Samurai Reaction Lake Boondooma BASS Pro Results & Story

Matt Johnson storms to maiden win at Boondooma

With good
fishing on the cards and plenty of extra sponsor’s bonus prizes courtesy of
Samurai Reaction Rods, the opening round of the 2012 Smak Lures Bass pro series
was always going to be a hard fought event with plenty on offer for the
anglers.

Matt
Johnson rose to the top to secure his maiden ABT victory with an impressive 6/6
bag for 7.91 kg. Johnson compiled his winning bag in the area know as
Leisegang’s Ledge, using a two pronged approached. Matt would begin each
session searching for the moving schools.

“The key
was to find and then follow the active schools as they moved in and out of the
bay. I found the more active fish were suspended at the 20 foot mark regardless
of the bottom depth” said Johnson.

After
locating the active fish the key was to alternate the approach throughout the
session. Matt would start the session casting a Keitech Swing Impact in Male
Perch, rigged on a TT’s 3/8th oz jig with a light wire hook. Casting
the lure out across the school Matt would then count down the lure for 15
seconds, when the lure was in the strike zone he would start a consistent slow
rolling retrieve. Once the fish tired of Matt’s approach he would then opt for
a 19g Jackall Mask Vibe 60 in Pearl Ayu. Johnson would again cast the lure out
across the schools, sink it to the required depth then retrieve it using short
hops to entice the fish to bite.

Showing his
attention to detail Matt would regularly change his trebles and jig heads to
make every bite count, as well as painting his jig heads to give his
presentation that winning edge. “Painting my jig heads may sound excessive but
it all helps to give me confidence on the water”, explained Johnson.
 “It’s great to come away with the win, after
the effort that we put in finding fish. I’m looking forward to travelling south
and hope to continue my good form” said Johnson.

2nd Boater

Mangold rolls into second
In second
place was Berkley’s
Mark Mangold with 6/6 for 7.49 kg. Mangold fished in the same area as event
winner Johnson (Leisegang’s Ledge), but concentrated most of his time in the
back section of the bay. In the first and second sessions Mark used a vertical
presentation, dropping his plastic through the schooled fish before slow
winding the lure back to the boat. Mangold also found the most of the active
fish where suspended in 20ft of water.

The lure of
choice was 3 inch Gulp Minnow Grub in Camo colour rigged on ½ oz dam deep jig
head. With his pattern dying at the end of session two, Mangold knew that he
would need to change his game plan for session three. In session three Mangold
fished the same area at the two previous session, but chose to cast across the
schools of moving fish, allowing his lure to cover more ground. Once cast Mangold
would then allow the lure to sink into the strike zone before starting a slow
roll back to the boat. “One of the keys for me on that final day was the use of
the ½ oz jig head, using a slightly heavier jig head meant the lure would track
more horizontally keeping it around the magic 20ft mark for longer” explained
Mangold.

1st Non-Boater

Winning debut for Schwerin
Joshua
Schwerin kicked of his ABT career with the perfect start taking the Non-Boater
win with 6/6 for 7.23 kg. In the process Schwerin
also secured the event big bass with a cracking session three 1.90 kg Boondooma
bruiser. During session one and two Schwerin
fished a Jackall Mask Vibe in 30ft of water. Casting across a flats area he
would let his lure sink to the bottom before doing two short hops then allowing
the lure to sink back to the bottom. Bites would come as the lure fluttered to
the bottom.

 In the final session Schwerin changed tacts, as his boater
searched for suspended fish in 40 ft of water. Schwerin would cast his Jackall Mask across
the suspended schools, allowing it to sink for 8 – 10 seconds before doing the
same double hop retrieve in midwater. The event big bass came late in session
three for Josh, “As soon as it hit I knew it was a better class of fish, it
fought all the way to the boat” explained Josh. With his ABT career only just
beginning hopefully Schwerin
will be one to watch in the future.

Winning
Notes

Plastic:
BarraBass
Rod – IP841
Daiwa
Certate
3lb Power
Pro & 8lb fluorocarbon leader
Keitech
Swing Impact in Male Perch
3/8oz TT’s
jig head
Mask:
BarraBass
Rod – XSB843
Daiwa Fuego
Spin
5lb Power
Pro & 8lb fluorocarbon leader
19g Jackall
Mask Vibe
 

Winning
Quote

Matt’s win wasn’t just
luck. Johnson and his travel partners did their home work finding fish six
weeks out from the event. Importantly they used their prefish time to confirm
what they found, rather than stinging fish for the tournament.  
 

