Fly Wielding Local Wins Glenbawn – Stessco BASS Pro Rnd 2 2006

by David Poulton

Brilliant conditions greeted competitors on day 1 of the second qualifying round of the 2006 BASS Pro series in the Stessco Lake Glenbawn event. With dropping water levels the fishing was always going to be tough and local knowledge paid big dividends. With Michael Pascoe a 21 year old Origin Energy worker from Scone showing he had the technique and local knowledge to take out the event with a 6/6, 6.10kg tournament winning bag.

Pascoe who led the tournament at the completion of session two was very nervous, afraid he would again fail as he did in 2005, when he was in the same position. However he stuck to his game plan and came home victorious taking out the title along with the Daiwa Big Bass prize. Even when the wind on day two made conditions tough.

Second place went again to Stephen Almond who showed again he was the most consistent angler with three similar bag limits to give him a total 6/6 5.57kg limit. Almond a 53 year old mine worker from Singleton fished deep on day one pulling fish from 55 to 60 feet of water on the flats. “The fish were schooled on the bottom” said Almond. Who presented them with an Ecogear Grassminnow in colour 117 rigged on a 3/8oz Nitro Jighead which he slow rolled through the school using Daiwa Procaster rods rigged with 1500 and 2500 TD Advantage reels spooled with 4lb Fireline and 8-10lb Berkley Vanish leader . The second session was a repeat of the first and put Almond into second place going into the final session.

However when he returned to the flats on day two, there was no fish present and Almond wasted 2 hours trying to get fish. A change of position and techniques helped him finish in the money, with Big House Bay the spot of choice. Targeting fish that were hiding in submerged timber in around 60 foot of water. “Dropping the lure to the bottom was the key, and then slowly rolling it back through the trees got the results.” said Almond about the technique that enabled him to hold onto second place.

Pascoe failed to choke this year and held onto his day one lead of 4.18kg. With more experience than last year and confidence in his technique, Pascoe fished fly all weekend and finished with a 2/2 1.92kg bag in the final session. “I broke my favourite rod in the first session, and had to go to an old Daiwa rod that had a broken reel seat.” said Pascoe. Who then fished with his 6wt sinking fly line lying on the floor of the boat. Engine troubles also hindered Pascoe as he had to remove the cowling of his motor every time he needed to start it. These troubles didn’t hinder his performance though, as he waved the long wand in the timber. “I fished rocky banks with trees emerging from the water around 20m from the bank” said Pascoe when asked about his technique. Catching eight fish in the first session and upgrading twice he was confident the fish would be in the same spots in the following session. He proved that theory correct in the second session. Landing the biggest bass of the tournament a 1.65kg fish on the third cast of the session. “I got a touch and then the fish just sucked it in, I was lucky it swam into open water” commented Pascoe.

Fishing with the Diawa 6wt after breaking his Innovator 6-7wt on Saturday. Pascoe again returned to the same spot on Sunday and boated two fish within ten minutes. “I caught lots of fish and upgraded ten times”. Explained Pascoe. Who then went onto driving around for the rest of the session looking for a spot out of the wind that blew up and caused havoc for a lot of anglers. “When the wind began to blow I couldn’t fish the spot I wanted to and didn’t really cast a fly again” said Pascoe.

Gavin Dunne a 33 year old Ecogear Rep from Queensland took out the non-boater first place compiling the only 6/6 limit in the division, with a 4.89kg bag. Dunne was very grateful to his boaters Brad Smith and Steve Almond. “I fished the same technique all weekend” explained Dunne. Who presented a 3” Ecogear Power Shad in Rainbow Trout on a 3/8oz Ecogear 3D jighead. Fishing submerged trees in around 60 foot of water, letting the lure drop to the bottom then slow rolling it back through the trees. “I wasn’t getting hits unless the lure was touching the timber” explained Dunne. The three session were all the same for Dunne the technique, location and gear a Norries 6ft Baitcaster paired with a Diawa ITO baitcaster reel spooled with 10lb Yamatoyo PE Braid with a 10lb Yamatoyo Fluorocarbon leader. “I have confidence on this Lake and love fishing here, the fish are receptive to all techniques” replied Dunne when asked about the key to his success.

