Mercury AFC Angler Matthew Mott claimed the sixth BASS Pro
win of his career with victory in the Lowrance Lake Boondooma BASS Pro, 18/19th June.
A lake still under the influence of the floods earlier in
the year Mott cracked a pattern when many anglers struggled to get a bite, with
the 40 year old Tackle Store Proprioter and Fishing Guide using a spinnerbait
and metal blade approach in the trees to catch his tournament winning fish.
Not to be overshadow was event runner-up Steve Eldred who
like Mott used a tandem lure approach to catch his fish, throwing a
combination of lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Victory though belonged to Mott with the Murgon resident
relying on a prefish pattern garnered leading into the tournament to establish
the winning technique.
“I was hurting after such a bad St Clair event two months
earlier so when I got back home I made a concerted effort to prefish Boondooma and
work them out”, explained Mott.
Not wanting to sting his fish in the prefish the day before
the tournament Mott simply motored around content to look for new water and
waiting for the first day of competition before he showed his hand.
Heading straight to his go-to spot he didn’t have to wait
long for a return, with the first fish coming within the first hour and his
limit completed by 8.30am. The technique that delivered the quick returns was
text book timber and dirty water fishing. Casting a 1/2oz IB coloured Smak
spinnerbait tight to the edge then work it back with a slow rolling retrieve
that kept the lure close to the bottom and in the strike zone.
The second fish for the morning was the standout, a 2.00kg
beast that went on to claim the Big Bass Prize for the event.
“I knew there were big fish about and the second fish just
proved it. Once I got him I stopped fishing so my non-boater could get his
limit and so I could save the fish for next session”, explained Mott.
Heading into the second session Mott had over a two kilo
lead over his nearest challenged but with the wind increasing in strength Mott
decided not to return to his honey hole and instead fish another spot that he believed
was more suited to the conditions.
“My first spot was pretty much blown out in the wind so I
decided to hit a location that fishes well in the afternoon and had been
producing fish in the lead-up to the tournament”, explained Mott.
A timber laden bay in the Stuart Arm of the lake, Mott
focused on a shallow area at the back that he effectionately refers to as the
Pig Pen. With the fish holding a little deeper in the wind Mott swapped from a
spinnerbait and threw a 3/8th ox Evergreen Little Max blade in
colour 217. The retrieve was simply, lift, hope and roll, and keep the lure in
close contact with the bottom. The approach was spot on with Mott catching
around ten fish for the session.
“Once I had my limit I really wanted to leave the fish
alone, but I knew if I left them that a heap of other boats would jump in and
hammer them, so I just stayed there and plugged away” explained Mott.
With 2.83kg hitting the scales for the session, Mott was on
track to complete one of his main goals for the weekend, a 6-out-of-6 limit.
Day two would prove a lot tougher with a host of boats
fishing the same area and making it hard to get the fish to bite.
“I was 1 ½ hours into the session and didn’t even have a
bite, so I pulled the pin and returned to my session one spot and then went
looking for new water”, explained Mott.
Mott was to find no joy though and he returned to the
weigh-in empty handed, disappointed that he’d missed getting his full limit for
the tournament but accepting that it was just part of tournament fishing.
Post victory Mott was open about the key aspects to his victory
and how he formulated his game plan leading into the tournament.
“I knew the bites would be hard to come by this weekend so I
upsized my tackle so I reduced the chance of losing any fish in the timber. I
also stuck to the technique and choice of tackle that I found worked best in
the lead up to the tournament. I didn’t change I just stuck with my gut
instinct”, explained Mott.
The choice of tackle for Mott included a G. Loomis BCR803GLX
rod, Daiwa Zillion HLC reel, spooled with 16lb Sunline Castaway PE and 16lb Sunline
V Hard fluorocarbon leader for his spinnerbaits. While his outfit for throwing
blades included a 7” Daiwa Heartland XA rod, 2500 Daiwa Certate reel, spooled
with 8lb Berkley Fireline Exceed mainline and 14lb Sunline V Hard fluorocarbon
The victory for Mott saw him past former BASS Pro gun John
Schofield for the most number of wins.
“It’s hard to win just one event so to have won six is
something that I’m very proud of”, explained Mott.
