NSW basser Peter Phelps broke through for his maiden BASS
Pro win with victory in the G.Loomis presented 3rd round of the 2012
Smak Lures BASS Pro Series on the Hunter
Valley’s Lake Glenbawn,
One of only four anglers to catch their full six fish limit
for the tournament, Phelps relegated last round winner Daniel Clancy to second
place on his way to victory, in doing so adding his name to list of first time
winners for 2012.
Fishing timber laden edges on the northern end of the Lake
Glenbawn’s main basin, Phelps like many anglers fishing the tournament went
soft, fishing jighead rigged soft plastics to catch his fish.
“We found the pattern in the lead-up to the event, with fish
sitting in the tops of trees on the edge near the main basin”, explained
The technique to catch them was classic finesse bass
fishing, throw a lightly weighted jighead rigged soft plastic tight to the edge
then slow roll and twitch and shake it back out so it just touched the tips of
the timber as it went.
His first spot on day one was near the area know as the ‘Boat Harbour’
and it didn’t take long for the action to start.
“We caught them straight away and I had my bag within 15
minutes”, explained Phelps.
With his limit in the well and the sun now on the water
slowing the bite Phelps moved location and headed further up the lake to an area
he had earmarked for possible upgrades. The move was on the money with Phelps
catching an upgrade and finishing the session with a 2.27kg limit.
Heading out 4th in session two Phelps went
straight back to his number one spot, and once again found the fish. This time
the outcome wasn’t as rosey, not initially anyway.
“The first fish I hooked got me back into the trees, so I
drove over on the electric then spent the next five minutes trying to thread it
back out through the timber. Eventually I cut my leader off and leant down into
the water so I could weave it through the sticks and get it out. I was just
about to give up on it and it came out. Much to my relief”, explained Phelps.
His patience was rewarded with the bass proving to be the
kicker fish in bag (2.41kg) for session two. The standout bag for the session
it leapfrogged Phelps into first and had him on track to claim the win. Another
solid bag on Sunday morning and could be heading home as the 2012 Glenbawn
“I had a feeling the fishing was going to hard in the final
session, and thought if I picked up another two fish I’d be in with a chance”,
Hitting his number one spot first up the action was instant
with Phelps catching his limit within his first ten casts.
“It was a dream start. Once I filled my bag I then just
focused on looking for upgrades”, explained Phelps.
Like most anglers Phelps found the bite slow significantly
on the final morning once the sun hit the water. But unlike many he found a
solution to the problem.
“I basically just bank hoped, chasing the shade, then moving
once to another shaded bank when the sun got on it”, explained Phelps.
His shade chasing approaching worked, with Phelps catching
multiple fish throughout the session including an upgrade at around 10am.
At the weigh-in tent his win was never in jeopardy, with
himself and second place (Daniel Clancy) weighing in exactly the same bag
weight (2.21kg). With only one other bag in field larger than theirs it proved
an easy win for the Branxston basser.
“I’ve dreamt of winning a BASS Pro event ever since I start
to fish them, so to win my first, and do so on home water is very satisfying”,
One of the more consistent anglers in the Hunter Valley
region, and a regular winner of BASSing NSW events at Lake St Clair Phelps has
now penciled his name in as an angler to watch at the Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand
at St Clair in September.
Clancy Cracks another
Headlining the list anglers of anglers to watch at the Grand
Final is current St Clair BASS Pro champion Daniel Clancy, who continued his St
Clair form at Glenbawn to claim his second podium finish in as many events.
Like Phelps, Clancy’s fished a jighead rigged soft plastic
to catch his fish, albeit with a slight twist compared to the event winner.
“My best fish came from the banks that plenty of rocks of
them, so I focused most of attention on these”, explained Clancy.
Working the rock walls in and adjacent to the main basin
Clancy’s technique mirrored that of Phelps. Position the boat a cast out from
the bank, cast tight to the edge, then twitch and shake the plastic back to the
“It was important to tickle the tops of the trees, but make
sure you didn’t let the lure sink too much otherwise you’d snag up”, explained
Fishing a lighter 1/8oz jighead compared to Phelps’ 1/6oz,
Clancy’s choice of plastic was the same, a 1 ½” Slider Crappie Grub in trout
The lure and approach delivering Clancy ten legal fish in
session one, another ten fish in session two, and the same amount again in the
third and final session.
Landing every fish that he hooked, Clancy capitalized on
every chance that he had, in his endeavour to secure back to back wins.
