TT Lures Somerset BASS Pro Qualifier Results

The TT Lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro Qualifier was an extravaganza held over the Anzac Day long weekend at Lake Somerset Holiday Park, Kirkleigh. Event sponsors TT Lures catered the Friday night briefing for all 130 plus anglers involved with a spit roast dinner, lure giveaways and cold drinks after every fishing session. A much appreciated effort for all those involved.

Proud ABT sponsors EJ Todd hosted Sunline Bass Pro angler Katsutoshi ‘Kats’ Furusawa. Kats has fished competitively in both Japan and the FLW in America. Taking part in his first ABT event and promoting the new Sunline Shooter and BMS fluorocarbon range, we thank him for his participation.

The spoils of the weekend in one of the toughest Somerset BASS Pro tournaments we have seen go to local Brisbane angler Steve Eldred. Consistently hitting the top ten over the last few year sand runner up at last year’s Somerset tournament, Eldred broke through for his maiden victory and amassed a bounty of prizes that included $3000 1st place cheque, $675 1st Pro cheque, $500 Big Bass cheque, 2 x Quantum TE100HPT reels and a custom Gary Howard/TT Lures rod.

With a fishless prefish and a similar scenario on the two weekends prior to the ban, Eldred headed to Pelican Point with most other competitors in tow to fish the schools of bass.

“I found the schools on my Humminbird sounders in 19-24 feet, but the arches were quite small, so I targeted individual bigger fish out wider and shallower,” said the Frogleys Pro Staffer.

Targeting these bigger fish for the first hour with Atomic Metalz yielded no fish, so Eldred switched to his fly gear. Using a Reddington 9 weight fly rod with an 11lb Unitika twisted leader, he threw Bass Vampire imitation flies tied by fellow competitor Adrian Melchior. These flies were tied on Gamakatsu no.4 hooks and had intermediate glow eyes.

Allowing the fly to sink to the bottom, Eldred used a slow to medium strip retrieve. Persisting with the tough conditions, he scored a bite, only to be snagged by the fish. Using his Minn Kota to drive over the top of the fish he was able to free the bass and after a 6-7 minute tussle netted the weekend’s big bass of 2.83kg. As the results turned out, this fish alone would have won him the tournament. But, it was not over yet and Somerset renown for its big bass, could easily change the leaderboard.

“I returned in the second session, hooking 7 undersize fish in about 45 minutes before I landed a legal on a fast strip,” he explained.

After a minute silence for Anzac Day, Eldred headed out in pole position on day two, with almost a 2kg lead over his nearest competitor. The pressure was mounting. He watched as Stephen Kanowski landed his 2.49kg bass and when he did not boat a fish for the session was nervous about the end result, knowing that one of the other 71 boaters could have easily landed 2 big fish and taken out the tournament.

Fortune fell Eldred’s way and he claimed his first win of his career. Runner up Carl Jocumsen caught the most fish of any competitor for the weekend, scoring 4/6, 2.63kg, but the quality was not enough to get him across the line.

Jocumsen headed to Pelican Point in the first session and like most anglers found the fishing tough and returned to the weigh in with an empty well.

“In the second session I thought I would try something out of the ordinary,” explained Jocumsen.

“With the fishing tough and plenty of angling pressure I felt the bass might push to structure, so I headed to the trees at the mouth of nearby Wyangi Creek,” he continued.

Using a Millerod 7’2” Bass Buster matched to a Shimano Twin Power 2500 reel spooled with 3lb Stren Microfuse and 8lb Unitika leader, Carl threw a new Bassman Compact Spinnerbait 5/8oz black/gold with downsized tandem blades.

From the second tree, he scored a 34cm bass on the drop and with his non boater landing a 25lb Mary River Cod from the third tree; Carl knew his hunch was right.

Quickly landed his second bass and filing his limit, Jocumsen sounded another set of trees and found fish holding tight to structure with his Humminbird sounder. He returned to the weigh in with this knowledge up his sleeve for Day 2.

At the beginning of session 3 Carl hunted for that lucrative big bass at Pelican Point, but quickly moved to his trees where he landed another 2 legal bass on the same Bassman Compact Spinnerbait.

“You had to land the lure close to the tree and use a constant slow roll, the lure would get hit several times before hooking up,” he said.

Champion non boater Matt Hawkless claimed his second career victory with 3/6, 2.52kg. His weapon of choice a 7ft 6-10lb Daiwa Heartland XA rod matched to a 2000 Heartland reel spooled with 12lb Sunline Castaway and 10lb Sunline FC Rock.

