Megabass Lake Glenbawn BASS Megabucks Results

The Megabass Megabucks event at Lake Glenbawn Feb 23-24 saw 34 teams compete in what can be regarded as one of the richest bass events in the country. The naming sponsor Megabass sparing no cost to ensure all anglers have a handful of their state of the art lures and a full belly with a catered dinner on briefing night.

The dynamic duo of Tim Morgan and Carl Jocumsen taking the opportunity to fish together for team Humminbird in the skins event left with over $7000 in prize money and podium finishes in all three sessions.

Let’s take a closer look at each session and how the money winners used specific techniques to get the edge on the other competitors.

Session 1 – 1st Humminbird – Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen, 4/4, 4.01kg ($2000 + $850 1st Pro)

Humminbird had a milk run of about 5 locations on the dam identified during prefish. Because of the teams event format, Morgan and Jocumsen took the opportunity to prefish separately, where Carl headed to the upper precincts of Glenbawn while Tim concentrated on the lower half. Meeting up in the afternoon they collated their information and formulated a plan.

Heading off at daylight in the first session, the pair targeted schooled fish in 40ft past cemetery point with long casts and slow retrieves with the occasional twitch. Morgan choosing to use the 2 ½ inch Atomic Ripperz in rainbow trout rigged on a prototype Impact Tackle ½ oz jighead, whilst Jocumsen went for a similar 2 ½ inch Ecogear Powershad in the same colour rigged on a painted ½ Nitro jighead.

The duo had soon filled their limit and heading off further up the dam to fish the trees, landing another 12 legal bass and upgrading several times. The final weight of 4.01kg setting the record for the heaviest bag weighed in over the 2 day event.

Notes: Prefished individually to identify locations on the dam giving team Humminbird a milk run of spots.

Session 1 – 2nd Tree Whiz – Mark Reinbott & Mark Lennox, 4/4, 3.33kg ($1400)

The pair from Tree Whiz fished submerged trees on the right hand side of Glenbawn dam past cemetery point. Pin pointing active fish the two Marks would catch one bass and then move to another nearby location hoping they could tempt the larger fish close to the timber.

Both anglers used Berkley Camo Grubs rigged on 1/6th TT jigheads. Lennox spooled with 6lb Fireline Crystal with 8lb Yamatoyo leader and Reinbott with Sunline Rockfish braid and 4lb V Hard leader.

“We wanted to get our lures to the bottom quick, so the bullet nose profile of the TT jighead and the thin diameter of the line assisted us in doing this,” explained Lennox.

With one bass left to capture to fill their bag, the pair found the fish shut down and headed out deeper to 70ft of water. Using ¼ oz jigheads, they soon landed another legal and found that the bigger bass where located further out.

Notes: Used thin diameter line and TT jigheads to get to the bottom quicker in the deep water.

Session 1 – 3rd Secret Creek Lures – Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall, 4/4, 3.09kg ($800 + $360 2nd Pro)

After his win at Lake St Clair a few days early, Ben Pepperall was in form and partnered with Jody Vernon the pair found their fish near the dam wall. Fishing between 40-70ft they used their sounders to find that the 70ft mark was a clean bottom with fish holding on small trees and shrubs.

“We fished a vertical drop under the boat, some fish taking the lure on the drop whilst others we had to torment to bite with a repetitive slow roll up and down. We could see the jighead on the sounder and the bass suspended in the thermo cline. When the jighead dropped to the bottom sometimes the fish would follow. These are the active bass we were targeting,” explained Vernon.

The lures the duo employed were same they used at St Clair, the Berkley Minnow Grubs. Pepperall using the camo colour on a 1/6 jighead and Vernon a banana prawn colour on a ¼ jighead.

“We got our TT jigheads custom painted by Mick Butcher from Secret Creek to match the colour of the plastics we were throwing,” said Vernon.

Notes: Targeted fish suspended in the thermo cline near the dam wall.

