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EXTRAS
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BASS
Dirty Water Bassin Topwater Action Deep Crankin Tips

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Lightline Tactics Topwaters Exposed 2012 BARRA Tour

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The big picTure


anglers fishing the best events with the goal of becoming the best. While the boom in events, especially teams events, may initially seem to provide more opportunities to achieve these goals, in reality do they achieve the big picture outcomes for the sport as a whole and for the individual? From a stewardship point of view I dont think they necessarily do. Granted they drive equipment sales, expansion in angler numbers, deliver an income and business to many, (ABT included) but they have limitations in what they can achieve. These include; limited individual accolades and the ability to promote and sell the individual as a brand, and a reduced cross pollination of ideas, techniques, and talent. All these are desirable components of the sport that you dont want to dilute or stifle, and are ones that have always been at the forefront of ABTs operation since it ran its first event in 1999. Tournament season 2012 is very much about reaffirming these objectives. Our pathway concept of turning the first-time non-boater into an eventual AFC angler is as strong now as it has ever been. For anglers getting started in tournament fishing, ABT is the only place where you get the chance to share a boat with the likes of Tim Morgan, Tristan Taylor, or Steve Kanowski an opportunity that is available only via boater/non-boater events, and one that is worth a hundred magazine articles or online interviews! For those who want to challenge themselves on the biggest stage (boater) and strive to be the best, the Daiwa BREAM Series, Daiwa BREAM Australian Open, and Smak Lures BASS Pro Series offer the ultimate test. It gives you the best of the best fishing in the most competitive series Australia has to offer. If you strive to fish against the best and be the best, ABT is the only place for you. 8 TOURNAMENT ANGLER GUIDE 12

TournamenT SeaSon 2012

BT events have always been about providing anglers with the ultimate tournament experience. The best

So lets look at whats in store for competitors in 2012 and the rewards that are on offer for anglers keen to do battle and come out on top.

THE FULL WRAP


ABT takes its event coverage up a notch with the live streaming of our BREAM events, revised full-colour post-event write ups in Fishing Monthly, and associated media partners delivering unprecedented event and angler coverage. If you finish first or second as a boater, or win as a non-boater, youll receive full exposure in our write-ups on what you did and how you did it. Daiwa Australia, lureandfly.com and a host of ABTs sponsors will have a strong focus on ABT in 2012, with the events, results and anglers prominent in their tournament media. The ultimate promotion and media exposure for anglers is via AFC, and ABT events of course are the only pathway there. If youre looking for maximum exposure and more bang for your buck, ABT events are for you.

BREAM
The Daiwa BREAM Series follows the less is more approach for the new season with eight qualifying events plus a Grand Final. Each event will receive the live stream treatment, with live scoreboard, audio and video delivering unrivaled event exposure. The BREAM Grand Final Week returns to Queensland in 2012, with Bribie Island (BREAM Grand Final), and the Gold Coast (BREAM Classic Championship) playing host to the week-long bream feast. The Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series returns and now includes ABT-run qualifier and state title events as well as a select number of rounds integrated into many of the BREAM Classic events run throughout the country. Victorias Bemm River is the venue for the Grand Final, with east Victoria bream host spot playing host to Hobie road show in November.

WITH THANKS
As we head into a new tournament season, I would like to thank those who have helped us get to where we are today and who are continuing to help us provide the best tournament experience possible. To the ABT staff Chris and Elliot and to all our casuals, thank-you for your professionalism and focus on what we do. To the crew at lureandfly.com, thank-you for you efforts in 2011 and also for what we have planned for 2012. To our sponsors, your input is never taken for

BASS
With competitors holding their heads high following a red-hot Grand Final at Boondooma, anglers will be keen to hit the water at Boondooma in February for the opening round of the Smak Lures BASS Pro Series. Four qualifying rounds, a Grand Final (St Clair), and Megabass BASS Megabucks (Glenbawn) make up the season for BASS Pro anglers. Blue Fin Boats will once again headline the BASS Electric Series.

BARRA
After a quiet tour last year the BMA BARRA Tour is returning with a vengeance in 2012, with the series streamlined to four events and split into a northern and southern tour. Scheduled three months apart and hitting the lakes on the full moon, it will mean more manageable time away from home and work to fish the events, and will see anglers fishing the dams at their peak bite times. With another year of recovery after the floods of 2011, the dams and the BARRA Tour should be ready to fire in 2012.

granted. Without it ABT and tournament fishing in Australia wouldnt be at the level that it is today. So there you have it, the plan for 2012. So sit back enjoy the latest issue of the ABT Tournament Angler Guide, and remember if youre looking for the ultimate tournament experience, ABT is the place for you.

Simon Goldsmith Tournament Angler Guide and ABT Tournament Director.

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12 18 24 32 44 50 55 62 70 78 84 92 100 110 116 126 132 138 153 Busting Down the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Simon Goldsmith How Shallow Art Thou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elliot Fooks Drop and Give Me Five . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Seeto Master Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Sutcliffe Run n Gun or Stay n Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Carpenter Show us Your Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Morgan BREAM Records, Earnings & Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT Macquarie Madness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grayson Fong A Perfect Score . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Carpenter Talking Heads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Byrnes Time to Rise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dean Silvester Dirty Water Bassin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tri Vi Ton Digging Deeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Simon Goldsmith Head to Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elliot Fooks BASS Records, Earnings & Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT Exploding the Myth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Booth The Lighter Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Grech BARRA Records, Earnings & Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT ABT Entry and Membership Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABT
3. available. They do more than just look cool on the back of the boat in the right hands they can be a deadly tool. The idea behind the Power-Pole and the Minn Kota Talon is quiet, shallow water angling. Stopping mid-drift with these shallow water anchors can give you the time to unhook fish or pepper areas that may have a school of fish holding in a particular zone. But what if you cant afford a shallow water anchor? Steve Morgan has the answer. I know it sounds odd but before we had shallow water anchoring systems we simply trimmed down our outboard, he said. Just dont do it on the rocks!

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EXTRAS
Run n Gun Action Planning to Win A Perfect Score

BASS
Dirty Water Bassin Topwater Action Deep Crankin Tips

BARRA
Lightline Tactics Topwaters Exposed 2012 BARRA Tour

BREAM
Shallow Water Secrets Kayak Grand Final One Box Special
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COVER: 2011 Daiwa - Hobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final Winner Daniel Brown
Glass boats have the edge over non-glass boats in the shallows, with their shallow draft and quieter presence producing more fish.

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A winning day on the water starts a long time before the day itself, but just how long varies from angler to angler. Here, five of the most successful fisherman on the ABT BREAM tour share their plans.

St Helens is shallow water heaven for breamers, Jordan Trustys big smile is proof of that.

TIPS FOR YOUNG PLAYERS


In tournament fishing its not uncommon for anglers to push themselves to the limit, but in the shallows it pays to know when to stay and when to go. Anglers need to be in tune with the areas theyre fishing and know what the tide is doing. Of course, they also need to know how much water their boat needs to run though or be pushed through. We have all seen someone who has stayed in shallow water for a little too long and have been stuck until the next high tide (many of us have done it ourselves). Knowing your boat, the area that youre fishing and what the tide is doing are three key ingredients to keep you fishing. It pays to learn them.

ThINkING OUTSIdE ThE SqUARE


Tournament angling is an ever-changing game and there are new tools being developed every day, so why not skip buying
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that next rod and take a look at the rest of your bream fishing arsenal? Think wider than just your standard tackle, because it may just prove to be the final piece of the puzzle. As ABT anglers we are lucky to be able to

benefit from the lessons learnt in all three sides (BREAM, BASS, BARRA) of our sport, and sometimes one of these other branches may have tips or tricks that could improve your next tournament result.

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eve all seen it someone giving Derwent River in Tasmania. He loves his a short speech, thanking their black bream, as you can tell. sponsors, perhaps giving credit Szarn Tink A resident of WA, Szarn to a long-suffering spouse for putting up has been known to pop up (and earn top with all the weekends away from home 10 places) at tournaments all over the and the strong smell of Gulp in the garage; country both as a boater and non-boater. then grinning as they hold up an oversized However, its in WA where hes enjoyed the novelty cheque. most success, and has been the states And all the while, as we smile and AOY several times. applaud their efforts (so what if they beat Wayne Reed Wayne has become us by 3kg?), were thinking, Why cant I something of a fixture on the BREAM circuit, do that? fishing in as many competitions as he can Well, heres some good news for the both individually and as part of a team. He terminally and partner Adrian Neoh shook up the field SIDE IMAGING SONAR: Amazingly envious: you can do it. It just takes time and a bit of work. Because, as at the 2007 Bing Lee BREAM Australian BREAM GRAND FINAL 2010 BARRA CLASSIC 2011 clear, picture-like images of fish, the successful anglers will all tell AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2011 what CLASSIC BARRA these five you, HICKSON with TEAM is still a record bag for KRIS Open SHAUN CLANCY BASS GRAND FINAL 2011 bottom and structure. With massive for that speech can start days, preparing Sydney Harbour a massive 6.18kg. As an MATTHEW MOTT weeks, before they individual, he finished 5th in the 2010 Daiwa coverage of 146 metres from side to side, or even months NATIONAL TEAMS ever BREAM make a BREAM Grand Final. GRAND FINAL you can scan in mere minutes what use cast in a tournament. 2011 KRIS HICKSON, DANIEL BROWN Kris Hickson Still ridiculously young to to take hours. THE CREW have had as much success as he has, Kris Here are the fishermen who will be sharing is an angler to be reckoned with in just their secrets for the perfect tournament day: about any competition he enters, and has Cameron Whittam The 2011 Lowrance gradually risen up the BREAM rankings in Victoria BREAM AOY, Cam has been the past couple of years. He also finished fishing for years (hes a former casting a very close 2nd in the 2011 BREAM AOY CHRIS WRIGHT - Tournament Angler Distributed exclusively by champion, too), and has recently started rankings and won the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Since using Humminbird I have found more fish and to enjoy regular success in ABT BREAM Australian Open. structure than ever before. To see fish out the side of tournaments, winning the 2011 Gippsland Tristan Taylor Tristan is a dentist and the boat on Side Imaging, cast to them and land them boatinglifestyleadventure round and also in recent years, his smile has looked like is something I have never seen before. For the first timefinishing third on the

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The race for the 2011 Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Angler of the Year title was always going to be a marathon. Twenty-five events scattered throughout NSW and Queensland, reduced down to an anglers best five results meant it was always going to be close.

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THE L WORD Here are my go-to lures when deep cranking. 1. Rapala DT10 2. HideUp HU-300 3. Megabass DD Griffon 6CC 4. Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR 5. Imakatsu IK-250 6. Evergreen Combat Crank Flatside 7. OSP Blitz Max DR

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out in the deep and cast as far as you could towards the island, then engage the reel and slowly crank the lure back. The hits came anywhere during the retrieve, but more often than not came as the lure swam over the edge into the deeper water. If the fish moved a little deeper simply immersing the rod half way into the water gave the lure a couple more feet in running depth, and was often enough to reach the fish that you had been missing.

Stalling the lure cloSe to Structure, Speeding the retrieve up to elicit a reaction from a fiSh, and twitching the lure to replicated an injured bait fiSh all payS dividendS
will deliver longer casts and allow you to cover more water. How you use the rod, both on the cast, the retrieve and during the fight is important. For close quarters work I prefer to use flat, side and underhand casts to deliver greater line control, particularly when fishing tight to timber, while for longer work Im more incline to use overhead and casts to get more distance. The rod position largely remains the same regardless, with a rod tip down and rod to the side holding position delivering optimum contact and feel of the lure. The positioning of the rod also allows the slow taper of the rod to do its thing when a fish bites. Namely not sling shot the lure out of the fishs mouth when it hits the lure. The taper also allows the rod to progressively through the blank, cushioning the fight of hooked fish. The outcome is more bass landed and less dropped fish.

Grab your Gear were GoinG SwiMMinG


While on-water adjustments such as this with your tackle can deliver small improvements its in the initial selection of tackle where the most benefits can be made. Rod selection is the first piece to the puzzle, with slow and regular taper rods the best for the job. The more reserved action of these style of rods minimises the chances of pulling hooks on fish and facilitates a better hook-up rate. For short distance works rod in the 6 to 66 prevail, while for longer work 66 and longer
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iS THaT reeLy wHaT you wanT?


Reel selection is best described as slow, with slow ratio reels the way to go. For baitcasters 6.3:1 or preferably slower are the preferred choices, while for spin reels 4.8:1 is the maximum ratio you want to go with. The line you put on the reels is always a point of contention and is best left to personal preference. Personally I like to use the lightest and thinnest PE that is suitable to the fish and location that Im fishing. 12lb Daiwa Hyper PE is my go-to choice at present, with a 10-14lb

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2011 was a watershed year for shane anderson. The Bundaberg basser claimed the inaugural Bass electric aoy crown by the narrowest of margins (1 point) over dave Trinder.

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Daiwa BREAM SERIES

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The Daiwa BREAM Series is the premier bream circuit in the country, and the only pathway to AFC and the title of Australias best breamer. Eight qualifying events throughout the country allow you to fish as a boater (with a boat) or as a non boater (randomly paired with a boating angler) and qualify for the biggest event of season the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final, where you can win a Basscat / Mercury boat. All events in 2012 will be live-streamed on www.bream.com.au, with a live, scoreboard, vision and audio delivering anglers unprecedented exposure, a bonus for both anglers and sponsors alike. From the competitive elite to tournament fishing new comers the Daiwa BREAM Series is the ultimate series to test your skills or develop your skills. So dont sit on the sidelines in 2012 get breaming and get competing. BREAM Qualifiers Boater $200, Non Boater $100.

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DATE 11-13 Jan 21-22 Jan 11-12 Feb 10-11 Mar 23-25 Mar 31 Mar - 1 Apr 5-6 May 19-20 May 16-17 Jun 14-15 Jul 11-12 Aug 17 Aug 19-21 Oct 3-4 Nov 9-11 Nov STATE NSW SA VIC NSW QLD TAS WA NSW QLD NSW QLD QLD QLD QLD QLD LOCATION Sydney Harbour Glenelg River Mallacoota Forster Moreton Bay Derwent River Albany St Georges Basin Tweed River Lake Macquarie Bribie Island Gold Coast Moreton Bay Gold Coast Sth Bribie Island EvENT BREAM Australian Open BREAM Qualifier #1 BREAM Qualifier #2 BREAM Megabucks TTS BREAM Invitational BREAM Qualifier #3 BREAM Qualifier #4 BREAM Qualifier #5 BREAM Qualifier #6 BREAM Qualifier #7 BREAM Qualifier #8 BREAM Pro-Am (Conference) BREAM Queensland Open BREAM Classic Championship BREAM Grand Final Shimano Strike Pro Hobie Atomic FINS Braid Ecogear ABT Humminbird Evinrude Daiwa SPONSOR Daiwa Mercury Rapala Minn Kota

BReAM KAYAK sERIEs


EvENT Qualifier SA State Titles + WQ1 Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier + WQ2 DAYS 1 2 1 1 2 ORGANISER WEB GTS ABT SSBS WA Classics SSBS ABT ABT ABT GTS ABT WA Classics SSBS ABT GTS ABT GTS VBC ABT ABT www.gamakatsu.com.au/gts www.bream.com.au www.ssbs.basinlureandfly.org.au www.wabreamclassics.com.au www.ssbs.basinlureandfly.org.au www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au www.bream.com.au www.gamakatsu.com.au/gts www.bream.com.au www.wabreamclassics.com.au www.ssbs.basinlureandfly.org.au www.bream.com.au www.gamakatsu.com.au/gts www.bream.com.au www.gamakatsu.com.au/gts www.vicbreamclassics.com.au www.bream.com.au Note: no prefish for 2 weeks

DATE 8 Jan 21-22 Jan 29 Jan 12 Feb

STATE LOCATION NSW SA NSW WA Forster Glenelg River Georges River Swan River St Georges Basin Marlo Forster Swan River Clarence River Albany Mandurah Mallacoota Tweed River Gold Coast Bribie Island Ballina Mallacoota Narrabeen Lake Bemm River

18-19 Feb NSW 25-26 Feb VIC 10-11 Mar NSW 28-29 Mar TAS 29 Apr 5-6 May 20 May NSW WA WA

VIC State Titles + WQ3 2 NSW State Titles Tas State Titles Qualifier Wa State Titles Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1

26-27 May VIC 16-17 Jun QLD 8 Jul QLD

11-12 Aug QLD 30 Sep 13-14 Oct 27-28 Oct NSW VIC NSW

QLD State Titles + WQ4 2 Qualifier Qualifier Qualifier Grand Final 1 2 2 2

Daiwa-HoBie BREAM KAYAK SERIES


2012 sees the series expand to include a host of new tournament arenas, events and format types. 18 events make up the series, and include events run by ABT (State Title & Qualifier events) and selected BREAM Classic organizers. WA, SA, VIC, TAS, NSW and QLD play host to rounds, with the pinnacle event of the series, the Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final hitting the Bemm River, Vic, in November. The final will once again receive the full Hobie treatment with anglers fishing from factory supplied Hobie kayaks. The series shapes up to be exciting and one not to be missed for keen breamers and kayakers. Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak - $100, Pro additional $50 cash. (ABT Qualifiers & State Title Events)

17-18 Nov VIC

BASS ELECtRIC sERIEs


DATE 4/5 Feb 11-12Feb 4 Mar 4Mar 10/11Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar LOCATION Cania Dam Danjeera Dam Lake McDonald Lostock Dam Brogo Dam Cressbrook Dam Clarrie Hall Dam EvENT BASS Electric Series #1 BASS Electric Series #2 BASS Electric Series #3 BASS Electric Series #4 BASS Electric Series #5 BASS Electric Series #6 BASS Electric Series #7 BASS Electric Series #8 BASS Electric Series #9 DIRECTOR Chris Horne Dave Mann Paul Fleming David Mudd Dave Mann Brad Clark Tony Payne Adrian Melchior Dave Mann Gary Leather ABT Rory Saint ABT Brad Clark ABT ABT Tony Payne Daniel Malloy Chris Horne ABT ABT Paul Fleming ABT Gary Leather Brad Clark ABT CONTACT 0410 716 701 0417 232 652 0488 232 249 0409 711 064 0417 232 652 0448 588 955 0409 260 977 0415 587 900 0417 232 652 (07) 4153 4747 (07) 3387 0888 0415 445 142 (07) 3387 0888 0448 588 955 (07) 3387 0888 (07) 3387 0888 0409 260 977 0413 771 355 0410 716 701 (07) 3387 0888 (07) 3387 0888 0488 232 249 (07) 3387 0888 (07) 4153 4747 0448 588 955 (07) 3387 0888 EvENT TIMES 12-6pm / 5.30-11.30am 1-7pm / 6.30am-12.30pm 6.30am-12.30pm 7am-1pm 12-6pm / 6.30am-12.30pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 1-7pm / 5.30am-11.30am 11am-5pm / 7am-1pm 6am-12pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm 6.30am-12.30pm 7am-1pm 6am-12pm 7am-1pm 7am-1pm

31 Mar-1 Apr Toonumba Dam 31 Mar-1 Apr Danjeera Dam 15 Apr 6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May 10 Jun 17 Jun

Isis Balancing Storage BASS Electric Series #10 Maroon Dam Moogerah Dam Lake St Clair Cressbrook Dam Wivenhoe Dam Maroon Dam Clarrie Hall Dam Wivenhoe Dam Cania Dam Lake St Clair Wivenhoe Dam Lake McDonald Moogerah Dam BASS Electric Series #11 BASS Electric Series #12 BASS Electric Series #13 BASS Electric Series #14 BASS Electric Series #15 BASS Electric Series #16 BASS Electric Series #17 BASS Electric Series #18 BASS Electric Series #19 BASS Electric Series #20 BASS Electric Series #21 BASS Electric Series #22 BASS Electric Series #23

Blue Fin Boats BASS ELECTRIC SERIES


Blue Fin Boats headlines the BASS Electric Series again in 2012, 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 Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Convention in October. Following its successful introduction last year the Pro Up option will be on offer again in 2012, with an additional $20 entry on the day getting you in the game to win cash. Check out the calendar to find out where and when you can get your Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric fix. BASS Electric Entries - $20, and optional $20 Pro option on the day.

1 Jul 8 Jul 15 Jul 22 Jul 5 Aug 19 Aug 2 Sep 9 Sep 30 Sep 13/14 Oct

Isis Balancing Storage BASS Electric Series #24 Cressbrook Dam Hinze Dam BASS Electric Series #25 BASS Electric Series Convention

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DATE 25-26 Feb 21-22 Apr 23-24 Jun 25-26 Aug 18-19 Sep 15-16 Sep

STATE QLD NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW

LOCATION Boondooma St Clair Glenbawn Somerset Glenbawn St Clair

EvENT Qualifier #1 Qualifier #2 Qualifier #3 Qualifier #4 BASS Megabucks BASS Pro Grand Final

SPONSOR Samurai Reaction Sufix G.Loomis TT Lures Megabass Smak Lures

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This is the fish that did it, Russ day three kicker fish, the Forster special that anchored his 3.38kg day-three limit.

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Busting Down the Door


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Tournament fishing, like any competitive sport, is at its most compelling when the competition is close fought. Anglers going head-to-head all the way to the finishing line is the stuff that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck and it gets the competitive senses tingling.
hat played out at the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Grand Final blew this scenario out of the water, with Berkley BREAM Pro Russell Babekuhl busting down the door to charge through from 11th place to claim the event win at Forster. Timing his final run perfectly Babekuhl held his cards close to his chest until the final day when he pulled out his aces to smash his opposition, weighing in his biggest bag for the tournament, and in doing so claim the biggest prize in tournament bream fishing.

It BegIns now
Babekuhls long road to victory started with the first bream he ever caught. It happened almost 11 years ago in the racks at Forster. Thats where the addiction started, he said. One fish from an oyster rack while I was fishing out of my canoe. From then on Ive been hooked on them and Forster. With the Wallis Lake system littered with oyster racks, finding the big bream needle in the haystack can be difficult. Babekuhl had a decade to hunt for that needle, and he found it: Jurassic Park. He decided to save it for a special occasion, and that special occasion turned out to be the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Grand Final.

tone for the event. It was just too clear and still so I cut my losses pretty quickly and headed upriver, he explained. Not content to bide his time and wait for the fish to come on, Russ quickly stowed his electric motor, strapped down his rods to the deck and hightailed it up the Wallamba River in search of tidal movement and active fish. It didnt take long to get stuck into them, he said. The tide was pumping, the prawns were on the move and the bream were straight onto our lures. Focusing his attention on rock walls, fallen trees and mangroves edges, Russ go-to

technique involved skipping a Berkley Pop Dog in tight to structure then working it back out with a walk-pause retrieve. You didnt have to be super tight with how you worked the lure, he said. You just needed to make sure you got the lure in close where the prawns and the bream were. While his first stop at the racks may have given him an unwanted slow start to the day, his prawn-fuelled flurry of topwater action made amends and had Babekuhl sitting pretty with a limit in the well by mid-morning.

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Russ first task for the day, catching a limit, was done. His second task, upgrading, would prove to be a little harder. Russ knew the racks towards the bottom would give him the best chance of upgrading, but only if one particular factor went in his favour: wind. The racks down the bottom are in

Winning the nSW lowrance angler of the year title, daiwa Bream grand Final crown, plus the mercury Cup, Babekukl added a trio of trophies to his mantelpiece in 2011.

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Heading off 7th on an overcast and windy opening morning, Babekuhl headed straight to a selection of oyster racks on the northern side of Wallis Island, hoping that hed put some fish in the well early and set a positive
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his limit in the well by lunchtime. The peak bite was late in the session as the incoming tide started to flood through the lake. While his bag (2.46kg) was down on the day before, Babekuhl reminded himself of the daily goal he set himself before the tournament: Just catch 2.5kg and youll be in with a chance.

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clear water so the fish are super spooky, he explained. You need the wind to blow otherwise its a waste of time. By 10am the wind had picked up enough so Russ packed away his topwaters, left the protective comfort of the Wallamba and headed downriver to spot hop his way between racks. He focused on fixed racks in the shallows that had both wind and current. With his surface lures tucked away in his rod locker, Babekuhl went finesse, rigging a 2 Berkley Gulp Shrimp on an unweighted worm hook and fishing it over and under the racks. The technique was straightforward I worked my way along the edge of the rack, made a long cast parallel with the rack so it landed up on the tray, pointed the rod out to the side away from the rack and just swam the Shrimp back across the tray, Russ explained. I then paused it just as it came off the edge and sank it down into the shade. It was just what the fish wanted on the opening day of competition. Babekuhl upgraded his whole limit and finished the day with a healthy 3kg bag. Heading into the event I thought if you got 2.5kg each day youd do alright, so when it went 3kg I was over the moon, he said.

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Day two was repeat performance of Russ day one itinerary: a pit-stop at the racks early followed by a quick session up the Wallamba to catch a few legals before heading back down to the racks. The current, the prawns and the bream that were up the Wallamba on the first day were gone, Russ explained. I only managed to get two legals so I called it quits after two hours and headed down to the racks. Making the move despite the lack of wind, Babekuhl was happy to plug away, content that the wind would come and that the bream would bite. It didnt take long for his faith to be rewarded; things turned around and he got THE DOG AND THE PRAWN SHOW Babekuhl fished the Grand Final with the following products: Berkley 3B Crank Pop Dog (snoop colour, 65mm, 3.2g) Berkley Gulp 2 Shrimp (pepper prawn) Berkley 2 Bulky Hawg Owner worm hook (size 1) Nitro Bream Pro jighead (1/32oz, size 1)

Babekuhl had no more chances. Having slipped to 11th place at the end of day two he was getting further off pace and he needed one place to fire Jurassic Park. He didnt hit it straight up though. Instead, he waited and bided his time until it was ready to fire. The Wallamba was out due a lack of current and the racks were unlikely to produce anything because it was too still so I went and fished the oyster sheds and poles at The Paddock, he explained. The sheds and poles had been largely overlooked by most of the field on the first two days. With the water gin clear and glassed out, Babekuhl fished 3lb Trilene straight through, skipping Berkley Shrimps and Hawgs rigged on a worm hook into the shade pockets, and then dead sticking them. The hits, as expected, came when the bait was doing its least, just replicating bream fodder sinking to the bottom. The less is more approach produced three legals, one of which came from a lone boat moored in the area.

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Consistency over the first two days, followed by a bag of big fish on the final day was Russ path to victory.

GETTING CHANGED Russ adapted to conquer at the Grand Final, adjusting both his technique and tackle to catch his fish. Here are some of changes he made throughout the event. Rigged his Shrimps on a 1/32oz jighead rather than a worm hook on days two and three, due to the strong wind. Replaced the rear hook of his topwater with a size 8 Owner treble so the lure would sit lower in the water. Downsized to 6lb leader to catch his limit on day three, and then (after he had his limit) upped his leader to 8lb and 10lb to give himself a better chance of landing fish. Increased the thickness of his mainline (12lb) as thinner line was getting blown around in the wind and was difficult to fish around the racks. Swapped to straight-through 3lb fluorocarbon when fishing the oyster sheds and poles on the last day because the water was clear and still.

fished my way back up not on the other side of the same rack, but on one rack over, he explained. This up and back approach allowed Russ to fish clean water on each pass rather than waste his time fishing water muddied by his electric motor. This thinking anglers approach paid off, with Russ filling his limit within half an hour.

