Gregg Flett, 6/6, 4.64kg, has taken out the season opening BASS Pro event at Lake Glenbawn Feb 26th-27th. The 34yr old security business owner from Newcastle took out the event by a mere 30 grams from runner up Ben Pepperall. In taking out the event Flett secured his 2nd ABT Bass Pro win and made the best possible start to season 2011.
“I spent the whole
tournament fishing the main basin, specifically focusing on the humps out from
the far end of the wall. I determined during the prefish that only fish
below 40ft were biting consistently. Come Saturday morning overcast conditions
were prevalent and the majority of fish were suspended in less than 40ft.
Ultimately it took three hours just to get a bite!”
only got four bites for the session, two 31.5cm bass, one big yellowbelly and another
fish lost in a tree. I was just happy to weigh in a limit and knew it would
have also been tough for most other anglers. I checked the leader board on the
way to the second session and found it had been tough and that I was still not
out of it. I was in 15th place around 700gms behind the leader
but only 300gms from 4th place. Knowing the afternoon would fish
better I was keen to make up the difference.”
first location where I had caught my morning limit was uneventful, so after an
hour or so I made a move to the humps off the dam wall. I found active fish in
80-90ft of water that were suspended around the 50-60ft mark and got a
legal fish on my first drop. I would
drop the lure to suspended fish and once they followed for around 10ft click
the reel into gear and slow roll with most bites coming within the first couple
the second session I landed 6 legal fish with one kilo fish and a 35cm. I jumped
from 15th to 3rd but was still 1kg behind the leader. I hit the water on Sunday
knowing anything could happen but realistically I was fishing for 2nd place at
best. I went back to the humps at the end of the wall and caught one legal fish
before the wind really kicked in making it hard to stay on the fish. I battled
it out with the wind for 2hrs until it backed off for the last two hours of the
session. I found the fish sitting tight to the bottom in 70-80ft of water with
a couple also suspended around 50-60ft”.
could only get bites after the plastic came off the bottom and again the bites
usually came in the first few winds of the reel. I ended up landing another 6
fish for the session. With my heaviest bag of the tournament I thought I had a solid
chance at 2nd place. Back at the weigh tent I saw that the leader had only
weighed one fish in and got a little excited. I came 2nd here two years
ago on the same bite by 50gms and lost a grand final the same year by 130gms so
it was good to be on the right end of a close leader board”.
used a Kustom Fishing Tools Duffrod Basstix 1-4kg 7ft rod with 1000 size reel
spooled with 3lb power pro braid and 3lb Yamatoyo harris fighter leader on Saturday.
Knowing that I needed bigger fish and not being able to afford any lost fish
on Sunday I went up to a Kustom Fishing Tools Duffrod Basstix 2-5kg
7ft with 1000 size reel spooled with 5lb power pro braid with 6lb Yamatoyo
harris fighter leader. The lures I used were a combination of Berkley 3″ minnow grubs in pumpkinseed and
camo colours along with Damiki D Grubs in Moebi and watermelon
pepper rigged on custom painted TT 1/6oz size 1 jigheads.
I paint the jigheads to match the plastics and also use glow paint on the chin
for added attraction”.
such a timid bite I can’t stress how important my high quality rods with recoil
guides, minima reel seats and super sensitive blanks were in detecting the soft
bites. Equally important were my two Lowrance LMS gps/sounder combos for
finding and staying on top of the fish in such deep open water. All
fish needed to be vented and I also used an additive to my livewell to
help with their health as a few fish were lost by other anglers over the
weekend. It was good to see so many Queenslanders attend this event considering
the recent disasters they have faced and I am looking forward to competing
against them on their home waters later in the season”.
bolstered his $4000 winnings by taking out first place in the Pro division
($770) and taking out the Club Marine bonus of $500. With over $5000 in prize
money won at the event Flett has every reason to be confident heading to the
next BASS Pro round at Lake St Clair, April 2nd-3rd.
Pepperall, 6/6, 4.61kg was relegated to second place by a mere 30 grams.
Pepperall, a 36 year old Aluminum smelter employee primarily worked two
locations to capture his limit each session.
first session I headed to a location near Boat Harbor.
I was targeting fish around sunken timber in the 55-80 foot mark. The fish were
hanging around 10 feet off the bottom with the larger fish sitting tight to the
session two I headed back to my first location and was able to get my two fish
before the bite shut down. I then moved to a location near the dam wall. The
location is a sunken tree that sits on a mound, and it proved to be a good move
with two upgrades coming throughout the afternoon”.
the final session I headed back to the dam wall. The fish were suspended and I
caught one early. The fish then went deep, tight to the bottom, as the sun got
up and I filled out my bag. A move to Cemetery Point saw plenty of fish caught,
but only two were upgrades”.
time spent on the water was the key to knowing how the fish would behave in the
conditions presented. I had a good prefish with my locations all producing, but
it was my two key locations that produced better fish that determined my
tournament tactics. In the end the bigger fish went quiet over the course of
the tournament, so having a limit in each session kept you in the hunt for a good
outfit consisted of a Millerods Bream Buster Classic 6’10” rod teamed with a
Daiwa Sol 2000 reel spooled with 4lb Berkley Fireline in green colour and 4lb
Sunline Rockfish FC. The lure of choice was a Berkley 3″ Grub in camo colour rigged on a
1/4oz TT jighead.