Session 2 – 1st Humminbird – Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen, 4/4, 3.32kg ($2000 + $850 1st Pro)

The winning pair headed off in first position after their first session conquering and went straight to their spot where they had filled their bag in the morning. Utilising the same techniques they had three fish in the well before a strong southerly change came across the dam. Moving further up Lake Glenbawn to the left hand side they fished some trees for another bass before fishing became tough and the bite shut down.

Moving back to cemetery point to upgrade, Morgan explained the spot lock feature on his Minn Kota I-Pilot that made fishing in the gusting winds possible.

“The I-Pilot feature means the GPS in the head of the Minn Kota is able to be utilised to ‘spot lock’ a location. This is basically a silent anchor that the Minn Kota adjusts for direction and speed keeping the boat within 5 feet of the target,” he said.

Further to this the duo then fished a nearby bank by utilising the Minn Kota’s auto pilot, pointing the motor into the wind and adjusting the speed it slowed their drift so the pair could work the bank from the back of the boat.

Notes: used the Minn Kota’s I-Pilot and Auto Pilot features to assist them in fishing their locations in the strong winds.

Session 2 – 2nd – Fish n Bits – Matthew Anderson & Ashley Sims, 4/4, 3.25kg ($1400 + $360 2nd Pro, $500 1.24kg Big Bass)

After a disappointing first session only landing a solitary bass, the Fish n Bits pair changed technique and targeted fallen submerged timber rather than standing timber in 40-50ft of water.

“Casting out to find a tree you would often get snagged,” explained Anderson. “Moving the boat over the snag with the electric, you could then shake it free to drop further into the tree where the bass would take the lure,” he continued.

Using the rainbow bass coloured Atomic Ripperz rigged on a ½ oz Nitro jighead the pair had six rods all rigged the same, ready to go in case of a snag. Using combination of 2lb Berkley Fireline and 8lb leader, the event’s big bass actually came on a rod rigged with 4lb Unitika fluorocarbon leader.

“I was just happy to get that one out,” said Anderson. “We have to thank the Humminbird boys to helping us out over lunch, we did the same for them at the Megabucks at Borumba last year and shows that the ABT motto of ‘who shares wins’ is alive and well,” he concluded.

Notes: freed snagged lures to result in captured bass.

Session 2 – 3rd – Secret Creek Lures – Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall, 4/4, 3.02kg ($800)

Fishing their chosen location near the dam wall the duo of Vernon and Pepperall where happy to get their 4 legals early in the session.

“Once the wind came through, it made the fishing tough and 2ft waves where crashing over the nose of the boat,” explained Vernon.

With the boat crashing up and down in the waves the technique of suspending the soft plastic baits in front of the schooled fish was tough. The boys happy to weigh in 3kg and claim another prize cheque.

Notes: scored their limit early before the strong southerly change.

Session 3 – 1st – Secret Creek Lures – Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall, 4/4, 3.33kg ($2000 + $850 1st Pro)

The cashed up duo from Secret Creek Lures headed out in the final session to their location near the dam wall but found the bite to slow down once the sun rose on the water. Moving to fish the nearby bank Vernon fished a 3/8 Secret Creek Spinnerbait in chameleon whilst Pepperall used a black/gold Megabass Smatra. The Smatra being one the four lures handed to each team at the Monday night briefing thanks to naming sponsor Megabass.

“I actually snagged the lure on a shrub as I let it sink, ripping it off the snag a bass hit it and at 1.08kg we where happy to get it in the live well,” said Pepperall.

With a Megabass rod up for grabs each session for the largest bass caught on a Megabass lure, the fish not only help them win the session but proved to be a valuable incentive for the anglers.

Notes: moved to fish nearby bank when sun rose and bite shut down.

Session 3 – 2nd – G. A Hayward Pty Ltd – Stephen Almond & Greg Parkes, 4/4, 3.22kg ($1400)

The pair of Almond and Parkes had been close in the other sessions, but the final day proved to be their biggest bag and paid dividends. Fishing in 50-60ft of water in Yellow Buoy Bay they used Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs and 2 ½ inch T-Tails in a variety of colours.

