Phelps Fires Again
For Glenbawn Victory
Defending Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro champion Peter Phelps
executed a perfect tournament to secure back-to-back wins at the opening round
of the 2013 Smak Lures BASS Pro Series.
Weighing in the heaviest bag for the tournament in the final
session Phelps leapfrogged from 9th to 1st to claim his
second career victory and relegate day two leader, Atomic Bass Pro Adrian
Melchior to 2nd place.
Fishing a calculated game plan throughout the tournament
Phelps started each session fishing for his bag before moving to areas that
held less fish but were more inclined to produce larger fish.
Starting out each session fishing the higher concentrations
of small fish on the flats (40-50feet) Phelps used a typical NSW deepwater
“I’d electric along the flat, cast the plastic out in front
of the boat, let it sink to the bottom, then slow roll it back it in”,
When he did get a bite he wouldn’t strike he’d just keep
retrieving the lure. This in turn enticed the fish to fully eat the plastic and
soon had the road loaded up.
The early flats approach delivered Phelps his limit in the
first hour of the first two sessions, session three however started a little
“I found a deep rock wall late in session two that held
quality fish, so I went straight there first up on Sunday morning. I picked up
two small fish quickly then I caught a kicker fish. It was the big fish that I
was looking for and it turned out to be the fish that pushed me up the leader
board”, explained Phelps.
His approach on the Sunday morning, and the one he used to
catch his upgrades on Saturday wasn’t too dissimilar to his flats approach, it just
had a slight twist.
“I was fishing deep rocky edges (60-80feet) and targeting
isolated and single fish that were hanging on flooded timber. The technique was
the same, find the structure (and in-turn the fish) drop the plastic to the
bottom, then slow roll it back to the surface”, explained Phelps.
While the approach produced less fish it did produce better
fish with Phelps catching one upgrade in session one, four upgrades in session
two, and his winning kicker fish in session three.
When quizzed post victory Phelps attributed his success to
two main points of difference over his competitors.
“I made sure I didn’t fished all the usual spots that I, and
most of the anglers fish. I also didn’t fish the same lure as everyone else. I
fished a Z-Man because they look different, have a great action and last longer
than most of the lures that get thrown, and Glenbawn bass just love them. And when you rig them on one of the new Bassman jigheads they’re impossibe to beat. ”, concluded
Glenbawn victor Peter Phelps.
Melchior Blades for
For event runner-up Adrian Melchior it was close, but not
close enough one, with Melchior leading into the final session before getting
run down my a strong finishing Phelps.
Like Phelps, Melchior went away from the pack and fished
further up the lake than the majority of the field to catch his fish. Fishing a
long sloping point near The Boot Melchior keyed in on a particular drop off as
the hot spot to fish.
“The point extended out and then dropped off quickly, then
tapered down as it extended out into the lake. I had the boat in 56 feet of
water then cast to the edge then worked the lure over the drop-off into about
30 feet of water”, explained Melchior.
The technique involved letting his Atomic Metalz blade
(ghost gill brown) sink to the bottom before working it with three hops
followed by a slow roll.
The mood of the fish and their response to his Atomic Metalz
varied through out the tournament, session one saw seven fish caught, session
two nine fish, and session three was when they really fired.
“They were red-hot on Sunday morning, I caught approximately
20 fish, I just didn’t get the big bite I needed to hold off Phelps”, explained
Three consistent sessions on Glenbawn did however deliver
Melchior his equal best BASS Pro result, added $2200 to his career earning and
booked him a berth in the 2013 Smak Lures BASS Pro Grand Final.
“It was a great way to start the season I couldn’t be
happier. I also couldn’t have done it without the support of my sponsors,
Frogleys Offshore, Ballina Marineland, Lowrance and Bassman spinnerbaits”,
Scotman Grubs Up Win
Newcastle basser Ben Scotman (6/6, 6.43kg) claimed the
non-boater title at Lake Glenbawn fishing a deep water 3” Berkley Gulp Minnow
Grub approach to catch his first six-fish limit at an ABT event, and in turn
secure the event win. Fishing only his 3rd ABT BASS Pro event,
Scotman fished with Callum Munro on
day one and Steve Richards, and mastered the art of vertical fishing Gulp Grubs
to catch his limit each session.
