Gamakatsu Lake Borumba BASS Pro Final Results & Story

The third round of the 2008 Skeeter BASS Pro
Series produced one of the toughest bass bites in ABT history with only 46 bass
delivered to the scales by the 122-strong tournament field. Mastering the
mental and physically repetitive bass grind the best to score
his first win on the BASS Pro tour was 43 year old Scone Builder Neil Scott
(2/6, 2.75kg).

Relegating Team Gamakatsu’s Adrian Melchior
(3/6, 2.44kg) to second place at the Gamakatsu presented Lake Borumba BASS Pro
event.

Fishing the main basin of the lake for the
duration of the tournament Scott targeted the points, positioning his boat in
about 20-25 feet of water, before casting up into the 5-6 feet deep shallow edges
and working the lure back down the contour of the drop off and into the deeper
water.

“There were fish under my sounder all weekend”,
explained Scott, “so I was basically trying to intercept an active fish that were
moving up into the shallows to feed”, he added.

This approach delivered Scott his first scorer
for the tournament on the Saturday afternoon with the willing bass scoffing the
slow rolled and hoped gold ghost coloured Jackall TN60.

His second fish for the event showed a liking
for something shallower, falling to a black coloured River 2 Sea Bubble Pop 60
early on Sunday morning.

“It nailed the lure six feet out from the bank”,
explained Scott, “finally hooking up on its’ second go at the lure”, he added.

Scott’s choice of tackle that delivered him
victory included a 6’6″ G.Loomis baitcaster rod, Pfluger reel, spooled with
20lb Spiderwire and 20lb Berkley Vanish leader.

Victory for Scott delivered him with a healthy $3000
boost to his career earnings on the BASS Pro tour and a coveted berth into the
2008 Skeeter BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake St Clair
in October.

In contrast to Scott, Melchior opted for a
higher approach fishing three quarters of the way up the Yabba Arm of the lake
to compile his bag. Finding the hot-spot late in the final session on day one
Melchior targeted the edges of the creek, working the bank with an assortment
of lures including a Jackall Mask Vib 60 (red belly/ black), TN60 (purple), and
Megabass Baby Griffon (black).

“I cracked the pattern late on the Saturday
picking up one fish, and on Sunday I went straight back there and started using
the Baby Griffon working the shallows and following the retreating shaded as it
disappeared with the rising sun”, explained Melchior.

The presentation involved Melchior holding his
boat in about 20 feet of water and casting perpendicular to the bank and
working the lure back to the boat and past all the hot-spots that were likely
to hold fish.

The approach delivered Melchior with the greatest
number of fish for the tournament but unfortunately not enough weight to
overcome the size of Scott’s bag.

Melchior’s choice of gear when fishing spin included
a Megbass Lyacon rod, Daiwa Luvias 2500, spooled with 10lb Unitika PE,
and 8lb Aiger fluorocarbon. While his baitcaster outfit included a 6’6″ Samurai
S006 rod, Daiwa Steez 103 reel, spooled with 15lb Unitika jigging braid, and
14lb Aiger fluorocarbon.

Securing victory in the non-boater division was
ABT BASS Pro debutant Matthew Hawkless from Toowoomba who compiled a, 2/6,
2.17kg limit to kick start his BASS Pro career in grand style.

Fishing with Tony Mott on day one and Danny
Robinson on day two, Hawkless waiting until the second day two add his name to
the score board, picking up two fishing in quick session just after 10am in the
Yabba Arm of the lake.

“We were fishing scatter timber in about 15-20
feet of water and I was slow rolling and fast twitching a purple coloured
Jackall TN60 just above the bottom when I got hit”, explained Hawkless.

The gear used to present his Jackall included a
7′ G.Loomis IMX P400 rod, Shimano Sustain reel, spooled with 6lb Fireline and
12lb Nitlon leader.