“We rigged these plastics on ¼ Nitro jigheads finding the vibration from the profile an added attractant,” claimed Almond.

Using 4lb Berkley Fireline and 6lb leader, the pair used a vertical jigging technique to target the bass, jigging the lure up and down and watching the fish follow on the sounder.

“When the school came up higher in the water column, we would change technique and cast out before retrieving, these were mainly smaller fish with the bigger bass holding deeper,” Almond explained.

Notes: Used a variety of colours in the Berkley plastics and found the Nitro jigheads an added attractant.

Session 3 – 3rd Humminbird – Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen, 4/4, 3.16kg ($800 + $360 2nd Pro, $500 1.24kg Big Bass)

Humminbird made sure they continued their winning ways on day two, but with the school now dispersed they found the bass holding tight to the timber. Fishing another chosen location further up the dam on the left, the duo found the fishing frustrating with short strikes and losing plenty of tails on their plastics.

With 3 fish in the live well, including the equal 1.24kg big bass, the duo headed towards the dam wall to find their final keeper.

“We sounded an area 100m out from the bank in 40-50ft of water that we thought was less pressured,” explained Morgan. “We then used the Humminbird sounder side and down imaging to locate fish holding on some timber scattered on the flat,” he continued.

Notes: utilised the Humminbird sounder’s imaging capabilities to target un pressured bass.

Once again the crew from Frogley’s Offshore and Megabass pumped up the atmosphere at the Megabass Megabucks 2010 by having a full display of rods, reels, plastics and hard bodies and giving away plenty of product including a Megabass rod to one of the teams who failed to weigh a fish but were victors in the paper, rock, scissors play offs.

Attention now turns to Lake Somerset for the TT Lures Qualifier, the first Queensland round and the home of XOS bass, it is sure to draw a large field.

For more information visit www.australianbass.com.au or ph ABT on 07 3387 0888

Megabucks: Megabass Megabucks 2010 Team
Results
Session: 1
Place Team F W Payout
1 HUMMINBIRD: Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen 4 4.01 $2000 + $850 1st Pro
2 TREE WHIZ: Mark Reinbott & Mark Lennox 4 3.33 $1,400
3 SECRET CREEK LURES: Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall 4 3.09 $800 + $360 2nd Pro
4 MEGABASS/MCPHAIL REAL ESTATE: Kylie Cornish & Vicki Winter 4 2.72
5 TEAM SOOTER: Paul Cooper & David Mudd 4 2.55
6 JACKALL: David Young & Chris Galligan 4 2.34
7 EVINRUDE: Peter Leggett & Mike Connolly 4 2.33
8 G. A HAYWARD PTY LTD: Stephen Almond & Greg Parkes 3 2.07
9 SHIMANO: Aaron Mogg & Alan McNamara 4 2.01
10 AUSTRALIAN YELLOWBELLY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruce Anderson &
David Williamson
2 1.98
11 GAMAKATSU: Steve Eldred & Adrian Melchior 2 1.94
12 BASSCAT BOATS/KUSTOM FISHING TOOLS: Wayne Reed & Greg
Beattie
2 1.91
13 PFLUEGER: Wayne Beazley & Stephen Kanowski 3 1.7
14 DUBBO BAIT & TACKLE: John Loudon & Steve Lowcock 3 1.51
15 TEAM TIVOLI MARINE: Simon Barkhuizen & Glyn Barkhuizen 1 1.23 1.23 Big Bass
16 HARDMAN OUTDOORS II: Toby Wilson & Marty Vanvegchel 2 1.13 .60 Megabass Big Bass
17 SUNLINE: Michael Pascoe & Joel Norman 1 1.11
18 SKETTER/X FACTOR SIGNS: Josh Batterson & Richard Potter 2 1.06
19 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK: Steven Richards & Ron Jones 1 0.85
20 HYPER MARINE: Wayne Blundell & Freddie Sawyer 1 0.78
21 BASS TO BARRA OUTDOORS: Bill Schloss & Jacinda Schloss 1 0.73
22 FISH N BITS: Matthew Anderson & Ashley Sims 1 0.7
23 BASSIN.COM: Dan Ryan & Justin Scott 1 0.69
24 BASSIN NSW: Wayne Parry & Mick Elsley 1 0.68
25 TEAM TENNESSEE: John Brider & Benjamin Campbell 1 0.51
26 MEGABASS: Jay Morgan & Andrew Smith 1 0.43
27 RMD: Ken Murray & Ross Murray
27 SEQ FISH: Steven Otto & Matt Johnson
27 TOTAL HOARDINGS: Daniel Clancy & Luke Parsons
27 BASS STINGER: Thomas Stoneham & Paul Piper
27 HARDMAN OUTDOORS: Garry Hardman & Jamie Hardman
27 HUMMINBIRD/MINN KOTA: Craig Simmons & Kristoffer Hickson
27 PIRTEK – ROCKLEA: Scott Dakin & Anthony Bull
27 TEAM FISH HEAD: Tom Slater & Josh Carpenter

