Megabass BASS Megabucks- Final Results & Story

Pflueger Fire for
MegaBucks Supremacy

Steve Kanowski and Wayne Beazley from Team Pflueger claimed
top honours in the Megabass BASS Megabucks at Queensland’s
home of XOS bass, Lake
Somerset, 20/21st September.

Hitting the lake mid week and the early stages of spring, anglers
struck the fishing about as good as it gets at Somerset, with big bags, large
fish and a new ABT record big bass combining to make the Megabass sponsored
event one of the standout bass events of the 2011 BASS season.

Run on the popular skins format, anglers shared in the
spoils over the two days of competition with seven out of the twenty-three
teams picking up cash and prizes at the popular event.
 

Ultimate honours for the event went to Team Pflueger with
Kanowski and Beazley compiling a 12/12, 20.81kg three session bag to secure the
win, while event sponsors Team Megabass (Michael Starkey & Tim Morgan-
12/12, 19.65) finished in second and Team Impact Tackle/PML (Dan Stead &
Peter Morgan, 11/12, 17.82kh) in third.
 

Session 1, 1st-
$1500- Team Pflueger- Steve Kanowski and Wayne Beazley- 4/4, 7.67kg

Opening their account for the event in perfect style
Kanowski and Beazley cashed in to tune of $1500 courtesy of the deep water
multi lure approach. Fishing a stretch between Beams Creek and Pelican Point
the pair focused on water 35-45 feet deep and worked their lures at varying
depths to catch their fish.
 

“The fish were all over the place, they were hugging the
bottom as well as suspended
half way through the water column”, explained Kanowski.
 

With fish pin pointed with their sounder the pair used an
assortment of lures, including soft plastics, ice jigs, spinnerbaits and
blades.
 

“They were very active first up and would take most lures
you swam past them. The suspended fish in particular were partial to an ice jig
shacked and hung in front of their nose”, explained Kanowski.
 

For the fish hanging closer to bottom it was constant slow
rolling retrieve that did the damage. The multi lure approach was so productive
that the pair had their limit by 8.30am and then closed out the session with a
series of upgrades.
 

With a red-hot prefish under their belts, multiple locations
to fish that were on all fire, and the opening session win theirs Killer and
Beazley would be hard to beat as the tournament wore on.
 

Lures– Jighead rigged paddle tail grubs, ice jigs, spinnerbaits and
3/8th oz blades.
 

Notes– Found very
active fish, with many bass following the lure and taking it late in the
retrieve. Only fished one out of the seven spots that they’re identified as
go-to locations for the tournament.
 

Session 1, 2nd- $950,
$350 Megabass Big Bass (2.52kg), $875 1st Pro- Team SEQ Fish- Matt
Johnson and Steve Otto- 4/4, 7.20kg
 

Less then half a kilo between Kanowski and Beazley was Matt
Johnson and Steve Otto from Team SEQ Fish. Fishing further up the lake than the
session winners Johnson and Otto started their session at Queen Street for no fish before switching
to a flat near the power lines north of Kirkleigh.
 

With the boat positioned in 40 feet of water the pair would
cast their lure up into 15 feet of water and work them back with two different
retrieves. For Otto the retrieve of his TT Switchblade was a slow roll and
pause while Johnson worked his Jackall Mask Vib with a lift and drop.
 

The approach was so effective the pair had the full bag in
their first six casts. With their limit in the well they headed back to Queen Street at
9.30am in search of upgrades.
 

“We went for more of a soft plastic approach at Queen Street with
80mm Squidgy Fish in black and gold and gold shad coloured Keitech Swing Impact
plastics the standouts”, explained Johnson.
 

The retrieve was classic Somerset, a slow roll for ten winds, drop it
back to the bottom, then roll again.
 

“Most of the hits came in the first or second wind after
you’d drop the plastic back”, explained Johnson.
 

The return to Queen
Street delivered the desired outcome with the pair
adding two upgrades to their well and an increase in weight to bump them into
second place.
 

Lures– 3/8th oz TT Lures Switchblade (black & gold),
Jackall Mask Vib (black/chartreuse), 5/8th oz jighead rigged with an
80mm Squidgy Fish (black & gold), and ½ oz jighead with a Keitech Swing
Impact (gold/shad).
 

Notes– Their
first spot (Queen Street)
delivered no fish, but fired later in the session, producing two upgrades. The
biggest fish (2.49kg) in the bag claimed the Megabass Big Bass Prize for the
pair and delivered them an additional $350 and $250 Megabass Lure Pack.
 

