Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Convention Story & Results

Freddie Sawyer (4/4, 4.41kg) claimed top honours in the 2011 Blue Fin Boats BASS Electric Series with victory in the Lake Borumba Convention. Borumba Creek proved to be a happy hunting ground for Sawyer, providing a good number of quality fish during the first session and an all important fish in the final session.

Read more for all the results.

“In session one I headed to a flat at Borumba Creek. This
area had been identified during the prefish and I was confident it would
produce during the tournament. Sitting in around 32 feet of water I was casting
back into 17-18 feet deep. Bites were coming in around 24-25 feet of water”.

 
“The lure was a smoke yellow core Slider rigged on a 3/8th oz Nitro jighead. The technique was to let the lure sink to the bottom, slow
roll the retrieve for a couple of turns then open the bail arm to let the lure
sink to the bottom again. I would then pause the lure for a couple of seconds
before repeating the process. The bites were coming after the pause as the lure
slowly swum off the bottom”.

 
“In session one the bites came almost immediately. The bite
window lasted around 70-80 minutes in which time around 18 legal fish hit the
deck. Importantly the quality of the fish was good, with most if not all being
over legal size. Over the remainder of the session there were a number of
smaller fish, but no upgrades to my best two bass”.

 
“In session two I headed back to Borumba Creek. Our boat was
one of the first at the location, which was lucky as the fish weren’t as active
as during the first session. Apart from the first ten minutes, the bite window quickly
shut down and the decision was made to move. Fortunately in the brief window of
opportunity I was able to catch my first fish before making the call to move
location”.

 
“The move was made to a junction at the start of the timber.
Sitting on flats in 34 feet of water I was working hard to find fish. I was
confident of finding fish, but it was hard going. I eventually caught my second
fish and was very relieved when it hit the deck. Overall the fishing was tough.
Looking back I think I was fairly lucky to have found my second fish that day.
The wind was difficult to handle at times. In the end we tied off to a tree
rather than fight to hold position. Going into day two I didn’t feel that I
could overcome the day one deficit, but you keep on fighting away. In the end
you are only one good session away from potentially taking top honours”.

 
Sawyers outfit consisted of a 7″ Barrabass custom rod teamed
with a Shimano fireblood 1000 reel spooled with 3lb Berkley fireline in crystal colour and 6lb
Yamatoyo VHard leader.

 
“Setting up my new Blue Fin 3.7m Jon Boat, and MotorGuide
Wireless Bowmount Electric Motor has been very exciting. I am looking forward
to getting it into competition in 2012 and potentially challenging for the
title again”.

Ricky Simmons (4/4, 4.22kg), a session winner at the 2010 electric
convention, showed his tenaciousness with a hard fought second place. Fishing a
junction of the old riverbed and timber in session one and Borumba Creek on day
two, Simmons found the fish to move from a share of seventh on day one to
second place overall.

 
“I started fishing at a location where the edge of the old
riverbed meets the timber. On my second cast I had my first fish. As the
session wore on I moved slowly back down the dam hitting other key locations.
The wind had started to get stronger, facilitating a change to a heavier ½ oz
jighead. Off a row of timber, around thirty yards, fishing in 20-25 feet deep,
I caught my second fish. I did manage a third fish for the session, but it
wasn’t an upgrade”.

 
“The lure I was using was a 2.8″ Keitech paddletail rigged
on a 7g Pimp My Lure (PML) jighead. The technique was to let the lure sink to
the bottom before a slow wind then a pause to let the lure sink back to the
bottom. The bites generally came after a pause, about halfway back to the boat.
The 25 foot depth was the key area with most of my bites coming in that
vicinity. The sounder proved invaluable for finding active fish and staying in
the zone”.

 
“In session two I headed to a spot I had prefished at
Borumba Creek. I was one of the first boats there and quickly boated a quality
fish (37cm). Other anglers eventually arrived and the fishing slowed. Thirty
minutes later I caught my second fish. As the bites stopped I again made a move
down the dam. I caught another fish for the session, but it wasn’t an upgrade”.