 

Session 2
Place Team F W Payout
1 HUMMINBIRD: Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen 4 3.32 $2000 + $850 1st Pro
2 FISH N BITS: Matthew Anderson & Ashley Sims 4 3.25 $1400 + $360 2nd Pro, 1.24 Big Bass
3 SECRET CREEK LURES: Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall 4 3.02 $800
4 G. A HAYWARD PTY LTD: Stephen Almond & Greg Parkes 4 2.89
5 EVINRUDE: Peter Leggett & Mike Connolly 4 2.85
6 AUSTRALIAN YELLOWBELLY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruce Anderson &
David Williamson
4 2.63
7 SEQ FISH: Steven Otto & Matt Johnson 4 2.57
8 TREE WHIZ: Mark Reinbott & Mark Lennox 4 2.56
9 MEGABASS/MCPHAIL REAL ESTATE: Kylie Cornish & Vicki Winter 4 2.4
10 PFLUEGER: Wayne Beazley & Stephen Kanowski 4 2.39
11 HYPER MARINE: Wayne Blundell & Freddie Sawyer 4 2.29
12 MEGABASS: Jay Morgan & Andrew Smith 3 2.03
13 TEAM TIVOLI MARINE: Simon Barkhuizen & Glyn Barkhuizen 2 1.78
14 HARDMAN OUTDOORS: Garry Hardman & Jamie Hardman 3 1.76
15 SUNLINE: Michael Pascoe & Joel Norman 3 1.63
16 TOTAL HOARDINGS: Daniel Clancy & Luke Parsons 2 1.31
17 BASSIN.COM: Dan Ryan & Justin Scott 2 1.26
17 BASSIN NSW: Wayne Parry & Mick Elsley 2 1.26 .68 Megabass Big Bass
19 DUBBO BAIT & TACKLE: John Loudon & Steve Lowcock 2 1.1
20 BASSCAT BOATS/KUSTOM FISHING TOOLS: Wayne Reed & Greg
Beattie
2 0.99
21 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK: Steven Richards & Ron Jones 2 0.9
22 HUMMINBIRD/MINN KOTA: Craig Simmons & Kristoffer Hickson 1 0.79
23 TEAM SOOTER: Paul Cooper & David Mudd 1 0.53
23 BASS TO BARRA OUTDOORS: Bill Schloss & Jacinda Schloss 1 0.53
25 JACKALL: David Young & Chris Galligan 1 0.49
26 SHIMANO: Aaron Mogg & Alan McNamara 1 0.41
27 RMD: Ken Murray & Ross Murray
27 GAMAKATSU: Steve Eldred & Adrian Melchior
27 SKEETER/X FACTOR SIGNS: Josh Batterson & Richard Potter
27 BASS STINGER: Thomas Stoneham & Paul Piper
27 TEAM TENNESSEE: John Brider & Benjamin Campbell
27 PIRTEK – ROCKLEA: Scott Dakin & Anthony Bull
27 TEAM FISH HEAD: Tom Slater & Josh Carpenter
27 HARDMAN OUTDOORS II: Toby Wilson & Marty Vanvegchel