“Every fish that got me in the sticks I managed to pull back
out. I didn’t miss anything I just didn’t get the big bites I needed to go one
better than Phelpsy”, explained Clancy.
With a first and a second to his name in the AOY race Clancy
will be looking for another top ten results at the final BASS Pro round at Somerset in August.
“I had a bad result at Somerset
(40th) last year, and I have a 40th from the first round
at Boondooma this year, so I’ll be fishing hard to drop the Boondooma result
and make my third result for the year a good one. Hopefully it’ll all come
together”, explained Clancy.
Mini Mott Claims
Dalby Tacklestore Manager Dylan Mott claimed his maiden BASS
Pro win at Glenbawn thanks to a perfectly executed soft plastic and ice jig
Fishing with Ian Wratten on day one Mott targeted deep fish,
catching fish on Smak Ice Jigs in 30-50 feet, and on jighead rigged 3” Berkley
Gulp Minnow Grubs in 15-30 feet.
The retrieve for the ice jigs involved short sharp lifts of
the lure off the bottom while for the Minnow Grub it was a dead-slow roll.
“You had to be patient with the retrieve and make sure you
worked the lure correctly to get the fish to bite”, explained Mott.
The multi-approach delivered Mott five fish on day one, and
had him in 4th place heading into the final day.
Fishing with Bill Schloss on day two Mott’s approach was the
same, fishing ice jigs and soft plastics methodically down deep to catch his
fish. Fishing in the 8 knot zone in the upper reaches of the lake Schloss
and Mott stayed away from the crowd and as a result reaped the rewards.
“There wasn’t too many boats that made the long drive up
into the eight knot zone, so we very much had the place to ourselves”,
One of only three non-boaters to weigh in two fish for the
session, Mott’s 2.37kg bag rocketed him into first to claim his first BASS Pro
Mott’s win has seen him move from 10th to 3rd in the AOY rankings, and with a 1st and 2nd in his score
and one more AOY qualifying round to go for the season Mott is firmly
positioned to be in contention for the non-boater AOY crown.
The final qualifying round of the season sees the tour head
back to Queensland
for the TT Lures Lake Somerset BASS Pro, 25/26th August. Visit www.australianbass.com.au for your
event information and results.
Rod- Daiwa Sol Type II, 701MLFS
Reel- Daiwa Sol 2000
Line- 3lb Berkley
Leader- 6lb Sunline FC Rock flurocarbon
Lure- 1 ½” Slider Crappie Grub- trout colour, rigged on a
1/6oz, size 2, TT Jighead, scented with S-Factor and crawdad scented Spike It.
n.b. the trail wrist
of the plastic was trimmed to allow the tail to wiggle on the drop.
The key on the retrieve was to pause it occasionally and
allow the lure to sink back down. It was on the drop that 90% of the hits
came”, explained Phelps.
|BASS Pro: Glenbawn BASS Qualifier Boater Results|
|1||Peter PHELPS||NSW||2||2.27||2||2.41||2||2.21||6||6.89||$2800 + $500 Club Marine Bonus|
|5||David REYNOLDS||Qld||2||2.1||1||1.01||2||2.36||5||5.47||$750 + $350 1st Pro|
|10||Gregg FLETT||NSW||2||2.12||2||1.72||4||3.84||350 + $150 2nd Pro|
|BASS Pro: Glenbawn BASS Qualifier Non-Boater Results|
|1||Dylan MOTT||QLD||2||1.86||1||1.16||2||2.37||5||5.39||G.Loomis GL2 rod, Spotters Prize Pack & Prize Pack|
|2||Luke PARSONS||NSW||2||2.4||2||1.96||1||0.58||5||4.94||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|3||Andrew MCBRIDE||NSW||2||2.51||2||2.21||4||4.72||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|4||James REID||QLD||2||2.62||1||0.76||3||3.38||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack + $500 Big Bass (1.71kg)|
|5||Deborah KOWALCZYK||NSW||1||0.99||2||1.89||3||2.88||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|6||Luke MULHOLLAND||NSW||2||1.36||1||1.25||3||2.61||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|7||Dylan GLOVER||NSW||2||2.27||2||2.27||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|8||David HEDGES||NSW||2||2.16||2||2.16||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|9||Malcolm DRAPER||NSW||2||2.12||2||2.12||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|10||Greg ESLICK||NSW||2||2.11||2||2.11||G.Loomis GL2 rod, & Prize Pack|
|17||Steve LOWCOCK||NSW||2||1.32||2||1.32||$100 1st Pro|