However the winning technique proved to be fly! With many anglers reverting to fly to get fish. It was Pascoe who came out on top using two homemade flies. “I don’t have a name for them, they are similar to a bass vampire” said Pascoe who revealed that one was a purple colour and the other was green. Fishing the same locations was the key for Pascoe who was quiet about his technique, a simple cast as close to the bank as possible and a allowing the fly to sink by feel, then a slow strip back to the boat. “I got plenty of bites in the trees and if I didn’t hook up, I’d let it sink to entice the bite” explained Pascoe. When asked if he was using his sounder to locate school, he replied with ‘Never looked at it”. When asked how he prefished on Friday, “Didn’t bother, leading up to prefish ban I fished the Lake and had good success and trusted my understanding of the Lake.” Pascoe was confident of doing well, and showed that trusting in your ability and being confident in your skill can bring success.

The 2006 BASS Pro series now moves to Queensland for Round 3 at Bjelke-Peterson Dam, June 24-25. For entry forms and details visit www.australianbass.com.au or call ABT on 07 32683992.



BASS Pro: Stessco BASS Pro Glenbawn 2006 Boater Results

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW
1 Michael PASCOE NSW 2 1.53 2 2.65 2 1.92 6 6.1
2 Stephen ALMOND NSW 2 1.97 2 1.8 2 1.8 6 5.57
3 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 1.88 2 1.7 2 1.59 6 5.17
4 Dean SILVESTER NSW 2 1.57 2 1.68 2 1.69 6 4.94
5 Michael COLLINS NSW 1 0.91 2 2.09 2 1.48 5 4.48
6 David MUDD NSW 2 1.42 2 1.32 2 1.46 6 4.2
7 Brad SMITH NSW 2 1.49 1 0.68 2 1.8 5 3.97
8 Justin SCOTT NSW 2 1.27 1 0.78 2 1.53 5 3.58
9 Matthew MOTT QLD 2 1.69 1 0.91 1 0.95 4 3.55
10 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 2 1.78 1 1.38 3 3.16
11 Kristoffer HICKSON NSW 2 1.29 2 1.72 4 3.01
12 Craig ROBERTSON NSW 2 1.42 2 1.56 4 2.98
13 Greg WALTON QLD 1 0.59 1 0.73 2 1.55 4 2.87
14 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 2 1.4 1 0.51 1 0.69 4 2.6
15 Dan MALLORY QLD 2 1.09 2 1.48 4 2.57
16 Andrew COWLING NSW 1 0.8 2 1.7 3 2.5
17 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 2 1.74 1 0.74 3 2.48
18 Craig SIMMONS QLD 2 1.52 1 0.89 3 2.41
19 Colin SINGLETON QLD 1 0.57 2 1.75 3 2.32
20 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 1.19 1 1.07 3 2.26
21 Dan RYAN QLD 2 1.25 1 0.8 3 2.05
22 Dean WAGNER NSW 2 1.98 2 1.98
23 Ken MURRAY Qld 2 1.92 2 1.92
24 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 2 1.35 1 0.53 3 1.88
25 Harry WATSON QLD 1 0.5 2 1.18 3 1.68
26 Bruce MOSS QLD 1 0.93 1 0.7 2 1.63
27 Christian SERNE NSW 2 1.02 1 0.58 3 1.6
28 Matthew WEBB NSW 2 1.58 2 1.58
29 Greg PARKES NSW 1 0.69 1 0.86 2 1.55
30 Domanic LIEB NSW 1 0.81 1 0.72 2 1.53
31 Chris SHADLOW NSW 1 0.8 1 0.63 2 1.43
32 Thomas COOKE NSW 2 1.42 2 1.42
33 Barry OXFORD QLD 1 0.62 1 0.8 2 1.42
34 Jorg VAN HUSEN NSW 1 0.7 1 0.7 2 1.4
35 Mal FAVAGER QLD 2 1.3 2 1.3
36 Tim MORGAN QLD 2 1.29 2 1.29
37 Chris CLEAVER NSW 1 0.53 1 0.76 2 1.29
38 Mark DUNPHY NSW 1 0.65 1 0.62 2 1.27
39 Paul GOGARTY NSW 1 0.66 1 0.6 2 1.26
40 Tony ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 1.12 1 1.12
41 Mick CLARKE NSW 1 0.89 1 0.89
42 Joe CRUST NSW 1 0.87 1 0.87
43 Mark GOGARTY NSW 1 0.86 1 0.86
44 Peter PHELPS NSW 1 0.82 1 0.82
45 Scott LEAR NSW 1 0.81 1 0.81
46 Wayne BLUNDELL QLD 1 0.77 1 0.77
47 Rod SHORTEN NSW 1 0.76 1 0.76
48 Kerry SYMES QLD 1 0.75 1 0.75
49 Gary HARDMAN NSW 1 0.64 1 0.64
50 Mick MEE NSW 1 0.55 1 0.55
51 Peter MORGAN QLD 1 0.53 1 0.53
52 Andrew HOMANN NSW 1 0.52 1 0.52
53 Barry JACKSON QLD 1 0.2 1 0.2
54 Mark PERTOT QLD
54 David YOUNG QLD
54 Bruce ANDERSON NSW
54 Steve STARLING NSW
54 Charlie LADD QLD
54 Grant BOYLE NSW
54 Ian OUTZEN NSW
54 Gary MEE NSW