 
“I was confident in what I had done. I knew other anglers
had caught fish. When all the scores were finalised I felt fantastic. Having
tasted success in 2010 and then repeated it again this year was special.
Overall it was a great weekend, one I won’t forget in a hurry”.

 
Simmons outfit consisted of a G. Loomis PR 840s rod teamed
with a Daiwa Caldia 2500 reel spooled with 4lb Berkley fireline in crystal colour and 6lb
Sunline VHard leader.

 
“A big thanks to all those involved in making this event
possible. A huge thanks to Blue Fin boats for their generous sponsorship of the
series and especially to Parsun electric motors for their individual support”.

 
Multiple activities tested anglers over the two days of the
tournament with a trivia quiz, and casting competition (winner; Joseph
Urquhart) adding to the anglers’ challenge. Mark Petersen was the lucky recipient
of the random drawn Blue Fin/MotorGuide package. Petersen was overwhelmed by
the win and looked forward to sharing the boat with his family.

 
Thank you to all the competitors and sponsors who made the
2011 Blue Fin BASS Electric series possible. Check out the Tournament Angler
Guide (TAG) in early 2012 for upcoming event dates and locations or www.australianbass.com.au for more
information.
 
 

Place Angler State Status F1 W1 F2 W2 TF TW Payout Pro Cash
1 Freddie Sawyer Qld Pro 2 1.85 2 2.56 4 4.41 Blue Fin Boats 3.7 Jon Boat, MotorGuide Wireless Bowmount Electric Motor $360
2 Ricky Simmons QLD Pro 2 1.82 2 2.4 4 4.22 Blue Fin Boats 3.7 Jon Boat, MotorGuide Varimax Transom Electric Motor $240
3 Matt Johnson Qld Pro 2 2.9 1 1.04 3 3.94 Engel Fridge/Freezer $160
4 Steve Otto QLD Pro 1 0.47 2 3.43 3 3.9 G.Loomis Rod $120
5 Adrian Wilson QLD Pro 2 2.55 1 0.97 3 3.52 Spotters Sunglasses $100
6 Roy Souter QLD Pro 2 1.82 2 1.16 4 2.98 Spotters Sunglasses $80
7 Paul Fleming QLD n/a 1 1.18 2 1.66 3 2.84 Prize Pack  
8 Corey Kerr Qld Pro 2 1.83 2 0.93 4 2.76 Prize Pack $60
9 Dave Trinder NSW Pro 2 1.25 2 1.35 4 2.6 Prize Pack  
10 Joseph Urquhart NSW Pro 2 2.56     2 2.56 Prize Pack  
11 David West QLD n/a 2 2.43     2 2.43    
12 Barry Oxford QLD Pro 1 0.71 2 1.54 3 2.25    
13 Brenton Smith NSW Pro 1 0.61 2 1.55 3 2.16    
14 Dave Magner Qld n/a 1 1.11 1 0.99 2 2.1    
15 Paul Gillespie NSW Pro 1 0.84 1 1.06 2 1.9    
16 Steve Noble Qld n/a 2 1.72     2 1.72    
17 Callum Munro Qld Pro     2 1.49 2 1.49    
18 Stuart France Qld Pro     1 1.19 1 1.19    
19 Glenn Hayter NSW n/a 2 1.11     2 1.11    
20 Jesper Noiesen QLD Pro 2 1.04     2 1.04    
