On a tough mornings fishing, Steve Otto, a 39 year old cabinet maker from Didillibah proved that prefishing and a little local knowledge can help win tournaments. Steve’s bag of two bass weighing in at a very respectable 3.46 kg saw him take first place in the second Lake Macdonald electric.
Steve found a school of large fish on Saturday and returned to them on sunday, only to find them scattered. Patience prevailed and he landed two fish, one of which, 2.55kg, earned him the Big Bass prize.
Using an Ian Miller rod, Shimano Stradic reel spooled with 6lb Fireline and a 8lb Vanish leader he slow rolled a Baby Bass Slider grub on a 1/2 ounce TT jighead along the bottom of the open water of Gazebo Bay to catch his fish.
Steve said he was ‘stoked’ to win the event and with tongue in cheek he added that he would be ‘turning pro’ as soon as possible.
Les ‘the beard’ Barber from Bundaberg made a bee line for Bass Bay and Bora creek to take a bag of two bass weighing 2.95kg to the scales earning him second place. Les, who successfully prefished the area, used an Ian Miller rod and Calcutta 50 reel spooled with 10lb Platypus braid and 15ib Vanish leader, cast a 1/4 ounce purple Bassman Spinnerbait into the lilypads close to the shore. With a slow, pausing retrieve, he caught a total of 4 good fish for the session.
Third place went to Scott McKenzie, a consistant performer at Maccas, who fished the banks near the hatchery with a Daiwa Procaster Z, a Daiwa reel with 6lb Fireline and 15lb Nitlon leader to present a Lucky Craft LV500 to land his 5 fish.
A special mention must go to Scott, who, early in the session, returned to his vehicle to get a fuse for a fellow competitor,stranded with a broken down electric motor. His actions emphasised the cameraderie amongst the anglers on the ‘electric tour’.
To the delight of all the competitors, ABT supremo Steve Morgan was presented with a box of yummy donuts from Donut King for his efforts. He dutifully shared them with other ‘donutters’ on the day!