David Green, 38 year-old Toowoomba Sales Representative was the sixth angler to capture the BASS Pro title by claiming victory in the season’s ultimate event, the Yamaha BASS Pro Grand Final. He bagged and impressive tournament limit of 8.45kg, easily outclassing the rest of the field fishing the waters of Lake Boondooma, the venue for the final.
David’s consistency over the weekend saw him positioned in 4th place after the first session, 5th after the second session, and the highly prized 1st position at the end of the 3rd session. With a winning margin of 910 grams over second place, Green easily relegated the rest of the field to the minor places and thoughts of what might have been.
Saving the best to last and weighing in his biggest limit for the tournament in sessions three (3.27kg), Green demonstrated that cracking that all important pattern and sticking with the game plan can pay dividends when it’s really needed.
Equally consistent in second place was fellow Toowoomba resident Zack Kronk (6/6, 7.54kg), followed by Trent Butler (6/6, 7.53kg), Baden Sparrow (6/6, 7.53kg), Harry Watson (6/6, 7.49kg), and 2003 BASS Angler of the Year Steve Kanowski (6/6, 7.45kg).
Green used the omnipresent Jackall to capture the title, varying his used of the lure between three different lures sizes and models, the TN-70, TN-60 and it’s soft styled brother the Mask Vib60, (colour- Ayu, Ayu, and Ghost Wakasagi).
Fishing for an edge bite, Green focused his attention on the weed-lined banks that dominated much of the middle reaches of dam. Locking onto an area that he had located in the Thursday prefish, Green concentrated his time on a stretch of bank and point that was no longer than 50- 80 metres.
Positioning his boat in water that varied in depth from 10-15 feet, Green presented his lure as tight in against the banks as the weedline would allow him, and opted for a retrieve that saw the lure return to the rod tip in a slow, yet effective manner.
Green explained, “I had to regularly remind myself to slow down the retrieve. If I did it too fast I just didn’t get the same number of hits, and of course the same number of fish”.
The choice of Green to persevere with his chosen game plan and choice of location paid dividends in the 2nd session, enabling him to capture that precious and all important second fish for his limit.
When winds conditions changed, making Green’s favourite location less than ideal to fish, his decision to change location and target deeper banks and holding fish proved equally as successful.
Utilizing an Ecogear 3” Power Shad (colour- Natural Pro Blue), rigged on a ½ oz Nitro jighead, Green presented the offering to schooled and scattered fish found adjacent to some deep banks and open flats in the middle reaches of the dam. With the change in tactic providing Green with his largest fish for the weekend.
Green’s choice of tackle used to deliver his win included a choice of two rods, both from the Angler Rods stable. His baitcaster outfit was comprised of a Stealth- DCX 842, 2-3kg, 7 foot rod, Shimano Chronarch SF, 20lb Tuff Line, and 16kg Water King leader. While his spin outfit included a Stealth DCX 841, 1-2kg, 7 foot rod, Team Daiwa Advantage 1500 reel, 4lb Fireline, and 6.7kg Water King leader.
One of the notable changes that Green made within his tackle was the upgrading of the trebles on his lures. Opting for Owner trebles, he replaced the middle treble with a size 6 and the rear treble with a size 8.
Second place getter Zack Kronk while also choosing to begin the tournament fishing the banks, moved his attention and focus towards schooled fish as the event progressed. Targeting fish in the middle reaches of the dam and towards the junction between the Stuart and Boyne arms of the waterway Kronk alternated his approach between, Jackalls, fly and soft plastics.
Seeking out fish in up to 20 feet of water Kronk’s tackle included a G.Loomis 783 Crankbait rod, Shimano Chronarch SF, 20lb Tuff Line, and 16kg Water King leader. Utilized as his outfit of choice when fishing with Jackalls, Kronk opted for the Mask Vib60, (colour- Ghost Wakasagi) when picking the type of Jackall to use.
His fly out fit included a, 7wt Matrix Innovator rod, Striper Taper fly line, 14lb Nitlon leader, and chartreuse and black Bass Vampire fly. While his outfit when using soft plastics included a G.Loomis 7’ GL2 Popping rod, Shimano Sustain 1000 reel, 4lb Fireline, 12lb Nitlon leader, 3/8 oz Gamakatsu Flathead jighead and Squidgy soft plastic.
While providing Kronk with the tools to capture a fantastic tournament limit, it wasn’t enough to overcome the outstanding performance of Green.
When prompted for a reason for his success over the weekend, Green explained, “ I’d really have to put it down to a bit of luck, the prefish, and sticking to my game plan and not panicking”.
“Of course I couldn’t have done it without with the support of my friends and sponsors, BP Reliance, Angler Rods, Mako, Smak, Nitro, Jabiru, and Humminbird”.
Green also went onto to add, “that he couldn’t have achieved what he has without the support, love and understanding of his family”. I can’t state enough how important their part in all this is, I couldn’t do what I do without them”.
Information for the 2005 BASS Pro Series will be available in the 2005 Tournament Anglers Guide, mailed to all ABT members in 2005. Call Simon Goldsmith during business hours (07) 3268 3992 for more information- ABT
Naming Sponsors- Yamaha, Bluefin Boats
Series and Associate Sponsors- Motorguide, Special Trailers, Bassman, Daiwa, Kokoda, Evakool, Rapala, Squidgies, Berkley, Halco, Angler Rods, Mako, Shipton, Shimano, Solas , Nitro, Ecogear, Strudwick, Gladiator, Scott fly rods.
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