21 Steve McLean NSW Pro 1 0.97     1 0.97    
22 Matthew Smith Qld n/a     1 0.88 1 0.88    
23 Sam Madelaine QLD n/a 1 0.84     1 0.84    
24 Matthew Osley QLD n/a     1 0.75 1 0.75    
25 Alan Rooks QLD Pro 1 0.67     1 0.67    
26 Dave Bullard QLD n/a 1 0.66     1 0.66    
27 Jason Shepherdson Qld n/a 1 0.66     1 0.66    
28 Ian Galloway QLD Pro     1 0.62 1 0.62    
29 Andrew Baunach Qld Pro     1 0.58 1 0.58    
30 Andrew Low NSW n/a 1 0.57     1 0.57    
31 Brett Kleinschmidt Qld n/a 1 0.54     1 0.54    
32 John Noble QLD n/a 1 0.53     1 0.53    
33 Danny Robinson NSW Pro 1 0.51     1 0.51    
34 Shaun Falkenhagen Qld Pro 1 0.49     1 0.49    
35 Daniel Patton QLD n/a     1 0.37 1 0.37    
36 Adrian Manolea QLD Pro         0 0    
37 Anthony Parke QLD n/a         0 0    
38 Brendan Deurloo QLD n/a         0 0    
39 Brett Dinham NSW n/a         0 0    
40 Cameron Doonan QLD n/a         0 0    
41 Casey Bullard QLD n/a         0 0    
42 Charles West Qld n/a         0 0    
43 Chris Horne Qld n/a         0 0    
44 Christian Manolea QLD Pro         0 0    
45 Cole Hutchinson NSW n/a         0 0    
46 Corey Head QLD n/a         0 0    
47 Daniel Molloy Qld n/a         0 0    
48 Darren Harris QLD n/a         0 0    
49 Darren Love QLD n/a         0 0    
50 Darren Painter NSW n/a         0 0    
51 Darryl McMahon QLD n/a         0 0    
52 Grant Vidler NSW n/a         0 0    
53 Hans Jensen NSW n/a         0 0    
54 Jack Gold Qld n/a         0 0    
55 Jami Kanowski QLD Pro         0 0    
56 Jason Lyons Qld Pro         0 0    
57 Jeff McKee NSW n/a         0 0    
58 Jeremy McConnell QLD n/a         0 0    
59 John Cooper NSW n/a         0 0    
60 John Kidd Qld n/a         0 0    
61 John Picton NSW n/a         0 0    
62 John Siggs QLD n/a         0 0    
63 Ken Jackson Qld Pro         0 0    
64 Lachlan Devlin QLD n/a         0 0    
65 Les Barber QLD n/a         0 0    
66 Mark Petersen Qld n/a         0 0    
67 Michael Grimes QLD n/a         0 0 Blue Fin Boats 3.7 Jon Boat, MotorGuideTransom Electric Motor I(Random Draw)  
68 Paul Gray NSW n/a         0 0    
69 Paul Holmberg Qld n/a         0 0    
70 Rob Hinton Qld n/a         0 0    
71 Rory Saint Qld Pro         0 0    
72 Scott Hutchinson NSW n/a         0 0    
73 Shane Anderson QLD Pro         0 0    
74 Stephen Turner QLD n/a         0 0    
75 Tim Steenhuis QLD n/a         0 0    
76 Tom Reynolds Qld n/a         0 0    
77 Trevor Burgess QLD n/a         0 0    
78 William Milfull QLD n/a         0 0    
        40 34.24 30 26.52 70 60.76    
                  0.87    

