Jason Ehrlich Wins Boondooma Bass Pro

Twenty-seven year old Jason Ehrlich backed up his 2003 Yamaha BASS Pro Grand Final win with his second BASS Pro qualifying event win at the BlueFin Boondooma BASS Challenge.

Jason's Big Bass

Bagging a six-fish limit of 6.23kg, Ehrlich finished 110g ahead of a fast finishing Gavin Dunne and also bagged the Daiwa Big Bass cheque and the Yamaha BASS Bonus for being the highest placed boater with a Yamaha outboard.

Session-one leader, John Schofield, finished third (6/6, 6.05kg) while Spiro Zantiotis (5/6, 5.40g) and last year’s event winner David Green (5/6, 5.35kg) rounded out the top five placings.

Ehrlich explained his game plan after collecting his winnings. He had a definite plan and stuck to it until near the end of the last session.

“Early in the sessions, I’d fish for suspending fish down near the dam wall. These bass were sitting between 10 and 15 feet deep and on these fish I’d use a hard-bodied TN-60 Jackall lipless crankbait. I’d cast, count it down into the strike zone and then retrieve with a six wind, six second pause pattern. Mostly these bass were smaller and would belt the lure on the drop,” Jason explained.

He fished these Jackalls on a Strudwick 6’6”, 4kg SicStik, Abu Cardinal 502 reel, 6lb Fireline and 15lb Vanish leader.

So, to upgrade to the bigger limits he knew he’d need to take home cash, Ehrlich would then switch to shallower water and target bigger fish using a ‘soft’ Jackall that imitates a small bony bream.

Ehrlich’s favourite spot for this was a gully running off the main dam just below the split of the Boyne and Stuart arms of the impoundment.

“We’d sit in the submerged creek channel – in maybe 20 to 30 feet of water – and cast towards the bank, landing the lure in around 10 feet,” Jason explained, “Then I’d let the lure sink all the way to the bottom and wind it back for ten turns of the handle. I’d then pause and let the lure sink for a few seconds on a tight line before free-spooling the lure back down. Most of the hits came in the first few seconds of the drop, which is why I’d keep the reel in gear at that time.”

For the shallower water, Jason also downsized his gear – swapping to a 7’ Struddie SoftBodz rod, 501 Cardinal and 4lb Fireline.

Although over 360 bass were weighed in for the weekend, Jason commented that the ‘shut down’ conditions helped him.

“There are plenty of bigger bass in Boondooma, and the fact that I latched onto more than most helped me out a lot. If all of the big bass decided to feed, then it would have been more of a lucky-dip,” Jason said.

Gavin Dunne weighed his biggest bag in the final session, taking his limit in three casts on a rockpile on Ehrlich’s ‘upgrade’ flat. Fishing deep-fly techniques, Dunne commented that both big fish inhaled the fly just after it bumped over the rough ground.

Ironically, Ehrlich’s final fish was landed on fly after he watched Dunne’s successful technique.

“I went around the corner where I knew that there were more big bass hugging the bottom and pulled my final upgrade [on fly] there. Without that fish, I wouldn’t have finished first!” Ehrlich finished.

Adding to Jason’s $2,500 was the $500 Daiwa Big Bass – a 1.73kg fish that he landed in the second session, making the weekend profitable indeed.

The next event in the Yamaha BASS Pro series will be held at Somerset Dam in late June. Call Simon Goldsmith on (07) 3268 3992 b/h for further details.

