Tohatsu BP/ Boondooma BASS Pro Final Results & Story

Tohatsu Bjelke Petersen/Boondooma BASS Pro

With low water levels affecting many of South-East Queensland’s impoundments, the venue for the third BASS Pro round for 2006 was moved to Lake Boondooma, 24/25th June.

Forty- seven boats and eighty-seven anglers took part in what was, for most, a tough weekend of fishing. Anglers battled to crack a pattern and the leader board continued to change throughout the event.

It was 48 year old Jackall importer Harry “Hank” Watson from Boonah who jumped ahead of the field in the last vital session. The Japanese tackle magnate weighed 5/6, 5.35kg, jumping in front of the closest competitor by 0.55kg. Watson managed to compile his bag with larger fish than his rivals, meaning he was able to outclass those who weighed a full 6/6 limit.

During the prefish day on the Friday before the tournament, Watson found a 100m stretch of bank that was holding bigger bass. It was this location that yielded most of his fish in the tournament. Harry’s bank had a 30 degree taper with a healthy weed edge extending twenty metres into the lake. Smaller fish showed on his Lowrance sounder below the boat in five metres of water. These fish weren’t in Watson’s sights. It was the larger specimens that were holding tight against the weed edge that formed his winning limit.

Harry varied his approach, using two successful lure types with a similar retrieve for both. He alternated between both, finding that one would produce better than the other at certain times. Watson opted for a TN60 Jackall in the Purple Shad colour to look for reaction bites, with a G. Loomis 783 Crankbait rod and a Shimano Chronarch 50mg reel used to deliver the presentation. The Chronarch was spooled with 12lb Platypus Superbraid and topped off with a length of 12lb Siglon Fluorocarbon leader.

When the Jackall failed, Harry chose a small plastic to do the job. Using a painted 2” Illusion Shad rigged on a ¼ ounce round ball jighead to work through the same water he had explored with the Jackall. Harry’s soft plastic outfit was comprised of a G. Loomis SR 842 IMX rod, teamed with a Shimano 1000 Sustain reel. The reel was spooled with 2lb Platypus Superbraid and finished off with a 8lb Siglon leader.

Watson explained how he fished differently to other anglers working similar areas.
“I’d cast into the edge of the weed and let the lure hit it. Then I’d start ripping’ it out hard to shed weed off the lure. Once free of weed, I used a medium paced retrieve and let the lure touch the tops of the broken weed on the way back to the boat”.

Harry walked away with a $2500 prize cheque for his first placing, plus a $500 winner bonus presented by Skeeter Boats as part of their Sponsor Bonus Program.

Colin Singleton’s consistency earned him a second placing, with his 6/6, 4.8kg limited compiled with the utilization of two different techniques. The first being a TN60 Jackall in chameleon colour worked along the weed edges in the Boyne arm of the waterway.

Using a similar approach to Watson, Singleton presented his TN-60 to the weed edge casting it into the vegetation, then ripping it clear. Once clear it was allowed to fall, and it was on the drop that majority of strikes came.

“I learned a tip watching one of the pros on ESPN”, Singleton explained.
“One angler was casting his lure into the weed and then ripping it out by banging his winding hand on the butt of the rod a couple of times. This banging creates a sharp lifting action that’s almost impossible to do with a flick of the wrist. I was surprised in the prefish when I tried this style of fishing and it worked. I imitated the ripping action and bass were hitting the lure almost straight away before I could take up the slack”, he concluded.

Col’s rod for this technique was a brand new to Australia, Lamiglass, with the exact model being a Skeet Reese 7’ Lamiglass baitcaster rod. Col teamed the rod with a Shimano Chronarch 100 SF reel, spooled with 20lb Super PE Yamatoyo and a leader 0f 20lb Harris Fluorocarbon.

The second location that helped Singleton to fill his well was a right hand bank just outside the Boyne timber area.

“I found some bass holding in a bay formed by a creek channel running into the main lake. The deepest part of the channel was 32 feet, so I positioned the boat there in the deep water and cast a Mask Vib 60, in pearl ayu colour, up onto the drop-off of the channel and hopped it back into deeper water”, Singleton said.

