Against a competitive field Mott eclipsed his nearest competitor by 1.56kg to cement his place in the record books as the only angler to win three BASS Pro Grand Finals.
Having already secured the 2011 BASS Angler of the Year at the Lake Somerset qualifier, Motts overall focus didn’t waver, and testament to his tenaciousness he worked his way up the leaderboard to secure a deserved victory.”
“I prefished the dam some time before the Grand Final to
work out my locations and patterns. Come time for the Grand Final I knew where
I was going to fish, so used the official prefish to check out my backup spots
and see it the bite pattern was as expected. I made a number of small
refinements and headed out for the first session confident in my locations and
“I knew that there would be fish on the banks, and even
though my focus was targeting fish in deeper water, I went to a location near
the mouth of Leisegang’s Ledge. The location was a sloping bank with an
adjacent underwater point. Sitting in around seven feet of water I was casting
a Smak mini-coop s spinnerbait into two feet of water and retrieving the lure
fairly fast. After dropping a fish on my first cast my non-boater proceeded to
boat two fish in quick succession. I eventually found two fish before moving to
my key location”.
“My key location was a flat with two adjacent underwater gullies
near Pelican Point. Sitting in around seven feet of water I was casting into
around fourteen feet of water. I used an Evergreen 3/8oz Little Max blade in
clown colour. From my prefish experience the technique was to fish the lure
vertically with lengthy pauses. Whilst I utilised this technique, I alternated
this with long casts, soft lifts and a 5-6 second pause. This change resulted
in two upgrades for the session, and I headed back in happy I had made a good
start to the tournament”.
“In session two I went to my key location, where I caught
two fish fairly quickly. As the water heated up I progressively fished deeper
with the bites continuing to come. I made the decision to stay at the location
for most of my remaining session time. The area was producing a good number of
fish but they were of a similar size. I ended up catching around thirty fish
for the session, before moving on around 3pm. I headed to the Stewart where I
found fish in two of my alternate locations. The bass weren’t upgrades on what
I already had, but as with the first session I was happy with my efforts”.
“Heading out for the final session I was confident that I
would find fish in the same locations from day one. There were 2-3 other boats
fishing in the same vicinity, but everyone was giving each other their own
space. I quickly boated two small fish before moving wider into deeper water.
The fish were holding tight to the bottom, so much so that if you didn’t know
what to look for it would be easy to drive over the top of them”.
“Using my Humminbird 858 sounder I presented the lure
vertically. I used the sounder to bottom lock and magnify the bottom image.
With the bass holding so tight every little bump and contour was a potential
fish. Through practice and persistence I knew what to look for. I channeled my
energy into replicating a small, subtle presentation. Basically I was trying to
get the lure in their face as close as possible. Small lifts were punctuated
with 5-6 second pauses. In the gullies along the flats I found larger fish.
First I caught a 1.5kg upgrade. I moved deeper and found another 1.5kg upgrade.
I stayed in the area and found a further two upgrades. Knowing I had 3kg plus
in the livewell, I was confident that somebody would have to find some great
fish to take the win”.
“What made the difference, in my opinion, was the amount of
time I have put in learning Lake
Boondooma. I have made a
conscious effort to practice when possible, in a variety of weather conditions.
Also important was making sure my preparation for each session was complete,
Making sure my rods and reels had new line or leader, making sure my motor and
electrics were working and fully charged. The small things can make a huge
difference when it counts. At the end of day you are competing against the best
and the 1% differences can be the gap between winning and a mid field placing”.
“I used two identical outfits; a G. Loomis DSR 820 extra
fast. This rod provided the right action for the lure I was using. It delivered
just the right amount of flexibility and sensitivity. The rods were teamed with
the new Daiwa 2000 Certate spooled with 6.6lb Fireline exceed in crystal colour
and 12lb Sunline VHard leader. The water was quite dirty so there wasn’t the
need to go light with the line or leader. In the end the setup provided enough
feel with the added strength to get the fish in the boat.”
“Finally I want to thank my family, friends, sponsors, the
ABT and all the competitors who attended the qualifiers and Grand Final.
Special mention to the group of anglers I travel and camp with, the Hyenas, and
to my non-boater John Ciancio. John was helpful, supportive and kept me
positive throughout the session. Basically one of the best non-boaters I have ever
had on the boat. The guys I travel with always keep the focus on what’s
important, enjoying ourselves. They keep my grounded and we always have a great
time. At the end of the day the key is enjoyment and building the sport. This
can only be achieved through participation, and if people enjoy themselves they
will want to return to tournaments or get others involved. Hopefully we can
continue to build on what has been a great year, both personally and for the
Mark Reinbott, 6/6, 7.50kg, took out second place in the
boater division. Reinbott produced consistent bags over two kilograms to move
progressively from 9th to 3rd and finally to 2nd place
“I had the opportunity to prefish for half a day before the
ban took place. I caught fish on blades both in the timber and schooled
together. I also caught a number of fish on Jackalls. Come the official prefish
day I tried using blades but had no luck. My plan B was to hit the edges with Jackalls,
but I was concerned that this pattern wouldn’t hold up over the three sessions.
As such I had to find a bank that had access to the main basin and would
replenish between or throughout the session. I identified a bank east of
Pelican Point. Around 200-250 meters long with a gentle slope, this area became
my key location”.
