Megabass BASS Megabucks Final Results and Story

Lake Glenbawn was the venue for the BASS season ending event, the Megabass BASS Megabucks. Twenty four teams descended on Lake Glenbawn keen to do battle with the lake’s large bass, as well as challenge for the large cash payouts available each session. The tournament utilised a skins format whereby the top three teams and big bass winner from each session took away great cash prizes. This allowed all teams to swing for the fences knowing they would have opportunities each session to be in the money. Throw in a little side bet for those teams backing themselves with the PRO option and a host of sponsor’s prizes courtesy of Megabass and it all added up to an exciting two days on the water.

Let’s see who took out top honors each session:

Session one – 1st – Evolution Jigheads (Steven Richards & Matt Hawkless)

Fishing within the eight knot zone, team Evolution Jigheads targeted a rocky point near the old riverbed. With sunken trees nearby the location is a well known fish holding location, a fact verified by the team during the event prefish. In eighty feet of water the team found fish suspended in the fifty to seventy feet range. Using an ice jig (Nilsmaster Jigger 2 in red/black colour) the team would sound around the area before targeting single fish. Once a fish responded or hooked up the school would become active.

“The key was to keep the school active. As long as we kept in contact with fish, either biting or hooking up, the school responded. If this stopped for whatever reason we had to go back to square one and find a single fish again. In all we had around thirty upgrades throughout the session”.
“The technique was to initially use small, little jigs of the lure to gain the fishes attention. As the school became active we would change to a more aggressive action to try and keep them biting”.

Session one – 2nd – Berkley/Abu Garcia (Callum Munro & James Munro)

Also fishing within the eight knot zone, team Berkley/ABU Garcia targeted a rock wall and adjacent flat near Eagles Nest. Sitting in forty to fifty feet of water, the team cast to the edge of the rock wall. Using a small hopping retrieve, the key was to keep in contact with the lure as it made its way down the rock face to the bottom.
“The fish were holding tight to the structure, with bites coming all along the wall. We used a 3” Berkley Ripple Shad in goosenberry colour rigged on a 1/6th Nitro jighead.

After an hour, in which we caught our four fish limit, the bite slowed. We moved to the adjacent flat where we found further upgrades”.

“We sat in around ten feet of water casting to shallow edges. There was no weed in the area. Again we used a 3” Berkley Ripple Shad in goosenberry colour, but rigged it on a 1/4oz Nitro jighead. The action was a slow lift punctuated with pauses. Staying in contact with the lure as it hit the bottom was key to pinning the bites on offer”.

Session one – 3rd – Shimano (Alan McNamara & Aaron Mogg)

Team Shimano’s key location was a point off a rockwall located in the eight knot zone. Fishing in forty five to sixty five feet of water, Team Shimano found fish holding off trees on a drop-off.

“We used a Smak Ice Jig (12 gram in purple/olive green colour) to target fish. The bigger fish were holding tight to the bottom. As you came off the bottom the fish were still there, but were smaller. Mixing up retrieves kept the fish interested. All the fish came at the start of the session”.

As the bite slowed Team Shimano moved to a nearby weedy edge. Whilst the bites continued no upgrades followed.

“We would cast tight to the weed and let it sink to the bottom. The retrieve was slow with twitches mixed in”.

Session one – Big Bass – Bassman/Force Tackle (Luke Parsons & Peter Phelps)

The session big bass (1.61kg) came from a location in The Narrows. The location was a point with timber and adjacent flats with a steep weedbed.

“We were in twenty five feet of water casting to a vertical weed edge. We used a cut down 3” Berkley Powerbait Bass Minnow rigged on a modified Bassman 1/8th jighead. After the lure hit the water we would count down four seconds before giving it three little shakes. The idea was to get the lure to pendulum down in front of the vertical weedface”.

“As the lure fell I could feel a tick on the line. Another tick came and then on the third when I knew the fish had the lure I hit and the rod loaded. The fish made a lunge for nearby timber, but a quick move gained me an advantage and the fight was over fairly quickly”.

Session two – 1st – Yamba Prawn Blades/Galletly Rods (Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten)

The key location for the team was just below the eight knot zone near a small island. Fishing in fifteen feet the team cast towards a weed edge in eight to ten feet of water. Their first cast delivered a kicker fish and within the first hour they had their tournament limit.

