On a relatively warm July morning with very little breeze 32 boats with 42 anglers on board headed in all directions at the sound of the starting hooter. There was a early bite for some but then the wind got up and shut down the bite, a couple of hours later the wind abated and the fish come back on the chew.
First place went to local Sunshine Coast angler Matthew Smith (a previous Lake Macdonald electric winner) who (with trusted side kick Muttley the wonder dog in the boat) didn’t get a hit for the first four hours so with nothing to lose he reverted back to his local knowledge as to where the fish might be, a hour later delivering a winning bag of 2.590kgs including big bass of 1.670kgs. He used a variety of lures including 1/4oz blades, jackalls and mini-spinnerbaits.
Second place went to Ian Galloway. Ian caught his fish (2.430kgs)
early casting a 67mm suspending Squirel to the weed edge near airport
corner then slow winding it back to the boat including twitches and
pauses in his retrive.
Third placed Andrew Baunach caught his 2.365kg bag of bass using mainly a TN60 jackall casting it to the weed in Bass Bay.
Forth was another local angler Steven Otto he weighed in 2 healthy Lake Macdonald bass for 2.300kgs.
Fifth place was Shane Anderson another previous Lake Macdonald winner
and regular placer getter he just piped Barry Oxford by 5 grams with
his 2.205kgs !
A special mention to young Lacklan Devlin (who turns 15 years old on
Tuesday) as the hooter sounded to start the comp his bow mounted
electric motor decided not to work so his father raced home to get a
old bow mount motor this would of disrupted some more experienced
anglers BUT Lacklan (with the motor now bolted on the back of the boat) moved 50 mteres away from the boat ramp, started casting and on his
5th cast put a great 400mm Fork length bass in the well, 20 metres
future down the bank another hook-up and a 330mm fish in the livewell !
ending up 8th for the day and qualifing for the convention with his
first ever bass event entered!
All up 51 bass were caught by 30 anglers.
A special thanks to Lake Macdonald stocking group president Jim Park
for cooking the sausages and onion and to his son Troy for helping me
out with the paperwork and scoring during the weigh-in. Also to Dennis
Shaw thanks for bringing up and returning the scales, prizes and kit.
Goodluck to all in the upcoming bass electric convention at Borumba Dam.