Mott now prepares himself for his trip to the US that he won at his 2009 BASS Pro Grand Final,
and once back he’ll be keen for a solid performance at the last qualifying
round of the series at Lake
“I’ve done well at Somerset
in the past so I’m eager to get another good result”, explained Mott.
For event runner-up Steve Eldred is was a tournament that
could have been quite different had he cracked the pattern earlier.
“I went straight to plan A in the first session and it
failed. Had I swapped to plan B earlier than session two then I may have
weighed fish each session”, explained Eldred.
The plan that worked for Eldred involved fishing a timber
strewn stretch of bank half way up the Stuart arm of the lake with dark
coloured lipless crankbaits and white coloured spinnerbaits. With his boat in
about 18-20 feet of water Eldred would cast up into the shallows (4-10 feet)
then work the lure back to the boat.
“The retrieve for both lures was nothing special. Cast it to
the edge, sink it to the bottom, then slow roll it back so the lure stayed in
touch with bottom”, explained Eldred.
Initially the bites were ever so slight, so wanting to make
the lure as appealing as possible he lathered up his lures with the new
crawfish scented Megastrike, and with good result.
“The hits went from the softest of touches to aggressive
hits”, explained Eldred.
The approach delivered Eldred four fish for session two and
his full limit in session three. Had he worked the fish out earlier he may have
had the fish needed to give Mott a run for his money.
Eldred’s choice of tackle included a Samurai Reaction 351 rod,
Daiwa Steez 103 reel, spooled with 14lb Unitika
PE and 11lb Unitika fluorocarbon
Claiming the non-boater title at the event was 41 year old Loganholme
Maintance Fitter Ken Brider. Fishing his first BASS Pro event for the season
Brider showed his skills hadn’t faded during his quiet time with the Brisbane basser winning
the event by nearly half a kilogram over his nearest rival.
Fishing with Mark Lennox on
day one and Aaron Mogg on day two Brider fished to the dirty water conditions,
slowing rolling rattling crankbaits out from the flooded edges.
Fishing in the Stuart arm of the lake Brider had his boat in
15-20 feet of water then cast up in shallows, working his lure back slow and
keeping it as close to the bottom as possible.
“There was no real pattern as to where the fish would come
from. Two of them ate the lure half way back to the boat and the other ate it
next to a tree. So you needed to make sure you stay focused and worked the lure
through the whole retrieve”, explained Brider.
The lures that did the damage were a deep diving Jackall
Chubby in clear shrimp colour and a Lucky Craft Clutch in colour 270. The
remainder of his tackle included a 7’ Strudwick spin rod, 1500 Daiwa Capricorn
reel, spooled with 3lb Fireline and 6lb fluorocarbon leader.
With a spot in the Boondooma BASS Pro Grand Final part of
his rewards for the event win Brider will be keen to return in September to the
scene of his victory and continue the good form that he’s found in the back end
of the season.
For all other anglers attention now turns to the 4th and final qualifying round of the series, the TT Lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro,
20-21st August. The last chance for anglers to qualify for the Grand
Final it will also decided the 2011 Skeeter Boast BASS Pro Angler of the Year.
With Carl Jocumsen stateside and not in contention to defend
his AOY title this year the race will be wide open to see who claims the crown.
Make sure you visit www.australianbass.com.au to see all the results and find out who qualifies for the Skeeter BASS Pro
|ABT BASS Pro Series: Lowrance Lake Boondoooma
BASS Pro Boater Results
|1||Matthew MOTT||QLD||2||3.25||2||2.83||4||6.08||$3100 + $500 Big Bass|
|3||Callum MUNRO||Qld||2||2.03||2||2.03||$1100 + $350 (1st
Pro) + $500 Club
|17||Matthew ANDERSON||NSW||1||0.73||1||0.73||$150 (2nd Pro)|
BASS Pro Series: Lowrance Lake Boondoooma BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
|1||Ken BRIDER||QLD||2||1.63||1||0.89||3||2.52||G.Loomis GLX
CBR853C-1 rod, Prize Pack
|2||Tom REYNOLDS||Qld||1||2.04||1||2.04||G.Loomis Popping rod,
|3||Gary MCCABE||QLD||1||0.77||1||1.18||2||1.95||Spotters Sunglasses,