Session 1, 3rd-
$650, $292 2nd Pro- Team Megabass- Michael Starkey and Tim Morgan- 4/4,
6.72kg

Claiming the last cheque for the session Starkey and Morgan
cracked a pattern that would deliver them money each session and string of big
bass over the two days of competition. Fishing the Pelican Point to Beam Creek
stretch the pair positioned their boat in 45-50 feet of water cast their up
into 30 feet and worked them down the slope into the path of waiting fish.
 

“The presentation was simple sink a jighead rigged soft
plastics to the bottom then slow roll it, pausing the lure occasionally to keep
it in contact with the bottom and close to the fish”, explained Starkey.
 

The lure for Starkey was a smoke/yellow core coloured
Megabass Counter Grub rigged on a 1/4oz, 2/0 Seekerz jighead while Morgan
fished a big bass coloured Atomic Paddle Tail rigged on a 1/2oz Impact Tackle
jighead.
 

The retrieve remained the same regardless of the lure; keep
is slow, constant and close to the bottom.
 

“If you got a hit you just kept winding, and waited for the
fish to take the plastic and the rod to load up”, explained Starkey.
 

Lures– Megabass
Counter Grub (smoke/yellow core) rigged on a 1/4oz, 2/0 Seekerz jighead, and an
Atomic Paddle Tail (big bass) rigged on a 1/2oz Impact Tackle jighead.
 

Notes– Slow
rolled their plastics down the slope into deeper water, dropped the lure back
to the bottom regularly during the retrieve to keep the lure close to the fish.
 

Session 2, 1st-
$1500- Team Impact Tackle/PML- Dan Stead and Peter Morgan- 4/4, 7.42kg
 

Like many of the money winners in session one Stead and
Morgan fished the Beams Creek stretch to win session two. Focusing on water
25-40 feet deep the Impact Tackle pair primarily used a slow rolled soft
plastic approach to catch their fish.
 

“Pete picked up a couple of fish on ice jigs but it was
definitely the plastics that did most of the damage”, explained Stead.
 

The technique involved making long searching casts, sinking
the lure to the bottom, then slow rolling the lure back.
 

“The most active fish were on the bottom so it was important
to stop the retrieve regularly, sink the lure back down, then start the
retrieve again”, explained Stead.
 

The action was slow and irregular, with bite windows opening
and closing throughout the session.
 

“We only caught four fish for the session so they weren’t
exactly biting their heads off, so you needed to stay focused and just keep on
working the lure”, explained Stead.
 

Four fish was all they needed, with each bass pinned
securely in the roof of their mouth.
 

“The sickle hooks we run in the Impact Tackle jigheads are
super sharp and drive home on the hook up like nothing else I’ve used. I’m sure
these played a part in keeping all our fish connect”, explained Stead.
 

If session two was good for the boys, session three was even
better.
 

Lures– Atomic
Ripperz Paddle Tail (big bass), rigged on a 1/2oz, 3/0, fine wire, Impact
Tackle jighead.
 

Notes– Took 2 ½
hours to catch their limit, with fish turning on and off throughout the
session. The most active fish were those tight to the bottom.
 

Session 2, 2nd – $950, $350 Megabass Big Bass (2.49kg), $879 1st Pro- Team Megabass-
Michael Starkey and Tim Morgan- 4/4, 7.04kg
 

Heading straight back to the where they’d won money in
session one Starkey and Morgan didn’t have to wait too long to catch fish.
 

“The fish fired first up, but once the other boats started
to move in the action stopped. We actually didn’t catch anything for the last
three hours of the four hour session”, explained Starkey.
 

The technique remained the same as the morning session. Sink
the plastic to the bottom, slow roll it back, making sure it stayed in touch
with the bottom. The technique delivered the pair the Megabass Big Bass for the
session with Tim picking up the 2.49kg fish not long after the start on a big
bass coloured Atomic Ripperz Paddle Tail.
 

Lures– Megabass
Counter Grub (smoke/yellow core) rigged on a 1/4oz, 2/0 Seekerz jighead, and an
Atomic Paddle Tail (big bass) rigged on a 1/2oz Impact Tackle jighead.
 

Notes– Fished
shallower (20-35feet) than they did in session one, and caught all their fish
in the first 45 minutes.
 

Session 2, 3rd – $650, $292 2nd Pro- Team Berkley/Smak- Matthew Mott and Callum
Munro- 4/4, 6.57kg
 
Hitting the Beams Creek to Pelican Creek area Mott and Munro
fished an area and pattern they identified during the prefish the day before.
 

“Callum and I, like a lot of people found a good
concentration of fish here during the prefish and found them willing to take a
few different lures”, explained Mott.
 