Big Bass

The event Big
Bass went to ABT debutant Josh Schwerin, with his 1.9 kg kicker fish from
session three. The tournament big bass fell to a hopped Jackall Mask Vibe,
whilst fishing through schools of suspended fish.
 
 

BASS Pro: Samurai Reaction Lake Boondooma
BASS Pro Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payouts
1 Matt JOHNSON Qld 2 2.58 2 2.15 2 3.18 6 7.91 $3100 + $500 Club
Marine Bonus
2 Mark MANGOLD NSW 2 3 2 2.36 2 2.13 6 7.49 $1,600
3 Brad CLARK QLD 2 3.44 2 1.95 2 1.92 6 7.31 $1,200
4 Callum MUNRO Qld 2 2.8 2 1.92 2 2.58 6 7.3 $975
5 Steven OTTO QLD 2 2.64 2 1.92 2 2.63 6 7.19 $800
6 Steve CHANG NSW 2 2.62 2 1.92 2 2.57 6 7.11 $675
7 Bill SCHLOSS Qld 2 3 2 2.16 2 1.55 6 6.71 $675 + $300 1st Pro
8 Gavin DUNNE QLD 2 2.33 2 2.17 2 1.01 6 5.51 $550
9 Michael HENARE Qld 2 2.34 1 1.59 1 1.44 4 5.37 $400
10 Trevor STEAD QLD 2 2.34 2 2.14 1 0.63 5 5.11 $400
11 Baden SPARROW QLD 2 2.17 2 2.01 1 0.57 5 4.75 $400
12 David GREEN QLD     1 1.35 2 2.55 3 3.9  
13 David REYNOLDS Qld 2 1.26 2 2.23     4 3.49  
14 Simon BARKHUIZEN QLD 2 2.41 1 0.83     3 3.24  
15 Peter LEGGETT Qld 1 0.87 1 0.96 1 1.35 3 3.18  
16 Stephen KANOWSKI QLD 1 1.15 2 1.76     3 2.91  
17 Tony THORLEY NSW     1 0.81 2 2.01 3 2.82  
18 Matthew ANDERSON NSW     2 2.51     2 2.51  
19 Steve ELDRED QLD 2 1.04 1 0.63 1 0.71 4 2.38  
20 Dean SILVESTER NSW 2 1.79 1 0.54     3 2.33  
21 Aaron MOGG Qld     2 2.22     2 2.22  
22 Peter PHELPS NSW 1 0.5 2 1.67     3 2.17  
23 Peter FOGARTY NSW 2 1.69 1 0.45     3 2.14  
24 Peter JENKINS NSW     1 0.99 2 0.94 3 1.93  
25 Gregg FLETT NSW 1 1.87         1 1.87  
26 Craig SIMMONS QLD 2 1.78         2 1.78  
27 Paul GILLESPIE NSW         2 1.77 2 1.77  
28 John BRIDER Qld         2 1.74 2 1.74  
29 Mark LENNOX NSW 2 0.97     1 0.47 3 1.44  
30 Darryl LANGTON QLD 2 1.35         2 1.35  
31 Mike CONNOLLY QLD 1 1.19         1 1.19  
32 Peter DERKSEN QLD         1 1.09 1 1.09  
33 Toby WILSON NSW 1 0.94         1 0.94  
34 Joseph URQUHART NSW 1 0.93         1 0.93  
35 Glyn BARKHUIZEN QLD     1 0.9     1 0.9  
36 Mike CREIGHTON QLD         1 0.69 1 0.69  
37 Mark REINBOTT QLD 1 0.58         1 0.58  
38 Matthew MOTT QLD     1 0.54     1 0.54  
39 Steven RICHARDS NSW         1 0.47 1 0.47  
40 Wayne BLUNDELL QLD                  
40 Gary MCCABE QLD                  
40 Allan PRICE NSW                  
40 Paul COOPER QLD                  
40 Craig GRIFFITH Qld                  
40 Wayne BEAZLEY NSW                  
40 David ASEGUINOLAZA NSW                  
40 Ian WRATTEN NSW                  
40 Mick CLARKE QLD                  
40 Darryn LOVE Qld                  
40 Jami KANOWSKI QLD                  
40 John CIANCIO QLD                  
40 Joe ALLAN QLD                  
40 Daniel CLANCY NSW                  
40 Greg PARKES NSW                  
BASS
Pro: Samurai Reaction Lake Boondooma BASS Pro Non-Boater Results
Place Angler State F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payouts
1 Joshua SCHWERIN QLD 2 2.41 2 2.33 2 2.49 6 7.23 Spotters Sunglasses
