MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention Final Results & Story

Wivenhoe BASS
Electric Convention 07

The MotorGuide BASS Electric Series drew to a close for 2007
with the climax of the season, the MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention.

Staged once again on the popular big bass impoundment of
Lake Wivenhoe in Queensland the final event of season saw eighty anglers hit
the water for two days of bassing and the hopes of tangling with Wivenhoe’s
legendary XOS bass.

While Wivenhoe failed to fire, anglers’ gained an insight
into the fishing the waterway has to offer when Kevin Jones of Nambour claimed
the first of the two skins-based angling session with his 1/2, 1.74kg bag on
Saturday.

“It was a tough day on the water”, explained a victorious
Jones.

“I caught two fishing for the day, one was a bass and the
other a dreaded catfish”, added Jones.

The lone bass for Jones came from the buoy line area in the
lower reaches of the dam. With his boat holding in 35’ of water Jones targeted
fish he sounded suspended 20’ feet down.

“They were poor showings just one or two fish holding here
and there”, explained Jones.

“The presentation was straight forward allowing the lure to
sink all the way to the bottom before beginning a slow rolling retrieve back
through the suspended fish”, he added.

The take was text book, with the bass nailing his offering
as it rolled through the strike zone.

“It went for a short and unimpressive run when I first
hooked it, to be truthful I thought it was a catfish, and as a result I didn’t
have the landing net ready when it came to the side of the boat”, Jones
explained.

While the presentation was a standard old-school bass
technique it was a new lure colour from Shimano that did the damage. A 65mm
Squidgy Fish in grasshopper colour was the money bait, with Jones rigging it on
a 5/8oz Nitro jighead.

The remainder of his session winning tackle included a 7’
Daiwa Procaster V rod, Daiwa 2000 Sol reel, spooled with 8lb Berkley XDS
Fireline and 10lb Berkley Vanish leader.

Day one proved tough with nine fish gracing the scales, the
interest then lay in what day two would present.

Sunday continued the frustration, with an even tougher bite
testing the patience and drive of the gathered field.

One angler rose to the
challenge the best, going against the grain and heading up the dam to find his
fish. For Wivenhoe regular Ian Galloway (2/2, 1.61kg) it was change delivered
through day-one disappointment and a desire to find active fish.

“Day one proved that the active fish that had been down near
the buoy line before the tournament had moved on, so I decided to head in an
opposite direction and look for fish that were feeding”, explained Galloway.

Heading to the rock walls upriver of the start line Galloway target the edges, working steep rocky banks with
a Jackall Mask. With his boat holding in 15’ of water Galloway
worked his way along bank, cast ahead of the boat, slow rolling the lure as it
worked its way down the descending contour of the bank.

“I’d slow roll the lure out from the edge, pause and allow
it to sink to the bottom before continuing on with the retrieve”, explained Galloway.

The presentation produced the goods delivering four fish for
the session and the only full limit of the tournament. While a Jackall Mask was
the gun lure there was no one colour that dominated. There was however a few
lure loses and memorable bust-up.

“I donated four Masks to sunken timber and got drilled by a
big fish, I’m not sure if it was a bass, but it was big and I could do nothing
to stop it”, Ian explained.

Galloway’s choice of tackle
included a 2-4kg Pflueger rod, Pflueger Supreme reel, spooled with 10lb Penn
braid, and 15lb Nitlon leader.

Angling wasn’t the only focus at the convention with a
general BASS knowledge quiz and a casting competition testing anglers’
all-round skills. The quiz masters of the event were Steve Eldred and Bob Town
who both scored 13 out of 14, while Jake Schwerin knocked off defending Trevor
Stead for the title of champion caster. Trevor did however claim overall
honours, picking up the number one spot.

MotorGuide and Blue Fin boats combined to make the
Convention the richest prized BASS Electric event ever, with three ready to go
bass rigs on offer. A gold, silver and bronze coloured Blue Fin 345 Trekker
fitted with a MotorGuide electric were the must have items, with Kevin Jones
claiming the gold Blue Fin Trekker, Ian Galloway the silver, and an estatic Scott Anderson the lucky drawn bronze.

“These are the ultimate prizes for a BASS Electric
tournament”, expressed a jubilant Ian Galloway.

Blue Fin representatives and event participants Darryl
McMahon and Mark Johnson expressed similar feelings at the Sunday afternoon
presentation.

“The bass electric events are a fantastic way to get into
bass fishing, and the prizes that were on offer at the event reflect the
success of the event and its popularity. We’re proud to be part of series and the
event and have had a great time being involved”, explained Mark.