The technique for the pair involved catch fish early on ice
jigs then late on Evergreen Little Max blades.
 

“The retrieve for the ice jigs was straight forward, find
the fish on the sounder, drop it on their nose and give it a shake and pause”,
explained Mott.
 

The Little Max came into its own on the most active fish with
the bass eating the lure on the drop.
 

“They were aggressive takes with bass hitting it hard as it
fluttered back down”, explained Mott.
 

Lures– A white
Smak ice jig, and an Evergreen Little Max blade in colour 230. A colour similar
to baby bass (aka big bass).
 

Notes– Fished
25-40 feet depth range, caught fish on ice jigs early, and on blades later in
the session when the fish were most active.
 
 

Session 3, 1st-
$1500, $350 Megabass Big Bass (3.65kg)- Team Impact Tackle/PML- Dan Stead and
Peter Morgan- 4/4, 8.70kg
 

Saving their best bag for the end Stead and Morgan caught
the only 8 kilo plus bag for the tournament and blew the field away in the
final session. With the fishing at its hardest and suffering from all the
angling pressure the pair went wider looking for fresher water and fish more
inclined to bite.
 

“We moved 40-60 metres away from the main pack and fished
the 20-25 feet depth range”, explained Stead.
 

The move paid off with the Impact Tackle pair filling their
bag, the standout fish, an absolute monster that went on to rewrote the ABT Big
Bass record.
 

“The third fish of the day was the big one. It took the
plastic then screamed off so hard that we had to chase it down with the
electric. It took us close to five minutes to land it”, explained”, explained
Morgan.
 

The retrieve for the Megabass Big Bass for the session was
the same it had been for all the bass the pair had caught during the
tournament. Sink the plastic to the bottom, slow roll it back, and make sure it
stays in contact with the ground and the active fish down deep.
 

“We caught seven fish in total for the session but nothing
was bigger than the first four we caught”, explained Stead.
 

Driving back to the weigh-in the pair were confident they’d
do well.
 

“We thought we might have had over 8kgs, if we were to get
knocked off then someone was going to have to have done something very special.
But on Somerset
that’s always possible”, explained Stead.
 

The special performance belonged to Stead and Morgan though
with the pair adding another $1850 to the event winnings for the session win
and Megabass Big Bass Prize.
 

Lures– Atomic
Ripperz Paddle Tail (big bass), rigged on a 1/2oz, 3/0, fine wire, Impact
Tackle jighead.
 

Notes– Picking up
two fish early on small underwater pinnacle them moved wider to find fresh
fish. Took 2 ½ hours to catch their limit, with fish turning on and off
throughout the session. The most active fish were those tight to the bottom
 

Session 3, 2nd-
$950- Team Pflueger- Steve Kanowski and Wayne Beazley- 4/4, 7.65kg
 

Grabbing another cheque to go with their session one win,
Kanowski and Beazley followed a similar to the one that had delivered them so
much in the first session.
 

“We fished the same location and just modified the technique
to suit the bite”, explained Killer.
 

Eating only ice jigs and plastics the pair dropped blades
from their repertoire and for good reason.
 

“The fish were sitting on the bottom and were nowhere near
as active as they had been so you needed more finesse presentations to get them
to bite”, explained Kanowski.
 

The similar between this morning session and morning session
the day before was evident with the pair weighing a bag that was only twenty
grams lighter, a testament to their consistent and the quality fish on offer at
Somerset during
the tournament.
 

Lures– Jighead rigged paddle tail grubs, and ice jigs.
 

Notes– Had
originally planed to fish one location for half the session them move to
another, but the fishing was so good they never left.
 

Session 3, 3rd – $650, $875 1st Pro- Team Bass Bounty- Dave Reynolds and Dylan
Mott- 4/4, 7.30kg
 

Picking up the last cheque for the session Reynolds and Mott
went shallow, fishing 10-14 feet deep water near Pelican Point to catch their
fish.

Using a black and gold coloured Evergreen Little Max blade,
the pair went vertical to catch their fish, dropping them directly below the
boat before working them with a single hop/pause retrieve.
 

“They’d grab the lure on the pause and then power off to
deep water explained Reynolds.
 

The approach delivered the pair a limit by 8.30am and a
total of seven fish for the session.
 

Lures– black and gold coloured 3/8oz Evergreen Little Max blades.
 

Notes– Made
vertical presentations to the fish while most other teams used more horizontal
searching presentations.
 

The Victors
The ultimate accolades for the tournament go to the overall
champions Team Pflueger, with Kanowski and Beazley overjoyed with the result
and just as enamored with the fishing they had during the tournament.
 