“Our location was too windy in the morning session, but in the afternoon the wind died. This allowed us to see the distinct edge of the weedbed we were casting to. Cast too far and your lure would be covered in slimy weed”.

“We used a Slider in muscadine colour rigged on Nitro jigheads between 1/4th and 3/8th depending on the wind strength”.

As the location became quiet the team moved to their secondary locations, both in the eight knot zone. The first was a point with adjacent flat. The second was a series of smaller points with trees.

“Pelicans and bait were present in the area. Also the water temperature was higher than the basin”.

With the session coming to an end the team made the decision to return to their key location. Once there they targeted a sunken tree in forty eight feet of water using an ice jig (Smak 12 gram glider in camo colour).

“We took a chance trying to upgrade our limit. The fish were holding tight to the tree. It was the right decision as we got an upgrade. We went to the weigh in satisfied we had achieved everything we could have hoped to in the session”.

Session two – 2nd – Bait Breath Lures (Anthony Thorpe and Rodney Thorpe)

Team Bait Breath Lures fished a rockwall in the eight knot zone near Eagles Nest.
“We would cast tight to the rockwall and slowly hop the lure until it hit the bottom in around twenty five feet of water. Fish were generally in the area from eighteen feet to the bottom. The lure was a 2.8” bait breath fish tail in pumpkinseed colour rigged on a 1/6th TT size one jighead painted in watermelon colour”.

After getting their limit within the first area the team moved to their next location, a group of trees located fifty meters from the bank.

“In twenty to thirty feet we targeted the trees. The fish were holding on the bottom of the trees. Ultimately up the back of the dam the condition of the fish was better”.

A final move to trees in the main basin resulted in no further upgrades.

Session two – 3rd – Pflueger (Stephen Kanowski & Wayne Beazley)

Team Pflueger fished an edge near The Boot. Fishing in twenty to thirty feet of water Team Pflueger slow rolled a 3” Berkley Ripple Shad in galaxia colour rigged on 1/4th Nitro jighead.

“When the bites slowed we changed the presentation to a 3” Powerbait in emerald shiner colour rigged on a 1/6th Nitro jighead. We cast wider off the weed and punctuated the retrieves with slow shakes. Bites generally came on the drop”.
“Our key locations were points with timber and weed nearby. They also had baitfish in the area”.

Session two – Big Bass (1.66kg) – Canobolas Marine (Brock Duncan & Josh Kinghorne)

The session two big bass was caught around four o’clock in Blackboy Bay. The fish was caught in seven meters of water casting to a bank. The lure used was an Atomic Ripper in avocado gold colour rigged on a TT 1/6th jighead. The retrieve was a slow roll punctuated with twitches and pauses.

Session three – 1st – Bait Breath Lures (Anthony Thorpe and Rodney Thorpe)

Team Bait Breath Lures returned to their key location, a rockwall in the eight knot zone near Eagles Nest. Again the team found active fish, and had their limit within one hour. The lure used was a 2.8” Bait Breath Fish Tail in pumpkinseed colour rigged on a 1/6th TT size one jighead painted in watermelon colour

Again the team moved to their next location, a group of trees located fifty meters from the bank. The team was able to upgrade their limit, but were unable to find the numbers of the previous session.

“Overall the fishing was tougher in session three. There were less fish and our secondary locations were less productive. Nevertheless we were very happy with how we performed across the tournament”.

Session three – 2nd – Yamba Prawn Blades/Galletly Rods (Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten)

The team returned to their key location, a weedbed just below the eight knot zone near a small island. Fishing in fifteen feet the team cast towards a weed edge in eight to ten feet of water.

“Our location was windy, but we had a good feel for where the weed edge was. Three fish followed including the session big bass on the last cast before we left”

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The other secondary locations provided hits but no fish. The team moved to a point just above the eight knot zone, a weedy point near Jones’ Tree. It was here that the team caught its fourth fish.

“We made the decision to return to the sunken tree that had produced in the previous session. We found two upgrades. With time running out we moved to the back of a nearby bay. It proved fortuitous with a final upgrade coming before the session ended”.

Session three – 3rd – Shimano (Alan McNamara & Aaron Mogg)

Team Shimano returned to their key tournament location, a point off a rockwall located in the eight knot zone. Fishing in forty five to sixty five feet of water, Team Shimano found fish holding off trees on a drop-off.