Hawkless claimed his session 2 bag on a 1/2oz Bassman Spinnerbait brown/gold/black lure. Fishing the edges opposite the Spit with boater Jody Vernon, he targeted sticks and points close to the edge with a sink to the bottom followed by a slow roll and pause retrieve.

Day 2 saw Hawkless fishing with Adrian Melchior in the bay opposite Pelican Point, where he landed a small bass on an Ecogear VX40 blade in colour 405 (gold/red with black stripes). Finding active schools in 14 feet of water he would let the lure sink to the bottom and wind the reel 10 times before opening the bail up and sinking the lure once again. It was on the second retrieve that he scored his fish, landing 8 undersize bass before he landed his solitary legal fish for the session.

With 133 competitors and a crowd of campers and watercraft users it was a busy weekend, but thoroughly enjoyed by competitors even though the bass were tight lipped. The Battery Traders vouchers for each session went to Greg Munro, Toby Wilson and Stephen Kanowski for their big fish, proudly donated by event victor Steve Eldred.

We know look toward the 3rd event in the 2010 Quantum BASS Pro season at Lake Boondooma, June 26-27.

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

Quantum BASS Pro Series: TT Lake Somerset BASS Pro Qualifier
Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Steve ELDRED QLD 1 2.83 1 1.08 2 3.91 3000, Gary Howard/TT rod, Quantum TE100HPT reel x 2, $500 Big
Bass, $675 1st Pro
2 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 1.26 2 1.37 4 2.63 1600, Quantum TE100HPT reel, $405 2nd Pro
3 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 1 2.49 1 2.49 1250, S3 $50 Battery Traders voucher
4 Danny ROBINSON NSW 2 2.3 2 2.3 1000
5 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 2.03 2 2.03 850
6 Matt FRASER QLD 2 1.83 2 1.83 750
7 Peter LEGGETT Qld 2 1.41 1 0.42 3 1.83 750
8 Glyn BARKHUIZEN QLD 2 1.77 2 1.77 600
9 Toby WILSON NSW 1 1.67 1 1.67 600, S2 $50
Battery Traders voucher 
10 Matthew MOTT QLD 1 0.5 2 1.07 3 1.57 500
11 Jody VERNON NSW 1 1.04 1 0.38 2 1.42 500
12 Matt JOHNSON Qld 1 0.58 1 0.83 2 1.41 350
13 Steven OTTO QLD 2 1.21 2 1.21 250, 3rd Pro $270
14 Spiro ZANTIOTIS QLD 2 1.1 2 1.1 250
15 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 1 0.62 1 0.47 2 1.09
16 Tristan TAYLOR Qld 1 1.08 1 1.08
17 Peter ROBINSON NSW 2 1.05 2 1.05
18 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD 1 1.01 1 1.01
19 David GREEN QLD 1 0.52 1 0.46 2 0.98
20 Matthew ANDERSON NSW 2 0.91 2 0.91
21 Bruce ANDERSON NSW 1 0.91 1 0.91
22 Callum MUNRO Qld 1 0.82 1 0.82
23 Mike CREIGHTON QLD 1 0.67 1 0.67
24 Craig SIMMONS QLD 1 0.59 1 0.59
25 Gregg FLETT NSW 1 0.53 1 0.53
26 Wayne REED NSW 1 0.5 1 0.5
27 Trevor FOOTE QLD 1 0.48 1 0.48
28 Paul HEMPSTEAD Qld 1 0.48 1 0.48
29 Jake SCHWERIN QLD 1 0.48 1 0.48
30 Dean SILVESTER QLD 1 0.47 1 0.47
31 David REYNOLDS Qld 1 0.45 1 0.45
32 Christian SERNE QLD 1 0.38 1 0.38
33 Greg PARKES NSW 1 0.36 1 0.36
34 Mark MANGOLD NSW
34 Wayne BEAZLEY NSW
