Boomer Bass at BASS Electric Convention
The MotorGuide BASS Electric Tour continued itsâ€™ journey around the country visiting the Hunter Valley region for the final, and climatic event of the year, the Motor BASS Electric Convention, 16-17th September.
Run on the picturesque and overflowing Lostock Dam, the event featured anglers from the 23 qualifying events throughout the year, battling not only each other but a shut down and fickle bass bite. With two MotorGuide electric motors up for grabs and host of other prizes to be awarded it was going to be two woudays of attrition to come out on top.
Day one was a testament to local knowledge and understanding of the rarely used tournament venue, with 31 year old Singleton Smelter Operator Ben Pepperall delivering to the scales the only fish for session, 1/2, 1.62kg.
â€œIt was a long and tough day out thereâ€, explained Pepperall.
â€œThe influx of cold water and being so early in the season meant the fish were sulking and holding on the bottom. So you just had to persevere and keep the lure down there were the fish wereâ€, he added.
This grinding process for Pepperall centred on slow rolling a 3â€ Berkley Gulp Grub Minnow (colour-pumpkinseed) across the bottom.
With his boat in 40 feet of water, Pepperall cast his away from the boat, allowing it to sink to the bottom before beginning his dead-slow constant retrieve.
â€œThe fish were very touchy and fickle so you had to give them a gentle presentationâ€, explained Pepperall.
This fickle nature was hugely evident as Ben explains.
â€œYouâ€™d spot active fish above the bottom with the sounder, and when you turned around and went back to them theyâ€™d dropped to the bottom and were sitting motionless. It was frustrating to say the leastâ€, he added.
The added satisfaction in overcoming such a tough bite further added to Pepperallâ€™s victory, with his session winning fish falling to tackle combination comprised of a Berkley 6â€™6â€, 1-3kg, Drop Shot Rod, 2000 Daiwa Sol spin reel, loaded with 4lb Berkley Fireline, and topped off with 4lb Berkley Vanish. The plastic used was an omnipresent Berkley Gulp rigged on a Â½ oz Nitro jighead.
Session two proved more fruitfull, with session winner Wayne Gordon securing the top spot with his 1/1, 1.69kg limit. The largest speciemen of the four fish weighed in for the session Gordanâ€™s fish came early in the day, gracing the deck of the boat at about 8.30am.
â€œIt was definitely an early morning edge biteâ€, explained Gordon.
â€œThe fish were few and far between, but they were definitely at their most active during the early morning low light periodâ€, he added.
For Gordon the fish came fishing the gin clear weed edges of the main basin of the dam, slow rolling a Jackall TN60 (colour- firetiger) out from the shallows.
â€œIt hit hardâ€, explained Gordon.
â€œThere was no subtlety on the take, it just hammered the lureâ€, he added.
The arsenal of tackle that tempted the winning fish for Gordon included, a 6â€™6â€, G.Loomis Megabass rod, Daiwa TDX reel, spooled with 20lb Fins gelspun line, and 14lb Nitlon leader.
Adding to the competitors list of competitive tasks was a trivia quiz on the Friday night briefing, and a casting competition following the Saturday fishing session.
Claiming the title of quiz master was Wivenhoe BASS Electric winner Ken Murray, while Trevor Stead achieved a back-to-back performance picking up the champion caster title for the second year.
The title of BASS Electric Convention Overall Champion came down to the wire, with a quiz and casting comp tie break at the presentation seeing Baden Sparrow reclaiming his title from 2004, narrowly beating Dan Ryan on the final cast off.
ABT would like to thank MotorGuide for their ongoing support as the series naming sponsor for the year, along with all the sponsors and the individuals who helped make 2006 the biggest and best BASS Electric Series ever.
2007 will once again see the BASS Electric Series return, with the same number of events schedule to take place in three states. For more information on the coming season keep an eye out for the 2007 ABT Tournament Angler Guide, due out in the January 2007, or visit, www.australianbass.com.au.
Session 1 Fishing Results
|1||Ben Pepperall||1||1.62||MotorGuide Digital Great White 72lb electric motor|
Session 2 Fishing Results
|1||Wayne Gordon||1||1.69||MotorGuide cable steer Great White 72lb electric motor|
|2||Mick Pascoe||1||1.34||Prize Pack|
|3||Shane Anderson||1||1.08||Prize Pack|
|4||Ben Pepperall||1||1.02||Prize Pack|
|Place||Angler||S1 Ranking||D2 Ranking||Quiz Ranking||Casting Ranking||Total Score||Prize|
|1||Baden Sparrow||90||87||94||98||369||Lowrance Sounder|
|2||Dan Ryan||90||87||98||94||369||Spotters Sunglasses|
|3||Dan Mallory||90||87||94||97||368||Spotters Sunglasses|