Quiz Results

Place Angler State Status Quiz Score Prize
1 William Milfull QLD n/a 12 Sebile Pack
1 Charles West Qld n/a 12 Prize Pack
1 Trevor Burgess QLD n/a 12 Prize Pack
1 Tim Steenhuis QLD n/a 12 Prize Pack
1 Shaun Falkenhagen Qld Pro 12 Prize Pack
6 John Noble QLD n/a 11  
6 Callum Munro Qld Pro 11  
6 David West QLD n/a 11  
6 Rob Hinton Qld n/a 11  
6 Roy Souter QLD Pro 11  
6 Stuart France Qld Pro 11  
12 Paul Fleming QLD n/a 10  
12 Steve Noble Qld n/a 10  
12 Adrian Wilson QLD Pro 10  
12 Daniel Molloy Qld n/a 10  
12 Brett Kleinschmidt Qld n/a 10  
12 Ken Jackson Qld Pro 10  
12 Adrian Manolea QLD Pro 10  
12 Andrew Baunach Qld Pro 10  
12 Barry Oxford QLD Pro 10  
12 Matt Johnson Qld Pro 10  
12 Tom Reynolds Qld n/a 10  
23 Roy Saint Qld Pro 9  
23 Danny Robinson NSW Pro 9  
23 Christian Manolea QLD Pro 9  
23 John Picton NSW n/a 9  
23 Steve Otto QLD Pro 9  
23 Paul Gillespie NSW Pro 8  
23 Hans Jensen NSW n/a 8  
23 Paul Holmberg Qld n/a 8  
23 Glenn Hayter NSW n/a 8  
23 Jeremy McConnell QLD n/a 8  
23 Les Barber QLD n/a 8  
23 Paul Gray NSW n/a 8  
23 Steve McLean NSW Pro 8  
36 Dave Bullard QLD n/a 7  
36 Jami Kanowski QLD Pro 7  
36 Andrew Low NSW n/a 7  
36 Anthony Parke QLD n/a 7  
36 Casey Bullard QLD n/a 7  
36 Corey Head QLD n/a 7  
36 Corey Kerr Qld Pro 7  
36 Darren Harris QLD n/a 7  
36 Darryl McMahon QLD n/a 7  
36 Freddie Sawyer Qld Pro 7  
36 Jason Lyons Qld Pro 7  
36 John Kidd Qld n/a 7  
36 Scott Hutchinson NSW n/a 7  
49 Brenton Smith NSW Pro 6  
49 Alan Rooks QLD Pro 6  
49 Brett Dinham NSW n/a 6  
49 Grant Vidler NSW n/a 6  
49 Stephen Turner QLD n/a 6  
54 Joseph Urquhart NSW Pro 5  
54 Cole Hutchinson NSW n/a 5  
54 Jason Shepherdson Qld n/a 5  
54 Lachlan Devlin QLD n/a 4  
58 Jack Gold Qld n/a 0  
58 Brendan Deurloo QLD n/a 0  
58 Cameron Doonan QLD n/a 0  
58 Chris Horne Qld n/a 0  
58 Daniel Patton QLD n/a 0  
58 Darren Love QLD n/a 0  
58 Dave Magner Qld n/a 0  
58 Dave Trinder NSW Pro 0  
58 Ian Galloway QLD Pro 0  
58 Jeff McKee NSW n/a 0  
58 Jesper Noiesen QLD Pro 0  
58 John Cooper NSW n/a 0  
58 John Siggs QLD n/a 0  
58 Mark Petersen Qld n/a 0  
58 Matthew Osley QLD n/a 0  
58 Matthew Smith Qld n/a 0  
58 Michael Grimes QLD n/a 0  
58 Ricky Simmons QLD Pro 0  
58 Sam Madelaine QLD n/a 0  
58 Shane Anderson QLD Pro 0  
58 Darren Painter NSW n/a 0  