34 Brad CLARK QLD
34 Aaron MOGG Qld
34 Adrian MELCHIOR NSW
34 Gavin STICKLEN QLD
34 Mark LENNOX NSW
34 Kerry SYMES QLD
34 Baden SPARROW QLD
34 David YOUNG QLD
34 Shaun PARKINSON Qld
34 Bill SCHLOSS Qld
34 William SCHLOSS QLD
34 Stuart FRANCE Qld
34 Peter MAY Qld
34 Ross BEINKE QLD
34 Michael HENARE Qld
34 Allan PRICE NSW
34 Steven RICHARDS NSW
34 John BRIDER Qld
34 Mark CUTLER NSW
34 David WILLIAMSON NSW
34 Paul FOOTE QLD
34 Brad SMITH QLD
34 Peter DERKSEN Qld
34 Daniel CLANCY NSW
34 Paul GILLESPIE NSW
34 Peter JENKINS NSW
34 Allan HOFFMAN QLD
34 Ron JONES NSW
34 Paul PIPER NSW
34 Stephen ALMOND NSW
34 Mark REINBOTT QLD
34 Ken MURRAY Qld
34 Paul COOPER QLD
34 Joel NORMAN NSW
34 Stephen DUFF Vic
34 Ross MURRAY Qld
34 Jay PERHAM QLD
Quantum BASS Pro
Series: TT Lake Somerset BASS Pro Qualifier Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 Matt HAWKLESS Qld 2 2.1 1 0.42 3 2.52 Gary Howard/TT rod, Quantum TE100 HPT reel, $50 Charltons
voucher, prize pack
2 Greg MUNRO QLD 1 1.25 1 0.76 2 2.01 Blue Acres Lamiglas, $50 Charltons voucher,prize pack, $50
Battery Traders voucher
3 Kris GEORGE QLD 1 0.95 1 0.65 2 1.6 Shimano Twin Power 2500 reel, $50 Charltons voucher, prize
pack
4 Mike DELISSER QLD 2 1.29 2 1.29 TT lure pack, $50 Charltons voucher, prize pack
5 Brendan DEURLOO QLD 2 1.24 2 1.24 Spotters sunglasses, $50 Charltons voucher, prize pack
6 Luke NOVAK NSW 1 1.16 1 1.16 Ugly Fish sunglasses pack, $50 Charltons voucher, prize pack
7 John SCHWERIN QLD 2 1.04 2 1.04 21 Carrot Gold Stix rod, Quantum TE100 HPT reel, $50 Charltons
voucher, prize pack
8 Brendan WEIL QLD 1 1.03 1 1.03 Squidgies tackle bag,$50 Charltons voucher,  prize pack
9 John PICTON NSW 2 1.03 2 1.03 Squidgies tackle bag,$50 Charltons voucher, prize pack
10 Hilton SMITH NSW 1 0.69 1 0.69 Engel Cooler bag, $50 Charltons voucher, prize pack
11 Stephen CLENTON QLD 1 0.67 1 0.67
12 Shane ANDERSON QLD 1 0.55 1 0.55
13 Jay WELCH NSW 1 0.51 1 0.51
14 Richard POTTER NSW 1 0.49 1 0.49
15 John CIANCIO QLD 1 0.48 1 0.48
16 John KOCH QLD 1 0.42 1 0.42
17 Daniel MOLLOY Qld 1 0.39 1 0.39
18 Joseph URQUHART NSW
18 Tom REYNOLDS Qld
18 Jason LOWE Qld
18 Brett KLEINSCHMIDT Qld
18 Ashley SIMS Qld
18 Paul BERRY NSW
18 Shaun FALKENHAGEN Qld
18 Arthur ALLEN Qld
18 Howard ALTHAUS Qld
18 Warwick LYNDON QLD
18 Stephen MCLEAN NSW
18 Brooke KENNETT NSW
18 Matthew MCDONALD QLD
18 David INGRAM Qld
18 Dan MALLORY QLD
18 Mal FAVAGER QLD
18 Adrian WILSON QLD
18 Alan MCNAMARA NSW
18 Ken BRIDER QLD
18 Daniel QUARMBY NSW
18 Michael MILNE NSW
18 Adam ROGERS QLD
18 Kris CAMERON QLD
18 Karen FONTAINE NSW
18 Declan WILLIAMS Qld
18 Luke MULHOLLAND NSW
18 Tom BURTON QLD
18 David MCDONALD QLD
18 Peter MORGAN QLD
18 Shayne BATES Qld
18 Jayson DEFORREST-HADDLETON NSW
18 David J SIMMONS QLD
18 Terry ALWOOD QLD
18 Alphonse DEGRAAF QLD
18 Tim STEENHUIS QLD
18 Rob HINTON Qld
18 Darryn LOVE Qld
18 Thomas STONEHAM QLD
18 Wayne PYLE QLD
18 Aaron BURGESS NSW
18 Deborah KOWALCZYK NSW
18 Candice HOFFMAN QLD
18 Katsutoshi FURUSAWA JPN
18 Trevor STEAD QLD