Eagle St Clair Bass Pro Final Results & Story – (Lake Glenbawn)

Here are the final results for the Eagle BASS Pro Event for 2006.

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Cheers,

David Poulton

Thinking Outside The Square

The 2006 Eagle St Clair BASS Pro was contested on the 18-19 of March. After very dry conditions and record low levels at Lake St Clair the event was moved to Lake Glenbawn. Stephen Morgan, Fishing Monthly Director looked outside the square to compile a 6/6 limit to take out the first round of the 2006 BASS Pro Series with a total bag weight of 5.82kg.

Morgan pre-fished Friday and decided that the best fish in the lake would be holding in the main basin, due to the dropping water level. Targeting fish holding on the edges of minor points and small bays was the key, fishing areas other anglers hadn’t or wouldn’t think to target. Fishing in around 60 foot of water Morgan used only his electric mounted sounder to locate single fish or small schools. Then presenting his Brown Crawdad 3” Atomic Paddle Tails on 3/8 or 1/2 oz TT Jigheads.

“The fish were very tentative, almost bream like.” said Morgan, who found the fishing a challenge and felt it was a definite feel bite,

“Some fish seemed to keep coming with the lure while others took the lure when dropped back down to them.” Morgan focusing his attention on the not so popular areas found the scattered fish hanging on the edge of submerged tree lines. Moving closer over the timber didn’t pay dividends as the quality fish were on the outside.

“In the first session I landed eight legal fish and upgraded twice” said Morgan. Who went on to catch three fish in the second session and two in the final to complete his bag limit of six fish.

Stephen Almond 110g in arrears finished in second place qualifying for the Bass Pro Grand Final with a 6/6, 5.71kg bag. Almond a 53 year old mine worker from Singleton used local knowledge to locate his fish,

“My Humminbird sounders helped give me the edge” said Almond who used his sounders to locate suspended schools, then target the bigger fish just off the edge of the schools. Using a Procaster rod matched with a Team Daiwa Advantage reel spooled with 4lb Berkley Fireline and 10lb Berkley Vanish leader. Almond targeted fish on Saturday that were suspended in 35 feet of water next to trees, using a very slow roll as he moved the lure through the schooled fish. In the final session he changed tactics and concentrated on the flats presenting his lure to fish in around 40 to 45 foot of water, with the lure of choice being a 3” Gulp Minnow in Pumpkinseed,

“I tried lots of other lures to get bigger fish, but the gulp was the only lure that seemed to get results” said Almond who was over the moon with his result.

Champion non-boater Andrew Low a 29 year old Tackle Salesman from Maitland, fishing in only his second Bass Pro event, carried his form from the Bass Electrics where he has already qualified for the Bass Electric Convention. Low spoke highly of his boaters Tim Morgan and Brad Smith. On Saturdays two sessions Low and Morgan fished drop offs targeting suspended fish in around 35 to 40 feet of water.

“Marking our lines at 40 foot was essential” said Low who couldn’t believe how many fish he and Morgan caught in the first session, with Low upgrading three times each session with a day one total of 4.58kg. Day two and a change of boaters meant Low had to adapt his fishing style as he and Smith targeted fish in deep water, landing only three fish for the session and the largest coming from the bottom in 65 feet of water. Low’s choice of tackle was made up by a Team Daiwa SOL 2000 reel matched with a Daiwa rod rigged with 4lb Rapala braid and 6lb Siglon leader material. After trying numerous plastics his number one lure was a Chartreuse/Black Core 3” Slider rigged on a 5/8oz Nitro Dam Deep jighead.

The last word of the tournament went to Stephen Morgan who outlined his mind set for the weekend.
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I went out there to have fun and keep it simple, so simple I only used one rod all weekend” Morgan explained. That rod was a Daiwa Heartland X fitted with a Daiwa Airity 2500 reel, spooled with 2lb Platypus Superbraid and 8lb Yamatoyo leader. He eclipsed the field finishing each session at the top end of the leader board and also claiming the Daiwa Big Bass prize with a 1.59kg fish that was taken ten minutes into the first session on day one. Giving him the confidence he needed to take out the title of champion angler for the first round of the ABT BASS Pro Series.

The series rolls on with round two on the 5-6th of May back at Lake Glenbawn. Anyone interested in testing their tournament skills should visit www.australianbass.com.au or call ABT on 07 32683992.