Casting Results

Place Angler State Status Time (2min) Difference Tally (1min) Total Prize
1 Joseph Urquhart NSW Pro 23 97 70 167 Sebile Pack
2 Dave Bullard QLD n/a 49 71 80 151 Prize Pack
3 Brenton Smith NSW Pro 26 94 50 144 Prize Pack
4 Paul Fleming QLD n/a 21 99 30 129 Prize Pack
5 John Noble QLD n/a 72 48 80 128 Prize Pack
6 Jack Gold Qld n/a 30 90 30 120  
7 Steve Noble Qld n/a 37 83 0 83  
8 William Milfull QLD n/a 78 42 40 82  
9 Paul Gillespie NSW Pro 49 71 10 81  
10 Charles West Qld n/a 120 0 55 55  
11 Trevor Burgess QLD n/a 120 0 45 45  
12 Rory Saint Qld Pro 79 41 0 41  
13 Adrian Wilson QLD Pro 120 0 40 40  
14 Daniel Molloy Qld n/a 120 0 40 40  
15 Hans Jensen NSW n/a 120 0 40 40  
16 Tim Steenhuis QLD n/a 120 0 30 30  
17 Alan Rooks QLD Pro 120 0 20 20  
18 Jami Kanowski QLD Pro 105 15 0 15  
19 Darren Painter NSW n/a 120 0 10 10  
20 Paul Holmberg Qld n/a 120 0 5 5  
21 Brett Kleinschmidt Qld n/a 120 0 0 0  
22 Danny Robinson NSW Pro 120 0 0 0  
23 Ken Jackson Qld Pro 120 0 0 0  
24 Adrian Manolea QLD Pro          
24 Andrew Baunach Qld Pro          
24 Andrew Low NSW n/a          
24 Anthony Parke QLD n/a          
24 Barry Oxford QLD Pro          
24 Brendan Deurloo QLD n/a          
24 Brett Dinham NSW n/a          
24 Callum Munro Qld Pro          
24 Cameron Doonan QLD n/a          
24 Casey Bullard QLD n/a          
24 Chris Horne Qld n/a          
24 Christian Manolea QLD Pro          
24 Cole Hutchinson NSW n/a          
24 Corey Head QLD n/a          
24 Corey Kerr Qld Pro          
24 Daniel Patton QLD n/a          
24 Darren Harris QLD n/a          
24 Darren Love QLD n/a          
24 Darryl McMahon QLD n/a          
24 Dave Magner Qld n/a          
24 Dave Trinder NSW Pro          
24 David West QLD n/a          
24 Freddie Sawyer Qld Pro          
24 Glenn Hayter NSW n/a          
24 Grant Vidler NSW n/a          
24 Ian Galloway QLD Pro          
24 Jason Lyons Qld Pro          
24 Jason Shepherdson Qld n/a          
24 Jeff McKee NSW n/a          
24 Jeremy McConnell QLD n/a          
24 Jesper Noiesen QLD Pro          
24 John Cooper NSW n/a          
24 John Kidd Qld n/a          
24 John Picton NSW n/a          
24 John Siggs QLD n/a          
24 Lachlan Devlin QLD n/a          
24 Les Barber QLD n/a          
24 Mark Petersen Qld n/a          
24 Matt Johnson Qld Pro          
24 Matthew Osley QLD n/a          
24 Matthew Smith Qld n/a          
24 Michael Grimes QLD n/a          
24 Paul Gray NSW n/a          
24 Ricky Simmons QLD Pro          
24 Rob Hinton Qld n/a          
24 Roy Souter QLD Pro          
24 Sam Madelaine QLD n/a          
24 Scott Hutchinson NSW n/a          
24 Shane Anderson QLD Pro          
24 Shaun Falkenhagen Qld Pro          
24 Stephen Turner QLD n/a          
24 Steve McLean NSW Pro          
24 Steve Otto QLD Pro          
24 Stuart France Qld Pro          
24 Tom Reynolds Qld n/a          

