The wind died down and Hinze turned it on for the 39 anglers who attended the first MotorGuide BASS Electric event fot the new financial year.
Wayne Blundell weighed the biggest bass ever in a Hinze BASS Electric – a cracking 1.995kg fish – but it wasn’t enough to surmount Mount Tambourine’s Mike Weger, who handed a 3.275kg limit to the weighmaster.
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Three days of strong westerly winds turned Hinze a dirty brown, but the bass relished the conditions, with a string of heavy limits punctuating the weigh-in. And with three quarters of anglers bringing a full bag to the weigh tent, it was a happy group of anglers that congratulated the weekend’s winners.
Second placed Wayne Blundell anchored his 2.845kg limit with a massive 1.995kg Hinze bass. The 48cm fish ate a Slider (smoke/yellow core) that was dipped in garlic Spike-It and Fool-a-Fish, rigged on a 1/4 ounce head and slow rolled from the bank into 15’ of water in the lake’s western arm. Wayne fished it on a Daiwa Procaster Z rod, Pfleuger President reel, 4lb smoke Fireline and a 6lb Siglon leader.
Mike Weger, though, surpassed Blundell’s bag – by nearly half a kilogram. Landing a swag of 40cm+ bass in the western arm, Weger’s 3.275kg limit fell for an Atomic 3” FatGrub (brown crawdad) fished on a Gamakatsu 3/8ox Flathead 25 jighead.
“I used a Strudwick Soft Bodz rod (7’), Daiwa Laguna 200 reel, 8lb Fireline and a 12lb leader, but the key was to fish wide of the points in 15 to 25 feet of water and slow roll that grub along the bottom. And I mean really slowly. The bass had no problems picking it up off the bottom,” Mike explained.