“There were less fish in the area than in previous sessions. After looking around for a while we sounded up some fish and just like that in five minutes we had our limit. Straight after this the spot shut down and shortly after we moved to the nearby weed edge that had previously produced”.

“Again the go to lure was a Smak Ice Jig (12 gram in purple/olive green colour). When we moved to the weedy edge we used a cut down Slider in muscadine colour rigged on a 1/6th TT jighead.

“Again we cast tight to the weed and let it sink to the bottom. The retrieve was slow with twitches mixed in. Bites steadily followed and we were able to upgrade our limit multiple times”.

Session three – Big Bass (1.46kg) – Tied between Yamba Prawn Blades/Galletly Rods (Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten), Total Hoardings/Force Tackle (Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover) and Duffrods (Stephen Duff & Wayne Reed)

Yamba Prawn Blades/Galletly Rods (Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten) – Caught from a weed edge near a small island, just below the eight knot zone. The team fished in water between ten and fifteen feet deep. The bass fell to a Slider in muscadine colour rigged on a 3/8th Nitro jighead.

Total Hoardings/Force Tackle (Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover) – The big bass was caught in an area called The Narrows. In twenty five feet deep the team cast towards a weed edge using a cut down Slider in watermelon colour with a spike-it dipped tail (chartruese) rigged on a 1/4th Bassman jighead painted brown in colour. After casting to the edge the lure was sunk to the bottom. The retrieve was constant with the lure being shaken erratically. The bite came five meters from the weed edge with the bass running for the weed before being overcome.

Duffrods (Stephen Duff & Wayne Reed) – Caught in the back of Bighouse Bay on the third cast of the day, the bass fell to a slow rolled Slider in smoke/yellow core colour rigged on a 1/6th TT jighead.

The Megabass BASS Megabucks brings to an end the 2012 ABT BASS season. A big thank you to all the sponsors who made the series possible, and to the anglers who attended the events throughout the year. See you all in 2013 for the biggest and best season to come!

ABT

 

Megabucks: Bass Megabucks Team Results
Session:
1
Place Team F W Payout
1 EVOLUTION JIGHEADS:
Steven Richards & Matt Hawkless
4 5.29 $1,500
2 BERKLEY/ABU GARCIA:
Callum Munro & James Munro
4 5.09 $1,100
3 SHIMANO: Alan
McNamara & Aaron Mogg
4 5.04 $700
4 BASSMAN/FORCE TACKLE:
Luke Parsons & Peter Phelps
4 4.73 $300 Big Bass
(1.61kg)
4 SMAK/BASS BOUNTY:
David Reynolds & Matthew Mott
4 4.73 $250 1st Pro
6 FILLET AND RELEASE:
Tony Thorley & Paul Gillespie
4 4.72 Megabass Big Bass
(1.31kg)
7 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Wayne Reed
4 4.71  
8 BAIT BREATH LURES:
Anthony Thorpe & Rodney Thorpe
4 4.45  
9 YAMBA PRAWN BLADES/GALLETLY
RODS: Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten
4 4.42  
10 CANOBOLAS MARINE:
Brock Duncan & Josh Kinghorne
4 4.36  
11 BASS 2 BARRA/CJR:
Greg Mitchell & Dylan Mott
4 4.34  
12 TOTAL HOARDINGS/FORCE
TACKLE: Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover
4 4.07  
13 MEGABASS: Toby Wilson
& Jade Cornish
4 3.63  
14 SMAKIN’ HYENAS: Bill
Schloss & Jacinda Schloss
3 3.4  
15 FISHING MONTHLY:
Steve Morgan & Peter Leggett
4 3.17  
16 TBA: Barry Reynolds
& James Reid
3 3.1  
17 SECRET CREEK
SPINNERBAITS: Ben Pepperall & Grant Eldridge
4 3.09  
18 TT LURES: Kristoffer
Hickson & Owen McPaul
3 2.74  
19 SAMURAI/SHIMANO:
Kylie Cornish & Vicki Lear
3 2.7  
20 PFLUEGER: Stephen
Kanowski & Wayne Beazley
3 2.33  
21 TT LURES/GAMAKATSU:
Glyn Barkhuizen & Simon Barkhuizen
1 1.2  
22 SECRET CREEK LURES:
Jody Vernon & John Picton
1 0.96  
23 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK:
Peter Fogarty & Billy Pumpa
1 0.49  
24 LEGEND BOATS: Wayne
Blundell & James Browning
     
