at www. bream.com.au or by calling ABT on (07) 3387 0888 during business hours.

Entries close on the last mail on Friday the week before the tournament - late entries accepted at ABTs discretion with a 20% surcharge. Entries are not accepted without payment and payment is not accepted without an entry form. ABT has the right to exercise discretion in accordance to

the rules. Due to credit card charges an additional amount of 3% will be incurred for credit card payments. If you are a not an ABT member please include a completed membership form and payment with this entry form. Please ensure all relevant boat insurance and registration is up to date before the event.

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Note: A $50 (cash only) Option Up is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2013 rules are available online at www. bream.com.au or by calling ABT on (07) 3387 0888 during business hours. Entries close on the last mail on Friday the week before the tournament - late entries accepted at ABTs discretion. Entries are not accepted without payment and payment is not accepted without an entry form. ABT has the right to exercise discretion in accordance to the rules. Due to credit card charges an additional amount of 3% will be incurred for credit card payments. If you are a not an ABT member please include a completed membership form and payment with this entry form.

Entry lists published and updated on www.bream.com.au

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Tournament Entry Form


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One form per event Guaranteed entries: Boater and Non-boater use the SAME FORM
EVENT BREAM Qualifier #1 BREAM Qualifier #2 BREAM Qualifier #3 BREAM Qualifier #4 BREAM Qualifier #5 BREAM Qualifier #6 BREAM Qualifier #7 BREAM Qualifier #8
Entries close on the last mail on Friday the week before the tournament - late entries accepted at ABTs discretion with a 20% surcharge. Entries are not accepted without payment and payment is not accepted without an entry form. ABT has the right to exercise discretion in accordance to

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the rules. Due to credit card charges an additional amount of 3% will be incurred for credit card payments. If you are a not an ABT member please include a completed membership form and payment with this entry form. Please ensure all relevant boat insurance and registration is up to date before the event.

NOTE: A $100 (cash only) Option Up (Boater & Non-Boater) is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2013 rules are available online at www. bream.com.au or by calling ABT on (07) 3387 0888 during business hours.

TICK ONE THEN FILL OUT THE SECTION BELOW. A BOATER AND NON BOATER ENTERING ON THE SAME FORM WITH PAYMENT INCLUDED WILL BE GUARANTEED A START - EVEN THOUGH THEY DONT FISH TOGETHER.

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cheques or postal oder made out to ABT current member

Credit card details (Visa or Mastercard Only) Expiry Date ______/______ Card No___________/___________/___________/_______ Amount (+3% processing fee) $________________________ Sign _____________________________________________

Credit card details (Visa or Mastercard Only) Expiry Date ______/______ Card No_________/__________/___________/_________ Amount (+3% processing fee) $_______________________ Sign ____________________________________________

Entry lists published and updated on www.bream.com.au

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