Motor Guide BASS Electric Convention Results

The inaugural MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention – held at the Gold Coast’s Hinze Dam on the 18th and 19th of September – proved a hit with the 28 anglers who survived the qualification process and could make it to the dam on the weekend. And although the fishing was the focus, with two skins-style sessions over the weekend, anglers were tested in other areas as diverse as accuracy casting and fishing knowledge.
Slick's bream

Resulting from the weekend were several winners. Forty-four year old telephone company manager, Ian Galloway, took the honours on the Saturday (2 bass) session, while from over the border, Hans Jensen stole the show on Sunday with the top single-fish limit. Baden Sparrow and Spiro Zantiotis showed their skills with the rod on the casting course and Dale Sinclair and Baden tied for top marks in the BASS Trivia Challenge.

Fishing tournaments are primarily about fishing, and Ian’s 2/2, 2.339kg limit was the biggest recorded in a Hinze BASS Electric event to date.

“Although I live at Jimboomba, I consider that Hinze is my home dam. I fish here maybe 30 times a year and it was pretty special to be able to top such a talented field here. I landed my first ever bass here,” Ian said after receiving his bow-mounted MotorGuide electric motor as a prize.

Ian landed four bass during his session – all on the same lure, an Atomic 3′ Fat Grub in Pumpkinseed with green flecks that was rigged on a generic 1/4oz ball jig head.

He’d cast the lure quite close to shore and slowly roll it out from the edge along a stretch of bank between two major gullies.

“If there was some weed or small sticks in shallow, I’d start quickly and then slow down as the lure cleared the structure, but if the bank was clear, I’d keep it [the retrieve] slow from the start,” Ian explained.

Ian’s morsel was delivered with the help of a Shimano 1000-sized reel, a Daiwa Heartland-X 2-4lb spin rod, 8lb Berkley Fireline and 10lb Vanish for leader. He fished the dam’s Western arm – as did most of the competitors during the event.

Hans Jensen, however, had a more opportunistic way to win the Sunday session. After bagging a couple of nice – but not session-winning – bass on topwater lures early on, Hans found the going tough until he fished the back of a gully that he’d landed a saratoga in several weeks before.

Rolling a RevHead rigged with a Slider grub down the guts of a steep gully, Hans has beaten by two bass before he extracted the 1.21kg fish that he raced to the weigh master. The grub was exactly the same colour as Ian had used so Successfully on the Saturday.

“It was a pretty steep gully that I was fishing in the western arm – the boat was in 30 feet and I was casting up to the edge. I think that the bass must have been sitting snags in the bottom of the gully, because it raced out, smashed the lure and tried its best to get back there,” Hand explained.

He used a custom Samurai 002 spin rod with a Daiwa Laguna 2000 reel, 6lb Fireline and 15lb Platypus Super 100 leader to take the honours.

“I didn’t think that I was a chance today after catching nothing on the Saturday, so it just shows what a difference a day can make,” Hans beamed as he took his MotorGuide Great White transom mounted motor as booty.

ABT would like to publicly thank the Hinze’s Australian Bass Association (ABA) for their efforts catering the event on the weekend. Over $1,000 was raised for future bass stocking in the Hinze.

2005 will herald over 20 BASS Electric events scheduled in three states. For more information on becoming involved keep an eye out for the 2005 ABT Tournament Angler Guide (available January 2005) and the www.australianbass.com.au website.

RESULTS TABLES

SATURDAY FISHING

Anglers weighed a limit of 2 bass.

Place Angler Fish Weight Rank
1 Ian Galloway 2 2.39 30
2 Paul Maloney 2 2.05 29
3 Tony Payne 2 2.01 28
4 Barry Oxford 2 1.78 27
5 Jesper Noiesen 2 1.7 26
6 Baden Sparrow 2 1.57 25
7 Mike Creighton 2 1.46 24
8 David Hine 2 1.43 23
9 Plinio Taurian 2 1.36 22
10 John Schofield 2 1.34 21
11 Adrian Melchior 2 1.27 20
12 Spiro Zantiotis 2 1.25 19
13 Craig Simmons 2 1.22 18
14 Jamie Bradshaw 2 1.11 17
15 Colin Singleton 2 1.07 16
16 Dion Vail 1 0.96 15
17 John Bain 1 0.94 14
18 Rex Mildren 1 0.9 13
19 Mike Weger 1 0.78 12
20 John Costello 1 0.7 11
21 Paul Weare 1 0.64 10
22 Hans Jensen 0 0 9
22 Graham Dodds 0 0 9
22 Cameron Ball 0 0 9
22 Dale Sinclair 0 0 9
22 David Bullard 0 0 9
22 Danny Robinson 0 0 9
22 Drew Cullen 0 0 9

SUNDAY FISHING

Anglers weighed a one-bass limit.

