The sport of electric bass fishing today
broke a couple of records. One a long held speed barrier, the other the first
cash payout electric tournament in Australia.
their Crusie 4 on a custom built Tabs E.O (electric only) and were rewarded
with a history making 15.8 kph in fresh water. Was it planning or not planning,
that will be hotly debated. One thing for sure Torqeedo is getting very close.
Unfortunately the fish weren’t as cooperative.
From 47 accomplished anglers only 6 fish were caught. 1st prize
and $1000 was snatched from the hands of
Jesper Noiesen within site of the finish. When he used every last scrap of battery
power, even his reserve sounder battery was drained, before being overcome by a
20 knot southerly wind and having to resort to getting towed back to the finish line by another outboard power boat.
With what would have been the tournament
winning bag disqualified Jesper was gracious with the outcome, accepting that
tournament fishing can be as hard as it can be rewarding.
The crown of being the inaugural Tabs Grand
Electric Final winner went to Paul Rowbotham who caught the winning bag, a
single 0.965kg fish. While he has placed before this was his first victory.
Second and $500 richer was tournament fishing veteran and ABT pro Steve
Kanowski who fished the trees north of Kirkleigh to net his 0.885 kg bag. Slow rolling a gold shiner coloured Jackall in
15 feet of water proved to be his gun technique.
In third place and picking up $450 was Evan
Johnson of Westbrook who claimed a podium position with his 0.875kg limit.
The 2hp Big Bass for the series went to David West for his 2.7kg Wivenhoe bass eclipsing all
other bass caught by over a kilo. Well done to David, that schmic purple Quinny
of yours will go even faster now.
Atomic, Tabs & Torqueedo would like to thank
all the anglers who gave it a shot and supported this event. As Tournament Director
I would like to thank all the anglers, and
the event would not have been success without Ian (I.T), Karen (Organiser), Lyn
(Photography) , Rod Sue (Transport and catering) and my wife Kylie(Event
Co-ordinator) Chris, Marcel & Simon from ABT.