CatChing a Forster speCial


The first fish was a true Forster special: a big blue-nosed, high-headed Forster dinosaur that youd expect to come from a place called Jurassic Park. It, and all of the fish at Jurassic came on the same lure and with the same retrieve as the two days before a wind and drop with a Berkley Shrimp. Just like the days before the key was to crank the plastic over the tray then sink it down into the shade, Russ said. With the conditions at their toughest for the tournament the takes were super soft and subtle. This meant competitors needed complete focus and attention to what was going on. You had to look and watch for the line to twitch on the drop, Russ explained. As soon as I saw it move I struck hard to set the hook.

Russ slowly pegged back his opposition. As he placed his key tag on the check-in board Russ finished the session as one of only six anglers out of the final day top 20 to have caught their limit. Hitting the stage midway through the weigh-in, Babekuhl set the mark to beat. A 3.38kg bag on the final day and combined bag of 8.84kg were the two numbers that were on the tip of everyones tongue at the weigh-in. Occupying the hot-seat, Russ saw off challenger after challenger until, in the end, there was no-one left to stand in his way. There was just him and the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final trophy that he was holding aloft on front deck of his $40,000 Bass Cat/Mercury prize boat. To claim the win Babekuhl had turned a 760g deficit into a 270g winning margin. To place his final day heroics into some sort of perspective, Russ had run down the leader from 11th while Darren Dizzy Borg, who was equal in 11th place, slid to 19th. When someone outshines Dizzy to this degree on the final day, they have definitely done something to go into the annuls of tournament fishing!

BREAM tour. Russ achievements include his maiden Lowrance Angler of the Year Title (NSW), victory at the Strike Pro St Georges Basin BREAM Qualifier, 3rd at the Daiwa BREAM Australia Open, and multiple top tens. Combine these with his honour of being the only angler to win two Super Series events (both of which, incidentally, were Berkley naming sponsored events), and Babekuhl is steadily ascending the ranks of Australias premier BREAM anglers. Now ranked 3rd in Australia, Babekuhl is sure to have his eyes set on Steve Morgan (1st) and Kris Hickson (2nd) in 2012.

Charging through from 11th place on the final day Russ did it, claiming the ultimate win in bream fishing, the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final.

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Russ now surpasses Shaun Clancy (10th) as the greatest come-from-behind win in Daiwa BREAM Grand Final history, with the Forster win capping off a sensational year on the

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So you have your favourite shallow water technique and a rod and reel combo that always does the job but are you really getting the most out of your favourite shallow water bream haunt?

Tristan Taylor with a couple of shallow water Redcliffe bream.

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he first thing people think about when fishing shallow is the lure, rod and line, but what about all the other gear and preparation you need before you get near those shallow water bream? Getting all of these complicated pieces together can mean the difference between success on the shallows and coming up empty-handed. And interestingly, useful shallow water tricks and tips dont just come from the realms of bream fishing.

guesswork out of your fishing. With the fish pinpointed in the shallows, the next step is approaching them.

THE BIG FOUR


The Daiwa BREAM Series visits a host of quality shallow fisheries on its travels. Here are the big four that are getting anglers licking their lips. Forster, NSW: Home to the all-time ABT Big Bream (Chris Wright, 1.99kg, 2004) Forster is famous for its rack fishing, but it is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the gun flats fisheries in the country. At its best during the warmer months, Forster is the place to go for topwater fun. Walpole, WA: The WA Mecca for flats breaming, Walpole has acres of skinny water to fish, and bags of black bream to catch. If you want to catch big fish on the flats in WA, this is the place to go. Mallacoota, NSW: The big kahuna when it comes to numbers and size, Mallacoota is the location that all breamers have to fish at least once in their life. If you still arent convinced, just take a look at the results from the 2011 Vic BREAM Classic Grand Final a 7kg two-day bag only got you 30th place, and the winner caught over 10kg. St Helens, Tas: Big black bream in clear, shallow water is the name of the game at St Helens, but the going isnt always easy. The tide really dictates things here, with a run-in tide needed to get the fish moving and feeding in the shallows. When it fires, the fishing can be stuff of legends.

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Grayson Fong is a master of using the Moreton Bay winds to sneak up on bruising Redcliffe reef bream. For those who dont know him, Grayson has been quietly working his way up the BREAM ladder, and much of his skill comes from his keen attention to detail and thinking outside the box. Fong believes that by using the wind and keeping noise to a minimum he can get more out of every cast. Grayson looks for locations where the wind will push him onto the structure, and he casts with the wind to cover a greater area. In an ideal world Fong looks for areas where the sun is in his face and the wind is on his back. It amazes me what can spook fish, he said. The first thing to remember is that the less shadow on the water, the better. Also, the rougher the water on the shallow reefs, the better it will fish. One of the biggest fishing adjustments for Fong has been changing from his oldschool tinny to a much shallower Skeeter. The Skeeters minimal draft allows Fong to drift up into water that most anglers can only think of entering. Maybe its my size, but the Skeeter can run in next to no water, Grayson said. When moving across a shallow reef, this minimal draft can mean the difference between drifting over the next pinnacle and

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Barra fishing may not seem like a logical connection to breaming, but when it comes to using depth sounders we can learn a lot from our northern counterparts. Nowhere has the use of a quality sounder been such a key factor to an anglers success than during the 2011 Daiwa BARRA Tour. Craig Griffiths showed that by using his Humminbird Side Imaging unit he and team mate Rob Wood were able to pinpoint fish and maximise fishing time. We use the Side Imaging for a whole range of fishing, Craig explained. With smaller species you look for the bait they are feeding on and for larger fish, such as barra, you look for the fish themselves. Time is the tournaments anglers most valuable commodity, closely followed by self-confidence. For Craig, using Side Imaging gives him both of these precious assets. Learning to read these sounders is a steep learning curve, he said, but once you can read the images it will take all the

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getting that kicker fish, or being stuck until the next high tide.

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Sometimes the wind just doesnt work for the location youre fishing, forcing you rely on your electric. As far as Steve Morgan is concerned, when it comes to using an electric, less is more. When fishing the shallows he aims to use no more than 30% power, and likes to have his motor running on a constant low humming sound rather than in bursts. Why? Imagine youve just walked into a bar, Steve said. After only a few minutes, the sound of the music and the crowd turns into background noise. Compare that to when the kid next door practices his trumpet skills you definitely hear that, and it never turns into background noise! Its the same with fish. Loud, irregular sounds quickly spook them. So, while maintaining a low speed, how can you get the most out of your electric motor? Aaron Martens has the answer. Aaron is one of the best anglers on the BASS Elite series in the US, and knows his gear intimately and how to get the best out of it. As many of you may know, there is a interesting clip of his boat set-up on YouTube, where Aaron takes you through his meticulous set and speaks briefly about sharpening his electric motor blades (go to

youtube.com and type in Aaron Martens boat). He explains that sharpening your blades can make your motor run at up to 5% higher efficiency, and says these sharper blades also cut through the weed that can chew the precious battery life.

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Some days your electric motor just wont get you to the fish because its too shallow or weedy. In these situations, you may want to consider push poling your way into those fish. In the US youre not a real flats angler unless you have a push pole on board. The art of push poling is one that US guides take great pride in and its an art form that delivers both efficiency and stealth. Anglers in the US comment that it takes as much skill to be the man behind the push pole as it does to hook that fish of a lifetime. Its not easy to become a master of the art of push poling, but for the sake of almost total stealth its worth a try. Even the anglers of the Bassmaster Classic have been know to pull out the pole when fishing thick weed or tough conditions.

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With the rise in technology and the number and design of boats that are hitting our shores from the hub of tournament fishing, the USA, we have seen an increase in the number of shallow water anchor options
Small things can make a big difference, making sure the blades on the prop of your electric motor are smooth and not rough increases motor efficiency and speed.

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In tournament fishing its not uncommon for anglers to push themselves to the limit, but in the shallows it pays to know when to stay and when to go. Anglers need to be in tune with the areas theyre fishing and know what the tide is doing. Of course, they also need to know how much water their boat needs to run though or be pushed through. We have all seen someone who has stayed in shallow water for a little too long and have been stuck until the next high tide (many of us have done it ourselves). Knowing your boat, the area that youre fishing and what the tide is doing are three key ingredients to keep you fishing. It pays to learn them.

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Filling your limit is the goal of every BREAM tournament angler. Finding the technique thatll do it can be the hard part. In this feature we dissect one of the more popular techniques for largemouth bass, drop shotting, and find out how it works for bream. Its time to drop and get your five!

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hat have We here?

Drop shotting is used as a finesse approach to fishing a soft plastic. It requires a weight to be hung under a small nose-hooked soft plastic, delivering an unweighted presentation that wafts enticingly in the current. The drop shot weight anchors the line to the bottom, while the small hook and plastic are left to float freely. This technique is perfect for those times youve wanted to use an unweighted plastic but the wind, weather or structure has made it difficult or the fish are suspending at a particular depth where other techniques cant hold the lure in the zone.

fishing is the amount of weight to fish. Unlike standard jigheads, fishing drop shot weights requires more weight than usual. Its not unusual to fish around a 1/4oz weight, as youll need to maintain contact with the bottom as you work the rod tip.

hooks
This technique requires tiny hooks with a specific shape. When tied, they sit perpendicular to the leader and only need to nose-hook the soft plastic. The Gamakatsu drop shot hook is a good hook, being small enough for the mouth of our bream but with a unique shank exposing more hook point for a better hook-up.

the tools of the trade


Drop shot weights and drop shot hooks are available in Australia. Often the drop shot hooks are used by anglers as stinger hooks, but sourcing tungsten weights can be a challenge. Tungsten weights are more compact than lead and provide a better feel for the bottom, as they transfer each bump from rocks or weed much better than lead (they are also more expensive). The small tungsten weight causes less of a commotion when splashing into the water, which is great when its a tough bite and finesse techniques are required. The important thing about this style of

Plastics
Your choice of soft plastic is important. The best choice is a hand poured style soft lure that has plenty of action. Plastics such as Keitech Live Impacts, Tacklecraft Flat Back worms and Flat Back minnows all work well. If you want something smaller, try little creature baits (I like the Keitech Little Spider with long feelers to get the attention of the fish). If your soft plastic floats or suspends, thats even better. Some plastics are much better suited than others but with a bit of practice, youll find out what suits your style.

Drop shot fished soft plastics are new to most anglers and bream, throwing them in a tournament may just be the ticket to quality fish like this one.

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Banks and points buffeted by wind and waves produce fish but can be hard to fish with lightly weighted plastics. Drop shotting allows you to fish light weighted plastics without the short comings of using a jighead.

Rod
Like all types of fishing, particular styles of fishing rods will work best. A fast-actioned braid set-up will provide good contact and feel with the lure. Remember, the hook is suspending mid-way up your leader and the takes may be subtle, so a rod like the Daiwa Steez Feral Cat or the New Black Labels will do the trick. Use a good quality STANDARD DROPSHOT RIG

PE braid or even a sinking PE braid for better feel.

The TeRRain
Youd think that fishing a 1/4oz weight would mean you end up fishing in 10m of water, right? Not necessarily. Ive had the most success fishing the edges in less than 1m, flicking

Drop shot setup with a selection of rigging options.

Soft plastic options

the lure out and violently shaking the rod tip but only slowly moving the lure away from the bank. Thats why you need a lot of weight the drop shot weight acts as an anchor, holding the line in one spot, while you can shake the slack line and make the lure vibrate like an injured fish. A great starting point is to find baitfish. When you see the bait around, match the hatch and get your drop shot set-up into the water. Whether youre fishing weedy edges, rocky terrain or sandy bottom, the drop shot set-up will usually keep the hook point out of harms way. If you do snag up, you can often pull the weight free because it doesnt have a hook point to get caught on. If it does get wedged between a rock and a hard place, youll be able to pull the line through the end of the weight without busting off the hook.

Gone WiTh The Wind


Hook options

Sinker options

This technique works in any water depth, whether it be fished high up in the shallows or suspended off the bottom in deep water. Wind-blown banks are a fish magnet but can be restrictive if youre fishing lightly weighted or even unweighted baits. The wind blows all manner of fish attractants which are a magnet for baitfish. It creates chop that can dislodge morsels from rocks or snags not usually exposed to water, and also makes fish less wary. Casting unweighted baits in this scenario can result in limited casting distance and accuracy and bait being blown out of the strike zone. With a drop shot set-up, the extra weight can aid casting accuracy but importantly leave the bait to float freely in the strike zone.

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unweighted plastics are required but wind, terrain or casting distance limit opportunities. Times when long casts, but unweighted plastics are required suit drop shotting, regardless of wind, current or anything else that can influence a soft plastic, the drop shot weight can hold the lure in the zone for longer. When the situation calls for it, having the drop shot rig in your fishing arsenal may be the difference between plugging away and catching fish. The ability to suspend a soft plastic in any situation provides options to the angler.

distinct bite, a small bite or just a territorial bump. Having a feel for the bite versus just seeing the bite when there is belly in the line, provides a better understanding of how the fish are biting and what will work. Unlike the flick and hope approach with an unweighted plastic, drop shotting can shift the odds in the anglers favour.

Youre GoinG Deep now


Although drop shotting works really well in shallow water, applying the same techniques in deep water provides an added advantage and a point of difference. Getting a finesse technique down deep is a challenge with a lot of techniques. Throw in a bit of current and wind and the battle is lost. The drop shot set-up provides a fresh alternative to this. Casting a 1/4oz weight allows the bait to get down and stay in the zone while presenting an unweighted plastic, sitting off the bottom. The hook point is also kept away from any nasty structure.

sHake anD Bake


A technique that is almost impossible to achieve using a traditionally weighted plastic or even a suspending hard bodied lure is easily achievable when you suspend a soft plastic with a drop shot weight. By shaking the rod tip just enough to get the lure to vibrate in the water, without drawing it forward, you can keep a soft plastic in the
Fast actioned rods provide optimum contact with the lure when its being worked, and deliver good fighting power once hooked.

You Have an aDvantaGe


Wind isnt the only factor that limits conventional jigheads. While fishing heavy wash, most anglers will encounter the frustrating scenario where their jigheads will become snagged in the rocky structure, resulting in loss of fishing time. The drop shot offers a unique advantage of suspending the hook point above the structure, in the face of any bream and ultimately out of harms way. If the drop shot weight does become snagged, pull the line free of the weight and spend more time fishing, with less time re-tying.

Wash areas hold plenty of bream and are well suited to fishing with a drop shot approach.

tHis is How You Do it


Like any style of lure fishing, different techniques work in different situations. Experiment with shaking the rod, sweeping the rod or hopping the lure; each approach will work on any particular day. Once you get the bites, be patient and wait for the bream to suck in the lure before setting the hook. During the fight, the drop shot weight can work in favour of the fish, working the hook free, so it is important to maintain the pressure on the fish. A lapse in line pressure can mean a lost fish. This technique isnt limited to bream or just finesse fishing but can be used for those occasions where lightly weighted or
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face of bream for longer. Being able to shake the slack in the line results in the lure shaking in the same spot. Being able to do this multiple times means more time attracting wary fish and less time recasting, potentially scaring fish.

its loGical
Drop shotting may seem like a bit of an experimental approach, but when you consider the added advantages of this technique, it makes sense. Casting unweighted presentations a common finesse technique used when the bream are finicky requires any number of factors to align before it can be successful. Drop shotting, on the other hand, gives you the ability to make long casts, get down deep in the water column and stay down there, while still presenting an essentially unweighted soft plastic. It can be the key to turning a long, tough tournament day into a successful day on the water.

tHe tiGHt line


Typically fishing unweighted soft plastics means plenty of belly in the line, making it virtually impossible to fish when its really windy. The wind can also prevent casting unweighted soft plastics effectively. The drop shot fixes a lot of those problems by providing a finesse approach with almost tight line, giving better feel of a

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A winning day on the water starts a long time before the day itself, but just how long varies from angler to angler. Here, five of the most successful fisherman on the ABT BREAM tour share their plans.

eve all seen it someone giving a short speech, thanking their sponsors, perhaps giving credit to a long-suffering spouse for putting up with all the weekends away from home and the strong smell of Gulp in the garage; then grinning as they hold up an oversized novelty cheque. And all the while, as we smile and applaud their efforts (so what if they beat us by 3kg?), were thinking, Why cant I do that? Well, heres some good news for the terminally envious: you can do it. It just takes time and a bit of work. Because, as these five successful anglers will all tell you, preparing for that speech can start days, weeks, or even months before they ever make a cast in a tournament.

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Here are the fishermen who will be sharing their secrets for the perfect tournament day: Cameron Whittam The 2011 Lowrance Victoria BREAM AOY, Cam has been fishing for years (hes a former casting champion, too), and has recently started to enjoy regular success in ABT BREAM tournaments, winning the 2011 Gippsland round and also finishing third on the
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Derwent River in Tasmania. He loves his black bream, as you can tell. Szarn Tink A resident of WA, Szarn has been known to pop up (and earn top 10 places) at tournaments all over the country both as a boater and non-boater. However, its in WA where hes enjoyed the most success, and has been the states AOY several times. Wayne Reed Wayne has become something of a fixture on the BREAM circuit, fishing in as many competitions as he can both individually and as part of a team. He and partner Adrian Neoh shook up the field at the 2007 Bing Lee BREAM Australian Open with what is still a record bag for Sydney Harbour a massive 6.18kg. As an individual, he finished 5th in the 2010 Daiwa BREAM Grand Final. Kris Hickson Still ridiculously young to have had as much success as he has, Kris is an angler to be reckoned with in just about any competition he enters, and has gradually risen up the BREAM rankings in the past couple of years. He also finished a very close 2nd in the 2011 BREAM AOY rankings and won the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Australian Open. Tristan Taylor Tristan is a dentist and in recent years, his smile has looked like

an even more winning one. In fact, his rise in the world of competitive breaming has been nothing short of meteoric, resulting in a string of top 10 finishes around the country and his first Lowrance BREAM AOY Queensland, 2011 title. Five different competitors, one common factor: success. But what, we asked them, goes into planning for that success?

Get it toGether
Lets start at the very beginning. What intelligence-gathering methods do they all use well ahead of comp day? Whittam goes old and new school to get the inside running. If Im not familiar with the system, I use Google Earth to get an overall feel of the place, he says. Sometimes I even ask local tackle shops to send me maps of the area. I also contact my sponsor and see if theres another pro team member whos not fishing the competition but has some knowledge of the arena. I just get general areas from them, as I like to make up my own mind what to do come day one. Both Szarn Tink and Wayne Reed take forward planning very seriously, starting their preparation from the moment the previous years tournament ends! Szarn says he always takes note of where the top guys fished, what tackle they used and the amount of rainfall there was. Reedy likes to get a few tips straight from the horses mouth. I speak to the winner from the previous year, Wayne says. You wont always get the whole truth, but when someones won, theyre more inclined to be generous with their information. Sometimes its just useful to rule out something you know wont work for you.

Kris Hicksons is one of the most consistent anglers on the BREAM tour due to his thorough preparation .

We have history
Given the number of tournaments Kris Hickson he fishes (lucky lad), he knows many of the countrys major competition arenas better than most. However, even Kris has a few long-range plans. For big tournaments or arenas I havent fished before, I get in at least one pre-fish before the ban, just to get a feel for the waterway, he explains. However, if its somewhere Ive fished many times before, I normally rely on the official pre-fish day to get a feel for whats happening there, but I also check tides, weather and recent fishing reports to get a more complete picture. Tristan Taylor also does his fair share

of research. I start thinking about a tournament at least four weeks out, he says. I start by trying to get any information I can on the waterway including personal experience and anything people might have told me about it. I really consider the time of year. Between November and March Im thinking summer patterns (shallow water patterns with hardbodies or topwater lures), and between June and early September Im thinking spawn/post spawn patterns, and the deeper water towards the mouth of the system with blades or plastics.

LoGGinG in
One thing all these successful fishermen agreed on was that there was one piece of

equipment that was pretty much essential to their planning: a mouse. All five of these competitors use the internet extensively to get new ideas and information. Many of them use Google Earth. Kris Hickson says photo maps like Google Earth are definitely a handy tool for finding visible structure, and Tristan Taylor agrees. Google Earth is a fantastic way to scout for areas that are likely to hold bream, Taylor says. You can check the shape of the river and mark down areas of deep water (such as the outside bends of a river) or find areas of shallow weed flats! Another site Ive recently found is nearmap.com.au it has very detailed images. Another thing these competitors agree
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best approach. At the end of the day, the best approach is often to go searching for fish using the techniques you prefer on your home waters, he says. If youre a gun with the plastics, why try to fit into how someone else fishes the system with topwater? Cam Whittam backs his judgement and follows traditional fish patterns to help get a handle on whats happening. When I arrive at a venue, like most anglers, I have a fair idea what the fish would normally be doing at any given time of year, he says. This helps point me in a direction to start my pre-fish day. I always look for features that would hold fish if it were my home water and use that as a starting point. Old adages like no run, no fun spring to mind if I dont know the area and I always bear in mind that Im not there to revolutionize breaming by coming up with the next big thing when it comes to catching them. Its a pre-fish after all you dont need to catch a million fish to establish some sort of pattern. Tristan has evolved his pre-fish

on your experience on similar waterways to give you a feel for what to do, what to look for and what to throw. Always go with your gut instincts. Your gut feeling is your subconscious telling you to need to move or change your lure, jighead and so forth. If I say to myself more than once in a five-minute period, I need to move, I have no hesitation in leaving a spot. Cam also relies on his senses to help him on pre-fish day. My preference is to fish shallow, and my eyes are the most important part of my tournament arsenal in this situation, he says. I would describe my pre-fish approach as calm but calculated and organized. If I have a bad pre-fish, I dont worry too much, as I console myself by thinking Ive eliminated some methods and areas that I might have gone to if I was struggling on day one. Of course, these days, the smarts arent just in an anglers head. They can be attached to the boat as well, as onboard electronics have a huge role to play

I expected too much of myself. I would have had a bad nights sleep, worrying about the day ahead and whether my plan would work. I would find myself looking at the field thinking about what other guys would do, rather than about my own day. The biggest improvement in my fishing came after I made the decision to channel my energy into just going fishing, rather than being so concerned with things outside of my control. Once youre underway and on the water, and the actual business of trying to fill the livewell has started, it seems that a common factor with some of our top anglers is the need for on-water discipline and even an internal clock.

Sticking to the rules


Szan Tink has a rule and he sticks to it on tournament day. On game day, I may have a number one spot, and I stick to my rule that in a certain distance along a shoreline there has to be a minimum number of fish available to me. However, if I go for 15 minutes without a single touch, I leave at the 30 minute mark. Whittam is similarly regimented. I generally have a rough cut-off time in my head regarding my go-to spot, he explains. This can change depending on the feel of the area on the day. There may be a lot of bait in the area, which will bolster my resolve, or the area may feel dead. Trusting your instinct is something I really believe in and I will generally use this as my guide rather than the clock. Kris Hickson, however, is a bit more fluid in his approach. I generally try to accumulate a milk run of spots during the pre-fish that I can work through throughout the tournament, he says, The length of time I spend at each location will depend on three things: how many fish I think may be there, if I need to use the spot more than once in the tournament, and whether the fish are biting or not. Still, as with everything in fishing, there are no hard and fast rules. Taylor stresses that flexibility is important. If your pre-fish spot is not working come game day, you need to be flexible, he says. Think about what could have changed did you sting them yesterday? Is the tide different, is the wind different, is there more or less cloud cover? It often pays to try your second or third spot and return to the number one spot a little later and see if it fishes better, rather than flogging a spot that clearly isnt working on

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technique over the years, and now is more methodical in how he goes about it. In the early days I relied on gut instinct, haphazardly running from one area/habitat type to another in the hope of cracking a pattern, he explains. Sometimes it worked and I got lucky, but you wouldnt believe the number of times Id travel far and wide and miss the fact that fish were less than 100m from the start line! Nowadays, I generally begin my search at the tournament start area and fish every likely area I see on my way further from this point. Having said this, it always pays dividends to remember the tides. No run, no fun so a rock wall that looks the goods but has no fish at high tide is worth a second look when the tide starts to run out. in planning your competition day. Cam Whittam says his Humminbirds play a big part in his day if hes planning to fish deep. I use them to find and mark fish and also mark likely structures that may hold fish at some stage during the day, he says. Kris Hickson similarly relies on his sounders heavily. Im definitely one for punching in GPS marks be it in deep or shallow water just as a reminder for the next day or the next trip that there was either a stand-out structure or a school of fish in a certain position, he says.

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So here it is: Day One has finally arrived your first chance to put all that planning and those pre-fish strategies to the test. This is where the difference between fishing and tournament fishing becomes most evident. Cam Whittam admits he used to suffer from nerves in his early days. I recall sitting at the start of a few tournaments shaking with nerves, he says.

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Of course, it wouldnt be game day without a bit of gamesmanship, and protecting a hot spot can be the difference between one of those jumbo cheques and standing at the back applauding. Wayne Reed explains his approach. Never give up your spots to anyone before youve fished them on comp day. If youre in the lead after session one, people will find you. Dont make it easy for them by telling them where youre catching fish. And if people do turn up, dont let it bother you. Just put it out of your mind, protect your spot and never be unprofessional. Youre representing yourself, your sponsors and the ABT. Think to yourself, Im going to smack em, whether those guys are watching or not. Sometimes theyll just shake their heads and leave. Do, however, share techniques when you think you havent quite worked it out,

he adds. Youll never win a comp without some help from other anglers. Someone else might just have a better idea that will improve what youre doing.

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Of course, in most cases, theres now someone else on the boat with you. So do their non-boaters ever influence our tournament pros? My game day approach is generally a combination of pre-fish and prior knowledge and is very rarely influenced by a non-boater, Hickson says. Thats unless my second day non-boater is in a position to do well, in which case, once Ive got my five, I may stay on smaller fish to try to get him his limit instead of looking for bigger fish. Cam likes to stick to his guns, rarely wavering from his approach. I prefer to stick to my ideas rather than be influenced by others, he says. However, I find myself far more open to any thoughts that my non-boater may have

when its 11am and were struggling! Szarn has a slightly different perspective, having won competitions from both ends of the boat. As a non-boater, my only rule is never ever discuss Day One with your Day Two boater, he says. You might say that you had a fun day and itll be common knowledge whether you caught a bag or not, but if Im asked where we caught them, I just politely say that, out of respect to my Day One boater, Id like to keep that information to myself. I wont even discuss it after the comp, as that Day One boater may wish to fish his same spots the following year. Show respect to your boater and word will get around, ensuring youre welcome on any boat. Tristan has also learned the valuable lesson of keeping an eye on his nonboaters. At the 2010 Bribie Island Qualifier I was using my 5lb and 6lb leaders that are mandatory for Redcliffes brawling bream and getting beaten all ends up by my non-boater, Nathan Tuskes, Tristan recalls. Nathan was using 2lb fluoro, and it was making all the difference. It was a huge mindset shift in the unforgiving terrain, but as soon as I changed to the 2lb I filled my bag and even won the event. Im certain that without Nathan, Id never have won that day! Nowadays I generally run my gameplans past my nonboater to check that they dont have any additional information or experience on the waterways. If theyre local, it can certainly be worthwhile including them in the plan.

Bigger is Better
The last part of the victory plan involves catching heavier fish than any of your rivals. Amazing how easy that looks when its in black and white on a piece of paper, isnt it? But out on the water, with time ticking down and with no idea how everyone else is doing, what should you do? Cam Whittam says he doesnt have a hard and fast rule regarding upgrading. I take every tournament on its merit, he says. Sometimes fishing can be tough and I make the call to continue with my bag method and try to upgrade in small increments. Reed follows the get your fish first approach before looking for the big ones. Once Ive secured a limit I have a decision to make: do I chase big fish and hit as many big fish looking areas as I can, or do I stay and keep fishing the same

Kris Hicksons pre-start check-list includes making sure all his rods are rigged and ready to use before he makes his first cast for the day.

