A record turn out of thirty nine boats and 56
anglers contested the first McDonald electric competition of the year.
The dam certainly did not disappoint on the day with a total of 48 bass
weighed in, with excellent fish amongst them.
First place was claimed with a bag of 3.62kg
by the evergreen Barry Oxford. Always keen to share his fishing
methods, Barry explained to the captive audience his technique of
fishing parallel to the weed beds in the Eagles bay area. Using his
favourite G Loomis crankbait rod with a Shimano Chronarch reel spooled
with 10lb Berkley Braid and 14lb Berkley Flourocarbon leader, Barry
presented a TN70 gold and black jackall alternating with a smoke silver
Slider grub on a 3/8oz Nitro jig head, down the face of the weeds and
along the creek bed. Barry caught a total of 12 Bass for the session
with the majority being caught late in the morning. His biggest fish
was landed at 11.30am weighing in at 2.04kg.
Second place went to the Gold Coasts Graham Dodds. Graham fished the
Three ways area to land his two good bass with a combined weight of
3.1kg. Using a Nitro Innovator rod and Daiwa reel he skimmed a Jackal
lure over the top of the weeds.
Third place went to Rob Hinton who made the long journey from Elliot
Heads to compete in his first bass tournament at McDonald. Rob’s good
mate and brother in law Glen Casey, Bassman Spinnerbaits, made up a
special spinnerbait for the occasion that landed Rob his third place
bag. Rob slow rolled the spinnerbait over the top of the weed beds in
the Three ways area to collect the 2.1kg fish that won him the big Bass
Appreciation goes to everyone that turned up to compete on a lake
that is fishing better every year. Thank you to the president of the
Lake Macdonald stocking group and fishing club, Jim Park, for providing
food and drinks for the hungry anglers after the tournament.
All Bass anglers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the next
McDonald competition in early September. The fishing is expected to be
top notch with many big healthy well fed Bass ready to smash any lure.
A catch and release only policy practised by most anglers, and hard
work by the stocking group and fishing club will ensure that Lake
Macdonald continues to grow into a suburb sport fishery for now and the
The top five qualifying anglers for the electric convention are;
1, Barry Oxford – 2/2, 3.62 kg.
2, Graham Dodds – 2/2, 3.1kg.
3, Rob Hinton – 2/2, 2.88kg. (Big Bass – 2.1kg)
4, Tim Queripel – 2/2, 2.72kg.
5, Chris Eldred (proffessional non boater) 2/2, 2.3kg.