ABT BASS Pro Series: Eagle Lake St Clair BASS Pro Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout $
1 Steve MORGAN QLD 2 2.42 2 1.72 2 1.68 6 5.82 3000 (donated to ABT) + $500 Daiwa Big Bass (donated to stocking)
2 Stephen ALMOND NSW 2 1.72 2 2.25 2 1.74 6 5.71 1500 + Qualify
3 Andrew HOMANN NSW 2 1.92 2 1.71 2 2.07 6 5.7 1250 + Qualify
4 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 1.86 2 1.59 2 2.15 6 5.6 1000
5 Tim MORGAN QLD 2 1.49 2 2.44 2 1.37 6 5.3 750
6 Dan RYAN QLD 2 1.75 2 1.72 2 1.71 6 5.18 500
7 Peter PHELPS NSW 2 1.81 2 1.79 2 1.54 6 5.14 500
8 Justin SCOTT NSW 2 1.4 2 1.74 2 1.81 6 4.95 400
9 Colin SINGLETON QLD 2 1.59 2 1.52 2 1.73 6 4.84 400
10 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 2 1.75 2 1.34 2 1.22 6 4.31 400
11 Mark MANGOLD NSW 2 1.44 2 1.25 2 1.57 6 4.26 400
12 David GREEN QLD 2 1.51 1 0.82 2 1.8 5 4.13 400
13 Matthew MOTT QLD 2 1.65 2 1.48 1 0.93 5 4.06 400
14 Jorg VAN HUSEN NSW     2 1.65 2 2.14 4 3.79  
15 Dan MALLORY QLD 1 0.77 1 1.04 2 1.44 4 3.25  
16 Ian BLACK QLD 1 1.16 1 0.64 2 1.32 4 3.12  
17 David YOUNG QLD 2 1.45 1 0.65 1 0.87 4 2.97  
18 Kerry SYMES QLD 1 0.74 1 0.64 2 1.5 4 2.88  
19 Wayne PARRY NSW 1 0.72 1 1.39 1 0.64 3 2.75  
20 Kristoffer HICKSON NSW     2 1.62 2 1.07 4 2.69  
21 Scott GREENTREE NSW 2 2.51         2 2.51  
22 Michael COLLINS NSW 2 1.71     1 0.57 3 2.28  
23 Dean SILVESTER NSW     2 1.35 1 0.91 3 2.26  
24 Craig SIMMONS QLD 2 1.44     1 0.69 3 2.13  
25 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 1.38     1 0.73 3 2.11  
26 Brad SMITH NSW     1 1.21 1 0.87 2 2.08  
27 Gary HARDMAN NSW     1 1.36 1 0.71 2 2.07  
28 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 1 0.69 2 1.29     3 1.98  
29 Rod STUDDERT NSW     2 1.27 1 0.66 3 1.93  
30 Jay MORGAN QLD 1 0.81 1 0.52 1 0.59 3 1.92  
31 Dean WAGNER NSW 2 1.91         2 1.91  
32 Mark GOGARTY NSW         2 1.77 2 1.77  
33 Mark PERTOT QLD 2 1.72         2 1.72  
34 Jon FOOTE NSW 1 0.53 2 1.19     3 1.72  
35 Bruce ANDERSON NSW 1 0.74 1 0.92     2 1.66  
36 David MCLEAN NSW     1 0.77 1 0.87 2 1.64  
37 Gerard BARTON NSW 1 0.64     1 0.92 2 1.56  
38 Harry WATSON QLD 2 1.46         2 1.46  
39 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld 1 0.58 1 0.88     2 1.46  
40 Chris SHADLOW NSW 2 1.45         2 1.45  
41 Christian SERNE NSW 1 0.7     1 0.75 2 1.45  
43 Greg PARKES NSW 1 0.7 1 0.7     2 1.4  
44 Joe CRUST NSW         2 1.39 2 1.39  
45 Peter KEIDGE QLD     2 1.11     2 1.11  
46 Mick MEE NSW         2 1.08 2 1.08  
47 Ian OUTZEN NSW 2 0.99         2 0.99  
48 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 1 0.39 1 0.52     2 0.91  
49 Gary MEE NSW     1 0.81     1 0.81  
50 Charlie LADD QLD 1 0.78         1 0.78  
51 Barry OXFORD QLD         1 0.76 1 0.76  
52 Bruce MOSS QLD 1 0.73         1 0.73  
53 Brent POWER NSW     1 0.73     1 0.73  
54 Matthew WEBB NSW         1 0.72 1 0.72  
55 Peter JENKINS NSW 1 0.68         1 0.68  
56 Craig ROBERTSON NSW     1 0.67     1 0.67  
57 Brett YOUNG NSW         1 0.66 1 0.66  
58 Alan MCNAMARA NSW     1 0.65     1 0.65  
59 David HISLOP QLD 1 0.59         1 0.59  
60 Scott LEAR NSW 1 0.49         1 0.49  
61 Barry JACKSON QLD                  
61 Mal FAVAGER QLD                  
61 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD                  
61 Mick CLARKE NSW                  
61 Grant BOYLE NSW                  
61 Jayson DEFORREST-HADDLETON NSW                  
61 Steven MCDONALD NSW                  
61 Mike CREIGHTON QLD                  
                       