Hunter Valley basser Alan McNamara claimed the Daiwa Big Bass prize for the round
for his 1.72kg specimen captured during session one on Saturday morning. Falling
to a silent Jackall TN60 in ayu colour McNamara picked up the fish just past
the junction of the Yabba and Kingaham arms, tempting it with a slow rolling
presentation in 40 feet of water.

Gamakatsu value added the rewards for anglers,
presenting each angler with a complementary cap or beanie at the briefing, and
a $250 plus prize pack for the largest bass caught on a Gamakatsu product each
session. Harry Watson picked up the
prize in session one, while Peter Derksen claimed the win in session three.
Session two didn’t produce a winner, with the pack randomly drawn and presented
to one lucky angler.

The next round of the 2008 Skeeter BASS Pro
Series sees the tour travel north for the Unitika Lake Monduran BASS Pro, 12-13th July. For entries and event information visit www.australianbass.com.au or phone
ABT (07) 3268 7958.

Gamakatsu Lake Borumba BASS Pro Boater Results

Place Boater State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout $
1 Neil SCOTT NSW     1 1.21 1 1.54 2 2.75 3000 + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
2 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW     1 0.79 2 1.65 3 2.44 1750 + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
3 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 2.4         2 2.4 1500 + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
4 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 1 1.72         1 1.72 1100 + $500 Daiwa Big Bass + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
5 Kylie CORNISH NSW 1 1.14 1 0.31     2 1.45 850 + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
6 Tim MORGAN QLD         1 1.42 1 1.42 750
7 Harry WATSON QLD 1 1.09 1 0.3     2 1.39 650 + $250 Gamakatsu Gift Pack (S1)
8 Steve ELDRED QLD 1 0.51     1 0.8 2 1.31 550
9 Garry HARDMAN NSW         1 1.27 1 1.27 550
10 Steven OTTO QLD 1 0.92         1 0.92 550
11 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld         1 0.86 1 0.86 400
12 David YOUNG QLD     1 0.81     1 0.81 400
13 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD         1 0.79 1 0.79 300
14 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD         1 0.75 1 0.75  
15 Glyn BARKHUIZEN QLD         1 0.64 1 0.64
16 Heath CRAVEN QLD 1 0.56         1 0.56
17 Dan RYAN QLD     1 0.56     1 0.56
18 Paul COOPER QLD     1 0.47     1 0.47
19 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD         1 0.46 1 0.46
20 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 1 0.45         1 0.45
21 Kerry SYMES QLD     1 0.4     1 0.4
22 Justin SCOTT NSW 1 0.36         1 0.36
23 David GREEN QLD                
23 Aaron MOGG Qld                
23 Dean SILVESTER QLD                
23 Chris GALLIGAN Qld                
23 Peter LEGGETT Qld                
23 Mike DELISSER QLD                
23 Todd CORMACK Qld                
23 Gregg FLETT NSW                
23 Mike CONNOLLY QLD                
23 Jami KANOWSKI QLD                
23 Matthew MOTT QLD                
23 Shaun PARKINSON Qld                
23 Jody VERNON NSW                
23 Bruce ANDERSON NSW                
23 Craig SIMMONS QLD                
23 Matt JOHNSON Qld                
23 Wayne PARRY NSW                
23 Mal FAVAGER QLD                
23 Michael HENARE Qld                
23 Mark PERTOT QLD                
23 Tony MOTT QLD                
23 Danny ROBINSON NSW                
23 Ian BLACK QLD                
23 Ken MURRAY Qld                
23 Ross MURRAY Qld                
23 Paul MCKAY Qld                
23 John BRIDER Qld                 Random Draw Gamakatsu Prize Pack
23 Mick CLARKE NSW                 Random Draw Gamakatsu Prize Pack
23 Stephen ALMOND NSW                
23 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD                
23 Mick ELSLEY NSW                
23 Greg WALTON QLD                
23 Mike CREIGHTON QLD                
23 Gary STURDY QLD                
23 Greg PARKES NSW                
23 Bill SCHLOSS Qld                
23 Dan MALLORY QLD                
23 Christian SERNE QLD                
23 Peter KEIDGE QLD                
23 Trevor FOOTE QLD                
23 Peter MORGAN QLD                