 

Session 3:
Place Team F W Payout
1 SECRET CREEK LURES: Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall 4 3.33 $2000 + $850 1st Pro, 1.08 Megabass Big Bass
2 G. A HAYWARD PTY LTD: Stephen Almond & Greg Parkes 4 3.22 $1,400
3 HUMMINBIRD: Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen 4 3.16 $800 + $360 2nd Pro, $500 1.24 Big Bass
4 PFLUEGER: Wayne Beazley & Stephen Kanowski 4 3.12
5 TREE WHIZ: Mark Reinbott & Mark Lennox 4 3.11
6 TEAM SOOTER: Paul Cooper & David Mudd 4 2.97
7 DUBBO BAIT & TACKLE: John Loudon & Steve Lowcock 4 2.97
7 JACKALL: David Young & Chris Galligan 4 2.8
9 MEGABASS/MCPHAIL REAL ESTATE: Kylie Cornish & Vicki Winter 4 2.59
10 TOTAL HOARDINGS: Daniel Clancy & Luke Parsons 4 2.48
11 SEQ FISH: Steven Otto & Matt Johnson 4 2.39
12 FISH N BITS: Matthew Anderson & Ashley Sims 4 2.24
13 SUNLINE: Michael Pascoe & Joel Norman 3 1.86
14 EVINRUDE: Peter Leggett & Mike Connolly 2 1.65
15 TEAM TIVOLI MARINE: Simon Barkhuizen & Glyn Barkhuizen 2 1.64
16 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK: Steven Richards & Ron Jones 2 1.56
17 SHIMANO: Aaron Mogg & Alan McNamara 2 1.37
17 GAMAKATSU: Steve Eldred & Adrian Melchior 2 1.19
19 BASSCAT BOATS/KUSTOM FISHING TOOLS: Wayne Reed & Greg
Beattie
2 1.19
20 BASSIN NSW: Wayne Parry & Mick Elsley 2 1
21 RMD: Ken Murray & Ross Murray 2 0.99
22 SKEETER/X FACTOR SIGNS: Josh Batterson & Richard Potter 1 0.78
23 HARDMAN OUTDOORS: Garry Hardman & Jamie Hardman 1 0.76
24 HUMMINBIRD/MINN KOTA: Craig Simmons & Kristoffer Hickson 1 0.67
24 BASS TO BARRA OUTDOORS: Bill Schloss & Jacinda Schloss 1 0.62
26 HYPER MARINE: Wayne Blundell & Freddie Sawyer 1 0.62
27 HARDMAN OUTDOORS II: Toby Wilson & Marty Vanvegchel 1 0.6
28 MEGABASS: Jay Morgan & Andrew Smith 1 0.54
29 BASSIN.COM: Dan Ryan & Justin Scott
29 BASS STINGER: Thomas Stoneham & Paul Piper
29 TEAM TENNESSEE: John Brider & Benjamin Campbell
29 PIRTEK – ROCKLEA: Scott Dakin & Anthony Bull
29 AUSTRALIAN YELLOWBELLY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruce Anderson &
David Williamson
29 TEAM FISH HEAD: Tom Slater & Josh Carpenter

 
 