ABT BASS Pro Series: Eagle Lake St Clair BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Andrew LOW NSW 2 2.26 2 2.32 2 1.15 6 5.73 Angler Rod, Shimano Curado, Prize Pack + Qualify
2 Mick ELSLEY NSW 2 1.4 2 1.11 2 1.51 6 4.02 Strudwick 6-8kg, Pflueger reel, Prize Pack + Qualify
3 David MUDD NSW 2 1.8 2 1.24 1 0.96 5 4 Spotters Pack, Prize Pack + Qualify
4 Glen CASEY NSW 2 1.89 1 0.71 2 1.33 5 3.93 Nitro rod, Prize Pack + Qualify
5 Brooke KENNETT NSW 2 2.23 1 0.78 1 0.86 4 3.87 Nitro rod, Prize Pack + Qualify
6 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 1.61 1 0.71 2 1.55 5 3.87 Strudwick rod, Prize Pack + Qualify
7 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW 2 1.44 1 0.65 2 1.73 5 3.82 Shimano Raider rod, Prize Pack
8 Ward ELLWOOD QLD     2 1.3 2 2.13 4 3.43 Shimano Raider rod, Prize Pack
9 Troy URQUHART NSW 2 1.33 2 1.12 1 0.92 5 3.37 Prize Pack
10 Dale MULLINS QLD 2 1.15 2 1.04 1 1.09 5 3.28 Prize Pack
11 Mark CUTLER NSW 2 1.38 1 0.55 2 1.26 5 3.19  
12 Brent DELANEY NSW 2 1.71     2 1.3 4 3.01  
13 Tony ZANTIOTIS QLD 2 1.51     2 1.45 4 2.96  
14 Baden SPARROW QLD 1 1.35     2 1.59 3 2.94  
15 Peter JUNG QLD 2 1.44 1 0.62 1 0.82 4 2.88  
16 Vicki WINTER NSW 2 1.4 2 1.39     4 2.79  
17 Grant THOMPSON NSW     2 1.77 1 0.95 3 2.72  
18 Jeff BRUNSDON NSW 1 0.52 2 1.48 1 0.65 4 2.65  
19 John LAUDON NSW 2 1.76     1 0.84 3 2.6  
20 Andrew COWLING NSW 2 1.64     1 0.78 3 2.42  
21 Ken MURRAY Qld 1 1.07     2 1.34 3 2.41  
22 Patrick BRENNAN NSW 2 2.37         2 2.37  
23 Trevor FOOTE QLD     2 1.37 1 0.94 3 2.31  
24 Paul COOPER QLD 2 1.34 2 0.97     4 2.31  
25 Gus DUNN NSW 1 0.64 2 1.48     3 2.12  
26 Steve BLANEY NSW     2 1.37 1 0.72 3 2.09  
27 Peter MORGAN QLD     1 0.55 2 1.47 3 2.02  
28 Adrian HEATH Qld     2 1.03 1 0.85 3 1.88  
29 Ashley COOK NSW         2 1.77 2 1.77  
30 Daniel OSLAND NSW         2 1.76 2 1.76  
31 Bob TOWN QLD 1 0.63 1 0.9     2 1.53  
32 Alan MCGINTY NSW 1 0.56 1 0.92     2 1.48  
33 Ross MURRAY Qld 1 0.62     1 0.69 2 1.31  
34 Blair WHITNEY NSW 1 0.55     1 0.64 2 1.19  
35 Brett CROWE NSW 1 1.18         1 1.18  
36 Deborah KOWALCZYK NSW 1 1.12         1 1.12  
37 Angus GILES NSW     1 0.96     1 0.96  
38 Wil WAGNER NSW         1 0.89 1 0.89  
39 Peter MAY Qld 1 0.87         1 0.87  
40 Chris ELDRED QLD 1 0.82         1 0.82  
41 Scott MCKENZIE QLD         1 0.79 1 0.79  
42 Gavin STICKLEN NSW 1 0.78         1 0.78  
43 Mark COLLINS NSW     1 0.72     1 0.72  
44 Micheal Raymond STUBBIN QLD 1 0.62         1 0.62  
44 Kylie CORNISH NSW 1 0.62         1 0.62  
46 Rod SHORTEN NSW         1 0.58 1 0.58  
47 Ian PFINGST Qld     1 0.56     1 0.56  
48 Richie HARDMAN Qld 0 -0.25         0 -0.25  
49 Wayne DUBOIS NSW                  
49 Paul BERRY NSW                  
49 Cameron MCDONALD NSW                  
49 Steven HARRISON NSW                  
49 Tibi LUNGULY NSW                  
49 Steve COLLING NSW                  
49 Tony PRIESTLEY NSW                  
49 Don GALLIANO NSW                  
49 Glyn BARKHUIZEN QLD                  
49 Neil CHEGWIDDEN NSW                  
49 Christian MEE NSW                  
49 Jason JOVANOVIC QLD                  
49 Glen STEWART NSW                  
49 Ben MONRO NSW                  
49 Graham SABINE QLD