“Beaze and I had a blinder of prefish. We found active
schools everywhere and caught a heap of fish. We both agreed if that was all we
were to get for tournament we were more than happy. To come out and win two
cheques and pick up the overall win just caps off the event”, explained
Kanowski.
 

The Rewards
Cash wasn’t the only reward on offer for anglers at the
Megabass BASS Megabucks with each angler receiving two Megabass Smatra lipless
crankbaits at the briefing, and a $250 Megabass Lure Pack going to the Big Bass
winner each session. The Megabass spoils didn’t end with the lures with two
Megabass Destroyer rods and a Megabass Jaggler reel randomly drawn and won by two
lucky teams.
 

With the sensational Somerset fishing and the tackle laden
Megabass experience combining to make the 2011 Megabass BASS Megabucks one of
the highlights of the tournament calendar, anglers will be keen to sign up for
the 2012 event. Visit www.australianbass.com.au in early 2012 to find out all the information.
 

Session:
1
Place Team F W Payout
1 PFLUEGER: Wayne
Beazley & Stephen Kanowski
4 7.67 $1,500
2 SEQ FISH: Matt
Johnson & Steven Otto
4 7.2 $950, $350 Megabass
Big Bass (2.52kg), Megabass Lure Pack (RRP $250), + $875 (1st Pro)
3 MEGABASS: Michael
Starkey & Tim Morgan
4 6.72 $650 + $292 (2nd Pro)
4 DOBYNS RODS: Mike
Connolly & Sean Pallent
4 5.52  
5 BERKLEY/SMAK: Callum
Munro & Matthew Mott
4 5.21  
6 BARRABASS RODS: Jason
Shepherdson & Rory Saint
4 4.73  
7 CJR INDUSTRIES: Greg
Mitchell & Terry Allwood
4 4.39  
8 GAMAKATSU: Steve
Eldred & Aaron Sharp
4 4.35  
9 DAIWA/ATOMIC: David
Green & Dean Silvester
4 4.21  
10 BERKLEY/LEGEND BOATS:
Mark Mangold & Wayne Blundell
3 4.11  
11 BLACK & WHITE
SHEEP: Barry Reynolds & Joshua Evans
4 3.82  
12 QUANTUM: Matthew
Anderson & Ashley Sims
4 3.16  
13 FISHING MONTHLY:
Peter Leggett & Steve Morgan
4 2.91  
14 BASS BOUNTY: David
Reynolds & Dylan Mott
4 2.89  
15 BASS SQUAD: Malcolm
Draper & David Hyndman
3 2.62  
16 EVOLUTION: Steven
Richards & Matt Hawkless
4 2.58  
17 SOOTA: Paul Cooper
& Darryl Langton
2 2.42  
18 TREEWHIZ: Mark Lennox
& Mark Reinbott
2 1.73  
19 IMPACT TACKLE/PML:
Dan Stead & Peter Morgan
3 1.7  
20 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Alan Britcliffe
2 1.39  
21 LOWRANCE/SECRET CREEK
LURES: Jody Vernon & John Picton
1 0.72  
22 UNITIKA: Craig
Simmons & Kris George
     
