Motorguide BASS Electric Convention Results & Story

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
tournament Anderson
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
leader.
 

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
Ricky.
 

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”,
explained Ricky.
 

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
aggressive burn.
 

“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.

 

Place Angler F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW
1 Shaun Falkenhagen 2 1.39 1 0.68 3 2.07
2 Ashley Sims 1 1.25 1 0.78 2 2.03
3 Adrian Wilson 2 1.36 1 0.59 3 1.95
4 Dave Trinder 2 1.34 1 0.57 3 1.91
5 Shane Anderson 2 1.64     2 1.64
6 Paul Fleming 1 0.72 1 0.6 2 1.32
7 Dale
Ianna
2 1.3   -0.05 2 1.25
8 Ian Galloway 1 0.66 1 0.58 2 1.24
9 Gary Leather 1 0.58 1 0.63 2 1.21
10 Mick Skinner 1 1.13     1 1.13
11 Rick Simmons     1 1.05 1 1.05
12 Steve McLean     1 0.95 1 0.95
13 Rob Bartlett 1 0.89     1 0.89
14 Tony Thorley 1 0.87     1 0.87
15 Scott Lane 1 0.85     1 0.85
16 Casey Bullard 1 0.81     1 0.81
16 Chris Horne 1 0.81     1 0.81
18 Will Schloss 1 0.79     1 0.79
19 Brett Kleinschmidt     1 0.77 1 0.77
20 Dave Mann     1 0.75 1 0.75
21 Tom
Reynolds                   
    1 0.67 1 0.67
22 Andrew Baunach     1 0.66 1 0.66
22 Barry Oxford     1 0.66 1 0.66
22 Richard Holmberg     1 0.66 1 0.66
22 Stuart France     1 0.66 1 0.66
26 John Dell 1 0.65     1 0.65
26 Paul Holmberg 1 0.65     1 0.65
26 Rod Shorten     1 0.65 1 0.65
29 Sue Fleming 1 0.63     1 0.63
29 Trevor Burgess 1 0.63     1 0.63
31 Dale Mullins 1 0.62     1 0.62
32 Dave Bullard     1 0.61 1 0.61
33 Craige
Floyd 
1 0.57     1 0.57
33 Daniel
Molloy 
    1 0.57 1 0.57
35 Jesper Noiesen 1 0.56     1 0.56
35 Mike Weger     1 0.56 1 0.56
37 Roy Souter     1 0.54 1 0.54
38 Wayne Blundell     1 0.52 1 0.52
39 Glenn White     1 0.51 1 0.51
40 Paul Gillespie 1 0.47     1 0.47
41 Rob Hinton     1 0.43 1 0.43
42 Ken Jackson     1 0.4 1 0.4
43 Blair Chilton         0 0
43 Brian Rutledge         0 0
43 Cameron E Baker         0 0
43 Darren
Harris 
        0 0
43 Don Harris         0 0
43 Gavin McKay         0 0
43 Glenn Hayter         0 0
43 Jack Gold         0 0
43 Jason Lyons         0 0
43 Jason Shepherdson         0 0
43 John Noble         0 0
43 Jonathan Ward         0 0
43 Jonathon
Box 
        0 0
43 Les Barber         0 0
43 Mark Lennox         0 0
43 Matt Johnson         0 0
43 Rory Saint         0 0
43 Scott Hutchison         0 0
43 Shaun Warmington         0 0
43 Simon Mullins         0 0
43 Skipp Small         0 0
43 Steve Lawrance         0 0
43 Steve Noble         0 0
43 Tim Steenhuis         0 0
44 Troy Ward       -0.05 0 -0.05
29 21.17 25 15.95 54 37.12

 

Place Angler Quiz S1 Casting S2 Total Prize
1 Shaun Falkenhagen 100 99 80 95 374 Spotters Sunglasses
2 Adrian Wilson 97 98 90 85 370 Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait
2 Paul Fleming 100 87 97 86 370
4 Mick Skinner 100 94 94 65 353
5 Andrew Baunach 100 66 93 93 352
5 Dave Bullard 100 66 99 87 352
5 Gary Leather 100 80 84 88 352
8 Paul Holmberg 100 85 100 65 350
9 Tony Thorley 100 92 92 65 349
10 Daniel
Molloy 
100 66 95 83 344
10 Will Schloss 100 88 91 65 344
12 Scott Lane 100 91 85 65 341
13 Stuart France 100 66 79 93 338
14 Brett Kleinschmidt 100 66 74 97 337 Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait
14 Rod Shorten 100 66 82 89 337
16 Ken Jackson 100 66 89 76 331
17 Dale Ianna 100 96 98 35 329 Damiki Vault, Nitro Spinnerbait
17 Trevor Burgess 99 83 82 65 329
19 Jonathon
Box 
100 66 96 65 327
20 Steve Noble 100 66 89 65 320
20 Sue Fleming 98 83 74 65 320
22 Glenn White 95 66 78 78 317
22 John Noble 100 66 86 65 317
24 Paul Gillespie 95 77 78 65 315
25 Rory Saint 100 66 83 65 314
26 Glenn Hayter 100 66 78 65 309
27 Steve Lawrance 100 66 75 65 306
28 Jason Lyons 100 66 74 65 305
29 Scott Hutchison 100 66 60 65 291
30 Troy Ward 100 66 74 35 275
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
33 Tom
Reynolds                   
100 66   94 260
35 Barry Oxford 100 66   93 259
36 Rob Bartlett 100 93   65 258
37 Casey Bullard 100 90   65 255
38 Dale Mullins 100 81   65 246
39 Roy Souter 99 66   80 245
39 Wayne Blundell 100 66   79 245
41 Chris Horne   90 89 65 244
42 Craige
Floyd 
99 79   65 243
42 Jesper Noiesen 100 78   65 243
44 Rob Hinton 95 66   77 238
45 Darren
Harris 
100 66   65 231
45 Jack Gold 100 66   65 231
45 Les Barber 100 66   65 231
45 Mark Lennox 100 66   65 231
45 Matt Johnson 100 66   65 231
45 Simon Mullins 100 66   65 231
51 Brian Rutledge 99 66   65 230
51 Shaun Warmington 99 66   65 230
51 Skipp Small 99 66   65 230
54 Cameron E Baker 97 66   65 228
55 Gavin McKay 95 66   65 226
56 Ashley
Sims
  95   98 193 Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait
57 Dave Trinder   97   83 180 Squidgy Tacklebag, Nitro Spinnerbait
58 Ian Galloway   86   84 170
59 Shane Anderson   100   65 165 Bluefin
375 Jon Boat, 75lb Motorguide Wireless 
60 Richard Holmberg   66   93 159
61 John Dell   85   65 150
62 Mike Weger   66   81 147
63 Blair Chilton   66   65 131
63 Don Harris   66   65 131
63 Jason Shepherdson   66   65 131
63 Jonathan Ward   66   65 131
63 Tim Steenhuis   66   65 131