Parsons, 4/6, 4.05kg took out the champion non-boater title for the event.
Parsons, a 20 year old Carpenter from Agnes Banks caught fish in each session
to post his maiden win at his first ABT BASS Qualifying event.
fished with Ben Pepperall on the first day and Daniel Clancy on the second. On
day one I fished a bay at the entrance to Boat Harbour.
Fishing in water depths between 50 to 70 feet deep I found fish suspended above
the 40 foot mark with the more active fish near the bottom. Using a Berkley 3″ Minnow Grub in
camo colour rigged on a 1/4oz 2/0 hook handmade painted jighead, I would
vertically jig the lure to attract the attention of fish in the area. I trimmed
the head and tail of the lure to maximise presentation and action. The retrieve
was super slow. If you thought you were winding slow you were winding too
started with 4lb leader, but after being snapped off settled on 6lb which did
the trick. As the sun got up during the day the fished went deeper. This in
turn made them more active. In the end I got one fish for the session which
the second session I had a lot of taps from smaller fish. The big fish on the
other hand were hitting hard. A move later in the session allowed me to upgrade
once and a 2/2, 2.08kg limit had me in contention”.
the final session I fished near a buoy at the boat ramp. There were patches of
fish, and if they were active you would get bites. With the wind getting
stronger we were timing the drop of the lure on a wind drift to fall into the
school. As the session progressed it became a matter of targeting single fish
in the deep water in order to try and get a hookup”.
20 minutes left and no fish in the well I had a hookup. Whether it was a switch
to a green colour on the minnow grub and brown headed jig or right place at the
right time, it was of little consequence when I netted my only legal fish for
the session that ultimately went 1.18kg”.
outfit consisted of a 7″ G. Loomis GL2 extra fast action rod teamed with a
Shimano Stadic C14 1000 size reel spooled with 4lb Stren Microfuse braid and
6lb Berkley Vanish leader.
big thanks to my boaters Ben and Daniel and congratulations to my mates Gregg
and Ben for their efforts. I look forward to traveling to other BASS Pro events
in 2011 as a non-boater with an eye to becoming a boater in the future. The
goal for the rest of the year is to remain consistent”.
event Big Bass (1.94kg) was taken out by non-boater James Browning. Caught in
the first session the fish was never headed throughout the tournament and
secured Browning the $500 prize.
was fishing with Anthony Thorpe on the Saturday session. We were deep jigging
and I was using a hand painted 1/4 TT Jig heads with a stinger teamed with Berkley Gulp 3″ grubs in
Camo colour. We fished a couple of spots in the main basin and I had one
in the live well when we moved down to the dam wall about mid morning. Anthony
was sounding around in about 60ft of water for schooled fish and he found
a small school of active fish. Marking the site he drifted back and held the
boat on them. After about 3 or 4 drops I was slow winding about a meter off the
bottom when the fish started giving me tiny taps. I had time to comment to
Anthony about getting tentative bites while the fish continued to give the lure
tiny taps. This continued for about 5 seconds before the rod loaded up.”
fish came up relatively easy for about 20ft and we were anticipating an average
fish until the fish decided he was not happy and headed back down. The fish
took about 3 big runs and eventually we had him in the net. Reedy lent us a
bigger needle as ours was too small but the fish was a bit big for the live
well and I spent the next two hrs keeping it upright and flushing the tank to
keep it in good condition in between fishing. A big thanks to my two boaters
Anthony and Jason Shepherd for giving me a great and really fast weekend on the
water for what was my first ABT event after starting dam fishing last year”.
now looks towards the next event at Lake St
Clair April 2nd-3rd. This event was originally scheduled
as the third of the 2011 BASS Pro season, but due to a number of factors
affecting Lake Boondooma,
Lake St Clair has become the venue for the
next qualifying round. For further information check out www.australianbass.com.au or
contact ABT on 07 3387 0888 (b/h).
|BASS Pro: G. Loomis Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro Boater
|1||Gregg FLETT||NSW||2||1.04||2||1.74||2||1.86||6||4.64||$4000 + $770 1st Pro
+ $500 Club Marine
|3||Wayne REED||NSW||1||0.94||2||1.54||2||2.03||5||4.51||$1500 + $330 2nd Pro|
|BASS Pro: G. Loomis Lake Glenbawn
BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
|1||Luke PARSONS||NSW||1||0.79||2||2.08||1||1.18||4||4.05||Duffrods TBS 70125 2-5kg
rod, Prize Pack
|2||James BROWNING||NSW||2||2.7||2||0.97||4||3.67||Austackle Camo Stick CSP 2100 rod,
Prize Pack, $500 Big Bass
|3||Walter SCIFLEET||NSW||1||0.67||2||1.12||2||1.41||5||3.2||Spotters Sunglasses, Prize Pack|
|4||Karen FONTAINE||NSW||2||1.46||2||1.71||4||3.17||TT Lure Pack, Prize