Lake Moogerah anglers were greeted with glassed out conditions and a hot Brisbane Show bite. 24 of 34 bass anglers presented their 2 fish limit to the weigh master and a total of 52 bass were weighed for points. The glassy conditions lasted for most of the morning before Moogerah (The Place of Storms) lived up to its name, serving the fishermen a cold South Westerly front.
In First place on 3.80kg with the converted Big Bass a solid 2.35kg lunker Steve McLean travelled from Lismore to fish the lake for the first time. Steve was the first angler to weigh in at 10:00am, opting for a cup of hot soup out of the stiff wind. McLean found his two fish in 10ft close to a drop off near ‘The Hill’ and was using a cut down, 1/4 ounce, 3" Smoke Yellow Core Slider Grub. His fish hit and loaded on drop. He also managed to boat 6 fish in his short session.
Second place for 2.930kg went to Bass Electric regular Johnathon Ward. Jonno caught his limit using two different techniques with the same 3" Slider Grub rigged on a 1/4 jig head. His first technique involved rolling his Slider across a 15ft flat that lead into the original creek bed, Ward stated; ‘The fish were tapping the lure continuously throughout the retrieve, I found that by dropping the bait back to fish they loaded up!’ Ward’s other technique was to stall his slider on vertical presentation close to the bottom. He would feel a solid hit and then weight allowing him to set the hook.
Third place Martin Wollens weighed in a close 2.920kg limit. Fishing away from the crowd near the fence line Marty used several baits throughout the day to catch his limit. His most consistent a 10gm Jackall Brothers TN50 in HL Black.
Fourth place Roy Souter 2.835kg and Fifth Simon Barkhuzien 2.830kg both had excellent days upgrading continuously. Roy fished a half ounce rigged Ecogear, Power Worm, Power Shad hard on the bottom to achieve his healthy limit. In contrast Simon collated his catch from 3ft of water rolling a 65mm Squidgy Slick Rig in a shallow bay.
As host of the tournament it was really satisfying to see all the guys have a great time in a Tournament to remember. I’d like to thank my better half Nicci for her help and neat handwriting on the day.