Session:
2
Place Team F W Payout
1 YAMBA PRAWN BLADES/GALLETLY
RODS: Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten
4 5.1 $1,500
2 BAIT BREATH LURES:
Anthony Thorpe & Rodney Thorpe
4 4.83 $1100 + Megabass Big
Bass (1.30kg)
3 PFLUEGER: Stephen
Kanowski & Wayne Beazley
4 4.82 $700
4 TT LURES: Kristoffer
Hickson & Owen McPaul
4 4.77 Megabass Big Bass
(1.30kg)
5 SECRET CREEK LURES:
Jody Vernon & John Picton
4 4.68  
6 TOTAL HOARDINGS/FORCE
TACKLE: Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover
4 4.64  
7 CANOBOLAS MARINE:
Brock Duncan & Josh Kinghorne
4 4.63 $300 Big Bass
(1.66kg)
8 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Wayne Reed
4 4.4  
9 BASS 2 BARRA/CJR:
Greg Mitchell & Dylan Mott
4 4.3  
10 FILLET AND RELEASE:
Tony Thorley & Paul Gillespie
4 4.29  
11 SECRET CREEK
SPINNERBAITS: Ben Pepperall & Grant Eldridge
4 4.11  
12 SHIMANO: Alan
McNamara & Aaron Mogg
4 4.04  
13 BERKLEY/ABU GARCIA:
Callum Munro & James Munro
4 3.95  
14 TBA: Barry Reynolds
& James Reid
4 3.85  
15 LEGEND BOATS: Wayne
Blundell & James Browning
4 3.81  
16 BASSMAN/FORCE TACKLE:
Luke Parsons & Peter Phelps
4 3.58  
17 FISHING MONTHLY:
Steve Morgan & Peter Leggett
4 3.54 $250 1st Pro
18 MEGABASS: Toby Wilson
& Jade Cornish
3 2.68 Megabass Big Bass
(1.30kg)
19 EVOLUTION JIGHEADS:
Steven Richards & Matt Hawkless
2 2.53  
20 TT LURES/GAMAKATSU:
Glyn Barkhuizen & Simon Barkhuizen
3 2.27  
21 SAMURAI/SHIMANO:
Kylie Cornish & Vicki Lear
2 2.15  
22 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK:
Peter Fogarty & Billy Pumpa
3 2.08  
23 SMAKIN’ HYENAS: Bill
Schloss & Jacinda Schloss
2 1.53  
24 SMAK/BASS BOUNTY:
David Reynolds & Matthew Mott
1 0.87  
Session:
3
Place Team F W  
1 BAIT BREATH LURES:
Anthony Thorpe & Rodney Thorpe
4 5.15 $1,500
2 YAMBA PRAWN BLADES/GALLETLY
RODS: Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten
4 4.96 $1100 + $100 Big Bass
+ Megabass Big Bass (1.46kg)
3 SHIMANO: Alan
McNamara & Aaron Mogg
4 4.94 $700
4 BERKLEY/ABU GARCIA:
Callum Munro & James Munro
4 4.93  
5 TOTAL HOARDINGS/FORCE
TACKLE: Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover
4 4.78 $100 Big Bass +
Megabass Big Bass (1.46kg)
6 DUFFRODS: Stephen
Duff & Wayne Reed
4 4.59 $100 Big Bass
(1.46kg)
7 EVOLUTION JIGHEADS:
Steven Richards & Matt Hawkless
4 4.43  
8 PFLUEGER: Stephen
Kanowski & Wayne Beazley
4 4.32  
9 TBA: Barry Reynolds
& James Reid
4 4.24  
10 FILLET AND RELEASE:
Tony Thorley & Paul Gillespie
4 4.11  
11 TT LURES/GAMAKATSU:
Glyn Barkhuizen & Simon Barkhuizen
4 3.94  
12 SECRET CREEK LURES:
Jody Vernon & John Picton
4 3.7  
13 BASSMAN/FORCE TACKLE:
Luke Parsons & Peter Phelps
4 3.56  
14 MEGABASS: Toby Wilson
& Jade Cornish
4 3.32  
15 CANOBOLAS MARINE:
Brock Duncan & Josh Kinghorne
4 3.31  
16 BASS 2 BARRA/CJR:
Greg Mitchell & Dylan Mott
4 3.3  
17 SECRET CREEK
SPINNERBAITS: Ben Pepperall & Grant Eldridge
4 3.19  
18 TT LURES: Kristoffer
Hickson & Owen McPaul
4 3.13  
19 SAMURAI/SHIMANO:
Kylie Cornish & Vicki Lear
3 2.68  
20 FISHING MONTHLY:
Steve Morgan & Peter Leggett
3 2.32 $250 1st Pro
21 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK:
Peter Fogarty & Billy Pumpa
2 2.1  
22 LEGEND BOATS: Wayne
Blundell & James Browning
2 1.99  
23 SMAK/BASS BOUNTY:
David Reynolds & Matthew Mott
3 1.98  
24 SMAKIN’ HYENAS: Bill
Schloss & Jacinda Schloss
1 1.24  

