Clarrie Hall produced the goods for the keen anglers willing to put in
the time and effort on the water, what looked to be a drizzly day
turned into a picture perfect surreal place to be when the clouds
lifted and the rained stayed away. It really is a beautiful place to
spend a day on or off the water.
61 Anglers made the effort to
travel the distance and take on the challenge of ever changing water
conditions with all the rain we have had. It was great to see so many
smiley faces and happy people for that time of the morning and as usual
the behaviour and patience at the small boat ramp was much
What amazed me was the keenness of 23 anglers choosing to option up and back themselves against each other for a chance at a pay cheque. This goes to prove the Bass Electric guys a serious bunch of anglers out there for a good time as well as the competiveness this tournament provides. With this many anglers optioning up we were able to pay down to 5th place.
10.30am saw a few early people back at the ramp with no fish and hard luck stories and looked to be a hard bite. But as usual come 12.00pm a steady stream of anglers were bringing great bags of bass to the weigh in scales and with big smiles on their faces.
Taking out 1st place was Stuart France, (2/2, 1.90kg). That’s First twice in row at Clarrie Hall for Stuart and he’s hoping for a hat trick next time he goes back there. Stuart caught his fish working a steep bank about quarter way down from the start. He Saw some fish sitting below some bait about 10ft down in about 40ft of water casting distance from the lilies, got a few hits rolling out to the boat then it went quiet, till the sun was higher and the fish moved in closer to the edge and for about a half an hour window they went on the chew. Caught his two best and a few others later on. He ended up with five legals and two undersize. Fished the same bank all session.
Gear used – Daiwa Alphas spooled with 10lb Sunline Castaway and 8lb Sunline FC Rock leader. G Loomis 843 crankbait rod Lure-Jackall TN60 Brown dog (rattler)
Dave Trinder scored second place with two bass for 1.785kg.
3rd place goes to Brenton Smith (2/2, 1.715kg). All of Brento’s fish came from the top of the dam in the dirtier water, between the first and the third boom gates.
The tackle he used to cast his TN60 jackall in Brown dog was a Daiwa TM-Z top water tap dancer with a Daiwa Z2020; he had the reel switched on ‘longcast’ and was doing long casts ahead of the boat close to the shore; letting the lure hit the bottom and slow wind back with the occasional pause to keep in contact with the weed and the bottom. Most hits were coming after ripped out of the weed.
Also 6th of March was clean up Australia Day and thanks goes out to QFM for donating a subsciption to NSW fishing monthly for the person whom bought back the most rubbish from the Dam. Steve McLean earned that prize.
Thanks to all the sponsors for the prizes with out this support these great comps would not be possible .
Hope to see you all at the next one. Regards Australian Bass Association .
|Place||Angler||Fish||Weight||Big Bass||Option Payout||Prizes|
|40||1||Stewart France||2||1.900||1.030||$180||Pack + Badge|
|37||2||David Trinder||2||1.785||1.265||$120||Pack + Badge + Big Bass|
|34||3||Brenton Smith||2||1.715||Pack + Badge|
|31||4||Joseph Urquhart||2||1.585||$70||Pack + Badge|
|38||5||Alan Rooks||2||1.525||$50||Pack + Badge|