Morgan Marvels on Scenic St Clair

Under a backdrop of cloud caped mountains, 67 boats and 131 anglers headed off in pursuit of their quarry and a possible full tournament limit. One angler though shone through in the inclement conditions, compiling a 6/6, 8.41kg, tournament limit to secure victory and the number one spot on the podium.

For Jay Morgan, the 25 year old Tackle Store Manager from Brisbane it was his first win in a BASS Pro event, with his 6/6, 8.41kg tournament limit providing him with the perfect start to his 2005 BASS tournament season, and the rest easy contentment that comes with qualifying for the Grand Final so early in the season.

Snapping close at Morgan’s heals was last year’s Grand Final winner, and event runner up David Green, who compiled a 6/6, 7.31kg tournament limit, to secure second place and the $1500 prize cheque that accompanies it.

Victory though belonged to Morgan, who spent his tournament time fishing the lower reaches of the waterway, targeting schooled and scattered fish located in one of the expansive bays on the eastern side of the dam.

Focusing his attention on areas that varied in depth from 40- 45 feet deep, Morgan pinpointed fish with his sounder, identifying showings that ranged from small pods of scattered fish, to larger active schools.

Once located, Morgan would present his jighead rigged soft plastic to fish, free falling it past the fish before retrieving it back past them with a slow rolling retrieve. The exact position in the water column varying with the position of the fish, that ranged from either right on the bottom, to suspended on the thermocline at around 25 feet.

“For the fish on the bottom it was simple, I’d drop the plastic to the bottom, slow roll is back through the fish, maybe ten turns of the reel past where they were, then drop it back down and do it again”, Morgan explained.

The simplistic, yet hugely successful approach paid dividends, generating for Morgan a 2.61kg limit in session one, a 3.3kg second session limit , and 2.5kg lead consolidating limit in the all important third and final session.

While many anglers used soft plastic throughout the tournament it was perhaps Morgan’s choice of brand, model and colour that played and important role in his success and subsequent victory.

With Ecogear his choice of brand, Morgan found the most success model to be the medium sized Grass Minnow, with the stand out colour being colour code 111. Silver topped and red bottomed in colour, he rigged it on ½ oz TT 4/0 Light Wire jighead, that was sweetened in its appeal with the application of garlic Slim It.

Morgan’s rod and reel outfit included a 7’ Pflueger Trion rod, matched to a Pflueger Medallist 035 reel, spooled with 6lb fluro green Fireline and finished of with 10lb Yamatoyo flurocarbon leader.

The prominence of deep water caught fish throughout the tournament provided Morgan with his share of worrying moments, with the faltering state of his 3.3kg second session limit, and the terrifying thought of them not surviving until the end of the session, seeing him return to the weigh-in site two hours early.

Event runner up David Green showed equally prowess in the effectiveness of soft plastics on the deep water St Clair bass. Also targeting schooled and scattered fish, Green fished within site of the boat ramp focusing on areas up to 60 feet deep, where he presented soft plastics to suspended bass holding at around 20 -35 feet.

Largely identifying single and small groups of fish, Green more often than not opted for a vertical presentation. Feeding the lure down the transducer beam Green would count the lure down and past the fish, before slow rolling it back through the fish in the hope of inducing a strike.

Like Morgan, Green also used Ecogear soft plastics to compile his limit each session, opting instead for a 3” Power Shad in Rainbow Trout colour. Used to great effect, he rigged them on ½ and 5/8 oz Nitro Jigheads, and presented them with a rod and reel outfit comprised of an Angler Stealth DCX 841, 7’, 1-2kg, rod, matched to a Team Daiwa Advantage 1500 reel, loaded with 6lb fluro green Fireline, and finished off with 10lb Yamatoyo flurocarbon leader.

When quizzed post event Green attested much of his success to applying the principle of not staying to long in one place and not persevering to long with an unproductive technique.

“I’ve done this in the past and it’s been to my detriment”, Green explained. “I stuck strongly to this approach in last years Grand Final and it paid off. I did the same thing again this weekend and I got the result I was after, so I’m pretty happy”, he further added.

While the event saw a host of impressive fish delivered to the weighmaster’s scales one fish clearly stood out. Easily claiming the Daiwa Big Bass title, Danny Robinson’s 2.70kg specimen had the gathered crowd gasping in awe. Providing Robinson with a Team Daiwa Advantage 150 H baitcaster reel and $500, it was due reward for a great fish.

The Yamaha BASS Pro Series continues on its tour of the east coast travelling to Lake Glenbawn (30th April – 1st May) for the second qualifying round of the year. For more information visit www.australianbass.com.au or phone Simon Goldsmith (07) 3268 3992 (b/h), 0427 32 64 64 (b/h).

Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW
1 Jay MORGAN QLD 2 2.61 2 3.3 2 2.5 6 8.41
2 David GREEN QLD 2 2.19 2 2.71 2 2.43 6 7.33
3 Wayne PARRY NSW 2 2.33 2 1.72 2 3.23 6 7.28
4 Carl JOCUMSEN QLD 2 1.43 2 2.5 2 3.04 6 6.97
5 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 1.99 2 2.48 2 2.5 6 6.97
6 Stephen ALMOND NSW 2 2.47 2 2.12 2 2.33 6 6.92
7 Matthew MOTT QLD 2 2.11 2 2 2 2.75 6 6.86
8 Mark PERTOT QLD 2 2.04 2 2.14 2 2.31 6 6.49
9 John SCHOFIELD QLD 2 1.77 2 2.16 2 1.84 6 5.77
10 Jami KANOWSKI QLD 2 2.13 2 2.04 2 1.49 6 5.66
11 Dan RYAN QLD 1 0.75 2 2.27 2 2.16 5 5.18
12 Mark MANGOLD NSW 2 1.11 2 1.69 2 2.23 6 5.03
13 Scott MCKENZIE QLD 2 2.26 1 0.41 2 2.19 5 4.86
14 Nicole JOVANOVIC Qld 2 2.19 1 0.9 1 1.76 4 4.85
15 Rick COLLIER NSW 2 1.56 2 2.28 1 0.92 5 4.76
16 Glen CASEY NSW 1 0.62 2 2.41 2 1.73 5 4.76
17 Bob TOWN QLD 1 0.88 2 1.72 2 2.15 5 4.75
18 Tim MORGAN QLD 2 1.91 1 0.96 2 1.85 5 4.72
19 Max FROST NSW 2 2.44 2 2.17 4 4.61
20 Danny ROBINSON NSW 1 2.7 0 -0.25 2 2.01 3 4.46
21 Steven MCDONALD NSW 2 2.21 2 2.22 4 4.43
22 Harry WATSON QLD 2 2.19 2 1.54 1 0.65 5 4.38
23 Andrew ROBINSON NSW 2 2.2 2 2.06 4 4.26
24 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 2 1.76 2 2.49 4 4.25
25 Peter KEIDGE QLD 2 2.17 2 2.07 4 4.24
26 Jamie HARDMAN NSW 1 0.55 2 1.6 2 2.04 5 4.19
27 Barry JACKSON QLD 2 2.13 1 0.98 1 1.08 4 4.19
28 Ian BLACK QLD 2 2.61 1 1.57 3 4.18
29 Michael KAMINSKI NSW 2 1.97 1 1.04 1 1.15 4 4.16
30 Dave ROBINSON QLD 2 2.62 2 1.53 4 4.15
31 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 2 1.9 2 2.24 4 4.14
32 Plinio TAURIAN NSW 2 1.86 2 2.28 4 4.14
33 Craig SIMMONS QLD 1 0.75 1 1.07 2 2.31 4 4.13
34 Gary HARDMAN NSW 2 3.3 1 0.82 3 4.12
35 Peter ROBINSON NSW 2 2.13 2 1.88 4 4.01
36 Phillip MERRICK NSW 2 1.21 2 1.67 2 1.13 6 4.01
37 Brenton KELLY NSW 2 2.84 1 1.05 3 3.89
38 Alan MCNAMARA NSW 2 1.56 2 2.33 4 3.89
39 Jeff BRUNSDON NSW 2 1.42 2 1.64 1 0.78 5 3.84
40 Brett YOUNG NSW 2 2.08 2 1.72 4 3.8
41 Jorg VAN HUSEN NSW 1 1.4 1 1.07 1 1.13 3 3.6
42 Brad SMITH NSW 2 1.5 2 2.08 4 3.58
43 Lance SULKOWSKI NSW 2 1.88 2 1.7 4 3.58
44 Mal FAVAGER QLD 2 1.85 1 0.64 2 1.09 5 3.58
45 Chris SHADLOW NSW 1 0.73 2 2.81 3 3.54
46 Keith MIDDLETON NSW 2 1.95 2 1.58 4 3.53
47 Joe CRUST NSW 1 0.52 1 1.1 2 1.86 4 3.48
48 Justin SCOTT NSW 1 0.86 2 1.67 1 0.9 4 3.43
49 Natalie GRIMA NSW 2 1.39 2 1.95 4 3.34
50 Andrew PULBROOK NSW 1 0.98 1 1.16 1 1.18 3 3.32