PLACE ANGLER FISH WEIGHT RANK
1 Hans Jensen 1 1.21 30
2 Graham Dodds 1 1.08 29
3 Barry Oxford 1 1.03 28
4 Jamie Bradshaw 1 0.81 27
5 Craig Simmons 1 0.8 26
6 Ian Galloway 1 0.77 25
7 Jesper Noiesen 1 0.76 24
8 John Costello 1 0.74 23
9 Cameron Ball 1 0.73 22
10 David Hine 1 0.73 21
11 Rex Mildren 1 0.72 20
12 John Bain 1 0.68 19
13 Baden Sparrow 1 0.66 18
14 Paul Weare 1 0.65 17
15 Plinio Taurian 1 0.61 16
16 Adrian Melchior 1 0.61 16
17 Spiro Zantiotis 1 0.56 14
18 Mike Creighton 1 0.55 13
19 Dale Sinclair 1 0.54 12
20 Tony Payne 1 0.46 11
21 Colin Singleton 1 0.45 10
22 David Bullard 0 0 9
22 Danny Robinson 0 0 9
22 Paul Maloney 0 0 9
22 Drew Cullen 0 0 9
22 John Schofield 0 0 9
22 Dion Vail 0 0 9
22 Mike Weger 0 0 9

AGGREGATED RESULTS

Just for interest …

PL ANGLER D2 FSH D2 WT D1 FSH D1 WT TOT FISH TOT WT
1 Ian Galloway 1 0.77 2 2.39 3 3.16
2 Barry Oxford 1 1.03 2 1.78 3 2.81
3 Tony Payne 1 0.46 2 2.01 3 2.47
4 Jesper Noiesen 1 0.76 2 1.7 3 2.46
5 Baden Sparrow 1 0.66 2 1.57 3 2.23
6 David Hine 1 0.73 2 1.43 3 2.16
7 Paul Maloney 0 0 2 2.05 2 2.05
8 Craig Simmons 1 0.8 2 1.22 3 2.02
9 Mike Creighton 1 0.55 2 1.46 3 2.01
10 Plinio Taurian 1 0.61 2 1.36 3 1.97
11 Jamie Bradshaw 1 0.81 2 1.11 3 1.92
12 Adrian Melchior 1 0.61 2 1.27 3 1.88
13 Spiro Zantiotis 1 0.56 2 1.25 3 1.81
14 John Bain 1 0.68 1 0.94 2 1.62
15 Rex Mildren 1 0.72 1 0.9 2 1.62
16 Colin Singleton 1 0.45 2 1.07 3 1.52
17 John Costello 1 0.74 1 0.7 2 1.44
18 John Schofield 0 0 2 1.34 2 1.34
19 Paul Weare 1 0.65 1 0.64 2 1.29
20 Hans Jensen 1 1.21 0 0 1 1.21
21 Graham Dodds 1 1.08 0 0 1 1.08
22 Dion Vail 0 0 1 0.96 1 0.96
23 Mike Weger 0 0 1 0.78 1 0.78
24 Cameron Ball 1 0.73 0 0 1 0.73
25 Dale Sinclair 1 0.54 0 0 1 0.54
26 Danny Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 David Bullard 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Drew Cullen 0 0 0 0 0 0

TRIVIA CHALLENGE RESULTS

Anglers sat a 30 question BASS trivia challenge.