“I was sitting in around 12-14 feet of water and casting
into around 4 feet. The lure was a Jackall in black market colour. I caught my
limit early and proceeded to catch 3-4 upgrades. In all I had around 10 fish
for the session. As the session wore on the bite became tougher. I proceeded to
go deeper. In around 18 feet I caught two fish on a Jackall mask vibe. This
gave me confidence heading into the next session”.
“In session two I headed back to my key location where in
the first 15 minutes I had my biggest fish for the session. I positioned myself
about 70 meters from the bank in 18 feet of water and progressively moved
closer to the bank by a few feet each cast. Cloud cover later in the session
prompted a move to the edge where I had success using Jackall lures including a
TN 50 and Cubby in black market colour. Together with my non-boater we would
have caught around 25 fish for the session. It was great to be on the water and
having the fish respond made it a special session I won’t forget in a hurry”.
“The third session saw a repeat of session two. I lost a
fish on my second cast and changed to a Jackall TN 60 in zaco colour. The fish
continued to bite with around 10 fish being caught in the session. This
included my biggest fish for the weekend. The bite slowed then stopped at
around 10am and that was it for the tournament”.
“My outfit consisted of a 701 extra finesse Dobyns rod
teamed with a Shimano Stradic CI4 2500 reel spooled with 10lb Sunline castaway
braid and 10lb Sunline VHard leader. It was a great experience fishing the
Grand Final, and I owe a big thanks to both my non-boaters Karen Fontaine and
John Picton. Their confidence and support was second to none. Having great
non-boaters takes the pressure off and makes the situation far more relaxed. At
times it was like I was out social fishing such was their poise and
Stephen Noble, 6/6, 6.21kg, took out the non-boater category
in a count back from Peter Holmes. Such was the fierce competition that after
three sessions both anglers were tied on the same weight. As such it fell to
the largest bag to determine the overall winner and Nobles massive session two
effort of 2/2, 3.072kg came out trumps.
Fishing with Callum Munro for sessions one and two and Wayne
Beazley in session three, Noble produced his limit each session to give himself
every opportunity at victory. In the end it was a standout session two that
produced the largest non-boater bag for the event that made the difference.
“Fishing with Munro our location was off a point near the Boyne arm, not too far from the main basin. I was slow
rolling a Jackall TN60 in brown dog colour in around 25 feet. The key was long
casts and a retrieve that kept the lure tight to the bottom. I could feel the
lure moving over a distinct gravel patch, after which I was getting most of my
bites. As the session wore on I cast wider, with the fish coming out of deeper
water to take the lure. In all I caught five fish for the session with one
“In session two we returned to the same location. We
narrowed the stretch of water we were fishing. I had my limit fairly early,
within one and a half hours. In the end I caught 6-7 fish all of good quality”.
“In session three I was paired with Wayne Beazley. We headed
to a little bay off the main basin before heading down the Boyne
arm about 1km. We were using spinnerbaits in the trees. My choice of lure was a
Smak 3/8 mini coop in IB colour. I was able to find my limit and in the end it
was enough to tie for the lead. It was only once back at the presentation did I
fully realise that I had done enough to take the win”.
Nobles outfit consisted of a 6’6″ Shimano raider baitcaster
rod teamed with an Abu Garcia revo inshore reel spooled with 16lb Sunline
castaway braid and 12lb Sunline FC Rock leader.
“A big thanks to both my boaters. Munro is a great angler
who has helped me in the past and is always generous with his time and advice.
Beazley is an experienced angler who exudes confidence. This has a great flow
on effect for those anglers lucky enough to fish with him. The Hobie kayak that
I took away for winning will be a wonderful addition. The creeks around our
home are ideal for this kayak. Additionally my son’s participation in BASS
electric and other events is sure to give it a good workout”.
ABT would like to thank all of the sponsors who make the
BASS Pro series possible. For a comprehensive list of all sponsors, up to date
BASS information and the 2012 calendar (TBA) check out www.australianbass.com.au .
|BASS Pro: Skeeter Boats BASS Pro Grand Final
|1||Matthew MOTT||QLD||2||2.87||2||2.92||2||3.27||6||9.06||Skeeter Trip of a
|2||Mark REINBOTT||QLD||2||2.28||2||2.65||2||2.57||6||7.5||Engel Fridge/Freezer|
|3||Matthew ANDERSON||NSW||2||2.82||2||1.92||2||2.61||6||7.35||Engel Fridge/Freezer|
|4||Wayne REED||NSW||2||2.8||2||1.95||2||2.53||6||7.28||Blue Eye sunglasses|
|5||Stephen KANOWSKI||QLD||2||2.48||2||2.53||2||2.05||6||7.06||Blue Eye sunglasses|
Pro: Skeeter Boats BASS Pro Grand Final Non-Boater Results
|1||Stephen NOBLE||QLD||2||1.67||2||3.07||2||1.47||6||6.21||Hobie Pro Angler
|2||Peter HOLMES||QLD||2||1.69||2||2.77||2||1.75||6||6.21||Engel Fridge/Freezer|
|3||Robert STEWART||QLD||2||1.78||2||2.52||2||1.58||6||5.88||Lowrance Elite 5x
|4||Walter SCIFLEET||NSW||2||2.83||2||1.8||1||1.06||5||5.69||Blue Eye sunglasses|
|5||Karen FONTAINE||NSW||2||1.62||2||2.28||2||1.72||6||5.62||Blue Eye sunglasses|