Carl Jocumsen, 6/6, 6.79kg, has secured victory in the fourth and final BASS Pro round of the year at Lake Glenbawn, 21st-22nd August. In securing the win, Jocumsen claimed his third BASS Pro AOY crown, again demonstrating that he is the man to beat when it comes to bass fishing.
“The AOY was one of my major goals for the season. Knowing
that I was headed overseas next year, I wanted to capture the title and leave
on top. With the depth of each tournament field getting deeper, finishing in
the top ten is hard, let alone doing it at every tournament. To achieve this
result is potentially the sweetest victory of all.”
“Returning to Glenbawn to contest the Grand Final is
exciting. I am going to take it as it comes, and go out and enjoy myself.
Having achieved this win, I feel relaxed and I am really looking forward to the
opportunity to fish against the best bass anglers in the country”.
Jocumsen targeted a point half-way up the dam before finding
a section of productive bank that produced fish throughout the remainder of the
tournament. Jocumsen explains his approach, “I fished a point with littered
timber that was about 20 foot deep. The bass were active on the edge but once I
had caught two fish the bite disappeared, and there were no more fish on the
sounder, so I moved to my next location.”
“The section of bank I targeted for the majority of the
tournament was 100-150 meters long. The bank tapered off into deeper water with
a number of stepped areas in-between. Initially it was an edge bite with the
bass readily taking an Ecogear 3″ powershad in eel colour rigged on a 1/4oz
Nitro dam deep jighead. In the second session there were no bites in the
shallows, so I came out a little deeper and the fish were sitting on the
drop-off areas. The key to this location was having schooled fish in the deeper
water that would travel into the shallows to feed. This allowed the spot to be
replenished throughout the tournament, and with location management I was able
to get my fish each session”.
“My decision to stay at the location meant I was going to
live and die on the bank. The shallows were quiet in the final session, so I
traveled out deeper to the secondary drop-off. Rather than casting towards the
bank, I began casting parallel to the bank. Six fish in six casts was the
result, and in the end it proved to be the difference”.
“The lure technique was a slow wind with the odd twitch. The
key was the lure position in relation to the bottom. Keeping the lure in the zone
via feel, maximised the bite opportunity”.
Jocumsen’s out fit consisted of an 7’3″ Ian Miller bass
buster long cast rod teamed with a Shimano Stella 1000 reel spooled with 3lb
Stren microfuse and 6lb Unitika fluorocarbon leader. Jocumsen explains his setup,
“I used about two rod lengths of leader and applied Squidgy S factor scent to
my lure every 5 minutes to enhance the presentation”.
Wayne Reed, 6/6, 6.53kg, secured his second runners-up
cheque for 2010. On day one Reed fished edges near the area known as the Boot.
Casting to edges in 15 feet of water, Reeds go-to presentation was a 3″ Berkley powerbait bass
minnow in watermelon colour rigged on a TT 1/8th oz jig head. When
the bites slowed Reed traveled to another location near the Spit. By resting and
rotating the locations, Reed kept in touch with the leaders all tournament and
only fell 260 grams short of Jocumsen’s winning weight.
On day two Reed also targeted standing trees in creek areas.
Reed explains his choice of lure, technique and interpreting sounder images,
“Where the water was darker, I chose darker lure colours. The same with lighter
colours for clearer water. The retrieve was slow with sporadic hops. By
monitoring the sounder I could see what the bass were doing. Basically if the
fish were sitting mid water or flatlining on the bottom the opportunity to
hookup was increased. If the fish were flatlining just off the bottom then the
activity was generally quiet”.
Reeds outfit consisted of a 7’6″ Duffrod flats 1-3kg rod
teamed with a Daiwa Steez 2508 rigged with Rovex Viros 6lb line in dark green
colour and approx a rod and a half length of 6lb Sunline leader.
Karen Fontaine, 5/6, 5.75kg, left her run till late, but a
solid final session saw her take out first place in the Non-Boater division.
Fishing with Carl Jocumsen on day one and Will Louden on day two, Fontaine kept
in touch with the leaders all tournament, then delivered the biggest bag of day
two to edge out Josh Carpenter by 110 grams.
“Fishing with Jocumsen we targeted sloping banks with timber
and weed structure. Slow rolling plastics with occasional twitches produced
hits, normally on deeper drop-off areas. We rotated this location with a couple
of others to maximise the bites on offer. The lure I used was a Slider in
avocado colour rigged on a ¼ oz TT jighead”.