Megabucks: Megabass Megabucks 2010 Team
Results
Overall
Results
Place Team F1 W1 F2 F2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 HUMMINBIRD: Tim Morgan & Carl Jocumsen 4 4.01 4 3.32 4 3.16 12 10.5 $4800 + $2060 1st Pro, $500 1.24 Big Bass
2 SECRET CREEK LURES: Jody Vernon & Ben Pepperall 4 3.09 4 3.02 4 3.33 12 9.44 $3600 + $1210 2nd Pro, 1.08 Megabass Big Bass S3
3 TREE WHIZ: Mark Reinbott & Mark Lennox 4 3.33 4 2.56 4 3.11 12 9 $1,400
4 G. A HAYWARD PTY LTD: Stephen Almond & Greg Parkes 3 2.07 4 2.89 4 3.22 11 8.18 $1,400
5 MEGABASS/MCPHAIL REAL ESTATE: Kylie Cornish & Vicki Winter 4 2.72 4 2.4 4 2.59 12 7.71
6 PFLUEGER: Wayne Beazley & Stephen Kanowski 3 1.7 4 2.39 4 3.12 11 7.21
7 EVINRUDE: Peter Leggett & Mike Connolly 4 2.33 4 2.85 2 1.65 10 6.83
8 FISH N BITS: Matthew Anderson & Ashley Sims 1 0.7 4 3.25 4 2.24 9 6.19 $1400 + $360 2nd Pro, 1.24 Big Bass
9 TEAM SOOTER: Paul Cooper & David Mudd 4 2.55 1 0.53 4 2.97 9 6.05
10 JACKALL: David Young & Chris Galligan 4 2.34 1 0.49 4 2.8 9 5.63
11 DUBBO BAIT & TACKLE: John Loudon & Steve Lowcock 3 1.51 2 1.1 4 2.97 9 5.58
12 SEQ FISH: Steven Otto & Matt Johnson 4 2.57 4 2.39 8 4.96
13 TEAM TIVOLI MARINE: Simon Barkhuizen & Glyn Barkhuizen 1 1.23 2 1.78 2 1.64 5 4.65
14 AUSTRALIAN YELLOWBELLY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bruce Anderson &
David Williamson
2 1.98 4 2.63 6 4.61
15 SUNLINE: Michael Pascoe & Joel Norman 1 1.11 3 1.63 3 1.86 7 4.6
16 BASSCAT BOATS/KUSTOM FISHING TOOLS: Wayne Reed & Greg
Beattie
2 1.91 2 0.99 2 1.19 6 4.09
17 SHIMANO: Aaron Mogg & Alan McNamara 4 2.01 1 0.41 2 1.37 7 3.79
18 TOTAL HOARDINGS: Daniel Clancy & Luke Parsons 2 1.31 4 2.48 6 3.79
19 HYPER MARINE: Wayne Blundell & Freddie Sawyer 1 0.78 4 2.29 1 0.62 6 3.69
20 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK: Steven Richards & Ron Jones 1 0.85 2 0.9 2 1.56 5 3.31
21 GAMAKATSU: Steve Eldred & Adrian Melchior 2 1.94 2 1.19 4 3.13
22 MEGABASS: Jay Morgan & Andrew Smith 1 0.43 3 2.03 1 0.54 5 3
23 BASSIN NSW: Wayne Parry & Mick Elsley 1 0.68 2 1.26 2 1 5 2.94 .68 Megabass Big Bass S2
24 HARDMAN OUTDOORS: Garry Hardman & Jamie Hardman 3 1.76 1 0.76 4 2.52
25 BASSIN.COM: Dan Ryan & Justin Scott 1 0.69 2 1.26 3 1.95
26 BASS TO BARRA OUTDOORS: Bill Schloss & Jacinda Schloss 1 0.73 1 0.53 1 0.62 3 1.88
27 SKETTER/X FACTOR SIGNS: Josh Batterson & Richard Potter 2 1.06 1 0.78 3 1.84
28 HARDMAN OUTDOORS II: Toby Wilson & Marty Vanvegchel 2 1.13 1 0.6 3 1.73 .60 Megabass Big Bass
29 HUMMINBIRD/MINN KOTA: Craig Simmons & Kristoffer Hickson 1 0.79 1 0.67 2 1.46
30 RMD: Ken Murray & Ross Murray 2 0.99 2 0.99
31 TEAM TENNESSEE: John Brider & Benjamin Campbell 1 0.51 1 0.51
32 BASS STINGER: Thomas Stoneham & Paul Piper 0 0
32 PIRTEK – ROCKLEA: Scott Dakin & Anthony Bull 0 0
32 TEAM FISH HEAD: Tom Slater & Josh Carpenter 0 0 Random Draw Megabass Rod (winner paper, rock, scissors)
61 43.4 72 46.9 74 51.4 207 142