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Szarn Tink is one of the standout anglers on the WA BREAM scene thanks to thorough pre-event preparation and a calculated game plan.

spot? If its Day One, I leave. If its Day Two, I stay 15 minutes longer and catch everything I can. Always have confidence in what youre doing; if it doesnt feel right, it probably isnt. Never make excuses or second-guess yourself your gut instinct is usually right. Szarn adopts a more simple approach. I dont think about getting a bag and then upgrading, he says. I just go out to get my bag straight up and hope that its heavier than anyone elses! Kris Hickson plays it by ear, based on the waterway and how its fishing. Some waterways seem to have specific areas for big fish, while others just need to be fished hard and the bigger fish will come, he says. Its always handy to find areas with numbers of fish that are easy to catch to fill a bag, be they large or small. If I have plenty of spots in mind and the fish are relatively easy to catch, I fish each spot hard until I have gotten the most out of it. If Im only just getting enough to catch a limit out of the spots I have, I settle for my five with maybe a couple of upgrades if possible and go searching. Im a big fan of resting spots if possible; fish are hard enough to come by in tournaments to burn them all in one day.

Fish management
Cam Whittam explains his approach on the water when it comes to managing his fish. I try to manage my spots in every tournament. Usually my tournament plan evolves, rather than being rigidly adhered to. Being too regimented can mean putting too much pressure on an area, and this can be detrimental to the rest of your tournament. If I have a good limit, I quite often leave to look for other likely areas that exhibit similar characteristics to my productive banks. Not only does this rest your go-tos, but you may just find your next kicker fish. Tristan Taylor agrees. I certainly rest spots if Ive got five fish that will see me sitting in a good position, he says. At the Gold Coast Super Series I fished a single bank of an entire island that I love for 3.74kg in 2.5 hours. I looked at the bag and decided not to touch any another spot on the island. Instead, I headed off to somewhere Id never been before, looking to find another pattern that I could employ in the coming days. In effect, I was pre-fishing during comp hours, safe in the knowledge that I had my fish and had a fully rested spot for tomorrow.

Even elephants eat peanuts


When it comes to upgrading, weve probably all heard the big lures for big fish theory at some stage but what do our experts reckon? Szarn Tink says that whether hes catching a bag or trying to upgrade, he uses the same size lures everywhere. Once Ive got my bag, I simply relax more and keep fishing, he says. Upgrades usually come when youre not even thinking about them. Kris doesnt believe in the big lure, big fish theory either. Ive caught some of my biggest fish on micro lures and have also caught plenty of small fish on large lures, he says. The only time I may upsize my lure to upgrade if its to match a specific food source that the larger fish may be targeting. Cam agrees. When it comes to lure size, I always have an old saying in the back of my mind: elephants eat peanuts. Upsizing your lure may spook or simply not interest bigger fish, particularly if fishings tough. However, in saying that, if the situation arises, I love throwing 70mm and 90mm jerkbaits its bloody good fun! Tristan breaks away from this thinking, especially when hes fishing deep.
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I often think that bigger lure equals bigger fish, especially when Im fishing plastics in a deep water situation, he says. If youve got your fivez fish and you need to distinguish yourself from the chasing pack, trying something a little different is often the key, and going to a bigger lure is my first choice.

First things First


Fishing hard from start to finish sounds like an obvious part of any tournament-winning equation, and much has already been written about last casts but what about those first few of the day? Tristan Taylor says the first few casts of the day are always the most exciting and often the most productive. The fish are usually most active/least disturbed early before all the boat traffic begins, and youre generally at your most focused and doing everything right, he explains. Laziness, fatigue and shear defeat later in the day are your enemy! Wayne Reed takes his cues from the very beginning. Your first cast will tell you if the jighead weight is right, whether the crankbait is swimming right, whether the colour is the wrong one for the water clarity, and so forth, he explains. Most importantly, if you catch one first cast and put him in the live well, all your pre-fish work has now put you in position to win a comp and who doesnt love that? Szarn matches his gear to location and excels as a result. In my local arena, I use a small tinny with a 25hp Mercury, so I have to fish smarter and closer to the start! Long, fast travel isnt an option, so I move less and fish more. Ive bagged out in the first seven casts in Walpole in southern WA.

catch your five, Id have sat in the corner and cried. Kris Hickson goes with the flow and sees every cast the same. Every cast is as important as the next in my books. So be it first or last if I catch a fish Im happy. Cam details his experience in Tassie last year to illustrate the importance of persisting. At the Derwent in 2011, I was in the Day Three shootout. I had my bag and had been roasted three or four times during the session on heavy rock structure. Id left an area because there were only 34-35cm fish there and I needed bigger ones to upgrade. It was getting late and after fishing a couple of other locations for around 40 minutes, I went back to the same bank to finish the day. On my third last cast I caught a 39.5cm fork fish and on my last cast a 38.5cm to the

fork! Never give up. Reedy perhaps sums it up the best and gets the last say on the last cast. Last casts of the day win comps what else can I say? Never think that youre just going to go to a comp without having put in any effort and walk away with a win. It has been done, but thats good luck, not good management. Theres a great quote on the AFC DVD from Steve Killer Kanowski: Hopefully luck wont be a factor. Thats why you pre-plan and pre fish. So there you have it: concrete proof from some of the countrys most successful BREAM anglers that a lot of thought goes into enjoying that short walk and a handshake to pick up your winners prize. And how you finish very much depends on how you start. Now, where did I put that 3-D topographic map of the Derwent?

Cam Whittam backs his instincts and regularly catches fish like this Derwent River blue-nose.

the Last hurrah


And what of those famous last casts? Are they really that important? Can they really make a difference to a whole day, or an entire competition? Last casts are very important, Tristan Tailor says. The number of times that Ive filled a bag in the last few casts, or completed that crucial upgrade, is countless. At the Gold Coast Super Series, my non-boater, who was leading, only had two legals for the day. In the last three casts he got three legal fish and won the tournament! He sent me a message afterwards which said, Thanks Tristo! If it wasnt for you saying, hurry up and
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Run n gun
oR stay n play
TexT, phoTography: josh carpenTer

Tournament fishing in Australia has evolved since its early inception. One of the biggest changes has been the boats, the speed they can achieve and the distance anglers can now cover in a very short space of time. This opens up a realm of possibilities that werent there in the early days, giving competitors a run list of angling choices.
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f course, having a big fast boat isnt an instant recipe for success. Some of the smallest boats have taken out large events, and one of the key choices that contributed to those wins was sticking to one area and fishing it to its maximum potential. On the flipside there have also been plenty of tournament success from anglers who have covered lots of water and fished fast.

Cam Whittam and the fruits of a calculated game plan in the 2011 Rapala Derwent BREAM Super Series.

Which One Are YOu?


There are two options: stay and play or get out and run and gun to catch your fish. So how do you chose? To liken it to another sport, its a bit like boxing. You can stick and move or you can slug it out. Making the decision of which style to adopt against an opponent is more than just a coin flip. If you tried to stand in one spot and slug it out with Mike Tyson back in his heyday youd probably go home on a stretcher, and the same can be said for tournament fishing if you pick the wrong approach!

WhY Am i running?
Put simply, a run and gun approach means moving quite quickly through a fishing area. This can apply on a smaller scale, such as fishing from pontoon to pontoon in canal systems, or it can be on a larger scale, such as chasing a certain stage of tide from one end of a river to another. Stay and play refers to keying in on a certain area and staying there, be it a small chicane in a river that fish move through and you can entice to feed, or larger areas like Browns Rocks on the Clarence River that hold large numbers of fish at almost any time of year.

is This reAllY me?


With the what out of the way, now we come to the all-important why. Your first

consideration is personal preference, i.e. which style you are more confident with. If you were given both choices on an even playing field, which would you choose? Are you a power style angler who generally fishes much faster or would you consider yourself more a finesse style angler willing to pick an

area apart? Most of the time you should play to your strengths as a tournament angler, as this will give you a great advantage in many tournaments. However, in some circumstances you should be prepared to alter your approach.

Finding A middle grOund


Most of the truly consistent anglers on the tournament scene dont favour one option over another. These versatile competitors are able to move from one school of thought to the next at the right time. Obviously some types of fishing lend themselves to one style or the other, and that plays a large part in the decision. If you caught good fish in one finger of a canal on the Gold Coast that has 20 docks and pontoons, that doesnt mean you should spend the entire tournament in that one finger, hitting the same 20 docks for seven hours a day.

Middle Wall on the Clarence is an ideal place for those who want to stay n play, especially during winter when the schools of fish move in.

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Hitting the beacons is a run n gun pattern that has paid dividends for many anglers on the BREAM tour.

If you tRIEd to stAnd In onE spot And slug It out wItH MIkE tyson BAck In HIs HEydAy youd pRoBABly go HoME on A stREtcHER, And tHE sAME cAn BE sAId foR touRnAMEnt fIsHIng If you pIck tHE wRong AppRoAcH!
Still, you dont have to fish by the book 100% of the time. If one style isnt working you can easily switch to the other. as the spawn is over and we move into spring and summer. If bream are schooling, this will favour the stay and play method much better. The Middle Wall on the Clarence and the Southport Seaway on the Gold Coast are two

places where the fish congregate in this way. You can spend a whole tournament catching your fish there. However, while both of these locations hold fish all year round, when the fish are more spread out in the warmer months youll want a fast moving approach. This will allow you to hit five or 10 spots throughout a system, which should see you catch more fish.

Can i get a refill?


Another thing to consider is whether a spot will reload with fish. Does it have enough fish to warrent spending a large amount of time there? During the 2009 BREAM Grand Final on Sydney Harbour the eventual winner, Steve

Working it out
Now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty. How did your pre-fish go? Did you have one at all? If you found fish in one spot or on certain types of structure throughout the system, the answer is easy. If it was tough fishing or you didnt get a pre-fish at all, its a different story. Sometimes it can be about listening to the word around the campfire, so to speak. You should get a bit of banter at the briefing, and if everybody found it tough it may be reason enough to stick to that spot where you got a couple of bites. However, if everybody else had a good day you should consider moving around looking for fish again, and try to crack a pattern on the fly. A large factor is the season. At its most basic, bream will congregate to spawn leading up to and into the winter months and will then spread out through the system more

Hitting the flats and fishing fast with surface lures is an effective way to cross paths with big bream.

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Once you hit the throttle at the start of the session youve got two choices, run n gun, or stay and play. Only time on the water will tell which is the right one.

he set out to out-think the rest of the field. Instead of fishing the banks that looked fishy, he chose to run around looking for the worst looking banks. The obvious and good looking spots did hold fish, but angling pressure quickly made them tough. The substandard edges Steve fished didnt have as many fish on them, but he had them pretty much to himself, unpressured for the entire tournament. It shows there can be some merit in doing what other competitors arent prepared to do.

keep On paddling
Kayak tournaments are one of the fastest growing areas of our sport, and Jordan Trusty went to great lengths literally to win on the Bemm River. He peddled 9.5km each way to have the winning fish all to himself. Similarly, there are a few powerboats out there that can go where the rest of the field cant or wont. Hydraulic jack plates and Powerpoles open up some amazing spots that most boats simply cant get to. Finding something like this is a recipe for a stay and play approach. If you have the opportunity to stay and play with these kind of fish, just make sure you manage them and dont burn all your fish in one day but thats a whole other article!

Morgan, spent much of his time fishing a single bridge. Under normal circumstances that bridge may not have been able to withstand the pressure of being fished continuously during a tournament. However, Steve knew that the rain leading up to tournament day would push the fish out of Homebush Bay and create a stream of fish coming past the bridge, reloading it with fresh fish that hadnt seen his lures. Spots can also reload under normal circumstances, like the section of the Lane Cove River that Scott and Vicki Lear fished to win the BETS Grand Final last year. Their key area was a bottleneck that congregated fish. Being an obvious spot in an otherwise barren area, fish that came through with the tide posted up to feed or came across an easy meal on their way through.

Kayak BREAM Series win came from this tactic. The normally very clean Mooloolah River was running particularly dirty, so I concentrated my fishing time in a canal system near the ocean that remained clear and held active fish.

Out thinking the OppOsitiOn


Now we come to a smaller consideration that can make all the difference at the end of the weekend: what if you dont know the system very well or not at all? Chris Slick Wright had next to no knowledge of St Georges Basin when he fished the qualifier last year, but he still managed a second place finish. He achieved this by locating a spot with fish and sticking to it for the entire tournament. At the other end of the spectrum, what if a lot of people know the arena really well? Steve Morgans plan for the 2010 Bream Grand Final at Mallacoota was very savvy:

a CalCulated deCisiOn
Of course, these are just part of a complex web of factors and indicators to take into account when making your decisions. The point of this article isnt to cover everything, but to get you thinking about some of these factors, and how you should base your strategy on them. Just being conscious of which side of the fence you are fishing on will make you better equipped to fish well.

Running WateR
Another tantalising idea that is possible now is chasing a certain stage of tide up an entire system. Imagine you know that your best fishing will come from the first 20 minutes of run-out tide and that this starts at the mouth of the Clarence at 8am. Making yourself a milk run of spots and fishing those 20 minutes at 10 different locations is possible (with the use of a fast boat of course!) because the same stage of the tide is later the further upriver you go. Prevailing conditions play a big part as well. If you are faced with a set of very challenging conditions, such as a flood or an algal bloom, finding a pocket of clean water or an area where you know there are fish is a perfect time or location to hold up and grind out your fish. If most of the field are going to struggle, just a few fish could win it. My first
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One BOX.
TexT: STeve Morgan PhoTograPhy: MaTThew Drinkall

Fishing Monthly magazines Steve Morgan has finished the tournament year ranked No. 1 BREAMer for three years straight. We threw him a 4700 Plano box and told him to fill it up with what lures hed need to pack to cover every ABT BREAM arena in Australia in 2012.

ou want to see what hes got packed? Read on, along with some of Steves thoughts about the 2012 ABT BREAM calendar.

STEVES ESSENTIALS
Im sure that most breamers will know exactly what I mean when I coin the term tackle creep. Its the phenomenon where you start breamin with a pocket-sized, six-slot Plano. Next thing, you catch a few and youre into some 3700s. Start tournament fishing and this blows out to half a dozen, then, finally, youre surrounded by walls of boxes that fill garages
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and weigh your boat down! Each year I spend a few days at Christmas time wading the creek at New Brighton on the Brunswick Rivers north arm. For this exercise, I limit myself to a pocket-sized box with one lure in each of the six trays. It usually takes an hour to wade the stretch where youre still allowed to fish right next to the road and its usually good for a 2kg limit. Nothing comes from water deeper than 2ft. So when I was set the task of compiling an Australia-wide selection into a relatively huge 4700 Plano, I thought it would be simple. However, when you have to add the Albany

and Tassie black bream baits to the Bribie Island yellowfin foolers, the box starts to fill up pretty fast! Im always a sucker for wanting to know what tackle everyone else has packed. I love looking through other anglers lure boxes and trying to ID all of the baits, so its only fair that I share this selection with you. Its accidental that these proportions virtually mirror the BREAM Tour stops in 2012. Including the Australian Open, Megabucks and Grand Finals, there are around two thirds of the events that are yellowfin bream based with the balance targeting blacks. Mallacoota features both. Remember that I like to buy all of my baits and have only one sponsor Fishing Monthly magazines so I have the freedom to use whatever lure brands I like. Because Im not bound to brands, you can be sure that if a bait is in my box, its because it works for me.

THE BOX
Broadly, Ive divided the 4700 into three sections yellowfin baits in the top level, black bream baits down below and some packs of plastics in the section that accommodates them. Ive numbered the sections, so, slot-byslot, let me explain why these baits are here.

on the baits without hooking up. Use the ZipBait and the Nories when its clear water and windy and you need to get the attention of the fish. Still use plenty of pauses, though.

4. Miscellaneous topwaters.
PML Popper Tiemco Red Pepper Micro Strike Pro Rack Popper Daiwa Gekkabijin Tiemco Trick Trout F The white topwaters are great for a canal bread hatch, when you come across an area where bream are regularly fed. The Daiwa and the tiny Tiemco are for those days where theres not a breath of breeze and the bream are ultra-spooky. I throw

3. Cicada imitations
Megabass Siglett Tiemco Tiny Cicadas. Tiemco Soft Shell Cicadas. Daiwa Presso Cicada. When you hear the cicadas buzzing in the trees over summer and youre sweating just tying a lure on, its time to grab a cicada.

1. Bent minnows
OSP Bent Minnow 76 These baits from the OSP stable are addictive. They float and create a commotion when you twitch them rapidly. I fish these a lot in canals and they have the habit of getting the bigger fish in the pack to attack, which theyll usually do on the pause. If the bream are biting timidly, Ill swap out the middle hook for a set of Ecogear ZX assist hooks. Fish these baits on braid and leader to keep the bait shallow and to set the hooks on bigger bream.

I have only one sponsor FIshIng Monthly so I have the FreedoM to use whatever lure brands I lIke.
I use the Siglett when I need to attract a bream from a distance, or when the water is a little dirty. I go smaller and quieter as the water gets clearer and calmer. If its sunny, I fish them in the shade. Dont be in a hurry to move a cicada out of the strike zone you can dead stick these baits until you run out of patience and theyll still get eaten. Dont believe people who tell you that bream topwaters are only good in low light. Thats rubbish. Fish them in the shade under the trees. these on 4lb nylon mono to eliminate any lineshadow.

2. Shrimp-imitating topwaters
Ecogear PX 45 and 55 ZipBaits Skinny Pop Nories Treju popper When there are jelly prawns flicking and being chased by bream, these baits come out. Ecogears PX 45 will be for when its calm and clear and the 55 for when theres more of a ripple and when more casting distance is required. Walk the dog with these and pause frequently. Swap the middle hook out for ZX hooks if the fish are boiling

5. Bay topwaters
Megabass Dog X Megabass Dog X Jr Austackle Skippy 85 Big Moreton Bay bream love big topwaters. These baits are big enough to cast a mile and big enough to get seen when the water is rough and the bream bite best. Definitely fish these on heavy braid and oversized leaders in shallow, rocky water.

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6. Miscellaneous cranks
Ecogear SX43 Rapala Ultra Light Shad Its rare that Ill use an SX43 over an SX40, but there are times in the wind when you need the control when youre casting. The Rapala is in there for the black bream. In my experience, they love the chromed baits much more than the yellowfin do.

7. Deep shads
Cranka Shad 42 (pimped) Atomic Bream Shad Jackall Chubby Minnow 35 Deep Overall, I believe that shad-shaped cranks hook up better than fat-bodied cranks. Therefore, whenever I think that theres no difference between the bites Ill get on either, Ill opt for the skinnier lure. All of these baits can be fished with the supplied hooks, no problems. The shad styles also seem to have better stability on a faster retrieve, so if Im in a high-current situation, these baits get tied on. Generally, the closer to structure Im fishing, the darker the crankbait is, hence the range of colours.

mainstream. SX40s catch fish all over Australia. The best thing is, hardly anyone throws them anymore. They have a very subtle rattle underwater and are a real finesse crankbait. I nearly always throw these on 2lb fluorocarbon, because if Im cranking with these, the waters usually clear. The LC models do cast better, however, Ive noticed no difference in fish catching ability between the two models. Bream eat em both. The orange belly/brown is dynamite in stained water.

or running too fast for the VX35s. Like most blades, I get plenty of fish on them dead-sticking them a foot up off the bottom just suspended. This is a great trick next to bridge pylons. The bream cant help themselves. The rockier the country, the darker the blade Ill try.

11. Ecogear ZX30


Ecogear ZX30 When I need to finesse bream on blades, these are the baits I tie on. The assist-hook system is ridiculously effective in converting the finest of bites into a solid hook-up. I think its because a lot of the time, the trailing hooks themselves are what the bream will bite. The secondary use of these is crankbaiting them in shallow, rocky water. Theyre virtually snag-proof and when the fish hooks up, there are no spare trebles to catch in any weed or outcrops.

9. Ecogear VX35
Ecogear VX35 in black Theres a pile of these in my box for a reason I think the VX35 is the most effective vibe on the market. It has a tight action and is small enough for the bream to get it in its mouth in one bite. When these metal vibes hit the bottom, they disappear in a puff of silt sometimes nearly totally! Thats why bream eat the lures while theyre just lying there on the bottom; theyre after the food thats trying to burrow away into the sediment. Fish these vibes on straight through fluorocarbon 3 or 4lb and set the hooks.

12. Stick minnows


Tiemco Stick Minnow Austackle prototype I love these things. They work all over Australia and I use them in places that most people would use a soft plastic. Nearly always, theyre thrown on 2lb fluorocarbon and 95% of bites come on a slack line either on the drop or off the bottom. I rarely use a stickbait over 40mm long. I think theyre too big. You want the bream to eat the lure and hook itself before you even see the line move. To this end, I use barbless trebles on them they go in as far as possible with the least pressure. Check out the Austackle version when it hits the market. Its smaller than the Tiemco and half the price!

8. Ecogear SX40s
Ecogear SX40 Ecogear SX40 Long Cast These are the small hard baits that brought crankbaits into tournament

10. Impact Tackle Bladez


Impact Tackle Bladez I tie these on when the waters too deep,

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13. Austackle Sakanas


Austackle SD40 Suspending Austackle makes one of the few fat cranks that suspends. I rarely need to twitch a crankbait for yellowfin a slow roll is usually the best but if I need to twitch a fat crank for black bream and sit the bait in the fishs face, this is the lure Ill use.

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14. Atomic Hardz Crank 38 Mid


Atomic Hardz Crank 38 mid. This is my favourite crankbait for yellowfin bream on weedy flats. They cast a mile and dive shallow enough that you can just tick the top of the grass. Theyre noisy enough to attract bream in from a distance. You just need to swap the hooks out to a wide gape treble to improve the hook-up and retention of larger fish. A Gamakatsu or Decoy wide gape is sweet.

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15. Atomic Hardz Crank 38 Deep


Atomic Hardz Crank 30 Deep Ive won plenty on this bait especially
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the GGB colour. Its uses are endless cranking rocky banks, pontoons, bridge pylons, docks and washes, its consistently brought home the goods. I also use it in the shallows, if its rocky. The big bib and positive buoyancy crawl it over the nastiest stuff. They also pimp-up a treat and Dan Stead has painted me some great colour versions. Dont leave home without them!

Cranka Crank 35mm shallow Now this is getting to a pretty specialised sort of bait, but if youre fishing the shallows and want a crankbait to grub along the bottom and hang there when youve stopped twitching it, these are the baits Id use. Mark Healey educated me on how to use these at St Helens in Tassie and theyve been useful ever since.

TT fine wire in various sizes I rarely fish heavy wire hooks on my jigheads. Fine wire versions go in easier, and youll lose more fish to a poor hook set than to bent hooks. The collared design isnt optimal for Aqua (Skip-in-the-Shade heads do it better), but as an all-round jighead, the TTs are hard to beat.

26. TT HWS hooks


TT Hidden Weight System hooks various light sizes Again, these are light wire wherever possible. Id love a dollar for every spooky bream thats been tempted by a Squidgy Lobby on a HWS. As a bonus, if you use HWS, youll look like a casting champion. They make nearly every plastic skip like a little girl and youll be sending them to the

16. Ecogear CX
Ecogear CX40 Ecogear CX35 Some more of Takayoshi Orimotos superb designs, the CX40 is a tad too big for a lot of my breaming, but its my go-to lure for cranking deep in heavy structure, like in Sydney Harbours docks. It runs deep. I got to fish with prototypes of the CX35 in 2011 and its a killer. It casts well and is right in the size range that will catch you a lot of fish wherever you throw it. It has a skinny enough tail to let you fish with the factory hooks if you like and not lose too many fish.

21. Ultra-small jerkbaits (1)


Presso Minnow 4cm Jackall Chubby Minnow 35mm shallow When the going gets tough for black bream, these are my go-to baits small, finesse jerkbaits that you can leave in the face of a bream that might not want to eat. These baits have an excellent hook-up ratio because of their small size.

17. Big, long, deep jerkbaits


Daiwa 75mm Double Clutch After Port Sorrell giant bream in Tassie started eating this like theyd never seen food before, these baits quickly got shunted from the bass box to the bream gear! I havent had too much success on yellowfin bream with these, but big Derwent black bream chow them down. Double Clutches are great for fishing the 4-10ft range, especially in some current. Rip and pause them.

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22. Ultra small jerkbaits (2)
Rapala X-Rap 4cm The smallest of the Rapala X-Rap stable is the deepest diving of the finesse jerkbaits. Im not really a fan of the feather tied to the rear treble so I dont bother replacing it when the hook wears out. I cut it off if I want the smallest profile possible. shady depths of no return in no time. Skip one in and hang on.

18. Smaller, deep jerkbaits


HKML Zagger and K-II Daiwa Shiner Strike Pro Bass-X Bassday Sugar Deep These small, chrome jerkbaits fill the gap between the Double Clutches (deep) and the Presso Minnows (shallow). Black bream really do love the stop-start jerkbait retrieve. It wasnt a big step for a Queenslander whod caught more barra than black bream. You cant pause these things for too long.

27. Worm hooks


Various models with a small gape As I use these for presenting Ecogears Pink Grubs, I like a hook with as small a gape as possible. This is because I want the bream to be able to scoff it down in one go. A selection of sizes around #1 will be fine.

23. Ultra small jerkbaits (3)


Ecogear MX48 I caught my biggest bream on this bait 46cm to the fork of the tail and the fish crushed the bait enough with its jaws to leave stress cracks through the plastic. Like all Ecogear baits, this one is ready to swim straight from the box, and the blacks love it when you twitch it in the shallows.

28. Soft baits


Ecogear Grass Minnow M (okiami) Ecogearaqua 40mm (olive prawn) Ecogearaqua 50mm (king prawn) Squidgy Pro Range Lobby SM (dusk) I must have the smallest selection of plastics in Australia. I like Pink Grubbing on top, HWSing with Lobbies and jighead rigging Ecogearaqua and thats about it. If I think that soft baits are the best way to fill my limit, I will use them. But if theyre in my box, theyre there for a reason! So there they are a dozen boxes culled down to just one. Ill have to keep it intact because I plan to travel to some far-flung breamin venues in 2012, and that 4700 will fit the bill perfectly.
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19. Shallow jerkbaits


Rapala X-Rap 6cm Jackall Colt Minnow 65 Daiwa Presso Minnow Ecogear MW62 A high tide over some rocky shallows or over a productive weed bed and these little baits come into their own. Add stick on lead strips to make these suspend or run with a nose-up attitude. I use mainly chrome colours, because the black bream like em that way. Like all jerkbaits, pause these often and wait for the bite.

24. Resin heads


Squidgy Resin Heads If you need to fish a plastic with an ultra-slow sink rate but still keep it on a level keel, these heads work a treat. You need to be conscious of the thick hooks as they sometimes take some setting. The wire keeper is perfect for Ecogearaqua.