Gamakatsu Lake Borumba BASS Pro Non-oater Results

Place Non Boater State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Matt HAWKLESS Qld         2 2.17 2 2.17 G.Loomis CR772,
Shimano Symetre 1500, Berkley Scales & tackle bag, prize pack, + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
2 Toby WILSON NSW 1 0.49     1 1.19 2 1.68 G.Loomis CR772,
Shimano Sedona 1500, Berkley tackle bag, prize pack, + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
3 Peter KELLEHER QLD 1 0.52     1 1.04 2 1.56 Lamiglass XMG50,
Berkley tackle bag, prize pack, + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
4 Shane ANDERSON QLD         1 1.31 1 1.31 Pflueger Supreme rod,
prize pack, + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
5 Corey KERR Qld 1 1.18         1 1.18 Pflueger Medalist
rod, prize pack, + $50 Charltons Fishing Voucher
6 David MELROSE Qld 2 1.01         2 1.01 Spotters pack, prize
pack
7 Rob HINTON Qld         1 0.88 1 0.88 Berkley Dropshot rod,
prize pack
8 Peter DERKSEN Qld         1 0.84 1 0.84 Tica Thalos reel,
prize pack + $250 Gamakatsu Gift Pack (S3)
9 Gerry HARRISON QLD         1 0.82 1 0.82 Uglyfish Sunglasses
10 Chris HORNE Qld 1 0.74         1 0.74 Prize Pack
11 Chris HENSON Qld         1 0.48 1 0.48  
12 Nicholas BUCKLEY NSW     1 0.46     1 0.46  
13 James MUNRO Qld     1 0.33     1 0.33  
14 Daniel CLANCY NSW                  
14 Joe ALLAN QLD                  
14 Les BARBER QLD                  
14 Paul FOOTE QLD                  
14 Ron SCOTT NSW                  
14 Allan PRICE NSW                  
14 Adam BYERS Qld                  
14 Jake SCHWERIN QLD                  
14 John SCHWERIN QLD                  
14 Rodney STOLBERG Qld                  
14 Scott MCKENZIE NSW                  
14 Terrence LANGHAM Qld                  
14 Denis ROUGHAN NSW                  
14 Tim MOSS Qld                  
14 Matt ANDERSON NSW                  
14 Daniel QUARMBY NSW                  
14 Marty VANVEGCHEL NSW                  
14 Davidjeremiah
SPEICHER
Qld                  
14 Benjamin CAMPBELL QLD                  
14 William SCHLOSS QLD                  
14 Denise GRAHAM NSW                  
14 Danny MACLAREN Qld                  
14 Russell GLASSON QLD                  
14 Jay TORRANCE NSW                  
14 Stuart FRANCE Qld                  
14 Darryl HOHN Qld                  
14 David MUDD NSW                  
14 Evan JOHNSON Qld                  
14 Justin HAMILTON Qld                  
14 Tim STEENHUIS QLD                  
14 William MILFULL Qld                  
14 Darran BURNS Qld                  
14 Tyson ROBERTSON QLD                  
14 Gavin STICKLEN QLD                  
14 Ross PAULGER Qld                  
14 David REYNOLDS Qld                  
14 Charles WEST Qld                  
14 Malcolm STEWART NSW                  
14 Lachlan MCLENNAN Qld                  
14 Michael WALMSLEY NSW                  
14 Paul BERRY NSW                  
14 Michael BRITTEN NSW                  
14 Gary LEATHER Qld                  
14 Jason LOWE Qld                  
14 Robert TOMBS NSW                  
14 Ray SARGENT QLD