Mendooran Mates Dominate BASS Kayakers at Clarrie Hall

Two mates from Mendooran, NSW, travelled a long way to outclass the
19-strong angler field at the Clarrie Hall BASS Kayak round, sponsored
by Hobie Kayaks. Dean Boyce (1st) and Bernard Austin (2nd) travelled to
the stretch of lake near the dam wall to secure multiple bass and
ultimately the victory in an event with a scoreboard as close as can be.

With only 5cm of fish separating 1st from 6th place, the Mendooran men established a solid game plan the day before the event and executed it perfectly.

Dean fished an 1/8 oz AusSpin Rev Head loaded with a 3” Berkley Gulp! Jigging Grub in Banana Prawn colour to the edges in areas with relatively bare banks.

“In the morning, we’d cast right in close and get the bites close to the bank, but as the day wore on, the fish slid deeper and we were getting bit in around 5 metres of water,” Bernard said.

Dean explained that they’d throw the baits into gaps in the weed and slow roll the lures back to the boat.

Dean used a Native Ultimate 12 Propel kayak, while Bernard angled from a Hobie Outback.

Place Angler Fish 1 Fish 2 Length Payout
1 Dean Boyce 38 37 75 $250 + Hobie Product + Unitika Line + Berkley Lure + Atomic
Hook Prize Pack
2 Bernard Austin 37 37 74 $150 + Hobie  Product +
Unitika Line +Berkley Lure + Atomic Hook Prize Pack
3 Paul McClymont 37 36 73 $100 +  Hobie Product +
Unitika Line + Berkley Lure + Atomic Hook Prize Pack
4 Peter Woods 37 36 73 $100 +  Hobie Product +
Unitika Line + Berkley Lure + Atomic Hook Prize Pack
5 Ben Kelly 36 36 72 Berkley Lure + Atomic Hook Prize Pack
6 Warren Cossell 37 34 71 Boss Hog Prize Pack
7 Toni Potter 36 33 69
8 Denis Shaw 34 33 67
9 Justin Willmer 36 27 63
10 Lawrence Pearce 36 36
11 David Solano 36 36  
12 Steve Riding 35 35
13 Pete Bostock 34 34 Lowrance Endura Out and Back GPS unit (Lucky Draw)
14 Al Britcliffe 33 33
15 Scott Sandilands 31 31
16 Brad Lambert 26 26