20. Shallow, fat, suspending cranks

25. Jigheads

bream earnings, rankings & records

erkley BREAM Pro Russell Babekuhl finished 2011 on a high, claiming the Daiwa BREAM Grand Final win, the NSW Lowrance AOY crown, and 3rd in the BREAM rankings. AFC angler Tristan Taylor had a similar end to the season, with a podium finish at the final, the QLD Lowrance AOY trophy and $10,000 in winnings for the season. Other anglers to cash in big time for 2011 included Steve Morgan ($8,300), Darren Borg ($7,600) and Kris Hickson ($7,500). Morgan and Hickson fished hard against each other in the rankings battle; they were dead even with 411 points each after the completion of the Forster final. Season bragging rights ultimately went to Morgan, who claimed the number one

rank due to his higher finish at the Grand Final. 2011 unleashed a host of first-time winners. Kevin Attard (Lake Macquarie), Steve Eldred (Gold Coast), Simon Szcepaniak (Hawkesbury), Drew McGrath (Bribie Island), and Hugh Wirth (Port River), Jarrod Healey (Mallacoota) and Jack Dawson (Albany) all broke through for their maiden win. Kayak anglers really made their mark in 2011, with Greg Lewis doing the unthinkable and claiming the AOY title with a 500/500 points tally. Daniel Brown went back-to-back to claim his second GF win at the DaiwaHobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final at Port Macquarie, while Queenslanders Nicholas Meredith and Tristan Taylor joined Brown on the 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)

winners podium. The Skeeter BREAM Classic Championship hit Taree, NSW, to crown the champion BREAM Team for the year, with local guns Kris Hickson and Daniel Brown claiming the win for Team Manning River Marine. The pair picked up 70 points each in the National BREAM Classic Rankings system, a healthy boost to their tally that saw Hickson finish 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 Mick Torley and Gary Beazley for their contribution to the collation of the BREAM statistics for 2011. 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)

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

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 QUEENSLAND


2000 - Mike Delisser (286/300pts) 2001 - Tim Morgan (200/200pts) 2002 - Chris Metcalfe (200/200pts) 2003 - Chris Metcalfe (193/200pts) 2004 - Jay Morgan (190/200pts) 2005 - Kelvin Williams (196/200pts) 2006 - Travis Davies (194/200pts)
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
2005 - Mick Pressnell (200/200pts) 2006 - Scott Towner (100/100pts) 2007 Shaun Ossitt (100/100pts) 2008 Wayne Friebe (193/200pts)

VICTORIA
2003 - Kevin Gleed (190/200pts) 2004 - Chris Wright (195/200pts) 2005 - Chris Wright (198/200pts)

2009 Dean Truman (100/100pts) 2010 Warren Carter (100/100pts) 2011- Hugh Wirth (100/100pts)

Forster MegaBREAM 2004

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)

Biggest Bream in a BreAM Qualifying event / Super Series OVerALL

Super Series: 848 bream between 103 anglers For 388.55kg at Gold Coast, August 2007.

NeW SOUTH WALeS

NATIONAL NON- BOATer


2011 - Mark Hayes (291/300pts)

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.

Qualifier: 522 bream between 114 anglers for 1.88kg - Nigel Webster, Gippsland Lakes, 2004. 255.12kg at Clarence, 2004. QUeeNSLAND Super Series: 800 bream between 123 anglers 1.54kg - Steve Chenoweth, Sanctuary Cove, for 401.34kg at Clarence, May 2008. VICTOrIA June 2002. NeW SOUTH WALeS Qualifier: 583 bream between 76 anglers for 1.78kg - Jack Olmos, Clarence River, 2005. 429.27kg at Mallacoota, March 2010. VICTOrIA Super Series: 108 bream between 50 anglers 1.88kg - Nigel Webster, for 78.6kg at Gippsland Lakes, April 2008. WeSTerN AUSTrALIA Gippsland Lakes, 2004. WeSTerN AUSTrALIA 476 bream between 78 anglers for 253.03kg at 1.71kg - Miriam Melis, Perth, June 2004. Walpole, 2004.

TASMANIA
1.84kg Steve Steer, St Helens, February 2009.

TASMANIA
Qualifier: 300 bream between 57 anglers for 311.53kg at Derwent River, March 2008. Super Series: 375 bream between 58 anglers for 369.25kg at Derwent River, March 2010.

SOUTH AUSTrALIA
1.55kg - Craig Seignor, Port River, Sept 2006.

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

Biggest Limit of Five Bream 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.

NeW SOUTH WALeS


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

Most Bream Weighed at a BreAM Grand Final


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

NeW SOUTH WALeS


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

BreAM Classic Grand Final Champions


2007 Squidgy (Chris Cleaver & Zachias Crombie) 2008 Pflueger/Evinrude (Andrew Homann & Neil Foley) 2009 Squidgy (Chris Cleaver & Bill Kayayannis) 2010 Colac Tackle (Stephen Parker & Dan Mackrell) 2011- Manning River Marine (Kris Hickson & Daniel Brown)

VICTOrIA
5/5, 6.34kg - Michael Rantall, Gippsland, March 2006.

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
5/5, 4.35kg - John-Paul Cronin, Albany, April 2005.

WeSTerN AUSTrALIA
10/10, 7.32kg - Dror Pietsch, Walpole, 2004.

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

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

SOUTH AUSTrALIA
5/5, 4.75kg Warren Carter, Nathan Alsop, Port River, September 2005.

Heaviest Winning Weight in a BreAM Classic Grand Final


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

Most BreAM event Qualifying Wins


Chris Wright (7).

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.

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

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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Biggest Bream in an ABT BreAM event


1.99kg - Chris Wright,

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 Steve Morgan Kris Hickson Russell Babekuhl Darren Borg Chris Wright Tristan Taylor Cameron Whittam Shaun Clancy Warren Carter Wayne Reed Scott Butler Steve Parker Don Johnston Graham Franklin Steve Gill John Balcomb Steve Eldred Chris Britton Shayne Gillett Mark Mangold Spiro Spyropolous Wayne Friebe David McKenzie Tom Deer Scott Towner QLD NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD VIC VIC VIC NSW QLD VIC WA NSW NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW NSW VIC VIC QLD SA NSW 411 411 392 353 342 338 315 295 290 274 274 263 252 235 223 212 211 199 196 194 194 194 175 166 164 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 Brad Hodges Anthony Wishey Patrick Sullivan Jarrod Healey Codie Stewart Damien Domagala Adam Sczepaniak Robert Kwiatkowski Richard Potter Matthew Finney Grant Kime Adam Ward Peter Cashman Ross Cannizzaro Szarn Tink Mick Torley Grayson Fong Beau Startin Aaron Sharp Michael Starkey Tim Morgan Mitch Birt Michael Maas Chris Seeto Ian Seeto VIC QLD TAS VIC NSW VIC NSW QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW WA QLD QLD NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW NSW 160 156 155 154 151 147 144 144 141 134 133 133 130 128 128 127 124 124 118 117 115 114 113 113 113 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 Andrew Krushka Dror Pietsch Drew McGrath Jordan Trusty Daniel Brown David Beer Dave Welfare James Ison Mark Healey Ben Hill Kevin Attard Dean Truman William Lee Anthony Thorpe Wal Balzan Simon Sczepaniak Alex Greisdorf Nigel Webster Tony Thorley Dean Hammond Graham Green John Timbrell Greg Woods Matt Fraser Murray Jeffery TAS WA VIC VIC NSW WA NSW NSW NSW TAS NSW SA QLD NSW NSW NSW WA QLD NSW NSW WA NSW TAS QLD WA 111 110 104 104 103 99 99 98 98 98 97 95 91 90 89 89 87 86 86 86 85 85 85 84 84

TOP 60 rankings bream classic


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Kristoffer Hickson Russell Babekuhl Trent Fahey Darren Borg Mark Healey Adrian Neoh Daniel Brown Cameron Whittam Warren Carter Tracey Mammen Scott Butler Steve Morgan Peter Macor Troy Vankampen Greg Byrne Ben Cronk Anthony Thorpe Rodney Thorpe Dean Hammond David McKenzie (TNB)

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Tristan Taylor Wayne Reed Jeff Brundson Wayne Bale Steve Eldred Tim Morgan Aaron Horne Chris Britton Will Lee Alan Loftus Anthony Duff Matt Finney Aaron Sharp Michael Hodges Daniel Mackrell Stephen Parker Greg Wirth Hugh Wirth Mark Hayes Brian Everingham

179 177 174 174 172 168 167 167 166 164 163 163 161 160 160 160 158 158 157 156

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Paul Tippett Rob Kwiatkowski Mark Holman Anthony Wishey Warwick Cregan Ian Ison James Ison Ross Cannizzaro Scott Lear Beau Startin John Startin Michael Corbett Brad Biddleston Mick Smith Shane Barling Nathan McInnes John Balcomb Bill Karaynnis Peter Jarvis Tony Thorley

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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 Geoffrey Borg Nathan Tuskes Philip Nix Mark Hayes Tracey Mammen Andrew Wallace Bernard Kong James Smith Peter Godfrey Tom Slater Jonathon Thompson Colin Gunning Nabeel Issa Andrew Williams Nathan McInnes Andrew Dibley Tim Olsen Tony Moore Matt Williams Mark Healey Heath Blaikie Tyler White Allan Wilson Isaac Harris Vaughan Lewis NSW QLD NSW Vic QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW WA QLD NSW NSW Vic AcT QLD QLD NSW NSW QLD Vic TAS NSW 296 295 273 268 213 210 195 186 184 173 164 162 162 161 158 156 149 142 139 139 136 135 135 132 129 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 Lex Court Jim Xyga Ross Beinke Nick Georgiadis Suzanne Sironovic Chris Maas Oliver Seear Warwick Lyndon Richard Linossi Ben Kingaby Mike Hodges Darren Evans Chris Horne Daniel Stead Alex Franchuck David Walmsley Tony Neal Peter Mazey Jeffrey Esperitu Zig Domagala Rodney Thorpe Mick Brooks Dion Bull Luke Novak Nick Lototzky NSW Vic QLD NSW WA QLD WA QLD Vic QLD Vic NSW QLD QLD Vic NSW NSW Vic NSW Vic NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW 129 127 127 127 127 125 125 124 120 117 116 115 111 109 109 109 108 107 106 103 102 102 101 99 99 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 Steven Cefai Peter Jarvis Kyle Branch Gordon Yeatman Grayson Fong Simon McAlpin Mark Lennox Justin Conn Michael Milburn Jordan Trusty Jayden Riggs Gary Middleton Karen Berry Lee Younan-Wise Liam Court Michael Burman Angus Collins Ian Smith Max Line David Packham Geoff Spadaccini Mace Boyer Andrew Hamilton Greg Cooper Luke Cunningham NSW NSW NSW AcT QLD NSW NSW Vic NSW Vic QLD QLD NSW NSW QLD WA QLD WA WA NSW WA Vic Vic WA QLD 97 97 96 93 92 92 92 91 91 91 90 89 89 89 88 87 85 85 84 82 82 81 81 80 80

TOP 60 rankings kaYak


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Greg Lewis Jason Meech Nicholas Meredith Peter Woods Will Lee Dave Hedge Chris Burbidge Scott Baker Stewart Dunn Joel Crosbie Kevin Winchester Martin Fellows Scott Lovig Luke Kay Daniel Brown Jonathon Chen Matt Petrie Scott Sandilands Gary Beazley Gary Cooke 331 276 275 239 234 230 229 220 219 218 213 211 208 207 205 201 200 199 199 191 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Tristan Taylor Andrew Death Stephen Maas Steve Fields Neil Carstairs Andrew Krushka Jordan Trusty Tony Pettie Grayson Fong Shane Owens Derek Steele Phil Pluis Jason Reid Richard Somerton Brian Rutledge Carl Dubois Denis Metzdorf Scott Brownlees Clark Wilson Wayne Bone 184 181 178 174 173 168 164 157 154 154 154 152 147 141 141 137 132 129 116 116 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 Ben Hough Brett Ozanne Ben Harrison Rhett Gill Andrew Hillyard Craig Coughlan Huan Tran Peter Bostock Bob Boss Colin Peasey Jason Price Raymond Stork Michelle Carmody Scott Marcinkowski Bill Woods Darren Borg Ryan Dixon Glenn Chester Jason Lambert John Van Vliet
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Bream earnings* 2011


Darren BORG Steve MORGAN Scott TOWNER Chris WRIGHT Kris HICKSON Russell BABEKUHL Tim MORGAN Mark MANGOLD Chris BRITTON Andrew HOWARD Ben GODFREY Warren CARTER Tristan TAYLOR Anthony WISHEY Shaun CLANCY Steve ELDRED Cameron WHITTAM Craig SIMMONS Robert KWIATKOWSKI Ian MILLER Michael STARKEY John BALCOMB Andrew HOMANN Wayne REED Nigel WEBSTER Martin RICHARDSON Jack OLMOS Daniel BROWN Szarn TINK Spiro SPYROPOULOS Kaj BUSCH Jay MORGAN Ross LAMOTTE Michael HORN QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW QLD NSW QLD VIC QLD QLD VIC QLD VIC QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW NSW WA VIC NSW NSW NSW QLD $62,425 $57,981 $54,000 $46,783 $41,539 $40,986 $39,911 $34,400 $30,595 $28,125 $25,600 $21,921 $20,756 $17,650 $17,300 $16,474 $16,250 $15,300 $15,270 $14,350 $13,601 $13,500 $13,200 $13,175 $13,050 $12,625 $12,550 $11,775 $11,550 $11,523 $11,400 $10,600 $10,350 $10,200 Adam WARD Dror PIETSCH Steve STARLING Michael COLLINS Stephen DUFF Gavin DUNNE David WELFARE Brad HODGES Russ WILLIAMS Graham FRANKLIN Wayne FRIEBE Andrew COWLING Daryl SCHRODER Chris METCALFE David McKENZIE Trent SHORT Steve STEER Patrick SULLIVAN Chris MARTIN Michael METCALFE David GIBSON Dean SILVESTER David BEER Simon VAUGHAN Chris RUSSELL Jarrod HEALEY Mark HEALEY Michael MAAS Dean NASH John STARTIN Clayton GUSMERINI Stephen WILSON Aaron HORNE Ben TURBOTT NSW WA NSW NSW VIC QLD NSW VIC NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW QLD QLD QLD TAS TAS NSW QLD NSW QLD WA Qld NSW VIC NSW QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW $9,850 $9,600 $9,300 $8,800 $8,475 $8,450 $8,445 $8,350 $8,000 $7,756 $7,695 $7,500 $7,500 $7,450 $7,400 $7,400 $7,250 $6,925 $6,850 $6,500 $6,350 $6,245 $6,026 $6,000 $5,950 $5,700 $5,625 $5,600 $5,500 $5,475 $5,400 $5,400 $5,350 $5,264 Matt FRASER Steve PARKER Glen HELMERS Geoff SPADACCINI Greg LEE Patrick DEBATTISTA Mark GERCOVICH Scott LEAR Wade EATON David OTWAY Scott BUTLER Trent BUTLER Darren SECKOLD Leigh MCKENZIE Damien DOMAGALA Gregg FLETT Travis DAVIES Drew GRIFFITHS Jay PERHAM Peter KELLEHER Simon SCZEPANIAK Karen SCULLY Ian SEWELL Beau STARTIN Stuart McKINNON Robert IRONS Michael TORLEY Will LEE Adam SCZEPANIAK Peter MCKINNON Kelvin WILLIAMS Kevin GLEED Shane DYASON Michael GEARY QLD VIC NSW WA NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW TAS VIC NSW QLD QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW WA NSW VIC NSW QLD QLD NSW NSW QLD NSW VIC QLD $5,200 $5,175 $5,150 $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 $4,200 $4,050 $4,000 $4,000 $3,900 $3,825 $3,790 $3,725 $3,650 $3,600 $3,525 $3,525 $3,500 $3,500 $3,400 $3,400 $3,400 $3,350

kayak earnings 2011


Greg Lewis Jason Meech Will Lee Nicholas Meredith Daniel Brown Matt Petrie Stewart Dunn Dave Hedge Jordan Trusty Chris Burbidge Scott Baker
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$9,870 $4,355 $2,260 $2,040 $1,775 $1,725 $1,600 $1,580 $1,500 $1,425 $1,400

Joel Crosbie Luke Kay Peter Woods Wayne Robinson Tristan Taylor Gary Cooke Shane Owens Rhett Gill Andrew Death Martin Fellows Brad Turner

$1,300 $1,250 $1,150 $1,150 $1,100 $1,025 $975 $920 $910 $850 $800

Kevin Winchester Steve Fields Scott Lovig Jonathon Chen Nigel Webster Tony Pettie Andrew Krushka Richard Somerton Neil Cartairs Carl Dubois Wayne Bone

$730 $725 $710 $700 $650 $650 $610 $600 $585 $550 $520

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ToTal Earnings
Shuan CHAPMAN Aaron SHARP Jesse LOMAS Darren GEORGESTON Don JOHNSTON Anthony THORPE Roderick WALMSLEY Nick CUCCOVIA Adrian NEOH Adam TODD Matthew KELLY Steve KANOWSKI Tyson DETHERIDGE Robert DAWSON Adam OCONNOR Richard POTTER Steve GILL Kevin ATTARD Daniel MACKRELL Wade STENHOUSE Dean TRUMAN Grayson FONG Alex GRIESDORF Dean HAMMOND Peter MACOR Peter MORGAN Shaun OSSITT Mark DUNPHY Matthew FINNEY Phil JAGGER Murray JEFFERY Tom DEER Michael PASSAU NSW Qld QLD NSW WA NSW QLD WA NSW SA NSW QLD NSW WA NSW NSW NSW NSW VIC WA SA QLD WA NSW NSW QLD SA NSW NSW WA WA SA NSW $3,325 $3,300 $3,300 $3,250 $3,250 $3,225 $3,200 $3,150 $3,075 $3,070 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $2,950 $2,900 $2,900 $2,865 $2,850 $2,800 $2,750 $2,650 $2,625 $2,400 $2,400 $2,400 $2,350 $2,320 $2,300 $2,300 $2,300 $2,280 $2,250 $2,200 Rudy HOLZFIEND Joe CRUST Andrew KRUSHKA Drew MCGRATH Jack DAWSON Ross CANNIZZARO Shayne GILLETT Chris CLEAVER Ben SANDMAN Matt TAYLOR Ricky COOPER Mark WARD John SCHOFIELD Mick PRESSNELL Miriam MELIS Dave ROBINSON Josh BATTERSON Ron ASHMAN Jorg VAN HUSEN Nathan SEWELL Arthur HATZIPETROW David TOSLAND Ian SEETO Lance SULKOWSKI Micheal RANTALL Norm KEMP Grant MANUSU Peter HERBST James GRAHAM Ben SCULLIN Darryl DIMMICK David OREILLY Gary NEWELL VIC NSW TAS QLD WA NSW NSW NSW QLD NSW NSW QLD QLD VIC ACT QLD NSW NSW NSW QLD QLD NSW NSW NSW VIC NSW NSW QLD WA VIC QLD WA NSW $2,200 $2,175 $2,100 $2,100 $2,100 $2,100 $2,100 $2,050 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,900 $1,850 $1,850 $1,800 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,700 $1,600 $1,575 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,375 $1,350 $1,320 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300

$1,418,866
Stephen TRACEY Grant KIME Charlie SAYKAO Max FROST Peter JARVIS Warren DREW Andrew HYSLOP Chris LeMESSURIER Graham GREEN Graham TAYLOR Nathan GILDERS Rodney THORPE Craig SEIGINOR Paul OSULLIVAN Robert HARVEY Stuart GORDON Chris DELAND Ian CLIFT Bill MAGUIRE Craig ELLIS David FLETCHER Dino TAGLIERI Hugh WIRTH Ira FEHLBERG Jason DUNNE John TIMBRELL Jordan TRUSTY Karl CATHCART Kurt BLANKSBY Mark HOLMAN Neil FOLEY Rodney METZELAAR Steve MORAN Qld NSW WA NSW NSW WA NSW WA WA VIC WA NSW VIC QLD VIC WA NSW SA NSW SA QLD NSW SA WA NSW NSW VIC WA WA NSW NSW NSW QLD $1,300 $1,275 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,125 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,100 $1,088 $1,050 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

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Raymond Stork Tim Moszekiari Jason Reid Chris Lacey Robert Greetham Stephen Maas Scott Sandilands Bob Boss Grayson Fong Derek Steele $420 $420 $400 $400 $400 $400 $390 $380 $380 $370 Josh Carpenter Mark Thompson Brian Rutledge Bryan Lazzaro Darren Borg David Varney Nick Mace Scott Marcinkowski Ben Harrison Jayson Clarke $350 $350 $320 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $280 $280 Ian Seeto

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Money earners over $200 published.

Gary Beazley Daniel Holder Jason Price Brett Ozanne Jason Lambert Josh de Groot Keeton Eoff Ryan Dixon

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TexT: Grayson FonG PhoToGraPhy: GreG seeTo

Madness
Kayak fishing is gathering phenomenal momentum. Combine this with the fishing knowledge of the competitors and the friendships they have forged throughout the events and you got the true spirit of tournament fishing: having fun.

Daniel Brown loads up on another fish on his way to victory in the 2011 Daiwahobie BreaM Kayak Grand Final.

he 2011 Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak season was nothing less that a year of kayak-fueled breaming madness. 15 rounds, nine arena champions, six states and to top it off an Angler of the Year with an unprecedented six victories. What more could you ask for? A red-hot Grand Final, thats what. And thats exactly what anglers got at Port Macquarie on the last weekend in October. The final had an added international flavour, with the Daiwa-Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships, bringing an extra tier of competition to the pinnacle event of the year. The competition was fierce, the fishing was challenging and the final five took it to the wire. Lets see how the top five faired in the end of season title fight.
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The PaceseTTer
5th ryan Dixon, 3/6, 1.68kg
Kayak fishing was a new experience for Queensland angler Ryan Dixon. After borrowing a Hobie for his debut at this years Round 13 event at Redcliffe, Ryan used his local knowledge and prowess to secure a top 10 finish and book himself a seat at the Grand Final. Ryans quiet demeanour, huge fishing ability, and a burgeoning knowledge and ability to catch bream (largely thanks to kayak breaming guru Will Lee), make him a future force to be reckoned with. After locating fish in the canals on prefish day, Ryans game plan was simply to grind it out. Will and I found good fish in the canals

during prefish but we left them alone in hope they would fire on Day 1, Dixon said. The bream did not disappoint. Armed with a cutdown 3 Z-Man ShrimpZ in natural, rigged on a 1/16oz TT jighead and liberally coated with S-Factor, Ryan hit the canals using parallel casting across the front of pontoons to bag his first solid legal in just under half an hour. After a cracker start, Ryan spent the next few hours sifting through some smaller fish as conditions glassed out and the fish became timid. When the wind finally picked up, so did the bites. Dixon noticed bream chasing a small school of prawns on nearby pontoons, and he targeted them using a pitch and sink technique on his Z-Man. He soon had

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It was kayak gridlock when 50 plus kayakers converged on the Port Macquarie Grand Final.

I couldnt have asked for a better experience, he said. I am thankful to Hobie Australia, ABT and my new Aussie mates!

THe MagICIan
3rd Place - Tristan Taylor, 4/6, 1.84kg
If you have heard of bream tournaments, you have heard of Tristan Taylor. Hailing from the Gamakatsu Team stables, this young Queenslander has the magic touch. Tristan has a list of top-five finishes a mile long, and tough fishing conditions bring out the best in him. After qualifying with a second place finish in round 13 at his home waters of Redcliffe in Queensland, Tristan continued his stellar 2011 year with victories in both individual and team events. Everybody knew he was one to watch going into the Grand Final.

a second legal fish in his well still with 2.5 hours of fishing time to go. After the bite slowed Dixon resorted to using a stinger in the tail of his cutdown ShrimpZ which increased his catch rate and snagged his second legal.

as they were a huge source of information.

learning To Win
Armed with his newfound knowledge, Keeton studied maps of the area with the help of others to forge a game plan for each day of the tournament. After sourcing good fish during prefish, Eoff found he needed to upgrade his leaders to 6lb fluorocarbon as he was getting blown away in the oyster racks and losing more fish than he could boat. This upgrade paid

Work Comes first


After having no prefish due to work commitments, Taylors prior knowledge of the Hastings River was invaluable. Armed with updates from 2011 ABT Champion and NSW breaming guru Russell Babekuhl, Tristans game plan for the weekend was to hit one area and one area only: Limeburners Creek. Littered with oyster racks, submerged

Ryans Crab Hot Pot


Dixon hooked his kicker fish five minutes later only to have it wrap itself around a crab pot rope. I could see the rope moving in the water, Ryan said, so I paddled over, dragged up the crab pot and netted my fish! Ryans solid bag left him leading the event after day one with a solid 1.68kg. Day two was less kind to Ryan, who found the glassy conditions really tough. After a plethora of undersized fish and flathead finding his line, Dixons day one honey hole was dry, leaving him to weigh no fish on the final day. He was philosophical about it, however. I had an awesome time at the Grand Final this year and to be leading it after day one was amazing, he said.

Daniel Brown fished the oyster racks in Limeburners Creek each day to catch his fish.

THe InTeRnaTIonal Man of MysTeRy


4th Place Keeton eoff, 5/6, 1.84kg
For Keeton Eoff, its was a long way from his home waters in Abilene, Texas USA, but he packed two very important things for his trip over to Australia: his ears and his talent! After only three days of fishing our waters, Keeton credits his bream fishing success to the Australian Hobie Fishing Team. Keeton says their education and knowledge sharing brought him up to speed in no time. They taught me techniques on how to bream fish and we had a blast! he said. Also, I listened to everything that came out of Steve Morgans and Kris Hicksons mouths

off, allowing him to fish the areas more aggressively and get more fish into the livewell. Keeton also praised the Hobie Kayaks, saying they allowed him to fish more to his style. I love these Hobie Pro Anglers, he said. They allow me to stand up and fish more aggressively. Keetons fishing prowess and versatility certainly shone through as he finished the tournament with consistent bag weights each day, leaving him in fourth place ahead of some well-respected anglers. Keeton enjoyed every second of his time on and off our waters and certainly earned the respect of his fellow peers.

poles and big bream, Tristan knew he was in for a good fight, upgrading his leaders to 14lb to combat any nasties. You cant afford to give these fish an inch, he laughed. If you do, youre history! Day one saw Tristan head to the infamous Limeburners Creek along with Tarees Daniel Brown and Hobie AOY Champ Greg Lewis, so he knew he was in the right area. After a frustrating first part of the session, including losing a good fish and seeing big fish swimming throughout the racks, Taylor left Limeburners with eventual winner Daniel Brown. Tristan then searched for fish in the deep waters outside Edgewater Holiday Park, but this proved to be unrewarding so he returned
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The livewells in the factory supplied Hobie kayaks kept the fish in tip-top shape with all fish swimming away to fight another day.

to Limeburners. There he bagged one legal to leave him in 22nd place after day one with a mere 0.34kg.

Hobie gun angler Greg Lewis, Tristan found hungry bream amongst the racks and caught his first legal early in the session.