51 Kerry SYMES QLD 2 2.38 1 0.91 3 3.29
52 Greg BEATTY NSW 1 1.17 2 2.11 3 3.28
53 Dean EDWARDS NSW 2 1.64 2 1.6 4 3.24
54 Malcolm John MILLER NSW 2 2.09 1 1.13 3 3.22
55 Michael COLLINS NSW 2 1.18 1 1.2 1 0.76 4 3.14
56 Scott PETERS NSW 1 0.87 2 2.24 3 3.11
57 Ross MURRAY Qld 1 1.2 2 1.91 3 3.11
58 Jason WEARE QLD 2 1.83 2 1.24 4 3.07
59 Dom LIEB NSW 2 2.39 1 0.67 3 3.06
60 Tony EVANS QLD 1 1.01 2 1.98 3 2.99
61 Zach KRONK QLD 2 1.69 2 1.25 4 2.94
62 Michael ROBERTS NSW 2 2.47 1 0.46 3 2.93
63 Brent POWER NSW 1 0.74 2 2.14 3 2.88
64 Jon FOOTE NSW 1 0.84 1 2.02 2 2.86
65 Barry OXFORD QLD 2 1.72 1 1.12 3 2.84
66 Peter BOUGHTON NSW 1 1.08 2 1.69 3 2.77
67 Luke GOODWORTH NSW 1 0.72 2 2.02 3 2.74
68 Peter DENHARTOG NSW 1 0.65 2 2.02 3 2.67
69 Jason JOVANOVIC QLD 2 1.81 1 0.84 3 2.65
70 Dale MULLINS QLD 2 2.63 2 2.63
71 Jayson DEFORREST-HADDLETON NSW 1 0.85 2 1.59 3 2.44
72 David MCLEAN NSW 1 1.65 1 0.77 2 2.42
73 Glen STEWART NSW 1 1.23 1 1.08 2 2.31
74 Neil SCOTT NSW 2 2.19 2 2.19
75 Vincent GAVIN NSW 2 2.06 2 2.06
76 Ricky TURNER NSW 1 0.83 1 1.19 2 2.02
77 Russell LEONARD NSW 2 2 2 2
78 Wil WAGNER NSW 1 0.79 1 1.21 2 2
79 Chris KNEIPP NSW 1 0.69 2 1.29 3 1.98
80 Chris ABBOTT QLD 1 0.63 1 1.3 2 1.93
81 David YOUNG QLD 1 0.66 2 1.23 3 1.89
82 Tony PRIESTLEY NSW 2 1.88 2 1.88
83 Paul GOGARTY NSW 1 0.78 1 1.06 2 1.84
84 Alan LOFTUS NSW 1 0.81 1 1.02 2 1.83
85 Ian OUTZEN NSW 2 1.76 2 1.76
86 Mark GOGARTY NSW 1 0.55 1 1.16 2 1.71
87 Peter MORGAN QLD 2 1.7 2 1.7
88 Vicki WINTER NSW 2 1.69 2 1.69
89 Aaron HORNE NSW 2 1.59 2 1.59
90 Mick BUTCHER NSW 2 1.57 2 1.57
91 Andrew LOW NSW 1 1.53 1 1.53
92 Scott TOWNER NSW 1 0.7 1 0.81 2 1.51
93 Christian SERNE NSW 1 1.44 1 1.44
94 Todd YOUNG NSW 2 1.48 -0.15 2 1.33
95 Peter JENKINS NSW 2 1.26 2 1.26
96 Mark COLLINS NSW 1 1.26 1 1.26
97 Mike CREIGHTON QLD 2 1.25 2 1.25
98 Tadashi NISHIKURA NSW 2 1.24 2 1.24
99 Aaron BRADFORD NSW 2 1.23 2 1.23
100 Gerard BARTON NSW 1 1.16 1 1.16
101 Ron SCOTT NSW 1 1.13 1 1.13
102 Craig FORBES NSW 1 0.6 1 0.51 2 1.11
103 Garry MEE NSW 1 1.06 1 1.06
104 Matt ANDERSON NSW 1 1.02 1 1.02
105 Peter PHELPS NSW 1 0.97 1 0.97
106 Thomas COOKE NSW 1 0.88 1 0.88
107 Andrew COWLING NSW 1 0.87 1 0.87
108 Gus DUNN NSW 1 0.86 1 0.86
109 Greg PARKES NSW 1 0.79 1 0.79
110 Mark CUTLER NSW 1 0.74 1 0.74
111 Steven BECHLY QLD 1 0.65 1 0.65
112 Mick ELSLEY NSW 1 0.58 1 0.58
113 Adrian KAMPF QLD 1 0.58 1 0.58
114 Darryl ARMFIELD NSW 1 0.56 1 0.56