& Prize Pack + Big Bass (1.90kg)
2 Ray HOLMES Qld 2 1.37 2 3.56 2 1.5 6 6.43 Ugly Fish Sunglasses
& Prize Pack
3 Timothy WHITE QLD 2 2.1 1 0.85 2 2.15 5 5.1 Smak Lures &
Prize Pack
4 Todd CORMACK Qld 2 2.5 2 2.24     4 4.74 PrizePack
5 Dan MALLORY QLD 1 0.75 2 1.88 2 1.91 5 4.54 PrizePack
6 Dean THOMPSON QLD 1 1.64 2 2.11 1 0.53 4 4.28 PrizePack
7 Dylan GLOVER NSW 2 1.92     2 2.24 4 4.16 PrizePack
8 Deborah KOWALCZYK NSW 2 2.91 1 0.49 1 0.68 4 4.08 PrizePack
9 Greg MITCHELL QLD 2 1.66 1 1.07 1 0.61 4 3.34 PrizePack
10 Steve LOWCOCK NSW     2 2.46 1 0.59 3 3.05 PrizePack
11 Shane ANDERSON QLD 2 1.23     2 1.76 4 2.99  
12 Peter MORGAN QLD 2 1.91     1 0.71 3 2.62  
13 Andrew CANNING QLD         2 2.55 2 2.55  
14 Jay GILLESPIE NSW 1 0.63     2 1.84 3 2.47  
15 Joshua EVANS QLD     2 1.92 1 0.48 3 2.4  
16 Peter HOLMES QLD 2 2.19         2 2.19  
17 Steven BABBAGE NSW 1 0.52 2 1.55     3 2.07  
18 Andrew DRENNAN NSW 1 0.62 1 0.9 1 0.54 3 2.06  
19 John NOBLE QLD         2 1.91 2 1.91  
20 John KENNEDY QLD     1 0.58 1 1.26 2 1.84  
21 Jaimen TUNSTALL Qld         2 1.71 2 1.71  
22 John KOCH QLD 1 1.67         1 1.67  
23 James REID QLD 2 1.45         2 1.45  
24 Luke PARSONS NSW     1 1.2     1 1.2  
25 Jayson
DEFORREST-HADDLETON
NSW         1 1.12 1 1.12  
26 Terry ALWOOD QLD     1 1     1 1  
27 Glen CASEY NSW     1 0.91     1 0.91  
28 Kingsley FARR QLD 1 0.84         1 0.84  
29 Bob TOWN QLD         1 0.81 1 0.81  
30 Robert STEWART QLD         1 0.8 1 0.8  
31 John STARKEY NSW 1 0.76         1 0.76 $200 1st Pro
32 Dylan MOTT QLD         1 0.59 1 0.59  
32 Stephen MCLEAN NSW         1 0.59 1 0.59  
33 Terry MCCULLOUGH QLD                  
33 Chris MATTERSON QLD                  
33 Colin LINTON QLD                  
33 David HYNDMAN QLD                  
33 Ken BRIDER QLD                  
33 Stephen NOBLE QLD                  
33 Rob HINTON Qld                  
33 Simon MARCHANT NSW                  
33 Malcolm DRAPER NSW                  
33 Kurt JOHNSON QLD                  
33 Brendan WEIL QLD                  
33 Justin DAVY QLD                  
33 Barry REYNOLDS QLD                  
33 James BROWNING NSW                  
33 Greg ESLICK NSW                  
33 Keith ADKINS Qld                  
      76 78.7 65 65.7 68 63.4 209 208  
0.99

Samurai Reaction Prizes

Session 1
$500
Voucher- Frogley registered angler- Brad Clark (3.44kg)
$200
Voucher- Frogley non-registered angler- Mark Mangold (3.00kg)
Session 2
$500
Voucher- Frogley registered angler- Ray Holmes (3.56kg)
$200
Voucher- Frogley non-registered angler- Joshua Schwerin (2.33kg)
Session 3
$500
Voucher- Frogley registered angler- David Green (2.55kg)
$200
Voucher- Frogley non-registered angler- Matt Johnson (3.18kg)
Overall
$500
Gift Voucher + Samurai Reaction 351 rod- Overall biggest bag for Frogley
registered angler- Bill Schloss (6.71kg)
Random
Samurai
Reaction 302 rod- boater non-prize winner- Alan Price
Samurai
Reaction 351 rod- non-boater non-prize winner-  Mal Draper
Samurai Reaction 302 rod – Random Draw – John Kennedy