The Hardest Thing


After a good nights sleep, Taylor knew the tough fishing conditions meant he was still in with a chance of sliding into the top 5 if he could just hook some of the big fish hed spotted on the previous day. There were big bream everywhere up Limeburners but getting them to bite was the hardest thing, he said. I was determined to get them out! With most anglers fearing an epic bust-off while fishing treacherous structure, Tristan took the gamble of downsizing (yes, you heard right!) his leaders to 4lb Unitika fluorocarbon. Taylor suspected that the heavy leader hed used the day before had hampered his chances of catching the flighty fish. His gamble paid off. While fishing near

Keep On Truckin
Not satisfied with just one fish, Taylor trucked up to the back of Limeburners, stopping at floating racks along the way. Lady luck was certainly looking after him that day; his next legal came soon after while pitching his Atomic Crank 38 past the floating structure and retrieving the lure parallel to the racks. To finish off the session, Tristan caught his last legal in about a foot of water while fishing the mangrove edges up the back of the creek. I pitched my Dog X Jr up into the mangroves and saw this bow wave head straight for it, he said. Then boom I was on! Taylors bag turned out to be the second biggest for day two, shooting him up the leader board and onto the podium. I knew I could do it, he said. I just needed to convert my hook-ups. It just goes to show that a little faith can go a long way.

devised a plan that worked to his strengths of crankbaiting over flats and structure. I found fish by slow rolling cranks over oyster rack rails and on nearby flats, but it was important to dredge the lure along the bottom, he said. It was a lot like the fishing we do at home [Redcliffe and the Sunshine Coast]. Armed with that knowledge, Nick hit the back of Big Bay on day one which saw him bag out over the day but his success came with a price. I lost a lot of lures fishing along the bottom and over racks, he admitted. Fish would smash the lure and dive straight into the racks. To his credit, Nick gathered a respectable bag of 1.00kg, leaving him within shooting distance of the leaders going into day two.

stick With it
On day two Nicks plan deviated little from the previous day, but he had to bide his time to allow the tide to flood the majority of his spots in Big Bay. To fill in some time he fished a deep diving hardbody, casting it parallel to some floating racks nearby. This technique proved to be fruitful, netting his first legal of the morning at 31cm to the fork. Then, with the wind in his sails, Nick paddled to his honey hole to fill his bag before conditions got tough. I knew if I had my fish before the wind dropped and the water glassed out, I would be in with a chance, he said. He paid particular attention not to stand up in his Hobie as he was certain it would spook the fish from biting as he stealthily snuck around Big Bay. Meredith continued cranking around racks

Mr COnsisTenCy
2nd Place - nick Meredith, 6/6, 2.23kg
Former ABT boater Nick Meredith made a smooth transition to kayak breaming and performed consistently throughout the 2011 Daiwa Hobie Bream Series. Until the Grand Final, Nick had never fished at Port Macquarie. However, under the expert advice of NSW waters specialist Craig Simmo Simmons and a little help from Google Earth, Nick used his strengths to nut out two good bags that earned him 2nd place. After splitting the prefish duties with fellow Queenslander Stephen Maas, Meredith

Tristan Taylor was always one of the anglers to watch in the final, and rightly so with the QLD breamer finishing 3rd.

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and flats during the rest of the session but no upgrades were to be seen. I lost no fish over the Grand Final and neither in any of the Hobie rounds during the year, said the self-confessed kayak fanatic. I really think it contributed to my consistent results. Nicks fishing ability put him in the Top 5 in the six Hobie Bream events he entered in 2011, even taking top honours in Round 11 on the Clarence River.

Mr Cool
1st place - Daniel Brown, 6/6, 2.44kg
Some say hes quiet, others say hes overconfident. However, the best word to describe the defending Daiwa-Hobie Bream champion Daniel Brown on day one of this years finale was cool. Brown saw no need to prefish as he knew where he needed to go the only issue for him was getting the fish out. When asked about his day one decision to attack the racks of Big Bay near Limeburners Creek, Brown said he fished for big bites. All I wanted was my three fish each day and I knew Id be up there, he said. However, the dream start that Brown had wanted was not to be; the windless low tide showed him no love, forcing him upstream to Edgewater Holiday Park to chase fish in deeper water. With only undersize fish as reward for his journey, Brown returned to his beloved Big

Bay to source out good bream feeding amongst weeds in 3-4ft of water. Once I locked into them, I had my limit within half an hour, he said. As day one of his title defence drew to a close leaving him in sixth spot and only an earshot from the leaders with a bag of 1.11kg. Browns legals fell to a combination of a cutdown Houdini coloured 3 Z-Man ShrimpZ soft plastic rigged on a 1/40th TT HWS jighead and a Pontoon 21 Crackerjack 48 hardbody lure in bleeding prawn colour. He liberally coated both lures with Squidgy S-Factor. For Daniel, success of his Z-Man ShrimpZ came from fishing it with a slow sink, hop and pause technique which was complemented by a slow roll, pause and twitch retrieve used on his hardbody lure.

Brown fished for big bites each day, and this was the biggest one he got, his day two kicker.

Fairytale Finish
With the first part of his fairytale complete, Browns day two plan was to search for feeding fish in the mid-depth waters of Big Bay to mimic his day one success. The reward came earlier on day two for Brown as his first legal came a hour and a half into the session from an oyster-laden rack, with the fish falling victim to a Z-Man ShrimpZ. Landing his second legal proved to be more of a heart-pumping experience for Brown, after pitching his soft plastic deep under an oyster shed. My ShrimpZ got smashed on the drop, Daniel said. I loaded the rod, wound as fast

as I could and hoped for the best! With luck on his side, avoiding all the nasties of the oyster shed, his kicker fish was soon gasping for air in the livewell. Browns heavy leader (12lb-15lb) choice had paid dividends, keeping the defending champ in the hunt. Browns third fish soon followed while slow rolling his Pontoon 21 lure across oyster rails, completing his three fish limit. Brown continued to upgrade two more times to have him paddling back to the finish feeling quietly confident. I knew the place was fishing tough and if some guys in front of me stumbled, I knew I might have a chance to finish in the top three, he said. When Nick [Meredith] and I got held back until the end of the weigh-in, I had a sneaking suspicion I might have enough.

The Winning Fish


In the end, Daniels oyster shed dwelling kicker fish proved to be the title clincher. Browns final day bag of 1.33kg pipped Nick Meredith by a mere 100g, making him DaiwaHobie Bream Champion for 2011. Daniel was elated, and said that to win one grand final was amazing enough, but to get two was mind blowing. It goes to show that keeping cool under tournament pressure and sticking your game plan can really pay off.

A DreAM Finish
The true winner at this years Daiwa Hobie Bream Grand Final was the sport of kayak fishing. Steve Fields, Hobie Australasia and ABT joined forces to deliver anglers one of the best seasons the tournament scene as seen, and it is not hard to see why kayak fishing is gathering phenomenal momentum. Combine this with the fishing knowledge of the competitors and the friendships they have forged throughout the events and you got the true spirit of tournament fishing: having fun.

Brown has reason to smile, claiming back-to-back Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Grand Final wins.

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Lewis didnt win three events in 2011 he won five to claim the AOY crown, a feat that more than likely will never be beat.

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Perfection in tournament fishing, as in most parts of life, is just about impossible to achieve. For kayak bream fishing supremo Greg Lewis, the 2010/2011 Daiwa-Hobie BREAM Kayak Series was the season when he achieved perfection and lived the impossible dream.

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n his hunt for the Angler of the Year Title, Lewis achievement what was the stuff of legends: a perfect 500 out of a possible 500 points to finish the year at the top of the kayak fishing tree.

sCratCHing tHe surfaCe


R4 - Tweed River, NSW, 5th December, 2010 The Tweed River at the tail end of 2010 was where it all started for Lewis. Despite an uninspiring prefish the day before the tournament, he found his groove in the pouring spring rain, throwing an Atomic K9 Pup stickbait to the mangrove edges upriver from the tournament start line. The conditions were horrible, he recalls. It was pelting with rain and you couldnt see your lure as you walked it across the surface. I had to just walk it, pause it, and then wait for the rod to load up to give me an indication that there was a fish on it. The approach delivered Lewis his first fish 20 minutes after the start. The second came 10 minutes later, and the third another 30 minutes later.

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Here Comes tHe Bride


Heading into the season, Lewis had two event wins and four seconds to his name and he was beginning to think that his destiny lay in being the bridesmaid rather than the bride. What unfolded throughout the season was more than Lewis could ever have dreamed of. Round four on a wet Tweed River was where he took his first steps down the aisle, and from then on it was Albany, Marlo, Narrabeen Lakes and finally Redcliffe where he truly became the blushing bride.

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Impact Tackle Bladez

tHe dominator
While his dominance throughout the season was Bradman-esque (or, from an angling point of view, akin to Kevin Van Dams dominance in the bass events stateside), what makes his achievements even more remarkable is that he won in four different states and with five different techniques. Mowing down the field on the last day became Lewis modus operandi for the season. Four out of the five events were twoday events, and not once did he go into the final day on top of the leader board. Redcliffe was the standout, with Greg storming from sixth to first. Won on largely unfamiliar water and surrounded by a string of gun Redcliffe locals, Lewis win cemented his reputation as the angler to fear on the final day. The only event that Lewis rated more highly was Marlo, where a big field and big fish combined to etch the round in his memory as the standout event of the season.

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R9 - Albany, WA, 26/27th Albany, 2011 Going to unfamiliar waters can be daunting for any angler, and even more so for a tournament angler. So, even though the field of anglers at Albany was smaller, it is a testament to Lewis angling ability to have caught his limit there over the two days. Greg has a good relationship with Dan Stead of PML and is a fan of having that extra edge over competitors when it comes to lures. He achieved that with a custom painted Ecogear MX48F that had been retro-fitted with Owner ST11 hooks. Not being familiar with the waterway, Greg kept it simple and used a tried-andtrue school of thought to fill his bag with smaller legals by fishing the flats. The key areas were weedy dropoffs between 2-10ft deep, he explains. A rip and pause retrieve was the most effective technique.

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Lewis then moved to the King River in search of larger, more solitary fish, and this paid dividends on day one in the form of eight upgrades. While this plan didnt pay off with any upgrades on day two, Lewis keep it simple approach saw him through. Sticking to the basics meant that the flats fish that filled his bag were enough to secure the win.

Blades of glory
R10 - Marlo, VIC 2/3rd April, 2011 In the lead-up to the Marlo round, youd be forgiven for thinking the fishing would be slow. The Snowy River had just had a large flood event; the smouldering fires of timber that had been washed into the system had been picked out of the water by heavy machinery just days before. They could still be seen scattered about, still smoking. Fortunately, nobody told Marlos bruising black bream. If a small field made for an easy win at Albany, nobody could doubt Lewis skill in taking out a tournament of 54 anglers where catching a full limit of kilo-plus fish would only get you fourth place. Once again, a PML lure by Dan Stead did the damage. Lewis favourite blade for

Greg was the master of diversity, catching, and winning tournaments with a host of different techniques.

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nearly everywhere is the Impact Bladez in black with a red belly. However, a key point that made the difference was changing the hooks to a ZX style swinging singles that he tied himself. Lewis found during the prefish that trebles were picking up too much of the small debris left on the bottom after the flood, so he switched to single hooks to keep the lure free of obstructions for long enough to interest the fish. Lewis has also revealed that one of the keys to his success this year was to be relaxed, and that couldnt be more apparent than at Marlo. Due to a mix up with daylight savings, Greg woke up an hour late. It wasnt until he stuck his head out the door and saw there was nobody else around that he realised his mistake. I had already sent the field off without him but a 10-minute head delay to his start wasnt enough to slow him down. When he brought his bag to the scales, I looked at the weight and shook my head in disbelief. I thought it had to be wrong, so I took the bag off the scale and re-tared it, but the same 4.045kg for his three fish came up. The Holy Grail next year will be to see if someone can crack six fish for over 8kg, which Lewis only missed by 125g.

The Redcliffe round was one of the highlights for Lewis, with the AOY champ coming behind from sixth place to claim the win.

Wriggle Up a Storm
R12 - Narrabeen Lakes, NSW 11/12th June, 2011 Lewis says his win at Narrabeen put to bed the demons of the previous year. In last years comp I hooked a jewie in the 50-70lb range on 3lb line, and stuffed around with it for six and a half hours, he laments.

Mother Nature had a sense of the comedic that weekend as well, with grey skies turning into teeming rain and howling wind at the exact moment the tournament director sent the field off in the morning. This year, after holding down 5th place after day one, Lewis went out and caught the biggest bag of the tournament on day two to

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The cockpit on Lewis Hobie Pro Angler was set up with almost everything within arms reach. Just the way it should be.

take the win. He fished the back of the lake in a small area known as Pipe Clay Point, and it was here that he keyed in on a 1-1.2m deep patch of water that held fish. Using the wind to drift him through the zone, Lewis stalled his drift using a Hobie Drift Chute and made long searching casts to find the fish active in the area. It was important to cover water but not cover it too quickly, he explains. If you did youd miss fish. Lewis go-to lure was the same both days a 100mm Squidgy Wriggler in bloodworm but the retrieve varied. Day one was an aggressive rip and pause, but day two was a lot tougher with Lewis having to slow things down to a slower-paced hop, pause retrieve. Even though the retrieve was a lot slower on the second day, the hits were super aggressive with the fish nailing the lure on the pause, he says. This varied two-day approach delivered him six fish on day one and 20 on day two. Day two was the defining day when the pattern all came together, Lewis says. Id gathered a good collection of marks in my GPS from all the fish Id caught and the hits I had, so I just kept working the cluster of marks over and over. The approach was spot-on, with Lewis first keeper measuring 30cm, the second 35cm and the last one 33cm. Sitting half a kilo behind first place after day one, Lewis needed a big bag on the last day to run down the leader. With all 30 pluses in his limit, it was more than enough to give him his fifth win for the season and a perfect 500/500 AOY points.

But wait theres More!


R13 - Redcliffe, QLD 2/3rd July, 2011 Not content with a perfect score, Lewis went
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on to win six rounds for the season, this time against seasoned local tournament anglers including Tristan Taylor, Grayson Fong and Will Lee. Greg fished North Reef at Scarborough on both days to catch his fish. Day one was an all hardbody affair, with Lewis fishing a slow-rolled deep Atomic Hardz Crank 38 in ghost gill brown. The approach delivered him his limit by 10:30am and eight fish in total for the session. It was classic crankbait rock fishing, he says. I just bounced and worked the lure through the structure and waited for the rod to load up. This approach produced a 1.535kg bag on day one which had him sitting in sixth place heading into the second day, 650g behind leader Taylor. The fishing got harder on day two. With the calming conditions and increased fishing pressure, Lewis knew it was going to take an amazing effort to peg back the lead, especially considering Taylors Redcliffe reputation. As he expected, the day didnt start well; he was fishless until 10:30am. At that point I was beginning to worry, he says. I had nothing and I was starting to question whether I should stay or go. The thing that made me stay was the advice I had received from Steve Morgan the day before. He had told me that more big fish come from the North Reef area than any where else on the peninsula. So Lewis stayed and patiently waited for the bites to come and he didnt have to wait too long. The wind swung around to the north, the conditions changed and the fish started biting.

Instead of using the hardbody approach of day one, Lewis swapped to something a bit more finesse a 1/20oz Nitro jighead-rigged new penny coloured Berkley Gulp Shrimp fished close to the bottom with a slow lift and jiggle. I just wanted to keep the lure on the bottom and work it through all the gaps and cracks that were littered throughout the reef, he explains. The approach delivered Lewis his first fish just after 10.30am, and an hour and half later he had filled his bag and upgraded all three fish at least once. The only setback was when he dropped a fish overboard while he was upgrading. It was the first time Ive ever done it, he says. Im not sure if it cost me any weight in my bag, but Ill make sure from now on in that Im a lot more careful. Seeing as Lewis weighed in the biggest bag for day two by nearly 400g, any downgrading he may have done never came close to jeopardizing his win!

the Future
What Greg Lewis achieved for 2011 is the stuff of dreams. For Lewis himself it will be the benchmark that will drive him forward in the future. Will it happen again in 2012? Its possible but, as we all know, perfection doesnt come along too often! Still, that doesnt mean Lewis will stop striving to achieve it, and thats a lesson we can all learn from. Aiming high will help you to improve and catch more fish, and thats something every tournament angler should strive for.

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Talking Heads
Matthew Mott had a stellar 2011, taking out both the BASS Pro Angler of the Year and the Grand Final titles. ABT took a moment to talk with Mott to record his thoughts on a variety of topics including his angling achievements, tournaments, personal challenges, and his watershed year on the BASS Pro tour. TexT: Chris Byrnes PhoTograPhy: simon goldsmiTh

ead on to see inside the mind of this determined competitor. Opinionated, passionate, abrasive, driven to succeed well let you be the judge!

What are the highs and lows of tournament fishing?


The lows are not always about not catching fish. Ive had plenty of good tournaments where I have caught plenty of fish and landed none. The ribbing that follows is all part of the fun! For me, the real lows are where I had a plan and didnt stick to it; I just caved in and changed my tactics based on the actions of other anglers. I might have still finished highly, but I didnt trust in myself to
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follow through with my initial strategy. Stick to the plan! In the end its always a learning experience. The highs for me include seeing where the sport has progressed to today. In the last six years the growth has been phenomenal. As the dams continue to improve, more people are getting out on the water enjoying themselves. People attending tournaments and having a positive experience is a great thing, and so is seeing older anglers getting involved in the sport.

in the business, but also challenging myself personally. Cracking patterns, making a fish take a lure that doesnt want to these are the reasons I compete. Its an adrenaline rush that keeps me going. To this day I dont ever sleep well on a Friday night before a tournament, such is the nervous energy rush. I just love it!

What keeps driving you to compete at the highest level?


Well, its definitely not the money! Its the prestige. I won a non-boater division many years ago and received my prizes and badge. When questioned as to whether I would have liked to take away the cash that the winning boaters had received, one of

Why do you compete in fishing tournaments?


I channel my energy into tournaments. Its about challenging myself against the best

the winning boaters pointed to my hand and said, Money cant buy you that badge. I didnt realise it at the time, but that statement stuck with me. Over time I realised how important those words were.

Matthew Mott claimed his 3rd BASS Pro Grand Final title with his Boondooma victory in 2011.

Which anglers do you admire/respect? Why?


Anyone who involves themselves by participating or growing the sport deserves respect. Anglers like David Green and Steve Kanowski have been there since the beginning and have stuck with the sport through thick and thin. They are anglers that deserve respect. Anyone who travels and challenges themselves at different venues also deserves respect. Finally I need to mention my son Dylan. He is very competitive and always adapting to change, and I think in the future he will really step up. Definitely one to watch.

What does it mean, personally and professionally, to achieve what you have during your tournament career?
Interestingly, I dont think I enjoy the wins enough! Its in my nature to move on quickly to the next challenge. Unfortunately I tend to dwell on the not so good results for too long. My mindset is such that immediately focusing on the next challenge stops me from becoming complacent. Someday Ill stop and reflect on what I have achieved, but until then I will keep enjoying myself and competing.

This year you captured the big two (AOY and Grand Final). Where does Angler of the Year rank against a Grand Final win?
Winning both is a thrill. To take out an AOY after a number of close finishes is satisfying, but I would probably say the Grand Final shades AOY. First you have to qualify and then beat the best 30 anglers from around the country. One mistake and anybody can beat you. In terms of prestige I would say the Grand Final. had become my job and I was burnt out. I gave up tournaments for a year and reevaluated my position. Once I re-focused on my priorities I was able to find the balance necessary to a healthy work/angling coexistence. will always bring their best. Certain anglers have their areas of speciality, whether that may be fishing edges or a deepwater bite pattern. If a bite pattern presents to their strengths, then those anglers will perform. In the end the best advice I can give is stick to what you do. If you need help by all means ask questions, but first try to adapt and work it out for yourself. Trust in your own ability and knowledge base.

What is the most important lesson that tournament angling has taught you?
Dont think you know everything. You need to be always learning, always evolving as an angler. And also patience. Learning patience flows through all aspects of angling.

Do you perform better when you feel you are competing against anglers who are capable of beating you?
I put pressure on myself regardless of the situation. It doesnt matter to me, the drive is there to perform regardless of the tournament.

Having set the record for Grand Final wins (2005, 2009, 2011) are you thinking Lets see how far I can take this?
I want to win as many as possible. One of the many driving factors was to equal the record of a very talented angler, John Schofield. As long as I am still enjoying it, as long as the drive is there, I will continue to compete.
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What was the lowest point in career and how did you deal with that situation?
About five years ago I was doing tournaments as well as chartering around 300 days a year. Unfortunately, my passion

I know fellow anglers talk about you come tournament time. Do you think about them as well?
Without a doubt I think about other anglers. There are consistent anglers competing that

Mott is always one for banter when sitting in the line up at the event start.

Matthew receives the congratulations of weigh master Chris Byrnes at his BASS Grand Final win.

Always the angler to beat on his home water, Mott won both the BASS Pro Qualifying round and Grand Final on Lake Boondooma.

Many of the bass anglers see the guys they compete with as a second family. How important is the support of your fellow anglers?
Basically my main support network is my family. The anglers I travel with to tournaments are part of a larger support network. They make it fun. At the end of the day it is still serious competition, but its not life and death. We keep the focus on having fun, which balances everything else. Travelling in a group is also cost-effective for all parties. We have a saying one in, all in. At the end of the day its about camaraderie and support of each other. We have fun but the days of drinking and carrying on until 3am are long gone! It has progressed to a level that is beyond that mentality.

I am fishing in the area, and they may even leave the area. But I dont want to perpetuate a negative image, as it could compromise my end goal.

industry. If anglers buy fewer lures online and start buying more lures locally, well see more research and development into Australian lures and well keep the dollars in Australia.

Whats your impression of lures coming out of Japan and/or the USA? Do they have a place in the tacklebox of Australian anglers?
Yes, they have their place. As more money is injected into the business, more and varied lures will appear. However, when it comes to spending your hard-earned, you need to remember that not all lures are created equal when it comes to their effectiveness on Australian species. Many Japanese and American lures are developed to respond best to specific techniques being used in those countries, not in Australia. You may think two different lure models look the same, but they often have subtle differences that can affect your catch rate. If you want to see more lures designed for Australian species and conditions, you need to give some support to the local tackle

Australian anglers are increasingly heading to the USA to test themselves in Bass tournaments. Having been there, what is your take on the level of competition, and how does the experience rank personally in your angling achievements? Have you considered taking the plunge and competing part time/full time in the USA?
The opportunity to meet new people and to experience tournament fishing in the USA was awesome. I can honestly say the level of fishing here in Australia is just as competitive, but the type of fishing is not the same. Youre targeting different fish using different techniques. The pressure to perform in these events is massive, and for the top guys it really is

Is intimidation an important part of a tournament anglers arsenal?


It can be for some, but it isnt part of my repertoire. I just do my own thing; I dont push it. New anglers may be intimidated that
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their job. Having seen it first-hand, I would encourage people to think very carefully about taking that step. Its a cutthroat world and you can become yesterdays hero in a blink of an eye. If I was 25 years younger and not involved in running my own business, I might think about fishing the Bass Pro circuit more thoroughly. As it is, Im happy to settle for just another quick visit. Im over the moon about winning the Skeeter Trip of a Lifetime, as its giving me the chance to have another crack and experience the challenge of tournament fishing in the USA.

keep the sponsor happy?


You shouldnt get sponsorship after only one good result. I initially went 10 years without sponsors. You need to earn sponsorship, not expect it. Loyalty is important. I wouldnt have a sponsor whose gear I didnt believe in. Working with the sponsor to best represent their product is also important.

Get involved locally it doesnt have to cost much money or effort.

Rivalry is important in many sports. You have been vocal in trying to get NSW anglers to travel to QLD to compete. Do you think that there is a traditional state vs state rivalry brewing or just a number of personal battles being fought out?

Can an Australian angler crack the US Bass scene?


I believe its possible, but it all comes down to money. You need support, several years to establish yourself and plenty of drive. You need to be able to perform at the highest level, week in and week out, and get sponsors on board. And you need to achieve this while thousands of other anglers are all chasing the same dream!

CraCking patterns, making a fish take a lure that it doesnt want to, these are the reasons i Compete. its an adrenaline rush
Its not always about winning tournaments; its about communication and working to achieve clear communication between all parties. Finally, be honest with yourself. If you feel the urge to bad-mouth the product, dont take the sponsorship! The state rivalry is steadily growing. There are opportunities to harness this rivalry, whether it be a teams event mid-season or something similar. Like the State of Origin, it would be a prestige event that would incite much passion and competition. I think it would be a great platform to promote the sport of tournament angling. Anglers increasingly want to compete in both states. The challenge is winning on an unfamiliar waterway. Respect to those anglers who take up the challenge.

Is it right for tournament anglers to expect sponsorship on the back of a single result? How, in your words, is the best way to obtain sponsorship and to
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How can anglers help grow the sport of tournament fishing?


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Poppers, stickbaits and soft plastics are all on the menu when topwater bassin.

time to rise
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When dawn breaks on your local bass lake its time to rise and hit the surface.

The old saying you cant beat a surface bite may be clich, but anyone whos had a bass blows up on their lure in the pre-dawn gloom knows the saying is spot-on. Just the anticipation of a strike as you retrieve the lure is enough to keep you casting all morning.
fter chatting with four successful bass anglers and sharing their insight, I am still convinced it is the most exciting way to catch Australian bass. Lets find how and where our fab four get their surface fix.

Drop me a line
The choice of line and leader is important with all lures, and perhaps more so when fishing surface, as Charles explains. If you use fluoro it makes the lure sink slightly when at rest, and you dont want this, he explains. I use 12lb mono to keep the lure clear of the water and give myself the best chance of catching fish.

Charles In Charge
In 2010 Charles West popped his way to the top in the Maroon Dam BASS Electric round, and in 2011 was pipped at the line to finish a close second. Charles top finishes and Big Bass in 2011 are attributed to a combination of topwater presentations, making Maroon Dam Charles favourite location for a topwater session. Charles says the prime time to fish surface at Maroon is just after sunrise and just before sunset, adding that an increase in temperature also gets the fish moving.

The warmer months from spring through to autumn are the red hot months to fish, Charles says. Throw in some overcast conditions and youve got a recipe for bass action. With the time of day and year locked in, the next decision is the lure and for Charles its high-end Japanese models all the way. The Megabass Pop Max is the gun bait, he says. Its a versatile lure that can be fished as a popper and also with a walk-thedog retrieve. With the wide action and larger profile of the Pop Max, Charles is able to get the lure to slide deeper into the snags than with smaller lures, getting closer to fish. This is crucial, he says. The closer you can get your lure to the fish, the better your chance is to get a bite and a good hook up.

Cloudy but fine


The ideal conditions for Charles are calm, glassed-out overcast mornings. When the sun starts to hit the water and light intensity increases, he switches baits. If the bite starts to wane and the fish become tentative I swap from the Megabass Pop Max to a Pop X, or perhaps something even smaller, he explains. The winning technique, regardless of what lure hes using, is a three twitch retrieve. The three twitches get the lure sweeping across to the snag with a walk-the-dog type action, Charles says. If the bite slows I increase the pause time to draw a curious fish into striking. Spin tackle is increasingly making inroads into the bass scene but Charles prefers old-school baitcaster gear for throwing
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his topwaters. I use a baitcaster for the Pop Max because its heavy and the baitcaster is accurate, he explains. You can cast the lure in a way that has a subtle landing. A delicate touchdown can be the difference between success and failure when

but he also rates Lenthalls as one of the best impoundments for this technique. Maroon and Lenthalls both have plenty of weed beds, and bass that love to hang near them and ambush lures, Barry says. Low light periods are the standout, with Barry finding the most successful months are

charles west has two top two finishes at maroon thanks to a topwater tournament approach.

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fishing the surface, and Charles tournament results show that hes on the mark with his thinking. October through to May. Of course, there have been years when Ive caught fish in all months, he says. My PB session with surface lures was at Cressbrook with 27 fish in early July with some good fish amongst them. Early morning and late afternoon are Barrys preferred times, although he has been able to get fish on topwater all day in overcast conditions.

BassIn wIth Barry


Barry Oxford agrees with Charles West about Maroon being a great location for topwater,

Out of the shadows


Shadows are important to Barry when it comes to topwater fishing. He follows the shadows around the bays and moves deeper once the shadows disappear, only to get topwater back out in the afternoon when darkness slinks in. I have had some surprisingly good results in the middle of the day by casting into strongly shadowed areas, he explains. Rather than having a hard and fast rule, Barry uses his instincts when it comes to through topwater in middle of the day. If it looks good and fishy I give it a go, he explains.

broken lilies and flooded vegetation are bass magnets and features that you should focus your attention on when throwing surface lures.

