The first ever Bass Electric Night Competition
was held on Saturday 31st March with an encouraging turnout of 35
Competitors fishing out of 21 boats. Despite a 20km South Easterly
change making conditions cooler and a little more difficult for
anglers, over 30 fish were weighed-in. Competitors that arrived back
earlier stated conditions were tough, however, later anglers showed a
promising start to the inaugural fishing event.
In first place was Chris Proctor who came out with a respectable bag of Maroon fish. His two fish limit totaled 1.85kg which also snared him the Big BASS with a 41cm fork length fish weighing 1.1kg. Chris’ gear of choice was an Ian Miller Bass buster rod matched with Shimano Siena reel. Using a Diawa shad and Shimano Lipless Crank baits on 8lb braid and leader Chris targeted weed edges in about 10 to 13 feet of water catching both fish after dark.
In second place was Chris ‘Cowboy’ Galligan with a two fish limit of 1.55kg. Cowboy used a Diawa Pixie rod and Liberto reel to land his limit. Cowboy again targeted weed edges in water between 10 and 15ft and landed his limit during the dark sky.
In third place was Baden Sparrow with two fish for 1.5kg. Baden targeted the deeper water next to the rock wall near the dam wall for his two fish. Using either a Jackal lipless in Ayu or a duo 55, Baden’s fish came from deeper water but again they came after dark.
In fourth and fifth place respectively, was John Ski with a 1.3kg bag and William Schloss weighing in with 1.25kg. The top five competitors will all receive invites to the BASS Electric Convention to be held at Lake Wivenhoe later in the year.
A huge thank you must go to Barry and Gail Oxford for their help on the night and a special thanks to Gail for her steak ‘sangers!