“Day two I fished bays near the Boot before fishing a point
at the back of the dam. The point was in around 40 foot of water. Initially I
was using a plastic presentation before targeting suspended fish with a
Nilsmaster Ice Jig in an orange colour. Within half an hour I had my bag, with
upgrades following over the next half an hour.”
Fontaine shares the experience, “The sounder was showing
suspended fish. As the lure would fall to the bottom I could feel it being hit.
Once at the bottom or just above I could feel the takes clearly. It was a
matter of feeding the fish a little slack line before letting the rod load and
hooking the fish. There was timber in the area so I had to go fairly hard, but
in the end the bites stuck”.
“Having qualified for my first bass Grand Final on the back
of this result is amazing. The atmosphere and opportunity to fish against all
the qualifiers is great. Just getting out there and competing in tournaments is
fun, let alone all the techniques and information you can learn. I am excited
about the opportunity and can’t wait to get back to Glenbawn in a couple of
Fontaine’s outfit consisted of a 7″ St Croix Legend rod
teamed with a Shimano Stradic 1000 reel spooled with 11lb Varivas braid and 2
meters of 6lb Yamatoyo fluorocarbon leader.
Berkley Pro Mark Mangold took out the overall Big Bass
honours with his second session effort of 2.32kg. Caught on a Berkley 3″ minnow
grub in camo colour rigged on a 1/16th No 1 Nitro bream pro jighead,
the bass fell around 3pm as Mangold was hopping the lure down a bank in around
six feet of water.
Mangold talks us through the experience, “As I was hopping
the lure down the bank the fish hit. The line was coming off the reel quickly,
and I had to maneuver myself from the front to back of the boat to keep the
pressure and angle on the fish. Having only 4lb leader I knew I was going to
have to take my time, and when the fish dived deep into weed in 12 feet of
water the challenge was on”.
“Knowing that I couldn’t muscle the fish out I opened the
bail arm. The idea was to let the fish thrash about in the weed tiring itself
out whilst hopefully keeping the hook intact. After a minute I re-engaged the
bail arm and felt for pressure. The fish was there but still holding fast. I
repeated this process a number of times letting the fight take its course.
Eventually big sections of weed came to the surface and with pressure being
slowly applied, the fish begrudgingly came up to the surface covered in weed.
We netted the whole lot and got it in the boat. Peeling the weed away exposed
the bass that took the title and set a new personal best for myself”.
“It really was testament to patience and putting into
practice what I know about fighting fish. To achieve this result, which could
have very quickly become undone, makes it all the more special”.
The ABT now looks to the season ending BASS Grand Final at Lake Glenbawn,
September 18th-19th. Invites have been sent to all boater
and non-boater qualifiers.
For further event information visit www.australianbass.com.au or phone ABT (07) 3387 0888.
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Glenbawn BASS Pro Boater Results
|1||Carl JOCUMSEN||QLD||2||2.41||2||2.58||2||1.8||6||6.79||$2700, $600 (1st pro)
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|2||Wayne REED||NSW||2||1.95||2||2.32||2||2.26||6||6.53||$1300 + Quantum Tour
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|7||Mark MANGOLD||NSW||1||0.96||2||3.51||1||1.03||4||5.5||$ 625 + $500 Quantum
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|1||Karen FONTAINE||NSW||2||2.3||1||1.12||2||2.33||5||5.75||Quantum Tour Edition
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|2||Josh CARPENTER||NSW||2||2.25||2||1.94||2||1.45||6||5.64||Quantum Tour Edition
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|3||Kris GEORGE||QLD||2||2.42||2||1.32||2||1.6||6||5.34||Shimano Stradic reel,
|4||Peter KELLEHER||NSW||2||2.4||1||0.86||2||1.87||5||5.13||Spotters sunglasses,
|5||Callum MUNRO||Qld||1||1.09||2||2.48||1||0.97||4||4.54||Ugly Fish sunglasses
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|6||Matthew MCDONALD||QLD||2||2.24||1||0.75||2||1.39||5||4.38||Engel Pack, Prize
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|8||Ashley SIMS||Qld||2||1.88||2||2.05||4||3.93||Squidgy Tackle Wrap,
|9||Vicki LEAR||NSW||2||2.63||1||1.13||3||3.76||Prize Pack|
|10||Michael SKINNER||NSW||2||2||2||1.4||4||3.4||Prize Pack|