In a spin
While Charles prefers his baitcaster for his topwater work, Barry leans towards a spin gear approach. He also favours a fast rip style of retrieve. Im trying to press the bass buttons with this retrieve, he explains. If it doesnt draw a response I slow it down and give the lure longer pauses. Barry finds no two days are the same so he likes to experiment with the retrieve style until he homes in on what the fish are after. If the fish are short striking I leave the lure in the zone with a longer pause and even switch bait using a different surface lure with bigger hooks, he explains. Barrys favourite lure is the Lucky Craft Sammy 65 in aurora black. This lure is versatile in how it can be retrieved, he says. This makes it a lot more useful than a lot of the other topwater lures available. With eight BASS Electric wins to his name, who could disagree?

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GEAR BOX Charles West Charles West Rod: Major Craft Days Mo-mi-Ji fibreglass rod Reel: Daiwa Alpha R Edition Mainline: Sunline 16lb Castaway Leader: 12lb Sunline monofilament Lures: Megabass Pop Max in tamamushi Simon Goldsmith Rod: 68 Daiwa Steez Kingbolt MLFS Reel: Daiwa Steez Mainline: 6lb Daiwa TD Hyper PE Leader: 10lb Daiwa TDR Competition fluorocarbon Lures: 3 Ecogear Power Shad in colour 117 Hooks: Owner 2/0 Down Shot Worm Barry Oxford Rod: St Croix Legend Elite LES66MF Reel: Daiwa Certate 2000 Mainline: 4lb Fireline pink braid Leader: 10lb Fireline fluoro leader Lures: Lucky Craft Sammy 65 in aurora black Tim Morgan Rod: Ian Miller Bass Buster Reel: Shimano Stella Mainline: 10lb Unitika braid Leader: 6lb Unitika mono as leader Lures: Megabass Pop X in cracked lime
Charles upsizes his Megabass poppers to the larger Pop Max to catch his surface bass, believing the larger lure is more versatile than the smaller Pop X.

Tims Final showdown


When it comes to grand finals, Tim Morgan loves his topwater. He says one of his best surface lure sessions was on the shoot-out day of the 2008 Lake St Clair BASS GF (2nd place) with all fish caught in the final session coming on the surface. Tims personal best topwater bass was a kicker fish of 2.03kg in the 2006 BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake Glenbawn, in which he finished in number one position. Both these dams are in NSW with similar habitats: an abundance of weed beds and bass that rise willingly to hit surface lures. Following his Grand Final win in 2006, a new lure established itself as Tims favourite lure option: the Megabass Pop X in cracked lime colour. Since that event Ive found it hard to throw anything else, he says. Its versatile because you can pop it in one spot or walk the dog with it. Just a slight adjustment in your retrieve gives you a different lure to suit the mood of the fish. Tim has been able to catch bass on the surface all year round and at any time of the day, conditions permitting. However, his key times to chase them are definitely the warmer months and the low light conditions of early morning and late afternoon. Overcast conditions are also a good option, as the fish rise to a surface lure more readily on cloudy days. Because topwater yields big bites, Tim likes to fish surface in a tournament for as long as possible, only switching to subsurface when the sun hits the water. His Big Bass and Grand Final crown from Glenbawn in 2006 is testament to that.

5-6ft followed by a pause. If there is structure he extends the pause time. Tim runs varying breaking strains of braid depending on the terrain, but always chooses monofilament leader over fluorocarbon for its buoyant properties. He connects the lure with a loop knot to get the best performance. I have found that if I use fluorocarbon leader and I need to pause the lure for extended periods the fluorocarbon will sink and drag the lure down when I go to move it again, he explains.

lets spilt
If Tim gets short strikes he adds an extra split ring to allow the hook to sit deeper, and also adds some scent to the feather. If the short strikes continue he switches to a lightly weighted plastic, shallow running crankbait or small light spinnerbait to tempt the pressured fish. Tim finds it more comfortable to use a spin reel for his walk-the-dog style retrieve and he favours a quick retrieve of

The soFT opTion


We are all familiar with Simon Goldsmith scrutinising our catch at the weigh tent. However, you may not know that Simon is also a closet tackle junkie and will chase fish any moment he gets. Simon likes to step away from the norm in an attempt to discover something new, and at the moment his favourite topwater is somewhat different from the other three anglers go-to lures.
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Having thrown throwing surface plastics for bream for many years, rolling the technique over into his bass fishing was a logical move for Simon. One fish in particular confirmed the technique as a winner, and still sits in his memory many years later. I was fishing a small private pond with Danny Robinson one day and was bowwaving a worm hooked Ecogear Power Shad through some broken lilies, Simon recalls. Suddenly this fish launched itself through a gap, inhaled the bait and powered away, towing me and the canoe with it. It was the start of love affair that he rekindles every chance he gets.

Tim Morgan favours a spin rod outfit when working his surface lures.

Its broken but thats a good thing


Simon likes impoundments that have broken lilies and weeds, or sunken weed beds/vegetation. Much like the other anglers, Simon fishes the weed-lined edges and the shadowy bays. The variegated structure provides ample ambush locations for the bass to hide and feed, Simon explains. This makes them more targetable with surface fished soft plastics. Simon takes advantage of recent downpours and notes that the bass like to travel up into the newly flooded country, readily taking surface lures. Spring and summer are his favoured months, with presunrise being the ideal time to target bass on topwater. They hunt in the shallows when the light and low, and with a surface plastic you can cover water quickly and put your lure in front of more fish, Simon explains. A constant bow wave is Simons favourite technique. If that draws nothing he pauses the retrieve and drops it into the clear pockets and gaps where fish are likely to be hiding.

Get in the game


While bow waving plastics through the shallows allows you to cover water quickly, Simon is a bit less patient than most and will pull the pin on surface baits if he hasnt had a strike in 15 minutes. I dont get to fish much so want I want to catch as many fish as I can and as constantly as I can, he explains. If I havent had any interest from a fish in 15 minutes I swap to another topwater option or try something subsurface such as a jerkbait or crankbait.

Get CastInG
So there you have it a handful of topwater options from hard through to soft. The next time youre out bassing and you fill the need for an adrenaline rush, tie on a topwater and get casting!
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Tims brace of topwater loving bass from the 2008 BASS Pro Grand Final helped him claim 2nd in a field of talented anglers.

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dirty water
Its the first morning of an event, and youve arrived at a lake that looks like Mother Nature has built a Starbucks at its headwaters.

Queenslands lake Boondooma rose significantly in the early part of 2011 with dirty water and tough fishing challenging anglers during the Skeeter BaSS Pro Series.

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ou know the fishing will be exceptionally hard, so you stir your morning brew, figuring thered be more bass in your cup than this mass of silty sludge! You might kid yourself into thinking if you head up far enough there may be chocolate chip cookies too! Thats when you wake up to yourself, and the reality of tournament fishing really sinks in. Somewhere out there today some anglers will weigh a fish in maybe more if they are good enough.

However, when the vegetation starts to rot, thats when it really starts to foul the water and make life hard for bass. It may take anywhere from six to 12 months for the lake to rejuvenate and find an equilibrium within which the ecosystem and fishing becomes stable again.

the BoonDooma Brew


Thats exactly what anglers found at Lake Boondooma in June 2011: a lake that was still suffering the effects of a big rise and a flood of water that had pushed its way right through the lake. The fishing was extremely tough, and catching a limit was hard to say the least. The lake was still recovering from the massive wet season six months earlier, but even in this churlish brew a few anglers managed to snare some bass. Two of the anglers that shone at Boondooma, Matt Mott and Steve Chang, were generous enough to dish out a few sweet pointers on finding and landing

Dont Give Up Before YoU Start


Will you give in before you start? Or will you key in to what nature subtly presents to you and, with the assistance provided by intelligent gear choices, bag a few bass? This should strike a chord with a few bass anglers from last year. We had record rains, full lakes and ecosystems turned upside down, which forced competitors

in the weeks leading up to the event. To locate the fish he looked carefully for slight changes in water colour, preferably where there were also some visible signs of activity like bait flicking on the surface. He noted that the backwaters generally settled faster due to smaller rates of water flow. Similarly, Chang has vast experience with water change from frequenting his home lake, Lostock in NSW. He has clocked up the miles chasing riverine bass in his younger years, fishing rivers which flooded regularly. Back then during floods you always looked for protected areas where there was little current or flow, he explained. This approach generally proves successful on Lostock Dam during times of dirty water. I used this knowledge in the Boondooma round to locate and hook several fish, although I only landed a couple.

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While Mott fished heavier timber, Chang used his Lowrance sounders to side-scan shallower banks with only slight rubble or bottom structure. Chang believes that the active fish are generally shallow and dont rely on too much heavy structure to feel safe. Changs active fish approach meant his fish were higher in the water column. The suspended dirt particles are thicker closer to the bottom, he explained. This reduces the ability of the bass to breathe. Chang acknowledged that there are fish out deeper, but he said they tend to be less active, probably because they are starved of oxygen. The active fish are also less likely to be spooked because the dirty water seems to provide them enough cover to be active up close to the surface, he said. In one lake we can see there are two patterns emerging, and it becomes all the more apparent when the anglers discuss how they actually fished their areas.

Matthew Mott was hot property fishing dirty water last year with two victories on a muddied Lake Boondooma headlining his red-hot season.

to vastly alter their fishing patterns when compared to previous events. If you were one of these anglers, let some moneyearners fill your cup and hopefully your livewell with some tips that you can implement on any arena.

a few bass in the tough conditions. The state of the lake was so bad that, according to Mott, if you judged on colour alone, you wouldnt even put your boat in it.

how Do YoU take it Short or lonG?


Changs lure of choice at Boondooma was a Sbile Flat Shad 55mm #BRA, which was already a proven producer in Lostocks sometimes dirty water. He fished these lures high in the water column to make bass commit to strikes, although he conceded that solid hook-ups were less common. Mott, on the other hand, fished deep and slow, and with a two-pronged attack. He used Smak 1/2oz spinnerbaits #IB and 3/8oz Evergreen Little Max #217, and

whatS happeneD here?


To understand how to catch the bass when things change, you need to understand the change thats taken place. When heavy rain fills a lake system, it affects the environment in a multitude of ways. Firstly, the water rises and covers bank-side vegetation. The water, while it may be turbid is still relatively clean and unpolluted.
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Some BrewS are Better than otherS


On the face of it, it may seem like its all the same mess. However, these two anglers believe some water is definitely better than others. Mott had extensively pre-fished Boondooma and had found some activity around timber, so he decided to fish the same pattern that had been working for him

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THE DIRTY DOZEN Twelve of the best lures for dirty water bassin. 1. Megabass V3 Bullet Shad Spinnerbait, 1/2oz- ayu, #102 2. Megabass Smatra- GG gill 3. Berkley Big Eye Blade, 46mm- nugget 4. Sebile Flatt Shad SK 54- blood red amber 5. Jackall TN60- HL gold 6. Megabass Griffon SRX- GG small mouth bass 7. Ecogear VX40- #406 8. Smak Pro-Select Spinnerbait, 1/2oz- IB (Ian Black) 9. Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR- craw 10. Evergreen Little Max, 3/8th oz- crown, #125 11. Bassman Spinnerbait, 1/2oz- black/ blue 12. Jackall TN50- black

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Lures with plenty of vibration is what Matthew Mott uses to catch his dirty water bass.

column. The better quality water is close to the top.

Feeling the vibe


One thing both anglers agree on is lure type strong vibration is key. Mott likes Jackall TNs, Smak spinnerbaits and Evergreen blades. He traditionally likes darker colours, but still fishes by feel, and isnt constrained by too many rules on hues. If the bass just wanna eat it, you should keep throwing it! he says. Mott also loves basting his lures in Megastrike and Halco Catch Scent, just to give some extra confidence. Chang likes Sbile Flatt Shad and Ecogear VX40, occasionally smeared with X-Factor or garlic scents. For Chang, colour is not as important as the tight vibration of his lures.

brown tackle
Tackle choices for both anglers were fairly typical for the lures they threw. Chang chose 10 or 12lb leaders, while Mott went up to 14-16lb leaders, because he knew a thicker leader would not make the fish shy away in the dirty water. I knew the bites would be hard to come by that weekend, he said, so I upsized my tackle to reduce the chance of losing any fish in the timber.

lessons learnt
Here we have a great example of a tough event where smart, committed anglers found a few well-earned fish. They found a system that worked to their strengths and fished hard. While there were a few differences in the approaches, a few things were clearly keystones to bagging chocolate-coated bass. Lures that vibrate have a strong advantage on both active and less active fish. Fished slowly, either high or deep, it suggests that as long as the fish are present you can catch them if you fish systematically enough. However, the most important skill is finding the right brew of coffee a bit fresher or sweeter as thats where a few of the more livelier bass are likely to be located. And, as demonstrated by our measured New South Welshman, skills that can be replicated from lake to lake, be it on Lostock, Bushells Boondooma or Moccona Maroon, will be sure to bag you a bass worthy of the scales.

fished them near the bottom. In this way, he chased those less active fish that Chang decided were too hard to tempt. Spinnerbaiting timber is a classic dirty water technique, and it proved to be the tournament winner when Mott bagged Boondooma Big Bass. Mott deployed the Little Max vibes when conditions didnt suit his honey hole. He moved and fished slightly deeper amongst the timber-laden Stuart arm of the lake. The retrieve was simple lift, hop and roll, and keep the lure in close contact with the bottom, he explained. This approach caught him the fish he needed to protect his lead.

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Technique and good water were not the only things that helped put fish in the boat. Tough conditions call for even stouter mindsets.
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I listened to my gut feelings, Mott says. I didnt write the event off because of the conditions. He stuck to the places he knew there were some fish and slowed right down, making sure he bumped every inch of ground and cover on his retrieve. Chang didnt have a home lake advantage so his prefish was not as extensive. His pattern pushed him to find active fish quickly by fishing shallower and faster, and not working an area for very long. If the fish dont bite in a few casts they are probably going to be very hard to tempt, he said. You should also retrieve the shallower lures more slowly than usual to let the fish find the bait, as sight is replaced by the fish feeling it through the lateral line. I recommend a slow, constant retrieve, sometimes high sticking the rod so as to be careful to keep the lure up in the water

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This is a high speed, fast retrieve reaction bait used to cover water quickly. A great lure that works well with the burn-and-kill technique. Wivenhoe is a great place to try this type of spinnerbait and it helps avoid those undesirable catfish. Colour 25 is the gun colour for those monster Wivenhoe bass.

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Boondooma is a great place to do some timber fishing. Casting spinnerbaits like the TW series is ideal for this situation whether it be targeting all the standing trees in open water or the timber lined banks. The TW oz is a sure thing on those aggressive Boondooma bass. Colour 28 is hard to beat.

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The Single Colorado is great lure for fishing shallows schools, on spin gear, rolling the lure, adding in the occasional pause, which sometime can trigger a bass to bite. Skirt 31 is sure thing on big summer time Glenbawn bass.

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Compact series oz
oz Compacts are one of my favourites and are a very versatile lure. They really come into their own when fishing weed edges and timber lined banks. Using a slow roll retrieve, make sure your lure covers the contour of the bottom. Casting your lure as close to the structure as possible and rolling it past, its just a matter of time before you get slammed by an angry Somerset bass. Skirt 36 is brilliant bony bream imitation, so hang on - they hit hard.

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digging

deeper
TexT: simon goldsmiTh PhoTograPhy: simon goldsmiTh and jeff Clelland

In last years Tournament Angler Guide we lifted the lid on the forgotten bass catcher, the crankbait. This year we take it one step further and dig a little deeper and hit the mid to deep water depth range.
at varying depths and locations throughout the dams. Some held fish initially while others were transitional spots that fish moved to as the dams evolved, while others are still yet to shine.

atching bass in the shallows is a tonne of fun, we all know that. But the reality is that the fish are in the shallows for only a small period of time that were on the water. For most part theyre holding in deeper water and as result we need to fish a little wider to consistently catch fish. For crankbait anglers the five to fifteen feet depth range is perhaps the happiest hunting ground when throwing a crankbait, with a host of lures, locations and presentations on offer to catch fish at that depth.

The increase in inundated timber has been in both the shallows and the deep, and has ranged from spindly new vegetation to the original trees that were flooded when the lakes first filled. The outcome has been an increase in prime fish holding cover, both initially while the vegetation was still green and on the trees and also post-mortem when only the skeleton of the trees and shrubs remained. This has resulted in a diversity of cover for fish

sWimming lessons
With this scenario in mind lets look a 5-10 feet deep example of what weve presented above and run through how we might

Why should i get in the Water


The first question really is why fish a crankbait to begin with. As we discovered last year, theyre incredibly versatile, and can be used as a search bait, finesse bait, reaction bait, and fished through, over, and past of a variety of habitat types. Timber, rock, weed, points, drop offs, and weed beds are all primed to be fished with a mid to deep running crankbait and can be work with the deft finesse of a surgeon or the aggression and furry of a kick boxer. This flexibility is something very few lures have, and something that a crankbait has in spades.

a lake moogerah bass that fell to a carefully placed deep crank.

dipping your toe in the Water


If I had to pick one location best suited to the approach it would be flooded timber, both vertical and horizontal, and for bass anglers theres perhaps no better time to fish timber than right now. The obvious question is why? The main reason being that we have more freshly flooded timber at present than we probably have ever have before. The original filling of the lakes excluded of course. Its the silver lining to the grey clouds that have been bucketing down over a lakes over the last few years.
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to wane in its productivity, or plainly just didnt work.

GoinG all the way


1. 2. 3. Swimming out a little further from the bank the 10-15 feet depth range becomes your next target area. Back at our money bank at Moogerah the underwater landscape changed to flooded eucaplypts and suspended fish that cruised between them. Both are features of focus and with different approaches required to optimumally fish them. On the trees the best presentations involved casting the lure well past the tree then getting your lure down to the maximum depth just before it got the tree. Making contact with the tree with your is always your goal and ensures youre getting your bait as close to the fish as possible. On suspended fish the goal is more about covering as much water as possible. Long searching casts followed by a slow and methodical retrieve is the best way to keep your lure in the water and in the fishs face as long as possible. Lures that reach their maximum swim depth quickly are the best rather than ones that take a long time to get down to their desired depth. Long casts rule when fishing deep cranks, and while spin outfits allow you to cast further, in most cases, they are less ergonomically friendly to fish with for long periods of time. Especially when using lures that have a lot of resistence in the water.

1. Daiwa Steez Machine Gun Type 1 (661MRB-XTQ), Daiwa Steez 103 (6.3:1), 12lb Daiwa Hyper PE. Note- Suited to close quarter work, especially around timber, with 6.3:1 reel delivering faster line control. 2. Daiwa Steez Lightning (681MLFS), Daiwa Alphas R-Edition (5.8:1), 12lb Daiwa Hyper PE. Note- 5.8:1 ration reel suited to

slower retrieves, while 68 low modulus rods allows for longer casts and a better hook-up rate. 3. Daiwa Steez Thunderstorm (701LFS), Daiwa Certate 2500R (4.8:1), 2508 RCS spool, 10lb Daiwa Hyper PE. Note- 7 rod allows for longer casts, especially in strong winds and with lighter lures.

what else have you Got?


Timber isnt the only place that crankbaits shine, weed beds, points, and all forms of breaklines that bass gravitate towards are ideal places to fish. Steep faced weed beds in particular are standouts, with long parallel casts and retrieves that have the lure swimming along the leading edge of the bed hard to go past. Searching casts across, along, down and up flooded points excel in tempting fish that are actively hunting in the area or stationed on a particular section of the point. While all these produce fish its perhaps on drop offs into old creekbeds that Ive had some of my best fishing. One spot on Lake Wivenhoe (back in the drought days) in particular became a happy hunting ground on repeated trips. It featured a small flooded island that dropped off slow into about 15 feet of water, then fell away sharply into an old creek bed (35 feet). The bass would hang either side of the drop off, holding at 15 feet whether they were just above the bottom or hovering in 30 plus feet of water. The approach was simple, position the boat

fish it. Queenslands Lake Moogerah is a quintessential example of a lake filled with flooded timber courtesy of last summers rain and in the second half of last year fished very well with crankbaits. One area of a bay in particular featured a line of dead bottle brush and casuarinas trees that sat in about three feet of water then dropped off steadily for about 50 metres into approximately 25-30 feet of water. On the downward slope from the bottle brushes and casuarinas (5-10 feet) sat the occasional sapling and in between lay horizontal timber piles and the odd cut-off tree stump. The approach to fish it was text book, target, line and strike zone fishing. The target to hit with the lure was five feet past the bottle brushes, the line to work the lure was through the gaps
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between the saplings and the strike zone is having the lure as its maximum depth just as it reached the laydown timber and cut off stumps that the fish were holding. Too short of a cast and you had your lure buzzing over the fishs heads, not too much of problem when you get an eager fish charge up from depths to hit the lure on the first cast, but on the second, third or fourth casts to the same place you needed to make sure you had your cast and lure in the slot to get a bite. Variations to the retrieve speed and action more often than not spiced things up. Stalling the lure close to structure, speeding the retrieve up to elicit a reaction from a fish, and twitching the lure to replicated an injured bait fish all paid dividends, especially when a standard retrieve such as slow roll is starting

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out in the deep and cast as far as you could towards the island, then engage the reel and slowly crank the lure back. The hits came anywhere during the retrieve, but more often than not came as the lure swam over the edge into the deeper water. If the fish moved a little deeper simply immersing the rod half way into the water gave the lure a couple more feet in running depth, and was often enough to reach the fish that you had been missing.

Stalling the lure cloSe to Structure, Speeding the retrieve up to elicit a reaction from a fiSh, and twitching the lure to replicated an injured bait fiSh all payS dividendS
will deliver longer casts and allow you to cover more water. How you use the rod, both on the cast, the retrieve and during the fight is important. For close quarters work I prefer to use flat, side and underhand casts to deliver greater line control, particularly when fishing tight to timber, while for longer work Im more incline to use overhead and casts to get more distance. The rod position largely remains the same regardless, with a rod tip down and rod to the side holding position delivering optimum contact and feel of the lure. The positioning of the rod also allows the slow taper of the rod to do its thing when a fish bites. Namely not sling shot the lure out of the fishs mouth when it hits the lure. The taper also allows the rod to progressively through the blank, cushioning the fight of hooked fish. The outcome is more bass landed and less dropped fish.

Grab your Gear were GoinG SwiMMinG


While on-water adjustments such as this with your tackle can deliver small improvements its in the initial selection of tackle where the most benefits can be made. Rod selection is the first piece to the puzzle, with slow and regular taper rods the best for the job. The more reserved action of these style of rods minimises the chances of pulling hooks on fish and facilitates a better hook-up rate. For short distance works rod in the 6 to 66 prevail, while for longer work 66 and longer
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iS THaT reeLy wHaT you wanT?


Reel selection is best described as slow, with slow ratio reels the way to go. For baitcasters 6.3:1 or preferably slower are the preferred choices, while for spin reels 4.8:1 is the maximum ratio you want to go with. The line you put on the reels is always a point of contention and is best left to personal preference. Personally I like to use the lightest and thinnest PE that is suitable to the fish and location that Im fishing. 12lb Daiwa Hyper PE is my go-to choice at present, with a 10-14lb

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fluorocarbon leader finishing of the selection. Flurocarbon fished straight through does feature at times when Im deep cranking but more often than not is reserved for shallow work and when Im fishing more finesse styled baits. It does have its innate advantages though and integrating these more into my deep work is something that I want to work on.

ThaTs aLL FOLKs


There you have it a brief rundown on how you can go about fishing a little deeper with your crankbaits. If you havent tried it or if youve only tried it on edges when the bass are shallow then give it a try. Theres more to bass fishing then just smoke yellow core paddle tails and TN60 Jackals, so expand you horizons, you may just enjoy it.

Not all fish will be pinned tightly in the mouth, sometimes theyll hook-up on the outside of mouth, hence the need for super sharp hooks.

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The race for the 2011 Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Angler of the Year title was always going to be a marathon. Twenty-five events scattered throughout NSW and Queensland, reduced down to an anglers best five results meant it was always going to be close.

2011 was a watershed year for shane anderson. The Bundaberg basser claimed the inaugural Bass electric aoy crown by the narrowest of margins (1 point) over dave Trinder.

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n true tournament fishing style, the race for the AOY could not have been scripted any better; the title came down to the final event, with Shane Anderson winning both the final qualifying round and the AOY title on his home water of Isis Balancing Storage. In doing so, Anderson relegated the number one ranked BASS Electric angler Dave Trinder to second place on the day, and in the AOY race. Shane and Dave both took very different paths to reach their showdown on Isis. Shane fished events in the northern part of the tour while Dave took his points from early season rounds in NSW.

one ranked BASS Electric angler out of the Angler of the Year Title.

ANDERSON PLUGS AWAY


Shane took a different approach. Rather than sacrificing his precious fishing time by travelling interstate, he concentrated on fishing six key events within a three-

especially true in Andersons case. He had an exceptionally good year fishing Isis, Cania and Lake Mc Donald, picking up wins at both Cania and in the final round at Isis. Another testament to Andersons skill was his consistency; he never finished outside the top five in any of the qualifying rounds during the season.

THE TRINDER TRAIL


Dave fished a total of 10 events through the season, with all five of his contributing events occurring at different locations and all bar one being in NSW. Trinder used his events from Toonumba, Lostock, Danjeera, Clarrie Hall and Isis to compile a score of 492 points, showing his range of skills across an array of fisheries, and proving his versatility as a bass angler across an array of dams. With two seconds and three thirds, it took a stellar year to knock the number

In the end It was shane who stepped up to the plate and took the wIn on hIs home water, relegatIng dave to second place at the event, and ultImately to second place In the aoy race as well
hour drive from his home in Bundaberg. It was a calculated risk to fish only six events, and Shane knew he would need five cracking results to top the increasingly competitive field. As they say in fishing, its about the quality and not the quantity and that was

DRIVING FORCES
In spite of Shanes past successes, he doesnt go into a tournament thinking about how high he will place in the top 10. The first thing on my mind is what will get fish in my well, he said. Im fortunate to work at Tackle World Bundaberg and live

dave was ever consistent throughout the season, with multiple top five finishes on a host of different waterways.

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With his name on the shield in 2011 Anderson will be keen for another solid year on the BASS Electric tournament trail.

near Isis Dam, so I can regularly test the latest and greatest tackle before taking it on the tournament trail. Shane revealed that one of his biggest motivators to keep fishing tournaments is being able to share his passion and fishing successes with his family. Keeping that fishing radius of only three hours over the past season has enabled him to travel with his family, bringing more joy to each trip. I feel very lucky to have a wife and young family that enjoy travelling and camping at different dams, he said. My five-year-old son fishes with me socially and I get a real buzz having him there when I finish on top. Shane added that hes looking forward to one day fishing bass events with his son. I would love to be on the boat to see him win an event, Shane said.

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TIME TO LEARN
Tournament angling is the pinnacle of learning for Anderson. For him a single tournament gives more information about how to be a good angler than several average Sundays on the water. As anglers you can learn from both an event win and a dreaded donut, he explained. Its all about reflecting on what worked and at times looking to the results of other anglers. Their success can help you to understand why your choice of tactic didnt work on the day. Shane also believes that bass fishing is a true test of an angler. One day you can brain them [the bass] on any lure you want, then the next day they will hardly hit a lure, he said. I get a real kick out of cracking a pattern and getting those fish to bite, and its all the sweeter on a tournament day. Being an educated angler is important for Shane. He believes that, because the sport is always changing and evolving, competitors should look outside their immediate fishing world if they want to keep at the top of the tournament tree. I read up on other anglers all the time from both Australia and overseas, he explained. It helps me understand changes in gear and what new products could help me in my personal fishing and also what my customers will be asking for the weekend after the tournament. It is one thing to understand and apply this knowledge to your own fishing, and quite another thing to help others to do the same. Anderson takes great pride in being able to pass on this knowledge, and he

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With event wins and the number one BASS Electric angler ranking under his belt for 2011, Dave Trinder will be fishing hard in 2012 to claim the only title he hasnt got, the AOY.

