A challenging bite and an over supply of sub-legal bass
tested anglers at the 2010 MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention, with Bundaberg
basser Shane Anderson (2/2, 1.64kg) drawing first blood on the opening day of competition
to pick up the first of the three Blue Fin/ MotorGuide boat packages on offer
at the pinnacle event of season.
For the 68 strong field it was a frustrating weekend, with 54
bass hitting the scales, and endless stories of just-unders rife throughout the
field. For day one victor Anderson
it was a game plan executed to perfection that delivered him his best result
to-date in a MotorGuide BASS Electric Convention.
Cracking the winning pattern the week prior in a rival
hit the rockwalls upriver to secure his limit, the approach delivering him his
first fish at 6.50am and the second at 7.50am.
“It was the standout pattern the week before and it all came
together as I hoped,” explained Anderson.
With his boat in 20 feet of water Anderson worked his way parallel along the
bank, casting a Jackall TN60 in ayu up into the shallows, sinking it to the
bottom then rolling it back to boat. The technique saw the lure swimming just
above the bottom and worked slow enough to keep it just ticking over.
“There were small fish everywhere, so many so that we caught
80-100 the week prior, but it was the big ones actively feeding up in the
shallows that offered the most reward,” explained Anderson.
The pitch specific approach for the big fish was spot on
with Anderson bagging
the two standout fish for the session and securing the win over his nearest
rival Shaun Falkenhagen by 250 grams. His catch card for the day saw him with
ten bass for the session, including two legal bass, and three yellowbelly.
The tackle he used to secure his win included a G.Loomis
CBR783 rod, Shimano Chronach reel, 10lb Fins mainline and 12lb Berkley Vanish
Not to be overshadowed by Anderson
was day two winner Ricky Simmons, 1/1, 1.05kg, who in contrast to Anderson fished a flooded
grass point in the upper reaches of the dam to catching his winning fish.
“I found the spot during a prefish on the Thursday and while
it didn’t produce on day one it fired on the second”, explained Ricky.
Adjacent to deep water and a near by creek bed, Simmons
money spot was comprised of a steep sloping point with an 8 feet deep plateau
on the top where the fish were holding.
“The were plenty of signs of life from the minute I got
there. Baitfish were flicking everywhere, and the fish I caught were spitting
up bait as soon as I put them in the boat”, explained Simmons.
Picking an active bait for the active fish Simmons used a
custom (ayu and red) coloured Jackall TN50, casting it across the flat, sinking
it to the bottom then working it back with a wind-pause retrieve.
“They’d only hit the lure on the pause so it was crucial to
stall the retrieve and let the lure flutter back towards the bottom”, explained
The approach delivered Simmons 25 fish for the session and
his first BASS Electric win. The tackle he used to catching his winning bag
included a 7′ G.Loomis PR8400 rod, Daiwa Caldia 2000 reel, spooled with 4lb
Fireline and 6lb FC Rock fluorocarbon leader.
Post victory Simmons was acknowledging of the people that
had helped him throughout the weekend and the tournament year.
“It’s the people that you meet, fish with and help you out
that help make these events as special as they are. Ian Galloway, Dave Bullard and
the guys at Parsun electric motors are the ones that I’d really like to thank”,
Securing the overall fishing crown for the weekend was
Redland Bay basser Shaun Falkenhagen, who compiled a 3/3, 2.07kg two-day limit
to write his name in the records book as the 2010 Convention champ and pick up
the 70 ranking points on offer at the event.
Fishing a steep rock wall in the middle reaches of the dam,
Falkenhagen focused on a particular 50 metre stretch, working it over and over
during the weekend.
“There were plenty of places holding fish, but most of the
fish were small. This place in contrast seemed to hold more than its share of
bigger fish for some reason. It may have something to do with the fact that it
had shade on it for much of the day”, explained Shaun.
Using a combination of lures to catch his fish Falkenhagen
started out with a silent Jackall TN60 before swapping to a ¼ oz Evergreen
Little Max blade when the sun hit the water. The retrieve for each lure varied
also, with the Jackall worked with a slow roll and the Evergreen fished with an
“It was important to get the retrieve just right for each
lure, if you didn’t the fish wouldn’t touch it”, explained Falkenhagen.
The tandem lure
approach was partnered by a similar contrast in outfit choices, with his
Jackall tackle comprised of a G.Loomis CBR783 rod, Daiwa Zillion Crazy Cranker
reel, 10lb Sunline Super PE, and 10lb Nitlon leader. The Evergreen was thrown
with a 7′ Daiwa Heartland rod, Shimano Stradic 1000 reel, Sunline 6lb Super PE,
and 6 and 4lb Nitlon leader.
Fishing wasn’t the only thing on the agenda for anglers over
the weekend, with a quiz at the Friday night briefing testing anglers’
knowledge of the year on the MotorGuide BASS Electric Tour and bass fishing in
general. 38 anglers scored a perfect score on the quiz, with Bassman
spinnerbaits alround for the winners.
Saturday afternoon saw the casting comp once again take
centre stage, with friendly banter and outright sledging dominating as anglers
tested themselves against the two minute time trial, and one minute point
accumulation. Paul Holmberg claimed casting honours for 2010, with perennial
casting star Dave Bullard second and Dale Ianna third.
The random draw of the third Blue Fin/ MotorGuide bass
electric package was the final activity for the weekend with Jason Shepardson heading home with a new bass rig strapped to the roof of his car.
“This is great, to head home with a new Jon Boat on a
weekend when finding a legal fish was tough was more than I could have hoped
for”, explained an ecstatic Shepardson.
David Trinder ended the year where he started, once again
securing the number ranked BASS Electric angler crown, and with hot form
throughout the year Dave will once again be the man to beat in 2011. The
calendar for the 2011 MotorGuide BASS Electric Series will be released later in
the year, so stay tuned to www.australianbass.com.au to see what’s in store for the new tournament season.
ABT would like to thank all those involved for making it a
great 2010 MotorGuide BASS Electric Series, with a special mention to event
organisers, Blue Fin Boats, MotorGuide and all sponsors for making the series a
success. See you in 2011.
|43||Cameron E Baker||0||0|
|1||Shaun Falkenhagen||100||99||80||95||374||Spotters Sunglasses|
|2||Adrian Wilson||97||98||90||85||370||Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait|
|14||Brett Kleinschmidt||100||66||74||97||337||Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait|
|17||Dale Ianna||100||96||98||35||329||Damiki Vault, Nitro Spinnerbait|
|31||Rick Simmons||96||66||100||262||Bluefin 375 Jon Boat, 50lb Motorguide Bowmount|
|32||Dave Mann||99||66||96||261||Damiki Vault, Nitro Spinnerbait|
|33||Steve McLean||95||66||99||260||Uglyfish Sunglasses|
|54||Cameron E Baker||97||66||65||228|
|95||98||193||Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait|
|57||Dave Trinder||97||83||180||Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait|
375 Jon Boat, 75lb Motorguide Wireless