PRO RESULTS

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Jason EHRLICH QLD 2 2.31 2 2.4 2 1.52 6 6.23 $3000
2 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 1.91 2 1.5 2 2.71 6 6.12 $1200
3 John SCHOFIELD QLD 2 2.73 2 1.73 2 1.59 6 6.05 $1000
4 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 2 2.47 1 0.76 2 2.17 5 5.4 $700
5 David GREEN QLD 2 2.42 1 0.99 2 1.94 5 5.35 $600
6 Greg WALTON QLD 2 1.77 2 1.43 2 1.94 6 5.14 $500
7 Stephen ALMOND NSW 2 1.17 2 2.25 2 1.67 6 5.09 $400
8 Mathew MOTT QLD 2 1.84 2 1.42 2 1.69 6 4.95 $300
9 Mike CREIGHTON QLD 2 1.99 2 1.55 2 1.29 6 4.83 $300
10 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 2.17 1 0.56 2 1.81 5 4.54 $300
11 Tim MORGAN QLD 2 1.88 2 1.07 2 1.57 6 4.52
12 Trent BUTLER QLD 2 2.07 1 0.71 2 1.74 5 4.52
13 Craig SIMMONS QLD 2 1.52 2 1.57 2 1.37 6 4.46
14 Jay MORGAN QLD 2 1.62 2 1.24 2 1.5 6 4.36
15 Jamie HARDMAN NSW 2 1.92 1 0.75 2 1.66 5 4.33
16 Dexter GRANADA QLD 2 2.48 2 1.22 1 0.52 5 4.22
17 Andrew ROBINSON NSW 2 1.08 2 1.96 2 1.16 6 4.2
18 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 2 2.35 1 0.53 2 1.29 5 4.17
19 Mike DELISSER QLD 2 1.74 2 1.39 2 0.93 6 4.06
20 Dan RYAN QLD 2 2 2 0.88 2 1.12 6 4
21 Bob TOWN QLD 2 1.6 2 1.24 1 1.13 5 3.97
22 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 0.96 2 1.36 2 1.31 6 3.63
23 Mark PERTOT QLD 2 1.44 2 1.49 1 0.7 5 3.63
24 Paul FLEMING QLD 2 2.66 2 0.96 4 3.62
25 Kerry EHRLICH QLD 2 1.66 2 1.5 4 3.16
26 Matt FRASER QLD 2 1.64 2 1.5 4 3.14
27 Rick COLLIER NSW 2 1.5 2 1.58 4 3.08
28 Barry OXFORD QLD 2 1.38 1 1.18 1 0.47 4 3.03
29 Colin SINGLETON QLD 2 0.99 2 1.18 1 0.8 5 2.97
30 Wayne BLUNDELL QLD 2 1.56 1 0.69 1 0.69 4 2.94
31 Brad SMITH NSW 2 2.29 1 0.58 3 2.87
32 Harry WATSON QLD 2 0.98 2 1.73 4 2.71
33 Dan STEAD QLD 2 1.58 2 0.97 4 2.55
34 Mick CLARKE NSW 2 1.63 1 0.8 3 2.43
35 Tony ZANTIOTIS QLD 1 0.74 2 1.39 3 2.13
36 Dave ROBINSON QLD 2 1.32 1 0.73 3 2.05
37 Tony EVANS QLD 2 2.02 2 2.02
38 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 2 1.96 2 1.96
39 Tony PAYNE QLD 1 0.42 2 1.14 3 1.56
40 Ian BLACK QLD 1 0.85 1 0.53 2 1.38
41 Peter KEIDGE QLD 2 1.35 2 1.35
42 Bruce MOSS QLD 2 0.88 1 0.47 3 1.35
43 Zach KRONK QLD 1 0.48 1 0.84 2 1.32
44 Peter JENKINS NSW 1 1.3 1 1.3
45 Jason MEDCALF QLD 1 0.45 1 0.66 2 1.11
46 Mal FAVAGER QLD 1 0.78 1 0.78
47 Peter BOUGHTON NSW 1 0.66 1 0.66
48 Peter MORGAN QLD 1 0.6 1 0.6
49 Jayson DEFORREST-HADDLETON NSW 1 0.47 1 0.47
50 Charlie LADD QLD 1 0.43 1 0.43
51 Ray SARGENT QLD
51 Chris ELDRED QLD