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enjoys teaching other anglers some of the valuable lessons hes learned over the years. It goes to show that the motto of who shares, wins still lives on in all levels of tournament fishing.

Family is very important to Shane Anderson, and they were there at Isis to see him claim the event and AOY win.

ALL GUNS OUT AT ISIS


Not content to see his chances for the AOY title slip by while he was at home, Trinder took matters into his own hands, making the call to travel from his Taree home to take on Anderson on his home turf of Isis. There was no way I was going to sit at home and let Anderson take the title without beating me, even if it was on his own waterway, Trinder said. With the showdown set for the final qualifying event of season, Shane knew that with a quality result he could take out the AOY race. He said it was gratifying to have the respect of a successful angler like Dave Trinder, who came all the way to Isis to fish off for the title. With the weed beds firing, Shane decided to look for some clean water away from the other anglers. He fished spinnerbaits hard against the edge of the weed and was rewarded with a quality bag. However, Trinder was hard on his heels, having caught a quality limit fishing amongst the masses. In the end it was Shane who stepped up to the plate and took the win on his home water, relegating Dave to second place at the event, and ultimately to second place in the AOY race as well. To take the title and the AOY on my home water was great, but the best feeling was being able to share the win with my family who came down for the weigh-in, he said. It wasnt a bad Fathers Day gift!

Anderson fished close to home during the season, fishing only Isis, Cania and Lake McDonald to win the title

A NEW YEAR
With the 2012 Blue Fin BASS Electric season just about to get underway, Shane is still working to grow as an angler, to concentrate on his fishing and just let the results work themselves out. With seven wins on the board and the number one ranking within his grasp, hes in with a good chance to become the most successful BASS Electric angler. Still, the field is becoming more and more competitive every year, and a very motivated Dave Trinder is keen to claim the only BASS Electric title that has eluded him so far: the Angler of the Year crown. If Shane wants to repeat his 2011 success, hell have to work hard for it!
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atthew Mott claimed his 3rd BASS Grand Final win and secured his maiden Angler of the Year crown with a stellar year on the BASS tour in 2011. One title eluded him though, the number one ranked BASS angler tag with 2010 BASS Grand Final champion Wayne Reed claiming the number rank at the final event of the year, the Skeeter BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake Boondooma. Stephen Kanowski and Callum Munro were the two standout movers and shakers in the rankings for the season with Kanowski jumping from 6th to 3rd and Munro breaking into the top ten and sitting in 8th. Karen Fontaine completed a red-hot year on the tour securing the Non-boater AOY crown, while bass veteran Peter Morgan smashed the ABT Big Bass record with 3.65kg monster bass at the 2011 Megabass BASS Megabucks last September. The event winners list for the year was a combination of old and new, with Greg Flett (Glenbawn), Ben Pepperall (St Clair), Matthew Mott (Boondooma) and Baden Sparrow (Somerset) all claiming round wins. Dave Trinder retained his No.1 BASS Electric ranking, whilst Barry Oxford added another electric scalps to his name taking his tally to 9. Freddie Sawyer added his name to the record books securing the Champion Angler title at the 2011 Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Convention, while Shane Anderson narrowly beat Dave Trinder to claim the inaugural BASS Electric Angler of the Year Title. For full records and rankings visit www.australianbass.com.au.

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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)

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.

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.

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.

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)

BASS Pro Angler of the Year (Non-Boater)


2011 Karen Fontaine (288/300pts)

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)

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.

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.

Best Performance by a Grand Finalist in the USA


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

Biggest Bass in a BASS Electric Grand Final


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

Most Fish Measured in a BASS Qualifying Event


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

Most Points in a BASS Pro Qualifying Event


LENGTH: Tim Morgan (10/10,4255mm) Round 4 2000,Boondooma Dam.

Most BASS Electric Qualifying Event Wins


Barry Oxford (9)

Most Fish Measured in a BASS Grand Final


10 Fish: 186 between 30 anglers. 2001

Most BASS Electric Grand Final Wins


Ian Galloway (2)
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TOP 100 rankings Bass ELECTriC


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 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Dave Trinder Shane Anderson Ian Galloway Barry Oxford Jack Gold Rob Hinton Jesper Noiesen Tom Reynolds Shaun Falkenhagen David Bullard Andrew Baunach Stuart France Adrian Wilson Roy Souter Ricky Simmons Chris Horne Jason Lyons Steve McLean Dave Mann Brett Kleinschmidt Glen Hayter Daniel Molloy Jonathan Ward Adrian Manolea Hans Jensen Dale Ianna Michael Skinner Matt Johnson Paul Holmberg Steve Noble Charles West Andrew Low 397 368 321 303 287 279 270 269 268 265 260 247 242 237 235 235 229 225 209 195 175 173 173 169 169 168 166 164 161 160 160 156 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 Les Barber Gary Leather Paul Gray Paul Gillespie Brian Rutledge Paul Fleming Ken Jackson John Noble Allan Rooks Richard Holmberg Brenton Smith Mark Petersen Troy Ward Mathew Smith Joe Pietraszkiewicz Neil Scott Stephen Turner Adrian Melchior Ashley Sims Mark Lennox Glenn White Tony Thorley Tony Downie Casey Bullard Trevor Burgess Freddy Sawyer Rory Saint Wayne Beazley David West Andrew Redding Danny Robinson Dale Mullins Frank Distefino Scott Sutherland 156 153 151 147 146 145 143 134 131 131 129 128 126 125 125 119 118 118 116 116 116 116 114 112 111 110 107 105 104 102 100 98 98 94 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 Jonathon Box John Picton Sam Madelaine Tim Steenhuis Christian Manolea Dave Manger Jason Shepherdson Jay Gillespie Josh Wall Jeremy McConnell Jeff McKee Scott Lane Dylan Glover Corey Kerr John Ski Steve Otto Joel Phillip Darren Harris Jake Schwerin Joel Quinlan Robert Bartlett Sue Fleming Ron Scott Darryn Love Joe Allan Darren Longbottom Brett Dinham Rod Shorten Pete Bostock Gavin McKay Scott Hutchison Dean Walsh Graham Dodds 93 93 92 92 91 89 87 86 86 86 85 84 84 83 83 82 82 81 80 80 78 77 77 77 76 71 70 68 68 67 65 63 63 63

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BOaTers
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Wayne Reed Matthew Mott Stephen Kanowski David Green Matt Anderson Tim Morgan Mark Mangold Callum Munro Steve Eldred Ben Pepperall Toby Wilson Simon Barkhuizen Steven Otto Daniel Clancy Gregg Flett Carl Jocumsen 268 259 229 200 199 178 176 174 171 170 166 161 152 145 145 144 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 17 246 223 201 185 170 151 147 145 141 134 129 127 122 117 112 112 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Wayne Beazley Mike Connolly Mark Reinbott Steven Richards Dean Silvester Kylie Cornish Jody Vernon Greg Parkes Alan McNamara Bill Schloss Michael Henare Steve Chang Baden Sparrow Adrian Melchior Glyn Barkhuizen Matt Johnson Mark Lennox Tom Reynolds Luke Parsons Daniel Quarmby Peter Kelleher Denise Graham Paul Berry Mike Delisser James Reid Peter Holmes David Aseguinolaza Greg Munro Greg Mitchell Robert Stewart Mal Draper Bronte Bartlett Brendan Deurloo Howard Althaus 143 133 124 118 116 114 110 110 100 99 97 97 96 90 89 88 85 103 103 102 99 95 95 95 93 92 92 91 89 88 87 85 83 82 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Dave Reynolds Stephen Almond Peter Robinson Kerry Symes Mike Creighton Mick Clarke Peter Leggett Ian Wratten Jason Shepherdson Spiro Zantiotis Brad Smith Mark Cutler Danny Robinson Craig Simmons William Schloss Gavin Sticklin Aaron Mogg Vicki Lear John Schwerin Jay Welch John Ciancio Josh Carpenter James Browning Joshua Evans Ken Brider Rhys Tiggeman Terry Alwood Thomas Stoneham Steve Babbage Rob Hinton Aaron Booby Michael Skinner Shane Anderson Stephen Mclean 84 82 79 73 71 71 70 68 66 60 58 54 49 46 44 42 40 82 82 82 81 80 78 77 76 76 75 73 72 71 69 66 65 64

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Karen Fontaine Luke Novak Hilton Smith David Mcdonald Walter Scifleet Kris George John Picton Matthew Mcdonald Arthur Allen Matt Hawkless Ashley Sims Greg Eslick Gary Mccabe Dylan Mott Stephen Noble Jayson De Forrest-Haddleton

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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 Stephen Almond Jason Ehrlich Matt Anderson Craig Simmons Mike Creighton Greg Walton Spiro Zantiotis Steven Otto Baden Sparrow Wayne Reed David Young Andrew Robinson Brett Thomson Brad Smith Callum Munro Wayne Beazley Mark Mangold Kerry Ehrlich Simon Barkhuizen Adrian Melchior Trevor Stead Justin Scott Jay Morgan Ashley Sims Colin Singleton Garry Hardman Andrew Homann Wayne Blundell Bill Schloss Mark Lawson Kerry Symes Daniel Clancy Greg Parkes Steve Morgan Alan Mcnamara $56,808 $33,435 $29,729 $24,325 $24,143 $21,987 $20,500 $19,033 $14,343 $14,245 $13,900 $12,905 $12,523 $12,195 $11,800 $11,800 $10,320 $9,787 $7,800 $7,600 $7,350 $6,720 $6,675 $6,530 $6,145 $5,900 $5,852 $5,525 $5,392 $5,380 $5,325 $4,900 $4,875 $4,675 $4,400 $4,235 $4,200 $4,170 $4,075 $3,975 $3,950 $3,825 $3,755 $3,570 $3,550 $3,525 $3,525 $3,500 $3,400 Danny Robinson Dean Silvester Michael Collins Chris Galligan Jody Vernon Matt Fraser Dan Ryan Mark Pertot Wayne Parry Kylie Cornish Trevor Foote Neil Scott Tony Payne David Reynolds Dave Daniel Toby Wilson Steven Richards Peter May Glenn Helmers Michael Clarke Dave Robinson Mike Delisser Jesper Noiesen Matt Johnson Bob Town Ross Murray $3,400 $3,250 $3,250 $3,250 $3,195 $3,150 $3,150 $3,100 $3,087 $3,050 $3,050 $3,000 $2,800 $2,588 $2,552 $2,525 $2,500 $2,500 $2,438 $2,400 $2,400 $2,300 $2,200 $2,175 $2,100 $2,050 Mick Elsley Darryl Dimmick Zach Kronk Peter Leggett Barry Oxford Paul Cooper Dylan Mott Marty Vanveghel Nicole Jovanovic Mark Reinbott Robert Smith Mark Cutler Paul Dolan George Voysey Michael Starkey Dan Stead Ian Black Glyn Barkhuizen Jason Shepherdson Brad Clark Craig Johnson Christian Serne Mike Weger Grant Boyle Shaun Parkinson Ian Galloway $2,030 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,900 $1,875 $1,838 $1,802 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,705 $1,675 $1,650 $1,625 $1,550 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,450 $1,400 $1,375

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Dion Walker Ron Jones Anthony Thorpe Gavin Sticklen Steve Bechly John Cooper Jayson Deforrest-Haddleton Peter Fogarty Chris Gipps Dexte Granada Eric Grell Gavin Mckay Warren Morgenstern Bruce Moss James Poolman Craig Robertson Glen Stewart Steve Timperley Andrew Galloway Steve Davies Kim Bain Errol Hardke Jamie Hardman Gary Percival Steve Chang Wayne Gordon Drew Griffiths Andrew Pullbrook Mark Lennox Scott Dakin Shawn Ryan Bruce Anderson Chris Eldred John Fooks Tony Robinson Will Schloss Trent Butler Darryl Douglas Tony Evans Gary Prerost Jorg Vanhusen Greg Beattie Joel Norman Steve Todeschini Joe Allan Ian Wratten Peter Phelps Peter Morgan Ken Murray $1,300 $1,275 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,200 $1,100 $1,100 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900 $870 $870 $850 $825 $800 $800 $750 $700 Garry Sturdy Kris Hickson Graham Sabine Ian Miller Steve Moran Ray Sargent Jade Cornish Joshua Evans Paul Fleming Dave Hislop Tracy Johnson Mark Mate Mick Mee Miles Morgan Murray Morgan David Mudd Dale Mullins Greg Munro Damien Norris Ian Pfingst Peter Robinson Phil Roebuck Dave Trinder $700 $650 $600 $550 $550 $550 $525 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 David Hine Michael Lanagan Steven Mcdonald Rod Studdert Lance Sulkowski Tony Thorley Richard Robson Steve Starling Eddy Studman Darren Borg Mark Bowman Mick Clarke Ward Ellwood Gordon Macdonald Bruce Morgenstern Kevin Jones Aaron Mogg Ron Sattler Freddie Sawyer John Brider Michael Fraser Billy Gibson Shaun Taylor

$500 $450 $425 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $375 $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

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Lets be honest, the barra fishing the last couple of years on the lakes has been more than just hard, its been excruciatingly hard. Long arm-aching sessions with not even a bump, let alone a fish, have been all too regular, and were all over it Im sure.
The flooding lakes, fleeing fish and ordinary weather have taken their toll on the fishing and the spirits of anglers. In seasons past anglers would look for any excuse to hit the dams and get a barra fix, but recently a lot of anglers have been looking for any excuse to avoid the pain of another hard day on the water. The BARRA Tour felt this pain over the last couple of years, with full lakes, altered fisheries and trying conditions making the going hard, with only brief glimpses of the fishing that weve grown to love and expect, keeping angler interest high and catch sheets full. A new dawn breaks in 2012 with the negative influences on barra fishing from the last few years starting to ease and a sense of normality beginning to return. Dams are starting to stabilise, the weather is showing signs of predictability and the fish lost during the floods are beginning to be replaced by hoards of eager, lure munching junior barra ready to punch well above their weight, and prove that theyre the new tough teenagers on the block. 2011 Southern BARRA Tour AOY champ Peter Price stumbled across a pack of such
Main: Craig Giffiths had a red-hot BARRA Tour last year and will be keen to the water again in 2012. Inset: Peter Price and one of the many small barra he caught at the Monduran event last year.

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minded fish on last years Monduran leg of the tour and he found the action red-hot. It was a valuable insight into what lay ahead for the future. We found a patch of fish during the tournament where it was a fish every half an hour for the whole session. They werent big (sub 80cm) but they were hungry and eager to eat our lures. If this is a sign of what were in for this year I cant wait, explained Price. A similar influx of new life and enthusiasm is being welcomed to the BARRA Tour in 2012 with BMA taking the reins from Daiwa and steering the series towards an exciting

Rob Wood gets excited by his barra fishing.

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new season. Who is BMA you ask? While their name might be new, their products are well known and feature heavily in most barra anglers lure collection. BMA (Basser Millyard Australia) have been selling barra lures to anglers for years, and Im sure every barra angler has at least a couple of them (Killalure, Bomber, Classic, etc) in their tackle box. This year were (BMA and ABT) looking at getting anglers excited about barra fishing again and pumped up and keen to fish the BARRA Tour, explains ABT Sponsorship Manager Travis Davies With a fresh face to the BARRA Tour comes a revamp of the schedule with the series streamlined to four events, split into a northern and southern (2 x northern, 2 x southern) tours and slated to fall on the full moons in September and November. Time and money are a premium for anglers so we wanted to put together a BARRA Tour that meant less time on the road, more time on the water and hitting the lakes when the fishing is at its best, explained ABT Tournament Director Simon Goldsmith. It all begins on September 28-29 on the hottest barra lake going around at the moment, Peter Faust, with the Proserpine barra Mecca set to draw in anglers keen

to mess with its tree dwelling monsters. Teemburra is the destination two days later, with the final Northern Tour round deciding the winner of BARRA Tour Northern AOY. Two months later it all starts again with the opening southern round hitting Awoonga on November 29-30, before traveling south to Monduran to close out the series.The BARRA Tour this year is about using all the successful things weve done in the past and combining them to create a series that will

have anglers catching fish and that they will want to fish. Two day tournaments, afternoon and evening sessions, and events that have anglers fishing the lakes when the barra are at their most active is going to be great. Roll on September and the BMA BARRA Tour, enthused Simon Goldsmith. Entry forms and rules for the 2012 BMA BARRA Tour will be available from www. australianbarra.com.au in early 2012.

Anglers travel from across the country to fish the BARRA Tour, make sure youre one of them in 2012.

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ts really quite hard to explain and not something those with a tendency towards a heart condition should contemplate putting on their bucket list. Without exception, all of the best topwater anglers I have spoken to indicate that finding the right habitat is the key to topwater success on impoundment barra. But just what is the right habitat you may ask? Good question as the habitat anglers now fish for their trophy barra is distinctly different from that habitat fished only five years ago. For the best chance at topwater success it is recommended anglers look for shallow areas in impoundments that have an

abundance of weed and the occasional piece of hard structure such as a stand of trees or, even better, the odd lay down snag. Jason Wilhelm just loves topwater fishing and, as a full time guide, has started to hone in on the best techniques for topwater barra. He is looking for the options that will give him a greater chance of adding to his barra bag in a tournament when topwater offerings are the required presentation method. Jason said: When hunting for barra, I pay close attention to long shallow flats with good sprinklings of weed, fallen timber, stumps, long flat points or even just long weed beds. Looking at the lay of the land surrounding

the area will help you to work out whats below. Weed towers always require thorough inspection as they provide great cover and hiding positions for impoundment barra. Steep valleys and cliff faces are obviously going to spear into deep water, whereas gradual slopes will generally continue on for some distance before they reach a drop-off point. These areas are also worth a look. Try to limit your hunt to water that is less than 5m deep; water as shallow as 30cm can still be great topwater territory. These areas are good places to start, but as you spend more time on the water, you will start to find other productive locations.
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Barra love timber, with big trees and laydowns, prime locations to throw a surface lure .

But warm or cold winds are not the full story either. Other factors need to be considered together with wind, temperature and location. It really is a case of intuition sometimes, where youre on the water and every fibre in your body is saying chuck a frog or a fizzer here. Listen to this and do it, even if the fish are eating fast swim swimbaits, said Jason.

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Consider you are now fishing a tournament; the celestial gods have delivered the perfect conditions for a topwater bite and your instinct is saying go for it. Which lure do you use first? A walker? A fizzer? Perhaps a frog? The best idea, said Jason, is to have one team mate go up top and have the other continue with a different presentation underneath. Most tournament anglers are confident in a soft plastic swimbait so to convince them to use a surface lure is like telling a toddler they cant have that chocolate. Be the one to experiment first and by your success convince your team mate that he or she needs to be on top too, said Jason.

Always look for areas with little traffic and minimal fishing pressure this will give you the upper hand, provided you are incredibly stealthy. Water quality and current are also major factors; you may be surprised by just how much the water moves around in impoundments. This water movement depends on the geographical features of the area and the prevailing winds. Barra love areas with increased water flow as they are able to use their ambushing skills to great effect. Therefore, areas such as points, where the water is moving quickly, are a great place to hunt for barra. While topwater fishing is about as good as it can get when social fishing, I firmly believe a tournament where topwater tactics add to a bag is not that far away, finished Jason.

other than light conditions play a far more significant role in achieving topwater success. A strong south westerly, in any impoundment, will reduce topwater options in a tournament, whereas a warmer south easterly, east or northerly may enhance your chances up top.

Weather or not
Before you decide that your next session will be a topwater one, you need to check the conditions. If its blowing 30 knots, topwater fishing is really not a great idea unless you really know your stuff. Fishing parallel to slop in a big blow can be highly effective, but technically speaking its quite advanced and requires excellent casting skills and sharp line control. If youre fairly new to topwater barra then stable, balmy and calm weather would be the conditions to start honing your skills. Many people believe that topwater barra fishing should only be a consideration in the low light conditions of early morning, late afternoon and night, said Jason. This is most certainly not the case: factors
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Just like the X Rap before it, the Rapala X Rap Walk is gaining a reputation as a killer barra lure.

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Of course there are many types of topwater lures, and they can all be effective in different situations and conditions. Lets look at each type separately with Jason, discussing their positives and negatives, as well as when and where you are likely to use them.

what the barra are interested in on the day is the key. Woodchoppers are proven barra catchers. They work amazingly well in still conditions and because they are loud they certainly can raise lots of interest. I caught my personal best barra (126cm) on this style of lure, as well as heaps of other metre plus specimens, said Jason. A downside of these lures is, at times and in certain locations, barra may be spooked by the loud noise and splash of a fizzer. Also, some of these lures tend to foul up a bit on the cast, and the blades and hooks can get fouled too. However, most are robust enough to handle big barra, provided you upgrade hooks and rings.

PoPPers
Poppers or bloopers are another style of topwater lure, and my personal favourites are Rapala Skitter Pops, River2Sea poppers and Halco Roosta Poppers. There are a heap of other generic cup-faced poppers on the

Fizzers
Fizzers (also known as woodchoppers) are floating surface lures that have blades on

times a continuous, fairly fast retrieve is the way to go. Poppers work wonders on barra. They are not as loud as woodchoppers and can be fished at whatever volume you like. Tiny rips of the rod tip will make the popper throw small amounts of water and create only a slight noise, whereas big rips will cause a loud bloop and big splash. Poppers are versatile and can be fished completely silently as well. Just wind in really slowly and the lure will swim left to right, displacing a nice vee in the water. The Skitter Pop is a personal favourite; it casts well and has accounted for many fish in all sizes. On the downside, these lures can have a heavy splash down, which can work for or against you depending on the mood and location of the fish. Poppers rarely foul up, but like woodchoppers they will collect any debris or weed that is floating, which limits quality soak time. Also, there are few cupfaced poppers on the market that are able to stand up to what barra dish out. Upgrading

There are few anglers, even seasoned TournamenT veTerans and guides, who donT reacT like a sTarTled caT when a big barra explodes all over Their surface lure only feeT from The rod Tip.
them; some common brands are Bills Bugs and the Stiffy Fizzer. These lures generally cast well, create a loud water noise and have accounted for lots of fish. They can be retrieved using either a slow, steady style or a strip-and-leave style. Burning them across the surface will also bring results at times, but as with any other style of fishing, finding out market, but most are not built with big bruising impoundment barra in mind, said Jason. Bloop-style retrieves work well with poppers; the length of time you pause the lure will depend on the day and the mood of the fish. Sometimes it pays to let the popper sit for a minute or longer, then give it one or two short bloops, then let it sit again. Other terminals is essential and quite often this change will knock the lure out of spec. Make sure you balance out the lure with differing hook sizes and try swimming it before you fish with it.

Walk-the-dog lures
Walk-the-dog lures are great for topwater techniques. As the nickname suggests, they are shaped like dog turds and most carry an internal rattle. There are quite a few walkthe-dog lures on the market; proven models include the Rapala X-Rap Walk, the Tango Dancer and the Lucky Craft Sammy. These lures work extremely well in the early morning or in glassed-off conditions at any time of the day, and can be retrieved many different ways. A slow walk-the-dog retrieve can be lethal at times, as can a fast zig-zag retrieve. As with all other lures, finding out what works best will come through trial and error on the day. These lures sit in the middle in regards to noise; most carry internal rattles but these rattles aside, they make a relatively small amount of water noise. However, this does vary depending on retrieve speed. Because this lure moves from side to

a walking stick bait is the more finesse topwater options making it ideal in glassed out conditions and when a less aggressive approach is needed.

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A tandem approach is the way to got to crack the pattern, with one angler fishing topwater and the other a subsurface presentation.

productive. Soft plastics wont cast as far as a woodchopper or popper, so lighter line will allow you to cast maximum distance. Wind assistance will also help you cover more ground.

Other lureS
There are other exciting topwater barra techniques to be discovered too. Using bibbed lures with good floatation can be a top fish taker at times, while Long A Bombers and shallow running Classics can also be used as surface lures. Use a slow retrieve, then let the lure float to the surface and twitch it around. This is a great way to cover both subsurface and topwater fishing. Its also no secret that fishing topwater lures and reaction baits together can bring great results. Finding the best pattern on the day will require lateral thinking, a strong work ethic and a willingness to change styles, lures and your attitude towards fishing. This is how good barra anglers become great barra anglers.

side, hook-up rates can suffer more than with fizzers or poppers. Fizzers and poppers track straight, while walk-the-dog lures zig zag. There are times when fish will strike the lure but miss completely. To minimise this, try double or even triple split ringing your hooks to keep them further away from the body. Or you could tie a stinger hook off the tail of the lure on a thin piece of wire. These lures also foul weed and surface debris, so they can be difficult to fish in these areas.

Surface plaSticS
Soft plastics such as frogs, shads and lizards can also be lethal topwater lures. Surface plastics such as topwater frogs have been around for an age; the only things that have changed recently are the way they are fished, the locations they are fished in and the tackle that is used. Theres no doubt the surface frog has gone through a meteroic rise the Zoom Horny Toad, Squidgy Boof Frog and Stanley Ribbit have now become best selling plastics for anglers with all levels of barra experience. My two favourites are without doubt the Squidgy Boof Frog and the Zoom Horny Toad. This style of lure is my favourite for topwater fishing, said Jason. They are extremely versatile: they can be silent and land softly when fishing in shallow water, but can also be loud enough to attract interest from great distances. And its really easy to vary the speed, sound and wobble of these lures, which makes it easier to target barra on any given day,. Topwater frogs can be used in very shallow, weed-choked water, where no other lures could possibly be fished. There is not much worse than dragging a weed-fouled lure through water you want to fish, and with

frogs you can avoid this. A frog rigged on a weedless worm hook with an integrated weight system is a lethal combination in the right area. The best areas are weedy banks, island weed towers and shallow flats. Another positive is that this style of fishing is best done with a threadline, so all anglers, including beginners, can have a go. I have found that the TT Lures Tournament Series jigheads with their snagless weight system suit the job best, and use quality Gamakatsu hooks. My favourite hook is the SWS 1/8 hook in size 6/0. These hooks are incredibly strong, and I have taken barra over 30kg on them. Most fish are hinge hooked which means less stress on the fish, your leader and hook. Another bonus is that a small singular hook like that does very little damage to a barras mouth and they are easy to remove so that you can release the fish, said Jason. Soft plastic topwater lures dont have many disadvantages. Their main drawback is that they dont last very long and you will need to replace them fairly often. This means they wont be the cheapest option, though they may be the most exciting and

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If you want to become more successful at catching barra using this or any other method, there is no better way to start than to do your homework. Understanding what makes barra tick, along with loads of practice, will lead to better catch rates and greater success on topwater lures. While these lures are in no way the best lure to use, they are certainly a viable tournament option. And with plenty of metre-plus fish nailing surface lures, for a serious tournament angler not to have working knowledge and high confidence in surface presentations is simply allowing your competition to be one step ahead of you. To add 110cm to your limit makes the effort to learn topwater tactics worth its while, not to mention the heart stopping fun you will have along the way. Dismiss surface lures for big barra at your peril. You have been warned!

Flooded vegetation and shallow backwaters are prime places to topwater up a barra bite.

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Anglers tackle and techniques have evolving along with our barra fisheries, with many tournament anglers now reaping the benefits of going light.