PLACE ANGLER TRIVIA SCORE TRIVIA RANK
1 Baden Sparrow 19 30
1 Dale Sinclair 19 30
3 Colin Singleton 17 28
4 Jamie Bradshaw 16 27
4 Tony Payne 16 27
6 Plinio Taurian 15.5 25
6 Mike Creighton 15.5 25
8 Spiro Zantiotis 15 23
8 Danny Robinson 15 23
10 Paul Weare 14 21
11 John Costello 13 20
12 David Bullard 12.5 19
13 Cameron Ball 12 18
14 Hans Jensen 11.5 17
15 Adrian Melchior 10 16
16 Drew Cullen 5 15
DNS Graham Dodds 0 0
DNS Barry Oxford 0 0
DNS Craig Simmons 0 0
DNS Ian Galloway 0 0
DNS Jesper Noiesen 0 0
DNS David Hine 0 0
DNS Rex Mildren 0 0
DNS John Bain 0 0
DNS Paul Maloney 0 0
DNS John Schofield 0 0
DNS Dion Vail 0 0
DNS Mike Weger 0 0

CASTING ACCURACY

Anglers took two minutes to cast at three targets placed at different distances. 10 points for a hit. Bonus for ‘holes’.

PLACE ANGLER CASTING SCORE CASTING RANK
1 Baden Sparrow 95 30
2 Adrian Melchior 80 29
3 Plinio Taurian 60 28
4 Dale Sinclair 50 27
5 Jamie Bradshaw 40 26
5 Craig Simmons 40 26
5 Spiro Zantiotis 40 26
5 David Bullard 40 26
9 Tony Payne 30 22
10 John Bain 20 21
10 Danny Robinson 20 21
12 Cameron Ball 10 19
12 Paul Weare 10 19
12 Mike Creighton 10 19
12 Paul Maloney 10 19
16 Hans Jensen 0 14
DNS Graham Dodds 0 0
DNS Barry Oxford 0 0
DNS Ian Galloway 0 0
DNS Jesper Noiesen 0 0
DNS John Costello 0 0
DNS David Hine 0 0
DNS Rex Mildren 0 0
DNS Colin Singleton 0 0
DNS Drew Cullen 0 0
DNS John Schofield 0 0
DNS Dion Vail 0 0
DNS Mike Weger 0 0

CASTING COURSE

Anglers were times on their time to complete a three-target casting course.

PLACE ANGLER TIME TO COMPLETE RANK
1 Spiro Zantiotis 0.21 30
2 Paul Weare 0.42 29
3 David Bullard 0.46 28
4 Mike Creighton 0.54 27
5 Danny Robinson 1.12 26
6 Adrian Melchior 1.13 25
7 Dale Sinclair 1.15 24
8 Jamie Bradshaw 1.22 23
8 Baden Sparrow 1.22 23
10 Craig Simmons 1.26 21
11 John Bain 1.37 19
12 Tony Payne 1.52 18
13 Cameron Ball 2.02 18
14 Plinio Taurian 2.31 20
15 Paul Maloney 3.14 17
16 Hans Jensen 4 16
DNS Graham Dodds 0 0
DNS Barry Oxford 0 0
DNS Ian Galloway 0 0
DNS Jesper Noiesen 0 0
DNS John Costello 0 0
DNS David Hine 0 0
DNS Rex Mildren 0 0
DNS Colin Singleton 0 0
DNS Drew Cullen 0 0
DNS John Schofield 0 0
DNS Dion Vail 0 0
DNS Mike Weger 0 0

BASSIN’ PENTATHLON RESULTS

Anglers scored on their placing (RANK) in each of the five disciplines. The winner gained the title of ‘best at bloody everything’. Well done Baden Sparrow!

PENTATHLON PLACE ANGLER Overall
1 Baden Sparrow 126
2 Jamie Bradshaw 120
3 Spiro Zantiotis 112
4 Plinio Taurian 111
5 Mike Creighton 108
6 Adrian Melchior 106
6 Tony Payne 106
8 Dale Sinclair 102
9 Paul Weare 96
10 Craig Simmons 91
10 David Bullard 91
12 Danny Robinson 88
13 Hans Jensen 86
13 Cameron Ball 86
15 Paul Maloney 74
16 John Bain 73
17 Barry Oxford 55
17 Ian Galloway 55
19 John Costello 54
19 Colin Singleton 54
21 Jesper Noiesen 50
22 David Hine 44
23 Graham Dodds 38
24 Rex Mildren 33
24 Drew Cullen 33
26 John Schofield 30
27 Dion Vail 24
28 Mike Weger 21