AMATEUR RESULTS

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Jason JOVANOVIC QLD 2 1.32 2 1.81 2 1.52 6 4.65 EvaKool +pack
2 Sue FLEMING QLD 2 1.13 2 1.99 2 1.48 6 4.6 Pack
3 Nick GOULDSTONE QLD 2 1.18 2 1.52 2 1.48 6 4.18 Pack
4 Graham WARNER Qld 1 1.22 2 1.74 2 1.11 5 4.07 Pack
5 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 1.5 2 1.21 2 1 6 3.71 Pack
6 Jesse LOMAS QLD 2 2 2 1.59 4 3.59 Pack
7 Mark LAWSON QLD 2 1.07 2 1.92 1 0.57 5 3.56 Pack
8 Jamie KANOWSKI QLD 2 1.8 2 0.98 1 0.72 5 3.5 Pack
9 Peter DENHARTOG NSW 2 1.12 2 1.51 1 0.76 5 3.39 Pack
10 Steven BECHLY QLD 2 1.82 2 1.38 4 3.2 Pack
11 Peter MAY Qld 2 1.41 2 1.73 4 3.14
12 Andrew HOMANN NSW 2 2.05 2 1.08 4 3.13
13 Kerry SYMES QLD 1 1.6 1 0.71 1 0.73 3 3.04
14 Drew GRIFFITHS Qld 2 1.3 2 1.62 4 2.92
15 Dale MULLINS QLD 2 1.34 2 1.51 4 2.85
16 Tyrone DUNGEY QLD 2 1.57 2 1.27 4 2.84
17 Glen CASEY NSW 2 1.06 2 1.04 1 0.67 5 2.77
18 Craig JOHNSON QLD 2 1.58 2 1.14 4 2.72
19 Greg PARKES NSW 1 0.64 1 0.91 2 1.13 4 2.68
20 Josh BATTERSON NSW 2 1.13 2 1.43 4 2.56
21 Darryl MCMAHON QLD 2 1.27 1 1.28 3 2.55
22 Robin BRELFORD Qld 2 1.44 2 1.1 4 2.54
23 Roy SOUTER QLD 1 0.68 1 0.57 2 1.27 4 2.52
24 Phil LOMAS QLD 1 0.76 2 1.57 3 2.33
25 Barry JACKSON QLD 1 0.47 1 0.73 1 0.77 3 1.97
26 Justin SCOTT NSW 2 1.45 1 0.5 3 1.95
27 Maurice BLACKMAN QLD 2 0.98 1 0.97 3 1.95
28 Shayne MCKEE QLD 2 1.89 2 1.89
29 Keith FITTKAU QLD 2 1.4 1 0.48 3 1.88
30 Gary HARDMAN NSW 2 1.24 1 0.64 3 1.88
31 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld 1 0.92 2 0.95 3 1.87
32 Peter TRUER QLD 2 1.41 1 0.45 3 1.86
33 Graeme BOLTON QLD 2 1.21 1 0.61 3 1.82
34 Steve MORAN QLD 2 1.78 2 1.78
35 Leo OREILLY QLD 2 1.74 2 1.74
35 Dan MALLORY Qld 2 1.74 2 1.74
37 Chris KNEIPP Qld 1 1 1 0.6 2 1.6
38 Jamie FACER QLD 1 0.52 1 0.77 2 1.29
39 Mark BOWMAN Qld 2 1.24 2 1.24
40 Eric MARSH QLD 2 1.2 2 1.2
41 Natalie GRIMA NSW 2 1.14 2 1.14
42 Eddy SWERES QLD 2 1.02 2 1.02
43 Rodney SCHULL QLD 1 0.91 1 0.91
44 Danny ROBINSON NSW 1 0.59 1 0.59
45 Ross MURRAY Qld 1 0.44 1 0.44
46 John MCPHERSON QLD 1 0.42 1 0.42
47 Matthew CLARKE QLD
47 Christian SERNE NSW
47 Robert BARTLETT QLD
47 Jeff BRUNSDON NSW
47 Wayne CAMERON QLD