Col attributed his hopping success to the use of his rod, a high modulus, fast action 7’ Lamiglass rod from their Flats Series. The rods’ action allowed him to impart an aggressive hopping action on the Mask. On each lift, he’d use a series of hops before letting the lure fall back to the bottom.

Both Col and Harry have now earned their place in the BASS Pro Grand Final to be held in New South Wales later this year.

The non-boater section was taken out by the consistent Glen Casey from Bassman Spinnerbait fame. With the ever happy-go-lucky lure manufacturer compiling a 6/6, 3.95kg tournament limit to secure his win.

Using two techniques to fill his bag, Casey was on a roll right from session one, when he told his boater Mike Connolly to get the net ready after his first cast. Glen used a combination of casting green pumpkin Slider Grubs to the weed edge and bouncing the bottom with the largest Nil’s Master ice jigs to achieve his limit.

Glen explained his successful ice jigging technique by saying,

“I was just letting the jig pad the bottom after each hop. It was nothing fancy. The fish were hitting the jig hard and I had a great time”. Glen’s fish all came from the Pelican Point area in the Boyne arm of the lake.

The $500 Daiwa Big Bass Prize went to Dale Mullins for his 1.71kg specimen caught on fly along a steep rocky point in the main basin of the dam.

“It was the first bass that I’ve ever caught on fly in a tournament”, Mullins explained.
“It fell to chartreuse and black Bass Vampire fly, that was double the size most guys use. The fact that it turned out to be the big bass for the tournament makes it that much more special”, he concluded.

The next round of the series sees the tour move to Lake Somerset, 15-16th July for the Daiwa Lake Somerset BASS Pro. For more information visit www.australianbass.com.au or phone ABT (07) 3268 3992 (b/h), 0427 32 64 64 (b/h).