Overall Activities Result

Place Angler   State Status Quiz Rank Angling Rank Casting Rank Total Rank
1 Paul Fleming Paul Fleming QLD n/a 89 94 97 280
2 Adrian Wilson Adrian Wilson QLD Pro 89 96 88 273
3 Steve Noble Steve Noble Qld n/a 89 85 94 268
4 John Noble John Noble QLD n/a 95 69 96 260
5 Paul Gillespie Paul Gillespie NSW Pro 73 86 92 251
6 William Milfull William Milfull QLD n/a 100 55 93 248
7 Charles West Charles West Qld n/a 100 55 91 246
8 Trevor Burgess Trevor Burgess QLD n/a 100 55 90 245
9 Tim Steenhuis Tim Steenhuis QLD n/a 100 55 85 240
10 Brett Kleinschmidt Brett Kleinschmidt Qld n/a 89 70 80 239
11 Dave Bullard Dave Bullard QLD n/a 65 75 99 239
12 Brenton Smith Brenton Smith NSW Pro 52 88 98 238
13 Joseph Urquhart Joseph Urquhart NSW Pro 47 91 100 238
14 Daniel Molloy Daniel Molloy Qld n/a 89 55 88 232
15 Danny Robinson Danny Robinson NSW Pro 78 68 79 225
16 Ken Jackson Ken Jackson Qld Pro 89 55 78 222
  Roy Saint Rory Saint Qld Pro 78 55 89 222
17 Hans Jensen Hans Jensen NSW n/a 73 55 88 216
18 Alan Rooks Alan Rooks QLD Pro 52 76 84 212
19 Paul Holmberg Paul Holmberg Qld n/a 73 55 81 209
20 Jami Kanowski Jami Kanowski QLD Pro 65 55 83 203
21 Roy Souter Roy Souter QLD Pro 95 95   190
22 Matt Johnson Matt Johnson Qld Pro 89 98   187
23 David West David West QLD n/a 95 90   185
25 Callum Munro Callum Munro Qld Pro 95 84   179
26 Barry Oxford Barry Oxford QLD Pro 89 89   178
27 Stuart France Stuart France Qld Pro 95 83   178
28 Steve Otto Steve Otto QLD Pro 78 97   175
29 Shaun Falkenhagen Shaun Falkenhagen Qld Pro 100 67   167
30 Freddie Sawyer Freddie Sawyer Qld Pro 65 100   165
31 Andrew Baunach Andrew Baunach Qld Pro 89 72   161
32 Corey Kerr Corey Kerr Qld Pro 65 93   158
33 Glenn Hayter Glenn Hayter NSW n/a 73 82   155
34 Steve McLean Steve McLean NSW Pro 73 80   153
35 Jack Gold Jack Gold Qld n/a   55 95 150
36 Rob Hinton Rob Hinton Qld n/a 95 55   150
37 Adrian Manolea Adrian Manolea QLD Pro 89 55   144
38 Tom Reynolds Tom Reynolds Qld n/a 89 55   144
39 Darren Painter Darren Painter NSW     55 82 137
40 Andrew Low Andrew Low NSW n/a 65 71   136
41 Christian Manolea Christian Manolea QLD Pro 78 55   133
42 John Picton John Picton NSW n/a 78 55   133
43 Jeremy McConnell Jeremy McConnell QLD n/a 73 55   128
44 Les Barber Les Barber QLD n/a 73 55   128
45 Paul Gray Paul Gray NSW n/a 73 55   128
46 Jason Shepherdson Jason Shepherdson Qld n/a 47 74   121
47 Anthony Parke Anthony Parke QLD n/a 65 55   120
48 Casey Bullard Casey Bullard QLD n/a 65 55   120
49 Corey Head Corey Head QLD n/a 65 55   120
50 Darren Harris Darren Harris QLD n/a 65 55   120
51 Darryl McMahon Darryl McMahon QLD n/a 65 55   120
52 Jason Lyons Jason Lyons Qld Pro 65 55   120
53 John Kidd John Kidd Qld n/a 65 55   120
54 Scott Hutchinson Scott Hutchinson NSW n/a 65 55   120
55 Brett Dinham Brett Dinham NSW n/a 52 55   107
56 Grant Vidler Grant Vidler NSW n/a 52 55   107
57 Stephen Turner Stephen Turner QLD n/a 52 55   107
58 Cole Hutchinson Cole Hutchinson NSW n/a 47 55   102
59 Lachlan Devlin Lachlan Devlin QLD n/a 44 55   99
60 Ricky Simmons Ricky Simmons QLD Pro   99   99
61 Dave Trinder Dave Trinder NSW Pro   92   92
62 Dave Magner Dave Magner Qld n/a   87   87
63 Jesper Noiesen Jesper Noiesen QLD Pro   81   81
64 Matthew Smith Matthew Smith Qld n/a   79   79
65 Sam Madelaine Sam Madelaine QLD n/a   78   78
66 Matthew Osley Matthew Osley QLD n/a   77   77
67 Ian Galloway Ian Galloway QLD Pro   73   73
68 Daniel Patton Daniel Patton QLD n/a   66   66
69 Brendan Deurloo Brendan Deurloo QLD n/a   55   55
69 Cameron Doonan Cameron Doonan QLD n/a   55   55
69 Chris Horne Chris Horne Qld n/a   55   55
69 Darren Love Darren Love QLD n/a   55   55
69 Jeff McKee Jeff McKee NSW n/a   55   55
69 John Cooper John Cooper NSW n/a   55   55
69 John Siggs John Siggs QLD n/a   55   55
69 Mark Petersen Mark Petersen Qld n/a   55   55
69 Michael Grimes Michael Grimes QLD n/a   55   55
69 Shane Anderson Shane Anderson QLD Pro   55   55