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the lighter side


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The downsizing revolution has taken off across all styles of angling throughout Australia, and barra angling is no exception. Whether it is lighter line, softer rods or smaller lures, anglers are adapting to pressured fish, and reaping the benefits.
or many years anglers have been downsizing their lines for sportfishing clubs like ANSA (Australian National Sportfishing Association), and many more anglers have begun to downsize for recreational sportfishing as well. These anglers are experiencing a challenge like no other in our sport. Using light line doesnt sound like a smart tournament decision, especially when youre tackling a metre-plus barra charging through the sticks. However, by using correct fish fighting techniques and combined with lighter leaders, softer rods, smaller reels and smaller lures, you can increase your bites and boost your chances of landing fish.

In the BegInnIng
Most Australian anglers would remember the typical barra outfit 10 years ago: Abu 5600C4, 50lb braid, 100lb monofilament leader and a 10-12kg Ugly Stik. In practical terms, it was perfect for the barra fishing that we were doing 10 years ago. Youd throw a bunch of rods into the back of the ute, drive down the bush track to a barra hole, then cast out large hard bodies and twitch them around. This may sound a bit like a Malcolm Douglas episode, but back then this style of fishing wasnt far from the truth. These reels were simple and reliable, the braid was thick and tough, the leader was stiff and the rods were near indestructible. Put all this together and you have the perfect barra slaying tool. Nowadays, if you have a look in any barramundi tournament anglers rod locker I doubt youll find any Abu 5600C4s or even an Ugly Stik. These old faithfuls have been replaced with graphite rods, tiny reels and a whole lot of expense. It raises the question: why have we switched to this new gear? There is nothing wrong with the older products, so what has changed?

Well, for starters, the perception of a barra has changed. Ten years ago a metreplus barra was an eye-opener, and hardly anybody knew what to expect from these monster fish. As a result, these big barra were put on a pedestal and the rest of us went into a knife battle with a bazooka. Once a few more dams were stocked, the barra grew bigger and an industry formed where most people had a pretty good chance of catching a metre-plus barra. That was when the sports angler came into action again, believing that 50lb was too heavy for these fish so he fished lighter. This was followed by lighter leaders, then softer rods, then smaller reels. This evolved until we ended up where we are today, with the average barra outfit combining small spin or low-profile baitcasters with 6-10kg graphite rods and 30lb braid and 60lb leader. This average combo is perfectly suited to all sizes of fish, from 40 to 130cm, but it can still pose a few problems. First of all, these combos can get heavy after a long period of time. The thickness of leaders and main lines can affect a lures movement, the castability of lures is affected and stiffer rods can put excessive weight on hooks and cause them to pull or straighten. This is why smart anglers are exploring options of lightening up on all aspects of their tackle and putting the focus back on to the fight, not the weapon.

have a JellyBean
For those of you who havent heard about the jellybean theory, it is a pretty simple and effective way to catch all species of fish on a tough bite. It involves offering fish a small, nibble-size offering rather than a more traditional larger size meal. Why? Well, in human terms, most of us wouldnt be able to resist snacking on a jellybean (whether were hungry or not), but we might baulk at a three-course dinner. We know most fish feed at a certain time of the day, whether it be driven by tides,

moon or conditions. When these fish are not feeding it means theyre sulking, ether individually or in large schools, and are not interested in another big meal. With the current high-end fishfinders we can easily find these inactive fish, but getting them to bite is another story. The goal at this point is to find a fishs jellybean something he will eat just because it is there, not because hes hungry. Whether a lure can be classified as a jellybean depends on the size of the fish youre chasing. For big barra, a jellybean is anything that is under 100mm long. It may seem strange for an angler to throw a 100mm lure at a 1000mm fish, but that fish at feeding time would devour kilos of fish and other bait of that same size. One of the main problems with lures this size is the fact that their terminal tackle isnt built to handle big fish. This is where smart angling techniques and ingenuity come into play. By increasing a hooks size but not its weight, youll be able to put larger, slightly stronger hooks with better penetration onto the lures without having any effect on the lures action. If you buy a series of hook sizes and brands, you can then use a set of kitchen scales to compare the hooks and find the best option for the lure. More recently, lure technologies have caught onto the jellybean theory, and lures like the FLT Transams fit the bill perfectly. These lures may not look like much but their small baitfish profile is proving to be the ultimate jellybean lure. These lures come standard with about 3x strong hooks that compromise with weight and strength to allow even the biggest barra to be swindled.

lIght lIne StrengthS


As stated before, the thought of using lighter line during tournament situations may seem like a suicide mission, but it actually makes sense. As the breaking strain of the braid decreases so does the braids diameter. This has obvious advantages like increased line

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When the weather is bad more often than not the barra fishing is likewise. Adjusting your tackle, particularly when it comes to lure selection can deliver results when more traditional lures fail.

storage on reels and the increase in casting distance, but what some barra anglers dont look at is the advantages of lighter braids in certain habitats. Most impoundment fishers target weed beds on a regular basis and, as most anglers know, once a barra is hooked it will use that weed bed to its advantage. With heavy, thick braids this normally ends in weed-covered lure. This is mainly due to the drag of the thicker braid through the weed, increasing the pressure on the fish and either pulling or straightening the hooks from within the fishs mouth.

hooked, have it all: fast, charging runs; powerful, spectacular jumps and dirty tactics. Reading these actions before they happen is not easy and can only be learnt from experience. However, there are a few techniques that most experienced barra anglers do without even knowing it, and these basic techniques have to be followed if you want to land a big fish on lighter line.

jump, and once it leaves the water you lose tension on the fish because you physically cannot pull the rod angle any further back. If youre fishing lighter line and are trying to steer a fish away from the snags, the rod angle is really important. A huge mistake many anglers make in this situation is to pull against the fish, directly away from the snag. All this does is encourage the fish to continue its path into the snag. The best option is to turn the rod 90 to the fishs direction, allowing you to pull 90 across its face and guide it away from the snag. This is because when a barra is peeling drag off in a certain direction it will generally swim against the direction of the pressure. That means if you are pulling the fish directly away, it will want to swim in the opposite direction, i.e. straight into the snag. By pulling 90 to the fishs direction you can often steer it away from the snag and sometimes into the clear. This technique is vital for light line fishing, as lighter line does not stand up well to abrasion because of its thinner diameter.

stay caLm
If a fish does take you into a snag, whether it is thick, dense timber or thin, spindletype timber, the number one rule is not to panic. When you panic you will often make bad decisions, and using thinner line does not allow any mistakes. The best option for untangling a fish is to back your drag off until there is very little pressure, and let the fish run. Often while the fish is running it will head all the way through the snags into clear water. If you put too much pressure to try to slow the fish down it will start to arc, wrapping itself around the timber.

the angLe in angLer


With lighter line comes lighter drag, therefore constant opposing pressure must be held on the fish once hooked. This basically means that the rod must be bent at all times. Upon hook-up, the rod should be put parallel to the water and 90 to the fish, not vertical. This is because a hooked barramundis first instinct is to jump, and thats not ideal as they will often throw hooks. A vertical rod encourages a fish to

Under pressUre
Thinner, lighter braid in this same situation has the advantage of a reduced surface area, which puts less pressure on the fish. Lighter braid, when used along with lighter drag, allows the fish to run and while the fish is running the thinner braid acts as a razor and cuts the weed. In some cases it even releases all weed from the line, leaving the angler to fight the fish in the clear. Another advantage of lighter braids is that the smaller diameter allows for better feel when working lures. This feel allows the angler to feel every nick and tickle that touches the lure, which could soon enough turn into fish on the deck.

Lets fight
One of the important factors that allow even the largest barra to be landed on the lightest line is the fighting techniques. Rod angles, drag pressure and reading the fishs action allow the angler to predict its next move and counteract. For most barra anglers, landing a barra is all about the fight. These fish, once
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Once the fish is into the clear, you can gently follow the line until you reach the fish. If the fish is wrapped up around timber, you can use your rod to try to unwind the line. This is done by tightening the line until it is about a foot off the water, then moving the rod clockwise and then anticlockwise until ASSORTED JELLYBEANS Barra like humans love jellybeans, heres an assortment to tie on. Squidgy Slick Rig - 80mm

you see the rod tip move away from the water. This means you are gaining line and undoing the fish. Keep doing this until you pull up tight to the fish.

Chew through this


Using lighter leaders is one of the biggest advantages in fishing light line for barramundi. Lighter leaders allow for more feel, less visibility and better lure action. A barramundi is pretty well equipped for busting through leaders with its sharp gills and file-like lips, so common sense would suggest that thick, hard leader is the only way to go. Not necessarily. You need to remember that this hard, heavy leader is tied to a lure that you want to swim realistically. It comes down to the physical features of the leader. Heavier leaders weigh more, are stiffer and have a thicker diameter which in turn affects the lures buoyancy, action and castability. Think of it this way: would a lure swim if it was attached to line by chain?

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between too soft and too heavy is a difficult task, and often varies from angler to angler. Personally, for 20lb main line I prefer a 5-6kg quick action rod longer then 66. The length of this rod allows me to ease the pressure onto the fish to set the hook instead of short, sharp hits, and the weight of the rod allows me to really lay into the fish if required without the fear of straightening hooks. With lighter rods comes lighter reels. Small bass-sized spin and baitcaster reels hold more than enough 20lb braid to stop any charging barra. The advances in reel designs allow for large, smoother drags and lighter components, making casting all day a pleasure.

getting it together
Anglers these days often go out of their way to increase their chances of getting
Even elephants eat peanuts like this 111cm Faust barra which took a liking to a 77mm Megabass Vibration X.

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having it all
Not just any 20 or 40lb monofilament line can be used as leader successfully. The leader really needs to have it all shock resistance, strength and castability in knots. This is where fluorocarbon leaders come into their own. Fluorocarbon as a bare material is manufactured in the same processes as normal monofilament. The difference is that fluorocarbon has additives that increase its density, therefore increasing its abrasion resistance while having little effect on the thickness. Another great feature of fluorocarbon is its visibility underwater. Once in the water, fluorocarbon becomes virtually invisible and the thinner the leader, the less visible it becomes, allowing for better lure presentation. The problem with fluorocarbon is the knot strength. Its hardness means knots have to be perfect and tested for strength before use.

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Youve got it wrong


There are two main misconceptions with fishing lighter line for impoundment barramundi. First, that a positive hook-set cant be made and second, that not enough pressure can be put onto a fish to keep them away from structure. Both of these misconceptions can be traced back to the type of rod used when fishing lighter main line. Finding the balance

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barra earnings, rankings & records


t was a tough grind for anglers on the Daiwa BARRA Tour last year with only the first stop of the tour at Lake Proserpine (Peter Faust Dam) delivering anglers a red-hot barra bite. Four first-time winners hit the winners podium in 2011, with Craig Griffiths (Peter Faust), Rob Wood (Teemburra), Jon Millard (Awoonga), and Peter Price (Monduran) all adding a round win to their BARRA fishing CVs. Peter Price added another accolade to his list of achievements with the Mackay based barra addict laying claim to the biggest barra caught in an ABT tournament (130cm, 2011 Peter Faust Evening Event). Claiming the lions share of the prize money on the tour was Jon Millard ($1620), while Kerrin Taylor ($1595) and Craig Griffths ($1100) cashed in also to finish the year on a high.

Rob Wood secured the Northern AOY title on the back of his win at Teemburra, while Monduran victor Peter Price claimed the Southern AOY crown. Jon Millard was rewarded for his consistency over the tour, claiming the Overall AOY title with an impressive 297/300 points tally. Kerrin Taylor returned to the top of the Rankings table, with the barra gun finishing the season as the clear winner, 44 points of his nearest ranked competitor, Jon Millard. 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)

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)

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) 2008 Cy Taylor (297/300 pts) 2009 Jason Wilhelm (287/300 pts) 2010 Kerrin Taylor (298/300 pts) 2011 Peter Price (285/300 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 - 89 barramundi for 8,457cm between 86 anglers, 2009.

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TOP BARRA RAnkings


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 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 Kerrin Taylor Jon Millard Craig Griffiths Daniel Grech Cy Taylor Rob Wood Michael Weick Jason Wilhelm Matt McArthur Peter Price Elaine Sanderson Dean Silvester Alan McNamara Glen Smith Scott McAuley Spencer Troxell Geoff Newby Ken Stanford Jarrod Dalton Simon Barkhuizen Greg Mitchell Simon Black Katie Sanderson Mike Connolly Brendon Barnett Glyn Barkhuizen Rodney Milkins Patrick Morgan Craig Jarvis Nathan Chapman Phil Lyons Leon Parmenter Wayne Cox Jake Schwerin Matthew Mott Carl Jocumsen Matt Hazell John Schwerin Matt Martin Ian Miller Steven Wright Matt Coleman Tim Carter Bill Schloss Brad Purdy Jason Crofts Ben Durkin Daniel Roth Jason Medcalf 272 228 213 200 175 175 143 140 137 136 135 122 109 104 100 98 97 92 83 82 77 74 69 69 68 67 67 64 63 61 61 60 60 58 58 56 53 51 50 49 47 46 46 44 44 42 41 41 41 50 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 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 Kris George Neville Parmenter Donovan Power Trevor Burgess Gary Leather Andrew Black Jason Ehrlich Phil Lyons Trent Power Boyd Read Isaac Toivanen Tyson Robertson David Reynolds Karl Rembacher Matt Fraser Ben Vonpein Dean Thompson Dustin Sippel Gavin Dunne Mark Larsen Mark Lennox Matt Anderson Steve Eldred Trevor Cassidy Michael Napier Rick Napier Roderick Walmsley Trent Short Drew Chapman Mick Jones Zac McFarlane Jacob Jones Nathan Smythe Brian Todd Dave Robinson Shane Anderson Shane Sanderson Adam Paskins Quintin Maclean Brad Cooper Andy Chew Ashley Sims Chris Eldred Cliff Brauer Drew McGrath Geoff Busbridge Grant Murray Karim De Ridder Ken Murray 41 41 40 40 38 36 36 36 36 34 34 34 32 31 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 29 28 28 27 25 24 24 24 23 23 22 21 21 21 20 20 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 99 Lex Irwin 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 9 2 100 Nicholas Moore 101 Nicholas Willet 102 Peter Jung 103 Ross Murray 104 Steven Bechly 105 Tim Mulhall 106 Tim Steenhuis 107 Wayne Jones 108 Frank Ohl 109 Beau Jarvis 110 Darren Corr 111 John Trigg 112 Matt McFarlane 113 Paul Stevenson 114 Tamara Stanhope 115 Brook Ebzery 116 Katsutoshi Furusawa 117 Arthur Grace 118 Cameron Golightly 119 Cameron Pratt 120 Craig Birkett 121 Dale Mullins 122 Daryl Pead 123 David Purdy 124 Greg Birkett 125 Jason Jones 126 Jason Sizeland 127 Jeff Eales 128 John Cinciano 129 Matt Black 130 Michael Starkey 131 Misty Burgess 132 Paul McFarlane 133 Peter Behrens 134 Peter Derksen 135 Robert Ebzery 136 Colin Brett 137 Dale Nolan 138 Ken Berry 139 Ken Best 140 Nathan Anderson 141 Paul Habijanec 142 Ryan Fennell 143 Stephen Lill 144 Winard Verseld 145 Cody Jarvis 146 John Kay 147 Lindsay Dobe

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Barra Earnings 2011


Cy Taylor Kerrin Taylor Jason Wilhem Scott McAuley Alan McNamara Jon Millard Daniel Grech Dean Silvester Simon Barkhuizen Jason Crofts Craig Griffiths Jake Schwerin Matt Coleman Kris George Jock McPherson Peter Price Jason Ehrlich Matthew Mott John Schofield Phil Strader (USA) Carl Jocumsen Nigel Webster 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 $12,510 $11,155 $7,100 $5,025 $3,400 $3,280 $2,910 $2,600 $2,600 $2,400 $2,300 $2,150 $1,950 $1,900 $1,750 $1,700 $1,650 $1,600 $1,500 $1,500 $1,400 $1,200 $1,100 $1,050 $1,000 $1,000 $900 $900 $900 $900 $900 $800 $800 $700 Paul McKay Spencer Troxell Tyson Robertson Warren Adams Willem Reichard Donovan Power Gareth Dunwoodie Jarrod Dalton Kevin Hulse Rick Napier Rodney Collings Steve Kanowski 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 Ben Leighton Len Schnieder Brad OSullivan Denny Howarth $700 $700 $700 $700 $700 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $550 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $500 $450 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $350 $350 $300 $300 Elaine Sanderson Ian Miller Jason Sizeland Michael Boehm Rod Harrison Roderick Walmsley Rodney Milkins Colin Slade David Lange Dennis Roughan Glyn Barkhuizen John Brider Kerry Ehrlich Matt Fraser Matthew Wallace Michael Weick Paul Starkey Peter Bayliss Steve Morgan Steven Bechly Trent Short Brad Lovern David Powell Graham Vallance Paul Topp Adam Meredith Boyd Read Brendon Horner John Schwerin Neville Gannon Stephen Cheng Terry Alwood Trevor Burgess Mike Stewart $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $300 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $150 $150 $150 $150 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $100 $50

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FISHING STORY IS JUST ABOUT THE FISH


e can't speak for you, but we'd much rather spend our weekend catching fish, rather than 'almost' catching them.
Plus it's bloody hard work wriggling your way out of weeding the garden, cleaning the house and walking the dog, just in order to enjoy some time to yourself on the water. So when you next manage to keep your other commitments at bay long enough to menace a few fish, you'll need a lure that's reliable and guaranteed to keep you busy. This was precisely our thinking when designing our brand new cast & retrieve bibbed minnow, the HAMMA.

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super tough pin that looks like a collarbone and it slots home snugly across the shoulders of the lure right in front of the gill moulding. Try yanking on the bib - it's not coming off till you push that pin out again.

because we put the scales inside the lure. Internal scales mean the lure can't catch on the fish's teeth when setting the hook. The fish slides along the lure and ends up with a mouthful of super-sharp 5 extra-strong Mustad trebles like its supposed to.

Weight-shifting bearings
The HAMMA has a long internal chamber, housing three precision weighted ball bearings. Apart from adding a loud and enticing rattle, the bearings shift the lure's centre of gravity. The HAMMA is rear-weighted during casting, reducing mid-air tumbling and increasing your casting distance. When the retrieve starts, the bearings roll forward and lock in place above the front hook anchor point, restoring the HAMMA's perfect balance and downright sexy action - like a baitfish with a limp. (Visit youtube.com/user/ HalcoTackle?feature=mhum to see the action for yourself.)

Super-tough polymer
We also built the lure with a new super-tough polymer that's unique to the HAMMA and much tougher than acrylic. Multiple hookups (and multiple silly-grinning photos) later, the lure still looks and swims like it just left the box.

Super-tough everything else


Just like every other Halco, the HAMMA is incredibly tough. On a dare, we loaded up the towing point with excess weight to see what would happen. 75 kg later, the stainless steel link tore ( ...yep, STEEL tore before the lure did). So as you can see, we've put an absolute boat-load of effort into making the HAMMA the finest cast & retrieve lure available, because we think you should have an absolute boat-load of fun in your time off. Ask for it at good fishing stores.

Changeable Bibs
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dont despair because ABT has a long list of tackle based Sponsor Bonuses to get you cashed up and loaded to the hilt with prizes. Ecogear, Yamatoyo, Duffrods, Damiki, Pontoon 21, Rapala, TT Lures, Strike Pro, Skagit Designs, Tica, Club Marine, Bassday and Sebile have all presented anglers with a challenge. Fish with their products, perform with their products, and theyll reward you for your performance. It just goes to show that it does pay to go fishing. For BREAM anglers the new tournament year gets underway at the Daiwa BREAM Australian Open on 11-13 January, while for BASS Pro anglers the season gets underway at Lake Boondooma on 25-26 February. If barra fishing is your thing then the BMA BARRA Tour in September is where it all kicks off. So whatever species youre into, get onboard the tournament trail, get onboard the Sponsor Bonus Program and get out there fishing and winning.

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EcogEar
Win a BREAM, BASS Pro, BARRA or Grand Final event and Ecogear will reward you with a $500 RRP gift pack if youre a boater and a $250 gift pack if youre a nonboater. *Lures need to be nominated in ABT written report.

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The highest placed Club Marine insured boater at a BASS Pro Qualifier event will be rewarded with $500 from Club Marine.

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Win a BREAM, BASS Pro, BARRA or Grand Final event as a boater using a Yamatoyo product and they will reward you with a $250 Yamatoyo gift pack. *Line needs to be nominated in ABT written report.

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If you win a BREAM Qualifier or catch the overall Big Bream on a Bassday lure youll win a $1,000 Bassday lure pack.

DuffroDs
Win a BREAM, Kayak Qualifier (ABT Run) or BASS Pro Qualifier as either a boater or a nonboater using a Duffrod and Kustom Fishing Tools will reward you with an identical Duffrod. * *Excludes Duffrod Pro Team members.

tt lurEs
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Damiki will award a $500 RRP value gift pack to any boater winning a BREAM Qualifier, BASS Pro Qualifier or Grand Final on Damiki lures. Also, a $250 RRP pack is available for a winning non-boater using Damiki in the same events. *Lures need to be nominated in ABT written report.

strIKE Pro
Win or come 2nd (as a Boater or non-Boater) in any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event using Strike Pro lures (Hard Body or Reaction Baits) and receive a bonus Strike Pro lure pack to the value of $ $300 RRP. The particular lures must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

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Pontoon 21 will award a $250 RRP value gift pack to any boater winning a BREAM Qualifier, BASS Pro Qualifier or Grand Final on Pontoon 21 lures. Also, a $125 RRP pack is available for a winning non-boater using Pontoon 21 in the same events. *Lures need to be nominated in ABT written report.
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strIKE Pro
Win overall Biggest Bream, Bass or Barra at any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event caught on a Strike Pro lure (Hard Body or Reaction Baits) and receive a Strike Pro lure pack to the value of $300 RRP, plus $100 Cash. The particular lures must be nominated at the time of presentation of the Big Bream, Bass or Barra prize.

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Win the ABT National BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Grand Final using Strike Pro lures Hard Bodies or Reaction Baits), and receive $500 CASH, plus a Strike Pro lure pack to the value of $250 RRP. The particular lures must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

skagit Designs
Win the ABT National BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Grand Final using Skagit Designs lures and receive $300 cash plus a Skagit lure pack to the value of $200 RRP. The particular lures must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

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tiCa
Win or come 2nd, (as a Boater or non- Boater) in any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event using a TiCA Reel and/or TiCA Rod and receive a TiCA Rod and Reel combination of your choice, to the value of $400 RRP. The particular TiCA reel and/or rod used must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

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Win the ABT National BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Grand Final using Strike Pro Armour Braid and receive $300 CASH plus Strike Pro Braid and Lure pack to the value of $200 RRP. The particular braid used must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

tiCa
Win overall Biggest Bream, Bass or Barra at any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event caught using a TiCA Reel, and receive your choice of any current TiCA Reel or Rod to the value of $400 RRP. The particular TiCA Reel must be nominated at the time of presentation of the Big Bream, Bass or Barra prize.

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Win or come 2nd, (as a Boater or non- Boater) in any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event using Skagit Designs lures, and receive a Skagit Designs lure pack to the value of $300 RRP. The particular lures must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

tiCa
Win the ABT National BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Grand Final using a TiCA Reel, and receive $300 cash plus a TiCA Reel of your choice to the value of $200 RRP. The particular TiCA Reel used must be nominated to the ABT reporter as the event report is written.

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Win overall Biggest Bream, Bass or Barra at any ABT BREAM, BASS Pro or BARRA Qualifier event using Skagit Designs lures, and receive a Skagit lure pack to the value of $300 RRP plus $100 cash. The particular lures must be nominated at the time of presentation of the Big Bream, Bass or Barra prize.

seBile
Win a BREAM Qualifier, BASS Pro Qualifier, or BREAM or BASS Grand Final event as a boater or nonboater using a Sebile lure and they will reward you with $500 RRP Sebile gift pack.
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BT members can reap the benefits of membership in 2012 with the ABT Member Retailer Program delivering anglers access to Australias premier tournament fishing tackle stores. The program is now 11 stores strong with outlets scattered throughout the country including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and Western Australia. To reap the benefits and support the stores that support ABT and tournament fishing simply find your local store in the listing below, grab your ABT membership card and get down there to check out their store and tackle range. Remember, support the stores that support you and your sport. * Condition- must present current ABT membership to receive discounts & offers.

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Store: Location: Factory tackle outlet (Fto) 1/11 Knobel Crt, Shailer park, QlD, 4128 Phone: 0416 017 094 Email: orders@factorytackleoutlet.com Website: www.factorytackleoutlet.com Discount: 15% Mail Order: Yes

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Fish n Bits Bait & tackle 340 alderley Street, toowoomba, QlD, 4350 Phone: 07 4636 6850 Email: fish.bits@hotmail.com Website: www.fishnbits.com.au 10% Discount: Mail Order: Yes Store: Location:

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DATE 21-22 Jan 25-26 Feb 10-11 Mar 28-29 Mar 5-6 May 16-17 Jun 11-12 Aug 27-28 Oct

ARENA Glenelg River, SA Marlo, VIC Forster, NSW Swan River, TAS Albany, WA Tweed river, NSW Bribie Island, QLD Narrabeen Lake, NSW

EVENT SA State Titles VIC State Titles NSW State Titles TAS State Titles WA State Titles Qualifier QLD State Titles Qualifier

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KAYAKER ($100)
Name ___________________________________________________ State____________________________________________________ Day Phone _______________________________________________ Mobile __________________________________________________ Payment (tick one) cheque postal order credit card
Note: A $50 (cash only) Option Up is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2012 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. Please ensure all relevant boat insurance and registration is up to date before the event.

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

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One form per event Guaranteed entries: Boater and Non-boater use the SAME FORM

DATE Feb 26-27th Apr 21-22nd Jun 23-24th Aug 25-26th

ARENA Lake Boondooma Lake St Clair, NSW Lake Glenbawn, NSW Lake Somerset, QLD Samurai Reaction Sufix G Loomis TT Lures

TYPE BASS Pro Qualifier # 1 BASS Pro Qualifier # 2 BASS Pro Qualifier # 3 BASS Pro Qualifier # 4

Note: A $100 (cash only) Option Up (Boater & Non-Boater) is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2012 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.

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.

BOATER entry ($200)


Name ___________________________________________________ State____________________________________________________ Day Phone _______________________________________________ Mobile __________________________________________________ Payment (tick one) cheque postal order credit card

NON-BOATER entry ($100)


Name ___________________________________________________ State____________________________________________________ Day Phone _______________________________________________ Mobile __________________________________________________ Payment (tick one) cheque postal order credit card

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

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One form per event Guaranteed entries: Boater and Non-boater use the SAME FORM
DATE 21-22 Jan 11-12 Feb Mar 31 - Apr 1 5-6 May 19-20 May 16-17 Jun 14-15 Jul 11-12 Aug ARENA Glenelg River Mallacoota Derwent River Albany St Georges Basin Tweed River Lake Macquarie Bribie Island 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 SPONSOR Mercury Rapala Shimano Strike Pro Hobie Kayaks Atomics FINS Braid Ecogear

Note: A $100 (cash only) Option Up (Boater & Non-Boater) is available and must be paid at the event briefing. A full set of 2012 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.

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.

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Source: Mercury Marine Engineering Dept. May 2008. Test conducted on a 21 bass boat with a Mercury OptiMax 250 hp Pro XS and an Evinrude 250hp E-TEC HO. Visit mercurymarine.com for more test results. 2010 MERCURY MARINE. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. E-TEC is a registered trademark of BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG. Evinrude is a registered trademark of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. All other trademarks belong to the Brunswick Corporation.