The inaugural Hobie BASS Kayak was a close-fought affair, with Robert Cooke winning a tied-up event on countback. Both Rob and Paul McClymont landed a 2-bass limit measuring 71cm. Both landed a 40cm and a 31cm fork-length bass. They had to be separated by time of capture, with Rob’s 40cm fish landed at 8.30 and Paul’s after 11am.
Rob, a 53 year old local from nearby Cootharaba, had never fished the lake before, but used an Evergreen Little Max (1/4oz in purple) to great effect, catching the two legal fish and two, sub-30cm fish in the session where many others struggled.
Catching bass at both Bass Bay and The Three Ways, Cooke ripped the blade through the weeds and got reaction bites as the lure tore free.
He fished the metal bait on a 7″ G Loomis rod built on a Slate blank with a Shimano Sustain 1000 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline Exceed and a 12lb FC Rock leader.
Chuffed to win the inaugural BASS Kayak event, Cooke commented that it was a thrill to do so well after recovering from a recent illness. The cash and prizes wouldn’t have hurt, either.
Interested BASS Kayakers can also fish an event at Clarrie Hall Dam on June 26. See www.australianbass.com.au for more details – you’ll need a kayak and a camera!
|Place||Angler||Fish 1||Fish 2||Total||Big||Payout|
|4||Dean Boyce||29||29||Prize Pack|
|5||Phul Pluis||27||27||Prize Pack|
|6||Denis Shaw||21||21||Hobie Prizes|
|7||Dave Manger||0||Hobie Prizes|
|8||Michael Robinson||0||Hobie Prizes|
|9||Peter Woods||0||Hobie Prizes|
|10||Steven Riding||0||Hobie Prizes|
|11||Lee Evans||0||Hobie Prizes|
|12||Lawrence Pearce||0||Hobie Prizes|
|13||James Melville||0||Hobie Prizes|