23 DUFFRODS/TT: Wayne
Reed & Darren Borg
     
24 TACKLEWORLD BUNDY:
Trevor Burgess & Shane Anderson
DNF DNF  
Session: 2
Place Team F W Payout
1 BARRABASS RODS: Jason
Shepherdson & Rory Saint
3 3.08  
2 BASS BOUNTY: David
Reynolds & Dylan Mott
4 4.92  
3 BASS SQUAD: Malcolm
Draper & David Hyndman
1 1.08  
4 BERKLEY/LEGEND BOATS:
Mark Mangold & Wayne Blundell
4 4.43  
5 BERKLEY/SMAK: Callum
Munro & Matthew Mott
4 6.57 $650 + $292 (2nd Pro)
6 BLACK & WHITE
SHEEP: Barry Reynolds & Joshua Evans
4 4.53  
7 CJR INDUSTRIES: Greg
Mitchell & Terry Allwood
4 2.79  
8 DAIWA/ATOMIC: David
Green & Dean Silvester
4 5.98  
9 DOBYNS RODS: Mike
Connolly & Sean Pallent
4 5.06  
10 DUFFRODS/TT: Wayne
Reed & Darren Borg
4 4.85  
11 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Alan Britcliffe
4 3.68  
12 EVOLUTION: Steven
Richards & Matt Hawkless
2 2.05  
13 FISHING MONTHLY:
Peter Leggett & Steve Morgan
2 1.48  
14 GAMAKATSU: Steve
Eldred & Aaron Sharp
1 0.89  
15 IMPACT TACKLE/PML:
Dan Stead & Peter Morgan
4 7.42 $1,500
16 LOWRANCE/SECRET CREEK
LURES: Jody Vernon & John Picton
4 3.14  
17 MEGABASS: Michael
Starkey & Tim Morgan
4 7.04 $950, $350 Megabass
Big Bass (2.49kg), Megabass Lure Pack (RRP $250), + $875 (1st Pro)
18 PFLUEGER: Wayne
Beazley & Stephen Kanowski
4 5.49  
19 QUANTUM: Matthew
Anderson & Ashley Sims
4 2.49  
20 SEQ FISH: Matt
Johnson & Steven Otto
4 4.3  
21 SOOTA: Paul Cooper
& Darryl Langton
3 2.27  
22 TACKLEWORLD BUNDY:
Trevor Burgess & Shane Anderson
DNF DNF  
23 TREEWHIZ: Mark Lennox
& Mark Reinbott
4 2.43  
24 UNITIKA: Craig
Simmons & Kris George
4 3.37  
Session:
3
Place Team F W Payout
1 IMPACT TACKLE/PML:
Dan Stead & Peter Morgan
4 8.7 $1500,
$350 Megabass Big Bass (3.65kg), Megabass Lure Pack (RRP $250), 
2 PFLUEGER: Wayne
Beazley & Stephen Kanowski
4 7.65 $950
3 BASS BOUNTY: David
Reynolds & Dylan Mott
4 7.3 $650 + $875 (1st Pro)
4 DAIWA/ATOMIC: David
Green & Dean Silvester
4 6.52  
5 MEGABASS: Michael
Starkey & Tim Morgan
4 5.89 $292 (2nd Pro)
6 SEQ FISH: Matt
Johnson & Steven Otto
4 5.14  
7 QUANTUM: Matthew
Anderson & Ashley Sims
4 4.03  
8 BERKLEY/SMAK: Callum
Munro & Matthew Mott
4 3.57  
9 BARRABASS RODS: Jason
Shepherdson & Rory Saint
4 3.49  
10 DUFFRODS/TT: Wayne
Reed & Darren Borg
3 3.46  
11 GAMAKATSU: Steve
Eldred & Aaron Sharp
3 3.24  
12 UNITIKA: Craig
Simmons & Kris George
4 3.09  
13 LOWRANCE/SECRET CREEK
LURES: Jody Vernon & John Picton
3 2.8  
14 TREEWHIZ: Mark Lennox
& Mark Reinbott
4 2.46  
15 BERKLEY/LEGEND BOATS:
Mark Mangold & Wayne Blundell
1 1.7  
16 BLACK & WHITE
SHEEP: Barry Reynolds & Joshua Evans
2 1.56  
17 EVOLUTION: Steven
Richards & Matt Hawkless
2 1.34  
18 CJR INDUSTRIES: Greg
Mitchell & Terry Allwood
2 1.31  
19 DOBYNS RODS: Mike
Connolly & Sean Pallent
1 1.02  
20 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Alan Britcliffe
1 0.7  
21 BASS SQUAD: Malcolm
Draper & David Hyndman
1 0.65  
22 FISHING MONTHLY:
Peter Leggett & Steve Morgan
     
22 SOOTA: Paul Cooper
& Darryl Langton
     
22 TACKLEWORLD BUNDY:
Trevor Burgess & Shane Anderson
DNF DNF  

 

© 2015 Queensland Fishing Monthly P/L
Overall Results
Place Team F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout S1 Payout S2 Payout S3
1 PFLUEGER: Wayne
Beazley & Stephen Kanowski
4 7.67 4 5.49 4 7.65 12 20.81 $1,500   $950
2 MEGABASS: Michael
Starkey & Tim Morgan
4 6.72 4 7.04 4 5.89 12 19.65 $650 + $292 (2nd Pro) $950,
$350 Megabass Big Bass (2.49kg), Megabass Lure Pack (RRP $250), + $875 (1st
Pro)
$292 (2nd Pro)
3 IMPACT TACKLE/PML:
Dan Stead & Peter Morgan
3 1.7 4 7.42 4 8.7 11 17.82   $1,500 $1500,
$350 Megabass Big Bass (3.65kg), Megabass Lure Pack (RRP $250), 
4 DAIWA/ATOMIC: David
Green & Dean Silvester
4 4.21 4 5.98 4 6.52 12 16.71      
5 SEQ FISH: Matt
Johnson & Steven Otto
4 7.2 4 4.3 4 5.14 12 16.64