Yamba’s Plinio Taurian and the Gold Coast’s Paul Maloney fished from the same boat and bagged the top two bags between 56 anglers at the final BASS Electric qualifying round of 2004 at Hinze Dam.
Weighing 2.0kg and 1.68kg respectively, the two ex-Tasmanians put together a pattern that yielded plenty of bass on a day that many anglers found the local population less than willing to take artificials. Their tackle, tactics and tournament result reflected the similarities in their technique.
Using Baby Bass coloured Slider grubs on 1/8 oz jigheads, Maloney caught the first fish by casting right up into the sunlit shallows towards the top of the dam’s western arm, hopping the grub a couple of times and then rolling the lure back to the boat. Plinio was quick to switch to the successful technique and between them, 10 bass were fooled.
Taurian used a Strudwick SicStik 7′ 2-4kg spin rod matched with a Shimano Sahara 1500 reel, 4lb Fireline and 10lb Vanish leader, while Paul Sahara was a little larger (2000), his Fireline a little heavier (6lb) and his leader 8lb Siglon.
“We fished beetle spins – a usually productive lure – until about quarter past nine, but as soon as we changed to the plastics we started landing fish,” Plinio said, “so we worked the inside of points leading into little bays firstly a long cast from the bank. Then, on the second pass, we’d move a lot closer and really get the lures up into the shallow stuff. The bass seemed to be hanging in or just along the edge of the visible sunken weeds.”
It was Taurian’s third BASS Electric event and Paul’s second.
“The pattern was working so well that I used the same jighead and plastic tail for 3 1/2 hours,” Paul said, “so it was looking pretty ragged at the end.”
“We just had a lot of fun fishing today, and that was the key. I also eliminated a lot of unproductive territory in a couple of days of practice during the week. We didn’t really have a plan for today, I just knew where we weren’t going to fish,” Maloney concluded.
Plinio added to his bag with the tournament’s big bass, a 1.03kg fish that fell to the same lure rigged on a 1/16oz jig.
Both anglers, along with Craig Simmons, Steve Kanowski and Spiro Zantiotis qualified for the invitation-only BASS Electric Convention, to be held at Hinze in mid-September.
Big Bass – Plinio Taurian, 1.03kg.
* BASS Electric Convention Qualifiers