Clancy Claims Maiden Win at St Clair
ABT BASS Pro
regular Daniel Clancy continued the trend of first time winners in 2012, taking
out the second round of the Smak Lures BASS Pro lures, the Sufix presented Lake
St Clair Bass Pro.
consistency that defines a winner, Clancy caught his limit each session to
compile a 6/6, 4.62 kg two-day limit and claim the win from a fast finishing
Carrow Brook arm of the lake Clancy’s money bank was a 50 metre long, slow
sloping bank with a small channel running through the centre of it.
would position his boat on one side of the channel and cast across the channel
before starting a slow rolling retrieve with a twitch imparted on every fifth
turn of the handle.
had to have a good feel of the lay of the land under the water. It was
important to know where the channel was and make sure I put the lure in the
zone (the channel) where the fish were holding’, explained Clancy.
Most of the
strikes came as the lure sank into the channel or as it was coming up out of
the channel. The lure that he was using was a 3” Atomic Ripper Paddle Tail in big
bass colour rigged on a TT 1/6th oz fine wire jig head and Bassman
fifty meters of bank Clancy had to use his wealth of experience as a tournament
angler and manage his fish to ensure he returned to the weigh master with a
full bag every session.
was to only fish the location when I could see active fish on the sounder, I
really had to make an effort to only hit the fish when they where biting. There
was no point pressuring the fish and shutting them down for good”, explained
Grand Final returning to St Clair in September Clancy will be one to watch.
to take the win, I would like thank Bassman Spinner Baits and Force Lures for
all their support and help”, remarked Clancy.
Lennox Comes Home Hard But Misses the Win.
Mark Lennox charged home in the final session with a quality bag but narrowly
miss out on the win with his 6/6, 4.56 kg tournament bag.
to Clancy, Lennox targeted fish in the deep in the area commonly known as the
Cattle Yard. Lennox began each session targeting fish in the 12 – 16’ depth
range before moving out deeper to 20 – 35’. While the area varied the choice of
lure remained the same, a Yamba Prawn Blade in a deep green colour.
retrieve of the blade was slow and methodical, cast across the scattered fish,
sink the lure to the bottom, then slowly wind the lure back.
that is was important to use an extra long leader and have a blade that worked
at a slow pace to get those bigger bites” explained Lennox.
approach really turned them in session three, but it was a hot bite that came a
bit too late for Lennox.
final session the fish kept getting bigger and bigger, it would have been nice
for Saturday to be like that but that’s tournament fishing”, explained Lennox.
final session moving Lennox from third to second, his best result to date in a
BASS Pro event.
really like to thank the team I pre fished with before the tournament and my
wife who supports all tournament trips”, explained Lennox.
Trinder Steps Up and Takes Non-boater Win.
the non-boater title was BASS Electric regular Dave Trinder who took out the
win with 5/6, 3.96 kg bag to relegate a fast finishing Dylan Mott to second.
same area both days Trinder caught his fish hitting points in the Carrow Brook
arm of the lake, running-and-gunning spots every 10 – 15 mins in the hope of
hitting active fish, and great numbers.
move between spots was quick the retrieve when fishing was considerably more
“It was agonizingly
slow, I’d throw the lure (Evergreen Little Max blade in black gold) to the weed
edge then wind it back dead slow so it would run as deep as possible”, explained
a lot of fish it was just a matter of sorting through the undersize fish and
spot hopping until we found the bigger bites”, explained Trinder.
With a spot
in the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final to his name Trinder will be one of the
favourites when the series returns to St Clair in September.
Smak Lures Big Bass
- Mathew Mott took out the Smak Lures
Big Bass with a quality 1.57kg fish. Mott caught his fish vertically
jigging a 3” Gulp Minnow Grub (watermelon colour) in 50 ft of water in the
area known as the S-Bends in the Falbrook arm.
- Ian Miller Bass Buster 7’,
2-5kg, rod, Shimano Stradic C14 1000 reel, 3lb Stren Microfuse, 8lb
Unitika Aiger FC, 3” Atomic Ripper Paddle Tail (big bass) rigged on a 1/6th oz TT fine wire jig head attached to a Bassman Beetle Spin.
- “I only had a 50 meter stretch
of bank so I made sure I only fished it when the fish were active and made
sure I fished it thoroughly when I did”, explained Clancy.
|BASS Pro: St Clair BASS Qualifier Boater Results|
|1||Daniel CLANCY||NSW||2||1.65||2||1.56||2||1.41||6||4.62||$2800 + $500 Club
|13||Gregg FLETT||NSW||2||1.62||2||1.45||4||3.07||$200 1st Pro|
|17||Matthew MOTT||QLD||2||2.16||1||0.53||3||2.69||$500 Big Bass
Pro: St Clair BASS Qualifier Non-Boater Results
|1||David TRINDER||NSW||2||1.23||2||1.91||1||0.82||5||3.96||G. Loomis 8500L rod
& Prize Pack
|2||Dylan MOTT||QLD||2||1.11||2||1.08||2||1.4||6||3.59||G. Loomis 8500ML rod
& Prize Pack
|3||David MANN||NSW||0.9||2||1.99||1||0.44||3||3.33||Lox Yoshi rod &
|4||Terry ALLWOOD||QLD||0.67||2||1.61||1||0.72||3||3||Lox Yoshi rod &
|5||Ben DART||NSW||1||0.48||1||0.77||2||0.93||4||2.18||Spotter Pack &