A warmer than expected morning greeted the 58 anglers that came in hope of tangling with some of the monsters of “Big Dub”. A few reports of good fish caught the day before circulated in the pre dawn and while the weather and wind were lovely and mild throughout the day, unfortunately it ended up being another tough day and only 13 fish were weighed in in the end.
In fifth place was Dan Molloy with 1 fish for 1.230kg who followed a tip from another angler to fool his fish on an Evergreen Little Max.
In fourth was Brian Rutledge who fished the comp in his Hobie Mirage Kayak and scored 2 fish for 1.685kg.
In third was Simon Barkhausen who fished the same point that scored well in the first electric, fished a Bluegill TN60 in 20ft of water for the first fish and scored his second fish in the same spot with a plastic, to finish with 2 for 2.125kg.
Just nudging out Simon by the smallest of margins was Shane Anderson in second place, who also fished the deeper water a little wider off a point with a TN60 to score 2 for 2.155kg.
But the day belonged to one man, Jason Lowe, who unleashed a blitzkrieg catching his first tournament limit using a Daiwa Alphas F loaded with 10lb Fins and a 10lb Vanish leader on an Angler Stealth DCX 783 rod. A gold/black back TN60 fished close to the edge around scattered lily pads scored his first fish at around 9am. At that point he could have called it a day, as the whopping spud weighed in at 2.835kg and would have still bested the competition by 700grams. Not content, he pulled his “small” fish of 1.865kg at 10am to amass a total of 4.700kg and sweep 1st place and Big Bass comprehensively.
|2||4.700kg BB 2.835kg|
|10||Steve Jensen JR.|