 

Overall                    
Place Team F1 W1 F2 W2 F3 W3 TF TW Payout
1 YAMBA PRAWN BLADES/GALLETLY RODS: Mark Lennox & Ian Wratten 4 4.42 4 5.1 4 4.96 12 14.48  
2 BAIT BREATH LURES: Anthony Thorpe & Rodney Thorpe 4 4.45 4 4.83 4 5.15 12 14.43  
3 SHIMANO: Alan McNamara & Aaron Mogg 4 5.04 4 4.04 4 4.94 12 14.02  
4 BERKLEY/ABU GARCIA: Callum Munro & James Munro 4 5.09 4 3.95 4 4.93 12 13.97  
4 DUFFRODS: Stephen Duff & Wayne Reed 4 4.71 4 4.4 4 4.59 12 13.7  
6 TOTAL HOARDINGS/FORCE TACKLE: Daniel Clancy & Dylan Glover 4 4.07 4 4.64 4 4.78 12 13.49  
7 FILLET AND RELEASE: Tony Thorley & Paul Gillespie 4 4.72 4 4.29 4 4.11 12 13.12  
8 CANOBOLAS MARINE: Brock Duncan & Josh Kinghorne 4 4.36 4 4.63 4 3.31 12 12.3  
9 EVOLUTION JIGHEADS: Steven Richards & Matt Hawkless 4 5.29 2 2.53 4 4.43 10 12.25  
10 BASS 2 BARRA/CJR: Greg Mitchell & Dylan Mott 4 4.34 4 4.3 4 3.3 12 11.94  
11 BASSMAN/FORCE TACKLE: Luke Parsons & Peter Phelps 4 4.73 4 3.58 4 3.56 12 11.87  
12 PFLUEGER: Stephen Kanowski & Wayne Beazley 3 2.33 4 4.82 4 4.32 11 11.47  
13 TBA: Barry Reynolds & James Reid 3 3.1 4 3.85 4 4.24 11 11.19  
14 TT LURES: Kristoffer Hickson & Owen McPaul 3 2.74 4 4.77 4 3.13 11 10.64  
15 SECRET CREEK SPINNERBAITS: Ben Pepperall & Grant Eldridge 4 3.09 4 4.11 4 3.19 12 10.39  
16 MEGABASS: Toby Wilson & Jade Cornish 4 3.63 3 2.68 4 3.32 11 9.63 Megabass Rod & Reel
17 SECRET CREEK LURES: Jody Vernon & John Picton 1 0.96 4 4.68 4 3.7 9 9.34  
18 FISHING MONTHLY: Steve Morgan & Peter Leggett 4 3.17 4 3.54 3 2.32 11 9.03 $250 1st Pro Overall
19 SMAK/BASS BOUNTY: David Reynolds & Matthew Mott 4 4.73 1 0.87 3 1.98 8 7.58  
20 SAMURAI/SHIMANO: Kylie Cornish & Vicki Lear 3 2.7 2 2.15 3 2.68 8 7.53  
21 TT LURES/GAMAKATSU: Glyn Barkhuizen & Simon Barkhuizen 1 1.2 3 2.27 4 3.94 8 7.41  
22 SMAKIN’ HYENAS: Bill Schloss & Jacinda Schloss 3 3.4 2 1.53 1 1.24 6 6.17  
23 LEGEND BOATS: Wayne Blundell & James Browning     4 3.81 2 1.99 6 5.8  
24 LAKE GLENBAWN KIOSK: Peter Fogarty & Billy Pumpa 1 0.49 3 2.08 2 2.1 6 4.67  
    78 82.76 84 87.45 86 86.21 248 256.42  
                  1.034