Baden Sparrow, 4/6, 5.83kg, took out the TT lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro, August 20th-21st. Fishing near Cemetery Point, Sparrow compiled an impressive session one tournament limit and was never headed. Whilst being unable to find his full tournament limits in the remaining two sessions Sparrow still bettered his nearest competitor by 460 grams. Click through for results.
“In the prefish I found
good concentrations of big fish in my location, a 30 foot flats area. I used a
Nilsmaster Ice jig and had three fish fairly quickly, so it was an easy
decision to return to the location come Saturday”.
“I headed to my location
first thing and sounded around the area. There was plenty of activity which is
always a good sign. I had a little bass early (32m), but the larger fish were
actually patrolling the edges of the schooling fish. Once I moved to the edges
of the schooling fish the larger fish started biting, including my big fish of
2.5kg. The lure doing the damage was a medium size green and white Nilsmaster
ice jig. Later in the session this lure was changed to a soft plastic, a
Keitech fat swing impact in hasu colour rigged on a green 3/8th oz
“The action with the ice
jig, once on the bottom, was a subtle lift. The bites would come as the jig
fluttered back to the bottom. Basically you would go to lift the lure again and
there would be weight at the other end. The plastic retrieve was a slow roll.
The plastic was receiving lots of hits and fouling so I slightly changed how
the plastic was rigged and was rewarded straight away with four consecutive
fish. In all around 15 legal bass were caught throughout the session”.
“In session two I headed
back to my location. The fish weren’t as active and the spot was coming under
more pressure. I secured a single bass of 620 grams and left the spot hoping
that it would replenish overnight and would still produce on the final day”.
“Day two saw the bite
become tougher. The fish weren’t as active and it was a matter of mixing up my
retrieves to try and attract interest. Eventually after and hour and a half of
the session had passed I caught a bass (830 grams) on the ice jig. In the end
it was enough to take out the win”.
“A big thanks to
everybody especially my family and my sponsors Angler Rods and Keitech soft
plastics. I am excited about returning to Boondooma for the BASS Pro Grand
Final and hopefully finding some big fish willing to bite”.
Sparrow’s ice jig outfit
consisted of a 6’6″ Angler rod teamed with a Shimano Calcutta CT50 reel spooled
with 4lb Platypus super braid and 8lb Sunline Rock FC leader. For plastics
Sparrow used a 7′ Angler stealth elite rod teamed with a Shimano Stradic CI4
1000 reel spooled with 2lb Platypus
super braid and 6lb Sunline Rock FC leader.
Jason Shepherdson, 5/6,
5.37kg, took out second place in the boater division. Shepherdson targeted
Wyangy Creek and rocky banks at The Spit to find his fish.
“In session one I
initially headed to Bay 13, but was unable to find any fish. I then went to
Wyangy Creek where I targeted the edges with a Bassman 5/8th oz
spinnerbait in colour 29.I was fishing in 34 feet of water casting towards the
bank into around15 feet. The retrieve was a slow roll. There were dead trees in
the water and the key was to get the spinnerbait to come over the trees and
then fall back into deeper water. In the end I caught one fish for the
“In session two I headed
back to Wyangy Creek but couldn’t find any fish. I then traveled to Red Rock
where I targeted schooling fish. Using a Smak ice jig in purple colour I was
able to catch one fish. The technique was small lifts followed by a pause.
After about three hours I headed to The Spit where I targeted rocky banks using
the Bassman spinnerbait used in session one. This resulted in my second fish. A
further three fish followed but none were upgrades”.
“In session three I
headed back to Red Rock where I found fish, hooked them but was unable to land
any. I went back to The Spit and used the Smak ice jig in between 20 to 24 feet
of water. The fish were smaller schooled fish that were holding tight to
structure at 20 feet, so it was a matter of staying in the zone till the bites
consisted of a 7’4″ Barrabass spin stick XFB 843 10-17lb rod from Brad Clark
teamed with a Shimano twin power 2500 reel spooled with 10lb Castaway braid and
7lb Sunline Vhard leader.
“Looking at the remaining
events in 2011 I am focusing on the BASS Megabucks and BASS Grand Final. I’m
looking forward to Boondooma and the chance to compete against the class of
David McDonald, 6/6,
6.93kg, took out the non-boater division. Fishing with Steve Kanowski on day
one and Baden Sparrow on day two, McDonald produced quality fish each session
to secure the win 1.33kg ahead of the nearest competitor.