Fishing the Boat
Harbour on day one
Scotman focused his attention on flooded trees in 45 feet of water and worked
them with a vertically retrieved camo green Gulp Minnow rigged on a combination
of 1/4 and 1/6 TT jigheads.
“The presentation was straight forward. Drop the plastic to
the bottom then slow roll it back to the surface”, explained Scotman.
The approach delivered Scotman nine fish in the first
session and another six in session two. Session one was the standout with
Scotman weighing in the second biggest bag for the tournament (2/2, 2.73kg), a
standout limit that gave him the event lead, and one that he never surrended.
Fishing with Richards on day two the approach was the same.
Drop the plastic to the bottom where the fish were holding, and were
pin-pointed with the sounder, then slow roll it back. This time the result was
three fish for the session, including one upgrade. While his session three
limit was his smallest for the event, and the third lightest of the top ten, it
proved enough to deliver Scotman his maiden BASS Pro win.
Gladiator Big Bass
Champion non-boater Ben Scotman secured the Gladiator Big
Bass prize at Glenbawn with the first round winner catching the winning fish in
session one a 3” Berkley Gulp Minnow. Caught at 10.30am it fell to a vertical
presentation and delivered Scotman a $500 pay day.
Rod- Daiwa Sol 701LFS
Reel- Daiwa Sol 2000
Line- 3lb Berkley
Leader- 6lb FC Rock flurocarbon
Lure- Z-Man 2 ½” GrubZ (watermelon red), rigged on a green colour 1/4th Bassman jighead.
Phelps steered clear of the pack, both with lure and
location. He fished areas that rarely get fished and fished a lure that was
different from what everyone else was using.
|BASS Pro: G.Loomis Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro Boater Results|
|1||Peter PHELPS||NSW||2||2.28||2||2.17||2||2.8||6||7.25||$3700, 1st Pro ($350), + $500 Club Marine Bonus|
|3||Gregg FLETT||NSW||2||2.22||2||2.24||2||2.18||6||6.64||$1600 + 2nd Pro ($150)|
|12||Ian WRATTEN||NSW||2||2.22||2||1.81||2||1.82||6||5.85||$250 Ford Bonus|
|57||Steven NEWMAN||NSW||Duffrods Dollars ($200 Duffrods Gift Voucher)|
|BASS Pro: G.Loomis Lake Glenbawn BASS Pro Non-Boater Results|
|1||Ben SCOTMAN||NSW||2||2.73||2||1.92||2||1.78||6||6.43||NS One’s rod, Smak Lures & Prize Pack + $500 Gladiator Big Bass|
|2||Dave HEDGES||NSW||2||2.09||2||2.22||2||1.94||6||6.25||NS One’s rod, Smak Lures & Prize Pack|
|3||Joshua EVANS||QLD||2||2.14||2||1.76||2||2.27||6||6.17||Spotters Sunglasses Pack, & Prize Pack|
|4||Luke PARSONS||NSW||2||1.96||2||1.92||2||2.18||6||6.06||Spotters Sunglasses Pack, & Prize Pack|
|5||Dylan MOTT||QLD||1||1.2||2||2.06||2||2.41||5||5.67||Duffrods Dollars ($200 Duffrods Gift Voucher) & Prize Pack + 1st Pro ($400)|
|6||Matt CUSCHIERI||NSW||2||1.63||2||2.12||2||1.84||6||5.59||Damiki/Pontoon 21 Lure Pack & Prize Pack|
|7||Michael BRITTEN||NSW||2||1.92||2||1.91||2||1.64||6||5.47||Korr Boat Light Kit & Prize Pack|
|8||Troy DANES||NSW||2||1.4||2||2.01||2||2.02||6||5.43||Austackle Lure Pack & Prize Pack|
|9||Clinton JAMES||QLD||2||2.02||2||1.38||2||1.9||6||5.3||Engel Camp Chair & Prize Pack|
|10||David MANN||NSW||2||2.09||2||2.29||1||0.89||5||5.27||Engel Camp Chair & Prize Pack|