Unitika Lake Monduran BASS PRO Final Results

With despair anglers travelled to the Unitika Lake Monduran BASS Pro event, in the hope of catching the elusive bass and take out a grand final qualification.

With 7 fish caught in the first session, 8 in the second and 11 in the final session, the title was up for grabs. Leading going into day two was River City Marine’s Peter Leggett with a fish each session for a total of 2.09kg. Obviously, in the right area could Leggett get a 3rd fish and make the winner’s cheque his own?

Sadly it was not to be. However, Christian Serne, a 34 year old builder from the Gold Coast had other ideas. Working the same Bird Bay area as Leggett, he was able to get 2 fish for 3.21kg and claim the win.

Serne used a Strudwick hardbait rod matched to an Abu Garcia Revo Premier reel spooled with 10lb Toughline and 10lb Berkley Vanish leader. Fishing in 10-13 feet of water, he chose to throw a Jackall TN60 in Ghost Wagasaki with a slow to medium retrieve pattern.

“This is my first bass win and came here wanting to qualify for the BASS Pro Grand Final,” he said.

Moving into second place was ABT stalwart Mike Connolly who scored two fish for 2.74kg. Connolly worked the opposite bank to Leggett after a prefish plan was established between the pair. He chose to use a G.Loomis Mag Bass 844 rod, Daiwa Steez baitcaster reel spooled with 25lb Jigger 8 PE and 14lb Siglon leader.

“I fished a 300m section of bank for the entire weekend,” Connolly explained.

“I fished the dropoff of the old river bed with a silent Jackall in brown dog colour, changing the retrieve speed from very slow to burning,” he continued.

Finding the bass in the second session liking the lure on the burn and the morning session bass preferring a slow presentation.

Champion non boater was Peter May, catching two fish for 3kg, in the 2nd session with Mike Connolly. May used a Millerod Spiral Wrap with a Shimano Chronarch Mag 50 spooled with 8lb Fireline and 14lb Waterking fluorocarbon.

When asked what lure did you catch your fish on, May replied. “Jackall brown dog, what else is there!”

May worked the weed edge parallel to the bank with a slow retrieve and also claimed the event’s Daiwa Big Bass of 1.85kg. Not quite enough to take away the money from Alan McNamara who also scored a 1.85kg fish.

McNamara, the Borumba Big Bass winner caught his fish on a mat black TN60 Jackall, adding to his ABT Big Barra titles.

Thanks to the event sponsor Unitka there were plenty of giveaways with anglers scoring prizes for the biggest bass of each session as well as random drawn tshirts, hats and line.

Simon Barkhuisen wearing his orange Daiwa hat claimed the $200 Daiwa giveaway in the first session and finished in 11th place with his 790 gram bass.

Going into the record books as one of the tougher bass competitions, the $500 stocking donation given to MASA will be put to good use, to populate the Lake’s fish population.

The final BASS Pro qualifier is to be held in August at Lake Glenbawn. The final chance to claim valuable AOY points the BASS Pro major event is sure to be popular.

Playing host to the Humminbird Megabucks later in the year followed by the Grand Final at St Clair, the season is quickly coming to the business end of the season.

For further information contact ABT on 07 3268 7958 or visit www.australianbass.com.au.

Unitika Monduran BASS PRO Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW   Payout
1 Christian SERNE QLD 2 3.21 2 3.21  $1500,Unitika winner
2 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 1 1.51 1 1.23 2 2.74  $1200
3 Peter LEGGETT Qld 1 0.95 1 1.14 2 2.09  $800
4 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 1 1.85 1 1.85  $700, Unitika winner
5 Garry HARDMAN NSW 1 1.77 1 1.77  $500
6 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 1 1.26 1 1.26  $400
7 Jesper NOIESEN QLD 1 1.1 1 1.1  $300
8 Aaron MOGG Qld 1 0.99 1 0.99  $200
9 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW 1 0.92 1 0.92  $150
10 John BRIDER Qld 1 0.9 1 0.9  $150
11 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD 1 0.79 1 0.79  Daiwa prize winner
12 Mike CREIGHTON QLD 1 0.74 1 0.74
13 Harry WATSON QLD 1 0.59 1 0.59
14 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD
14 Steve ELDRED QLD
14 Justin SCOTT NSW
14 Michael STARKEY NSW
14 Tim MORGAN QLD
14 David YOUNG QLD
14 Chris GALLIGAN Qld
14 Les KING NSW
14 Paul MCKAY Qld
14 Gregg FLETT NSW
14 Jody VERNON NSW
14 Tony MOTT QLD
14 Stephen ALMOND NSW
14 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD
14 Bruce ANDERSON NSW
14 Matthew MOTT QLD
14 Ian BLACK QLD
14 Mick CLARKE NSW
14 Ross MURRAY Qld
14 Peter JENKINS NSW
14 Steven OTTO QLD
14 Paul COOPER QLD
14 Bill SCHLOSS Qld
14 Baden SPARROW QLD
14 Jami KANOWSKI QLD
14 Mick ELSLEY NSW
14 Andrew PULBROOK NSW
14 Greg PARKES NSW
14 Tim MOSS Qld
Unitika
Monduran BASS PRO Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Peter MAY Qld 2 3.00 2 3.00 G.Loomis rod, Shimano Symetre reel, Berkley Digital Scales,
prizepack, $250 Big Bass, Untika winner
2 Kevin HULSE Qld 2 1.9 2 1.90 G.Loomis rod, Shimano Sedona reel, Berkley
Tacklebag, prizepack
3 John PICTON NSW 1 1.65 1 1.65 Blue Acres Lamiglas rod, Tica Thalos reel, Berkley
Tacklebag, prizepack
4 Jay TORRANCE NSW 1 1.44 1 1.44 Blue Acres Lamiglas rod, Berkley Tacklebag,
prizepack
5 Shane ANDERSON QLD 1 1.19 1 1.19 Berkley Dropshot rod, prizepack
6 Peterjames SPITTAL Qld 1 1.18 1 1.18 Spotters Prize Pack
7 David MELROSE Qld 1 1.03 1 1.03 Ugly Fish Sunglasses, prizepack
8 Malcolm STEWART NSW 1 0.93 1 0.93 prizepack
9 Peter MORGAN QLD
9 Gary LEATHER Qld
9 Peter DERKSEN Qld
9 Chris HORNE Qld
9 Rodney STOLBERG Qld
9 Matt ANDERSON NSW
9 Stuart FRANCE Qld
9 Daniel QUARMBY NSW
9 Heath CRAVEN QLD
9 Damien MORGAN NSW
9 Les BARBER QLD
9 Lachlan MCLENNAN Qld
9 Justin HAMILTON Qld
9 Rob HINTON Qld
9 Robert TOMBS NSW
9 Gavin STICKLEN QLD
9 Toby WILSON NSW
9 Paul BERRY NSW
9 David Jeremiah SPEICHER Qld
9 Daniel CLANCY NSW
9 Corey KERR Qld
9 William SCHLOSS QLD
9 Frank DISTEFARO Qld
9 Tim STEENHUIS QLD
9 Gary STURDY QLD
9 Peter KELLEHER QLD