Carl Jocumsen , 6/6 5.98kg, claimed his first BASS Pro win for 2008 and in doing so claimed the coveted BASS Pro Angler of the Year title. In a tightly contested event Jocumsen secured a narrow victory over David Green, 6/6 5.92kg. With only 70 grams separating the top two anglers the battle came down to who could find the elusive larger fish amongst the expansive Lake Glenbawn.
Adding to the pressure was the coveted title of Bass Pro Angler of the Year title being up for grabs. With five anglers all within striking distance it was a mater of who could hold their nerve in the heat of battle and find the fish to claim the victory. History will show Jocumsen, previous winner of the BASS AOY in 2006, used all his experience and knowledge to secure the tournament victory and with it the BASS AOY victory.
At the presentation an elated Jocumsen revealed that the pressure of both the tournament victory and AOY had made for some uncomfortable moments. But with the experience of a seasoned pro, the 23 year old tackle retail employee drew on his pre-fish knowledge to find and target the larger size bass necessary to gain victory.
“After I had caught my limit in the final session I just felt a huge sense of relief”, revealed Jocumsen. The weight of expectation obviously weighed heavily on Jocumsen, but his ability to overcome the quality field and a cold, blustery Lake Glenbawn was testament to his positive attitude. The crowd gathered for the final presentation was unanimous in its praise for the tournament victor and new Bass Angler of the Year.
Identifying the larger fish being present on the edges was one of the keys to Jocumsens victory. The schooled fish were present in large numbers but failed to produce consistently large bass. Anglers were left with the dilemma: target the deeper schooling fish or target the weedy edges. Targeting the edges, where Jocumsen had found success in the pre-fish, a dead slow rolling retrieve interspersed with erratic twitches proved the key to securing bites. Using the Atomic Guzzler Paddle Tail in smoke and yellow core colour rigged on a ¼ oz Nitro jighead, Jocumsen would try to keep the lure in the weed and timber as long as possible. With cloudy overcast conditions being prevalent during the tournament, Jocumsen identified moments of sunshine hitting the water as the trigger for bites. Fishing weed and timber edges half way up the dam, Jocumsen formulated and executed his tournament game plan to perfection.
Jocumsens tackle consisted of a 7’2″ Millerod Camo Bass Buster and 100 Shimano Fireblood spooled with 6lb Berkley Fireline and 8lb Unitika leader.
A relived Jocumsen told the gathered crowd, “To regain the Bass Pro Angler of the Year title against the quality of guys competing here is just an amazing feeling. It is something I will always remember”.
Runner-up boater David Green, 6/6 5.92kg, narrowly missed out securing the tournament victory. The 42 year old area sales manager for BP Reliance targeted the weedy edges near the mouth of the area known as The Boot. Using long casts to the edges Green would let the lure sink to the required depth before twitching it back over the weedy vegetation. Using the same presentation as Jocumsen, an Atomic Guzzler Paddle tail in smoke and yellow core colour teamed with a ¼ oz Nitro jighead, Green found the fish deep in the weedbeds. With up to 80-90% of casts having weed on the retrieve Green effectively targeted the edges and found quality fish. Green also noted that when the sun broke through the cloud cover it would trigger the bites. Like many of the anglers facing the cold, windy conditions perhaps the Bass were happy to warm up in the brief sunny interludes?
Greens tackle consisted of a 6’8″ Daiwa Battler Kingbolt teamed with a Daiwa 2000 Certate spooled with 4lb Fireline and 8ld Unitika leader. With Green now focused on the BASS Pro Grand Final at Lake St Clair perhaps we will see the return of this popular angler to the ranks of AFC in the not too distant future?
Champion non-boater Daniel Quarmby, 6/6 4.7kg, was a worthy winner of the category being the only non-boater to secure their limit every session. Teamed with past Grand Final winner Craig Simmons throughout Saturday, and current Grand Final champion and AFC angler Kerry Symes on Sunday, Quarmby, a 24 year old Horticulturist, fished deep to secure his limit each session.
Fishing past the area called The Boot, Quarmby caught his fish using a combination of presentations including slow rolling Slider grubs in smoke and yellow core rigged on 5 gram TT jigheads and lifting and twitching 70mm green coloured Nils Master ice jigs.
The Daiwa Big Bass was a tight tussle with Mick Elsley securing the title on the last session on Sunday. Caught using a Slider grub in smoke and yellow core colour rigged on a ¼ oz Nitro jighead, the slow roll and twitch presentation proved the undoing of the1.39kg Bass. The Yellow Buoy Bay area was the area targeted with the bite coming on the edge.
At the end of the Glenbawn round the quest for AOY and Grand Final positions is now complete. The breakdown of points gained throughout the year has been posted on the web and invitations for both boaters and non-boaters will be sent out shortly. To those anglers lucky enough to have secured their position, we look forward to seeing the best of the best battle it out at Lake St Clair for the right not only to claim Grand Final glory but with it the opportunity to capture a spot on the Australian Fishing Championships and a Skeeter Trip of a Lifetime to the USA. Sweetening the deal is a further $5000 prize for boaters courtesy of River City Marine. And in a first the champion non-boater will also secure a ABT funded trip to the USA and the opportunity to fish with BASS Pro Gary Boyd. The journey has been long with many turns, but as we reach the pinnacle the opportunity to take the crown is as open as ever. Those who excel will reap the rewards and to the victor go the spoils. ABT wishes every angler the best of luck in their quest for victory.
|ABT BASS Pro Series: Eagle Lake Glenbawn BASS
Pro Boater Results
|23||Mick ELSLEY||NSW||1||1.12||1||1.39||2||2.51||$500 Daiwa Big Bass|
BASS Pro Series: Eagle Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
|1||Daniel QUARMBY||NSW||2||1.3||2||1.94||2||1.46||6||4.7||G.Loomis rod, Shimano Sedona reel + Prize Pack|
|2||Scott MCKENZIE||NSW||2||2.53||2||1.85||4||4.38||G.Loomis rod, Shimano Symetre reel + Prize Pack|
|3||Michael BRITTEN||NSW||2||1.85||2||1.44||1||0.72||5||4.01||Water Snake electric
motor, Pflueger reel + Prize Pack
|4||Gavin STICKLEN||QLD||1||0.9||2||1.55||2||1.56||5||4.01||Blue Acres Lamiglass
rod, Tica reel + Prize Pack
|5||Peter MORGAN||QLD||2||2.35||1||0.73||3||3.08||Blue Acres Lamiglass
rod, Ugly Fish sunglasses + Prize Pack
|6||Dale MULLINS||QLD||1||0.86||2||1.8||3||2.66||Engel esky, Berkley
scales + Prize Pack
|7||Daniel CLANCY||NSW||2||1.27||2||1.33||4||2.6||Spotters Sunglasses
pack + Prize Pack
|8||Denise GRAHAM||NSW||2||1.73||1||0.83||3||2.56||Spotters Sunglasses
pack + Prize Pack
|9||William SCHLOSS||QLD||1||0.75||2||1.34||3||2.09||Shimano Starlo Stik
rod + Prize Pack
|10||Dan MANNING||Qld||2||1.88||2||1.88||Berkley Dropshot rod
+ Prize Pack