ABT BASS Pro Series: Tohatsu Bjelke-Petersen BASS Pro Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout $
1 Harry WATSON QLD 2 2.45 1 1.11 2 1.79 5 5.35 2500 + $500 Skeeter Bonus
2 Colin SINGLETON QLD 2 1.62 2 1.77 2 1.41 6 4.8 1250
3 Mick CLARKE NSW 2 1.73 1 0.7 2 2.24 5 4.67 900
4 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 1.55 2 1.24 2 1.48 6 4.27 700
5 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 1 0.66 2 2.04 1 1.17 4 3.87 600
6 David GREEN QLD 1 0.87 2 1.89 2 1.1 5 3.86 500
7 Matthew MOTT QLD 2 1.12 2 1.24 2 1.39 6 3.75 400
8 Kerry SYMES QLD 2 1.09 2 1.32 2 1.34 6 3.75 300
9 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 2 1.53 2 2.19 4 3.72 300
10 Garry HARDMAN NSW 1 0.56 2 1.94 1 1.21 4 3.71 200
11 Mark PERTOT QLD 2 1.39 2 1.53 1 0.5 5 3.42
12 Ray SARGENT QLD 2 1.14 2 1.68 4 2.82
13 Tim MORGAN QLD 1 0.82 1 0.99 1 0.8 3 2.61
14 Dale MULLINS QLD 1 1.71 1 0.68 2 2.39 $500 Daiwa Big Bass
15 John SCHOFIELD QLD 2 1.74 1 0.53 3 2.27
16 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 2.16 2 2.16
17 Justin SCOTT NSW 1 0.73 2 1.32 3 2.05
18 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 0.74 2 1.26 3 2
19 Dan RYAN QLD 2 1.02 2 0.84 4 1.86
20 Trevor FOOTE QLD 2 1.23 1 0.53 3 1.76
21 Josh BATTERSON Qld 1 0.68 2 1.01 3 1.69
22 Craig ROBERTSON NSW 1 0.73 1 0.93 2 1.66
23 Bradley CLARK QLD 1 0.59 1 0.55 1 0.49 3 1.63
24 Peter MORGAN QLD 1 1.51 1 1.51
25 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld 1 0.47 2 1 3 1.47
26 Dan MALLORY QLD 1 0.91 1 0.5 2 1.41
27 David HISLOP QLD 1 1.35 1 1.35
28 Kerry EHRLICH QLD 2 1.35 2 1.35
29 Wayne BLUNDELL QLD 2 1.29 2 1.29
30 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 1 0.91 1 0.38 2 1.29
31 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 1.28 2 1.28
32 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD 1 1.26 1 1.26
33 David MUDD NSW 1 0.7 1 0.46 2 1.16
34 Charlie LADD QLD 1 0.99 1 0.99
35 Dean SILVESTER NSW 1 0.7 1 0.7
36 Stephen ALMOND NSW 1 0.56 1 0.56
37 Barry JACKSON QLD 1 0.55 1 0.55
37 Ian BLACK QLD 1 0.55 1 0.55
39 Corey EHRLICH QLD 1 0.51 1 0.51
40 Brad SMITH NSW 1 0.49 1 0.49
41 Peter MAY Qld 1 0.49 1 0.49
42 Greg WALTON QLD 1 0.48 1 0.48
43 Bruce MOSS QLD
43 David YOUNG QLD
43 Mal FAVAGER QLD
43 Greg PARKES NSW
43 Ken MURRAY Qld
ABT BASS Pro Series: Tohatsu Bjelke-Petersen BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Glen CASEY NSW 2 1.36 2 1.53 2 1.06 6 3.95 Millerod, Prize Pack
2 Chris JOWETT Qld 2 2.91 2 2.91 G.Loomis spin rod, Prize pack
3 Kevin JONES QLD 1 0.69 1 0.82 2 1.39 4 2.9 Spotters sunglasses, Prize pack
4 Tony MOTT QLD 2 1.25 2 1.45 4 2.7 Angler DCX spin rod, prize pack
5 Phil BEVIS QLD 2 1.81 1 0.77 3 2.58 Nitro rod, Prize Pack
6 Gavin STICKLEN QLD 2 1.44 2 0.97 4 2.41 Strudwick b/c rod, Prize Pack
7 Micheal Raymond STUBBIN QLD 1 0.62 2 1.71 3 2.33 Strudwick b/c rod, Prize Pack
8 Terry MCCULLOUGH QLD 1 1.01 2 1.24 3 2.25 Pflueger b/c reel, Prize PaCK
9 Don GALLIANO NSW 1 0.59 2 1.56 3 2.15 Prize Pack
10 Neil SCOTT NSW 1 0.52 1 1.37 2 1.89 Prize Pack
11 Warwick LYNDON QLD 1 1.53 1 1.53
12 Ross MURRAY Qld 1 0.51 2 1.01 3 1.52
13 Paul HOLMBERG Qld 2 1.01 1 0.46 3 1.47
14 Mike DELISSER QLD 2 1.4 2 1.4
15 Russell GLASSON QLD 1 1.36 1 1.36
16 Jami KANOWSKI QLD 1 0.7 1 0.5 2 1.2
17 Paul FOOTE QLD 2 1.15 2 1.15
18 Freddie SAWYER Qld 2 1.14 2 1.14
19 Bruce ANDERSON NSW 1 0.56 1 0.57 2 1.13
20 Chris ELDRED QLD 2 1.12 2 1.12
21 Scott DAKIN QLD 1 1.11 1 1.11
22 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 1 1.02 1 1.02
23 Stuart FRASER QLD 1 0.99 1 0.99
24 Ian PFINGST Qld 1 0.74 1 0.74
25 Marty VAN VEGCHEL Qld 1 0.64 1 0.64
26 Ward ELLWOOD QLD 1 0.44 1 0.44
27 Tim MOSS Qld
27 Michael STEWART QLD
27 Raymond KNIGHT Qld
27 Ian MCNICOL VIC
27 Graham SABINE QLD
27 Richie HARDMAN Qld
27 Heath CRAVEN QLD
27 Steve ELDRED QLD
27 Bob TOWN QLD
27 Jason JOVANOVIC QLD
27 Robert BARTLETT QLD
27 Glyn BARKHUIZEN QLD
27 Wayne GORDON QLD
27 William JONES QLD
27 Paul COOPER QLD