BASS Pro: Stessco BASS Pro Glenbawn 2006 Non-Boater Results

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 1.58 2 1.57 2 1.74 6 4.89
2 Chris ELDRED QLD 2 1.77 2 2.27 4 4.04
3 Michael STEWART QLD 1 0.79 1 0.73 2 2.5 4 4.02
4 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW 2 1.52 2 1.6 1 0.69 5 3.81
5 Marty VAN VEGCHEL Qld 2 1.76 1 0.53 2 1.35 5 3.64
6 Justin WELSH QLD 2 1.64 2 1.5 4 3.14
7 Kevin JONES QLD 1 0.81 1 0.69 2 1.44 4 2.94
8 Blair WHITNEY NSW 1 1.2 2 1.61 3 2.81
9 Neil SCOTT NSW 2 2.51 2 2.51
10 Tony PRIESTLEY NSW 2 1.17 2 1.32 4 2.49
11 Brent DELANEY NSW 1 0.76 2 1.63 3 2.39
12 Vicki WINTER NSW 1 0.71 2 1.43 3 2.14
13 Jason SHEPHERDSON Qld 2 1.32 1 0.79 3 2.11
14 Micheal Raymond STUBBIN QLD 1 0.77 2 1.33 3 2.1
15 Bob TOWN QLD 1 0.75 1 0.81 1 0.54 3 2.1
16 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 1.44 1 0.55 3 1.99
17 Chris ELLIOT WA 1 0.96 1 0.87 2 1.83
18 Dale MULLINS QLD 2 1.21 1 0.61 3 1.82
19 Jamie HARDMAN NSW 2 1.21 1 0.55 3 1.76
20 Ross BARNES NSW 1 0.88 1 0.82 2 1.7
21 Wil WAGNER NSW 2 1.68 2 1.68
22 Michael COLLINS QLD 2 1.68 2 1.68
23 Des OWENS NSW 2 1.68 2 1.68
24 Paul COOPER QLD 2 1.53 2 1.53
25 Mark LAWSON QLD 2 1.5 2 1.5
26 Daniel QUARMBY NSW 1 0.73 1 0.77 2 1.5
27 Graham SABINE QLD 2 1.48 2 1.48
28 Jason Michael MARKS NSW 1 0.65 1 0.75 2 1.4
29 Wayne DUBOIS NSW 2 1.39 2 1.39
30 Philip EARLE NSW 2 1.31 2 1.31
31 Mark COLLINS NSW 2 1.26 2 1.26
32 Leo O’REILLY QLD 2 1.17 2 1.17
33 Bradley CLARK QLD 1 0.52 1 0.6 2 1.12
34 Wayne PARRY NSW 1 1.03 1 1.03
35 Steven HARRISON NSW 1 0.65 1 0.32 2 0.97
36 Trevor FOOTE QLD 1 0.93 1 0.93
37 Denise GRAHAM NSW 1 0.91 1 0.91
38 Paul BERRY NSW 1 0.86 1 0.86
39 Wayne GORDON QLD 1 0.83 1 0.83
40 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 0.82 1 0.82
41 Chris BYRNE NSW 1 0.81 1 0.81
42 Angus GILES NSW 1 0.73 1 0.73
43 Peter MAY Qld 1 0.72 1 0.72
44 Gavin STICKLEN QLD 1 0.62 1 0.62
45 Ward ELLWOOD QLD 1 0.61 1 0.61
45 Gus DUNN NSW 1 0.61 1 0.61
47 Phil BEVIS QLD 1 0.6 1 0.6
48 Ross MURRAY Qld 1 0.55 1 0.55
49 Richie HARDMAN Qld
49 Troy URQUHART NSW
49 Jason MCGLASHAM NSW
49 David HISLOP QLD
49 Dave MANSON QLD
49 Peter ACKLAND Qld
49 Allan PRICE NSW
49 Kylie CORNISH NSW
49 Alan MCGINTY NSW
49 Jos VAN DE VEN QLD
49 Mick ELSLEY NSW
49 Dave ROBINSON QLD
49 Brooke KENNETT NSW
49 Scott DAKIN QLD