The 2008 BASS Electric Series is now in the planning stages,
with dates, locations and formats to be release prior to Christmas, Stay tuned
and visit www.australianbass.com.au
to keep up to date.

MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention S1 Results

Place Angler Fish Weight (kg) Prizes
1 Kevin Jones 1 1.74 Blue Fin 345 Trekker & MotorGuide Digital Tour
Series 82lb bow mount electric motor
2 Simon Barkhuizen 1 1.52
3 Mike Connolly 1 1.46
4 Trevor Stead 1 0.92
5 Chris Cleaver 1 0.84
6 Robert Bartlett 1 0.76
7 Troy Ward 1 0.7
8 Ian Galloway 1 0.52
9 Shane Anderson 1 0.38
10 Adam McCaffrey
10 Adrian Melchior
10 Adrian
Wilson
10 Alphonse De Graaf
10 Andrew Dyson
10 Andrew Rollison
10 Baden Sparrow
10 Barry Oxford
10 Bob Town
10 Charles West
10 Chris Eldred
10 Chris Hills
10 Chris Wallace
10 Dale Ianna
10 Dale Mullins
10 Dan Mallory
10 Dan Ryan
10 Daryl McMahon
10 Dave Bullard
10 David Loy
10 David West
10 Dean Wilson
10 Garry Fitzgerald
10 Gary Leather
10 Glenn White
10 Glyn Barkhuizen
10 Graham Dodds
10 Hans Jensen
10 Howard Althaus
10 Ian Stewart
10 Jake Schwerin
10 Jesper Noiesen
10 Jessica Souter
10 Joe Allan
10 Joel Quinlan
10 Johnathan Ward
10 Ken Jackson
10 Kevin Charteris
10 Les Barber
10 Mark Johnson
10 Martyn Wolens
10 Matt Johnson
10 Matthew Hayne
10 Michael Walker
10 Mick Elsley
10 Mike Weger
10 Paul Gillespie
10 Paul Holmberg
10 Paul Phillips
10 Peter May
10 Rob Hinton
10 Robert Hampton
10 Robert Tombs
10 Rod Shorten
10 Rory Saint
10 Ross Murray
10 Roy Souter
10 Scott Anderson
10 Scott McAuley
10 Sefton Burgmann
10 Shane Bird
10 Shaun Parkinson
10 Stephen McLean
10 Stephen Town
10 Steve Ebeling
10 Steve
Eldred
10 Tim Steenhuis
10 Tom Reynolds
10 Trevor Burgess
10 Tristan Taylor
10 Vinnie Bleakley

MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention S1 Results

Place Angler Fish Weight Prizes
1 Ian Galloway 2 1.61 Blue Fin 345 Trekker & MotorGuide Wireless 55lb
bow mount electric motor
2 Dean Wilson 1 1.32
3 Mark Johnson 1 0.83
4 Paul Holmberg 1 0.62
5 Adam McCaffrey
5 Adrian Melchior
5 Adrian
Wilson
5 Alphonse De Graaf
5 Andrew Dyson
5 Andrew Rollison
5 Baden Sparrow
5 Barry Oxford
5 Bob Town
5 Charles West
5 Chris Cleaver
5 Chris Eldred
5 Chris Hills
5 Chris Wallace
5 Dale Ianna
5 Dale Mullins
5 Dan Mallory
5 Dan Ryan
5 Daryl McMahon
5 Dave Bullard
5 David Loy
5 David West
5 Garry Fitzgerald
5 Gary Leather
5 Glenn White
5 Glyn Barkhuizen
5 Graham Dodds
5 Hans Jensen
5 Howard Althaus
5 Ian Stewart
5 Jake Schwerin
5 Jesper Noiesen
5 Jessica Souter
5 Joe Allan
5 Joel Quinlan
5 Johnathan Ward
5 Ken Jackson
5 Kevin Charteris
5 Kevin Jones
5 Les Barber
5 Martyn Wolens
5 Matt Johnson
5 Matthew Hayne
5 Michael Walker
5 Mick Elsley
5 Mike Connolly
5 Mike Weger
5 Paul Gillespie
5 Paul Phillips
5 Peter May
5 Rob Hinton
5 Robert Bartlett
5 Robert Hampton
5 Robert Tombs
5 Rod Shorten
5 Rory Saint
5 Ross Murray
5 Roy Souter
5 Scott Anderson
5 Scott McAuley
5 Sefton Burgmann
5 Shane Anderson
5 Shane Bird
5 Shaun Parkinson
5 Simon Barkhuizen
5 Stephen McLean
5 Stephen Town
5 Steve Ebeling
5 Steve
Eldred
5 Tim Steenhuis
5 Tom Reynolds
5 Trevor Burgess
5 Trevor Stead
5 Tristan Taylor
5 Troy Ward
5 Vinnie Bleakley

MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention Overall Results

Place Angler S1
D2
Quiz
Casting
Total Score Prizes
1 Trevor Stead 97 87 96 99 379
2 Steve
Eldred
82 87 100 94 363
3 Chris Eldred 82 87 96 97 362
4 Baden Sparrow 82 87 96 92 357
5 Charles West 82 87 88 98 355
6 Dan Mallory 82 87 96 89 354
7 Dave Bullard 82 87 88 96 353
8 Kevin Charteris 82 87 96 82 347
9 Graham Dodds 82 87 88 89 346
10 Dale Ianna 82 87 76 93 338
11 Chris Cleaver 96 87 65 89 337
12 Jake Schwerin 82 87 65 100 334
13 Trevor Burgess 82 87 76 89 334
14 Ross Murray 82 87 96 68 333
15 Dan Ryan 82 87 88 68 325
16 Mick Elsley 82 87 65 91 325
17 Paul Phillips 82 87 88 68 325
18 Vinnie Bleakley 82 87 88 68 325
19 Rory Saint 82 87 65 89 323
20 Martyn Wolens 82 87 65 83 317
21 Johnathan Ward 82 87 65 82 316
22 Paul Holmberg 82 87 65 82 316
23 Scott Anderson 82 87 65 82 316 Blue Fin 345 Trekker & MotorGuide 54lb transom
mount electric motor
24 Hans Jensen 82 87 51 95 315
25 Troy Ward 94 87 51 78 310
26 Dean Wilson 82 99 40 84 305
27 Alphonse De Graaf 82 87 65 68 302
28 David Loy 82 87 46 68 283
29 Howard Althaus 82 87 46 68 283
30 Bob Town 82 87 100 269
31 Gary Leather 82 87 98 267
32 Roy Souter 82 87 98 267
33 Ian Stewart 82 87 96 265
34 Jessica Souter 82 87 96 265
35 Joel Quinlan 82 87 0 90 259
36 Robert Bartlett 95 87 76 258
37 Adam McCaffrey 82 87 88 257
38 Chris Hills 82 87 88 257
39 Joe Allan 82 87 88 257
40 Les Barber 82 87 88 257
41 Matt Johnson 82 87 88 257
42 Tom Reynolds 82 87 88 257
43 Kevin Jones 100 87 65 252 Blue Fin 345 Trekker & MotorGuide Digital Tour
Series 82lb bow mount electric motor
44 Andrew Dyson 82 87 76 245
45 Dale Mullins 82 87 76 245
46 Ken Jackson 82 87 76 245
47 Mark Johnson 82 98 65 245
48 Peter May 82 87 76 245
49 Rod Shorten 82 87 76 245
50 Shane Bird 82 87 76 245
51 Shaun Parkinson 82 87 76 245
52 Tim Steenhuis 82 87 76 245
53 Barry Oxford 82 87 65 234
54 Daryl McMahon 82 87 65 234
55 Stephen McLean 82 87 65 234
56 Matthew Hayne 82 87 51 220
57 Paul Gillespie 82 87 51 220
58 Robert Tombs 82 87 51 220
59 Chris Wallace 82 87 46 215
60 Sefton Burgmann 82 87 46 215
61 Steve Ebeling 82 87 46 215
62 Glenn White 82 87 41 210
63 Ian Galloway 93 100 0 193 Blue Fin 345 Trekker & MotorGuide Wireless 55lb
bow mount electric motor
64 Simon Barkhuizen 99 87 0 186
65 Mike Connolly 98 87 0 185
66 Shane Anderson 92 87 0 179
67 Adrian Melchior 82 87 0 169
68 Adrian
Wilson
82 87 0 169
69 Andrew Rollison 82 87 0 169
70 David West 82 87 0 169
71 Glyn Barkhuizen 82 87 0 169
72 Jesper Noiesen 82 87 0 169
73 Mike Weger 82 87 0 169
74 Rob Hinton 82 87 0 169
75 Stephen Town 82 87 0 169
76 Tristan Taylor 82 87 0 169