“On day one we started on
the edges but didn’t find any fish. We then went to a location near Cemetery
Point where we found schooled fish in 28-30 feet of water. Using a red and
black 6.5 gram Jackall ice jig I was able to secure my two fish for the session.
The technique was to drop the ice jig to the bottom and then with slack line
out lift the lure with big jerks. The bites, more often than not, came as the
lure would flutter back to the bottom. You would lift the rod and the weight
would register. In all I landed 15 fish in the session”.
“In session two we headed
back to Cemetery Point. I had my two fish within 15-20 minutes. The fish were
active for around one and a half hours before scattering. Again I landed around
15 fish for the session”.
“On day two I was paired
with Baden Sparrow. For the first hour and a half it was very quiet. Eventually
the bites came and using the same lure and technique as previous sessions I was
able to secure two good fish”.
consisted of a 7′ G. Loomis baitcaster rod teamed with a Shimano core 50 reel
spooled with 10lb Sunline super PE braid and 11lb Unitika FC leader.
“I want to thank both my
boaters. I had a great time and they put me tight amongst the fish each
session. I am very keen on fishing the Grand Final. Hopefully I can catch some
good fish and give a good account of myself”.
Joshua Evans secured the
event Big Bass and in the process took out sixth place in the non-boater
division. In the first session Evans produced two fish for a 4.18kg total. Most
astonishing was the largest fish in the bag, a bass of 3.53kg, which dwarfed
the smaller companion. This bass went on to secure Evans the Big Bass for the
tournament and in the process rewrite the ABT record books as the largest bass
caught in an ABT tournament.
“On day one I was paired
with Gavin Sticklen. We were fishing off Poly Point in around 30 feet of water.
The lure I was using was a Smak ice jig in bar grunter colour. The retrieve was
short, sharp 1 foot lifts off the bottom”.
“The hit came as the lure
was dropping back to the bottom. Initially I thought it was a snag and then the
fish realised it was hooked. The fight was hectic with the fish making things
difficult by running around and under the back of the boat numerous times. I
was taking it easy to ensure the hooks remained in the fish. The fish was
making solid runs but with no headshakes. I had it called for another species
but eventually saw a silver flash and realised it was a big bass! The fight
carried on for around five minutes until finally we got it in the net. To put
it in perspective I was still shaking hours later, it was an excitement
The 3.53kg bass bettered
the previous mark of 3.37kg caught by Tony Evans (no relation) at the same
venue in 2004.
The TT Lures Lake
Somerset BASS Pro was the last remaining qualifying event for 2011. The results
ultimately determined the overall 2011 BASS angler of the year. Congratulations
to Matthew Mott for securing the prestigious 2011 BASS AOY title.
ABT now looks to the
season ending Skeeter BASS Pro Grand Final, Lake Boondooma,
QLD, on September 24th-25th. Congratulations to all the
anglers who qualified and we look forward to crowning the 2011 Grand Final
winner. For more information check out www.australianbass.com.au or contact ABT on (07)3387 0888 (B/H).
|BASS Pro: TT Lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro Boater
|3||Steven OTTO||QLD||1||0.71||2||2.67||2||1.69||5||5.07||$1250 + $500 Club
|7||Ian WRATTEN||NSW||1||0.7||2||3.75||3||4.45||$800 + Flowrite prize
|13||Matthew ANDERSON||NSW||2||1.62||2||1.24||4||2.86||$400 + $300 1st PRO|
|BASS Pro: TT Lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro Non-Boater
|1||David MCDONALD||QLD||2||1.94||2||2.71||2||2.28||6||6.93||G. Loomis SJR 782
6’6″ GLX rod, Prize Pack
|2||Luke PARSONS||NSW||2||2.08||2||2.1||1||1.42||5||5.6||G. Loomis PR8400S 7′
IMX rod, Prize Pack
|3||Dylan MOTT||QLD||2||1.56||1||0.69||2||2.83||5||5.08||Spotters Sunglasses,
|4||Stephen NOBLE||QLD||2||1.13||2||1.73||2||1.84||6||4.7||Ugly Fish Sungasses,
|6||Joshua EVANS||2||4.18||2||4.18||PrizePack + $500 Big
Bass (3.53kg) + Flowrite Prize (Day one)